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Online Immersion into Yoga Philosophy and Indian Culture


Why Get Certified in Yoga Philosophy?

Is yoga a pop art, acrobatics, show off parade or social media exhibit?

Would you like to know more about the philosophies beyond the Yoga Sutras?

Do you want to know more about Bharat (India) - the birthplace of yoga? Would you like to immerse yourself in interesting cultural practices, Sanskrit language, epics, festivals, and mythology that gave rise to yoga philosophy?

Are you interested in other Indian philosophies/ Darshan shastras?

If you answered yes, then this short course will interest you!

We believe that yogic practices are limited without a supportive framework of ancient yoga philosophy and culture from which it emerged.Our YPIC Online Training & Certification is an innovative program that is the first of its kind.

As a certified Yoga Philosophy and Indian Culture Course (YPIC) Professionals (Yoga Protocol Instructor), you can teach the basics of yoga philosophy and Indian culture to promote a healthy Indian lifestyle.

  • Understand yoga history from as ancient times as 5000 years back to the modern era.
  • Know the key authentic ancient classical texts and paths of yoga.
  • Navigate the culture, art, temple architecture, Sanskrit language, festivals and Indian customs that form the ethics of yoga.
  • Relate yoga with advances in modern sciences like mathematics, quantum physics, astronomy
  • Develop basic Sanskrit language skills that will help you read classical yoga texts and help take your yoga knowledge to the next level.

In short, it offers affordability, accessibility, convenience, and for a limited time, you have the option of becoming a certified Yoga Philosophy and Indian Culture Teacher without having to step out of your home.

Meet the instructors

Vikas & Dr Shwetambari
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  • 20-hour online Yoga Philosophy and Indian Culture Course (YPIC)
  • Daily 1.5-hour live sessions by Indian MD doctors and certified international faculty
  • Live virtual sessions will be held over Zoom
  • Online sessions' timezone: Pune, Maharashtra, India (IST, GMT+5:30)
  • 10 non-contact hours for yoga assignments, practice and exam
  • Learn from the most renowned and respected yoga teachers
  • Lead trainer, Dr Vikas Chothe is a yoga ambassador, Ayurveda consultant, lead yoga examiner and auditor for Yoga Certification Board
  • This course is provided in English and Spanish
  • Certification exam conducted by Swasti Yoga Center
  • Swasti Yoga e-certification upon completion
  • Discount on further courses of Swasti Yoga Center on completion of YPIC course

Yoga styles

7 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Spanish
Group size: 2-10 participants
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Upon completion of the course, you will be provided with the Swasti Yoga certificate.

How the course works

There will be 20 hours, consisting of 10 contact hours for live sessions via Zoom and 10 non-contact hours for yoga assignments, practice and exam. The course will be taught in English and Spanish. The total mark is 50 marks based on theory MCQ.

Timing of sessions / daily schedule (GMT+5:30)

The live sessions will be held daily for 1.5 hours from 8:00 - 9:30 p.m. IST (GMT+5:30)

Course information

Introduction to Bharat (India)

  • What is Bharat and who are Bharatiyas?
  • Definition of dharma
  • Sanatan dharma, varnashrama dharma
  • Vedas
  • Yoga in the texts of the Veda
  • Sanskrit literature
  • Epics - the Ramayana, Mahabharat

Indian culture, traditions and ethics

  • Indian festivals
  • Temples and architecture
  • Sadhus and sannyasins
  • Hindu mythology
  • Hindu symbols
  • Sandhyopasana
  • Yogic diet
  • Fasting in yoga
  • Conduct and character
  • Service as worship
  • The law of karma
  • The doctrine of reincarnation and avatar

Introduction to yoga and yoga philosophy

  • What is yoga?
  • Bhagavad Gita
  • Psychology of yoga- darshan shastras
  • Eight limbs of Ashtanga yoga
  • Universal prayers: shanti mantra, gayatri mantra, pranav japa

The four paths of yoga

  • Karma yoga
  • Bhakti yoga
  • Raja yoga
  • Jnana yoga

Swasti Yoga Center

Swasti Yoga Center is an ISO 9001:2015 certified yoga center for quality education, training, therapy, and research in yoga and is an associate center of the Indian Yoga Association. It is a trusted Indian yoga institution with 5 branches in Pune, India for 8 years and provides professional yoga teacher training courses for Indian and international students. Swasti promotes and educates aspiring yoga professionals in the ancient yoga practices for health and overall well-being, also known as Scientific Yoga, to assist people suffering from various chronic diseases to lead a healthy life through a yoga lifestyle.

Swasti offers full-time and part-time programs for Level 1-3 government certifications. It focuses on delivering the best knowledge to all students in order to meet the expectations for competency and capability for the yoga certification test. Its curriculum is based on the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) Certification of Persons ISO/IEC 17024, and it is affiliated with the Indian Yoga Association, International Ayurveda Association, and International Federation of Yoga Professionals.


Vikas Chothe

Dr Shwetambari Chothe

Retreat location

This Yoga Philosophy and Indian Culture Course (YPIC) is held online. Swasti Yoga Center is based in Pune, India (GMT+5:30) and they will live-stream the classes via Zoom which you can participate in from the comfort of your home by just using your phone or computer.

What's included

  • 20-hour online Yoga Philosophy and Indian Culture Course (YPIC)
  • Certificate upon completion

What's not included

  • Accommodation
  • Food

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.

Value for money
Accommodation & facilities
Quality of activity
7 days / 6 nights
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Possible start dates

This course starts every first Monday of the month. Please select your starting date below. 

Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 2 participants

Sunday October 10, 2021
(7 days / 6 nights)

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