Ayurveda and Yoga Wellness Counselor Certification

April 12 - 21, 2015


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).

This comprehensive program covers the main Ayurvedic concepts and language of the doshas, subdoshas, malas (waste products), and agnis (digestive capacity of the body and mind).

Course Aim

The aim is to give Sivananda TTC graduates and other yoga teachers a thorough foundational knowledge of how Ayurveda helps apply yoga therapeutically. Therapy should be from a holistic view of the vast healing potential of the sister sciences, not an asana approach to yoga therapy.

Course Details

Modern yoga has sometimes tried to create a therapeutic model, but until now this has been largely apart from Ayurveda or by over-emphasizing asana. 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 is a thorough, foundational course for students based on the books and distance-learning programs of Dr. David Frawley and taught in the Sivananda Yoga tradition. The course is designed for students of all kinds and there is no required medical background for those wishing to take the course. A background in yoga is recommended (for example, graduates of the Sivananda TTC or other in-depth yoga trainings).

Topics of Study

  • Philosophy of Ayurveda
  • 3 gunas
  • 5 elements
  • 3 doshas and their physical and mental tendencies
  • 20 qualities, 10 pairs of opposites
  • 5 subdoshas of Vata, Pitta, and Kapha
  • Subtle Doshas: Prana, Tejas, and Ojas
  • Digestion (agni), and waste elimination (mala)
  • Constitutional examination 
  • Mental nature
  • Treatment with daily Ayurvedic and yogic lifestyle practices
  • Introduction to the Ayurvedic application of asana and pranayama.

Corse Goals

The goal of the course is to provide students a foundation in Ayurveda. The course qualifies a person to function as an Ayurvedic Lifestyle Counselor, assessing Ayurvedic constitutional types and guiding people to balance through daily health regimens and lifestyle recommendations. You’ll be introduced to the basic assessment of constitutional types and be able to educate your students/clients on creating balance by understanding themselves through Ayurvedic principles.

This course is offered by the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta organization in collaboration with Dr. David Frawley (Vamadeva). The course manuals are derived from the correspondence courses of the American Institute of Vedic Studies (AIVS). Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive a 100-hour Certificate from Sivananda and AIVS jointly.


Ayurvedic Healing: A Comprehensive Guide, by Dr. David Frawley

Yoga for Your Type: An Ayurvedic Approach to Your Asana Practice, by Dr. David Frawley and Sandra Summerfield Kozak