Overview

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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. In this training, you discover tools to enhance the quality of your yoga teaching, including potent ways to plan classes and design sequences guided by Ayurvedic principles.

Curriculum

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

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

What will you learn?

This module includes

  • Tools to customize yoga classes for balancing the doshas
  • Techniques to guide one-on-one yoga sessions applying Ayurvedic principles
  • How to use yoga, meditation, and pranayama to address imbalances
  • Seasonal flows, especially for the transitions between the seasons
  • Tips on teaching classes that are designed with the time of day, time of year, and time of life in mind.

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 course, 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 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 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

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

Teaching Pranayama and Advanced Asana: Essential Practices for Yoga Teachers

May 17-26, 2019

Guiding Meditation for Transformational Yoga Teaching: Exploring the World Within

December 7–16, 2018
February 1–10, 2019
September 20–29, 2019

Uniting Yoga and Ayurveda: Balancing the Doshas

July 12–21, 2019


Total cost per module: $1,074 + accommodations and meals

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.

Student and Faculty Testimonials

Faculty Erin Casperson

Dean, Kripalu School of Ayurveda

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

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 between each of the modules.

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. KSA staff offer office hours during the modules, and we provide feedback and mentoring for each homework assignment.

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  each morning, we recommend that you begin a gentle yoga practice if you are not doing so already. 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, meal- and bedtimes.

6:30–8:00 am Sadhana (This is mainly yoga, pranayama, and meditation.)
8:00–9:00 am Breakfast
9:00 am–12:00 pm Program Session
1:00–2:00 pm Lunch
2:00–6:00 pm Program Session
7:00–9:00 pm Occasional Program Session

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 reading  and written homework assignments. 

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 at the completion of the Ayurvedic Health Coach program.

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 12:00–2:00 pm. In addition, you will have most evenings free.

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 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 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 detoxifying cleansing practices that restore proper functioning to the body. Because these practices have become widely known in this country as Ayurvedic spa services, many people might associate them with training as an Ayurvedic Health Coach. 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 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 at 800.848.8702.
  • 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.
  • 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
ATTN: Schools
PO Box 309
Stockbridge, MA 01262
Fax: 413.448.3384 ATTN: Kripalu Schools

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.