A Yoga PhD.

We are currently accepting applications for our Yoga Research Center PhD cohort.
The 2021 Yoga PhD program is currently in development.  Are you a dreamer, visionary, forward thinker, are you interested in making the world a better place?  If this is something you would like to help create, please let us know.  We are looking for creative, passionate and hardworking yogis willing to bring this intention to fruition ; )  Our program culls from various traditional and contemporary inspirations. The program borrows from the PhD models of The Ronin Institute and The Union

One point of tension worth exploring: academia vs. yoga

"Truth is a pathless land, and you cannot approach it by any path whatsoever, by any religion, by any sect. That is my point of view, and I adhere to that absolutely and unconditionally. Truth, being limitless, unconditioned, unapproachable by any path whatsoever, cannot be organized; nor should any organization be formed to lead or to coerce people along any particular path. If you first understand that, then you will see how impossible it is to organize a belief." J.Krishnamurti

So how does one organize enough research to earn a PhD and yet hold to the pathless land of Truth? Please review the Yoga Alliance Code of Conduct for some initial practical guidelines.  While this PhD is not sponsored or endorsed by the Yoga Alliance, their Code of Conduct and Scope of Practice are endorsed by us. An additional disclaimer for you and your project's consideration:

The information on this Web site does not constitute medical or other professional advice 
and should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your 
psychotherapist, physician, or other health care provider. 

All PhD candidates will need and want to spend time with original and ongoing yoga research.
Research Gate is one place to start with a review of current literature.
Google Scholar also provides current research.
You also have access to the Yoga Research Center's surveys via google forms.
From the beginning you might also consider a license from Creative Commons Attribution.

What is a PhD and why a Yoga PhD?

A PhD is a postgraduate doctoral degree, awarded to students who complete an original thesis (think project rather than academic paper) offering a significant new contribution to knowledge in their subject (in this case Yoga). PhD qualifications are available in all subjects and are considered the highest level of academic degree a person can achieve. Ideal candidates should have years of yoga experience (practice and teaching). Yoga Alliance, Kripalu and International Yoga Therapy students are most welcome and your credentials will certainly count towards your degree. The Yoga Research Center Ph.D. program incorporates interdisciplinary studies to expand and deepen your yoga knowledge and our collective expertise. Explore ideas and practices in applied yoga leadership, public policy, social change, ethics, creativity, innovation, design thinking, and beyond... What is your dream for Yoga?  How has Yoga helped formulate your dreams?

Please contact Tom for more information.

Click here for some reflective thoughts on "doing" a PhD.

Some research ideas and examples:

[PDF] Effect of Alternate Walking and Yoga on Blood Sugar Levels in Type 2 Diabete
K Esha, S Prajakta, S Ashok, S Parag - Indian J Physiol Pharmacol, 2019
Introduction: Yoga and walking help reduce blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetics.
Since intensity of the aerobic activity cannot be always increased due to possible
adversities, changing the type of stimuli is the other alternative to achieve better …

Disordered eating behaviours and correlates in yoga practitioners: a systematic review
RB Domingues, C Carmo - Eating and Weight Disorders-Studies on Anorexia …, 2019
Purpose Yoga has been increasingly used as a complementary therapy for eating
disorders. However, it is still not clear whether yoga is effective in the prevention and
treatment of eating disorders, as some studies suggest that yoga practitioners show …

[PDF] Modern Development Path and Choice of Diversified Types of Yoga
X Li - 2019
From the initial choice of pure physical exercise such as running and bodybuilding,
people have gradually changed to the cultivation of consciousness-based sports
such as yoga. To realize the diversified development of yoga is an important …

Is yoga as effective as PT or exercise classes in patients with chronic low back pain?
P Kohlfeld, V Sievert - Evidence-Based Practice, 2019
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[HTML] Healing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder with Kundalini Yoga and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
JK Staples
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder [PTSD] is a body/mind illness diagnosed in military
and civilian populations worldwide. It develops in the aftermath of many kinds of
traumatic events including military combat, physical or sexual assault, and natural …

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