Yoga and Ayurveda are sister sciences for healing, integration and transformation on all levels of our being. Traditional Ayurveda focuses more on the treatment side of this process (Chikitsa) for body and mind, while Traditional Yoga aims more at self-development and Self-realization (Sadhana). Modern Yoga has sometimes tried to create a therapeutic model, but this is largely apart from Ayurveda or restricted to asana only. Such a model is limited and seldom reflects the greater Yoga tradition or the Ayurvedic ramifications of Yoga philosophy and psychology. This course aims at providing a more traditional model of Yoga therapy based upon Ayurveda, the medical aspect of the Yoga tradition. Ayurveda is now recognized as one of the most important systems of mind-body medicine available and its popularity is spreading throughout the world.
This comprehensive program covers the main Ayurvedic concepts and language of the doshas, subdoshas, dhatus(tissues), malas (waste products), srota-systems (physical channels) and agnis (digestive capacity of the body and mind). This is a thorough, foundational course for students based on the books and distance learning programs of Acharya David Frawley and taught in the Sivananda yoga tradition. The course is designed for students of all kinds. There is no required medical background for those wishing to take the course. You may already have a background in Yoga, such as gained by graduates of our TTC or some kind of previous Yoga training.
- Ayurveda and Yoga Therapy Overview
- Ayurvedic Yoga therapy
- History and Philosophy of Ayurveda
- 3 Gunas
- 5 elements
- 3 doshas
- 20 Qualities, 10 pairs of opposites
- 5 Subdoshas of Vata, Pitta and Kapha
- Subtle Doshas - Prana, Tejas and Ojas
- Tissue formation
- Digestion (agni), and waste elimination (mala)
- Constitutional Examination
- Mental Nature
- Disease Process
6:00 - 7:30 am Satsang: Meditation, Kirtan, and lecture
8:00 - 9:45 am Yoga Philosophy lecture with Swami Sitaramananda
10:00 - 10:45 am Vegetarian Brunch
10:45 – 11:45 am Karma Yoga
12:00 – 3:00 pm Ayurveda class with Durga Leela
3:00 - 4:00 pm Free time
4:00 – 5:45 pm Hatha Yoga - Ayurvedic application of asana
and pranayama with Ananta chaitanya
6:00 - 7:00 pm Vegetarian Dinner
8:00 - 9:30 pm Satsang: Meditation, Kirtan, and lecture
"Ayurvedic Healing: A Comprehensive Guide" by Acharya David Frawley
"Yoga for Your Type: An Ayurvedic Approach to Your Asana Practice" (with Sandra Kozak) by Acharya David Frawley
Upon successful completion of the training students receive a co-certification signed by the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center (SYVC) and the American Institute of Vedic Sciences (AIVS).
Known as the City of Eternal Spring, Dalat is a very popular destination for it cool and stable weather, hovers between a pleasant 15°C (average daily minimum) to 24°C (average daily maximum) and attractive landscape of colonial villas, gardens, lakes and rolling hills. Located around 1,400 meters above the sea level, it is indeed an ideal place for Yoga retreat, summer escape and on-top-of-the-list rest and relaxation site in the Central Highlands of Vietnam. Dalat market has always been a must-see site for visitors with its locally-made specialties such as artichoke tea, candied fruits, coffee and the finest cool climate vegetables and flowers in Vietnam.
- You will need to bring modest, comfortable clothes for asana practice plus
- Be prepared for possible rain. We recommend that you bring a
waterproof jacket, t-shirts, warm pants, socks, nightclothes, shoes for nature
walks and a pair of slip-on shoes.
- For those in dormitories, sheets and pillows are provided.
- Bring your own yoga mat, meditation cushion, meditation shawls, blankets,
toiletries, books, notebooks, pens, flashlights, alarm clocks, postage stamps,
water bottles, snacks and everages will be available in the boutique.
Arrival - March 25, 2014 Schedule
12noon - 2pm Registration, 2pm - 4pm Initiation Puja and Teacher Presentations,
Departure - April 5, 2014 Schedule
12pm - 2pm Graduation and Certification Ceremony
$1000 plus accommodations.
Dormitory (3 people) with A/C = $40/day
Double room (2 people) with A/C = $57/day
Single (one person) with A/C = $90/day
Read an article by Acharya David Frawley: "The Ayurvedic Effects of Asana Practice."
Swami Sitaramananda has a PhD from Open International University and a Master degree from University of Montreal, Canada. She is a senior disciple of Swami Vishnudevananda and an experienced teacher in Meditation and Yoga Pschychology for more than 25 years. She is the director of the Sivananda ashram Yoga Farm, Grass Valley, CA, USA and is the main teacher of the Teachers Training courses program in Grass Valley as well as in Vietnam, her native country.
Durga Leela has been involved with Yoga and Ayurveda for 10 years and has developed the "Yoga of Recovery" program. She has led retreats internationally since then. She has completed both the Sivananda Yoga teachers Training Course and the Advanced Yoga Training and is also extensively trained in meditation and Vedanta. She is the Director of the Ayurveda programs at the Yoga Farm in California
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