In yoga, studying is not seen as merely improving our knowledge about the subject. It involves delving deeply into an area through practise research, where we come to know things about the world and about ourselves.

The term “swadhyaya” (self-study) is used historically to describe the method of study in Yoga. Swadhyaya is made up of two aspects.
Study of text.
Study of oneself.
It’s a question about the way we come to understand the world and our place in it. Merely reading about something feeds the intellect but may give a false sense of knowing. To reconcile what we read or hear with our inner world, we must practice.

Yoga Mandir has an online study platform for students who wish to delve more deeply into yoga through practice-based study. Our subjects are organised into categories, under which individual subjects can be found. Each individual subject is a standalone area of study containing orientation material, articles, audio, and video examples taken from conventions and audio practise recordings to consolidate experiential learning. Contributions to discussion forums consolidate learning and successful completion of a subjects accrues credit points towards our certificates of attainment.

Click through to our platform (Yoga Vidya) of online subjects where you can enrol in subjects.


Yoga Studies is a practise-based learning program for anyone who wants to delve deeply into yoga. At Yoga Mandir we provide weekly virtual and studio classes; flexible online practise-based courses; monthly study group sessions and individual feedback and guidance as you experience and perceive the world within and around you through a practise of yoga. As you develop knowledge of what yoga means to you within this non-teaching program, create a pathway to further studies and adopt the principles of yoga into your practise with the guidance and support of highly experienced staff at Yoga Mandir.

‘As a well-cut diamond has many facets, each reflecting a different colour of light, so does the word yoga, each facet reflecting a different shade of meaning and revealing different aspects of the entire range of human endeavour to win inner peace and happiness.’ (B.K.S. Iyengar, Light on Yoga, p.2)

The Certificate of Yoga Studies is open to local, national and international students with any or no yoga experience. Enrol at any time and move at a self-directed pace through four levels of certification. Each certificate covers part of the syllabus developed by Yoga Mandir and participants are guided by the Yoga Sadhana booklet. The first Certificate covers the Foundation Level Syllabus; the next two Certificates cover the Developing Level Syllabus; and the final Certificate covers the Established Level Syllabus. Students may complete part or all of the program. Completion of any part of the program may lead to Yoga Mandir Teacher Training and/or Iyengar Australia Level 1 Teacher Training. For more information on the teacher training programs click on this link.

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