Career Option in Yoga

A Yogic career choice

A. Field description:

Introduced by Saint Patanjali, yoga - a Sanskrit word - is derived from the Sanskrit root yuj and means "to control", "to yoke" or "to unite". It is a way of life, an art of righteous living or an integrated system for the benefit of the body, mind and inner spirit. This art originated, was perfected and practiced in India thousands of years ago,  as can be seen from the references in 'Upanishads' and 'Puranas' composed by Indian Aryans in the post-Vedic period.

B.Education Guide

Education Details:

To become a Yoga instructor, one should have a post graduate diploma in Yoga or at least a diploma. The diploma, post graduate diploma, degree & PG degree courses are offered by the private and Government colleges in India and around the globe.

Course Duration & Eligibility:

  • Certificate course - 8th pass - 6 months
  • Diploma course - 10th pass - 6 months
  • B.Sc yoga - 12th - 3 years
  • PG Diploma - any degree - 1 year
  • M.Sc Yoga - any degree - 2 years
  • M.Phil Yoga - 1 year
  • Ph.D. Yoga - 2 years

Approximate Education Expenses:

The total expenses for doing degree in Yoga and its related fields are as follows

  • Certificate course - 2000 Rs
  • Diploma course - 3000 Rs
  • B.Sc yoga - 10000 Rs per year
  • PG Diploma - 4000 Rs
  • M.Sc Yoga - 15000 Rs per year
  • M.Phil Yoga - 20000 Rs
  • Ph.D. Yoga - depends upon the university
C.Institutions that offer this Education

For details on colleges and institutions that provide courses on Yoga please visit

D.Job Opportunities and Job Roles

By teaching yoga, you can help people increase their flexibility and strength, enhance their self-awareness and have a sense of unity with all life. You can provide your students with the opportunity to experience feelings of joy and peace.

Yoga is now offered in nearly every gym and health club. As a yoga instructor, you can express your own creative spirit through your classes. You might choose to specialize in any of the following:

  • Yoga for physical fitness
  • Yoga therapy
  • Spiritual yoga
  • Prenatal or postnatal yoga
  • Poga for kids
  • Yoga for couples
  • Corporate yoga
  • Yoga for seniors
  • Workshops or retreats

And you can become a:

  • Yoga instructor
  • Yoga teacher
  • Yoga Therapist
  • Yoga Instructor in GYM
  • Lecturer in Yoga
E.Approximate Salary Range

In India the salary can be from Rs.5000 to 20000 for starters and increases with experience and knowledge. Abroad the salary can be from Rs.40000 to 100000 for starters.

F.Related Links

The international society for yoga has links to program of study and job details:

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