Ayurvedic Yoga Practitioner Overview


An Ayurvedic Yoga Practitioner (AYP) is a
Yoga Teacher with a solid background in Ayurveda who understands how to apply the classical practices of Yoga to the healing process. Based on the classical yoga and ayurvedic texts, this program trains the practitioner of Yoga to be a healer capable of restoring balance to the body and mind while restoring wholeness to consciousness. The Ayurvedic Yoga Practitioner utilizes this knowledge to design dosha specific classes and individual sessions.

Students in the Ayurvedic Yoga Practitioner program study knowledge with its roots in six classical texts: Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Gheranda Samhita, Siva Samhita, Goraksha Samhita, Bhagavad Gita and the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. This curriculum was designed by our founder Dr. Marc Halpern, a classical yoga teacher in the Sivananda tradition who was awarded the title “Yoga Adept (YU-4) by the Yoga Unify organization signifying his deep commitment to the highest knowledge and standards of Yoga. Students will learn how Ayurveda applies to the eight limbs of yoga with an emphasis on asana, pranayama, mudras and bandhas.

Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy can be adapted to any tradition or style of yoga practice. Graduates of the AYP program can use their education to provide dosha specific classes, provide private Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy sessions, and provide introductory Ayurvedic education in studios and on yoga retreats. Some students go on to merge this program with the Ayurvedic Health Counselor program allowing graduates to also provide one-on-one Ayurvedic health consultations.

Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy Q and A

What is an Ayurvedic Yoga Practitioner?
An Ayurvedic Yoga Practitioner is an expert in Classical Yoga Therapy. An Ayurvedic Yoga Practitioner utilizes the tools of Yoga for healing body, mind, and consciousness.
Where Does Ayurveda Come In?
The Ayurvedic understanding of the body and mind is the foundation of Classical Yoga Therapy. Classical Yoga Therapy is based on understanding the patient’s/client’s prakruti (constitution) and vikruti (imbalances). Based on this, the Ayurvedic Yoga Practitioner designs a Classical Yoga treatment program. Students are trained to determine prakruti and vikruti
What will I be able to do when I graduate?

When you graduate, you will be able to do any, or all, of the following.

      1. Provide one-on-one private Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy sessions,
      2. Teach dosha specific classes to restore healing physiology.
      3. Help people understand their constitution (prakruti) and the nature of any imbalances (vikruti)
      4. Provide general Ayurvedic knowledge to the community.
      5. Conduct Ayurveda and Yoga healing retreats

What are the tools of the Classical Yoga Therapist?

An Ayurvedic Yoga Practitioner utilizes the classical tools of raja and hatha yoga:

          • Yamas
          • Niyama
          • Asana
          • Pranayama
          • Pratyahara
          • Samyama (meditation)
          • Mudras
          • Bandhas
          • Kriyas
          • Yoga Nidra

Can an Ayurvedic Yoga Practitioner counsel patients in Diet and Lifestyle?
An Ayurvedic Yoga Practitioner is not as well as trained as an Ayurvedic Health Counselor. While an AYP may give some basic dietary and lifestyle advice, counseling is more complex. Student wishing to provide more serious dietary and lifestyle counseling should also take the Ayurvedic Health Counselor internship.
Where does the knowledge come From that is taught in the Ayurvedic Yoga Practitioner program?

The knowledge of Ayurveda taught in the Principles of Ayurvedic Medicine course comes from the six classical Ayurvedic texts (Caraka Samhita, Sushruta Samhita, Ashtanga Hrdayam, Ashtanga Samgraha, Madhava Nidanam, Sarangadhara Samhita). Dr. Halpern merged these into his textbook, Principles of Ayurvedic Medicine. The knowledge of Yoga taught in the Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy intensive comes from six classical yoga text (Yoga Sutras, Gheranda Samhita, Siva Samhita, Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Goraksha Samhita, Bhagavad Gita). Dr. Halpern merged these into his textbook, Classical Yoga Therapy.

Who is the Ayurvedic Yoga Practitioner Program Designed For?
This program is ideal for students who are already Yoga Teachers and want to incorporate Classical Yoga Therapy into their practices and teaching. This program can be taken by itself or as an add on to any other Ayurvedic Practitioner program. This program is also beneficial for Western trained Yoga Therapists who want to deeper into the Classical approach.
What is the difference between a Western Yoga Therapist and a Classical Yoga Therapist?
Western Yoga Therapy focuses on Western concepts shared with physical therapy, Western massage, and modern psychology to understand how Yoga Therapies can enhance the healing process. Classical Yoga Therapy focuses on Ayurvedic concepts that are unique to the Ayurvedic system of healing to bring balance to the doshas and healing to the tissues. The techniques utilized in Classical Yoga Therapy have been used for hundreds, and in some cases thousands of years, to support the healing of body, mind and consciousness.
What does class look like?

You will be part of a cohort of students who are excited to explore the deeper techniques of yoga. Class sizes vary. Students become a close-knit group. The first course, Principles of Ayurvedic Medicine, can be completed either in-person, live-over-the-internet, or through mentorship. The second course, Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy, is a hybrid course with online classes and an eight-day in-person intensive.

What is the difference between what you will learn in this program and what you have already learned in your 200 or 500 hour program?

Yoga Teacher trainings have dramatic differences across the county. This includes curriculum, depth, and standards for competency. In general, you will go deeper into concepts you’ve only been introduced to, bringing your competency to a level where they are useable as healing tools.

You’ll learn how the practices of yoga relate to the ayurvedic energetics of the body including; the doshas, vayus, chakras, elements and guruvadi gunas as well as the mahagunas, agni, ama, and ojas. You’ll come to understand how these practices support the healing of the body, mind, and consciousness.
During this program, you will see a dramatic increase in your competency and confidence as you bring your knowledge and skills to a level allowing you to use them as profound healing tools.

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Program Hours: 890

Pre-requisites: Students must have completed an approved 200 hours Yoga Teacher Training Course prior to attending this program.

Required Courses & Curriculum
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Principles of Ayurvedic Medicine (PAM)
Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy Intensive (AYTi)

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Full Time Spring – June 14th, 2023

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