Overview

The Kripalu School of Yoga 300-Hour Ayurvedic Yoga Teacher Training is for you if you are a 200-hour Yoga-Alliance-certified yoga teacher looking to bring the wisdom of Ayurveda into the next level of your teaching practices.

Yoga and Ayurveda are sister sciences originally designed to be practiced together. Both are roadmaps that can lead us to the highest truth of our innermost self. This certification includes trainings from both the Kripalu School of Yoga and the Kripalu School of Ayurveda. 

What You’ll Study

This Yoga-Alliance recognized training provides you with the fundamental building blocks of Ayurveda as a system of health and well-being through the Kripalu School of Ayurveda’s 200-Hour Foundations of Ayurveda training. Then through Kripalu’s 300-Hour Yoga Teacher Training module, Uniting Yoga and Ayurveda: Balancing the Doshas, you will draw from this strong base as you practice potent ways to plan yoga classes and design sequences guided by Ayurvedic principles. In this certification, you also discover additional tools to enhance the quality of your yoga teaching through one of two Kripalu School of Yoga 300-Hour Yoga Teacher Training modules—Guiding Meditation for Transformational Yoga Teaching: Exploring the World Within or Teaching Pranayama: Essential Practices for Yoga Teachers. The curriculum builds on existing knowledge of postures, pranayama, and other yogic techniques gained in your 200-hour yoga teacher certification. 

Why Train with Us?

Kripalu has been certifying yoga teachers for 50 years, with an experiential transformative approach rooted in the Kripalu Yoga lineage. Additionally, for more than 20 years, Kripalu has been at the forefront of Ayurveda professional certification. Our reputation in the field of yoga and Ayurveda wellness is recognized and respected by providers and practitioners alike. Your Kripalu certification will represent a standard of excellence. 

Where to Start

Your 300-Hour Ayurvedic Yoga Teacher certification is comprised of Foundations of Ayurveda, Uniting Yoga and Ayurveda, plus one elective 300-Hour Yoga Teacher Training module, either Guiding Meditation for Transformational Yoga Teaching: Exploring the World Within or Teaching Pranayama: Essential Practices for Yoga Teachers. These modules can be taken in any order; however, we recommend that you take the 200-Hour Foundations of Ayurveda before the module Uniting Yoga and Ayurveda in order to have key Ayurveda concepts well in-hand before learning how to apply them to a yoga class. To apply to this 300-Hour track, click here.   

Prerequisite 200-hour yoga teacher certification from a Yoga Alliance–approved training. 

Related Trainings

Curriculum

"This training was everything I had been searching for in a 300-hour yoga teacher training. The content was deep and well rounded, and the instructors world-class." - Jill Hari

Required

Foundations of Ayurveda
Foundations of Ayurveda, which consists of two 9-day modules, offers in-depth study of the fundamental theories and practices of Ayurveda. This program allows students to personally experience the benefits of daily self-care practices such as seasonal eating, meditation, mindfulness, and yoga at Kripalu, all while exploring Ayurveda’s philosophy and its take on topics such as digestion, nutrition, anatomy, physiology, and psychology.

Uniting Yoga and Ayurveda: Balancing the Doshas

This module, designed for yoga teachers who want to incorporate Ayurveda into their yoga classes and private sessions, deepens your knowledge of the relationship between yoga and Ayurveda, with classes focused on cultivating prana (life force), agni (inner fire), and ojas (vigor).

You also

  • Experience the different movements of prana to encourage circulation and a balanced nervous system.
  • Cultivate the use of Ayurvedic tools to adjust yoga class sequencing and personalize one-on-one sessions that are based on the season, time of day and time of life
  • Discover how Ayurveda can support your own balance as a yoga teacher.
  • Practice various yogic approaches to balancing the doshas.

Electives (select one)

Teaching Pranayama: Essential Practices for Yoga Teachers

The practice of breathwork awakens the life force and opens the door to profound meditation. Deepen your knowledge and gain mastery in teaching pranayama and explore the philosophy that gave birth to these techniques in a training designed to revitalize your physical and energetic bodies. 
 
This module includes
  • Yogic and contemporary perspectives on prana and the physiology of subtle energy
  • Guided experiences that reveal how pranayama can be used to soothe and steady the mind
  • Practical anatomy and alignment, and Ayurvedic principles for asana and pranayama
  • Contraindications and teaching tools to work safely with students
  • Opportunities to develop your skills and build confidence through one-on-one peer sessions and evaluated practice teach sessions
  • A unique Kripalu teaching methodology that integrates modifications and variations.

Guiding Meditation for Transformational Yoga Teaching: Exploring the World Within
Yoga teaches us that the pursuit of inner stillness is enhanced by periods of physical activity. As you sink into meditation, asana becomes a tool to embody higher awareness. This module provides you with the support, practice, and guidance needed to bring all facets of your being into the single focus of samyama.

Using a unique Kripalu teaching methodology that integrates modifications, variations, and hands-on assists, you learn how to make the benefits of meditation and advanced asana accessible to your students.

