M.A. (Yogashastra)

(This programme will be conducted in offline mode.)

Date of commencement: 18th August 2022

This programme is designed for those who have basic knowledge of the theory and practice of Yoga and who want to pursue higher studies in it. The intensive programme gives an opportunity to explore different dimensions of Yoga including philosophical, psychological, textual, and physiological aspects of Yoga. The pedagogy makes it possible for the student to understand the development of the profound system of Yoga and the influence it had on the intellectual and spiritual traditions of ancient India. We offer a variety of elective courses which students can choose as per their interest.

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Key Information


1. B.A. (Yogashastra) or Graduation from any other Discipline with Diploma in Yoga or equivalent course in Yoga with 500 marks or 200 hours of learning from a recognized institute.

2. Exceptional candidates with a score lower than 55% may be considered eligible on the basis of interview.


Teaching-learning happens in a combination of theory lectures and practical sessions. While teaching theory topics, teachers mainly adopt the constructivist approach of pedagogy by which students can participate in the process of understanding and not just passively receive the information. This approach helps to develop critical thinking amongst the students. A collaborative learning approach is adopted for teaching Yoga practicals where students can learn a particular practice by observing a teacher, a demonstrator and other classmates. Students learn the practices well when they are learnt collaboratively in a group.  



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Semester I Semester II
Fundamentals of Yoga  Haṭhayoga-pradīpikā 
Sāṃkhya and Yoga Darśana Yoga Darśana
Anatomy and Physiology Yoga Therapy
Elective 1: Yoga Masters Elective 1: Diet and Nutrition 
Elective 2: Upaniṣads Elective 2: Selected Yoga Upaniṣads
Elective 3: Applied Yoga Elective 3: Yoga and Human Consciousness
Practical Practical
Semester III Semester IV
Yoga and Holistic Health Complementary and Alternative Therapies - Ayurveda and Naturopathy 
Yoga Education  Introduction to Haṭhayoga texts
Psychology Dissertation
Elective 1: Bhagavadgītā - I Elective 1: Bhagavadgītā - II
Elective 2: Alternative Therapies Elective 2: Modern Researches in Yoga
Elective 3: Concepts of Indian Philosophy Elective 3: Dharmas in  Abhidharma
Elective 4: Introduction to Buddhism Practical + Internship - Minimum One month


Bharatiya Sanskriti Peetham has expert faculty members, who have several years of experience in this field. Teachers are experts in the field of Yoga, Sanskrit, Philosophy, Psychology, Medical Science etc. and they bring diverse perspectives that enhance teaching learning outcomes. Practical sessions on asanas, mudras, kriyas are conducted with the personal attention of the faculty members

Our curriculum covers all the aspects of Yoga with thorough details. Students have an option to choose the elective papers in all the semesters as per their own interests.

The K J Somaiya Institute of Dharma Studies has a library with over 30,000 books  which is an important resource for learning.

The K J Somaiya Institute of Dharma Studies regularly organises special lectures, seminars and workshops on different themes in areas of Religion, Culture and Philosophy. In addition, there are field trips to heritage sites. This offers students opportunities to meet students of other disciplines in informal learning forums which is an unmatched experience.

Programme Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the programme, students will be able to:

  • Teach Yoga and participate in the research in the field of Yoga.
  • Understand all the aspects of Yoga including Psychology, Physiology, Philosophy, Therapy etc