Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist Certification

This four-unit program will provide you with the knowledge and skill to design dosha balancing asana practices, use food with awareness, and create a lifestyle plan for yourself and for your students based upon specific needs and goals. You will also be able to offer ayurvedic consultations and confidently teach ayurvedic principles in the classroom. Add another dimension to your life and teaching and learn more about the exciting science of ayurveda. This program is recognized by and listed with the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA). The program is open to all dedicated yoga students, but certification is available only to those with 200-hour yoga teacher certification. Topics include: How prana 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 and pranayama to kindle 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 address vikruti (imbalances) through asana, pranayama, deep relaxation, meditation and diet, cleansing, and lifestyle adjustments.
Unit 1. The Macrocosm and Microcosm of Ayurveda and Yoga - September 22-24
Yoga and ayurvedic philosophy; understanding prakriti and purusha. The manifestation of the elements; koshas (sheaths) and doshas (constitutions) The ayurvedic clock; how we are affected by the hour, season, and stages of life.

Unit 2. Psychology of Ayurveda and Physiology of Yoga TBD
The architecture of the mind and the gunas; scientific use of asana, pranayama, and meditation
Prana, tejas, and ojas. Practices for seasonal changes and vata imbalance
 
Unit 3. Improving Our Digestion of Foods, Thoughts, and Actions Dec. 1-3
The six tastes and the ayurvedic diet. Developing clinical awareness of asana, pranayama, meditation and diet/lifestyle as it relates to digestion and assimilation
Learn to make ghee, kitchari, medicinal oils and teas; includes demonstrations, samples and recipes.

Unit 4. Clinical Use of Ayurveda and Yoga February 23-25
Practical application of yoga and ayurvedic psychology; dinacharya (daily routine), cleansing, asana, pranayama and meditation, Additional training on the nadis (energy channels.) Working with private clients using yoga and ayurveda. Assessment and developing a treatment plan. Practice client interaction and making individual prescriptions for yoga. Diet and lifestyle interventions.
 
Cost: $399 per Unit; $1396-AYS Full Course