A new course launching this fall provides a comprehensive and therapeutic approach to learning how to teach yoga. (Photo: Chris Shinn.)

Become a Yoga Instructor with USC Dornsife’s New Yoga and The Healing Sciences Program

Open to everyone from health care providers to first-time yoga teacher trainees, the program provides the skills and knowledge to teach yoga and promote personal and community wellness.
ByJim Key

The Physical Education & Mind Body Health department at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences is accepting applications for its inaugural program to train participants to become yoga instructors. Limited to just 20-25 participants, the first semester-long Yoga and The Healing Sciences Teacher Training Program will take place this coming spring.

Developed over the last 15 years, the program will provide a comprehensive and therapeutic approach to learning how to teach yoga, incorporating traditional Eastern approaches and spiritual work and Western approaches to wellness (physical, mental, emotional, social). It’s also designed to fit into the schedules of students and working professionals with classes held from Jan. 13 to May 5, 2024, at the University Park Campus and via Zoom on Wednesdays.

Eden Goldman, a Malibu chiropractor, celebrity yoga therapist, wellness author and lecturer in the Department of Physical Education & Mind Body Health at USC Dornsife leads the program. Goldman, along with a team of more than 25 of Los Angeles’ top yoga instructors, yoga therapists and yoga-oriented doctors, will guide students in evolving their yoga practice, offering participants the opportunity to learn from some of the best in the field.

“This isn’t just a yoga teacher training course; it’s a course that uses yoga as the catalyst for health, healing and mindful lifestyle transformation,” says Goldman. “Students will learn how yoga can be integrated into day-to-day life for balance, relaxation, productivity, happiness, stress management, and general health and wellness, as well as how to teach yoga.”

The program is open to everyone, whether they’ve already completed a yoga teacher training, are health care providers or are participating in a yoga teacher training program for the first time. The curriculum is designed to equip students with the skills and knowledge necessary to teach yoga effectively and to use it as a tool for personal wellness. The course does not offer credits toward a USC degree.

Class size is limited, so early registration is encouraged.

The Yoga and The Healing Sciences Teacher Training Program is a joint collaboration between the USC Dornsife Department of Physical Education & Mind Body Health, Yoga USC and the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life at USC.