Yoga Certification Syllabus

Schedule of lectures (62 hrs.)

Concept of Yoga           2 hours / sessions

  • Definitions of Yoga from:
    • Rigveda, Kathopanishad, Shwetaswatara Upanishad
    • Yoga Sutras, Bhagavad Gita, Yoga Vasistha
    • Etymological meanings
    • Yoga is one of the six systems of philosophy – its aim, place and role

Yama           2 hours / sessions

  • Importance of the five practices of yama in daily life
  • Meaning and understanding of the five sutras connected with Yama
  • Relevance of Yama in our present social behaviour

Niyama            2 hours / sessions

  • Importance of the five practices of Niyama in daily life
  • Meaning and understanding of the five sutras connected with Niyama
  • Relevance of Niyama in our personal social interactions
  • Yama and Niyamas as a foundation and preparation

Asana            2 hours / sessions

  • Concept and meaning of Asana
  • The three yoga sutras 2 - 46,47,48
  • Differences between Asanas and Exercises
  • Asana as a spiritual practice

Pranayama            4 hours / sessions

  • The concept of Prana from Prashnopanishad 2.13
  • Concept of pancha pranas from Prashnopanishad 3.5,6,7
  • Names of upa-pranas
  • Etymological meaning of Pranayama
  • Yoga sutras connected with Pranayama 1.34, 2.49,50,51
  • Theoretical explanations of Sectional breathing, Bhastrika, Nadishudhi, Shitali, Sheetkari, Sadanta, Ujjayi, Bhramari

Antaranga yoga            1 hour / session

  • Concept and importance of Antaranga yoga

  • Sutras connected with Antaranga yoga 3.1,2,3,4

Jnana yoga            2 hours / sessions

  • Concept and introduction to Jnana yoga

  • The four Mahavakyas

  • Prerequisites / components Shravanam, Mananam and Nidhidhyasana

  • Sadhana Chatustayam


Bhakti yoga            2 hours / sessions

  • Various aspects, concepts of Bhakti, Prema and Kama

  • Bhakti as a suffix – Mathru Bhakti, Pitru Bhakti .... Desha Bhakti

  • Mention about Narada Bhakti sutras and 12th chapter of Gita

  • The nine lakshanas / qualities – Shravanam, Keertanam. . .....

  • The moods of Bhakti Vatsalya, Kanta . . . . . . .


Karma yoga            4 hours / sessions

  • What is Karma yoga its importance on our daily life

  • Karma yoga attitude, ability, efficiency in work

  • Nishkama karma, Nirahankarata Unselfishness and egoless ness

  • Karma yoga shloka sangraha meaning of 27 selected Gita shlokas - (Ch.- shloka no.) 2-51, 71. 3-4, 5, 6. 18-14, 23, 24, 25. 6-5. 18-26. 3-14,15. 3-7. 2-47, 48, 50. 18-46. 3-19, 20, 21, 25, 30. 4- 18, 20, 21, 23.


Man. Eknathji            1 hour / session

  • Life and message of Mananeeya Sri Eknath Ranadeji The founder of Vivekananda Kendra and the spirit behind the construction of Vivekananda Rock Memorial

Kendra Prarthana            1 hour / session

  • The meaning and spirit of Vivekananda Kendra Prayer authored by Dr SB Warnekarji


Swami Vivekananda            2 hours / sessions

  • Life and Message of Swami Vivekananda

  • Swami Vivekananda’s Rousing call to the Hindu Nation


Indian Culture            4 hours / sessions

  • Components of Culture View of life, Vision of life, system or way of life

  • Oneness is the uniqueness of Indian Culture

  • Ekam sat vipra bahudha vadanti

  • The four ashramas and four varnas relevance and role in present life style

  • The five Maha Yajnas in our present social life

  • Dharma is the foundation for all our endeavours the four purusharthas

  • Women, arts and science in Indian culture

  • Ramayana and Mahabharata as Indian cultural pillars


Cyclic Meditation            2 hours / sessions

  • Components and structure of Cyclic Meditation / Avarti Dhyan

  • The basis of Cyclic Meditation

  • Practices involved in Cyclic Meditation – Ardhaticakrasana, padahastasana, ardhacakrasana, shashankasana, ustrasana and shavasana


Trataka           3 hours / sessions

  • Anatomy physiology of the eye.

  • Importance of Trataka as a tool for meditation

  • Trataka as an eye exercise, its role in correcting defects of vision

  • Benefits and limitations of Trataka

  • Detailed understanding of jatru and jyoti tratakas


Anatomy & Phisiology            4 hours / sessions

  • The names of all the major systems Musculur system, Skeletal system, Respiratory system, Cardio vascular system, Nervous system, Digestive system and Endocrine system.

  • Brief and basic understanding of the human systems

  • Video and PPTs are used as teaching aids.


Yoga Texts            4 hours / sessions

  • Patanjala yoga sutras brief introduction to all the four padas.

