This book has been written on the basis of Yoga syllabus approved and
recommended by the international Board of yoga Santa Cruz Mumbai India
for the benefit of the students of school and colleges business
executives administrators and other men and women of any age.
Various courses of psycho-physical practices of integrated yoga system
are described for the development of physical health and hygiene mental
relaxation and concentration emotional control and discipline spiritual
enlightenment and development. All these things are possible through
scientific training of dynamic static rhythmic psycho-physical yogic
asanas control of bioenergy yogic pranayamas pacificator practices of
Yogic pratyahara ethical moral values of Yogic yamas and niyamas
balanced diet i. e. yogic aharas.
These courses have been formulated by the Yoga Institute on the basis
of the experience and research of sixty years on medical and
educational values of yoga ideology and technology.
Yogacharya Dr. Hansraj Yadav was born on 12 may 1931 on Yogeswar Nagar,
Dadar, Rampur, Dist. Jaunpur (U.P) in North India. He spent his early
childhood at his father’s farm looking after their cows etc. and as per
prevailing custom of those times was married at the tender age of 12
years. Thereafter the course of his life changed as he got on
opportunity to go to school. With his keen enthusiasm hard work and
correct guidance from his teachers he passed the 8th Std. in just three
years. His late father Sangramji was a bhakti yogi and together with
his uncle Jayramji the young Hansraj attended several spiritual
discourses. He was so enamored by this that he studied the teachings of
Satyarth Prakash. Sant Kabirdas, Panchtantra Hitopdesh, Geeta etc. He
was initiated to the study of yoga by Pramhans Paribrakacharya of Uttar
Kashi and was taught practices like various asanas prenaymas kriyas
He was fortunate enough to meet several great yogis of his time form
whom he leant a lot. His search for yogic knowledge brought him Bombay
(Mumbai) where he met Gurudev Yogendraji the founder president of the
yoga Inst at Santa Cruz and under his tutelage he completed the yoga
teachers training course very effectively.
In 1958 he was invited by Prof. T. K. Tope to teach the students and
staff of the university. Hansraj’s teachings in a simple yet scientific
way were very much appreciated by his student and staff and their
encouragement inspired him, to his life’s mission of teaching and
In 1959 he was invited to teach Yoga to the students and staff of the
Allahabad University where he also taught other distinguished men of
the city like Sumitrandan Pant etc.
In 1963 he conducted various yoga activities at the Yoga Inst. At Santa
Cruz and in 1964 undertook the survey of nature cure Yoga & spiritual
Inst. Of India under a Govt. of India sponsored Project.
In 1975 he was invited to teach at the Banaras Hindu University as a
visiting Yogacharya. From time to time he was invited by other
Universities in various countries like U.S.A, U.K, Hongkong, Thailand,
At present he regularly conducts stress Management and other course at
the invitation of several institutes Universities Business
Organizations Banks and other Large companies for their staff.
His multifarious activities are:
Founder Member: International Board of Yoga
Founder chairman: Krishna Yoga Ashram Trust
Founder President: Yadavesh Parmarth Pratishthan
Founder managing Director: Yogayana Professor M. Yamazaki Shiksha
Director: Bhavan’s Yoga Bharati, Bhavan’s college campus Andheri (w)
Mumbai 400 058
Director: Yoga Kendra keshev Gore Smarak Trust
Yoga Professor: Yogacharya Diploma Training Courses various health
He has also written several books on Yoga.
With a view spreading the knowledge of yoga far and wide a seminar was
recently held in Bombay by the FRYOG through the labors of the teachers
students and well wishers of the yoga institute Santa Cruz under the
guidance of the venerable Shri Yogendraji its President and Dr.
jaydevji Principal. More than a hundred and thirty Yogis Yoga teachers
and others interested in Yoga attended the seminar.
Of the many useful discussion which took place the most important one
definitely was that regarding the syllabus for teaching Yoga. In the
ancient days the teaching was done by the word of mouth and personal
guidance of the guru to his few disciples. This was probably the only
way of teaching Yoga.
But living conditions have changed much in recent times. The guru
shishya individualized instruction is no longer practicable.
At the time we cannot allow the learning and practiced of yoga to be
neglected and fall out of our life. The need for the Yogic practiced is
actually more nowadays.
Therefore we have to think of ways and means by which Yoga can be
taught to the young ones. Such procedures should apply to larger
numbers quickly and effectively. Social life as it is organized at
present gives each teacher of Yoga a large number of students to
handle. It also makes it necessary for many interested learners to
study the subject form books only.
The above seminar laid down the fundamental principles for a syllabus
for yoga teaching and learning which will be suitable for use in
schools and study by all those who are interested. The lessons have to
be graded with great care to ensure a continuously progressive
acquirement of physical and mental fitness. It was accepted on all
hands that any course adopted has to consist of the following.
1. Simple but effective Asanas
4. Psycho-somatic practices for pratyahar
5. Yama and Niyama to give ethical and moral values.
6. Knowledge of the qualities of various foods the powers of
motivation, Karma Yoga theory Altruism. The syllabus drawn up by the
seminar was approved and accepted by the International Board of Yoga
Santa Cruz, Bombay, India.
This book is based on the syllabus mentioned above. I have tried to
explain things to my best ability. I am very thankful to my friend Shri
T.R.A Narayan of Santa Cruz who took great pains to improve and type
I am grateful to Shri S. Ramakrishnan, executive secretary and Shri
M.K. Rajagopalan Production Manager of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan who
appreciated my effort and accepted the book for publication.
I will not attempt to express my humble gratitude to my revered Gurudev
Shri Yogendraji. Mother Sita Devji and Dr. Jaydevji of the yoga
institute Santa Cruz and Shri Vijayadev principal Yoga Education Centre
Melbourne and Chairman Helen Vale foundation of Australia because I
cannot find suitable words. Their personal kindness guidance and
encouragement gave me the little knowledge that I have now all of
whatever good things I posses is a gift from their.
The promotion of yoga is the mission of my life. This book is based on
my personal experience of teaching students, teachers business
executives government administrators social workers and spiritual
seekers for a number of years.
I was felling a little diffident when the first edition was published
as there were a number a books available on yoga by many authors. But
within a short time the first edition was sold out and I was greatly
encouraged by the letters of appreciation received.
A German friend Mr. Gerhard Director Institute for Klassischen Yoga
Nuremberg said to me what did you gain through this book? I replied
economically nothing. Then he said you have given a wonderful guide for
spiritual and Yoga seekers that is your gain. You have every reason to
be satisfied. Everything cannot be counted in terms of money.
I am deeply indebted to the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan for publishing the
book with such an attractive get-up. Shri D.A. Chawda for the
illustrations Shri E.G. Rangnekar of Air India for the cover design and
Shri N.M Kadam block makers.
I am grateful to Seth Shri Ameerchandji Gupta for his generous
financial assistance from his devidayal book Trust Bombay for
publishing this book.
I am also grateful to Dr. T. R. Anantharaman Rector of Banaras Hindus
University for prescribing this as the course book for the staff and
students of Yoga Sadhana Kendra and for his message for the second
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