This module includes

  • Immersion into the core meditation techniques of the Kripalu tradition
  • An integrated practice of postures, pranayama, and relaxation to enhance meditation
  • Simple yet effective tools to access the meditative states of dharana and dhyana
  • Insight into the broad spectrum of meditation approaches and their benefits
  • Discussion on how yoga and meditation can affect the healing, growth, and transformation processes.

Textbooks and Materials

In addition to the complementary manual, students receive on the first day of training, the following text are required for this training.

  • The Everyday Ayurveda Cookbook: A Seasonal Guide to Eating and Living Well, by Kate O’Donnell
  • Textbook of Ayurveda, Volume 1: Fundamental Principles, by Vasant Lad
  • Ayurveda and the Mind, by David Frawley
  • Yoga and Ayurveda: Self-Healing and Self-Realization, by David Frawley

Dates and Costs

To apply to the Kripalu School of Ayurveda 300-Hour Ayurvedic Yoga Teacher Training, click here. Upon acceptance, you will be eligible to sign up for the upcoming trainings below once open for registration. Prerequisite 200-hour yoga teacher certification from a Yoga Alliance-approved training.

200-HOUR FOUNDATIONS OF AYURVEDA / Hybrid
Required component of 300-Hour Ayurvedic Yoga Teacher Training; and Part 1 of the 650-Hour Ayurvedic Health Counselor Certification (Kripalu School of Ayurveda)
Dates: April 19–July 30, 2023
Cost: $2,954
Registration Opening Soon
300-HOUR MODULE – UNITING YOGA & AYURVEDA: BALANCING THE DOSHAS / Hybrid
Required component of 300-Hour Ayurvedic Yoga Teacher Training (Kripalu School of Ayurveda); elective module for standard 300-Hour Yoga Teacher Training (Kripalu School of Yoga)
Dates: June 9–July 16, 2023 (dates do not interfere with Foundations of Ayurveda) 
Cost: $1,134
Registration Opening Soon
300-HOUR MODULE – GUIDING MEDITATION FOR TRANSFORMATIONAL YOGA TEACHING: EXPLORING THE WORLD WITHIN / On Campus
Elective module of 300-Hour Ayurvedic Yoga Teacher Training (Kripalu School of Ayurveda); required module for standard 300-Hour Yoga Teacher Training (Kripalu School of Yoga)
Dates: August 18–27, 2023 
Cost: $1,134
Registration Opening Soon
300-HOUR MODULE – TEACHING PRANAYAMA: ESSENTIAL PRACTICES FOR YOGA TEACHERS / Online
Elective module of 300-Hour Ayurvedic Yoga Teacher Training (Kripalu School of Ayurveda); required module for standard 300-Hour Yoga Teacher Training (Kripalu School of Yoga)
Dates: October 5–November 5, 2023 
Cost: $1,134
Registration Opening Soon

Daily Schedule

When you train with the Kripalu Schools, you benefit from a unique immersion experience in our beautiful setting. While you’re here, you develop tools to cultivate health, create community, and encourage a quest for knowledge. To view a sample schedule, go to the program page for each specific training that makes up this certification track.

Student and Faculty Testimonials

Faculty Erin Casperson

Lead Kripalu Faculty

Faculty Margrit Mikulis, ND

My medical practice was enhanced after studying Ayurveda at Kripalu, because I acquired another lens in which to view the...

Student Mike E.

Kripalu Yoga Teacher Training was the highlight of my life. The methodology at Kripalu truly makes you a teacher!

Frequently Asked Questions

ONLINE TRAININGS 

What will I need to take an online training?  
Online classes are held via Zoom video calls, and students must have access to a reliable internet connection and a computer or tablet to support active participation in an online classroom (e.g. computer, webcam, computer mic and speakers, and Zoom app). Word processing capabilities are also required.  

How will the trainings be shared?  
All sessions of the training will be held by Zoom video call. Links, passwords, and more information will be shared once you are registered in the training.  

Are online programs live or delivered asynchronously by recording?  
Online programs are taught live and students are expected to be present and participate during Zoom video calls. Recordings of classes for some trainings will also be saved in an online video library for students to review when studying.  

HYBRID TRAININGS  

How are hybrid trainings conducted?  
Students enrolled in hybrid trainings complete a portion of the program online and a portion of the program on campus. Online classes are held via Zoom video calls, and students must have access to a reliable internet connection and a computer or tablet to support active participation in an online classroom (e.g. computer, webcam, computer mic and speakers, and Zoom app). Word processing capabilities are also required. Please refer to the Online Trainings FAQ section for additional information regarding the virtual classroom, and the On Campus Trainings FAQ section for additional information regarding on campus.

ON CAMPUS TRAININGS 

What should I do to prepare for my training?  
Your days will be full when you arrive at Kripalu. Since you will be practicing yoga each morning in Foundations of Ayurveda and throughout the day for the other training components, we recommend that you have a regular yoga practice consisting of a minimum of 40 minutes/day, four times per week for at least 6 months prior and ideally for a year. It is also suggested to begin to get into a rhythm similar to that of the daily schedule listed below in order to get acclimated to student life at Kripalu prior to your arrival, paying particular attention to waking, meals and bedtimes.  

