Overview

This training focuses on the basic principles of Ayurveda as they relate to yoga. Learn to integrate Ayurveda into a yoga class,and give students a deeper understanding of their body type as well as how the basic concepts of Ayurveda relate to everyday life. As a graduate you will also be prepared to offer private sessions to help people develop a personal yoga practice suited to their unique circumstances.

Curriculum

The 300-hour Ayurvedic Yoga Teacher Training is comprised of Foundations of Ayurveda followed by Uniting Yoga and Ayurveda: Balacing the Doshas, plus one elective module, either Teaching Pranayama and Advanced Asana or Guiding Meditation for Transformational Yoga Teaching. The curriculum builds on existing knowledge of posture, pranayama, and other yogic techniques.

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

What will you learn?

Highlights of what you will study during this training include how to

  • Customize yoga classes for balancing the doshas
  • Teach one-on-one yoga sessions applying Ayurvedic principles
  • Use yoga, meditation, and pranayama to address imbalances
  • Teach seasonal flows, especially for the transitions between the seasons
  • Teach classes that are designed by time of day.

Required

Foundations of Ayurveda
A great beginning for anyone interested in pursuing Ayurveda professionally or personally. Learn the core concepts of Ayurveda, including its philosophical approach and its practical applications. You’ll delve into study and practice as you discover the power of this ancient science to create health and well-being. You’ll participate in two 9-day modules, learning with leading teachers, practicing yoga, eating nourishing foods, and much more, all in the beautiful natural setting of western Massachusetts.This training is the foundation for the other Kripalu School of Ayurveda trainings and is a requisite part of each.

Highlights of what you will study during this training include

  • Ayurveda through the Three Stages of Kripalu Yoga—practice, experience, and intuitive wisdom
  • The essential Ayurvedic maps—vayus, nadis, doshas, gunas, etc.
  • Dinacharya—routines for health and well-being, such as self-massage and daily cleansing of the other senses
  • The basics of an Ayurvedic approach to cooking, digestion, nutrition, and right eating
  • Introductory Sanskrit
  • Basics of reading your own pulse to manage your doshic imbalances
  • Mantras for improving health and longevity
  • How yoga practice complements and supports an Ayurvedic lifestyle
  • Yogic psychology—the power of the mind in creating balance and health.

Uniting Yoga and Ayurveda: Balancing the Doshas (formerly Integrating Ayurveda into Yoga Teaching)
This course deepens your knowledge of the relationship between yoga and Ayurveda, with classes focused on cultivating prana (life force), agni (inner fire), and ojas (vigor). While here, you participate in daily sadhanas, carve silent time for self-study, and integrate your skills in insightful supervised practicums.

You also

  • Explore the relation between panchamayakosha and the eight limbs of yoga as they relate to Ayurveda
  • Learn key postures, breathing practices, and meditation techniques for balancing psychophysical constitutions (doshas)
  • Experience the different movements of prana, including prana, udana, samana, apana, and vyana
  • Cultivate useful Ayurvedic tools to adjust yoga class sequencing and personalize private sessions that are based on the season, time of day, season of life, and basic doshic imbalances.

Electives (select one)

Teaching Pranayama and Advanced Asana: Essential Practices for Yoga Teachers
The practice of breathwork awakens the life force and opens the door to profound meditation. Deepen your knowledge of pranayama, gain mastery in teaching asana, and explore the philosophy that gave birth to these techniques in a training designed to revitalize your physical and energetic bodies.

This module includes

  • Ayurvedic, 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 principles for advanced asana
  • Contraindications and teaching tools to work safely with students
  • Opportunities to develop your skills and build confidence through one-on-one sessions and evaluated practice-teaches
  • A unique Kripalu teaching methodology that integrates modifications, variations, and hands-on assists.

Guiding Meditation for Transformational Yoga Teaching: Exploring the World Within
Yoga teaches us that the pursuit of inner stillness is actually enhanced by periods of physical activity. As you sink into meditation, asana becomes a tool to embody higher awareness. Meditation and Advanced Asana 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 to 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.

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

Visit the Kripalu Shop to purchase these books online.

Dates and Costs

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

Foundations of Ayurveda

Part 1: September 23–October 2, 2016 and Part 2: December 2–11, 2016
Part 1: September 22–October 2, 2017 and Part 2: December 1–10, 2017
Students must register for both sessions together. Total tuition: $2,675 + accommodations & meals per session.

