Classical Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy™ Certification Course

marc halpern

"Yoga becomes a powerful therapeutic tool when the principles of Ayurveda are properly applied to it"
~ Dr. Marc Halpern

Course Description

This 14 day residential training program is designed specifically for yoga teachers and is taught directly by Dr. Marc Halpern and Marisa Laursen (this program is 14 days when taught at the Sivananda Ashram, Bahamas). Participants will learn how to adapt yoga classes toward the specific needs of each individual, including deep instruction in the use of asana, pranayama, chanting and meditation for healing purposes based upon ayurvedic principles. In addition to learning how to apply this knowledge to others, this program also provides an opportunity for a personal journey within, allowing you to explore your own ayurvedic constitution and create a lifestyle that leads to inner peace and healing. Course graduates will receive a certificate.

All Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy certification courses qualify for Yoga Alliance Continuing Education credits.The program held at Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat, Nassau, Bahamas qualifies for 120 hours of Continuing Education credit.


• Fundamental principles of ayurveda (Philosophy, five element theory, doshic theory)
• Basic diagnostic skills to determine constitution and imbalances
• Ayurvedic and Yogic Psychology
• Raja yoga from the perspective of health and healing
• The energetics of asana
• Pranayama for balancing the doshas
• Yoga nidra and the healing proces
• Karma yoga and the healing process

Course Dates & Locations:

March 4-17, 2017 - Sivananda Ashram, Bahamas    


Quotes from Past Participants  

“It is rare to get the opportunity to learn from such authentic, knowledgable teachers who have such a gift for making the wisdom of Ayurveda and Yoga accessible, useful and understandable” - Krystyna Szadkwsi



“Dr. Halpern and Sri Devi (Marisa Laursen) were excellent and the perfect balance of Shiva and Shakti” - Stefani Chan


“This course blew my mind! I had so many a-ha moments that took me years to find answers to” – Reena Parikh


“This was a very good course and I enjoyed both teachers. Every yoga teacher would benefit from taking this course” - Maryam Shironlou


“What a great team. Both Dr. Shiva (Dr. Halpern) and Sri Devi (Marisa Laursen) do an impeccable job making these deep sacred teachings understandable and applicable to daily life." - Krystyna Szadkwsi


"The course gave new depth and meaning to yoga practice which I have been doing for 36 years." - Joanne Lutz, MSW., LICSW.

"This was more than an Ayurvedic Certification Course, it was a personal journey that will forever affect how I approach all of life. This class put a lot together for me." -
Ashley Wayman

"I found this course to be inspiring and motivating" -
Glenna Jordan

"Dr. Halpern was so clear, concise and easy to follow." -
Shakti (Jackie Ader)

"This was a remarkable spiritual as well as educational journey" - Shakti (Jackie Ader)

"As a yoga teacher of 8 years, this course was the answer to my prayer. Not only did it open my eyes to professional growth but it exceeded every expectation I had about growing personally and spiritually." -
Kimberly Freesh

"The quintessential experience of integrating body, mind and spirit. I loved the experience." -
Isha McCaskey


“Only the highest praise for both teachers. I couldn’t imagine having more knowledgeable instructors” -  Carin Cundey (Omkari)

"It was a deeply spiritual yet very practical experience." -
Eileen Crone

"What I liked best about the course was the amount of information presented and the precision with which it was delivered." -
Lilavata Papa

“What I liked best was how clearly Dr. Halpern explained such complex concepts." -
Avry Budka 2008

"The course is exactly what I was hoping for." -
Karen Zamzow D.C. 2008

"As a yoga teacher, I think this should be a part of every teacher training course." -
Carla Olla 2008

"Every yoga teacher will want to have this in their background" -
Christianne AsperyValdes 2008


These are two teachers who very obviously practice what they preach and are coming from a place of calm” - Donna Rixman.


“The teachers were great. Their knowledge covered a wide spectrum and they were very in tune with each of us” – Raymond Thouin

"This course brought a new depth to my knowledge of the asanas and my practice which I can't wait to share with my students back home." -
Susannah Gust 2008

"I pretty much loved everything. This was a well thought out course and the presentation was easy to follow." -
Ivy Berruca

"It was presented in such a clear way, it is amazing how much I actually retained." -
Ivy Berruca

"Everything was perfect." -
Norah Nasturas

“I highly recommend it to anyone whatever their previous experience is." -
Carin Cundey (Omkari)

"It was exceptional from beginning to end." -
Terry Suess

"The course was so great I can't even think of something negative." -

"Great, enlightening and very inspiring." -
Verane Pina (Jyoti)

"The flow was perfect." -
Lorna Mauney-Brodek (Mohini)

"This is an essential program for yoga teachers who are looking to deepen their knowledge of yoga and healing." -
Michelle Weiss, Vinyasa Teacher, Canada program.

"Dr. Siva (Halpern) is a God-send." -
Clement Lam (Shankara) - Canada

"I feel like what I taught before was unskilled compared to what I know now. Our teacher has given us the tools to heal ourselves and the world." -
Arati - Canada

"Dr. Halpern is knowledgeable, clear and experienced. He has a wonderful way of taking a vast amount of information and making it very accessible." -
Saraswati, Canada

"Dr. Halpern has a great intuitive understanding of where everyone is coming from on their journey." -
Rachel Persaud (Radha)

"Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy has opened up a whole new potential for healing and self-discovery in my teaching and in my personal practice." -
Ronnie Joe Grooms (Narayana), Staff at the San Francisco Sivananda Center - Canada Program

"Dr. Halpern is very informed, experienced, passionate and uplifting. This was an amazing learning experience!" -
Ashley Lawrence - Canada

"This course for me was like a big bouquet of wildflowers, rich of diversity, colors and scents which filled all of my senses and enlightened my path." -
Marie France (Sivapriya) - Canada