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Certification of Yoga Professionals Guidebook (For Level I Instructor)

Certification of Yoga Professionals Guidebook (For Level I Instructor)
Item Code: NAN814
Publisher: Excel Books Pvt. Ltd.
Language: English
Edition: 2017
ISBN: 9788183231831
Pages: 237 (Throughout Color Illustrations)
Cover: Paperback
Other Details: 9.5 inch X 7.5 inch
weigh of the book: 440 gms

India, the land of mythology, spirituality and Ayurveda - is also the birth place of Yoga, an invaluable gift to the humanity. The practice of Yoga is believed to have commenced almost 5000 years ago. The first reference to 'Yoga' is found in the Rig Veda, the earliest of all the Vedas, and also the earliest available scripture for mankind. The precise date of the Rig Veda is difficult to ascertain, as the Vedas are said to be eternal. Yoga, considered as a holistic science, provides multifarious benefits to its practitioners. Practice of Yoga not only enhances the overall development of the body, but also strengthens the emotional foundations of the mind and provides fulfilment to spiritual aspirations. Today, Yoga is recognized worldwide as a great ancient art, culture and science of India. The Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India is taking adequate steps to secure and preserve the heritage of Yoga and expand its knowledge in its endeavour to offer the know-how of Yoga to millions of practitioners in India and around the globe, and has developed a systematic plan to achieve this objective.

This book is a step towards spreading the message of Yoga in its true essence and spirit across the globe. While Yoga should be adopted as a way of life and practised as a daily routine for achieving the physical and mental health, one should be fully conversant with its spiritual depth and benefits for realizing the synchronization and harmony of body, mind and soul. When considered in the sense of 'union', Yoga also unites the individual consciousness with cosmic consciousness. Yogic practices, done sincerely and regularly over a prolonged period of time will enhance the psycho-physical personality of the practitioners.

The Yogasutras of Patanjali are considered as the basic text of Yoga philosophy (Yoga Darshana). Ministry of AYUSH presents this publication to broaden the horizon of Yoga in the world. The book will serve its intended purpose, if it will act as an inspiration for a further deeper study of Yoga.



The word Yoga is derived from the Sanskrit word 'yuj' - which means to unite or integrate. Yoga most commonly known to be a Hindu spiritual and ascetic discipline, a part of which, including breath control, simple meditation, and the adoption of specific bodily postures, is widely practiced world over for health and relaxation. Patanjali defined Yoga as 'Yogah Chitta Vritti Nirodhah', which means "Yoga is the removal of the fluctuations of the mind". Chitta is mind, Vrittis are thought impulses, and Nirodah means cessation.

No exact date has been ascertained regarding the advent of Yoga. The Yoga tradition is much older; we can find its references in the Mahabharata and the Bhagvad Gita, identifying three kinds of Yoga. Yoga is a way of life, and finds mention in the Vedas about 5000 years ago. The classical Yoga has been documented in Patanjali's Yoga Sutras outlining the Eightfold Path of Yoga (Ashtanga Yoga).

Nowadays, Yoga is being practiced mainly around elevating the life force or 'Kuridatlni', which can be achieved through a series of physical and mental exercises. At the physical level, the methods comprise various Yoga postures or Asanas that generally aim to keep the body healthy. The mental techniques include breathing exercises or Pranayama, and meditation or Dhyana aim to discipline the mind. It has been widely reported that since humans possess physical, mental and spiritual selves, Yoga helps in achieving the following:

Attainment of perfect equilibrium and harmony among the three selves Self-healing: freeing the mind from negative blocks and removing toxins from the body Increased personal power and self-awareness Increased attention, focus and concentration Reduced stress and tension in the physical body by activating the para-sympathetic nervous system People across the globe strive to practice Yoga for achieving a better quality of life. They need to be informed of credible and competent personnel for imparting training to them to practice Yoga. The Scheme for Voluntary Certification for Yoga Professionals has been conceived and launched with the aim of enlightening the world to the power of Yoga, which has its origin in India.



