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Syllabus: Yoga Teacher and Evaluator

1. Name of the Certification: Yoga Teacher and Evaluator
2. Requirement/ Eligibility:
a. For open candidates there is no eligibility criteria
b. For admission in the course it is suggested/ desired that the candidate should be
graduate in any stream from a recognized University or equivalent. However, the
Yoga Institutions can define their own eligibility.
3. Brief Role Description: Master Trainers in Yoga educational Institutions, Yoga training Courses, and training programs. He or she can also act as Evaluator and assessor of Yoga professionals. Can teach in studios, Institutions, colleges/ universities/ Institutions of higher Learning.
4. Minimum age: No age limit
5. Personal Attributes: The job requires individual to have good communication skills, time management skills and ability to understand the body language of the trainees. The job requires individual to possess key qualities such as self discipline, confidence, maturity, patience, compassion, active listening, time management, empathetic, language proficiency, engaging with students, dedication to teaching, ability to build caring relationships with students, friendliness and approachability, Independent, credible, analytical skills etc.
6. Credit points for certificate: 46 credits
7. Duration of course: Not less than 800 hours or not less than 15 months as part-time or not less than 9 months as a full-time course.
8. Mark Distribution:
Total Marks: 200 (Theory: 80+Practical – 120)


Unit No.  Unit name  Marks
1 Foundation of Yoga 20
2 Introduction to Yoga Texts 20
3 Yoga And Health 20
4 Applied Yoga 20
Total  80


Unit No.  Practical Work  Marks
1 Demonstration Skills 60
2 Teaching Skills 20
3 Evaluation Skill 20
4 Application of knowledge 10
5 Field Experience 10
Total 120


