Yoga: Step-by-Step


About this Online Correspondence Course:

This correspondence course is the best basic training in Classical Yoga through the written word now available. The Yoga: Step-By-Step Correspondence Course study is one of the requirements for those desiring to participate in the Six Month International Yoga Teacher’s Training Course held each year at ICYER from October 2 through March 25th.

Yogamaharishi Dr. Swami Gitananda Giri developed this course in 1971 and the fifty-two weekly lessons are well illustrated with photographs and line drawings. It contains a practical, systematic step-by-step instruction in the integral practice of Rishiculture Ashtanga (Gitananda) Yoga. Students answer the weekly lesson-questionnaire and submit their papers to ICYER – Ananda Ashram for evaluation quarterly.

The course has now been converted into an ONLINE RECORDED OFFERING since 2nd October 2020 and is led by Yogacharya Dr Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani and a Team of 25 International Mentors of the Rishiculture Ashtanga (Gitananda) Yoga tradition from all over the world.

DOWNLOAD: Course Table of Contents

The course is being run as 4 modules as originally devised by Pujya Swamiji and hence students will register for each module separately thus reducing any financial burden on the individual.

  • Module I – Introductory Practices of Gitananda Yoga
  • Module II – Intermediate Practices of Gitananda Yoga
  • Module III – Advanced Practices of Gitananda Yoga
  • Module IV – Senior Practices of Gitananda Yoga

Students will only receive the soft copies of the lessons for that module and no hard bound copies will be sent. Additional handouts will be prepared and shared along with audio and video links as appropriate from time to time.

Students will receive the recordings of the sessions held weekly that explore the lesson of the week and also benefit from the extra videos and other supportive links shared regularly. An interactive group is active on Facebook with opportunities for all students and mentors to learn and share with TEAM 52 of ICYER. This establishes a personal rapport within the students and mentors, through regular correspondence guiding each one through problems and difficulties.

Certificate of proficiency is awarded upon successful completion of the course that has now been approved as an Advanced Certificate in Yoga by the Indian Yoga Association. Included, as a bonus is a free one-year digital subscription to the monthly journal Yoga Life.


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Yoga Teacher Training
Yoga: Step-By-Step is a prerequisite for the Yoga Teacher Training Program offered annually at Ananda Ashram in Pondicherry, India. CLICK HERE for more about the Yoga Teacher’s Training Course