Discover what your yoga teaching is missing…
The Elements of Yoga

Ayurveda for Yoga Teachers

Is your yoga teaching truly serving your students?

It's a critical question to ask yourself because...

Yoga is more than just exercise

Students know this, and they want more from their yoga. With the increasing focus on wellness and the wealth of information available on how to get there, people come to yoga looking for more than just a better body.  They recognize that yoga is a complete system for living and want to know more about how to apply it for their greatest benefit, mind, body and soul.  Most yoga teacher training programs don’t teach this…

Knowledgeable teachers stand out.

These days students have LOTS of options for learning and practicing yoga.  More and more yoga teachers are  being certified every day.  But students are looking for teachers with a broader knowledge of how to practice, and wisdom that extends beyond the mat.  They’re  eager to live their yoga and are looking for someone who can teach them.

Ayurveda is what modern yoga is missing...

It's the foundation for yoga that honors and supports our wholeness

Ayurveda is an ancient holistic system for living.

Ayurveda is a science of living that rests upon the foundations of yoga philosophy. It's a set of tools and practices that support the realization and expression of our wholeness.  It's aim is to have us understand at every level of our being (mind, body, soul) that who we are is a relationship -- a delicate and ever changing dance between our internal and external worlds.  Ayurvedic wisdom guides us to intelligently inquire into root causes of imbalance (illness and disease), and to use the intuitive knowing of the body to rebalance ourselves throughout the day, year and life.

Yoga without Ayurveda is missing the point.

Yoga and Ayurveda are commonly referred to as sister sciences. They come from the same traditions and work together as complementary approaches to ultimate wellness, each supporting the other to create a health and happiness “dream team”. The goal of Yoga is self-awareness and self realization.  The mind and body are our vehicles to get there. Ayurveda is dedicated to the health and vitality of the body and mind. 

When you practice them together you enhance them both.

When you teach them together you empower your students to transform.

Embrace the sisterhood of Yoga and Ayurveda

The Elements of Yoga

Ayurveda for Yoga Teachers

40 hour specialist training to expand your awarenss as a yogi and your expertise as a yoga teacher

A 40hour foundational curriculum of essential Ayurvedic wisdom for holistic living and practice

 You’ll build your skills as a yoga student or teacher with direct experience, practical knowledge and simple tools for incorporating Ayurveda, the framework for yogic living,  into your yoga practice, your classes or workshops and your life!

This training will prepare you to...

  • Incorporate Ayurveda into your yoga practice, your teaching and your life. 
  • Live a yogic lifestyle in accordance with the rhythms of the natural world and your own true nature.
  • Apply the eight limbs of yoga to manage imbalances and foster good health, joy and wellbeing.
  • Share the wisdom of Ayurveda through individual and group yoga classes and yogic living workshops.
  • Teach classes and workshops based upon energetic, and seasonal themes.
  • Design one-on-one yoga sessions applying basic Ayurvedic principles.
  • Design group and private yoga practices to establish holistic seasonal wellness.
  • Empower your students to practice yoga in a way that aligns with who they are and what they need in the moment and in life.
  • Deepen your practice and expand your reach as a yoga teacher.

Essential knowledge and experience for EVERY Yoga teacher 

Essential knowlege and experience for EVERY yoga teacher

Designed by an experienced yoga teacher, yoga therapist and Ayurvedic practitioner

It's critical education that most YTT programs miss.  Studying Ayurveda will change the way you see yoga and transform your classes and your personal practice into something more authentic, empowered and effective!

The curriculum consists of two modules:

Module 1: Ayurveda for Living

What does it look like to live everyday from the intention of creating balance?

This module is a practical introduction to yoga’s sister science.  We’ll unravel and explore the key principles of Ayurveda, to give you clarity and a deep appreciation for how to apply them in your life, leaving you with a powerful foundation for living authentically.   This module will help you to understanding find answers to the questions...  Who am I? What am I made of? How do I function? How can I thrive? 

Upon completion of this module you'll understand the following concepts:

  • Five element theory  (Panchamahabhutas)- The building blocks of you and your life
  • Tri-Dosha Theory - The energies that run your show 
  • The qualities of the material world (Gunas) - Seeing the world through Ayurveda glasses 
  • Agni/Ama -The fire of life and how to keep it burning
  • Anatomy of the subtle body
  • Ayurvedic Eating (Ahara) - 3 rules to live, and eat by
  • Ayurvedic Psychology - Tools for Cultivating a peaceful mind in a chaotic world
  • Routines for living - Aligning  with nature’s rhythm and your own.
  • Essential habits for a next level life
  • The Six Tastes and using food as medicine
  • Ayurvedic approach to cleansing
  • Ayurvedic kitchen ritchuals [sadhanas]
  • The Ayurvedic diet vs. the Yogic diet. 

Key areas of study:

Essential Ayurveda

Uncovering the roots of authentic wellness

Through live group lectures, discussion, and experiental practice you'll learn... 

  • The key principles of yogic philosophy and cosmology that relate to our function, make up and relationship to the natural world.
  • Why Ayurveda exists and what it wants you to know about yourself and the world.
  • The subtle and gross components that define who we are, why we get sick and how we can thrive.
  • What a dosha is, what it isn’t, and why it matters. 
  • The pitfalls of our thinking and living that make us vulnerable to disease.
  • Why your digestion is KING, and what you can do to keep it healthy.
  • What imbalance means, what it looks like, and how you get there.
  • The relationship between Ayurvedic and western sciences and how they support each other.
Living Ayurveda

Laying the foundation for longevity

Through live group lectures, discussion, self inquiry inquiry and practice you'll learn...

