Level 1 - Yoga Protocol Instructor

Level 1 - Yoga Protocol Instructor

  1. Name of the certification: Yoga Protocol Instructor (YPI)
  2. Course level: Level-1
  3. Requirement/Eligibility:
    1. For open candidates there is no eligibility criteria
    2. For admission in the course it is suggested/ desired that the candidate should have passed 10th standard / secondary school certificate from a recognized board or However, the Yoga Institutions can define their own eligibility
  1. Brief Role Description: Certified Yoga Professionals (Yoga Protocol Instructor) can teach basics of Yoga / common Yoga protocol developed by the Ministry of AYUSH for International Day of Yoga for prevention of diseases and promotion of They can conduct Yoga practice /classes in parks, societies, RWA etc.
  2. Minimum age: No age limit
  3. Personal Attributes: The job requires individual to have good communication skills, time management skills and ability to understand the body language of the The job requires individual to possess key qualities such as self discipline, confidence, maturity, patience, compassion, active listening, time management, empathetic, language proficiency.
  4. Credit points for certificate : 12 credits
  5. Duration of course: Not less than 200 hours or not less than 3 month as part time or not less than 1 month as full time
  6. Mark Distribution: Total Marks: 200 (Theory: 60 + Practical: 140)


Unit No. Unit name Marks
1 Introduction to Yoga and Yogic Practices 20
2 Introduction to Yoga Texts 20
3 Yoga for Health Promotion 20
  Total 60


S No. Practical Work Marks
1 Demonstration Skills 80
2 Teaching Skills 40
3 Application of knowledge 10
4 Field Experience 10
  Total 140

Introduction to Yoga and Yogic Practices

  • Yoga : Etymology, definitions, aim, objectives and
  • Yoga : Its origin, history and
  • Guiding principles to be followed by Yoga
  • Principles of Yoga (Triguna, Antahkarana-chatustaya, Tri-Sharira/ Panchakosha).
  • Introduction to major schools of Yoga (Jnana, Bhakti, Karma, Patanjali, Hatha).
  • Introduction to Yoga practices for health and well
  • Introduction to Shatkarma: meaning, purpose and their significance in Yoga
  • Introduction to Yogic Sukshma Vyayama, Sthula Vyayama and Surya
  • Introduction to Yogasana: meaning, principles, and their health
  • Introduction to Pranayama and Dhyana and their health

Introduction to Yoga Texts 

  • Introduction and study of Patanjala Yoga Sutra including memorization of selected Sutras (Chapter I- 1-12).
  • Introduction and study of Bhagavad Gita including memorization of selected Slokas (Chapter II -47, 48, 49, 50 and 70).
  • Introduction and study of
  • General Introduction to
  • Concepts and  principles  of  Aahara  (Diet)  in  Hathapradipika  and  Bhagawadgita  ( Mitahara and Yuktahara).
  • Significance of Hatha Yoga practices in health and well
  • Concept of mental wellbeing according to Patanjala
  • Yogic practices of Patanjala Yoga: Bahiranga and Antaranga
  • Concepts of healthy living in Bhagwad
  • Importance of subjective experience in daily Yoga

Yoga for Health Promotion

  • Brief introduction to human
  • Meaning and Means of health promotion and role of Yoga in health
  • Yogic positive attitudes ( Maîtri, Karuna, Mudita, Upeksha).
  • Concept of bhavas (Dharma, Jnana, Vairagya, Aishvarya) and their relevance in well
  • Dincharya and Ritucharya with respect to Yogic life
  • Holistic approach of Yoga towards health and
  • Introduction to First aid and Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).
  • Yogic management of stress and its
  • Yoga in prevention of metabolic and respiratory
  • Yoga for personality


  1. Demonstration Skills
    • Prayer: Concept and recitation of Pranava and
    • Yoga Cleansing Techniques
      • Knowledge of Dhauti, Neti and practice of Kapalabhati.
    • Yogic Sukshma  Vyayama and Sthula Vyayama
      • 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
 2 Yogic Sthula Vyayama (Macro Circulation Practices)
  • Sarvanga Pushti
  • Hrid Gati (Engine Daud)

