Assistant Yoga Therapist

1. Name of the Certification: – Assistant Yoga Therapist (AYTh)

2. Requirement/ Eligibility: –
(a). For open candidates, there are no eligibility criteria
(b). 10+2 pass

3. Brief Role Description: – Can work under the supervision of a certified physician or certified Yoga Therapist & Yoga Consultant on specific disorders.

4. Minimum age: No age limit: –

5. Personal Attributes: –

The job requires individuals to have good communication skills, time management, and the ability to understand the body language of the trainees. The job requires individuals to possess key qualities such as self-discipline, confidence, maturity, patience, compassion, active listening, time management, empathy, language proficiency, ability to build caring relationships, friendly and approachability, credibility, etc.

6. Credit points for certificate: – 24 credits

7. Duration of course: – Not less than 400 hours (Contact the program for 100 hrs. to be conducted on Anatomy, Physiology).

8. Mark Distribution: Total Marks: – 200 (Theory: 60+Practical: 140)

Theory: – Unit Name and Marks

Basic Principles of Yoga Therapy- 15

Yoga Therapy in Traditional Yoga Texts- 15

General Anatomy and Physiology- 15

Yoga and Allied Science- 15

Total Marks: – 60

Practical: – Practical Work and Marks

Demonstration Skills-80

Teaching Skills-20

Application of knowledge-30

Field Experience 10

Total Marks: – 140

Theory Syllabus

Unit 1:- Basic Principles of Yoga Therapy

1.1 Concept of Yoga: Its Definition, Aim, Objectives, and Misconception.

1.2 Significance of Hatha Yoga Practices- Shatkriyas, Yogasana, Pranayama, Mudra, Bandha, and Dhyana.

1.3 Guiding Principles to be followed by Yoga Therapy Assistant.

1.4 Roles and Responsibilities of Yoga therapy Assistant.

1.5 Scope and limitations of Yoga therapy Assistant.

1.6 Knowledge of vital parameters to assess the general state of patients: Measurement of Blood Pressure, Respiratory Rate, Pulse Rate, and Body Temperature.

1.7 Knowledge of use of props: ropes/belt/cushions/special aids.

1.8 Importance of pre-procedural preparedness for therapeutic Yoga sessions.

Unit 2:- Yoga Therapy in Traditional Yoga Texts

2.1 Basic Knowledge of various yogic texts such as PatanjalaYogsutra, Hathapradipika, Gheranda Samhita.

2.2 Knowledge of schools of Yoga: Karma Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Jnana Yoga, and Dhyana Yoga.

2.3 Concept of klesha, Concept of Chittavritti.

2.4 Ashtanga Yoga and its therapeutic importance.

2.5 Principles of Hathayoga, Hatha yogic practices given therapy.

Unit 3:- General Anatomy & Physiology

3.1 Basic knowledge of Human Body Skeleton; organization of body cells, tissues, systems, membranes, and glands.

3.2 Basic Knowledge of Anatomy and Physiology of the following system — Muscular, skeletal system; Digestive system; Respiratory system; Cardiovascular system; Excretory system; Endocrine system.

Unit 4:- Yoga & Allied Science

4.1 Knowledge of Yogic Principles – Ahara, Vihar, Achar- Vichar.

4.2 Alternative Therapy: Basic principles of Ayurveda, Naturopathy.

4.3 Concept of holistic well-being.

4.4 Yogic concept of healthy living: Tridosha, Tri dhatu –Mala.

4.5 Therapeutic importance of Dincharya and Ritucarya.

4.6 Importance of Diet (Sahara).

4.7 Yoga as preventive and promotive health care.

Practical Syllabus

A. Demonstrative Skills

Unit: – 1 Shatkarma: Knowledge & ability to perform:-

1.1 Neti (Jal and sutra)

1.2 Dhauti

1.3 Trataka

1.4 Kapalbhati

1.5 Agnisara

1.6 Nauli

1.7 Shankhaprakshalana


Unit: – 2  Yogic Sukshma & Sthula Vyayama:-

 (a). Yogic Sukshma Vyayam

2.1 Neck Movements

2.2 Shoulder Movements

2.3 Trunk Movements

2.4 Ankle Movements

(b). Yogic Sthula Vyayama

2.5 Engine Daud

2.6 Sarvangpushti


Unit: – 3  Yogasana:-

 3.1 Standing Asana: –Tadasana, Trikonasana, Vrikshasana, Ardhchakrasna, Padhastanasana, Parshavkonasana.

3.2 Sitting Asana: –Padmasana, Marjariasana, Vakrasana, Ardhamatsyendrasana, Janusirsasana, Paschimottanasana, Vajrasana, SuptavajrasanaUshtrasana, Gomukhasana, Mandukasana, Kurmasana, Kukkutasana, Bhadrasana.

3.3 Prone Lying Asana: –Bhujangasana, Shalabhasana, Dhanurasana, Makarasana.

3.4 Supine Lying Asana: –Pawanmuktasana and its variation,setubandhasana, Viparitkarniasana, sarvangasana, Ardhahalasana, Uttanpadasana, Matsyasana, Halasana, Naukasana ,Cakrasana, Shavasana.


Unit: -4  Pranayama:-

4.1 Breath Awareness

4.2 Sectional breathing

4.3 Nadishodhan Pranayama

4.4 Bhramari (with or without kumbhaka)

4.5 Ujjayi, Bhastrika

4.6 Shitali-Sitkari


Unit: – 5  Bandha & Mudra

5.1 Jalandhara Bandha, Uddiyana Bandha, Mula Bandha, Maha Bandha

5.2 Yoga Mudra, Maha Mudra, Shanmukhi Mudra, shambhavi mudra, VipareetKarni Mudra


Unit: -6  Practices leading to Meditation

6.1 Pranav and Soham Japa

6.2 Yoga Nidra

6.3 Antarmauna

6.4 Ajapa Dharana

6.5 Om Meditation

B. Communication & Maintenance Skills

1. Relevance and importance of feedback form.

2. Maintenance of the record of vitals of the patientpre-andpost-therapy.

3. Maintain interpersonal relationships with Yoga therapists and patients timely.

4. Knowledge of first aid procedures.

5. Knowledge of basic physical and clinical examination of the patient- blood pressure, pulse rate, respiratory rate, weight, temperature, height, BMR, etc.

6. Knowledge of policy and procedure for therapeutic Yoga treatment.

7. Knowledge of correct ambulation of the patient.

8. Maintenance record of the patients’ grievances and escalate them to the concerned authority.

9. Demonstrate the skills of infection control and the use of personal protective equipment (PPE).

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