Uniting Yoga and Ayurveda: Balancing the Doshas (formerly Integrating Ayurveda into Yoga Teaching)

April 21–30, 2017
Total per module cost: $1,049 + accommodations & meals

Teaching Pranayama and Advanced Asana: Essential Practices for Yoga Teachers

January 6–15, 2017
October 13–22, 2017
Total per module cost: $1,049 + accommodations & meals

Guiding Meditation for Transformational Yoga Teaching: Exploring the World Within

November 11–20, 2016
July 21–30, 2017
December 1–10, 2017
Total per module cost: $1,049 + accommodations & meals

Daily Schedule

When you train with the Kripalu Schools of Yoga and Ayurveda, you benefit from a unique immersion experience in our beautiful retreat center setting. While you’re here, you develop tools to cultivate health, create community, and encourage a quest for knowledge. We offer a variety of accommodation options to support your experience and budget needs, ranging from dormitories to private rooms.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Are the Kripalu School of Ayurveda (KSA) trainings academically rigorous?
Yes. Ayurveda is an ancient system of healing and preventative 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 in the field, and there are reading and homework assignments that are also required.

What kind of academic support will I receive from the KSA?
Every KSA program has supervised study and review sessions led by a KSA faculty member to help you integrate course content. Additionally, you are given homework support by KSA staff.

What should I do to prepare for my training?
Your days will be full when you arrive at Kripalu. Since you will be doing yoga everyday, we recommend that you begin a gentle yoga practice if you are not doing so already. It is also a good idea to begin to get into a rhythm 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, meal, and bed times. Here is an example of the daily schedule:

6:30–8:00 am Sadhana (This is mainly yoga, pranayama, and meditation.)
8:00–9:00 am Breakfast
9:00–11:30 am Program Session
11:30 am–1:15 pm Lunch
1:15–3:45 pm Program Session
3:45–4:15 pm Break
4:15–5:30 pm Supervised Study and Review Session (required)
7:00–9:00 pm Evening Program Session

Will there be a graduation that my family and friends can attend?
Yes. There will be a formal graduation ceremony and celebration for graduates, friends, and family members.

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 Kripalu’s R&R general programming including noontime and evening programs. You will generally have a break every day from 11:30 am–1:15 pm. Additionally you will have one evening free in every 9-day session.

Is financial assistance available?
Kripalu is committed to supporting individuals interested in enhancing their life and realizing their human potential through yoga and Ayurveda, regardless of background or financial status. Scholarships are made possible by the generous support of Kripalu’s patrons and donors. Find out more.

What are my housing options?
Kripalu Center offers accommodations ranging from dormitories with shared hall bath to private rooms with private bath. Prices vary depending upon the accommodations selected. For more information about accommodations, click here or call 866.200.5203. Early registration is recommended as some housing fills up quickly.

Can I commute?
If you choose not to stay at Kripalu, commuter spaces are available. In addition to tuition, commuters pay $55 per day. The cost includes meals and full use of the facilities when not in program sessions.

Is this training in Panchakarma and Ayurvedic massage?
No. Panchakarma is a series of cleansing practices that restore proper functioning to the body. Because these practices have become widely known in this country as Ayurvedic health services, many people might associate them with training as an Ayurvedic Practitioner. In most states, in order to offer Ayurvedic body treatments, you must be a licensed massage therapist. 

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–four months prior to the program start). Trainings typically fill 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. Providing inaccurate or incomplete information may result in a declined admissions decision or removal from the program without refund. The Kripalu Schools of Yoga and Ayurveda 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. Be sure to indicate your preferred program dates. 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.
  • Include a passport-sized headshot. This will not be considered in the screening process; however, it will help us begin to cultivate a relationship with you prior to your arrival. You are welcome to submit a headshot upon acceptance into the program.
  • Submit the $25 application fee by credit card at the end of the online application process. You may also pay by check, which should be made payable to Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health. For international applicants, checks must be drawn on a domestic bank. If you prefer to make a payment by credit card over the phone, please call the Kripalu Schools of Yoga and Ayurveda at 800.848.8702.
  • You will be notified of your admissions decision via e-mail within two to four weeks of receipt of your application. If you do not have an e-mail address, we will send your admissions decision by regular mail and also call you to inform you of your status.
  • Maximum capacity for each program date ranges from 50–64 students. 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.

Application Fee by Check
If you prefer to pay your application fee by check, make checks payable to Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, and indicate the program and date you applied for on the check.

Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health
Schools of Yoga and Ayurveda
PO Box 309
Stockbridge, MA 01262
Fax: 413.448.3384 ATTN: KSYA

Scholarship Application
Please note To submit this scholarship application, you must also submit a program application or have already been accepted into a program. Scholarship applications will not be reviewed until the applicant is accepted into a program.