“I’m honored to simply be part of this emerging field. Yoga therapy has incredible promise for helping people realize the full potential of their lives, regardless of underlying health conditions or personal limitations.”
What drew you to MUIH?
MUIH was at the time the only school in the United States to offer a Master of Science in Yoga Therapy program. As the co-owner of a healthcare clinic and owner of a yoga studio, I felt it important to obtain the highest quality, most in-depth education possible, and the yoga therapy degree is a key step along this lifelong path. I am fortunate to live in the area, where the name “Tai Sophia” was already well-known and well-respected for acupuncture, herbal, and other programs.
What excited you about your academic field?
I’m honored to simply be part of this emerging field. As a complementary modality, yoga therapy has incredible promise for helping people realize the full potential of their lives, regardless of underlying health conditions or personal limitations.
Has there been a course you’ve particularly enjoyed?
A major strength of the MUIH Yoga Therapy program is the way it integrates Western medical science with yoga’s philosophical underpinnings, broader healthcare ideas with personal yogic exploration. One of my favorite classes has been Yoga 612 (Health and Disease: Yogic Perspectives and Practices), which encouraged individual practice informed by ancient ideas yet undertaken in the context of a modern life. I also loved the physiology courses we’ve had so far.
Can you speak about the faculty here?
The MUIH faculty members with whom I’ve worked have been without exception stellar. They are clearly here because they truly want to be, and they are sharing their knowledge because they know the importance of this work of empowering individuals to experience greater health.
What’s your best MUIH memory?
From the very first class, every time my classmates come together we experience an incredible sense of community (“sangha” in yoga terms); although courses can be quite challenging and some material is more enjoyable to explore than other material, every class meeting creates a wonderful memory.
How will you use what you’ve learned here?
My path is still unfolding, but I look forward to sharing the therapeutic power of yoga’s philosophies and practices with as many people as possible!
What would you say about MUIH to a prospective student who is interested in attending?
Check out as many programs as possible in your field, and compare the breadth and depth of their offerings side by side. Also think a bit about how you envision using this education in your future life, but remain open to the possibility that your plans may (probably will!) shift as you progress through your studies.
What is the one word that comes to mind when you think of MUIH?
Laurie Hyland Robertson is currently enrolled in MUIH’s Master of Science in Yoga Therapy.