~ Level 1 – Yoga Protocol Instructor (YPI) ~

4 Months

INR (₹) 20,000

This teacher training course is available from Monday to Saturday. You can start the course as soon as you enroll.

A self-paced program is available. Please send an inquiry to Swasti Yoga Center for more information.

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Level 1 – Yoga Protocol Instructor (YPI)

Summary : A 200-hour Yoga Protocol Instructor Course can be considered the first step to becoming a yoga instructor.

  • Certification : Swasti Yoga Centre and Yoga Certifcation Board (YCB) Govt. of India
  • Duration (in weeks): 16 weeks part-time
  • Contact hours: : 200 hours Direct: 50 hours, Indirect hours: 150 hours
  • Time commitment (hours per week) : 12-15 hours
  • Pace (weekly): Once
  • Session (hours): hour each session
  • Skill level: Beginner
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • SyllabusLevel 1 Course Full Syllabus (link the PDF syllabus)
  • Pricing (INR): 20,000 INR
  • Maximum group size: 10

Be inspired and learn closely from experts who, together, have 60+ years of knowledge teaching yoga, conducting yoga certification exams for Govt. of India, facilitating yoga retreats, and leading yoga teacher trainings for students from 10+ countries worldwide. Stoke the inner guru within you! This offer is exclusive to a small group of students.


  • Our students are from 35 countries and get global internship opportunities.
  • 200-hours Yoga Protocol Instructor Course– Online and Offline modules
  • Live sessions by a certified international faculty
  • Available for national and international students
  • Accommodation available for international and national students
  • Get a first-hand experience of the yogic lifestyle
  • Live online sessions will be held over Zoom, Google Duo or Microsoft Teams
  • English instruction. Hindi and Marathi language can be provided if needed.
  • Course can start as soon as you sign up
  • Self-paced is possible upon discussion with the teacher

Yoga Styles

  • Hatha Yoga
  • Traditional Yoga
  • Ashtang Yoga

What's not included

  • Accommodation
  • Food
  • Yoga props
  • Yoga Certification Board (Govt. of India) Yoga Exam fees

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.

Teaching Faculty


Dr. Vikas Chothe

Swasti’s founder, Dr.Vikas Chothe, holds an MD, PhD in Ayurvedic medicine with Yoga Certification from AYUSH and QCI India. He has worked as a Yoga Ambassador for the government of India and is currently an examiner for YCB Yoga examination at TQ Cert (TATA projects) for the Yoga Certification Board. He has been working as a lead examiner since the beginning of the Yoga Certification Scheme in 2016 and has conducted exams for more than 3,000 students till date. Dr.Vikas has been invited by Indian Embassy Austria, Malaysia and Armenia and has visited USA, China, Malaysia, Italy and European countries for propagation of Yoga and Ayurveda. He is also yoga school auditor for the Yoga Certification Board (YCB) creating quality standards in yoga schools globally.

Shwetambari Vikas Chothe

Dr.Shwetambari Chothe is a certified Level 3 Yoga Teacher and Evaluator by government of India, consulting homeopath, assistant professor in LMF Homoeopathic Medical College, Pune, and co-founder of Swasti Yoga Centre. Since childhood, she had a keen interest in yoga and Indian culture. She is a great chef with Ayurveda healthy cooking as her specialty. Qualifications: MD Homoeopath, Anatomy and Physiology expert, yoga teacher and practitioner for six years.

Syllabus for Yoga Protocol Instructor (YPI)


1. Name of the certification: Yoga Protocol Instructor (YPI)

2. Course level: Level-1

3. Requirement/ Eligibility:
a. For open candidates there is no eligibility criteria
b. For admission in the course it is suggested/ desired that the candidate should have passed 10th standard / secondary school certificate from a recognized board or equivalent. However, the Yoga Institutions can define their own eligibility

4. Brief Role Description: Certified Yoga Professionals (Yoga Protocol Instructor) can teach basics of Yoga / common Yoga protocol developed by the Ministry of AYUSH for International Day of Yoga for prevention of diseases and promotion of health. They can conduct Yoga practice /classes in parks, societies, RWA etc.

