Yoga History Self-Assessment — Yoga Teaching Knowledge Standards


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

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


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Origins & Sources of Yoga

Teaching Standard

Gain a basic understanding of the roots of yoga philosophy.


  1. What does research show in regard to 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?
  10. Name the person and event often recognized as a key moment in the genesis of yoga’s expansion to the West.
  11. How do Yoga and Hinduism relate?
  12. Is Yoga affiliated with religion?

Branches of Yoga

Teaching Standard

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


  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? Provide examples of Karma Yoga practices.
  5. What is the primary tool of Jnana Yoga?
  6. What is Raja Yoga? What text describes it?
  7. Describe Raja Yoga practices.
  8. What is a primary philosophical underpinning of Tantra? What philosophies did Tantra arise in response to?
  9. How is Hatha Yoga distinguished from other paths? Is it a commonly practiced branch of yoga?
  10. What is the meaning and purpose of Hatha Yoga?
  11. How are Hatha Yoga, Tantra, and Raja Yoga related?

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