Yoga as a profession in modern era

"Yoga connects you to the Divine by connecting you with your inner self. “Yoga has been in practice since ancient times. It regulates and disciplines our body with spiritual, mental, emotional and physical practices. Yoga not only strengthens the body, but also calms the mind of the individual which in turn enhances his or her memory power. Practicing yoga everyday has seen to increase blood circulation to the brain which helps attain a state of mental peace and level of concentration.

Who is a Yoga Instructor?

A yoga instructor is the one who has learned and mastered the art of yoga and teaches the techniques, practices and qualities of yoga to others. A Yoga instructor also teaches the various reasons, aspects and benefits that one can gain from each and every yoga 'aasan' or position or formation. They help you improve your health and mental focus, strength. The need of yoga instructors is on the increase.

Skills required:

  • Focus
  • Determination
  • Disciplined
  • Agility
  • Strength
  • Presence
  • Warmth
  • Flexibility
  • Healing speech power
  • Communication skills
  • Positive thinker
  • Positive approach and attitude
  • Physical skills
  • Tolerance
  • Patience
  • Direction
  • Adjusting
  • Attention to detail
  • Idealistic
  • Language power
  • Supportive

What are the Entrance Exams to be undertaken to get admission in Yoga Instructor course?

There are no specific entrance exams to get admission in any yoga instructor course.

Where to study?

Top Indian Institutes:

  • Kaivalyadhama Yoga Institute, Lonavla, Pune
  • SVYASA, Yoga Institute, Bangalore
  • Bihar School of Yoga, Munger, Bihar
  • RamamaniIyengar Memorial Yoga Institute, Pune.
  • Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute, Mysore.
  • Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram, Chennai.
  • TheShantacruiz Yoga Institute, Mumbai.
  • Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga, New Delhi
  • Swami Ram, Himalayan Yoga Institute, Rishikesh
  • Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Dhanwantari Ashram, Trivandrum.

Top International Institutes:

  • Yoga Federation of Argentina (Argentina, USA)
  • Yoga Federation of Armenia (Armenia, Europe)
  • Swami Sivananda Yoga Research Centre of China (China)
  • Iskon Portugal Sociedade International de la Consciencia de Krishna (Portugal, Europe)
  • Florida Vedic College of USA (Florida, USA)

Course and Eligibility:

  1. Diploma in Yogic Education
    Duration- One year
    Eligibility- Open to students who have passed 12th HSC examination from a recognised board.
  2. Certificate Course in Yoga
    Duration- Six months (Part Time)
    Eligibility- Open to students who have passed 12th HSC examination from a recognised board.
  3. Personality Development through Yoga
    Duration- One year (Part time)
    Eligibility- Open to students who have passed 12th HSC examination from a recognised board.
  4. Advance Diploma in Yoga
    Duration- One year (Part time)
    Eligibility- Open to students who have passed the Diploma in Yoga examination conducted by recognised universities.
  5. BA, BSC, MA, MSC and PHD in Yoga 

Duration- Two – four years (Full time)

Eligibility- As per the UGC norms

Conducted by recognised universities.

Job profile:

The scope of a yoga trainer or instructor is wide. One can choose a career:

  • Research and Training
  • Professor of Yoga
  • Assistant Professor of Yoga
  • Development of New Yoga Centres and Skills
  • Experimenting and Creating new ways to conduct Yoga Practices
  • Self-Employment by opening own Yoga Centres or Classes

Employment opportunities:

The various sectors where a yoga instructor can find an employment opportunity are as follows:

  • Resorts
  • Gymnasiums
  • Schools
  • Health Centres
  • Tourist Resorts
  • Housing Societies
  • Business Organisations
  • GOs/NGOs
  • Personal Yoga Instructor
  • Television Channels


A beginner yoga instructor can earn from 20,000 to 30,000 per month whereas an experienced instructor can earn from 50,000 to 150,000 per month. Gradually with time, credibility and experience the demand for an instructor increases thus increasing the remuneration.

Famous personalities

  • Swami Vivekanand
  • ParamahansaYogananda
  • DheerendraBrahmchari
  • Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
  • Sri K. PattabhiJois
  • Swami Kublyananda
  • BKS Iyenger
  • Baba Ramdev
  • Bikram Choudhary
  • Bharat Thakur

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