Yoga for Memory Development

By Dr H R Nagendra | Dr Manjunath N K | Dr Deepeshwar Singh   |   Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana
Learners enrolled: 1338
About the Course:
This course gives you an overview of what memory is and the role of Yoga in enhancing memory toward total personality development. The three main stages of memory are encoding, storage and retrieval. The three main forms of memory storage are sensory memory, short-term memory, and long-term memory. The eastern and western perspectives of memory will be discussed. Integrated approach of yoga practices for memory development will be presented. We will also cover scientific studies on Yoga and memory.
Intended Audience:
Both higher secondary and UG students study yoga or any other courses.
Course Status : Completed
Course Type :
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

Course Layout:

Week 1

  • Module 1: Introduction to Yoga for Memory Development
  • Module 2: Role of learning and memory in personality development
Week 2
  •  Module 3: Understanding the nature of human Memory and different types of memory
  •  Module 4: Theories and models of memory
Week 3
  •  Module 5: Neuroscience and neurobiology of memory
  •  Module 6: Brain regions involved in memory processes
Week 4
  •  Module 7:   Memory Disorders
  •  Module 8:  Ancient Indian concept of memory
Week 5
  • Module 9: Memory enhancing techniques
  • Module 10: Yoga techniques – lifestyle – diet, habits, Yama, and Niyama for memory development
Week 6
  • Module 11: Yoga techniques –   Physical postures for memory development
  • Module 12: Yoga techniques – Kaplabhati and Pranayama for memory development
Week 7
  • Module 13: Yoga techniques – Yogic visual concentration (Trataka) for memory enhancement
  • Module 14: Yoga Techniques – Concentration, Focused Meditation, and Meditation (Dharana, Dhyana, and Samadhi) for memory development
  • Module 15: Yoga Techniques –   Vedic Mantras for memory development
Week 8
  • Module 16: Research on yoga for memory: Summary of scientific evidence - I
  • Module 17: Research on yoga for memory: Summary of scientific evidence - II 
Integrated Yoga practices for memory development

 Week 9

  • Module 18: Sukshma Vyayama – I
  • Module 19 - Sukshma Vyayama – II
  • Module 20: Breathing Practices - I  
             §  Hands in and out breathing, hands stretch breathing, tiger breathing shashakasana breathing

 Week 10

  • Module 21: Breathing Practices - I
  • Module 22: Loosening Practices - I
  • Module 23: Loosening Practices II & Surya Namaskara
Week 11
  • Module 24: Asanas practices – I
             §  Tadasana, Ardhakati Chakrasana,
  • Module 25: Asana Practices – II 
             § Vrikshasana, Veerabhadrasana,
  • Module 26: Asanas Practices – III
             § Paschimottanasa, Ustrasana, Gomukhasana, Padmasana

Week 12
  • Module 27: Asanas Practices – IV
             §  Bhujangasana, Shalabhasana, Dhanurasana 
  • Module 28: Asanas Practices – V
             §  Shirshasana with wall support, Matsyasana, Sarvangasana, Shavasana

Week 13
  • Module 29: Sectional breathing and Kapalabhati  
  • Module 30: Pranayamas – I 
            §  Surya Bedha and Chndra Bedha 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 
  • Module 34: Nadanusandhana
Week 15
  • Module 35: Trataka
  • Module 36: Om Meditation
  • Module 37: Mind Sound Resonance Technique
Week 16
  • Module 38: Cyclic Meditation
  • Module 39: Krida Yoga
  • Module 40: Vedic Chanting

Books and references

 H R Nagendra and Shirley Telles. Yoga and Memory. Swami Vivekananda Yoga
Prakashana. 2008.
 Swami Veda Bharati. Smrti Yoga: Yoga for Memory. Himalayan Yoga Publications
Trust. 2017.
 William Walker Atkinson. Memory: How To Develop, Train, And Use It. Fingerprint
Publishing. 2019.
 Terry, W. S. (2009). Learning and Memory: Basic Principles, Processes, and Procedures.
United Kingdom: Pearson/AandB.
 Moxon, D. (2000). Memory. United Kingdom: Pearson Education.

Instructor bio

Subject Matter Excerpts:

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:
Deepeshwar Singh, M.Sc., Ph.D. (Yoga)

Associate Professor, Division of Yoga and Life Sciences, S-VAYSA, Bengaluru

 Dr. Singh has done a Ph.D. in Yoga from S-VYASA University, Bengaluru. His Ph.D. work was on ‘Neuronal activity and Cerebral blood flow changes in meditative states as defined in yoga texts’. He is an Associate Professor, working in the field of yoga and cognitive neuroscience since 2010. He is exploring the beneficial effects of yoga and meditative practices on mental health and brain functions using electrophysiological and neuroimaging techniques. He has published more than 50 research papers in national and international Journals. He authored several chapters on yoga including a chapter on ‘Meditation’ in the Book “Progress in Brain Research”, Elsevier, 2019. He is an active member of Society for Neuroscience, USA. He has presented research papers at international and national conferences and conducted several workshops on evidenced-based yoga therapy, research methodology, scientific writings, and applications of neuroimaging tools and techniques in yoga research. He has received an international travel award from SERB to travel San Diego (2015) and Chicago (2019), USA for conference presentations in Society for Neuroscience. He also received a Young Scientist Fellowship from the Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB), Govt. of India, to study “Cerebral autoregulation and sympathetic nervous system activity (SNS) while performing cognitive tasks during yoga practices which have different effects on SNS”. Further, he has received several other major grants from Govt. of India to investigate the efficacy of yoga for human health and wellbeing.

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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