ICSE Yoga Class 10 Syllabus

There are two papers in the subject. Paper I (Theory) is of 2 hours duration carrying 100 marks. The paper is divided into four sections as follows: (i) Section I: 40 marks (ii) Section II: 20 marks, (iii) Section III: 20 marks, (iv) Section IV: 20 marks.

Section I is compulsory. You are required to attempt all the questions from this section. There is no choice of questions. Sections II, III and IV have a choice of questions. You are required to attempt two questions from each section. 

Section I: Human Biology

1. The Nervous System

The neuron, central nervous system and peripheral nervous system, the sense organs. Role of Yoga in maintaining the health of the nervous system.

2. The Endocrine System

A study of the Pituitary gland, the Thyroid, the Adrenal glands and the Pancreas; role of Yoga in maintaining the health of the endocrine glands.

3. The Circulatory System

Structure and functioning of the heart; disorders of the circulatory system; the lymphatic system; composition of blood; role of yoga in improving blood circulation.

4. The Excretory System

Organs of excretion; Parts of the excretory system; urine formation, disorders of the excretory system; Role of Yoga.

5. Personal hygiene through Yoga

Purpose of maintaining hygiene in Yoga; Yogic care and/or cleaning of sense organs.

Section II: Sages of India

You are to write notes on the lives and teachings of the following:

  1. Vyasa
  2. Yagnavalkya
  3. Narsi Mehta
  4. Sri Aurobindo
  5. Swami Vivekanand
  6. Ramana Maharishi

For each of the above sages, you need to know briefly, two important aspects of their works.

Section III: The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

The Four Padas

  1. Samdhi pada
  2. Sadhana pada
  3. Vibhuti pada
  4. Kaivalya pada

Section IV

Some Important Schools of Philosophy and Some Sutras.

1. Some of the Orthodox Philosophies

Sankhya, Yoga, Vedanta, Purva Mimansa with respect to each philosophy - Meaning of the name, founder, dates, important texts, tenets, salvation, concept of God.

2. Some of the Heterodox Philosophies

Buddhism and Jainism with respect to each philosophy - meaning of the name, founder, dates, important texts, tenets, salvation, concept of God.

Tenets of Buddhism: The 4 noble truths, the 8-fold path, two schools of Buddhism - Hinayana and Mahayana.

Tenets of Jainism: The 3 jewels, transmigration of the soul and moksha, everything has a jiva, no belief in Gods and Goddesses, 24 tirthankaras, Mahavira the 24th one.

3. Contemporary Philosophies

Eckhart Tolle's Philosophy: Power of Now

4. Five Important Sutras

Patanjali Yoga Sutra 1.2, 1.14, 1.33, 2.3, 2.28