Psychology

Yoga and Psychology

Concentration Description

The Yoga and Psychology concentration emphasizes coursework aligned with professional practice in contexts such as yoga therapy, yoga teaching, psychotherapy practice, somatic education, research.  

Practices, methods, ideas, and topics engaged within this concentration’s courses, by way of example, include: Neuroplasticity, yoga principles and practices in psychotherapeutic practice, vagal tone, spiritual practice.

"Yoga is the perfect opportunity to be curious about who you are."

—Jason Crandell

Selected Concentration Courses

Meridian courses aligned with this concentration include:

  • Yoga-Centric Approaches to Trauma
  • Foundations of Yoga Therapy
  • Yoga Practice and Models of Consciousness Development 
  • Yoga-Based Approaches to Addiction
  • Developmental Pathways of Yoga and Psychotherapy
  • The Neuroscience of Yoga 

Academic Structure

Meridian’s academic structure gives students the flexibility to navigate the University’s curricular architecture in ways that match their passions, professional goals, and other life commitments.

The structure is designed to serve a diverse student body, who live around the globe, have varied cultural and clinical visions for their careers, and are at different stages in their professional journey.

Students enroll in a degree program, can elect a concentration, and register for one or multiple courses each quarter. In addition to core courses for the specific degree program and anchor courses that represent the Transformative Learning intent of Meridian’s curriculum, students select elective courses that align with their Meridian concentration, background, and career path.

Learning Format

Meridian’s hybrid learning format is designed to enable students to pursue their graduate education at a flexible pace, combining asynchronous coursework via the University’s custom social learning platform, Pivot, live course video calls with faculty, synchronous student community engagement, and onsite one-week residencies. By combining innovative online education methodologies with rich video calls and deep onsite residency connections, Meridian’s learning format enables students to contribute locally and perceive globally.

Each quarter, students take one or multiple seven-week online courses. This schedule provides students with time between quarters to rest, engage, and prepare. Additionally, students attend at least two weeklong residencies per academic year, until they complete their residency requirements. Residencies run Monday through Friday throughout the year, at Meridian’s Bay Area Center and other globally distributed locations. Students can select residency dates and locations based on their personal circumstances and professional aspirations.