  Foreword v
  Preface vii
  Acknowledgements viii
  Brief Scheme xii
  Certification Jobs xiv
  Evaluation Patterns of Certification xiv
  Syllabus xv
Chapter 1: Introduction to Yoga and Yogic practices 1
  Etymology of Yoga  
  Brief Introduction to the Origin and Development of Yoga  
  Yoga-Aims and Objectives  
  General Introduction to Darshanas with Special  
  Reference to Sankhya and Yoga  
  General Introduction to Four Paths of Yoga  
  Principles of Yoga and Yogic Practices  
  Guiding Principles for Yogic practice  
Chapter 2: Introduction to Hatha Yoga 25
  Introduction to Hatha  
  Important Hatha Yoga Texts with Special Reference to Hatha Pradipika and Gheranda Samhita  
  Concept for Diet According to Hatha Yoga Texts  
  Causes of Success (Sadhaka Tattwa) and Causes of Failure (Badhaka Tattwa) in Hatha Yoga Sadhana  
  Concept of Ghata and ghata Shuddhi  
  Purpose and Utility of shat Kriyas in Hatha Yoga  
  Purpose and Utility of asana in Hatha Yoga  
  Purpose and Importance of Pranayama in Hatha Yoga  
Chapter 3 Introduction to Patanjali Yoga 43
  Definition, Nature and aim of Yoga According to Patanjali  
  Concept of Chitta and chitta Bhumis; chitta vrittis and and Chitta Vrittinirodhopaya (Abhyasa and Vairagya)  
  Concept of Ishwara and Ishwra Pranidhana  
  Chitta vikshepas (Antarayas) and their Associates (Sahabhuvas)  
  Concept of Chitta Prasadana and their Relevance in Mental Well-being  
  Kleshas and their significance in Yoga  
  Ashtanga Yoga of Patanjali; Its Purpose, Effects, and Significance  
Chapter 4 Introduction to Human system, Yoga and health 57
  The Nine Systems of the Human Body  
  Functions of different Systems of the Human Body  
  Introduction to Sensory Organs  
  Neuromusculur Coordination of Sensory Organs  
  Basis Understanding of Exercise Physiology  
  The Benefits of Various Asanas on different Parts of the Human Body  
  Limitations and Contraindications of Specific Yoga Practice  
Chapter 5 Yoga for Wellness 73
  Health Meaning and Definitions  
  concept of Pancha Koshas  
  Yogic Conceptions of Health and diseases  
  Interdependency of Physical (Prakriti) and Psychological (Triguna) Components According to Ayurveda  
  Concept of Panchamahabhutas  
  Yogic Principles of Healthy Living  
  Introduction to Yogic Diet and Nutrition  
Chapter 6 Yoga and Stress Management 89
  Human Psyche: Yogic and Modern Concepts, Behaviour and consciousness  
  Frustration, Conflicts, and Psychosmatic Ldisorders  
  Relationship between Mind and Body  
  Mental Hygiene and Role of Yoga in Mental Hygiene  
  Mental Health: A Yogic Perspective  
  Prayer and Meditation for Mental Health  
  Psychosocial Environment and Its Importance for Mental Health (Yama and Niyama)  
  Concept of Stress According to Modern Science and Yoga  
  Role of Yoga-Stress and Life Style Management  
Chapter 7 Familiarity with Body Joints and Vyayama 111
  Movement of Key Joints  
  Sukshma Vyayama  
  Shat Kriyas  
Chapter 8 Suryanamaskar and Asanas 131
  Introduction to Suryanamaskar (The sun Salutation)  
  Technique of Suryanamaskar Practice  
  Five Spinal Movements in Yoga  
Chapter 9 Pranayama and Meditation 157
  Introduction to Pranayama  
  Meditation-the concept  
  Practical Techniques of Meditation  
Chapter 10 Teaching Practice 183
  Teaching Yoga  
  Principles and Skills for Educating Aspirants  
  Teaching Yoga in a Group Setting  
  Appendix 203


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