  • 6:30–7:30 am Sadhana (This is mainly yoga, pranayama, and meditation.)  
  • 7:30–8:30 am Silent Breakfast  
  • 8:30 am–12:00 pm Program Session  
  • 12:00–2:00 pm Lunch  
  • 2:00–6:00 pm Program Session  
  • 7:00–9:00 pm Occasional Program Session  

For Foundations of Ayurveda component, be sure to look for a letter in your email inbox six weeks prior to the start of the program with a list of required readings and written homework assignments.  

Will I have an opportunity to participate in yoga classes and other activities during the training?  
The training schedule is very full; however, there is some time to participate in the midday Kripalu R&R and evening programs. You will generally have a break every day from 12:00–1:30 pm. In addition, you will have some evenings free.  

What are my housing options?  
Kripalu offers accommodations ranging from dormitories with a shared hall bath to private rooms with a private bath. Prices vary depending upon the accommodations selected. Find out more information about accommodations here, or call 413.448.3152. Early registration is recommended, as some housing types fill up quickly.  

GENERAL INQUIRIES 

What programs do I have to take to complete the 300-Hour Ayurvedic Yoga Teacher Certification?  
300-Hour Ayurvedic Yoga Teacher certification is comprised of Foundations of Ayurveda, Uniting Yoga and Ayurveda, plus one elective of the 300-Hour Yoga Teacher Training modules, either Guiding Meditation for Transformational Yoga Teaching: Exploring the World Within or Teaching Pranayama: Essential Practices for Yoga Teachers. These modules can be taken in any order; however, we recommend that you take the 200-Hour Foundations of Ayurveda before the module Uniting Yoga and Ayurveda in order to have key Ayurveda concepts well in hand before learning how to apply them to a yoga class. 

Are the Kripalu School of Ayurveda (KSA) trainings academically rigorous?  
Yes. Ayurveda is an ancient system of healing and preventive health that requires a good deal of study and commitment in order to become competent in the science and art of the practice. Sessions are taught by distinguished faculty, and there are also required reading and homework assignments. 

What kind of academic support will I receive from the KSA?  
Foundations of Yoga has supervised study and review sessions led by a KSA faculty member to help you integrate course content. KSA staff is available for support and provides feedback and mentoring for each homework assignment. KSA staff is also available to meet for virtual office hours. Kripalu School of Yoga staff are available during the 300-hour modules for questions. 

Does this training offer certification in panchakarma?  
No. Panchakarma is a series of detoxifying cleansing Ayurvedic massage practices that restore proper functioning to the body. In most states, in order to offer Ayurvedic body treatments, you must be a licensed massage therapist. 

Will there be a graduation that my family and friends can attend?  
There will be a graduation ceremony for graduates at the completion of the 300-Hour Ayurvedic Yoga Teacher certification track. Currently, due to COVID-19 protocols, family and friends are not able to attend KSA graduation ceremonies.  

Is financial assistance available?  
Kripalu Schools are committed to supporting individuals interested in enhancing their life and realizing their full potential through yoga, yoga therapy, Ayurveda, and mindful outdoor leadership regardless of background or financial status. Scholarships are made possible by the generous support of Kripalu’s patrons and donors; and financial assistance is offered when funding is available. Currently, there are scholarships available for the Foundations of Ayurveda component of this certification track.  


Apply

Admissions to the programs are determined on a rolling basis. Given high program demand, a maximum number of students per training, and limited housing availability, we strongly recommend that applicants submit applications as soon as possible (two to four months prior to the program start). Trainings have historically filled to capacity about one month in advance. We rely on information provided in the application to make informed decisions about your capacity to fully participate in and benefit from all aspects of the program. Please answer the questions honestly and completely. The Kripalu Schools do not discriminate in admissions, administration, or educational policies with regard to race, ethnic origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, creed, or religion.  

Application Process

  • Review information on program dates, costs, faculty, curricula, certification criteria, and general information about Kripalu on our website.
  • Complete the appropriate application for the program for which you are applying in its entirety, including the short-answer questions. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Kripalu reserves the right to require a phone interview or take other steps to supplement your application, if needed, in order to arrive at an informed admissions decision.
  • You will be notified of your admissions decision via email within two to four weeks of receipt of your application. If you do not have an email address, we will send your admissions decision by regular mail and also call you to inform you of your status.
  • If you are accepted in the training and the course you are interested in is full, you may register for the waitlist, which will remain open until the program’s start, or you may register for any training date within one year of your acceptance.

Scholarships

Kripalu Schools are committed to supporting individuals interested in enhancing their life and the Kripalu School of Yoga application process realizing their full potential through yoga, yoga therapy, Ayurveda, and mindful outdoor leadership regardless of background or financial status. Scholarships are made possible by the generous support of Kripalu’s patrons and donors; and financial assistance is offered when funding is available. 

Click here to learn more about current scholarship availability and eligibility. Please note that scholarships are limited and awarded on a rolling basis. Thus, those that apply early are given the best chance of securing any available financial support.