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Arrival: Friday, August 16
Departure: Monday, August 26, 2013

Tuition: $1300

Accommodation options for the 10 night stay, per person:
Tent - $500
Dorm (4 person) - $650
Cabin (2 person) - $850
Cabin (1 person) - $1400
Deluxe Shared (3 person) - $950
Deluxe Shared (2 person) - $1200
Deluxe Cabin (1 person) - $1950

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Dates given are when you should plan to arrive and leave and may not be actual dates of instruction. All deposits and payments are non-refundable.

The course will also be held in Da lat, Vietnam.

 

 

Yoga is practiced outside on the platform.

 

The Sivananda Yoga farm is in the Sierra foothills.

 

 

The yoga farm has been entirely renovated over the past 15 years.

 

 

 

One of the interiors of the new shanti cabins.

 

 

The yoga farm is in a beautiful location.

 

 

 

Ayurveda and Yoga Wellness Counselor Certification

Friday, August 16—Monday, August 26, 2013
Durga Leela • Swami Sitaramananda •

Course Summary

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, dhatus(tissues), malas (waste products), srota-systems (physical channels) and agnis (digestive capacity of the body and mind).

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 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.

Course Goals

The goal of the course is to provide students a foundation in Ayurveda.  The course qualifies a person to function as an 'Ayurvedic Life-Style Counselor', assessing Ayurvedic constitutional types and how to guide people to balance through daily health regimens and life-style recommendations.  You’ll be introduced to the basic assessment of Constitutional types and be able to educate your students/clients on balance through understanding themselves through Ayurvedic principles.

Course Aim

This is the first in a series of modules offered by the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Organization in collaboration with Acharya David Frawley (Vamadeva).  The course manuals are derived from the correspondence courses of the American Institute of Vedic Studies.  

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.

Topics of study:

  - traditional and modern Ayurveda,
  - Chikitsa, Ayurvedic Yoga therapy  
  - Integral Yoga and Ayurveda therapist
  - History and Philosophy of Ayurveda
  - 3 Gunas, 5 elements
  - 3 doshas, physical and mental tendencies
  - 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 – Increase, Aggravation and  
  - Alleviation of doshas
  - treatment with daily ayurvedic and
    yogic lifestyle practices

  - Introduction to the Ayurvedic application of Asana
     and Pranayama

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Daily Schedule:

6-7.30am           Satsang           
8-9-45am      Yoga Philosophy with Swami Sita
10-10.45am      Brunch
10.45 – 11.45    Karma Yoga    
12 – 3pm       Ayurveda class  with Durga leela      
3-4pm              Free time
4 – 5.45pm    Hatha Yoga - Ayurvedic application
                    of asana and Pranayama   
   
6-7pm              Dinner
8-9.30pm         Satsang

Prerequisites

This is a thorough, foundational course for students based on the books and distance learning programs of Acharya David Frawley.  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.

REFERENCE BOOKS REQUIRED, 

by Acharya David Frawley

 - Ayurvedic Healing: A Comprehensive Guide
 - Yoga for Your Type: An Ayurvedic Approach
    to Your Asana Practice (with Sandra Kozak)

Certification

Upon successful completion of the course you will receive a 120 hour co-certification signed by the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm and the American Institute of Vedic Sciences (AIVS).

Arrival and Departure

The course begins at 7pm on the 1st day.
And ends at 3pm on the last day 

What to bring

Casual comfortable, modest clothes, yoga mat, toiletries, slip-on sandals/shoes, clothing for warm days and cool mornings/evenings, rainwear, flashlight, insect repellent, alarm clock, travel mug/tumbler, water bottle, sunscreen, towel and bathing suit (for sauna). For tent space only: bring your own tent, bedding, and towels.

 

Read an excerpt from Acharya David Frawley's The Ayurvedic Effects of Asana Practice

Durga LeelaAbout Durga Leela
Durga Leela is the founder of Yoga of Recovery, a comprehensive program that integrates Ayurveda and Yoga with recovery tools for a holistic mind, body and spirit approach for all those affected by addiction and self-destructive behaviors. Yoga of Recovery is currently offered as workshops, retreats and certificate courses. Durga is a person in long term recovery. She holds the RYT-500 qualification, having completed both the Sivananda Yoga teachers Training Course and an Advanced Yoga Training. She is also extensively trained in Meditation and Vedanta. She is a Clinical Ayurvedic and Pancha Karma Specialist, trained at the California College of Ayurveda and also in Kerala, India. She is the Director of the Ayurveda Programs at the Yoga Farm in California and a professional member of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA). She is also a member of Yoga Alliance and International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT).  www.yogaofrecovery.com/

Swami SitaramanandaAbout Swami Sitaramananda
Swami Sitaramananda is a Yoga, Meditation, and Vedanta teacher for more than 30 years. She is presently the main teacher of the Yoga Teachers Training Courses offered at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm, Grass Valley, CA where she is serving as the director for more then 17 years. She also teaches at other Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Ashrams & Centers in India, Bahamas, Asia, as well as Centers along the West Coast USA, including her birth country, Vietnam. She is a direct disciple of Swami Vishnu-devananda. She was nominated by her teacher as Goraknath acharya (spiritual teacher, one of the holders of the lineage) in 1989. Her lectures are based on the four classical paths of yoga as well as the 5 points of Health.  www.sivanandayogafarm.org/swami_sitaramananda