Yoga protocol instructor

April, 10 2020


Written by Yadla Vishwa Sree

Yoga Protocol Instructor (YPI) level 1 for yoga certification syllabus completely explained in detail.

As we all know now QCI yoga certification is YCB (Yoga Certification Board) there are 3 levels of yoga exams.

S. No.        Name of the Unit
   1            Introduction to Yoga and Yogic Practices
     1.1           Yoga : Etymology, definitions, aim, objectives and misconceptions.
     1.2           Yoga : Its origin, history and development.
     1.3           Guiding principles to be followed by Yoga practitioners.
     1.4           Principles of Yoga (Triguna, Antahkarana-chatustaya, Tri-Sharira/ Panchakosha).
     1.5            Introduction to major schools of Yoga (Jnana, Bhakti, Karma, Patanjali, Hatha).
     1.6            Introduction to Yoga practices for health and well being.
     1.7            Introduction to Shatkarma: meaning, purpose and their significance in Yoga Sadhana.
     1.8            Introduction to Yogic Sukshma Vyayama, Sthula Vyayama and Surya Namaskara.
     1.9            Introduction to Yogasana: meaning, principles, and their health benefits.
     1.10           Introduction to Pranayama and Dhyana and their health benefits.

   2             Introduction to Yoga Texts
           2.1            Introduction and study of Patanjala Yoga Sutra including memorization of selected Sutras (Chapter I- 1-12).
           2.2           Introduction and study of Bhagavad Gita including memorization of selected Slokas (Chapter II -47, 48, 49, 50 and 70).
           2.3            Introduction and study of Hathpradipika.
           2.4            General Introduction to Prasthanatrayee.
           2.5            Concepts and principles of Aahara (Diet) in Hathapradipika and Bhagawadgita (Mitahara and Yuktahara).
           2.6            Significance of Hatha Yoga practices in health and well being.
           2.7            Concept of mental wellbeing according to Patanjala Yoga.
           2.8            Yogic practices of Patanjala Yoga: Bahiranga and Antaranga Yoga.
           2.9            Concepts of healthy living in Bhagwad Gita.
           2.10           Importance of subjective experience in daily Yoga practice.

    3            Yoga for Health Promotion
           3.1            Brief introduction to human body.
           3.2            Meaning and Means of health promotion and role of Yoga in health promotion.
           3.3            Yogic positive attitudes ( Maîtri, Karuna, Mudita, Upeksha).
           3.4            Concept of bhavas (Dharma, Jnana, Vairagya, Aishvarya) and their relevance in well being.
           3.5            Dincharya and Ritucharya with respect to Yogic life style.
           3.6            Holistic approach of Yoga towards health and diseases.
           3.7            Introduction to First aid and Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).
           3.8            Yogic management of stress and its consequences.
           3.9            Yoga in prevention of metabolic and respiratory disorders.
           3.10            Yoga for personality development.           

     4            Practical
           A. Demonstration Skills
                     4.1 Prayer: Concept and recitation of Pranava and hymns.
                     4.2 Yoga Cleansing Techniques
                                Knowledge of Dhauti, Neti and practice of Kapalabhati.
                     4.3 Yogic Sukshma Vyayama and Sthula Vyayama
                               a. Yogic Sukshma Vyayama (Micro Circulation Practices)
                                          Neck Movement
                                                   Griva Shakti Vikasaka ( I,II,III,IV)
                                          Shoulder Movement
                                                   Bhuja Valli Shakti Vikasaka
                                                   Purna Bhuja Shakti Vikasaka
                                          Trunk Movement
                                                   Kati Shakti Vikasaka (I, II, III, IV, V )
                                          Knee Movement
                                                   Jangha Shakti Vikasaka (II-A&B )
                                                   Janu Shakti Vikasaka
                                          Ankle movement
                                                   Pada-mula shakti Vikasaka – A&B
                                                   Gulpha-pada-pristha-pada-tala shakti Vikasaka
           B. Yogic Sthula Vyayama (Macro Circulation Practices)
                      Sarvanga Pushti
                      Hrid Gati (Engine Daud)                     

                     4.4 Yogic Surya Namaskara
                     4.5 Yogasana

  1. Tadasana,
  2. Vrikshasana,
  3. Ardha Chakrasana,
  4. Padahastasana,
  5. Kati Chakrasana,
  6. Trikonasana
  7. Dandasana,
  8. Sukhasana,
  9. Padmasana,
  10. Vajrasana,
  11. Bhadrasana,
  12. Mandukasana,
  13. Ushtrasana,
  14. Shashankasana,
  15. Uttana Mandukasana
  16. Paschimottanasana,
  17. Purvottanasana
  18. Vakrasana,
  19. Gomukhasana
  20. Bhujangasana,
  21. Shalabhasana,
  22. Makarasana
  23. Pavanamuktasana,
  24. Uttanapadasana,
  25. Ardha Halasana,
  26. Setubandhasana
  27. Vipareetakarani,
  28. Saral Matsyasana,
  29. Shavasana,

                      4.6 Preparatory Breathing Practices
                                Sectional breathing (abdominal, thoracic and clavicular)
                                Yogic deep breathing
                      4.7 Pranayama
                                Concept of Puraka, Rechaka and Kumbhaka
                                Anulmoa Viloma/Nadi Shodhana
                                 Sheetalee (without Kumbhaka)
                                Bhramari (without Kumbhaka)
                      4.8 Understanding of Bandha
                                Jalandhara Bandha
                                Uddiyana Bandha
                                 Mula Bandha
                     4.9 Understanding of Mudra
                                 Hasta Mudras (chin, Chinmaya, Brahma, adi, jnana, Dhyana and Nasika)
                      4.10 Practices leading to Meditation and Dhyana Sadhana
                                Recitation of Pranava & Soham
                                Recitation of selected hymns, invocations and prayers from Vedas & Upanishadas
                                 Body and breath awareness
                                Yoga Nidra
           B. Teaching Skills (Methods of Teaching Yoga)
                      Essentials of good lesson plan: concepts, needs, planning of teaching Yoga (Shatkriya, Asana, Pranayama & practices leading to Dhyana)
                      Principles of teaching Yoga protocol to different groups (beginners, children, youth, women, Geriatric population, and special attention group).
                      Preparation for a Yoga class (before and during the class)
                      Factors influencing yoga teaching.
                      Class management in Yoga: its meaning and needs.
                      Conducting yoga practical lessons: Precautions & Contraindications of practices)
                      Salient features of Ideal Yoga Instructor.
                      Models of ideal Yoga lesson plans


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