Year : 2016  |  Volume : 48  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 23-29

Efficacy of yoga modules given by Swami Kuvalayananda for the undergraduate physical education curriculum

Department of Physical Education and Sports, Y.D.P.G. College, Lakhimpur-Kheri, Uttar Pradesh, India

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Yogesh Kumar
Department of Physical Education and Sports, Y.D.P.G. College, Lakhimpur-Kheri, Uttar Pradesh
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0044-0507.198707

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Background: In Uttar Pradesh, yoga is included in the undergraduate (UG) curriculum either as an optional topic of physical education practical or as a compulsory paper of foundation course in any 1 year of UG, by most of the state universities for the students. However, there is no uniformity in the yoga syllabus adopted by various universities. Swami Kuvalayananda, in his book“Āsanas,” has prescribed three yoga modules, namely, easy course, short course, and full course. Aim: The aim of this study was to survey whether the three courses as described in the book can be used as a part of the model curriculum for the 3-year UG studies in physical education. Method: Along with a specifically prepared questionnaire, a photocopy of Appendixes I, II, and III of book“Āsanas” was sent to the participants to elicit their opinions regarding the yoga modules. Results: The results of the survey showed that three courses prescribed by Swami Kuvalayananda are scientifically and systematically arranged and are according to the laws of physical education training. The study showed that 84.60% of the survey participants agreed on introducing the three yoga modules prescribed by Swami Kuvalayananda as model yoga syllabus in the 3 successive years of the UG physical education curriculum. Conclusions: The results of the survey of academicians in higher education gave the conclusion that inclusion of yoga modules described in the book would increase the efficacy of the learning of UG students of physical education.

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