Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist Certification

5304-Part Series in partnership with the Himalayan Institute

Led by Kathryn Templeton, Zach Zube and Molly McManus

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!

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Note: Sessions 1, 2 and 3 can be taken as independent workshops. All four sessions are required for certification.

1) AYS 1 – September 14-16, 2018 – – The Macrocosm and Microcosm of Ayurveda and Yoga
2) AYS 2 – Online – Psychology of Ayurveda and the Physiology of Yoga
3) AYS 3 – January 18-20, 2019 – Improving Our Digestion of Foods, Thoughts, and Actions
4) AYS 4 – April 26-28, 2019 – 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

Cost for the complete program paid in full: $1396. Payment plan available. Please 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 8/3/18 and receive free admission to the Thursday night Ayurveda Master Class Series.



TempletonKathryn-ColorKathryn Templeton, MA, RDT/MT, ERYT500
Kathryn 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 therapeutic 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.

Zach Zube, ERYT200, AYS, AHC
Zach roots his teaching in the wisdom of yoga, ayurveda, and tantra to support the growth and healing of students with the practices he has found so beneficial in his own life. Through both group and private work, he provides challenging, authentic, and transformative experiences that lead to stability, radiance, and clarity. Zach teaches a breath-centered practice, whether gentle or vigorous, while the subtle influence of the Feldenkrais Method and years of modern dance lend to creative and effective sequencing. His training in ayurveda supplies the tools to craft therapeutic sequences to manage specific imbalances due to lifestyle, season, and age. Thanks to brilliant teachers, over 8 years experience, and extensive training, Zach can meet the unique needs of each student. Among many inspirational mentors and teachers, he focuses his study of yoga under the guidance of Yogarupa Rod Stryker in the ParaYoga tradition. In 2015, Zach earned his Ayurvedic Health Counselor certification with Dr. Rosy Mann and Kathryn Templeton at the Himalayan Institute. When not teaching, Zach is busy handcrafting ayurvedic self-care products for Element Ayurvedic Apothecary.

Molly McManus C-IAYT, ERYT500, AHC, Somatic Educator
Molly is co-owner of Yoga North International SomaYoga Institute, Chair of the Accreditation Committee for the International Association of Yoga Therapists and holds certifications as a Yoga Therapist, Somatic Educator, Ayurvedic Health Counselor. She is one of the founders of SomaYoga Methodology, enjoys leading specialized workshops, trainings and as her role developing and delivering curriculum as faculty for the Yoga North ISYI, one of only 26 schools in the world that certifies yoga therapists. Molly is a speaker and trainer sought out for her special areas of interest in the resolution of chronic pain and creating  systems for whole-being well-being. She has designed programs such as Nourish Ayurveda—Feeding the Whole Person, SomaYoga for Chronic Pain, Making a Change for Good—30 Days to Compassionate Self Discipline, The Chemistry of Joy, and Yoga for Stress, Anxiety and Depression. Molly is dedicated to her mission of contributing to the development of Yoga Therapy a reputable and accessible modality for whole-being wellbeing.



Upcoming Sessions

2018–2019 Dates

Module 1: September 14-16, 2018
Module 2: Online
Module 3: January 18-20, 2019
Module 4: April 26-28, 2019 (Session 4 is only open to 200 hour TT grads)

Early Enrollment in all session by June 15, 2018 and receive FREE admission to the Thursday night Ayurveda Master Class Series


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