Ayurvedic Yoga Therapist Program

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Become an Ayurvedic Yoga Therapist!

The Himalayan Institute’s Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy program is rooted in the alchemic power of Ayurveda, Yoga, and Psychology to support physical, mental, and spiritual health. Our healing approach is twofold.

This program will give practitioners the knowledge, experience, and tools to:
  1. Guide clients towards svastha: complete health of the whole person, biologically, psychologically, and spiritually.
  2. Cultivate sattva: a clarity and spiritual awareness that serves to awaken the mind with purpose, inspiration, and life-enhancing habits.

In this program, eastern and western medicine are integrated to create a pathway for clients to cultivate awareness, within a living tradition, and facilitate healing with safety and support. Our goal is to bridge these two complimentary sciences with a focus on addressing the major public health crisis that stems from samskara: active and latent deeply seated tendencies, adverse childhood experiences, and epigenetics that color our perception of the world and block our healing potential. The skillful and integrated use of ayurvedic medicine and yoga therapy can support individuals as they gain tools to explore these obstacles, cultivate spiritual awareness, and help them to move toward svastha and sattva.

When you become part of the Himalayan Institute’s Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy program, you join an intentional community of skillful practitioners who support the integrity and implementation of the practices of ayurveda and yoga science through their own understanding and experience.

Getting Started
  • Complete our online Himalayan Institute Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy application.
  • We will review your application and schedule a telephone interview to assess which prerequisite you have completed, or are in the process of completing.
  • Certification from a Himalayan Institute approved, Yoga Alliance recognized 500-hour yoga teacher certification program
  • Completion of the Himalayan Institute’s Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist program, or other Himalayan Institute approved, NAMA recognized, foundations of ayurveda program
  • Completion of the Three Wisdom Tradition Wellness Coaching program

Note: At least one of these pre-requisites is required to have been completed or currently in progress in order to qualify for participation in the Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy program.

Once accepted, you will be assigned a Himalayan Institute Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy Mentor. Together, you and your mentor will create a personalized Ayurvedic Yoga Therapist program roadmap to support and guide you in completing the certification requirements. You will have a monthly one hour long mentor supervision phone session with your mentor group to support you in completing your course work. These calls will be recorded for those with scheduling conflicts. You will need to plan to attend all four Ayurvedic Yoga Therapist Bridge courses in person at the Himalayan Institute in order to graduate.

Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy Program Requirements:
  • 500-hour yoga teacher certification from the Himalayan Institute, ParaYoga, Viniyoga, or Kripalu
  • Himalayan Institute Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist certification (or approved comparable program)
  • Three Wisdom Traditions Wellness Coach certification (includes 3WT online Core Concepts program, and 2 in-person learning lab retreats)
  • Completion of the Torchbearer supervision program
  • Completion of Ayurvedic Health Counselor program units 1, 2, 4, & 5
  • Completion of all four Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy Bridge programs
  • Completion of ParaYoga’s The Four Desires program
  • Completion of the following Yoga International online eCourses: Introduction to the Chakras, Wheels of Life, Breath of Life, and The Healing Art of Meditation
  • Supervised master thesis completion with a general focus in the therapeutic applications of yoga and ayurveda
  • Self-study to accompany in-person programs

Total Program Hours: 1,200*

*This program is designed to meet NAMA’s Ayurvedic Yoga Therapist competency guidelines, pending final approval of programs in this new category.

Next Steps Once You Have Been Accepted:
  • Develop a plan to complete a 500-hour yoga teacher certification program, Himalayan Institute’s Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist program, and the Three Wisdom Traditions Wellness Coach program if you have not already completed those
  • Begin or complete the required telephone calls for the Torchbearer Supervision program at kathryntempleton.com
  • Register for AHC units 1, 2, 4, & 5 if you have not already completed these.
  • Begin the required online eCourses on yogainternational.com if you have not already completed these
  • Contact parayoga.com for training sites and dates for a Four Desires weekend with either Yogarupa Rod Stryker or one of the ParaYoga Four Desires Instructors
  • Plan to complete all four Ayurvedic Yoga Therapist Bridge Programs

Bridge Program Descriptions

The AYT bridge programs are four unique and exciting programs offered just for those enrolled in the AYT program. The courses are designed to integrate Yoga, Ayurveda and Western Science and serve as a foundation for our work as Ayurvedic Yoga Therapists.

