Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist Training
with Kathryn Templeton, Ayurvedic Practioner, MA, RDT/MT, E500RYT
and Sarah Guglielmi Goddard, E500RYT, HI AYS
Become an Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist. After completing each of the 4 units and participating in optional Case Study sessions, you will have the knowledge and skill to create a dosha balancing specific yoga practice, use food with awareness, and create a basic lifestyle plan for yourself and for your clients based upon their needs and goals. You’ll be able to offer basic Ayurvedic consultations, “Ayurveda” 101 programs, and you will have access to additional training and supervision from the Himalayan Institute “Graduates Only” case supervision sessions.
This program has been recognized and is listed with the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA)
All dedicated yoga students and teachers are invited to take this training, but certification will only be given to students who have 200-hour yoga certifications from an accredited school (YTT program).
About the Certification
Students will learn
- How prana (life force) and ojas (deep vitality) can be cultivated to regulate and support agni (digestive fire) for optimal health
- A deeper knowledge of the ayurvedic maps: doshas (constitutions), gunas (psychological tendencies), vayus (winds or movement of prana), and koshas (sheaths)
- How to adapt asana (postures) and pranayama to kindle our agni and better circulate prana for efficient energy management
- The alchemy of yoga and ayurveda along with diet and lifestyle adjustments to adapt to daily, seasonal, and stage-of-life changes
- How to identify typical constitutional imbalances and know how to address vikruti (imbalances) through asana, pranayama, deep relaxation, meditation and diet, cleansing, and lifestyle adjustments.
Textbook of Ayurveda, Volume One: Fundamental Principles by Dr. Vasant Lad
Yoga & Ayurveda: Self-Healing and Self-Realization by David Frawley
These books will be available for purchase on-site and are not included in the cost of tuition.
About Each Unit
The Macrocosm and Microcosm of Ayurveda and Yoga Unit #1
- Yoga and ayurvedic philosophy: understanding purusha (pure consciousness) and prakriti (universal nature)
- The elements manifest in the body: koshas (sheaths) and doshas (constitutions)
- The ayurvedic clock: the hour, season, and stages of life
Suggested additional reading: The Seven Systems of Indian Philosophy, by Pandit Rajmani Tigunait
Psychology of Ayurveda and the Physiology of Yoga Unit #2
- The architecture of the mind and the gunas; scientific use of asana, pranayama, and meditation
- Subtle essences: prana, tejas (fire of intelligence), and ojas
- Circulation of prana via the vayus; practices for seasonal changes and vata imbalance
Suggested additional reading: Ayurveda and the Mind, by David Frawley
Improving Our Digestion of Foods, Thoughts, and Actions Unit #3
Agni, Ama and digestion according to the pancha kosha model. You will leave with a thorough understanding of Ayurveda as it relates to Food and Digestion:
- The six tastes and proper diet
- Internal and external practices to regulate agni
- Developing clinical awareness of asana, pranayama, meditation and diet/lifestyle as it relates to digestion and assimilation.
- Learn how to make ghee, kitchari, medicinal oils and teas. Demonstrations, samples and recipes included.
Suggested reading/recipe book: Eat – Taste – Heal: An Ayurvedic Cookbook for Modern Living by Thomas Yarema, Daniel Rhoda and Johnny Brannigan
Clinical Use of Ayurveda and Yoga Unit #4
Practical application of yoga and ayurvedic psychology, dinacharya (daily routine), cleansing, asana, pranayama and mediation. Additional training on the nadis (energy channels).
- Introduction to tongue and pulse diagnosis
- Working with private clients using yoga and ayurveda; assessment, developing a treatment plan, practice client interaction and making individual prescriptions for yoga, diet and lifestyle interventions.
This certification at the Himalayan Institute is $349 per individual unit or $1,396 for all four, plus room and board. Tuition includes a binder and all related materials and documents.
All dedicated yoga students/teachers are invited to take this training, but certification will only be given to students who have 200-hour yoga certifications from an accredited school (YTT program).
Units 1 to 3 can be taken as independent workshops. All four sessions are required for certification.