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Course Name Yoga Philosophy
Course Code 21PHL540
Program M.A. in Philosophy
Credits 3


Unit I

Cittavrtti: Yoga as Cittavrttinirodha, Vrttis, Pramana, Viparyaya, Vikalpa, Nidra, Smrti, Their Control through Abhyasa and Vairagya.

Unit II

Two Types of Samadhi (Samprajnata and Asamprajnata) and their Characteristics, Attaining of Samadhi through Meditating on Iswara (God), Nature of Iswara (God), Cittaviksepas and the Manner of Overcoming them, Sabija and Nirbija Samadhi.

Unit III

Five Klesas and their Nature, Conjunction of drsta and drsya as the root cause of ignorance, Kaivalya Results from Removal of Avidya, The Eight Fold Path Leading to Kaivalya.

Unit IV

Concentration of Citta on Various Entities and the Resulting Consequences, Eight Siddhis from Control over Citta and their Description, Kaivalya as Resulting only when the Siddhis are Transcended.

Unit V

Practical: General Instruction in Practicing Yoga, Surya Namaskar, Various Asanas with Features.


“Yoga Philosophy” is a course offered to S3 MA Philosophy students. It aims to introduce theoretical aspects of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra with basic asana practices. The course provides a general understanding on Astangayoga. This course intends to give an interconnectivity between theory and practice of Yoga.

Course Objectives

1. To introduce the basic tenets of Yoga
2. To introduce the practical aspect of Yoga
3. To give a systematic understanding on Yoga Sutra
4. To give an understanding on the effect of Yoga practice.

Course Outcomes

CO1: Understand the general features of Yoga Philosophy
CO2: To get a general understanding on Yoga practice
CO3: To analyse the interconnectedness between the theory and practice of Yoga
CO4: To develop a culture of appreciating the traditional method to develop the ability to do self-management




1, B. K. S. Iyengar: Light on Yoga, London, 2014.

CO – PO Affinity Map



CO1 3 1 2 2 2
CO2 3 1 3 2 3
CO3 1 3 2 2 3
CO4 1 1 3 2 3

3- Strong, 2- Moderate, 1- Weak

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