There are degrees in just about anything these days - so why not in the wide-ranging subject of yoga?
The not-for-profit organsation Yoga for Health and Education Trust (YHET) is launching the UK's first yoga foundation degree, kicking off in January 2009.
The part-time, 30 month Foundation Degree in Yoga Teaching course (run in conjunction with the University of Bedfordshire and subject to validation) will be followed by a BA Honours in Yoga Studies, beginning in September 2011. The first will be a pre-requisite for the degree course.
Modules will include ayurveda, the philosophy of Vedanta and the study of the effects of yoga on ageing.
Interest has been keen so far, a YHET spokesperson tells me, and will appeal to both existing teachers and for those who have had a regular yoga practice for the last two years and are keen to go deeper.
Like it or not, yoga is still seen by many as airy-fairy and esoteric. The YHET hopes a degree course will go some way towards correcting this.
The spokesperson adds: 'Yoga is becoming recognised by more and more health professionals as a route to wellbeing. This will be a widely recognised formal qualification.'
One of the yoga industry's challenges is the fragmented and variable nature of its training courses, which range from a distance learning courses, month-long intensives, and four year courses.
A degree has the chance to formalise and standardise this training and offer an instantly recognisable qualification - and one that does justice to the hugely involved subject of yoga.
I hope this course can do the above with flying colours - we'll be following its progress with interest.
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Lucia Cockcroft, editor