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Ayurvedic Yoga Teacher Training

What is AYURYOGA?

Ayuryoga® is a system of physical asana (poses), pranayama (breathwork), and meditation developed by Vasant Lad, BAMS, MASc that utilizes the Ayurvedic principles to harness the therapeutic effects of yoga practice and applies it to support healing on an individual and group basis.

Yoga and Ayurveda

Yoga and Ayurveda are widely understood to be sister sciences; two sides of the same coin that need each other to be fully and completely fulfilled. The ancient vedic and yogic texts place great emphasis on the need to eat the correct foods and follow a sattvic lifestyle that is supportive of yoga and meditation practices. 

Both Yoga and Ayurveda share the understanding that states of imbalance are the result of impurities accumulating in the body and mind and blocking their channels. 

Through employing the principles of Ayurveda in diet and lifestyle and Yoga in our spiritual practice, we can better allow prana (the life force) to flow through the many gross and subtle channels of the body, thus eliminating ill-health and helping us elevate our consciousness.

Many of the asanas, breathing, and meditation techniques that form part of this practice will be familiar to those who have explored other forms of Hatha Yoga (physical yoga). 

What makes Ayuryoga unique is that the principles of Ayurveda; the five great elements, three doshas, and the twenty universal gunas (qualities) are used to understand the effects of the various practices on the body and mind, are thus employed, using Ayurveda’s ‘like increases like’ philosophy to support optimal health and healing from states of imbalance.

Uttanasana pose

EXAMPLE

Ayuryoga views forward bending asanas to be generally heating as they compress and envelop the organs of digestion; the location of the body’s predominant agni (digestive fire/ metabolism). Thus, poses such as Uttanasana or Paschimottanasana can help us to kindle the digestive fire in conditions like low appetite, gas, bloating or indigestion.

Combining Ayurveda and Yoga

As someone interested in studying Ayurvyoga yoga teacher training, you should understand the connection between Ayurveda and Yoga.

These are two complementary systems of health and wellness that originated in India over 5000-years-ago. Ayurvedic yoga is a practice that supports the self-healing process within the body, mind, and consciousness while achieving physical and mental wellbeing through different poses and breathing techniques.
 
Ayuryoga is the integration of these two ancient systems, combining the principles of Ayurveda with the practice of yoga to promote physical, mental, and spiritual health. Ayurveda provides a framework for understanding the unique needs of each individual, while yoga offers a way to address those needs through specific postures and breathing techniques.
 
Through your Ayuryoga yoga teacher training, you will develop the skills  to spread this education and awareness to others so they can too understand the importance of balancing your doshas to achieve maximum health and spiritual awareness.

Who can study Ayuryoga?

All current students of the Ayurvedic Institute or graduates of the programs since 2016 are welcome to join the Ayuryoga Teacher Training programs. 

No prior experience or qualifications are required, although a familiarity with basic asana and an established personal yoga practice can assist students in gaining dexterity with this modality.

Our students tend to be Ayurveda students, health counselors, or practitioners that are looking to add asana, pranayama, and meditation to their toolbox of offerings to assist clients in a clinical and therapeutic setting. 

Our 200 and 300 hour programs run in tandem with years one and two of our Ayurvedic Studies Program and each year a large number of students join the YTT!

Why undergo Ayuryoga yoga teacher training?

There are many reasons why practitioners of Ayurveda may want to learn more about Ayuryoga and become a teacher. Here are some:

  • Understand your own practice: As someone who practices yoga, learning to teach yoga can help you deepen your own practice and understand more about your own spirituality. 
  • Share what you know: It’s also a great way to share your own knowledge and experience with others. You can develop your own way of teaching and design programs to the individual needs of your students. You never know but this could open the door to new things you may not have thought of as well. 
  • Expand your opportunities: Becoming a registered yoga teacher can open up new career opportunities, such as teaching at yoga studios, wellness centers, retreats, or even starting your own yoga business.

How can I study Ayuryoga?

The Ayurvedic Institute is proud to offer both in-person and online Yoga Teacher Trainings in Ayuryoga at 200hr and 300hr levels. For those attending in person, the training takes place over a series of weekends at our yoga and Ayurveda Center in Asheville, North Carolina.

Course Content

Both the 200 and 300 hr YTTs integrate theory and practice. Classes include a lecture component, and students are encouraged to take notes and engage in reflective processes at various points of the training. 

Physical practice of asana, pranayama, and meditation is included as well as plenty of practice teaching each of these components and working with individual clients and groups to teach and perform adjustments.

Students will be guided through the course handbook: Synergy of Yoga and Ayurveda as well as supplemental materials such as web resources and ancient vedic texts.

200 hr YTT

Participants will…

  • Learn how to use different asanas to balance vata, pitta, and kapha based on individual constitutions, states of imbalance, and seasons of the year.
  • Work with pranayama, asana, and meditation to balance agni (digestion) and remove ama (accumulated toxins).
  • Learn how to create yoga protocols, teach classes to groups or individuals and apply hands-on adjustments using the ancient knowledge of marma point stimulation

300 hr YTT

Participants will…

  • Dive deeper into the Ayurvedic principles as applied to Yoga through learning about the effects of different practices on srotamsi (bodily channels), organs, dhatus (seven bodily tissues), and subdoshas.
  • Participate in a clinical environment and work with specific pathologies in one-on-one consultations.
  • Build upon your 200 hr training to develop confidence in clinical and classroom settings. 

*Completion of the 200 hr Ayuryoga YTT is a requirement for attending the 300 hr YTT.

What can I do with this education?

Graduates of the Ayuryoga program will be confident in… 

  • Constructing yoga protocols for individuals in a therapeutic setting, teaching those clients different poses, breathing, and meditation techniques, and providing appropriate modifications or adjustments based on the individual’s needs.
  • Developing yoga classes for groups and teaching in schools or yoga studios.
  • Using the tools they have learned to expand on their tools to support clients in a clinical setting.
  • Continuing to build and strengthen their own yoga, pranayama and meditation practices, ultimately keeping themselves healthy and happy, best able to serve others!
  • Our yoga teacher trainings are Yoga Alliance certified.

Check out these Ayuryoga immersions at our continuing education company, Ayurprana!

Meet your teacher

Teacher Nishita Shah

Nishita Shah

For more information on upcoming dates or to request an application, contact admissions@ayurveda.com

Interested in learning Ayuryoga but aren’t a current or past AI student, or aren’t able to commit to the Ayuryoga teacher trainings as a matter of time or financially?

Check out these Ayuryoga immersions at our continuing education company, Ayurprana!

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