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Jun 23 2015 : The Times of India (Mumbai)
Scheme launched to certify yoga teachers across globe
Sandhya Soman

After successfully appealing for an International Day for Yoga from the UN, the government has launched a voluntary certification scheme for yoga teachers to keep an eye on the wellness business.
Launched a day after Yoga Day , the Scheme for Voluntary Certification of Yoga Professionals is “mentored“ by the ministry of Ayush and owned by Quality Council of India (QCI), an autonomous body that provides accreditation standards for various sectors.

The aim is to discourage fly-by-night operators who set up schools to cash in on the popularity of yoga. As reported by TOI earlier, the government roped in the National Accreditation Board for Certification Bodies, a part of QCI, to come up with a framework to verify credentials of yoga teachers using international best practices. “There are three lev els­­teacher, master and guru. Only level 1 teacher certification is being launched.Others will follow,“ said Anil Jauhri, CEO, NABCB.

Initially, QCI will certify individual teachers as there are no certification bodies in India. Those interested can log on to yogacertification.qci.org.in in to download application forms. Officials hope soon there will be interest in the process, which is based on ISO:17024 international standards, so that personal certification bodies from across the world would seek accreditation.

Accredited bodies will, in turn, certify individual teachers based on the competence standards spelled out in the scheme. “People around the world are practising yoga and if you do it in a different way , it can harm you. Now experts are getting togeth er and saying what is the right way of doing yoga,“ said R P Singh, secretary general, QCI. Singh said there are different protocols to certify each level.

Examiners will test ap plicants on their knowl edge of Patanjali's yoga sutras, Bhagavad Gita and Hatha yoga theory .

They will also be expe cted to know how yoga affects anatomy , physi ology , psychology and diet. Applicants will al so have to demonstrate knowledge and skill in performing yogic sukshma vyayama and shat kri ya, suryanamaskar and yogasana, and pranayama and meditation.

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