Yoga for IQ Development

By Dr H R Nagendra | Prof M K Sridhar | Dr Jincy Sundaran   |   Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana
Learners enrolled: 1798
This course gives an overview of what intelligence is according to the Western and Eastern perspectives.  It highlights the role of Yoga in enhancing Intelligence Quotient (IQ) towards overall personality development. Intelligence plays a major role in learning, reasoning, cognition, problem-solving, decision-making, and communication. Adaptability to the environment and ability to learn, understand and deal with new and challenging situations is what is considered to be real intelligence. And, hence IQ development is an area of importance in the progressing and demanding world. The proper understanding of mahat (Universal Intelligence) and its components namely manas, citta, buddhi, and ahamkara will be discussed. Also, the methods of enhancing IQ levels through yogic practices in alignment with individual koshas with scientific evidence are explained. After gaining the concept of Yoga and IQ, the course will take you through the practice modules with live demonstration and guidance, which would bring the aforesaid benefits towards the end of the course.
Intended Audience
Undergraduate students of Yoga or any other programmes
Also open for any interested yoga learners
No age limit

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
  • Module 1: Introduction to Yoga and IQ Development
  • Module 2: Understanding Intelligence
Week 2

  • Module 3: Theories of Intelligence: Western Perspective - 1
  • Module 4: Theories of Intelligence: Western Perspective - 2
  • Module 5: Neuroscience and Neurobiology of Intelligence
Week 3

  •  Module 6: Theories of Intelligence: Eastern Perspective -1
  •  Module 7: Theories of Intelligence: Eastern Perspective - 2 
  •  Module 8: Theories of Intelligence: Eastern Perspective -3

Week 4

  • Module 9: Factors to enhance Intelligence Quotient
  • Module 10: Assessment of Intelligence - 1
  • Module 11: Assessment of Intelligence - 1

Week 5

  •  Module 12: Panchakosha and five layers of intelligence
  •  Module 13: Guna theory: Role of gunas in developing the Intelligence

Week 6

  • Module 14: Research evidence on Yoga and IQ – An Overview - 1
  • Module 15: Research evidence on Yoga and IQ – An Overview - 2

Week 7

  • Module 16: Famous personalities and extraordinary intelligence
  • Module 17: Yoga techniques for improving intelligence - 1
  • Module 18: Yoga techniques for improving intelligence – 2

Integrated Yoga Practices for IQ Development

Week 8

  • Module 19: Preliminary Practices
  • Module 20: Sukshma Vyayama

Week 9

  • Module 21: Breathing Practices - 1
  • Module 22: Breathing Practices - 2

Week 10

  • Module 23: Sithilikarana Vyayama - 1
  • Module 24: Sithilikarana Vyayama - 2
  • Module 25: Surya Namaskar

Week 11

  •  Module 26: Relaxation Techniques
  •  Module 27: Asanas -1
  •  Module 28: Asanas -2

Week 12

  •  Module 29: Asanas -3
  •  Module 30: Asanas -4
  •  Module 31: Pranayama - 1

Week 13

  •  Module 32: Pranayama - 2
  •  Module 33: Pranayama - 3

Week 14

  • Module 34: Trataka
  • Module 35: Nadanusandana with OM
  • Module 36: OM Meditation

Week 15

  •  Module 37: Mind Sound Resonance Technique (MSRT)
  •  Module 38: Integrated Yoga Module - I

Week 16

  •  Module 39: Integrated Yoga Module - II
  •  Module 40: Integrated Yoga Module - III

Books and references

  1. Ciccarelli SK, White JN. Psychology. Fifth edition. NY, NY: Pearson; 2017. 627 p.
  2. Davidoff LL. Introduction to psychology. New York: McGraw-Hill; 1976. 560 p.
  3. Piaget J. The psychology of intelligence. 2nd, New ed ed. London: Taylor & Francis; 2005.
  5. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Bhagavad Gita As it is. Bhaktivedanta Book Trust; 1983.
  6. R. NagarathnaH. R. Nagendra. Yoga for promotion of Positive Health.Swami Vivekananda  Yoga  Prakashana; 2011.
  7. R. NagarathnaH. R. Nagendra. Yoga for IQ Development. Swami Vivekananda Yoga Prakashana; 

Instructor bio

Dr H R Nagendra ME., PhD
Chancellor, S-VYASA, Bengaluru

Dr H R Nagendra holds PhD 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, Vivekanand 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 was 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.

Prof M K Sridhar PhD
Distinguished Professor, SVYASA, Bengaluru

Currently he is Distinguished Professor, SVYASA, former Registrar of SVYASA university (JAN2019- SEP 2022) He is Hon. Adjunct Professor, Hindu University of America, Florida. He was Hon. Visiting Professor, Yoga University (Deemed), Bangalore (2009 onwards) and Hon. Director of Research, Sri Chidambara Institute for Research and Development, Gubbi.
He was the Registrar of Karnataka Samskrit University, Chamarajapet, Bangalore (June 07, 2014 to December 06, 2015), Deputy Director, Publications wing, Karnataka Samskrit University (March 2012 – July 2013) and Hon. Dean, Division of Yoga and Humanities, Yoga University (2011-16). He was an Associate Professor of Sanskrit, National Degree College (Autonomous), Basavanagudi, Bangalore - 560 004 and was HOD of Sanskrit, National Degree College (Autonomous), Jayanagar VII Block, Bangalore -70. He was a Fulbright Scholar (2000) with South Carolina University, USA (selected by the Indian and US Governments), Assistant Professor of Hinduism and Indian Philosophy at Hindu University of America, Orlando (2004 and 2005), an Adjunct Professor at Union University, Cincinnati, USA (2005 - 07). He has presented papers in 40 International conferences (USA, UK, Europe and South - East Asia), 40 National conferences and has participated in panel discussions on ancient thoughts and modern contemporary issues.
Subject Matter Expert and Course Coordinator:
Dr. Jincy Sundaran, BNYS, M.Sc(Psy), MBA(HR)

Dr. Jincy Sundaran has pursued a Bachelor of Naturopathy and Yogic Sciences (BNYS) from the Tamilnadu Dr. MGR Medical University as a topper. She has done her post-graduation in Psychology from the University of Madras. She has also pursued her MBA in Human Resource Management from Bharathiar University. She has worked as a lecturer in the Calicut University and JSS Institute of Naturopathy and Yogic Sciences. She has contributed to the field of Naturopathy and Yoga as an academician, clinician, and researcher for almost 15 years. She has guided many postgraduate students of Health and Yoga therapy and BNYS graduates in their dissertations. She was the guide for the student who won the Young Scientist Award and the study was later published in a peer-reviewed journal. Currently, she works at S-VYASA as an Assistant Professor in The School of Yoga and Naturopathic Medicine heading the Department of Psychology and Clinical Naturopathy. She is deputed from S-VYASA as a teaching faculty for the Yunnan Minzu University, China. She conducts a short-term course on ‘Psychodiagnosis and Counselling’ for Medical graduates.

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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