Practice of the Month


GMM promotes yoga to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee Year 

Ghantali Mitra Mandal (GMM), Member Institute of Indian Yoga Association has entered the Diamond Jubilee Year of its foundation. All at GMM are giving relentless and selfless service to society to make Yoga maximum applicable. On the eve of new year, a grand function of…

RV Institute of Management curates a certification course for senior citizens 

In a groundbreaking move, the RV Institute of Management (RVIM), Associate Centre of Indian Yoga Association has curated a month-long certification course tailored specifically for senior citizens, focusing on the Common Yoga Protocol. This innovative course is designed to cater to the unique health and…

SRD Girls Degree College organises Workshop 

SRD Girls Degree College, Hathras, Uttar Pradesh conducts 7days yoga workshop for the post graduate students in association with Indian Yoga Association (IYA). Yogacharya Sumit Kumar Singh, Member, Uttar Pradesh State Chapter, IYA was instrumental in organising the workshop.

Yog Sports Association of Bengal hosts awarness programme 

Yog Sports Association of Bengal, Associate Centre of Indian Yoga Association organises yoga awarness programme in the remote villages of West Bengal in Megha Yoga Club & Vyamagar in association with Indian Yoga Association. The awareness programs were also conducted in Darjeeling & Coochbehar for…

Jharkhand SCC conducts the 89th day celebration of Yoga Mahotsav 

On the 89th day of the ‘100 Days Countdown Yoga Mahotsav of International Yoga Day 2024,” an event sponsored by the Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga (MDNIY), New Delhi, under the Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India, took place in two sessions at Dani…

Anjali Acupressure Therapy and Yoga Center celebrates Holi 

The Anjali Acupressure Therapy and Yoga Center, Associate Centre of Indian Yoga Association, recently marked the occasion of Holi Milan at Nehru Bal Udyan with vibrant celebrations. Participants joyously engaged in the festivities, adorning each other with flower petals and applying colorful gulal tilak. Amidst…

TNSCC and GTN Arts College organises International Conference 

Tamil Nadu State Chapter of Indian Yoga Association and GTN Arts College (Autonomous), Dindigul jointly held a 2-day International Conference on Physical Education and Yoga recently. The inauguration was presided over by Dr P Balagurusamy, Principal of GTN Arts College. Dr. R. Durai, Director, GTN…

NIRAMAYA offers free training 

NIRAMAYA, Associate Centre of Indian Yoga Association continues to promote yoga and the motto of the Association to uplift the rural sector of the society. Under the rural project Yog-Chetana and Yogabhishek, NIRAMAYA is offering free yoga training to the students. In March, 2024 about…

Yoga & Happiness organises felicitation ceremony 

Yoga & Happiness, Associate Centre of Indian Yoga Association on March 24, 2024, hosted a memorable convocation and certificate distribution ceremony, honoring over 150 candidates who successfully completed their training and received prestigious certificates from both the Yoga Certification Board (YCB) and IYA. The event…

Flax Sesame Crackers 

Flax Sesame Crackers are a healthy light wheat cracker with good quantity of sesame seeds and flax seeds. Oats used in the dish are rich in antioxidants, lowers cholesterol, improves blood sugar. Flax seeds are a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids reduces inflammation and…

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18 Apr 2024


How to Prepare Theory for YCB Examination?
Yoga Academics & Accreditation

How to Prepare Theory for YCB Examination? 

by Dr Charu Sharma,

Yoga Technical Manager, Indian Yoga Association Personnel Certification Board

Quality Certification in Yoga helps Yoga professionals to select the level and category as per their skills and competences. YCB certification ranges from basic yoga protocol to Yoga Teacher & Evaluator. It is not any course, but a Professional examination. Like any other competitive examination YCB also has a defined syllabus and some basic guidelines. Candidate has to qualify this exam in two parts, i.e. theory and practical. Today, we will discuss about Theory exam preparation. Now, first question arises “Can we prepare it on our own or we should go for coaching?”

Well, YCB exam can easily be qualified on your own with proper planning and self study. The first step towards the preparation for YCB examination is to go through the syllabus of the exam of desired level and make a note of the weightage of various topics. It will help you to plan your preparation accordingly. Few points should consider at the time of preparation i.e.

  • Collect the resource material
  • Go through the concepts and make notes
  • Always check your knowledge before exam
  • Stay positive and confident

Resource Material

  1. It is always a good idea to read original text or explanations of text by learned gurus. Many translations on original Hathayogic text and related books are available therefore candidate can choose books according to the preference of language and understanding.
  2. IYA PrCB started “Yog-Pranjna” E-newsletter which consists of “Prepare Yourself” & “Check Your Knowledge” section for preparation.

Suggested References for theory

  • Gheranda samhita
  • Hathayogapradipika
  • Patanjali Yoga Sutra
  • Jnana Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Karma Yoga, Raja Yoga
  • Yogic Sukshma Vyayama- Dhirendra Brahmachari ji
  • A Beginner’s Guide to Ayurveda
  • Anatomy and Physiology of Yogic Practices
  • Management of Common Diseases
  • Yoga Teachers Manual for School Teachers
  • Upanishads (Kalayan), Geeta Press

How to Prepare Notes

Two types of notes can be prepared.

  1. Detailed Notes
  2. Revision/Short Notes

Explained Notes

  • We recommend in-depth study of texts for better understanding.
  • Firstly, Go and find the types of questions (can check section “Check your Knowledge” from the “Yog Pranjna” or sample papers from IYA PrCB website.
  • Then start making your notes for the concepts given in the syllabus. (If needed, seek help from the experts)
  • Notes should have introduction, necessity/ relation to our life, how can we use it/process, benefits and contraindications of practice.
  • Also write main Sutra/Sloka related to the topic.

Revision Notes

  • These notes will be very helpful at the time of examination for quick revision.
  • Write the name of subject. Eg. Kriyayoga
  • Then subparts- example- Tapa, Swadhyay, Ishwar Pranidhan.
  • Write related shloka/sutra of each topic and subtopic
  • Also write important points as benefit or contraindication in brief
  • If possible, make any rhyme or game to learn lengthy concepts.

Group Discussion

Always study for your own growth and go deeper into the concepts. Group discussion is a nice way to learn more and it helps us in generating new ideas about a topic. It also makes us aware about our weakness and strength which provide us opportunity to improve our self. It will also help you to check your knowledge.

At last, students can polish their study skills and exam preparation skill through hard work and inner motivation. Exam is only way to bind yourself in time but learning something new and deep is a good habit.
Best wishes!


Online Series

Quality Certification Examination

IYA Personnel Certification Board during the lockdown because of COVID-19 Pandemic has started with ‘Get to Know Each Other’ series online. The first session of the series ‘To know about Quality Certification Examination’ was by Smt.Ankita Pandey, Operational Manager, IYA PrCB. It was held on April 23, 2020 and the session went on for one hour. An expert in managing examinations, Smt.Ankita also answered the queries of during the live session on their Facebook page

Hathapradipika & Gheranda Samhita

In line with the ongoing online series ‘Get to Know Each Other’ series, Dr Charu Sharma, Yoga Technical Manager, IYA PrCB held a session on ‘Hathapradipika & Gheranda Samhita’ on April 30, 2020. The Facebook Live went on for almost an hour where she answered the queries from the audience on their Facebook page

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