5. Minimum age: No age limit

6. Personal Attributes: The job requires individual to have good communication skills, time management skills and ability to understand the body language of the trainees. The job requires individual to possess key qualities such as self discipline, confidence, maturity, patience, compassion, active listening, time management, empathetic, language proficiency.

7. Credit points for certificate : 12 credits

8. Duration of course: Not less than 200 hours or not less than 3 month as part time or not less than 1 month as full time course

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

Unit No.Unit nameMarks
1Introduction to Yoga and Yogic Practices20
2Introduction to Yoga Texts20
3Yoga for Health Promotion20
S No.Practical WorkMarks
1Demonstration Skills80
2Teaching Skills40
3Application of knowledge10
4Field Experience10


S. No. Name of the Unit

Introduction to Yoga and Yogic Practices

  • 1.1 Yoga : Etymology, definitions, aim, objectives and misconceptions.
  • 1.2 Yoga : Its origin, history and development.
  • 1.3 Guiding principles to be followed by Yoga practitioners.
  • 1.4 Principles of Yoga (Triguna, Antahkarana-chatustaya, Tri-Sharira/ Panchakosha).
  • 1.5 Introduction to major schools of Yoga (Jnana, Bhakti, Karma, Patanjali, Hatha).
  • 1.6 Introduction to Yoga practices for health and well being.
  • 1.7 Introduction to Shatkarma: meaning, purpose and their significance in Yoga Sadhana.
  • 1.8 Introduction to Yogic Sukshma Vyayama, Sthula Vyayama and Surya Namaskara
  • 1.9 Introduction to Yogasana: meaning, principles, and their health benefits.
  • 1.10 Introduction to Pranayama and Dhyana and their health benefits.

Introduction to Yoga Texts

  • 2.1 Introduction and study of Patanjala Yoga Sutra including memorization of selected Sutras (Chapter I- 1-12).
  • 2.2 Introduction and study of Bhagavad Gita including memorization of selected Slokas (Chapter II -47, 48, 49, 50 and 70).
  • 2.3 Introduction and study of Hathpradipika
  • 2.4 General Introduction to Prasthanatrayee.
  • 2.5 Concepts and principles of Aahara (Diet) in Hathapradipika and Bhagawadgita (Mitahara and Yuktahara).
  • 2.6 Significance of Hatha Yoga practices in health and well being.
  • 2.7 Concept of mental wellbeing according to Patanjala Yoga.
  • 2.8 Yogic practices of Patanjala Yoga: Bahiranga and Antaranga Yoga.
  • 2.9 Concepts of healthy living in Bhagwad Gita.
  • 2.10 Importance of subjective experience in daily Yoga practice.

Yoga for Health Promotion

  • 3.1 Brief introduction to human body
  • 3.2 Meaning and Means of health promotion and role of Yoga in health promotion.
  • 3.3 Yogic positive attitudes ( Maîtri, Karuna, Mudita, Upeksha).
  • 3.4 Concept of bhavas (Dharma, Jnana, Vairagya, Aishvarya) and their relevance in well being.
  • 3.5 Dincharya and Ritucharya with respect to Yogic life style.
  • 3.6 Holistic approach of Yoga towards health and diseases.
  • 3.7 Introduction to First aid and Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).
  • 3.8 Yogic management of stress and its consequences.
  • 3.9 Yoga in prevention of metabolic and respiratory disorders.
  • 3.10 Yoga for personality development.



A. Demonstration Skills

4.1 Prayer: Concept and recitation of Pranava and hymns.

4.2 Yoga Cleansing TechniquesKnowledge of Dhauti, Neti and practice of Kapalabhati.

4.3 Yogic Sukshma Vyayama and Sthula Vyayama

a. Yogic Sukshma Vyayama (Micro Circulation Practices)

  • Neck Movement – Griva Shakti Vikasaka ( I,II,III,IV)
  • Shoulder Movement – Bhuja Valli Shakti Vikasaka, Purna Bhuja Shakti Vikasaka
  • Trunk Movement – Kati Shakti Vikasaka (I, II, III, IV, V )
  • Knee Movement – Jangha Shakti Vikasaka (II-A&B ), Janu Shakti Vikasaka
  • Ankle movement – Pada-mula shakti Vikasaka – A&B, Gulpha-pada-pristha-pada-tala shakti Vikasaka

b. Yogic Sthula Vyayama (Macro Circulation Practices)

