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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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19 Apr 2024


HSSC Technical Committee Meeting introduces New Job Roles
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HSSC Technical Committee Meeting introduces New Job Roles 

The world of Yoga is expanding rapidly and many new opportu­nities are being created world­wide for the young enthusiasts to take up professional studies in Yoga and Yoga Therapy. IYA is collaborating with the Healthcare Sector Skill Council (HSSC) to develop job roles in the field of Yoga and Yoga therapy for the past few years. This is as a result of the felt need that such job opportunities be created for Yoga professionals to receive the best social and financial benefits.
A meeting of the Technical Committee of the Healthcare Sector Skill Council (HSSC), Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship was held on July 23, 2020 to discuss the new job roles under HSSC. The meeting was in continuation to an earlier Technical Committee meeting held on June 3, 2020.

In the previous meeting, two new job roles of Yoga Instructor CYP (Common Yoga Protocol) and Yoga Wellness Teacher, their qualification packs and national occupation standards (QP NOS) were drafted.

Similar roles had existed previously under the Beauty & Wellness Sector Skill Council (BWSSC) as Yoga Instructor, Yoga Trainer and Senior Yoga Trainer. It was decided in the National Consultative Committee, that above roles of BWSSC will now be taken up as two new roles as above under HSSC.

A core committee was constituted to draft the QP NOS as per the direction of the Chairman of the Commit­tee and this included Dr Karuna Nagarajan, Associate Professor, S-VYASA, Dr Nideesh Yadav, Patanjali Yogpeeth, Haridwar, Sri Mayur Karthik, Faculty, Sri Sri School of Yoga, AOL, Dr Sharad Bhalekar, Princi­pal, GS College, Kaivalyadhama, Lonavla and Smt. Anshu Verma, HSSC.

As all programs are now going online due to the COVID19 Pandemic, the meeting also discussed an online MTOT for Yoga Therapy Assistant job role. The details of such a job role had been previously discussed in meetings held at Art of Living, Bangalore earlier last year and attended by representatives of IYA institutions and committee members.

A detailed discussion was held by the Technical Committee on July 23, 2020 and the expert members of the meeting included Sri S Sridharan, Trustee, Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram, Chennai and Life Member, IYA; Dr Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani, Director, CYTER of Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth and Director, SPPPRC IYA; Shri Arun Pandala, Sivananda Yoga Centre; Pandit Radheyshyam Mishra, Ujjain Yoga life Society; Shri Durgadas Savant, Yoga Vidya Niketan; Dr Sampadananda Mishra, Director, SAFIC, Sri Aurobindo Society & Secretary, PY UTCC, IYA; Shri Nataraj, Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre; Smt. Thangalakshmi Balasubramaniam, VK; Smt. Sunanda Rathi, Chiranjivi Foundation; Dr. R Elangovan, WCSC; Dr Nidheesh Yadhav,.University of Patanjali, Haridwar; Dr Charu Sharma, Yoga Technical Manager, IYA PrCB; Dr Anita Singh, Smt.Priyanka, Smt Anshu Verma, Sr Manager, HSSC and Smt Thrushal Sunman, Secretariat, IYA.

With regard to the Yoga Instructor – Common Yoga Protocol (CYP), it was recommend that they be trained and empowered to demonstrate and teach the yoga techniques of the CYP under the guidance of Yoga Well­ness Teacher. It was felt that such individuals need to have good communication, time management skills and ability to understand the requirement and limitations of the participants. The experts opined that they must possess key qualities such as self-discipline, confidence, maturity, patience, compassion, active listen­ing, empathetic, and language proficiency. It was unanimously stressed that such candidates should have regular personal yoga sadhana.

Similarly the Yoga Wellness Teacher would be trained and empowered to teach yoga for promotion of well­ness in educational institutions, yoga studios, workplaces, yoga wellness centres/Primary Health care cen­tres etc. They would also be empowered so that they can guide other yoga professionals for relevant yoga demonstrations as per the Common Yoga Protocol (CYP). All members opined that such individuals need in addition to skills mentioned for instructor additional abilities of management and leadership skills to direct the team.

The committee discussed in details all aspects of the two new Qualification Packs and National Occupa­tional Standards and the process is now furthered through open validation by member institutional and other stakeholders. It is anticipated that these QPs and NOS will become a part of the National Skill Registry by the end of this year and that thousands will benefit through such innovative endeavors promulgated by the Government of India.

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