The Mother’s Integral Health Centre



Certificate course on Teaching Yoga (2017)

A Course for Aspiring Yoga Teachers

Learn Yoga with a difference!


There is no dearth of yoga courses which teach the student a comprehensive set of asanas and pranayamas, and sometimes also a technique of meditation, and equip him with skills for teaching the same to others. But is that all there is to yoga? How about Sri Aurobindo’s celebrated quote, “All life is yoga”? “Yoga is not just a set of techniques but a way of life” is a hackneyed expression which is repeated parrot-fashion in every yoga course, but what actually happens in the course seems to equate yoga with its techniques.

Here is a yoga course with a difference. Sri Aurobindo worked out about a hundred years ago a very powerful synthesis of all the major traditional schools of yoga, and the Mother demonstrated how the path of yoga can be walked every minute of the life while living in the real world. The course being offered would explore the depths of yoga, bring out its role in a life-affirming spiritual quest, and illustrate how yoga enables us to live a life full of love, peace, joy, and above all, fulfillment. Further, the course would enable you to translate this comprehensive view of yoga into a concrete short-term program for your students.



The broad objective of the courseis to prepare qualified and competent yoga teachers capable of imparting instructions on yoga to the general public in tune with integral yoga of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. At the end of the course, the student should not only be able to bring yoga into his/her life but also organize a course on integral yoga for diverse groups such as children, young adults and the elderly as well as give instructions for the common yogic practices.


Course Content

The course would include THEORY modules on

  • Yoga (schools of yoga, with special reference to integral yoga; the spiritual philosophy underlying yoga; the place of yoga in health and disease; and the role of yoga in stress management)                               
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology, and Nutrition
  • Ayurveda                                                                           
  • Communication skills                                                                                                    

And PRACTICE sessions on

  • Asanas and Pranayamas                                                                                            
  • Meditation
  • Teaching yoga                                                                                                                 


The duration of the course is about 20 weeks (2 August – 15 December 2017)

with a contact time of 200 hours (Theory, 80 hours; Practical, 120 hours).

The classes would be held from 10 am – 12.30 pm, 5 days a week (Monday - Friday).



Last date for submitting the application: 24 July 2017

Interview for selection: 26 & 27 July 2017

Inauguration of the course: 2 August 2017, 10 am


Medium of Instruction




The minimum qualification for eligibility is graduation. It may be relaxed in case of candidates with appropriate work experience or special aptitude.



The selection would be based on information provided in the application form and an interview.





Resource persons

Lead Facilitator: Prof. Ramesh Bijlani

Dr. Ramesh Bijlani is a medical doctor, writer, teacher, scientist, and above all a person committed to using his unique blend of talents for touching the hearts and lives of his fellow beings. Educated at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, where he did his MBBS and MD, and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge MA, USA, where he did a master’s course (SM) in nutrition, Dr Bijlani spent nearly 30 years on the faculty of AIIMS, teaching and conducting research on nutrition in relation to cardiovascular disease and diabetes. In 1992 he started going into the depths of yoga, specially the integral yoga of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. His personal and professional life converged in the year 2000 when he initiated at AIIMS a patient care facility for providing lifestyle modification courses based on yoga for prevention and management of chronic disease. He took voluntary retirement from AIIMS in May 2005 to find more time for disseminating yoga. Prof. Bijlani was conferred an honorary doctorate in yoga by Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana (SVYASA), Bangalore in 2006. Besides his more than 200 research publications, he has written extensively for children, medical students and non-technical adult readers. He has to his credit 17 published books, more than 50 popular articles, and more than 200 blogs on spiritual subjects on the spiritual networking website, The Speaking Tree, managed by the Times of India group. His books include Back to Health through Yoga, Rupa Books, 2008, Essays on Yoga, Swami Vivekananda Yoga Prakashan, 2011, Eating Wisely and Well, Rupa Books, 2012, and A Primer on Yoga, NBT, 2015. He has been staying and working at Sri Aurobindo Ashram – Delhi Branch since 2007, where he gives talks, conducts yoga courses and workshops, and continues to write. For more about and by Dr. Ramesh Bijlani, you may visit and


The Guest Faculty is likely to include:

Dr. Surinder Katoch, a holistic health consultant with an M.D. in Ayurveda, has worked as a faculty member at Dayanand Ayurvedic College, Jalandhar, and Dhanwantri Ayurvedic College, Chandigarh, and as a medical officer at Moolchand Khairati Ram Hospital, New Delhi, and Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga, New Delhi. She has been associated with The Mother’s Integral Health Centre for about 10 years.

(As at the time of going to print: details subject to change)