How to get Yoga Teacher certification through NIOS training program

Are you searching for information on how to become a government certified yoga instructor and set up your own yoga center in India? You can do so through the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) certification course in Yoga Teachers Training. This article provides complete information on the curriculum of the program, eligibility requirements and application procedure.

National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) is offering a certification course in Yoga Teacher' Training. The program is open to Indian and foreign nationals.

About the program

The Yoga Teachers Training program is an exhaustive one, including modules which incorporate just about everything related to yoga. Thus, you will learn right from the basics of understanding the human anatomy & physiology and the principles and philosophy of yoga to learning the concepts of diet associated with it. You will also get equipped with the requisite skills to train others and even learn about the conducting of yoga classes.

The scheme of study includes 30% theoretical study, 50% practical training and 20% learners' portfolio.
In addition to self-instructional study material, classes will be organized at Accredited Vocational Institutes (AVIs)/Study centres with hands-on practical training facilities at these centers to gain actual experience. Audio-visual supported material will also be provided where required. Currently, the course material is available in Hindi medium only. However, NIOS plans to introduce it in English and Sanskrit as well at a future date.

Successful completion of the program will enable you to set up your own independent yoga center or be employed with health clubs, corporate houses, etc.


The minimum contact hours of the course are 240 hours totally, with an option to pursue the program in one of two modes – a month's residential course or a six months' course in workshop mode (three workshops will be conducted, with each workshop of 10 days.)

Course curriculum

The curriculum consists of three theory papers and two practical training papers. The learning modules are as follows:
  1. Module 1 - Philosophy & Physiology of Yoga (Theory Paper):
    • Lesson 1: Yoga and Yogic Texts

    • Lesson 2: Ashtang Yoga

    • Lesson 3: Yogic Culture & Value Education

  2. Module 2 - Human Body, Diet and Cleansing (Theory Paper):
    • Lesson 4: Human Anatomy and Physiology

    • Lesson 5: Yogic Diet

    • Lesson 6: Shatkarma

  3. Module 3 - Applied Yoga (Theory Paper):
    • Lesson 7: Subtle exercises

    • Lesson 8: Yoga Asanas

    • Lesson 9: Pranayams & Meditation

    • Lesson 10: Yoga for all

  4. Modules 4 & 5 are Practical Components :
    • Module 4 - Yogic Practice and Training - This includes Yoga Asanas, subtle exercises, Pranyams, Suryanamaskar, Mantra chanting, etc

    • Module 5 - Yoga Teaching Skill (Micro/Macro-Teaching Practical/Training Paper) – This includes Principles of demonstration, Voice projection, floor presence, Dealing with injuries and safety precautions, Yoga Teaching Practicum, etc.

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Academic qualification: You should have passed Class 12 exam (minimum educational qualification) or an equivalent from any recognized Board of School Education/University.

  2. Age criteria: You should be 18 and above.

Course Fee

The course fee is Rs.10,000/- for Indian Citizens $ 500 for foreign nationals, the fee being shared by NIOS and AVI in the proportion of 30% : 70%. The fee includes: (i) cost of study material; (ii) examination fee and (iii) practical/training fees. The centre will charge a separate fee for accommodation, food & other miscellaneous facilities.

Evaluation and Certification

To appear for the exam, you need to apply for it in the prescribed format. There will be a separate evaluation of the theory and practical components. NIOS will award the final certificate on your successfully completing the program. You need to secure minimum 50% marks in all components separately to be eligible for certification.

Exam marks and paper duration

The total marks of the theory + practicals is 500.
  1. Philosophy & Physiology of Yoga (Theory paper): 50 marks, 3 hours; minimum marks to score is 50

  2. Human Body, Diet and Cleansing (Theory paper): 50 marks, 3 hours; minimum marks to score is 50

  3. Applied Yoga (Theory paper): 50 marks, 3 hours; minimum marks to score is 50

  4. Yogic Practice and Training (Practical Paper ) + Learners Portfolio: 200 marks,
    5 hours; minimum marks to score is 150

  5. Yoga Teaching Skill and Practice (Micro/Macro-Teaching - Practical Paper ) + Learners Portfolio: 150 marks, 3 hours; minimum marks to score is 100.

How to apply

You can obtain the prospectus and the application form in the prescribed format offline from NIOS or its training centre or online from the NIOS website

You can submit your application form any time during the year at the training centre or take admission online. The admission will be valid for five years.

Admission form:

Contact information

National Institute of Open Schooling
A-24/25, Institutional Area,
Sector - 62,
Distt. Gautam Budh Nagar, Uttar Pradesh - 201 309
For any Query call the Learner Support Centre (LSC) Toll Free No.:18001809393 or send an email to:

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Author: Natarajan15 Nov 2017 Member Level: Gold   Points : 1

A nice article about the option to become a Government certified Yoga trainer without having to spend much on the private schools.This would be good option for part time job prospects, in our neighborhood there are lot of apartments wherein the instructor takes 3-4 batches for various age groups. I think not being fluent in English will be a drawback for interested candidates to register. Many private organisations in this field issue certificates that have international validation. Is this the case with NIOS yoga teacher certification too or is it only valid in India?

Guest Author: Suresh08 Jun 2019

Please inform me about the study centers which are in Kerala.

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