Ministry of Ayush India Yoga Teachers level 1 Curriculum

Who is this for?

Modular advanced foundation course and certification for teachers. This course will suit people who are looking for a deeper more technical foundation and for teachers who wish to gain a complete foundation of all aspects of Yogic practices. This course lasts 3 months with an intensive pre exam course in India lasting 2 weeks to prepare aspirants for the exam. The standards are very high with a required 70 % to pass. Prospective aspirants MUST satisfy the Academy that they possess the Aptitude, intelligence, discipline and commitment to finish in order to gain access to this course. They must be self motivated and easy to work with and of sober habits and at all times observe our behavioral requirements. For the duration of this course ALL candidates are required to live the Bramachari principles. 


This is a non residential course as we found our guests prefer to rent apartments with kitchens. Apartments are available from $150.00 a month for a very comfortable studio. Villas with swimming pools are also very cheap. We are happy to help our guests locate the perfect home from home while on this course.


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Indian government Ministry of AYUSH, AYUSH, the Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy, abbreviated as AYUSH, is a governmental body in India purposed with developing, education and research in ayurveda, yoga, naturopathy, unani, siddha, homeopathy.


AYUSH is now regulating teaching standards as for the past decades western organizations have turned Yoga into a cash cow issuing Teaching certification after month long courses with no standardization of content and guaranteed certification. Many schools are reinventing Yoga, and this has led to a very serious reduction in quality of the Yoga taught with new teachers teaching practices that have no classic basis and that very often seriously harm people engaging in these practices thus requiring that these new teachers are protected by insurance policies.


Yoga injuries

Injuries sustained as a consequence of incorrectly practicing Asanas have been a very serious and widespread problem for quite some time hence the formation of the Ministry of Ayush by the Indian government to address this growing problem. Classic Yoga harms no one.


 We are collaborating with the Indian government to correct this problem and present authentic traditional practices. We prepare candidates for these exams which are held in India or at set dates in Cambodia. The exams are conducted by a panel that travels around the world to do this. This standardizes the curriculum internationally and ensures that safe and proper practice protocols are maintained.

Certification of Yoga professionals Level 1 Instructor

Competence standard for level one - Instructor


Introduction to Yoga and Yoga practices.

