Practice of the Month


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…

YVNites honored at KKSU 

In 12th Convocation of Kavi Kulguru Kalidas Sanskrit University, Ramtek on March 6, 2024, YVN trained teacher (33rd YTTC Dadar), Smt Vanita Mugdam felicitated with gold medal for standing highest in M. A. in Yogashastra through open and distance education (ODL) by scoring 86.5 %…

YVN to conclude Golden Jubilee Celebrations 

Yoga Vidya Niketan, Member Institute, Indian Yoga Association is celebrating its Golden Jubilee Year from March 2023 to April 2024. Concluding function of Golden Jubilee Year Celebration will be held on April 9, 2024, in between 4pm to 7pm, at Yoga Bhavan, the own structure…

YVN organises events to promote Yoga 

Annual Exhibition Yoga Vidya Niketan, Member Institute of Indian Yoga Association held one day program on Annual Exhibition cum lectures on January 14, 2024 at Yoga Bhavan, Vashi, Navi Mumbai. After floral salute to statue of Swami Kuvalayanand and founder of YVN late Yogacharya Padmashri…

J&K UTCC announces Scholarship Certification Program 

The Jammu and Kashmir Union Territory Chapter Committee in association with Swaraj Yoga Institute announced a scholarship certification program from various categories, border areas and BPL background. The announcement was made under the chairmanship of Dr Shreyansh Jain and Shri Anil Swaraj, Founder, Swaraj Yoga…

Chandigarh SCC organizes Yoga Camp 

Chandigarh State Chapter of Indian Yoga Association organized 5 Days Yoga Camp for a healthy Lifestyle at Government College of Commerce and Business Administration (GCCBA Chandigarh, a constituent college of the Panjab University), Sector 50, Chandigarh from February 26 – March 1, 2024. This boot…

Karnataka SCC conducts GBM at Art of Living Ashram 

Karnataka State Chapter Committee of the Indian Yoga Association organised its General Body Meeting on January 28, 2024 with the blessings of Gurudev Shri Shri Ravishankar, Chairman, Indian Yoga Association at the Art of Living International Center, Bengaluru. The event was attended by the members…

Chandigarh SCC celebrates Republic Day at Consulate General of India, Canada 

Glimpses of the Republic Day celebrations by Shri Ajit Handa, Chairperson, Chandigarh State Chapter Committee at Consulate General of India, Vancouver. He was on a vacation in Canada with is daughter.

SAHS and IYA celebrates International Mind Body Wellness Day 

The NSS unit, School of Allied Health Sciences, Salem, Vinayaka Mission’s Research Foundation (DU) in collaboration with Indian Yoga association celebrated International Mind Body Wellness Day on January 3. On the occasion an awareness programme was held at the Skill Lab Auditorium. Prof.Dr.B.Sendilkumar, Director, SAHS,…

Shree Kala Yoga organises Yoga Trainer Camp 

Shree Kala Yoga, Associate Centre, Indian Yoga Association in along with Gujarat State Yog Board organised Yog Trainer Camp in Gandhidham. As many as 35 trainee attended the 45 days long training camp that commenced on December 1, 2023. The camp culminated on January 16,…

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09 Apr 2024


Yogavani is now One-year old!

Yogavani is now One-year old! 

Yogavani completes one year of its existence, and, as we look back at the year that was, it truly feels that the yoga community has so much more relevance in the world that we live in today.
The Indian Yoga Association’s mandate was to bring together all the Yoga Parampara (the lineages of Yoga) for giving direction to the teaching and propagation of authentic yoga by creating a culture of inclusion and integration.

To this end, we invited experts from various parts of the country, various traditions and schools of Yoga for a meeting organised by the Standard Aca­demics and Accreditation Committee of IYA (SAAC), with an objective of framing a common minimum standard for certification of yoga programs in a non-formal education system.

Developing a syllabus is always tricky, and this one was not easy either. While inclusiveness was the top priority, not compromising on the purity was equally central to the design. The focus had to be kept on making sure everyone was heard, accepted and repre­sented, while keeping the authenticity of Yoga intact. On the other hand the Yoga Certification Board had already started certification schemes and many lead­ing Schools were already offering these courses. So, a big question was why should IYA create a paral­lel framework?

My answer would be simple; because we are the only organisation in the world that have, as its members, almost every leading Yoga parampara that is born to the holy land of India. Because, we enjoy the advan­tage of being a non-governmental, self-regulatory body with an undoubtedly a perpetual existence which is independent and free from political influenc­es and biases. Therefore, we strongly feel that being the representative of the Yoga institutes, IYA has to lead the efforts of accreditation and certification.

The team brought along some learnings from the design and implementation of the Certification of Yoga Professionals Scheme by the Quality Council of India. The lack of any freedom had displeased many a yoga school. Standardization of this sort could destroy the uniqueness of each parampara. Therefore it was important this time to allow some freedom to the schools along with a certain minimum standards or commonality arrived at, by none other than the Yoga schools themselves. This would ensure the uniqueness of each institution for its teaching is catered to, while adhering to a basic framework.

The techniques and methods developed and taught by our revered Yoga Gurus who are drshtas or seers are unique. We must ensure these traditions are continued and not lost in the name of standardisation. The expert committee decided to allow 30% of the syllabus be designed by the institution itself with topics pre­ferred in their parampara.

We also understood that much like the Guru Shishya Parampara, in many of our Yoga schools, it’s the Guru who qualifies the student rather than a formal certificate or a degree. There are many wonderful Yoga teach­ers and Acharyas who have for many years learnt under their Guru and may not necessarily hold a degree in Yoga. Keeping this in mind our team of experts decided to allow the schools to self-declare their own unique process of recruitment, training and qualification of master trainers rather than suggesting any set standards. In the long run it was felt that, in wanting to lay down standards, we may unknowingly damage this beautiful Guru-shishya parampara.

Today, I am extremely happy to share that IYA accreditation has been welcomed and embraced by many member institutions and we are growing each day into a bigger and bigger family of Yoga professionals trained from the leading Yoga institutes of our country!

I would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate the entire team of Yogavani and the Director of the Standing PR and Publications Committee for completing one year of spreading wisdom of Yoga and pulling so many lives out of despair and hopelessness during the past year of unrest. I hope you all enjoy reading this annual issue of Yogavani!

Smt. Kamlesh Barwal

(Secretary General, Indian Yoga Association)

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