  • Sarvanga Pushti
  • Hrid Gati (Engine Daud)

4.4 Yogic Surya Namaskara

4.5 Yogasana

  • Tadasana, Vrikshasana, Ardha Chakrasana, Padahastasana, Kati Chakrasana,Trikonasana
  • Dandasana, Sukhasana, Padmasana, Vajrasana,
  • Bhadrasana, Mandukasana, Ushtrasana, Shashankasana, Uttana Mandukasana
  • Paschimottanasana, Purvottanasana
  • Vakrasana, Gomukhasana
  • Bhujangasana, Shalabhasana, Makarasana
  • Pavanamuktasana, Uttanapadasana, Ardha Halasana, Setubandhasana
  • Vipareetakarani, Saral Matsyasana, Shavasana,

4.6 Preparatory Breathing Practices

  • Sectional breathing (abdominal, thoracic and clavicular)
  • Yogic deep breathing

4.7 Pranayama

  • Concept of Puraka, Rechaka and Kumbhaka
  • Anulmoa Viloma/Nadi Shodhana
  • Sheetalee (without Kumbhaka)
  • Bhramari (without Kumbhaka)

4.8 Understanding of Bandha

  • Jalandhara Bandha
  • Uddiyana Bandha
  • Mula Bandha

Understanding of Mudra

Hasta Mudras (chin, Chinmaya, Brahma, adi, jnana, Dhyana and Nasika)

4.10 Practices leading to Meditation and Dhyana Sadhana

  • Recitation of Pranava & Soham
  • Recitation of selected hymns, invocations and prayers from Vedas & Upanishadas
  • Body and breath awareness
  • Yoga Nidra

B. Teaching Skills (Methods of Teaching Yoga)

  • Essentials of good lesson plan: concepts, needs, planning of teaching Yoga (Shatkriya, Asana, Pranayama & practices leading to Dhyana)
  • Principles of teaching Yoga protocol to different groups (beginners, children, youth, women, Geriatric population, and special attention group).
  • Preparation for a Yoga class (before and during the class)
  • Factors influencing yoga teaching.
  • Class management in Yoga: its meaning and needs.
  • Conducting yoga practical lessons: Precautions & Contraindications of practices)
  • Salient features of Ideal Yoga Instructor.
  • Models of ideal Yoga lesson plans

Book for reference for Theory

  • 1 Goyandka, Harikrishandass : Yoga Darshan Geeta Press, Gorakhpur (Samvat 2061).
  • 2 Swami Vivekananda : Jnana Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Karma Yoga, Raja Yoga (4separate books) Advaita Ashrama, Kolkata, 2011 & 2012
  • 3 Sahay G. S. : Hathayogapradipika MDNIY, New Delhi, 2013
  • 4 Gita press Gorakhpur : Shreemad BhagvadgitaGita press Gorakhpur, Samvat 2073
  • 5 Kotecha, Vaidya Rajesh : A Beginner’s Guide to AyurvedaChakrapani Publications, Jaipur 2016
  • 6 Quality Council of India (QCI) :Yoga professionals Official Guidebook for Level 1 Excel Books, New Delhi 2016
  • 7 Brahmachari Swami Dhirendra :Yogic Suksma Vyayama,Dhirendra Yoga Publications, New Delhi, 1986
  • 8 Sahay G. S. : HathayogapradipikaMDNIY, New Delhi, 2013
  • 9 Kalayan : Upanishads (23rd year Special) Geeta Press, Gorakhpur
  • 10 Gore M. M. :Anatomy and Physiology of Yogic Practices,Kanchana Prakashana, Lonavala, 2004
  • 11 Swami Karmananda :Management of Common Diseases, Bihar Yoga Publication Trust, 2006, Munger
  • 12 Basavaraddi, I. V. & others : Yoga Teachers Manual for School Teachers,MDNIY, New Delhi, 2010


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