Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy Certification Course with Dr Marc Halpern

August 24th-September 4th, 2014

Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy is designed for yoga teachers and practitioners and those with a background in the healing arts. Participants who teach yoga will learn how to adapt yoga classes toward the specific needs of each individual.

They will be able to provide deeper instruction in the use of asana, pranayama, chanting and meditation for healing based upon ayurvedic principles. For those involved in other healing arts the course provides a personal journey within, allowing each to explore their own ayurvedic constitution and create a lifestyle that leads to inner peace and healing.

Course graduates will receive a certificate from the California College of Ayurveda.


  • Foundational Ayurvedic Principles: This includes an exploration of the philosophical basis of Ayurveda and the healing process, five element theory, tridosha theory, the seven dhatus, agni, ama, and ojas. Each participant will also explore their own constitution.
  • Ayurvedic Lifestyle: Students will learn about how to live an Ayurvedic lifestyle and will receive guidance about how to create a healthy daily routine. Students will learn how to oil their bodies, use a neti pot, and utilize essential oils in their massage oils, eye washes, and tongue scraping. Students will perform these practices daily for much of the course.
  • Ayurvedic Psychology: This is the understanding of how a personal psycho-spiritual development affects the process of health and disease. Topics include: the personality of the doshic types, the subtle energies of the mind (prana, tejas and ojas), and how the personality changes as we move grow and evolve spiritually.
  • Energetics of Asana: Each pose is explored relative to the five directions of pranic movement and how that impacts the three doshas. Consideration is given to the effect a pose has on the three doshas and the subtle energies of the body.
  • Energetics of Pranayama: Based on an understanding of the flow of prana through the three major nadi, participants will learn the energetic effects of alternate nostril breathing, solar pranayama, lunar pranayama, and kapalabhati. Participants will then learn to recommend the appropriate practice for their students or clients.
  • Pratyahara as a Healing Tool: Students will learn how to turn attention their inward and explore their physical and subtle bodies and use this awareness to support the healing process.
  • Introduction Nutrition and Healing: Ayurvedic diet and nutritional concepts will be explored in this class for the purposes of personal well-being, and not for making recommendations to others.

Daily Schedule:

  • 5:30 am: wake up
  • 6:00 am: satsang (meditation, yoga, and talk on yoga philosophy)
  • 8:00 am: Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy lecture, discussion and demonstration
  • 12:00 – 4:00 pm: Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy lecture, discussion and demonstrations
  • 4:00 pm: Ayurvedic Yoga Asana Class
  • 6:00 pm: dinner
  • 8:00 pm: satsang
  • 10:00 pm: lights out

Course Director: Dr Marc Halpern. Dr. Halpem is Founder/President of the California College of Ayurveda and Center of Optimal Health in California. He is a recognised expert in the field of ayurvedic medicine and a founding member of the California Association of Ayurvedic Medicine and the National Ayurvedic Medical Association.

Programme Fees: CDN $995 (Accommodation not included)

Accommodation: 12 nights (Staying at the Ashram/accommodation)

Participants are requested to arrive on August 23rd, to start the course 24th early morning, and can leave the evening of the september 4th.

How to apply: To register for the course please click on the link below.

Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy Application form

For enquiries about the course contact yogacampregistrations@sivananda.org