To study ayurveda is to study how our mind, body, and spirit are interconnected to nature and the world around us. Ayurveda is the sister science of yoga and focuses primarily on ayurvedic lifestyle practices that support health, balance, and self-transformation. Our unique four-unit Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist certification program incorporates a holistic understanding of the science of yoga as the foundation for the study of ayurveda. It is split into four, four-day modules that can be taken in any order.
In our Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist training program, you will learn the core concepts of ayurveda, including clinical, psychological, lifestyle, and philosophical applications of this ancient wisdom. You’ll learn how simple implementations of ayurvedic nutrition, diet, and routine can create profound transformations in your life and the lives of others. You’ll experience first-hand the healing power that comes from balancing the doshas through aligning your actions with the seasons. Immerse yourself in ayurvedic study at our 400-acre campus, nestled in the rolling hills of the Poconos, away from external distractions. Add a new dimension to your yoga teaching and personal practice and become an Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist!
When you enroll in this exciting ayurveda program, you will learn the knowledge and skills needed to:
- Design dosha balancing asana sequences for different seasons, times of day, and specific ages
- Use ayurvedic recipes and food and spice combinations to address imbalances and promote health and vitality
- Create a practical lifestyle plan for yourself and your students based upon specific needs and goals
- Offer one-on-one ayurvedic consultations with a diet and lifestyle focus
- Confidently teach ayurvedic principles of wellness in the classroom
- Understand how the practices of yoga are supported by ayurvedic diet and lifestyle principles
Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist training program topics include:
- 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 doshas (constitutions), gunas (psychological tendencies), vayus (winds or movement of prana), and koshas (sheaths)
- How to teach asana and pranayama to kindle agni and circulate prana for optimal energy management
- The alchemy of yoga and ayurveda
- Diet and lifestyle adjustments for daily, seasonal, and stage-of-life changes
- How to identify and address vikriti (constitutional imbalances) using asana, pranayama, deep relaxation, and meditation
Unit Two: The Psychology of Ayurveda and The Physiology of Yoga
In the second session of our Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist training program, we will use the science of ayurveda to create a framework for beginning to more deeply understand the mind and the subtle body from a holistic perspective. We will continue to use yogic practices to see how the two sciences of yoga and ayurveda work together to create a beautiful, interconnected web of physiology, psychology, and spirituality that supports and nourishes the body, mind, and spirit. Using ayurveda and yoga together will help us to experience how proper energy management can support overall health, balance, and vitality.
Using interactive group work, lecture, and time for practice, you will:
- Continue to learn more about the philosophical and spiritual foundations of ayurveda
- Begin to understand how the physical and subtle body operate together within the context of a foundational ayurvedic framework
- Discover how the yogic practices of asana, pranayama, and meditation facilitate efficient and effective energy management which supports the body and mind
- Explore the three doshas—vata, pitta, and kapha—in more depth, and dive into the study of the sub-doshas of each
- Develop an understanding of how the gunas (sattva, rajas, and tamas) make-up and influence the architecture of the mind
- Learn more about the three vital essences: prana, tejas, and ojas
- Discover practices to support seasonal change and vata imbalance
This program has been recognized by and is registered with the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA).
This is the only ayurvedic training program that requires a 200-hour yoga certification from an accredited yoga school to receive Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist Certification, ensuring our graduates understand a deeper knowledge of yoga. All dedicated yoga students and teachers are invited to take this training, and a letter of completion will be provided for those who do not wish to pursue a 200-hour yoga teacher certification.
Suggested Reading: Textbook of Ayurveda, Volume 1: Fundamental Principles, by Dr. Vasant Lad; Yoga & Ayurveda: Self-Healing and Self-Realization, by David Frawley
This training is the foundation for our advanced ayurvedic training programs of Ayurvedic Health Counselor and Ayurvedic Yoga Therapist, and must be completed before moving on to the next level. Sessions 1 to 3 can be taken as independent workshops and must be completed before registering for Unit 4. Unit 2 may be taken as an online course or in person only at the Himalayan Institute. All four sessions are required for certification.
I have a yoga studio in Simsbury, Connecticut and incorporate the training that I’ve received here into my yoga classes and teacher trainings. It’s made a lot more people interested in in the teacher trainings when they read that ayurveda is a part of the program.
The AYS program benefitted my yoga teaching and yoga practice tremendously. I was able to integrate postures with the time of day of the class and time of day in the year, and I found that my students were very interested in how asana could form a more balanced lifestyle.
The AYS program was instrumental for me in bringing in more self-care for myself and the community I teach.
The Ayurvedic Specialist program totally transformed my life. I know that sounds like a very big statement to make but that’s the nature of ayurveda and dinacharya.
Kathryn Templeton is amazing! She is funny and real. She gets the real world and speaks to you at a level you can understand.
You have some of the best teachers in the world in this little gem of a place called the Himalayan Institute. Kathryn Templeton is so vivacious, personable, and truly supportive. She truly cares about what she does.
The Ayurvedic counselor program gives me wider eyes and a deeper vision when serving my clients. It gives me much more confidence and secure in what I’m doing, especially when I treat Individual clients. I also feel like I have a lot more information behind me when I prepare workshops and introduce ayurveda to my students.