Yoga for Creativity

By Dr H R Nagendra | Prof M K Sridhar | Dr Ganga K V   |   Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana
Learners enrolled: 838
About the Course:
This course provides an overview of role of yoga in activating the mind in order to enhancing the Creativity. It helps in developing original ideas and concepts on the basis of artistic and yoga practices. Contribution of Creativity in various fields, along with the ancient Indian perspectives on Creativity will be narrated. Physiological knowledge about brain, its structure, memory formation and creative thinking will be elaborated. This course also enables the students to understand the yogic view of Creativity through guided practices. By the end of the Modules, scientific studies on yoga and Creativity will also be brought out.
Intended Audience:
Both Undergraduate and Postgraduate students studying yoga or any other courses
Course Outcome:
At the end of the course, the students will be able to enhance their memory capacity, trigger the hidden creativity, and enhance their brain output. The course helps them in imbibing leadership qualities.

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

Course Layout:
Week 1
  • Module 1 – Introduction to Yoga for Creativity – by Dr H R Nagendra  
  • Module 2 – Concepts of Creativity   – by Prof. M K Sridhar
Week 2
  •   Module 3 - Contributors of Creativity in science and technology – by Prof. M K Sridhar
  •   Module 4 - Contributions of great personalities to Creativity in the field of science and technology – by Prof. M K Sridhar
Week 3
  •  Module 5 - Contributions of creative people in the domain of fine arts – by Prof. M K Sridhar
  •  Module 6 - Creativity and its components - by Dr Ganga K V
 Week 4
  •   Module 7 – Understanding creativity from an eminent scientist perspective - Interview with Dr Prahlada Rama Rao– by Prof. M K Sridhar
  •   Module 8 – Ancient Indian perspectives on Creativity – 1 - by Prof. M K Sridhar
Week 5
  •   Module 9 – Ancient Indian perspectives on Creativity – 2 - by Prof. M K Sridhar
  •   Module 10 – Theories of Creativity and creative thinking – by Prof. M K Sridhar
Week 6
  •  Module 11 - Physiological aspects of creativity - by Ganga K V
  •  Module 12 – Pychic Prana and Creativity - by Prof. M K Sridhar
Week 7
  •  Module 13 – Vedic perspectives to creativity - Interview with Prof. Ramachandra Bhat– by Prof. M K Sridhar
  •  Module 14 – Factors affecting Creativity - by Ganga K V
Week 8
  •   Module 15 – Brainstorming, lateral thinking and other factors influencing creativity - by Ganga K V
  •   Module 16 – Evaluating creativity and its stages – by Ganga K V
  •   Module 17 – Ways and means for improving Creativity (Brian Tracy method) - by Prof. M K Sridhar
Week 9
  •    Module 18 – Talent, Creativity, scholarship and leadership - by Prof. M K Sridhar
  •    Module 19 – Experiments and research related to brain activity and Creativity - by Ganga 
  •    Module 20 – Overview of the course

Yoga for Creativity: Practical Modules
Week 10 - Loosening exercises
  •   Module 21 - Loosening exercises - 1
        Neck Movement, Wrist Rotation
        Elbow stretching, Shoulder joint rotation, Clap jumping
  •   Module 22 - Loosening exercises - 2
        Alternate leg rising in standing, Spinal twisting,
    Forward & backward bending, Padasanchalana, Tiger stretch(Prabheda), 
              Baby Walk
  •  Module 23 - Loosening exercises - 3
        Makarasana Cycling, Jogging, toe walking and heel walking (forward backward)

Week 11 - Breathing exercises and Asanas
  •   Module 24 - Breathing practices –hands in and out breathing, hands stretch breathing, shankasana breathing
  •   Module 25 - Asanas practices I
         Standing – ardhakati chakrasana, ardha chandrasana
  •   Module 26 - Asanas practices II
         Standing – trikonasana, garudasana, padahastasana

Week 12 - Asanas
  •  Module 27 - Asanas practices III
         Sitting – vajrasana, vakrasana, shashankasana
  •  Module 28 - Asanas practices IV
         Sitting – veerasana, balasana, yoga mudra
  •  Module 29 - Asanas practices V
         Supine – karnapidasana, sarvangasana, Ardhasheershasana, thuppukarna
Week 13 - Yoga Modules - Asanas and pranayama
  •  Module 30 - Asanas practices VI
          Prone asanas – shalabasana, bhujangasana, Dhanurasana
  • Module 31 - Sectional breathing
  • Module 32 - Pranayama I
         Kapalbhati,  Nadi suddhi, Ujjayi pranayama, sitali, Citkari
Week 14 - Pranayama Modules
  • Module 33 - Pranayama II - Brahmari, Nada anusandhana
  • Module 34 - Relaxation techniques - Instant relaxation technique, QRT, DRT

Week 15 - meditation techniques
  • Module 35 – Meditation - MIRT - part 1
  • Module 36 – Meditation - MIRT - part 2
  • Module 37 - Krida Yoga and Activities and Brain exercises to enhance Creativity
Week  16 - Over all IAYT module for creativity development
  • Module 38 - Yoga for creativity - Part 1
  • Module 39 - Yoga for creativity - Part 2
  • Module 40  - Yoga for creativity - Part 3

Books and references

Books and References:

1.     Brian Tracy, Creativity and Problem solving, Manjul Publishing House, New Delhi, 2015, ISBN 978-93-87383-11-1.

2.     Dr H R Nagendra, Dr Sherley telles, Yoga and memory, Swami VivekanandaYogaPrakashan, Bengaluru, Jan 2019 (reprint) ISBN – 978-81-87313-23-6

3.     Dr K Krishnamoorthy, Creativity and scholarship, Dr K Krishnamurthy, Samskrutha samshodhana prasthistana, Bengaluru, 1989.

4.     Kaja Nordengen, Your Superstar Brain, Norla, Piatkus, 2018, ISBN 978-0-349-42165-0.

5.     Sujatha virdhe, 300 brilliant minds, L green ventures Bengaluru, May 2010, ISBN – 978-81-910-143-1-0

6.     Swami Vivekananda, Raja Yoga, Adyar Library, Madras, 1976.

Instructor bio

Subject Matter Experts

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. MK 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.

Course Coordinator & Subject Matter Expert
Dr Ganga K V BNYS., MD
Assistant Professor, S-VYASA, Bengaluru

Organized, positive, goal-oriented, team player with BNYS degree from Govt. Nature cure and yoga medical college, Mysuru and MD (Clinical naturopathy) from SDM, Ujire. Currently serving in SVYASA, Bengaluru as Assistant Professor and consultant. My Interests include Acupuncture, nutrition and dietetics and yoga. I am also part of the SWAYAM committee to develop coursework for Yoga & Creativity under Ministry of AYUSH. I am also experienced in conducting Yoga sessions, acupuncture needling, preparing unique dietary charts and also have over 3 years of clinical experience all over Karnataka.

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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