Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist Certification

5304-Part Series in partnership with the Himalayan Institute

Led by Kathryn Templeton and Sarah Guglielmi

After completing each of 4 units and participating in optional Case Study sessions, you will have the knowledge and skill to create a dosha balancing specific yoga practice, use food with awareness, and create a basic lifestyle plan for yourself and for your clients based upon their needs/goals.  You’ll be able to offer basic Ayurvedic consultations, “Ayurveda 101” programs, and you will have access to additional training and supervision from the Himalayan Institute “Graduates ONLY”, case supervision sessions.

This program has been recognized and is listed with the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA) and is Himalayan Institute Certified!
Note: Sessions 1, 2 and 3 can be taken as independent workshops. All four sessions are required for certification.

1) AYS 1 – May 5-7, 2017 – The Macrocosm and Microcosm of Ayurveda and Yoga
2) AYS 2 – Online – Psychology of Ayurveda and the Physiology of Yoga
3) AYS 3 – Aug. 25-27, 2017 – Improving Our Digestion of Foods, Thoughts, and Actions
4) AYS 4 – Nov. 16-19, 2017 – Clinical Use of Ayurveda and Yoga (Session 4 is only open to 200 hour TT grads)

Students will learn:

  • 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 the ayurvedic maps: doshas (constitutions), gunas (psychological tendencies), vayus (winds or movement of prana), and koshas (sheaths).
  • How to adapt asana (postures) and pranayama to kindle our agni and better circulate prana for efficient energy management.
  • The alchemy of yoga and ayurveda along with diet and lifestyle adjustments to adapt to daily, seasonal, and stage-of-life changes.
  • How to identify typical constitutional imbalances and know how to address vikruti (imbalances) through asana, pranayama, deep relaxation, meditation and diet, cleansing, and lifestyle adjustments.

Session 1: The Macrocosm and Microcosm of Ayurveda and Yoga

  • Yoga and ayurvedic philosophy: understanding purusha (pure consciousness) and prakriti (universal nature).
  • The elements manifest in the body: koshas (sheaths) and doshas (constitutions).
  • The ayurvedic clock: the hour, season, and stages of life.
  • Suggested Reading: The Seven Systems of Indian Philosophy, by Pandit Rajmani Tigunait

Session 2: Psychology of Ayurveda and the Physiology of Yoga

  • The architecture of the mind and the gunas; scientific use of asana, pranayama, and meditation.
  • Subtle essences: prana, tejas (fire of intelligence), and ojas.
  • Circulation of prana via the vayus; practices for seasonal changes and vata imbalances.
  • Suggested Reading: Ayurveda and the Mind, by David Frawley

Session 3: Improving Our Digestion of Foods, Thoughts, and Actions

  • Agni and digestion. The six tastes and proper diet.
  • Internal and external practices to regulate agni.
  • Developing clinical awareness of asana, pranayama, meditation and diet/lifestyle.
  • Suggested Reading: Eat, Taste, Heal by Thomas Yarema, Daniel Rhoda and Johnny Brannigan

Session 4: Clinical Use of Ayurveda and Yoga

  • Yoga and ayurvedic psychology, dinacharya (daily routine), cleansing, and the nadis (energy channels).
  • Introduction to tongue and pulse diagnosis.
  • Working with private clients using yoga and ayurveda; individual prescriptions

Required Reading:

  • Textbook of Ayurveda, Volume One: Fundamental Principles by Dr. Vasant Lad
  • Yoga & Ayurveda: Self-Healing and Self-Realization by David Frawley
  • These books will be available for purchase on-site and are not included in the cost of tuition.

TempletonKathryn-ColorKathryn Templeton, MA, RDT/MT, E500RYT, has devoted her life to the health of others. A psychotherapist for more than 25 years, Kathryn is a Master Teacher in the field of Drama Therapy and continues to work both clinically and as an educator specializing in the treatment of individuals with complex trauma. As an E-500 RYT, NAMA-registered Ayurvedic practitioner and Senior Para Yoga teacher, Kathryn has worked to develop specialized treatments integrating the principles of yoga and Ayurveda with clinical theraputic techniques. Kathryn is currently a faculty member at the Himalayan Institute in Honesdale, PA for the Himalayan Institute Dual Certificate 500 Hour Yoga Teacher Training & Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist program. In addition, she teaches in their 500-hour RYT program along with other yoga teacher training programs around the country and is an Adjunct Professor of Human Development and General Psychology in the Connecticut Community College system. Kathryn is a contributing writer for Yoga International Magazine penning the ‘Everyday Ayurveda’ column. She holds memberships with the International Association of Yoga Therapists, the National Association of Drama Therapists and the National Ayurvedic Medical Association.

Sarah-Guglielmi-250x374Sarah Guglielmi has been on a personal journey of healing and spiritual growth for over 15 years. She has taught yoga since 2002 in corporate, studio, and clinical settings. Originally drawn to yoga practice to relieve chronic stress and illness, Sarah has not only regained her health, but has discovered a spiritual dimension of life she finds rich and inspiring. Sarah serves on the teaching faculty of the Himalayan Institute and is the Professional Education Manager at their headquarters, where she has lived in residence since 2004. She holds a Masters Degree in Materials Engineering from the University of Delaware, and completed an eight-year engineering career with W.L. Gore and Associates, prior to joining the Institute.

Cost for the complete program paid in full: $1396. Payment plan available. Inquire with Yoga North.

Cost per individual session: $399
Tuition includes one booklet/manual per training. Students must purchase their own textbooks. Early Enroll in all session by 2/15/2017 and receive free admission to the Thursday night Ayurveda Master Class Series.

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