Yogic Surya Namaskara

  • Yogasana
  • Tadasana, Vrikshasana, Ardha Chakrasana, Padahastasana, Kati Chakrasana,Trikonasana
  • Dandasana, Sukhasana, Padmasana, Vajrasana,
  • Bhadrasana, Mandukasana, Ushtrasana, Shashankasana, Uttana Mandukasana
  • Paschimottanasana, Purvottanasana
  • Vakrasana, Gomukhasana
  • Bhujangasana, Shalabhasana, Makarasana
  • Pavanamuktasana, Uttanapadasana, Ardha Halasana, Setubandhasana
  • Vipareetakarani, Saral Matsyasana, Shavasana,

Preparatory Breathing Practices

  • Sectional breathing (abdominal, thoracic and clavicular)
  • Yogic deep breathing


  • Concept of Puraka, Rechaka and Kumbhaka
  • Anulmoa Viloma/Nadi Shodhana
  • Sheetalee (without Kumbhaka)
  • Bhramari (without Kumbhaka)

Understanding of Bandha

  • Jalandhara Bandha
  • Uddiyana Bandha
  • Mula Bandha

Understanding of Mudra

  • Hasta Mudras (chin, Chinmaya, Brahma, adi, jnana, Dhyana and Nasika)

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
  • Class management in Yoga: its meaning and
  • Conducting yoga practical lessons: Precautions & Contraindications of practices)
  • Salient features of Ideal Yoga
  • Models of ideal Yoga lesson plans

Book for reference for Theory

  • Goyandka, Harikrishandass : Yoga Darshan - Geeta Press, Gorakhpur (Samvat 2061).
  • Swami Vivekananda : Jnana Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Karma Yoga, Raja Yoga - (4separate books) Advaita Ashrama, Kolkata, 2011 & 2012
  • Sahay S. : Hathayogapradipika - MDNIY, New Delhi, 2013
  • Gita press Gorakhpur : Shreemad Bhagvadgita - Gita press Gorakhpur, Samvat 2073
  • Kotecha, Vaidya Rajesh : A Beginner’s Guide to Ayurveda - Chakrapani Publications, Jaipur 2016
  • Quality Council of India (QCI) : Yoga professionals Official Guidebook for Level 1 - Excel Books, New Delhi 2016
  • Brahmachari Swami Dhirendra : Yogic Suksma Vyayama, Dhirendra Yoga Publications, New Delhi, 1986
  • Sahay S. : Hathayogapradipika MDNIY, New Delhi, 2013
  • Kalayan : Upanishads (23rd year Special) Geeta Press, Gorakhpur
  • Gore M. : Anatomy and Physiology of Yogic Practices, Kanchana Prakashana, Lonavala, 2004
  • Swami Karmananda : Management of Common Diseases, - Bihar Yoga Publication Trust, 2006, Munger
  • Basavaraddi, V. & others : Yoga Teachers Manual for School Teachers, - MDNIY, New Delhi, 2010

Books for Reference for Practicum


Brahmachari Swami               : Dhirendra

Yogic Suksma Vyayama,

Dhirendra Yoga Publications, New Delhi


Brahmachari, Swami              : Dhirendra

Yogasana Vijnana,

Dheerendra Yoga Prakashana, New Delhi


Iyengar, B. K. S.                     :

Light on Yoga,



Harper Collins Publisher, New Delhi, 2005


Saraswati, Swami                   : Satyananda

Asana, Pranayama, Mudra, Bandha

Bihar School of Yoga, Munger, 2006


Basavaraddi, I.V.                   :

A Monograph on Yogic Suksma Vyayama, MDNIY, New Delhi, 2016


Basavaraddi, I.V.                   :

A Monograph on Shatakarma,

MDNIY, New Delhi, 2016


Basavaraddi, I.V.                   :

A Monograph on Yogasana,

MDNIY, New Delhi, 2016


Basavaraddi, I.V.                   :

A Monograph on Pranayama,

MDNIY, New Delhi, 2016


Tiwari O.P.                             :

Asana Why & How ?

Kaivalyadhama, SMYM Samiti, Lonavla


Saraswati, Swami                   : Satyananda


Bihar School of Yoga, Munger, 2006


Quality Council of India        : (QCI)

Yoga professionals Official Guidebook for Level 1

Excel Books, New Delhi 2016


Basavaraddi, I. V. & others    :

Yoga Teachers Manual for School Teachers,



MDNIY, New Delhi, 2010


Gharote, M.L.                         :

Teaching Methods for Yogic practices,



Kaivalyadhama Ashram, Lonavla


Iyengar, B.K.S                        :

Yoga Shastra (Vol-I & II) Ramamani Iyenger Memorial



Yoga, Institute, Pune YOG, Mumbai


Ramdev, Swami                     :

Pranayama Rahasya