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Syllabus: Yoga Wellness Instructor

1. Name of the Certification: Yoga Wellness Instructor
2. Requirement/ Eligibility:
a. For open candidates there is no eligibility criteria
b. For admission in the course it is suggested that the candidate should have passed 12th standard/ higher secondary school certificate from a recognized board or equivalent. However, the Yoga Institutions can define their own eligibility
3. Brief Role Description: Certified Yoga Professionals (Yoga Wellness Instructor) to teach Yoga for prevention of illness and promotion of wellness in schools, Yoga studios, work places, Yoga wellness centres/ Primary Health care centres, etc
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.
6. Credit points for certificate: 24 credits
7. Duration of course: Not less than 400 hours or not less than 6 month as part time or not less than 3 month as a full-time course.
8. Mark Distribution:
Total Marks: 200 (Theory: 60+Practical – 140)


Unit No. Unit name Marks
1 Introduction to Yoga and Yogic Practices 20
2 Introduction to Yoga Texts 20
3 Yoga for wellness 20
Total 60


Unit No. Practical Work Marks
1 Demonstration Skills 80
2 Teaching Skills 40
3 Application of knowledge 10
Field Experience 10
Total 140
Unit-1 Introduction to Yoga and Yogic Practices
1 Yoga: Etymology, definitions (Patanjala Yoga Sutra, Bhagwad Gita & Kathopanishad), aim, objectives and misconceptions
2 Yoga: Its origin, history and development.
3 Brief Introduction to Samkhya and Yoga Darshana.
4 Life sketches and teachings of Yoga masters (Maharishi Ramana, Shri Aurobindo Swami Vivekananda, Swami Dayananda Saraswati).
5 Principles of Yoga and practices of healthy living.
6 Principles and Practices of Jnana Yoga.
7 Principles and Practices of Bhakti Yoga.
8 Principles and Practices of Karma Yoga.
9 Concept and principles of Sukshma Vyayama, Sthula Vyayama, Surya Namaskara and their significance in Yoga Sadhana.
10 Concept and principles of Shatkarma: Meaning, Types, Principles and their significance in Yoga Sadhana.
11 Concept and principles of Yogasana: Meaning, definition, types and their significance in Yoga Sadhana.
12 Concept and principles of Pranayama: Meaning, definition, types and their significance in Yoga Sadhana.
13 Introduction to Tri Bandha and their health benefits.
14 Dhyana and its significance in health and well being.
15 Introduction to Yogic relaxation techniques with special reference to Yoga Nidra.
Unit-2 Introduction to Yoga Texts
1 Introduction to Prasthanatrayee, Purushartha Chatushtaya and goal of human life.
2 Yoga in Kathopnishad, Prashanopanisha, Tattriyopnishad with special emphasis on Panchakosha Vivek and Ananda Mimamsa.
3 Concept of Sthitaprajna, Bhakti, Karma and Dhyana in Bhagavad Gita.
4 Significance of Bhagavad Gita in day to day life.
5 Concept of healthy living in Bhagavad Gita (Ahara, Vihara, Achara, Vichara).
6 Study of Patanjal Yoga Sutra including selected sutras from following chapters (I- 1 to 12, II- 46 – 51, III- 1 to 4)
7 Concept of Chitta, Chitta Bhumi, Chitta Vritti, Chitta Vikshepa, Chittaprasadanam and their relationship with wellness.
8 Bahiranga Yoga of Maharishi Patanjali (Yama, Niyama, Asana, Pranayama, Pratyahara).
9 Antaranga Yoga of Maharisi Patanjali (Dharana, Dhyana, Samadhi)
10 Concept of mental well being according to Patanjala Yoga.
11 Hatha Yoga: Its parampara, knowledge of basic Yoga texts (Hatha Pradipika and Gherand Samhita). Relationship between Hatha yoga and Raja Yoga.
12 Sadhaka and Badhaka tatva, principle to be followed by Hatha Yoga practitioner
13 Concept of Matha, Mitahara, Pathya & Apthaya
14 Concepts of Nadis, Prana and Pranayama for Subjective experiences.
15 Knowledge of Hatha Yoga practices for wellness (Shatkarma, Asanas, Pranayama, Mudra, Nadaanusandhana).
Unit-3 Yoga for Wellness
1 General introduction to human body and nine major systems of human body.
2 Introductions to sensory organs (Eyes, Nose, Ears, Tongue and Skin).
3 Basic functions of nine major systems of human body and homeostasis.
4 Yogic concept of health and wellness
5 Concept of Tridoshas, Sapta Dhatu, Agni, Vayu and Mala; their role in wellness.
6 Concepts of Dinacharya and Ritucharya and their importance in well being
7 Importance of Ahara, Nidra and Brahmacharya in well being.
8 Yogic concept of mental hygiene: Maître, Karuna, Mudita & Upeksha).
9 Importance of psychosocial environment for health and wellness.
10 Yogic concept and principles of Ahara(Mitahara, Yuktahara).
11 Health benefits of Suryanamaskara, Shatkarma, Asanas, Pranayama and practices leading to Dhyana (as per the practical syllabus of the course).
12 Salient features and contra indications of Yoga practices for well being (as per the practical syllabus of the course).
13 Knowledge of common diseases; their prevention and management by Yoga.
14 Knowledge of role of Yoga in the management of non communicable diseases.
15 Concept of stress and Yogic management of stress and its consequences.