Ayurveda Yoga Specialist

January 2019 - July 2020

This program was created by Kathryn Templeton, offered through the Himalayan Institute, and is recognized by the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA).

This is the only ayurveda yoga specialist training program that requires a 200-hour yoga certification from an accredited yoga school to receive the 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 yoga teacher certification. The certification comes from the Himalayan Institute whom we support, is a part of our advanced curriculum, is signed by Kathryn Templeton, the creator of the program. This training provides the foundation for teachers to continue their studies as an Ayurvedic Health Counselor (AHC) and/or an Ayurvedic Yoga Therapist so they can officially register with NAMA The registration with NAMA at the AYS level will be as a student. For more information about the AHC program at the Himalayan Institute, click here. The AYS program is a NAMA-approved 80 hour course (20 hours per unit) that provides yoga teachers with a complete Ayurvedic tool-kit. Upon successful completion of the 4 AYS modules, you will be certified in providing Ayurveda counseling and lifestyle enhancements to your students and individual clients.

All participants 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

AYS 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

This training is the foundation for the Himalayan Institute's advanced ayurvedic training programs of Ayurvedic Health Counselor and must be completed before moving on to the next level. Units 1-3 must be completed before registering for Unit 4. Unit 2 is taken as an online course or in person only at the Himalayan Institute. All four sessions are required for certification.

Description of Units:

Unit One: The Macrocosm and Microcosm of Ayurveda and Yoga

Unit one of the Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist Program is the introduction to ayurveda, the ancient science of life. One of the oldest medical sciences in the world, ayurveda is rich with simple methods to restore your health. This session is for anyone interested in learning about the foundations of ayurveda, how ayurveda is related to yoga philosophy and practice, and how it can make you feel more at home within yourself. You will begin learning the basics of creating sustainable daily practices that support the balance of an individual’s constitution—the physical body, mental body, and sense of purpose. Yoga teachers and practitioners alike will discover how to work with asana, pranayama, relaxation, and meditation practices to support balance and overall well-being from an ayurvedic perspective.

Using interactive group work, lecture, and time for practice, you will:

  • Learn more about the philosophical and spiritual foundations of ayurveda

  • Discover how yoga and ayurveda support and complement each other

  • Become more familiar with the tri-doshic theory of ayurveda (vata, pitta, kapha)

  • Know the difference between prakriti (unique elemental nature) and vikriti(current state of imbalance)

  • Begin to understand how to use the yogic practices of asana, pranayama, relaxation, and meditation to move toward greater wellness and balance

  • Identify how your personal yoga practice supports your health and overall sense of well-being as you move through the different seasons of life

  • Be able to practically implement ayurvedic and yogic concepts into daily routine, diet, and lifestyle management plans for clients and students, or for personal use

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

Unit Three: Ayurvedic Cooking and Recipes—Improving Our Digestion of Food, Thoughts, and Actions

Using food as medicine is an ancient idea that many of us have lost touch with in our modern lives. The science of ayurveda uses food and spices to address specific imbalances and health concerns. In this unit, we will use ayurvedic recipes and dietary principles to support and enhance digestion of food, thoughts, and life experiences. Anyone who loves cooking or eating a delicious meal might be surprised at how vital these simple ayurvedic applications are to creating nourishing and balancing food. When you cook and eat in a way that supports optimal digestion, this creates a vibrant and solid foundation for moving forward in life and for spiritual development.

Using interactive group work, lecture, and time for practice, you will:

  • Be introduced to the six rasas (tastes) as the secret ingredient for optimal nourishment and for unlocking balance and overall wellness

  • Learn how ayurvedic digestive theory supports physical, mental, and emotional digestion

  • Understand how simple dietary changes can profoundly improve overall digestion and elimination

  • Discover how ayurvedic cooking can heal when you use food and spice combinations to address specific constitutional imbalances and other health concerns

  • Experience yogic practices that support agni and improve digestion naturally

  • Work together in the kitchen to gain hands-on experience with preparing ayurvedic recipes including kitchari, ghee, churnas (dosha specific spice mixes), chai, and many more

  • Enjoy the fruits of your labors in the kitchen, tasting your ayurvedic meals with your classmates

Unit Four: The Clinical Use of Ayurveda and Yoga

The final unit of the Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist Program culminates in the practical application of ayurvedic theory. In this unit, we will apply all of the concepts we have worked with in the previous three sessions by learning how to train clients and develop treatment plans for pacifying imbalances and addressing specific health concerns and goals.

Using interactive group work, lecture, and time for practice, you will:

  • Apply the ayurvedic concepts and practices you have learned to in-person case studies and client training sessions

  • Review ethical guidelines and standards of practice for working one-on-one with clients, including intake and evaluation

  • Learn how to engage with private clients to ensure effective and professional ayurvedic consultations

  • Work with the practical application of yogic and ayurvedic philosophy and practices through recommendations for dinacharya (daily routine), asana, pranayama, and meditation

  • Assess training clients and develop specific treatment plans that include diet and lifestyle suggestions as well as supportive yogic practices.

Dates:

Unit 4: January 11-13, 2019

Unit 1: November 8-10, 2019

Unit 2: available after November 10, 2019 online

Unit 3: April 24 - 26, 2020

Unit 4: July 10 - 12, 2020

schedule:

The AYS program consists of three weekend modules (all day Friday, Saturday & Sunday) for Units 1, 3, and 4 and Unit 2 is online. Each Session includes lectures, yoga practices focused on session content, teaching demonstrations, small group work, ayurveda yoga therapy clinic during Unit 4 and guided independent study. All Sessions are spaced approximately three to six months apart to allow time for integration of the material through personal practice, home study assignments, and telephone calls with mentors.The AYS registration starts at 9:00 am Friday, program begins at 9:30 AM Friday-Sunday and ends by 5:30 pm each day. 

Tuition:

$399 per module, does not include meals and lodging. $50 application & materials fee.  A discount is available if all four modules are paid for together in full. Please be sure you pay for your materials along with your registration.

Location:

Varies within the Kansas City area. Venue is announced at least 30 days prior to each module.

Travel, food and lodging

Fly into Kansas City International Airport (MCI) and arrive Thursday, as registration starts at 8:30 am on Friday. Plan departure on Sunday, after 5:30 pm as it will take you at least 45 minutes to get to the airport from Maya Yoga. For more information about where to stay and eat near the studio, download pdf here. 

Prepare for your certification:

Books: 

Textbook of Ayurveda; Dr. Vasant Lad

Yoga & Ayurveda: Self-Healing and Self-Realization; Dr. David Frawley

Yoga & Psychotherapy: The Evolution of Consciousness; Swami Rama, et al

Seven Systems of Indian Philosophy; Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD