Yoga Certificate Course (Approved by Govt of Maharashtra)
The purpose is to train people systematically in the practice and theory of Yoga. It is also a pre-requisite for enrolling for the Yoga Teachers Training Diploma course conducted by the institution.
Duration : Around three months. It usually begins in the 2nd half of July to Diwali.
Venue: 1. Sahayog Mandir, Sahayog Mandir path, Ghantali, Naupada, Thane.(medium: Marathi, partly Hindi & English)
2. Gurukul Highschool, Ghatkopar, Mumbai ( Gujarati Medium)
Time: Every day from 6 to 7.30 am.; except Sundays (Some special classes may be held on some Sundays)
Maximum admissions : 100
Syllabus. The detailed Syllabus is available in June every year.
The fees : was Rs. 2500/- in the last course. It is inclusive of the books, course material and exam fees.
Criteria for passing : a minimum of 40 marks are needed to individually pass in each module. An aggregate of 50% is needed to pass.
Contents: A. Theory ( one paper carrying 100 marks) It consists of basics of the art, science and philosophy of Yoga. It includes Different schools of Yoga; aspects of Yoga like Hathayoga, Rajayoga, Bhaktiyoga, Karmayoga, etc; the importance of Om; History; comparison between Yoga and exercise,; misconceptions about
Yoga, Technique and science behind the yogic practice; different aspects of Hathayoga like, Asasna, Pranayam, Dhyana, Shudhdhikriya(cleansing practices, etc; applied Yoga ; Relaxation;and such related topics.
B. Practicals ( caries 100 marks). It consists of basic Shudhdhikriyas like Kapalabhati, Trataka, Vaman and Neti; practice of different Asanas, Pranayams, Shavasana, Yoganidra
A typical class in a week consists of daily practicals for one and half hours. There are lectures of duration of 15 to 20 minutes on two days in a week.
There is team of experienced and qualified Yoga teachers who is responsible for conducting the course. The participants are divided into groups for the sake of personal attention. Each group is allotted to a teacher who acts as a mentor for the group. Lectures are given by a teacher experienced in the subject.
Exams are conducted at the end of the course and certificates given to the successful participants.
The picture shows a typical beginning of the course where each participant is allotted a place to practice.