Unit-1 Foundation of Yoga
1 Etymology and Definitions of Yoga (Patanjala Yoga Sutra, Bhagwad Gita, Kathopanishad).
2 Brief Introduction to origin, history and development of Yoga (Pre- Vedic period to contemporary times).
3 Yoga in Principle Upanishads.
4 Yoga tradition in Jainism: Syadvada (theory of seven-fold predictions); Concept of    Kayotsarga / Preksha meditation).
5 Yoga Tradition in Buddhism:  concept of Aryasatyas (four noble truths).
6 Salient features and branches of Bharatiya Darshana (Astika and Nastika Darshana).
7 General introduction to Shad Darshana with special emphasis on Samkhya, Yoga and Vedanta Darshana.
8 Brief survey of Yoga in Modern and Contemporary Times (Shri Ramakrishna, Shri Aurobindo, Maharishi Raman, Swami Vivekananda, Swami Dayananda Saraswati, Swami Shivananda, Paramhansa Madhavadas ji, Yogacharya Shri T. Krishnamacharya).
9 Guiding principles to be followed by the practioner.
10 Brief Introduction to Schools of Yoga; Jnana, Bhakti, Karma, Raja & Hatha.
11 Principles and Practices of Jnana Yoga.
12 Principles and Practices of Bhakti Yoga
13 Principles and Practices of Karma Yoga.
14 Concept and Principles of Sukshma Vyayama, Sthula Vyayama, Surya Namaskars and their significance in Yoga Sadhana.
15 Concept and Principles of Shatkarma: Meaning, Types, Principles and their significance in Yoga Sadhana
16 Concept and Principles of Yogasana: Meaning, definition, types and their significance in Yoga Sadhana.
17 Concept and Principles of Pranayama: Meaning, definition, types and their significance in Yoga Sadhana.
18 Introduction to Bandha & Mudra and their health benefits
19 Introduction to Yogic relaxation techniques with special reference to Yoga Nidra.
20 Introduction to Dhyana and its role in health and well being.
Unit-2 Introduction to Yoga Texts 
1 Introduction to Prasthanatrayee, Purushartha Chatushtaya and goal of human life.
2 Yoga in Kathopanishad, Prashanopanishad, Taittiriyopnishad with special emphasis on Panchakosha Vivek and Ananda Mimamsa
3 Concept of Sthitaprajna (stages and characteristics) in Bhagavad Gita.
4 Significance of Bhagavad Gita as a synthesis of Yoga.
5 Concept of healthy living in Bhagavad Gita (Ahara, Vihara, Achara, Vichara).
6 Introduction and highlights of Yoga Vasishtha, Definitions of Yoga and their relevance in Yoga Vasishtha
7 Study of Patanjal Yoga Sutra including selected sutras from following chapters (I- 1 to 12, II- 1 to 2, 46 to 55, III- 1 to 6).
8 Concept of Chitta, Chitta Bhumi, Chitta Vritti, Chitta Vikshepa, Chittaprasadanam, Klesha and Vivek-Khyati and their relationship with wellness
9 Concept of Ishwara and its relevance in Yogasadhana, qualities of Ishwara, Ishwarapranidhana.
10 Concept of Kriya Yoga of Patanjali and its importance for healthy living.
11 Bahiranga Yoga of Maharisi Patanjali (Yama, Niyama, Asana, Pranayama, Pratyahara).
12 Antaranga Yoga of Maharishi Patanjali (Dharana, Dhyana, Samadhi).
13 Concept of mental well-being according to Patanjala Yoga.
14 Hatha Yoga: Its origin, history and development. Hatha Yoga: its meaning, and definition, aim, objectives and misconception about Hatha Yoga.
15 Sadhaka Tattva and Badhaka Tattva principles to be followed by Hatha Yoga practitioner.
16 Concept of Matha, Mitahara, Pathya & Apthaya, Types of Aspirants.
17 Hatha Yoga practices according to different Hatha Yogic Texts (Hatha Pradipika,    Gheranda Samhita and Hatharatnavali).
18 Concept of Shwasa-Prashwasa, Vayu, Prana, Upa-Prana, Shat Chakra etc.
19 Knowledge of Hatha Yoga practices for wellness (Shatkarma, Asanas, Pranayama, Mudra, Nadaanusandhana).
20  Relevance and importance of Hatha Yoga practices in health and well being.
Unit-3 Yoga And Health
1 Introduction to Human body.
2 Basic structure and functions of  Musculoskeletal  system, Respiratory system, Cardiovascular  system, Nervous system, Digestive system and Endocrine system
3 Homeostasis: its mechanism to maintain the internal environment of the body.
4 Introduction to sensory organs (Eyes, Nose, Ears, Tounge and Skin).
5 Impact of Yogic practices on different systems of the human body: Benefits of Shatkarma, Yogasana, Pranayama and Bandha on Respiratory, Circulatory, Musculoskeletal system.
6 Introduction to psychology, the concept of the human psyche, stages of consciousness,  cognitive process: Its meaning and nature.
7 Definition and nature of Behavior, kinds of Behavior Motivation.
8 Emotions : definition,  nature  and physiological changes  during Emotion.
9 Mental Health : Yogic view of Mental Health and Mental Illness.
10 Role of Yoga in Mental Health. Importance of psychosocial environment for health and wellness.
11 Yogic concept of health, wellness and illness
12 Importance of psycho-social environment for health and wellness.
13 Role of Yoga in various dimensions ( physical, mental,social and spiritual) of health
14 Importance of  following Dinacharya and Ritucharya for well being.
15 Role of Ahara, Nidra and Brahmacharya in wellness.
16 Meaning and definition of Health and Disease, Concept of Adhi and Vyadhi,  Yoga as a preventive Health care- Heyam dukham anagatam.
17 Potential causes of ill –health: Tapatrayas and Kleshas,  Mental and Emotional ill Health: Anatrayas.
18 Shuddhi Prakriyas in Yoga and their role in preventive and curative Health.
19 Knowledge of Trigunas, Pancha-Kosha, Pancha-Prana and Shatkchakra and their role in Health and Disease.
20 Yogic concept of Holistic Health and its importance in the management of Diseases.
Unit-4 Applied Yoga
1 Education: Its meaning, definition and goal, role and importance of education in Human Excellence.
2 Yoga in Education: Salient features of Yoga Education, Factors of Yoga Education: Teacher, Student and Teaching, Guru- Shishya- Parampara and its importance in Yoga Education.
3 Value Education: Its Meaning and Definition, Types of values, value –oriented Education in Personality Development.
4 Contribution of Yoga towards Development of Values, Spiritual Growth.
5 Salient features of Ideal Yoga Teacher, Role of Yoga Teacher in Value-oriented Education, Role of Yoga in development of healthy society.
6 Personality: Meaning and types of personality.
7 Determinants of Personality with reference to psycho-social environment.
8 Knowledge of various facets and stages of development of personality.
9 Personality Development; Role of spirituality and positive attitude in personality development.
10 Role of Yogic practices (Asana, Pranayama, Shatkarma, Bandha, Mudra etc.) in the Personality Development.
11 Definition, nature and types of stress.
12 Symptoms and consequences of stress on human mind.
13 Yogic perspective of stress. Yogic principles for the management of stress and its consequences.
14 Concepts and techniques of Stress management in Ashtanga Yoga of Patanjala Yogasutra and Bhagawad Gita.
15 Specific practices for stress management: Yogasana, Breath Awareness, Shavasana, Yoganidra, Pranayama and Meditation.
16 Concept of Yogic life style and its relevance.
17  General knowledge about life style related disorders : Acidity , Constipation , Irritable bowel syndrome(IBS), Bronchial  Asthma , Sinusitis, Hypertension, Neck pain, Low Backache, Osteo-arthritis etc.
18  Role of Yoga in prevention and management of common disorder: Acidity, Constipation, Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Bronchial  Asthma , Sinusitis, Hypertension, Neck pain, Low Backache, Osteo-arthritis.
19  Role of Yoga in prevention and management of non-communicable disorders.
20 Yoga as an integral medication.