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volume-11, 15 - 21 June 2019

Career options in Yoga


Shweta Saras

Yoga has emerged as a holistic and alternative medical care across the globe. The growing number of yoga coaching classes and studios around us is a testimony to this trend. Yoga as a natural way to keep oneself fit and healthy, is a gift of the Indian civilisation to the world. It also helps in improving mental health. Asanas (physical exercises) and Pranayam (breathing exercise) are essential components of Yoga. Yogic practice is helpful in the management of severe diseases, including cancer, bronchial asthma, colitis, peptic and ulcer. It also helps control physiological variables such as blood pressure, lipids, respiration, heart rate, and metabolic rate to improve overall exercise capacity. Yoga has emerged as a viable therapy to prevent and cure several ailments. A recent survey has claimed that over 10% of American population practice yoga and there are around 6,000 yoga studios in the US. About 300 million people practice yoga worldwide. About 14.3 million people in India practised yoga in 2013, up from 6.3 million in 2001. The yoga market is now 80 billion dollar globally. In India, the value of wellness industry has crossed Rs 85,000 crore. Yoga industry in the US is expected to become a $11.5 billion industry by 2020. The rising popularity of this therapy, to augment mental, physical emotional and also spiritual well-being, has made it a lucrative field for all those who want to make a career in Yoga. There are numerous jobs options available both in the government as well as the private sectors for the Yoga professionals. The Union as well as the State governments are hiring such professionals for their various organizations. After pursuing different courses in Yoga, following jobs may be taken up:

  • Yoga Theraprist
  • Yoga Instructor
  • Yoga Teacher
  • Research Officer- Yoga and Naturopathy
  • Yoga Aerobic Instructor
  • Therapists and Naturopaths
  • Trainer/ Instructor Health Club

Courses in Yoga

There are numerous courses available for students who want to make their career in this field.

  • Certificate Course in Yoga: It is a short term course ranging from a month long course to a 1-year course. The eligibility for this course is 10+2 from any recognised school or its equivalent exam. There is usually no age limit for this course.
  • Bachelor Courses: Bachelor degree is offered in various streams like Yogic Sciences and Yoga Philosophy. Duration of these courses is three years and eligibility is 10+2 from any stream securing minimum 45% marks.
  • Under Graduate Diploma: It is a one year duration course with six months internship with the eligibility of graduate from any stream with a certificate in Yoga.
  • Post Graduate Diploma: It is a one year duration course with the eligibility of graduation with any stream from any recognized university.
  • Master Courses in Yoga: It is a two year duration course with the eligibility of minimum graduation from any stream.
  • Yoga Teachers' Training Courses: It is usually one month duration course with eligibility of certificate, diploma or graduation in yoga with two years teaching experience in yoga.

List of Institutes/Universities in the country offering various courses in Yoga:

Name of the Institute

Courses Offered

Andhra University, Visakhapatnam Andhra

Pradesh, Website: www.andhrauniversity.info

PG Diploma in Yoga

Annamalai University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu

Website: www.annamalaiuniversity.ac.in

Diploma in Yoga

PG Diploma in Yoga

Awadhesh  Pratap Singh University, Rewa,

M.P., Website: www.apsurewa.ernet.in

Diploma in Yoga

Banaras Hindu University Varanasi,

Website: www.bhu.ac.in

Diploma in Naturopathy & Yoga Therapy

Barkatullah University, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh Website: bubhopal.nic.in

Certificate in Yogic Science PG Diploma in Yogic Science M.Sc. in Human Consciousness & Yoga Science M.Phil. in Yogic Science

Bihar School of Yoga, Munger Website:  www.yogavision.net

Course in Yoga Studies Certificate in Yoga Science & Life Style

Bundelkhand University Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh Website: www.bujhansi.org

PG Diploma in Yoga

Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar University, Agra, Website: www.dbrau.ac.in

Diploma in Yoga Education

Dr. Hari Singh Gour University Sagar, Madhya Pradesh, Website: www.dhsgsu.ac.in

PG Courses in Yoga

Dr. RMLAwadh University Hawaipatti, Faizabad, Website: www.rmlau.ac.in

PG Diploma in Yoga Therapy

Dev Sanskriti Vishwavidyalaya, Haridwar Website: www.dsvv.ac.in

Foundation Course in Yogic Science (Distance Mode) Certificate Course in Yoga & Alternative Therapy Courses in Yogic Sciences and Human Consciousness Courses in Ayurveda, Yagya Sciences and Holistic Health Courses in Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Gujarat Ayurveda University Jamnagar, Gujarat Website: www.ayurvedauniversity.edu.in

Post Graduate Diploma in Yoga & Naturopathy Certificate in Yoga and Naturopathy Therapies

Gujarat University, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, Website: www.gujaratuniversity.org.in

Diploma in Yoga Education

Gurukul Kangri University, Haridwar Website: www.gkvharidwar.org

Certificate Course in Yoga Diploma in Yoga Sciences (Distance Mode) Courses in Human Consciousness & Yogic Sciences B.Sc. Yoga M.Sc. in Human Consciousness & Yogic Science

Hemvati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal Univerversity Srinagar, Pauri Garhwal, Uttarakhand Website: www.hnbgu.ac.in

