Commonly, the term Yoga Education has been referred to as the training and teaching process of Yoga, though it should also be seen as the application of Yoga techniques to bestow better support to the education process. The target of both the disciplines is the same and that is enhancement of socially useful potentials of human personality. To achieve this target, the system of Yoga lays foundation stones whereupon the education system may flourish in all areas.
Modern educationists are taking interest in improving the quality of education with the help of yoga system. Yoga in education should lead to the development of harmonious personality and behaviour at all levels. An atmosphere needs to be created where the students study yoga with their own enthusiasm. To the whole the higher level of education is the fittest for integration of yoga.

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In the current Indian perspective, the role to be played by the education system is facing new challenges. Normally the main aims of education have been the physical, psychological, interpersonal, professional and spiritual refinement of a personality. In modern Indian perspective it is deemed that the system of education should also be helpful in the attainment of the objectives of socialism and democracy mentioned in Indian constitution too. Besides , to attain refinement at the level of thoughts (intellectual development) and feelings (affective aspect), contributing to the development of national character and scientific mentality among the people, at present it is seriously being felt that the aim of education should also include the liberation of mind and soul as well. Acharya Vinobha Bhave , the spiritual heir of Mahatma Gandhi suggested the same that Education in India should be based on three principles i.e yoga (spiritual training), udyoga (vocational training) and sahayoga (social training)

Areas of educational processes

Certain thrust areas positively concerned with educational process have been identified, where the potential of yogic practices are duly proved:

Treatment of physical difficulties. Improvement of mental health,and developing resistance to strain. Promotion of emotional balances and control on Hyperactivity.

Positive aspects of yoga :

1.      Promotion of willpower
2.      Development of perseverance in students
3.      Education and training about inner self
4.      Unfolding creative consciousness
5.      Promotion of uniqueness or talent in the students

 Aims of Education

ü  Comprehensive development of Human personality
ü  Free child from bodily, mental and supernatural miseries
ü  Physical , mental, intellectual and spiritual growth
ü  Moral preparation of pupil
ü  Understanding of human nature
ü  Development of scientific attitude and logical and intellectual faculties

Teacher & Taught

         Great importance to teacher
         Not only a theoretician but also a demonstrator
         Give practical demonstration to the student (scientific notion)
         Teacher has power of knowledge, power of will and power of action.
         Role is that of scientist in our age


         Surrender to his teacher for his total cure
         Without teacher nothing can be obtained by the student.


Not explicitly laid down
  • System stands for psycho-physical training of human child
  • Provides literature which arouses interest amongst students in moral life.
  • Embodies such specific sciences as  medicine, clinical psychology, social sciences
  • Yoga  approves  all  those  subjects  which  deal  with  human physiology, true human nature and hidden laws of nature
  • Comprehensive
  • Most appropriate to the evolution of individual and society
  •   If  society  are  highly  evolved  divine  culture  can  be  happily fostered

Methods Of Education

         ‘cittavrthinirodha‘ ( concentration/ meditation) involves right cognition, wrong cognition, imagination, memory.
         Concentration as the most essential method
         Scientific attitude development method
         Yoga  adopts  not  only  the  scientific  attitude  but  also  the Programmatic one

         The system also believes in Discriminative method in acquiring knowledge.
         The law of Association in education constitutes great importance in the yoga.


         Education & Discipline are identical
         Discipline is the means of which yoga is the aim
         One has to discipline oneself bodily, mentally and intellectually whether he is a teacher or taught so that he may learn.( Teacher & Taught both)
         Disciplining of body and mind is the core of educational process.
Education system not only in India but the modern globalizing world also really is in great need of taking help of yoga system. Therefore it is high time to think seriously on inclusion of yoga and yogic values in education system.

Self education (education of self realization): Yoga renders self education. It is nothing but education of self awareness. Yoga teaches us how to live with wisdom, not with the worldly orientations, present education system should inculcate this yogic value intensively. Yoga system can impart progressive training for the development of self awareness and educate us about the realities of our being and becoming.

Pursuit of the Transcendental state of Psyche: The paramount aim of yoga system is the pursuit of the transcendental state of psyche I.e Nidhidhyasana, assumed as an essential aspect of the ancient Indian system of study and education. Samadhi leads to the Nidhidhyasana state which further escorts the wisdom. The experience of Samadhi is not a very difficult or rare stage. Like other components of yoga it is also attainable. Samadhi is a state of consciousness, which begets energy, awareness and delight to the experiencing being for his/her creative thoughts and actions. Morever, the real creativity is impossible to achieve without attaining Samadhi state. A creative Samadhi is again hard to achieve without adopting high moral values in daily life.

Samadhi (transcendental state) further leads to wisdom. Yoga teaches how to attain wisdom. Knowledge through real vision or wisdom, accomplished by profound meditation, directed to the Samadhi is the real attainment. Learning through mind and senses is a shallow class of knowledge, which leads to complexity. In most of the institutions today, we find that majority of the student are growing with a complexity. Complex living patterns leads to tensions.Methods of peaceful living are not being included in present education system.

Development of General Awareness: The objectives of Yoga , besides causing physical, mental and spiritual unfoldment in an individual, are also the inculcation of social and ecological awareness within oneself. Yoga system emphasizes on awareness of very subtle aspects, hardly attainable subject of single pointed focus. It leads to the awareness of the external environment in its fullest extent and awareness of the external environment in its full depth as well as awareness of internal environment in its full depth as well as awareness of those aspects, which are beyond internal and external attainability. Normally people are so absorbed in self-centred endeavors and materialistic sensual enjoyments around their world that they are unable to see the pros and cons or good and bad effects of their conducts. With the awareness of Yogic values, slowly one experiences the joy present in his surrounding and after a time finds himself deeply connected with his external environment and starts appreciating the truths of ecology.. so the general awareness leading to the deeper appreciation and realizations should be the essence of yoga in education.

Promotion of will Power and Perseverance: The path of Yoga is a test as well as the training of will power. Will power is a quality that plays its major role in every creative performance and success.

Management of Mental Health : In the Eight-limbic system of yoga, Patanjali recommended the observance of Yama and Niyama, for the management of conscious emotional conflicts, whereas, as far as the subconscious emotional are concerned he recommended Asana and Pranayama. stability of body , brought about by the practice of Asana may lead to the emotional stability and psychological wll-being. Many psychologists on the basis of their experimental results and clinical experiences found that Yoga is an effective instrument of modification of human behavior.

Treatment of Physical Difficulties: From the period of later Upanishads it was duly emphasized that the practice of yogic postures and yogic breathing, in addition to mental and ethical disorders are also able to alleviate physical pains and problems.

Management of Stress Disorders : Stress can be controlled by recommended Yogic techniques. Yoga appears as a system of self- healing, causes remarkable reduction in anxiety and hypertension.

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