Bridge Program One: Building the Foundation with Yoga and Ayurveda

In the first bridge program, we will build our foundational understanding of how yogic and ayurvedic perspectives of health and healing, connect to those of Western medicine. We will define terms, and highlight intersections where the maps of these Eastern and Western sciences converge. We will focus our study on the concepts of dosha, agni, vayu, prana, tejas, ojas, and how the embodied practices of yoga affect the dhatu and srota systems energetically. We will introduce intersections that connect practices and concepts from Eastern to Western psychology, and introduce the concept of sattvajaya (the cultivation of sattva to support mental digestion and remove ama).

In this session you will:
  • Take a deeper look at imbalances using cultural norms and an understanding of current public health issues
  • Explore in detail the ayurvedic concept of svastha (health) in terms of a holistic picture of biological, psychological and spiritual health
  • Discuss three causes of disease according to ayurveda
  • Review ayurvedic concepts of doshas, gunas, dhatus, and srotas
  • Discover how to cultivate sattva: a clarity and spiritual awareness that serves to awaken the mind with purpose, inspiration, and life-enhancing habits
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Bridge Program Two: The Animating and Transforming Therapeutic Action of Yoga and Ayurvedic Sciences

Bridge two is an exploration of the energetics of healing, according to yoga and ayurveda. We will examine agni and prana as the animating forces of transformation and how to activate change at the intersections between the body and the mind. We will begin to understand more deeply how the senses impact our mental patterns and the habitual actions that come from those patterns. We will explore how these patterns shape our personalities and our lives by looking at the concepts of samskara, vasana, and karma: the wheel of habituation.

We will then compare western science methods of interaction and discuss how to build a therapeutic relationship with a client, and hold space with active listening. Most importantly, we will learn how to develop our personal practice to establish a strong foundation from which to serve others and decrease secondary traumatization.

In this session you will:
  • Discuss the impact of physical digestion and ama on our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health
  • Review the concepts of agni and ama and how they relate to the kosha model
  • Learn about the role of the first three chakras in supporting physical and mental health
  • Deepen your understanding and experience the practice of agni sara for containing and enhancing agni
  • Become more familiar with nidan panchak: a five step disease diagnosis technique and how to apply it within the scope of an Ayurvedic Yoga Therapist
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Bridge Program Three: Weaving Yoga and Ayurveda into a Healing Paradigm with Modern Medicine

Bridge three will focus on the integration of all the intersections: dosha, dhatu, mala, vikruti, and manas prakriti, and creating practical applications for clients. We will practice working with intake and assessment, as well as developing intervention plans and managing outcomes for bringing doshas back to balance and moving the mind toward sattva. Together, we will explore research about affecting changes in the brain through the spiritual practices of pranayama, relaxation, mantra meditation, along with the use of yantras and ritual. We will weave together interventions that integrate eastern medicine within the western medical model. We will practice using supervision and sangha community to offer support of secondary trauma experienced by caregivers.

In this session you will:
  • Learn to develop your clinical skills and how to integrate your skills as an Ayurvedic Yoga Therapist with current western psychological methods
  • Review current public health conditions with a recap of precursors and the relationship to poorvarupa, rupa, upashaya and samprapti.
  • Review common patterns seen in doshic imbalances and the role of agni and ama in helping clients build a bridge back to balance
  • Further work with the implementation of Samprapti to understand precursors and the disease condition and integration of the Ayurvedic Yoga Therapist approach to offering support for healing
  • Explore current research into current yoga therapy methods and ayurvedic protocols and discuss outcomes
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Bridge Program Four: Connection to the Community of Caregivers and Commencement

Bridge four is our last bridge program and will focus on our work with real life case studies. We will use these case studies to review and refine our ayurvedic understanding of global public health issues. We will explore developing our personal understanding and relationship with the work we’ve done in previous bridge programs to determine how we will want to begin to work as Ayurvedic Yoga Therapists. We will also include support for how to work with other healthcare providers and how to develop your own self care as a healer, including staying connected to our living tradition, various professional organizations, and each other—our sangha. This program will culminate with individual thesis presentations, final exam, and our graduation ceremony.

In this session you will:
  • Discuss how to effectively work with clients and other practitioners in the public health arena
  • Review and discuss case studies to further develop and integrate our understanding of the concepts we have learned
  • Discuss how we can continue to expand our capacity personally and professionally, and continue to build a support network or sangha
  • Review Ayurvedic Yoga Therapist ethics and scope of practice
  • Present your individual Ayurvedic Yoga Therapist thesis project
View upcoming Bridge Four programs




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