Courses in Yoga & Alternative Therapies PG Diploma  in Yogic Science Certificate Course in Yoga

Indian Institute of Yogic Science & Research, (IIYSAR), Bhuvneshwar Website: www.iiysar.ac.in

Certificate Course in Yogic Science & Nature Cure Therapy Programmes in Yoga & Naturopathy Teachers Training Courses Masters Programmes

Jadavpur University, Kolkata, West Bengal Website: www.jaduniv.edu.in

PG Diploma in Yoga Therapy

Jammu University, Jammu Website: www.jammuuniversity.in

Diploma Course in Yoga Advance Certificate Course in Yoga Certificate Course in Yoga

Jiwaji University, Gwalior (M.P.) Website: www. jiwaji.edu

Certificate in Yoga Diploma in Yoga PG Diploma in Yoga Therapy

Kaivalyadhama Lonavla, Pune Website: kdham.com

Foundation Course in Yoga Certificate Course for Assistant to Yoga Therapist Certificate Course in Yoga B.A. - Yoga Philosophy PG Diploma in Yoga Education M. A. Yoga Philosophy In Service Teachers Training Course in Yoga

Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram, Chennai Website: www.kym.org

International Yoga Teachers Training Programme

Lucknow University, Lucknow Website: www.lkouniv.ac.in

PG Diploma in Naturopathic Science & Yoga

Mangalore University, Konaje, Karnataka Website: www.mangaloreuniversity.ac.in

Certificate Courses in Yogic Science PG Diploma in Yogic Sciences

Maharaja Krishnakumar Sinhji Bhavnagar University, Bhavnagar, 364022, Gujarat Website: www.mkbhavuni.edu.in

 Diploma in Yoga Diploma in Naturopathy & Yogic Science

Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga, New Delhi Website: www.yogamdniy.nic.in

Foundation Course in Yoga Science Certificate Course in Yoga Science Diploma in Yoga Science

Maharshi Dayananda Saraswati University, Ajmer, Rajasthan Website: www.mdsuajmer.ac.in

Diploma in Yoga Science Certificate Course in Yogic Science & Yoga Instructor Certificate Course in Yoga Therapy for Ailments

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Vedic Vishwavidyalaya, Katni. Website: www.mmyvv.com Degree Courses

Professional Certificate Diploma Courses Degree Courses PG Courses, Ph.D Courses

Mahatma Gandhi Chitrakoot Gramodaya PG  University, Chitrakoot, Satna, Madhya Pradesh Website: ruraluniversity-chitrakoot.org

Diploma in Naturality & Yogic Sciences Courses in Human Consciousness & Yogic Sciences

North Maharashtra University, Umavi Nagar Website: www.nmu.ac.in

Vocational Yogic Foundation Course

Pandit Ravi Shankar Shukla University, Raipur,  Chattisgarh Website: www.prsu.ac.in

Courses in Applied Philosophy & Yoga, PG Diploma in Yoga Certificate Course in Yoga

Patanjali University, Hardwar, Uttarakhand, Website: www.patanjaliuniversity.com

Certificate Course in Yoga BAin Yoga PG Diploma in Yoga MA in Yoga

Ram Manohar Lohia Awadh University, Faizabad, (UP.), Website: www.rmlau.nic.in

P.G. Diploma in Yoga Therapy

Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute, Pune, Website: www.bksiyengar.com

Courses in Iyengar Yoga

Rani Durgawati University Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, Website: www.rdunijbpin.org

Courses in Human Consciousness & Yogic Sciences Certificate Course in Yoga PG Diploma in Yoga

Rashtriya Sanskrit  Vidyapeeth Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh Website: www.rsvidyapeetha.ac.in

PG Diploma in Yoga Therapy and Stress Management PG Diploma in Yoga Vijnana (Distance Mode) Acharya (M.A.) in Sankhya Yoga

S.G.B. Amrawati University, Maharashtra Ph: 0721- 2662206/7/8, Website: sgbau.ac.in

Diploma in Yoga Education PG Diploma in Yoga Therapy

Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana, SVYASA, Bangalore, Website: www.svyasa.org

Yoga Instructor's Course – YIC B.Sc - Yoga & Consciousness B.Sc -Yoga Therapy M.Sc - Yoga & Consciousness M.Sc - Yoga Therapy PGDYT - Yoga PGDYTD - Yoga For Doctors MBA, MD - Yoga Ph.D - Yoga


The increased focus on Yoga by the Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi and his government has improved job opportunities in Yoga training. The initiative like 'International Yoga Day' has brought the enhanced focus on Yoga at a global level. The demand for yoga teachers has grown exponentially, and a recent study by ASSOCHAM reveals that the demand for trainers is set to grow by 30-35 per cent in the couple of years. Though India has emerged as one of the biggest Yoga teachers' exporters in the world; however, the country itself is facing a shortage of about 3 lakh yoga instructors as against the requirement of over 5 lakh yoga practitioners. So, a bright future awaits for all those who want to pursue their career in Yoga.

The Author is a Mumbai based freelance counsellor, email: shweta82saras @gmail.com.

Views expressed are personal.

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