Yoga for Concentration

By Dr H R Nagendra | Dr Manjunath N K | Dr Apar Avinash Saoji   |   Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana
Learners enrolled: 1682

This course gives you an overview of what is concentration and role of Yoga in enhancing concentration towards overall personality development. The main processes involved in concentration are attention, perception, cognition, and response. The mind-body response of concentration moves from Chanchalata (distraction), Ekagrata (Concentration), Dharana (Intense focusing) and Dhyana (meditation). The eastern and western perspectives of concentration will be discussed in the course. Integrated approach of yoga practices for concentration will be presented. We will also cover scientific studies on Yoga and concentration

Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Not Applicable
Duration : 16 weeks
Category :
  • Multidisciplinary
Credit Points : 4
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
Start Date : 11 Jan 2023
End Date : 30 Apr 2023
Enrollment Ends : 15 Mar 2023
Exam Date :

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Course layout

Week 1

  • Module 1: Introduction to Yoga and Concentration
  • Module 2: Understanding Concentration

Week 2

  • Module 3: Attention and Concentration
  • Module 4: Types of attention and Concentration
  • Module 5: Neurobiology of concentration and attention

Week 3

  • Module 6: Disorders of concentration and attention
  • Module 7: Assessing attention and concentration

Week 4

  • Module 8: Yoga: Basic understanding and concepts
  • Module 9: Eastern concept of concentration 

Week 5

  • Module 10: Integrated Yoga practices to develop concentration
  • Module 11: Yogic lifestyle for improving concentration (diet, yama, niyama, early to bed)

Week 6

  • Module 12: Yoga techniques –   Asana for improving concentration
  • Module 13: Yoga techniques – Pranayama for improving concentration

Week 7

  • Module 14: Yoga techniques – Shatkarma for concentration
  • Module 15: Meditation for improving concentration

Week 8

  • Module 16: Historical perspectives and recent trends in Yoga Research I
  • Module 17: Historical perspectives and recent trends in Yoga Research II
  • Module 18: Overview of Evidence on Yoga for concentration

Integrated Yoga practices for improving concentration

Week 9

  • Module 19: Sukshma Vyayama
  • Module 20: Breathing Practices I
    • Hands in and out breathing, hands stretch breathing, Ankle stretch breathing
  • Module 21: Breathing practices II
    • Tiger breathing, shashankasana breathing, Bhujangasana breathing, salabhasana breathing

Week 10

  • Module 22: Loosening Practices
  • Module 23: Surya Namaskara
  • Module 24: Yogic relaxation techniques: IRT, QRT and DRT

Week 11

  • Module 25: Asanas practices – I
    • Tadasana, Ardhakati Chakrasana, Vrikshasana, Garudasana
  • Module 26: Asanas     practices – II
    • Paschimottanasa, Ustrasana, Gomukhasana, Padmasana

Week 12

  • Module 27: Asanas     practices – III
    • Bhujangasana, Shalabhasana, Dhanurasana
  • Module 28: Asanas     practices – IV
    • Shirshasana with wall support, Matsyasana, Sarvangasana, Shavasana

Week 13

  • Module 29: Sectional breathing and Kapalabhati
  • Module 30: Pranayamas – I
    • Surya bedhana and Chndra Bedhana pranayama, Nadishuddhi pranayama
  • Module 31: Pranayamas – II
    • Bhastrika, Ujjayi pranayama

Week 14

  • Module 32: Pranayamas – III
    • Sheetali and Sheetkari pranayama
  • Module 33: Pranayamas – IV
    • Bhramari pranayama and Nadanusandhana
  • Module 34: Om Meditation

Week 15

  • Module 35: Trataka
  • Module 36: Mind Sound Resonance Technique
  • Module 37: Cyclic Meditation

Week 16

  • Module 38: Integrated Yoga Module I
  • Module 39: Integrated Yoga Module II
  • Module 40: Integrated Yoga Module III

Books and references

  • H R Nagendra and R Nagarathna. Yoga for Promotion of Positive Health. Swami Vivekananda Yoga Prakashana. 2011.
  • H R Nagendra. Yoga: its basis and applications: Swami Vivekananda Yoga Prakashana. 2000
  • Singhal, A., Singhal, S. & Kishore, B., (2020) How to improve concentration, Ebury Press
  • Sivananda, S. (2020) Concentration and Meditation, The Divine Life Society

Instructor bio

Subject Matter Experts 
Dr H R Nagendra ME., PhD

Chancellor, S-VYASA University, Bengaluru, India

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 is also Chairman of Task force of AYUSH, Govt, of India, New Delhi. He has published 30 Research Papers in Engineering and more than 120 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.

Dr Manjunath N K BNYS., PhD, DSc

Pro-Vice-Chancellor & the Director of Research

Dr. Manjunath N K is the Pro-Vice-Chancellor & the Director of Research at S-VYASA University. He has completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Naturopathy & Yogic Sciences from Mangalore University and a Ph.D. in Yoga & Geriatric Medicine from S-VYASA University. He has also been awarded the Doctor of Science (D.Sc.) (Honoris Causa) from S-VYASA University for his contributions to Yoga Research. He has 26 years of Academic, Research, and Administrative experience and has published 70 research papers in journals indexed in international bibliographic databases. His research interests include Psychophysiology of Yoga, Neural correlates of meditation, Aging and rehabilitation. He has guided several students of Ph.D., M.D., and M.Sc. He is also the Editor of International Journal of Yoga (IJOY) and reviewer of various international journals. Dr. Manjunath has delivered lectures on evidence-based Yoga therapy and conducted workshops at prestigious institutions and Universities across the world including Harvard Medical School, USA, Monash University, Australia, Royal College of Medicine, London, Shanghai University of Sports, China, Pharma University, Italy etc. He serves as a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee, Department of Science and Technology, Research advisory committee, Integrative Medicine initiative, Niti Aayog, Core committee, Yoga accreditation in higher education, NAAC, Govt. of India and Steering committee, Yoga programs and accreditation, Yunnan Minzu University, China etc. He is the Vice-President of Vivekananda Yoga University, California, USA, Vice-president of Asian Yoga Therapy Association, Singapore, and the Founding Director of the global chain of Integrative Medicine clinics and hospitals with the brand name Vivekananda Health Global.

Subject Matter Expert and Course Coordinator

Dr Apar Avinash Saoji, BNYS, PhD

Dr Apar Avinash Saoji is a gold medalist and University topper when he pursued his Bachelors in Naturopathy and Yogic Sciences (BNYS) from Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Bengaluru. He has done his doctoral work on the Psychophysiology of Yogic Breath Retention (Kumbhaka) from S-VYASA University, Bengaluru. He has worked as Technical Consultant at the National Institute of Naturopathy, Pune before following his passion for teaching and research. He currently works at S-VYASA as the Principal of the School of Yoga and Naturopathic Medicine. He is also the head of the MD program at S-VYASA. He has 18 peer-reviewed publications and several presentations at national and international conferences. His research interest includes the application of Yoga and Naturopathy in Health and Disease and understanding the underlying mechanisms involved. He is a recognized PhD guide for S-VYASA and AIIMS Rishikesh. He is external moderator for the School of Natural Medicine, Faculty of Community Medicine, University of Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa. He is an associate editor for CCRYN Indian Journal of Yoga and Naturopathy.

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 and one assignment on Yoga Practice 
  • 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 minimum 50% in  Internal Assessment and minimum 50% in Final Exam. 

Final Examination:

  • Type of exam: Computer based  proctored exam conducted by 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 Pattern: All the questions will be in the format of MCQs. 

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