World’s 1st Yoga University outside India was launched on 23rd June 2020 at Los Angeles city in United States. The Yoga University has been named after Swami Vivekananda. The university will be known by the name- Vivekananda Yoga University.  The University was launched as a part of the commemorations for the 6th International Yoga Day.

The virtual launch event was organized at New York City’s Consulate General of India. V. Muraleedharan (Union Minister of State for External Affairs) and PP Chaudhary (Chairperson of the Standing Committee on External Affairs) jointly launched the Vivekananda Yoga University during the virtual event.

Programs based on the ancient traditional Indian practice of yoga will be offered at the University with a combination of scientific principles and modern research approaches. For offering Yoga-based higher Education programs, the approval and official recognition for the launch of the University was received in November 2019 from California’s Bureau of Private Post-secondary Education.

Chancellor of SVYASA- Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana (Deemed University at Bengaluru for the study of yoga), Dr. H R Nagendra will be the 1st Chairman of the Vivekananda Yoga University. SVYASA was founded in the year 2002, it is the 1st Yoga University of India and also of the World.

Faculties for the Vivekananda Yoga University have been recruited from SVYASA. The 1st day of classes for the 2020 semester of the University will commence on 24th August 2020. Online Master’s Program in Yoga (M.S Yoga) will also be offered by the University. World’s 1st Yoga University outside India Vivekananda Yoga University launched in Los Angeles World’s 1st Yoga University outside India Vivekananda Yoga University launched in Los Angeles