Yoga for Ego Management

By Dr. H R Nagendra | Dr. Divya Keshavamurthy   |   Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana (S-VYASA)
Learners enrolled: 673

Ego is our essence. It is the “I” or self of any person. It is about the self-importance and self –esteem. It speaks of the self in terms of character, psyche, pride and admiration. This course explains the subtleties of the ego involved. It explains the causes and issues of an ego are, and what the solutions are, for fixing it for better health and self-management. It also speaks on how to improve work culture, to live in cohesion from both the Eastern and Western perspectives. Scientific studies on Ego management will provide the evidence based methods for it applicability.

This course brings out the significance of managing Ego both at theoretical and practical level of how one can take a better look in the ego mirror, develop an ego consciousness and stimulate management and development of it with the principles and practices of yoga for raising the individual`s potential for success. 

Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Not Applicable
Duration : 16 weeks
Category :
  • Multidisciplinary
Credit Points : 4
Level : Undergraduate
Start Date : 24 Aug 2023
End Date : 31 Oct 2023
Enrollment Ends : 20 Sep 2023
Exam Date :

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Course layout

Week 1

  • Module1 : Introduction to Yoga for Ego Management
  • Module 2 : Introduction to Concept, Meaning and Definition of EGO

Week 2

  • Module 3 : Psychoanalytic Theory
  • Module 4 : Transactional Analysis

Week 3

·      Module 5 : Ego Defense Mechanisms

·      Module 6 : Ego and Brain

Week 4

·      Module 7 : Managing Ego

·      Module 8: Ego in Eastern Perspective

Week 5

·      Module 9: Ego and Trigunas

·      Module 10: Ahamkara in Yoga Sutras

Week 6

·      Module 11: Ahamkara In Bhagavad Gita

·      Module 12: Yogic Concept Of Health And Disease

Week 7

·      Module 13: Panchakosha & Ego Management

·      Module 14 : Ashtanga Yoga and Ego- Part 1

Week 8

·      Module 15: Ashtanga Yoga and Ego- Part 2

·      Module 16: Ashtanga Yoga and Ego- Part 3

Week 9

·      Module 17: Yoga Approach for the stages of Psychosocial Development

·      Module 18: Overview of Research Studies on Ego

Week 10

·      Module 19- Prepositions and Relaxations Poses, Meditation poses and Mudras

·      Module 20 - Sukshma Vyayama Part 1 (Neck and Shoulder movements)

·      Module 21-Sukshma Vyayama Part 2 (Trunk, Thighs and Legs Movements)




Week 11

·      Module 22- Breathing exercises

·      Module 23-Loosening Exercises

·      Module 24- Suryanamaskara Practices

Week 12

·      Module 25- Relaxation Techniques

·      Module 26- Asanas - 1

·      Module 27- Asanas - 2

·      Module 28 – Asanas- 3

Week 13

·      Module 29:Asanas - 4

·      Module 30:Asanas - 5

·      Module 31-:Asana 6  

Week 14

·      Module 32: Asana 7

·      Module 33:Asana 8

·      Module 34: Pranayama 1

Week 15

·      Module 35: Pranayama 2

·      Module 36: Meditation 1 [MSRT]

·      Module 37: Meditation 2 [MEMT]

Week 16

·      Module 38: Meditation 3 [OM Meditation]