  • The principles of Ayurvedic psychology and mental health
  • Practices for establishing a foundation of mental balance and resilience
  • The definition of "food"in the Ayurvedic context
  • The difference between an Ayurvedic diet and a yogic diet
  • How to live seasonally… and why it matters.
  • The enegetic cycles of the day and how it influences our states of wellbeing
  • Everyday practices for reestablishing balance in your mind and body.
  • How to create a daily routine that serves you from moment to moment and season to season.
Fundamentals of Ayurvedic Nutrition

Eating like you love yourself: Exploring "food" for the mind, body and soul

Through recorded lectures and cooking classes, live discussions and practical assignments you'll learn...

  • The fundamentals of Ayurvedci ahara ("diet" or "food")
  • The enegic qualities of food and how they impact the doshas
  • How to create an balance diet for the digestion, the doshas and the season
  • How the Ayurvedic approach to diet is different to the yogic approach
  • The four types of agni
  • How to apply food as medicine

Our yoga should empower us to experience what it feels like to choose ourselves...

Module 2: Ayurveda for Practice

There are many reasons that we come to our mats, but Ayurveda recognizes just one… balance.

Not all yoga is created equal.  How you practice, when you practice and what you practice makes a difference.  Ayurveda gives us access to a deeper understanding of the energetic effects of our yoga.  It helps us recognize how and if our practice is supporting or sabotaging our wellness.   It is the wisdom upon which classical yoga therapy rests.

This module explores the relationship between yoga and ayurveda, and how we can use yoga as a tool to uncover disharmony in the body-mind, and as “medicine” to  restore the balance.  It provides a powerful foundation of wisdom for yoga teachers to support themselves and their students in responding to their current states of balance or imbalance on the mat.  It's what yoga teachers need to know to empower their students to use their yoga according to their individual needs, which is the safest and most effective way to practice. 

Upon completion of this module you'll understand the following concepts:

  • An Ayurvedic approach to key aspects of the Yoga Sutras including:
    • The Kleshas
    • The Yamas & Niyamas
    • Kriya Yoga
    • Obstacles to Practice
    • and more...
  • Interoceptive, exteroceptive, proprioceptive sensing of the gunas
  • How emotions work in the body
  • The energetic qualities of mantra, mudras, pranayama, and asana
  • Five tools for adapting asana
  • Designing balancing practices for individual needs
  • Designing inclusive and instructive and empowering group classes

Key areas of study:

Ayurveda & Yoga

Ancient tools for returning to wholeness

Through live group lectures, discussion and live and recored yoga practices you'll learn...

  • The history of the ancient sisterhood - How, where and why yoga and Ayurveda first came together.
  • The connections and references to Ayurveda in the Yoga Sutras and why that's important. 
  • How Ayurveda supports all aspects of the eight limbs of yoga
  • The importance of agni in Yoga practice and Ayurveda for "digesting" experience and life
Ayurveda in Practice

Aligning your yoga with your dharma

Through live group lectures, interaction, yoga practice and experiential assignments you'll learn...

  • How to embody the five elements in yoga practice.
  • The energetics of asana, pranayama and meditation and how to design practices that restore balance.
  • Mantras & mudras for healing
  • Ayurvedic tools for self inquiry that empower you to individualize your practice based on your needs in the moment. 
  • The keys to nurturing your true nature through yoga.
  • Tools to empower your students to adapt their practices on and off the mat to balance their individual needs.
Ayurveda Embodied

Somatic tools for yoga practices that heal

Through live group lectures, interaction and integration practices you'll learn...

  • Interoceptive sensing of the energies and qualities of Ayurveda - how to feel imbalance and balance.
  • How to use the connection between emotions and sensations for healing. 
  • Simple practice tools for proactive balancing of your mind and body.
  • How to support your students in bringing their practices "home" by creating a foundational practice for self healing on the mat and off

Empower your students to create authentic wellness on the mat, and off...

The course includes:

  • 25 hours of LIVE online tuition + Q&A time
  • 15+hours of recorded video classes & practices
  • Homework assignments  + final assignment for completion.
  • Course notes and handouts
  • Online course community for questions and support.

Course Dates & Booking

This course is designed as a 10 week yoga & Ayurveda intensive for yoga teachers and intermediate to advanced yoga students.

Spaces are limited to ensure students get sufficient attention and support

30 hours Continuing education credits with Yoga Alliance, Yoga Australia, NAMA [PACE] are available for these workshops.  Certificates will be issued upon completion of the course. 

ENROLLMENTS ARE NOW CLOSED

Course will be offered again in April 2021

Please join the waitlist to be notified first when enrollments open


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Why I created this course...

As yoga teachers we know that not all yoga is created equal.  The way we practice and teach yoga has the potential to support or sabotage wellbeing. Knowing this doesn’t give us answers, but embracing it is the beginning of living a powerful question both on and off the mat.

And that question is… How can you practice and teach yoga like you give a damn?  

In other words, how can you practice and teach the whole of yoga both on the mat and off.  

For me, the answer was (is), Ayurveda.

So I’ve created this course to give you insights and tools for living and teaching your yoga as an integral part of living your life.  

“Practice for your students, teach for yourself.” - Judith Hanson Lasater

I love this quote, because it is a reminder that the fruits of our practice (of yoga and living) are what we have to offer our students… and the world. 

Ayurveda has been a game changer for my yoga, my life & relationships and my teaching.  I hope it will be the same for you!

Chara Caruthers - ERYT-500, C-IAYT, CAP (NAMA, AAPNA), Level 2 Yoga Australia

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