To introduce professionalism to this field, the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has launched an online credit course in Yoga. Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana (S-VYASA) University, Bangalore, has produced four SWAYAM Yoga online credit courses for the council.
These short-term courses are now available to graduates, diploma holders, and yoga enthusiasts through the Study Webs of Active-Learning for Young Aspiring Minds (SWAYAM) platform.
The four courses carry four credit points spread over 16 weeks. The modules consist of 20-hour-long video lectures and reading material as the course includes both theory and practical components. Students are allowed to enrol for one or all four courses as per their choice. The training will be imparted by teachers/course coordinators, who have done Ph.D. in Yoga and philosophy. After completing the course, the students will have more employability.
“These courses give an edge to those who learn yoga as a hobby. They get certified as a professional trainer, who can find jobs in gyms, schools and colleges. Also, they can start yoga training institutes and studios, which are gaining demand in society,” says Bhat, highlighting the growing fad of personal yoga trainers hired by celebrities and sportspeople, who get decent remuneration. Yoga offers multiple health benefits if it is embraced as a lifestyle and not as an alternative treatment. Yoga helps in controlling PCOD, diabetes, thyroid and BP, besides controlling weight.