Competence Criteria

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Scheme for Voluntary Certification of Yoga Professionals
The Scheme Launched by Ministry of AYUSH and Managed by QCI


QCI YPSC SD‐3A / Ver 2.0 April 2016

Download PDF Yoga Instructor-Competence Criterion

The Scheme for Voluntary Certification of Yoga Professionals (SVCYP), hereinafter referred to as the Scheme, needs to have a set of requirements as criteria against which candidates shall be evaluated in order to being certified. This competence criteria to be used for evaluation of Yoga Professionals is also termed as Competence Standard.

The objective of laying down the competence criteria or Standard is to provide a framework for the examiners to assess the competence of candidates for validating their competence as Yoga Professionals.

This document is a competence standard for assessing the competence of the Yoga Professionals desirous of seeking Certification under the Scheme.



There shall be three (3) levels of understanding as described below

Familiarity Knowledge In-Depth Knowledge
Possess introductory knowledge of a subject sufficient to bring the aspirant’s awareness to   the existence and central essence of that subject and for the aspirant to know when further knowledge is required for the practice of Yoga. Possess an understanding of all aspects of a subject and   its specific applications to  the practice of Yoga. Through study and practicum, possess a confident, in-depth understanding of a subject and its multiple applications as well as its potential limitations in the practice of Yoga.

There shall be two (2) levels of understanding as described below

Demonstration Ability Ability to Apply the knowledge
Demonstrate the ability to undertake particular tasks associated with the work of a Yoga Professional. Demonstrate the application of knowledge to specific Yoga practices.


Section 1

  • Introduction to Yoga and Yogic practices
  • Introduction to hatha yoga
  • Introduction to Patanjali

Section 2

  • Introduction to human systems, yoga and health
  • Yoga for wellness- prevention and promotion of positive health
  • Yoga and stress management


Section 3 Sukhshma Vyayama and Shat Karma

  • Sukshma Vyayama
  • Shat Karma (only knowledge)
  • Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation)

Section 4

  • Asana

Section 5

  • Pranayama
  • Practices leading to Meditation

Section 6

Teaching Practice

  • Knowledge of scope of practice of Yoga
  • Demonstrated ability
  • Principles and skills for educating aspirants
  • Principles and skills for working with groups


Evaluation Criteria

S.No. Subject Name Weight Age %
1 Introduction to Yoga and Yogic Practices 15
2 Introduction to Human Body and Psyche 15
3 Yogic Sukshma Vyayama, Suryanamaskar & Shat Kriya 10
4 Asana 25
5 Pranayama and Meditation 15
6 Instructing the students, Instructing skills 20
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