Sri Aurobindo Ashram – Delhi Branch

Certificate Course on Teaching Yoga (Level 1)


To prepare qualified and competent level 1 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 be able to:

  1. Describe the fundamentals of yoga as enunciated in Sri Aurobindo’s Synthesis of Yoga and Letters on Yoga.
  2. Describe the essential features of integral yoga.
  3. Describe the fundamentals of physical culture, specially asanas, pranayamas, kriyas, nutrition and sleep.
  4. Describe the contraindications for various physical practices.
  5. Describe the fundamentals of the process and technique of meditation.
  6. Demonstrate familiarity with the structure and function of the human body.
  7. Perform a set of about 20 asanas and 5 pranayamas.
  8. Organize a course on integral yoga for diverse groups such as children, young adults and the elderly.
  9. Give a class on asanas, pranayamas and meditation.


  • The approach will be student-centred and interactive.
  • The student will be an active participant in the teaching-learning process.
  • The tools of learning used will be:

-          Structured interactive sessions

-          Loosely structured discussions

-          Student seminars

-          Demonstrations

-          Practice of yogic techniques

-          Micro-teaching, in which each student, turn by turn, takes a short sample class for his own class-mates

-          Written assignments


200 hours (Theory 80 hours; Practical 120 hours), spread over 16 weeks. In addition, one week will be devoted to orientation at the beginning, and assessment at the end of the course. The classes would normally be for about 3 hours a day, 5 days a week.


  • Learning material: Books and CDs
  • Writing material for taking notes
  • Yoga dress

The most essential learning material required for the course will be provided.



Yoga                                                                                                   34 hours

What is yoga                                                                                      2 h

Schools of yoga                                                                                 2 h

Sri Aurobindo’s vision of the Gita                                                       2 h

Integral yoga                                                                                      4 h

Meditation                                                                                          2 h

Spiritual worldview                                                                             1 h

The purpose of life                                                                            1 h

Stress management                                                                          4 h

Physical culture                                                                                 8 h

Yoga therapy                                                                                     4 h

About Sri Aurobindo and the Mother                                                 2 h

About Sri Aurobindo Ashram – Delhi Branch                                     2 h

Human Anatomy, Physiology & Nutrition                                           30 hours

Communication skills                                                                        10 hours

Organizing yoga courses                                                                   6 hours

T O T A L               80 hours



Physical practices                                                                                                                             80 hours

Learning to do the basic practices                                                                                                                                              20 hours

Instructions for the basic practices, common errors & contraindications                                                                           40 hours

Tailor-making a class to make it age- and health status-appropriate                                                                                  10 hours

Advanced practices                                                                                                                                                                       10 hours

Teaching their own class                                                                                                                  25 hours

Observing yoga programs and assisting in classes                                                                         15 hours

T O T A L                              120 hours


  1. Warm-up

-          loosening movements: hands, wrists, shoulders, neck, knees, hips

-          breathing movements: hands in and out; hand-stretch: 90, 135 and 180 degrees; ankle-stretch; forward and backward bends

  1. Surya Namaskar
  2. Basic Asanas: about 20
  3. Basic Pranayamas: about 5

For all the above, the student should know how to do these practices, how to instruct students, the common errors and contra-indications.

With respect to some advanced practices and cleansing techniques, the student need not be as thorough as with the above practices, but should be familiar with them.

Tentative plan

Wk 1-3:Warm-up, Surya Namaskar, and basic asanas and pranayamas: doing

Wk 4 onwards:

Instructing for above practices, Common errors in above practices and Contra-indications

Wk 4-5                  Warm-up, Surya Namaskar and standing postures

Wk 6-7                  Lying down (supine) postures

Wk 8-9                  Sitting postures and lying down (prone) postures

Wk 10-11             Pranayamas

Wk 12                    Advanced practices

Wk 13                    Revision



The final assessment is based on continuous assessment and a final examination.

Marks                                   Grade                   Interpretation

85 % and above                    A+                          Outstanding

80-84 %                                A                             Excellent

70-79 %                                B                             Very Good

60-69 %                                C                             Good

50-59 %                                D                             Satisfactory

49 % and below                     E                              Unsatisfactory

Component                                                                                        Marks                   % Contribution

Test 1. Yoga (Theory)                                                                         100                         10

Test 2. Anatomy, Physiology, Nutrition, Ayurveda                                100                         10

                & Lifestyle disorders

Test 3. Yoga (Theory)                                                                         200                         20

Seminar                                                                                                50                           5

Written Assignment (about 1000 words)                                             100                          10

Attendance                                                                                         100                          10

Final Practical Exam                                                                           250                           25

                Demonstrating practices                 100

                Giving instructions                          100

                Reciting mantras                              50

Final Oral Exam                                                                                 100                             10

                                                                          T O T A L               1000                           100