Chris Chapple received his PhD from Fordham University where he studied with geologian Thomas Berry and others. He served as Assistant Director at the Institute for Advanced Studies of World Religions and Lecturer at Stony Brook University before joining the faculty of Loyola Marymount University in 1985. He has published 15 books and more than 100 articles. Chris serves on the advisory boards for the Ahimsa Center (Pomona), the Green Yoga Association (Oakland), and the Forum on Religion and Ecology (Yale). He edits the journal Worldviews: Global Religions, Culture, and Ecology. Chris and his wife trained in classical Yoga for twelve years at Yoga Anand Ashram in Amityville, New York.
Yoga in Academia: India, England, and North America
This paper will explore university degree programs in the study of Yoga as an applied art and science, with focus on the degrees offered by VYAS through Bangalore University, Somaiya University in Mumbai, SOAS at the University of London, and the Master of Arts in Yoga Studies at Loyola Marymount University. Attention will be given to curriculum, approval processes, and ongoing accreditation.