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YOGA HISTORY – Self-Assessment – Minimum Knowledge Standards for Yoga Teachers

Introduction

Quickly assess your knowledge of Yoga History Foundations, and identify gaps in your education. See below for quizzes on these subjects:

    1. Origins & Sources of Yoga
    2. Branches of Yoga

Purpose

Offer a series of free quizzes for yoga teachers to:

    1. Provide an effective way to assess knowledge of each of the Minimum Knowledge Standards.
    2. Make it easy to self-assess privately, on your own time.
    3. Help teachers who identify educational gaps to bolster their knowledge with accessible and practical lessons.

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Origins & Sources of Yoga

Minimum Standard

Have a basic understanding of the roots of yoga philosophy.

Quiz

  1. What does research show regarding the effectiveness of including philosophy in yoga teaching?
  2. Speak to the fact that yoga philosophy is not taught as a belief system.
  3. Name and describe the original source of yoga philosophy.
  4. What texts delving into yoga philosophy followed from the original source?
  5. Name other key source texts.
  6. How long ago were the Yoga Sutras written?
  7. What is the significance of the Bhagavad Gita?
  8. What is the format of the Gita?
  9. How is the Hatha Yoga Pradipika different from the Yoga Sutras? What subjects are included in the Hatha Yoga Pradipika?

 


Branches of Yoga

Minimum Standard

Be familiar with the major branches of yoga and their origins.

Quiz

  1. Name five or more branches of yoga. Provide an English translation for the name of each branch.
  2. What is the primary focus of Bhakti Yoga?
  3. Describe Bhakti Yoga practices.
  4. What are the underlying principles of Karma Yoga?
  5. Provide examples of Karma Yoga practices.
  6. What is the primary tool of Jnana Yoga?
  7. What is Raja Yoga? What text describes it?
  8. Describe Raja Yoga practices.
  9. What is a primary philosophical underpinning of Tantra?
  10. What philosophies did Tantra arise in response to?
  11. How is Hatha Yoga distinguished from other paths? Is it a commonly practiced branch of yoga?
  12. What is the meaning and purpose of Hatha Yoga?
  13. How are Hatha Yoga, Tantra, and Raja Yoga related?

 


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