  • Chanting practice of 44 selected yoga sutras brief meaning

  • Hathapradipika name and the contents of four upadeshas / lessons

  • Names and contents of Shiva Samhita, Gheranda Samhita, Vasistha Samhita

  • Names of some of the yogopanishads


Bhagavad Gita            4 hours / sessions

  • Introduction to Bhagavad Gita the background, chapters, group of chapters

  • Role and importance of Gita in our lives

  • Gita as a yoga sastra

  • Gita in daily life, as a solution to conflicts in life.

  • The message of Gita – to perform one’s duties for society and nation

  • Gita national scripture of India


VRM            1 hour / session

  • The story of the Vivekananda Rock Memorial the need, relevance and importance

  • Components of construction as a human resource management


VK Activities            1 hour / session

  • Various activities of Vivekananda Kendra as Man Making-Nation Building Organisation

VK Thought Mvt            1 hour / session

  • The core idea, basis, origin and the philosophy of Vivekananda Kendra


Dharma            1 hour / session

  • What is Dharma? The concept and practice of Dharma.

  • Dharma is not just religion or tradition Dharayati iti dharma

  • Sanatana Dharma, Vyasti dharma, Samasti Dharma


Kriyas            2 hours / sessions

  • The shat kriyas of the Hathapradipika

  • Neti, Dhauti, Nauli, Basti, Kapalabhati and Trataka

  • How to practice? What care to be taken, the role in yoga

  • Benefits and limitations of each one


Bandha & Mudras            2 hours / sessions

  • Reference of Bandhas and Mudras in Hathapradipika and Gheranda Samhita

  • Types of Bandhas and Mudras

  • Importance, role and purpose of Bandhas and Mudras

  • Details of simple Mudras practiced during pranayama practice

  • Chin mudra, Chinmaya mudra, Adi mudra, Brahma mudra, namaskara mudra, yoga mudra

Lesson Plan            1 hour / session

  • The eight step method of introducing a yoga practice

  • How to plan, execute and practical yoga class


Vedic Chanting            3 hours / sessions

  • Chanting practice of various Sanskrit shlokas used during the practice of yoga Prayer, suryanamaskara bija mantras, Pranayama and dhyana mantras

  • Chanting practice of Anandavalli and Bhriguvalli


Qualities of a teacher            1 hours / sessions

  • The qualities a yoga teacher / instructor should have and develop

  • Attitude in handling a yoga class

  • Maintaining an appropriate relationship with the practioners

  • General rules in practicing yoga : food, dress, place, time etc....


Yoga Therapy            2 hours / sessions

  • Basic and brief introduction of concept of health

  • Adhija and Anadhija vyadhis

  • Introduction of Pancha koshas and concerned vyadhis

  • Various yoga practices in handling vyadhis at different koshas

  • Integrated approach of yoga therapy




Shithilikarana Vyayama

  • Jogging Backward / forward / Sideward / Mukha dhouti
  • Hands in and out breathing, Hands stretch breathing
  • Ankle stretch - breathing slow and normal
  • Knee stretch, Waist loosening Front / Back / Side / Twisting
  • Shoulder Rotations - Front / Back
  • Neck movements front / back / side / rotation
  • Tiger breathing / stretch and Pavana Muktasana
  • Forward stretch in sitting, Thigh stretch , Waist loosening / front and back jump

Suryanamaskara 12 step method

Standing Asanas :-
Ardhakati Cakrasana , Padahastasana, Ardha Cakrasana, Tadasana
Trikonasana, Parivritta Trikonasana, Parsvakonasana, Vriskhasana

Sitting Asanas:-
Vajrasana, Shashankasana, Supta Vajrasana, Pascimatanasana
Ushtrasana, Ardha Matsyendrasana, Vakrasana, Padmasana

Prone Asanas:-
Makarasana, Bhujangasana, Salabhasana, Dhanurasana

Supine Asanas :-
Setubandhasana, Naukasana, Sarvangasana, Matsyasana, Halasana, Cakrasana, Shavasana





Abdominal Breathing Cin Mudra
Thoracic Breathing - Cinmaya Mudra
Clavicular Breathing
Adi Mudra


Bhastrika Pranayama, Nadisuddhi Pranayama
Surya Anuloma-Viloma , Candra Anuloma-Viloma
Surya Bhedana, Candra Bhedana, Nadi Shuddhi


Sitali, Sitkari, Sadanta and Bhramari


Kapalabhati Both nostrils / Alternate nostril

Jala Neti, Sutra Neti

Vamana Dhouti, Danda Dhouti, Vastra Dhouti

Trataka : Jatru Trataka Right / Left /both / upward / downward.
Jyoti Trataka
using traditional lamp and oil

Nauli / Agnisara.


Avarti Dhyana / Cyclic Meditation

Pranava Dhyana / Omkara Dhyana

Yoga Nidra



PRACTICE                              HRS

ASANAS (40 X 3hrs)                120

PRANAYAMA                            30

MEDITATION                            16

KRIYA                                         06

JNANA YOGA                            40 (Group discussions based on 2 books)

BHAKTI YOGA / Chants          80 (Bhajans etc.)

KARMA YOGA                          30 (Physical work)

TOTAL -                                     322

THEORY                                      62 Hrs

YCC COURSE Hr                     384 Hrs

EXAMINATION                        06 Hrs