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Embodying the Principles of Ayurveda in Yoga Therapy 800-Hour Professional Yoga Therapist Program, Module 8

In this intensive program that focuses on the relationship between yoga and Ayurveda, you gain an in-depth understanding of the philosophical basis for yoga and Ayurveda practices within the Samkhya system. Through an exploration of Ayurvedic principles, the five elements, and the methods and techniques of yoga, you learn how to unite these two complementary systems into a methodology for re-establishing balance in your work as a yoga therapist.

Explore the first two pillars of health in Ayurveda: ahara (food) and vihara (lifestyle), and learn to integrate these pillars with the bahiranga (external) limbs of yoga. You also explore the third pillar of health, aushadi, which is the use of herbs in food preparation and common formulations to support yoga therapy practices. Your skill in the practical application of Ayurveda is augmented through the learning of pulse assessment, tongue reading, working with the six tastes, including food combining, and the Integrative Yoga Therapy protocol for balancing the mind using Ayurvedic psychology.

Program at a Glance

Yoga Experience
Suitable For
Yoga Teachers
Program Theme
All Yoga


Joseph Le Page, founder and director of Integrative Yoga Therapy (IYT), has trained more than 3,000 teachers and therapists.

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Cathy Prescott is director of Integrative Yoga Therapy’s Home Study Program and serves as a mentor for the Professional Yoga Therapist Internship Program.

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Mary Northey, RYT-500, is an IYT graduate and Yoga of the Heart Cardiac and Cancer Program teacher.

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Erin Casperson is the Dean of the Kripalu School of Ayurveda, an Ayurvedic Health Counselor, and a 500-Hour Kripalu Yoga teacher.

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