“I love working with people who need more special attention than they get in a general yoga class. By studying yoga therapy, I can integrate more therapeutic applications of yoga with more confidence to those who really need it.”
What drew you to MUIH?
MUIH was the very first to start a master’s degree in yoga therapy and this program was exactly what I was looking for. I knew that the university had a great reputation for other holistic healing modalities so it seemed like a perfect fit.
What excites you about your academic field of study?
It is exciting to be a part of the very first cohort of the first master’s program in a developing field. I love working with people who need more special attention than they get in a general yoga class. By studying yoga therapy, I can integrate more therapeutic applications of yoga with more confidence to those who really need it.
Has there been a course you’ve particularly enjoyed?
I have a science background and interest, so I was surprised that my favorite classes have been the yogic philosophy classes with Marlysa Sullivan. She presents this information in a way that inspires and makes it accessible to our modern-day lives. Every time we have a weekend of philosophy with her, I leave feeling transformed.
Can you speak about the faculty here?
The yoga therapy faculty is top notch. I have the highest confidence in the program director Mary Partlow Lauttamus. She is extremely productive and motivates those around her. Steffany Moonaz, Ph.D., is also an essential asset to the team, particularly by bringing a researcher's perspective. Marlysa Sullivan inspires her students to integrate both anatomy knowledge and yogic philosophy. Overall, it is a very well-rounded team.
What’s your best MUIH memory?
When we come back after a long break, I am reminded how much this program means to me. I realize that something has been missing without the amazing people, constant learning, and bi-monthly transformative weekends.
How will you use what you’ve learned here?
Of course, this program has given me a lot of tools to put in my tool box for working with a wide range of people with specific needs like arthritis, chronic pain, injuries, depression, anxiety, and PTSD. However, one of the best aspects of the program is the business, ethics, and marketing segments. A lot of other programs leave out these key components for success.
What would you say about MUIH to a prospective student who is interested in attending?
I highly recommend this program for the jump from teaching yoga to developing a career in yoga therapy. Also, it is a great opportunity for self-improvement.
What is the one word that comes to mind when you think of MUIH?
Ann Swanson is a student in MUIH's Master of Science in Yoga Therapy.