  1. Etymology of Yoga and definitions of Yoga in different classical Yoga texts

  2. Brief introduction to origen, history and development of Yoga.

  3. Aim, objectives and misconceptions about Yoga

  4. General introduction to Shad Darshanas with special reference to Shankhya and Yoga.

  5. General introduction to the four paths of Yoga, Principles of Yoga and Yoga practices.

  6. Guidlines for instructors.

Introduction to Hatha Yoga

  1. Distinction between Yoga Asanas and non Yogic physical practices.

  2. Introduction to important Hatha Yoga Texts with special reference to the Hatha Yoga Pradipika and Gheranda Samhita.

  3. Concept of Yoga diet

  4. Causes of success ( Sadhaka Tattwa ) and causes of failure ( Badhaka Tattwa ) in Hatha Yoga Sadhana

  5. Concept of Ghata and Ghata Shudhhi in Hatha Yoga.

  6. Purpose and utility of Shat Kriyas in Hatha Yoga

  7. Purpose and utility of Asanas in Hatha Yoga

  8. Purpose and importance of Pranayama in Hatha Yoga

Introduction to Patanjali

  1. Definition, nature and aim of Yoga according to Patanjali

  2. Concept of Chitta and Chitta Bhumis; Chitta Vrittis and Chitta Vrittinirodhopaya ( Abhyasa and Vairagya )

  3. Concept of Ishwara and Ishwara Pranidhana

  4. Chitta Vikshepas ( Antarayas ) and their associates ( Sadhabhuvas )

  5. Concept of Chitta Prasadana and their relevance in mental wellbeing.

  6. Kleshas and their significance in Yoga.

  7. Ashtanga Yoga of Patanjali: its purpose, effects and significance.


Introduction to human systems, Yoga and Health

  1. The nine systems of the human body

  2. Functions of the different systems of the human body.

  3. Introduction sensory organs

  4. Neuro muscular coordination of sensory organs

  5. Basic understanding of exercise physiology

  6. Homeostasis 

  7. The benefits of Yoga Asanas on different parts of the human body.

  8. Limitations and contraindications of specific Yoga Asanas.

Yoga for Wellness

  1. Health, its meaning and definitions

  2. Yogic concepts of of health and disease

  3. Concept of Pancha Koshas

  4. Concept of Triguna

  5. Concept of Panchamahabhutas.

  6. Yogic principles of healthy living

  7. Introduction to Yogic diet and nutrition.

Yoga and stress management

  1. Human psyche: Yoga and modern concepts, behavior and consciousness

  2. Frustration, conflicts and psychosomatic disorders.

  3. Relationships between the mind and body.

  4. Mental hygiene and role of Yoga in mental hygiene.

  5. Mental health, a Yogic perspective.

  6. Prayer and meditation for mental health.

  7. Psycho-social environment and its importance for mental health ( Yama, Niyama)

  8. Concept of stress according to modern science and Yoga.

  9. Role of Yoga in stress management.

  10. Role of Yoga in life management.


Movement of key body joints

Familiarity with the movement of key joints of the body and demonstrate ability to perform the same: neck, fingers, wrist, elbow, shoulder, toes, ankle, knee waist/hip.

Sukhshma Yayama and Shat Kaiyas

Familiarity with the Neti, Dhauti, Kapalabhati, Trtaka, Bhasti Nauli.


Surya Namaskara ( Sun Salutations)

Knowledge of and ability to perform Surya Namaskara.


Knowledge of basic Asanas and the ability to demonstrate these postures.

Sarvangasana ( Shoulderstand ) Halasana ( Plough) Matsyasana ( Fish ) Paschimottanasana ( Sitting forward bend) Bhujangasana ( Cobra ) Salabasana (Locust ) Dhanurasana ( Bow) Ardh Matsyendrasana ( Half spinal twist ) Kakasana or Bakasana ( crow, crane) Padahasthasana ( standing forward bend ) Trikonasana ( triangle). 

Knowledge of another 5 Asanas and demonstrate:

Tadasana ( Tree pose ) Utkasana ( Chair ) Ushtrasana ( Camel pose) Pawanmuktasana ( wind releasing pose ) Vrikshasana ( tree pose).

  1. Knowledge of the Sanskrit names of postures and breathing exercises, their detailed benefits and cautions.

  2. Knowledge of total Yogic exercise through the practice of Asanas, proper relaxation, proper breathing, contra-indications, cautions and medical conditions, obvious and subtle benefits and modifications in basic postures to accommodate limitations.

  3. Knowledge of 5 spinal movements - inverted, forward, backward, lateral twist and lateral bend of the spine ( Flexation, Extension, Lateral Flexation, Axial flexion, Axial rotation and Axial Extension )



  1. Ability to perform abdominal, Thoracic, Clavicular, and full Yogic breath.

  2. Anuviloma, Bhastrika, Chandrabhedana, Suryabhedana, Ujjayi, Bhramari, Sheetali, knowledge of benefits, technique and cautions

  3. Practices leading to meditation

  4. Ability to perform Dharana, Dhyana and allied practices ie Mudras, Bhandas and Japa.


Teaching practices

The scope and practice of Yoga,and how to assess the need for other services when needed.

Well developed communication skills, listening, presence, directive and non directive dialogue.

Demonstrate teaching

Recognize, adjust and adapt to specific aspirants needs in a progressive class.

Recognize subtle dynamics in student teacher relationships.


Principles and Skills for Educating aspirants

Familiarity with and demonstrate the ability to apply effective teaching methods, adapt to unique styles of learning, provide effective and supportive feedback, acknowledge the aspirants progress and cope with difficulties.

Principles and skills for working with groups

Familiarity with and and ability to design and implement group programs.

Group dynamics, communication skills, time management, priorities and boundaries.

Techniques to address specific needs of individuals in a group setting.

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