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What comes in our mind when we hear the most trending word in the fitness world – “YOGA”? Next you may ask ” is YOGA for me?” Well, the word yoga is derivation of a Sanskrit word yuj which means union. Practicing yoga means body, mind and soul leading to spiritual, physical and mental wellness. It is a practical aid to peaceful mind and prevention for getting older with medication in the current stressful world.

Types of Yoga

1. Hath Yoga: Refers to practice of Asanas(Yoga postures) and pranayama (Breathing techniques),

2. Kundalini Yoga: Refers to attainment of spiritual and calmer mind by releasing energy through chanting of mantras and breathing techniques.

3. Ashtanga Yoga: Also known as Power yoga. It requires strength and endurance.

4. Iyengar Yoga: Poses include props such as ropes, blocks, blankets. Excellent for body alignment.

5. Raja Yoga: Raja Yoga deals with the enhancement of human behavior and personality by management of emotional conflicts and developing aspects of consciousness.

Restorative Yoga: It’s a slow moving practice, long holds, Ideal for deeper relaxation.

Benefits of Yoga

Yoga has the power to heal physical as well as mental illness. Various benefits are listed below:

· Improves flexibility

· Builds Muscle Strength

· Building right and perfect Posture

· Prevention of Cartilage and Joints Breakdown

· Increases blood flow and circulation

· Boosts Immunity

· Essential for healthy and happy lifestyle

· Weight loss and weight management

· Increases Concentration

· Gives Peace of mind

· Maintains a balanced Metabolism

· Complete Detoxification

And the list can continue. These are just few Noticeable benefits listed for knowledge

International Yoga Day

On recognizing the holistic benefits of yoga practice and its values, 21 June has been proclaimed as the International Day of Yoga, by the General Assembly of United Nations on 11th Dec. 2014. This initiative that was taken by PM Narendra Modi, on its official recognition further help in creating consciousness and positively changing the lifestyle worldwide.

The celebration of this event is supported by more than 170 countries and their Global Leaders by organizing Yoga camps, competitions and various other activities among common public all over the world.

India’s Contribution to Yoga

The journey of Yoga practice has been an inherent part of the Indian beliefs for over 5,000 years. In addition to the proposal put by Indian Prime Minister for International / World Yoga Day, We have well known Indian Yoga gurus contributing to all spheres of Yoga, Namely:

1. Tirumalai Krishnamacharya: credited as the ‘Father of Modern Yoga. Having knowledge of both Ayurveda and Yoga is mainly known as master of healing.

2. Swami Sivananda: By profession a doctor, is known for Trimurti Yoga, that is combination of Hath yoga, Karma Yoga and Master yoga.

3. B K S Iyenger: He popularized yoga abroad. He redefined Patanjali’s yoga sutras and introduced ‘Iyengar Yoga’.

4. Paramahansa Yogananda: he introduced teachings of meditation and uniting with infinite through yoga.

5. Baba Ramdev: yoga teacher who has made yoga well known and popular among the mass. Initiator in organizing camps and awareness of yoga benefits throughout India.

6. Bikram Choudhry : Introduced “Bikram yoga” that is performed in Hot environment having famous 26 postures benefiting body parts.

Employment Opportunities

Yoga instructors/experts may look for engagement in following:

· General fitness centers,

· Yoga studios

· Yoga therapists

· Health Supervisor

· Research officer – yoga and naturopathy

· Hospital and healthcare administration

· Seek their own clienteles through self-employment.

The experts identify a specific group to work with like youth, senior citizens, pregnant women etc. to teach yoga for physical fitness as well as therapeutic treatment. The surveys show fitness employers are increased and prefer to hire workers with foundational knowledge, specialized training or certificate program. Numerous business tycoon, politicians and film stars have been hiring their own personal yoga instructors for staying fit.

Also, as per CNN Money/Payscale it is listed among top 100 careers with immense growth, great pay and satisfying work


The pay scale varies with experience and exposure in this field. A fresh graduate can earn Rs 10,000 to Rs 15,000 a month. With experience, the salary rises higher at a faster pace as this fields importance has been realized by various people of current generation.

A graduate in yoga science with 3- 5 years of experience can earn around Rs.20,000 to 35,000 per month.In the school and universities skilled and experienced yoga instructors get salaries between Rs 15000/- to Rs 50000/- per month.

How do I get there?






Path 1

Standard X

Entrance or Merit

Diploma in Yoga Education (D.Y. Ed)

Yoga teacher

Path 2

Standard XII

Minimum 50% and entrance exam clearance

B. A./BSc. In Yoga therapy

Yoga instructor

Path 3

Standard X/XII

Distance Learning course

Correspondence course (6 – 12 months)

Yoga instructor

Path 4


Successful completion of Graduation

Msc./ M.A.

Post-graduation in Yoga science

Where to study?

Looking at the Yoga’s ability to control lifestyle related disorders is incomparable. This has made Yoga known throughout the world. Yoga courses in Diploma, BA, B.Sc., MA, M. Sc. M. Phil and Ph. D are offered by various public and private colleges in India

Indian Institutes

· Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga, New Delhi:

· SVYASA, Bangalore:

· Bihar School of Yoga, Bihar:

· Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram, Chennai:

· Indian Institute of Yogic Science & Research Bhuvneshwar, Odisha:

· Gurukul Kangri University, Haridwar

· Mangalore University, Karnataka

· Patanjali University, Haridwar:

· Gujarat Ayurveda University, Jamnagar :

· Barkatullah University, Bhopal :

· Aditya Yog Naturopathy Hospital and Research Institute, Nainital:

· Nirmala Yoga Centre, Kerala:

Foreign Institutes

· Yogapoint- Singapore,Thailand, Austrailia & Hongkong:

· Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles:

· Maryland University of Integrative Health:

· The Himalayan Institute, Honesdale:

· The Yoga Institute,NSW, Australia:

· Australian Yoga Academy, Melbourne

· Pratt, Brooklyn, NY:

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