CSPH 5319: Yoga & Ayurveda in India

Yoga and Ayurveda are interrelated, ancient, holistic Indian traditions that integrate ethics, spirituality, and healing.

Credits
4.00
Prerequisites
CSPH 5317*
Instructors:
A woman holding a yoga pose on a large boulder, with mountains in the distance

Course Description

Yoga and Ayurveda are interrelated, ancient, holistic Indian traditions that integrate ethics, spirituality, and healing. While studying with expert practitioners at the University of Minnesota and in India, students will examine the claim that the systematic practice of these traditions promotes healing and optimal health. Using critical thinking, students will investigate scientific evidence for Yoga and Ayurveda and propose additional research needed. Students will synthesize the philosophical, psychological, and ethical teachings of Yoga and Ayurveda with their experiential knowledge in order to meet the course objectives and their own needs personally and professionally. 

Students fly from MSP to New Delhi, where they can visit the Taj Mahal in Agra. Students travel by Jeep to Sadhaka Grama Ashram near Rishikesh and study with expert Yoga practitioners. During free time, students will walk along the Ganges River and visit Vashista Cave. At the Himalayan Institute Hospital Trust and Ayurveda Center near Dehradun, they learn about research and integrative care using Yoga and Ayurveda. They return to New Delhi and fly back to MSP.

*With instructor consent, it may be possible to substitute one of the following options: 

CSPH 4311: Foundations of Hatha Yoga: Alignment & Movement Principles (3 credits) AND CSPH 4312: Hatha Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle, and Ethics (3 credits)

OR 

CSPH 5318: Tibetan Medicine, Ayurveda, and Yoga in India (4 credits)

Learn more details about this course throught the UMN Learning Abroad Center.

Contact [email protected] for additional information.

Course Format
In person
Semester Course Offered:
  • Fall
Course Category:

CSPH 5319 Course Flyer (PDF)