·      Module 39: Integrated Yoga Module I

·      Module 40: Integrated Yoga Module II

Books and references

  • Boag, S. (2014). Ego, drives, and the dynamics of internal objects. Front Psychol, 5, 666.
  • Dimkov, P. R. (2020). The Concept of Self in Eastern and Western Philosophy. In 5th International e-Conference on Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences (pp. 197–204). Belgrade-SERBIA.
  • Goyeche, J. (1979). Yoga as therapy in psychosomatic medicine. Psychother Psychosom, 31(1–4), 373–381.
  • Ramaprasad, D. (2013). Emotions: An Indian perspective. Indian J Psychiatry, 55, 153–156.
  • Romain, P. St. (2016). God and I: Exploring the Connections Between God, Self and Ego. Lulu.com.
  • Scharfetter, C. (1981). Ego-psychopathology: the concept and its empirical evaluation. Psychological Medicine, 11, 273–280.
  • Singh, U., & Singh, L. (2008). A study of relationship between Triguna and Cattellian Factors of Personality. Kurukshetra University.
  • The Supreme Yoga Yoga Vāsiṣṭha. (2005). New Age Books.
  • Yoga for Ego and Greed Management. (n.d.) (Vol. Series 9). Vivekananda Kendra Prakashana. Reprint.
  • Nagendra, H R  & Nagarathna,R. (2011). Yoga for Promotion of Positive Health. Swami Vivekananda Yoga Prakashana. 
  • Nagendra, H R. (2000). Yoga: its basis and applications: Swami Vivekananda Yoga Prakashana. 
  • Swami Prabhavananda, Patanjali Yoga Sutras. Shri Ramakrishna Math, Madras, 1990
  • Williams, C., “The Consciousness Connection”, New Scientist, Vol. 215, No. 2874, 21 July 2012.
  • Rajvanshi, Anil K. 2012. Neurobiological Basis of Ego and Anger. Maharashtra: Nimbkar Agricultural Research Institute.

Instructor bio

Subject Matter Expert
Dr. H R Nagendra  ME., PhD
Chancellor, S-VYASA University, Bengaluru, India 

Dr. H.R. Nagendra holds Ph.D in Mechanical Engineering from IISc, Bangalore. After receiving his doctorate in 1968, he served as faculty of IISc in Department of Mechanical Engineering. Then, he went to Canada as Post Doctoral Research Fellow in the University of British Columbia, Canada in 1970. From there, he moved to NASA Marshall Space Flight Centre, USA as Post-Doctoral Research Associate in 1971 and moved to Engineering Science Laboratory, Harvard University, USA as a Consultant in 1972. He served as Visiting Staff at Imperial College of Science and Technology, London later. In 1975, he joined Vivekananda Kendra, a service mission as a whole-time worker.  Director of Training Centre, Vivekanandapuram, Kanyakumari. Between 1975 and 1993, he served as the All India Secretary, Yoga Shiksha Vibhag, Vivekananda Kendra, Kanyakumari. He is the founder and President of Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana, Bengaluru. 
Currently, He is the Chancellor of Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana, a Yoga University in Bangalore. He is also Chairman of Task force of AYUSH, Govt, of India, New Delhi. He has published 30 Research Papers in Engineering and more than 200 research papers on Yoga. He has authored and co-authored 40 books on Yoga. He has received several awards for his life time achievement in the field of yoga including Padma Shri award by Govt. of India in 2016. 

Subject Matter Expert and Course Coordinator

Dr. Divya Keshavamurthy 
MSc., PhD
Assistant Professor – Yoga Spirituality Division

Dr. Divya B R completed MSc (Yoga) and PhD in Yoga from S-VYASA Yoga University. She also has a post graduate degree MA in the field of Philosophy, Religion and Culture, MBA in Financial Management and MSc in Applied Psychology.  She has more than 20 years of experience of conducting Yoga therapeutic sessions, counselling session and conducting Yoga fitness classes for both private and corporate groups. Currently since 2018 she is associated with SVYASA and working as an Academician and Researcher in the Yoga Spirituality Division and has published more than 14 papers in National and International Journals and several articles in Yoga Sudha.  Also has contributed in designing short term programs for ODL on Introduction to Chakras, Mudras, Hatha Yoga and Yajna- the sacred fire and its healing rituals. 

Course certificate

Grading Policy:

There will be (a) Internal Assessment and (b) Final Exam.


  • Internal Assessment: This will carry 30% weightage. MCQs for all the Weeks 
  • Final Exam: This will carry 70% weightage.  The final exam will have questions from all the weeks.

Passing Marks:

  • You will be eligible for a certificate only if you score a minimum of 50% in the Internal Assessment and a minimum of 50% in the Final Exam. 

Final Examination:

  • Type of exam: Computer-based proctored exam will be conducted by the National Testing Agency
  • Exam Center: You will have to appear at the allotted exam centre and take the exam in person. (You can find the final allotted exam centre details in the admit card (hall ticket)).
  • Admit Card: You can download the Admit card (Hall ticket) around one week before the exam. 
  • QP PatternAll the questions will be in the format of MCQs. 

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