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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

Yoga Teachers: Take your yoga practice to a whole new level!


Classical Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy™ will transform your life - and your yoga practice - in ways you may not have even realized was possible!


Join Dr. Marc Halpern and Marisa Laursen in March, 2017 for a journey of a lifetime - CLASSICAL AYURVEDIC YOGA THERAPY™ CERTIFICATION COURSE


This 13-day course will be held at the stunningly beautiful Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat on Paradise Island in the Bahamas. 



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

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



In this certification program designed specifically for yoga teachers, participants will learn how to adapt yoga classes toward the specific needs of each individual, including deep instruction on the energetics and 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. 


Dates: March 4 - 17, 2017


Location: Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat, Paradise Island, Bahamas


Space is limited - register today! ~


This program qualifies for 120 hours of Yoga Alliance Continuing Education credit.



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

“As a yoga teacher, I think this should be a part of every teacher training course.” – Carla Olla 2008



In this amazing hands-on program you will learn:

  • Foundational Ayurvedic Principles & Philosophy
  • Ayurvedic Lifestyle and Psychology
  • Nadi, Chakras & the Five Vayus
  • The 5 Koshas and Healing
  • The 3 Gunas and Healing
  • Prana, Tejas & Ojas and Healing
  • Energetics of Asana and Pranayama
  • Vata, Pitta and Kapha Yoga Asana Classes
  • Pratyahara & Meditation as Healing Tools
  • Introduction to Yoga Nidra

This program is designed exclusively for:

  • Yoga Teachers
  • Yoga Therapists
  • Ayurvedic Practitioners with a background in Yoga

This 13-day residential program provides the skills to:

  • Customize yoga classes to balance the doshas
  • Create unique Ayurvedic Yoga workshops
  • Practice or teach asana, pranayama, kirtan & meditation for healing based on Ayurvedic principles
  • Offer private classes addressing the specific needs of the individual
  • Explore your own Ayurvedic constitution
  • Create and inspire in others, a lifestyle that leads to inner peace and healing


Course graduates will receive a certification from the California College of Ayurveda



“This program consistently offers an experience beyond measure for students and teachers alike. Hearts open, consciousness transforms. Shifts happen on all levels of body, mind and soul. Lifelong relationships form. The beautiful, deeply spiritual ashram environment provides the perfect yogic setting which lovingly supports personal and professional transformation.” ~ Marisa Laursen



Dr. Halpern and Marisa Laursen invite you to join them in the beautiful Bahamas for this deeply transformative course. You will get to experience ashram life while learning classical teachings along with daily yoga classes, delicious vegetarian food, daily meditations, satsang, walks on the beach ~ and more! 


Limited space availability - register today!



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