During the 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training students will be introduced to Yoga’s Sister science ~ Ayurveda.
Our 500 hour Yoga Teacher Training Program offers the option of an in-depth training in Ayurveda as a part of the Yoga & Ayurveda Health Coach Certification Program.
We also offer a supported residential Ayurvedic cleanse each Spring and Autumn.
Ayurvedic medicine is a system of healing that originated in ancient India approximately 5000 years ago. The Sanskrit word Ayurveda literally means “the science of life.” Some other translations are “the science of self healing” or “the art of longevity”. This system of holistic medicine is drawn from the Vedas, which are ancient religious and philosophical texts of India that are the oldest surviving literature in the world, making Ayurvedic medicine the oldest surviving healing system. According to the texts, Ayurveda was conceived by enlightened wise men (Rishis) as a system of living harmoniously and maintaining the body so that mental and spiritual awareness could be possible. They also reveal that all disease begins with an imbalance in the individual’s consciousness that then moves into the body/mind matrix. This philosophy believes all objects in the universe, including the human body are composed of five basic elements, Panchamahabhutas, which are earth, water, fire, air, and ether. There is a balanced concentration of these elements in different proportions to suit the needs and requirements of individuals. Ayurveda states that every individual is a unique phenomenon indivisible from the cosmos. Whatever is in the macrocosm exists in the microcosm and every individual is a manifestation of the cosmic consciousness.
The goal of Ayurveda is prevention as well as promotion of the body’s own capacity for maintenance and balance. This is approached through the body, mind and spirit of each individual, using the tools of a healthy diet and lifestyle, exercise, herbal supplements, yoga, meditation, massage, aromatherapy, and panchakarma (cleansing) therapies. Ayurvedic treatment is non-invasive and non-toxic, so it can be used safely as an alternative therapy or complimentary to conventional therapies.
It has been called the sister science to yoga. Generally speaking, Ayurveda deals more with the health of the body, while yoga deals with purifying the mind and consciousness, but in reality they complement and embrace each other.
Learn what Ayurveda Can Do For YOU and your community.
- The benefits of Ayurveda are many:
- It’s a holistic approach, therefore after an Ayurvedic treatment a person will often find an improvement in their physical, mental and psychological conditions.
- Ayurvedic medicines are chiefly derived from herbs, plants, flowers, fruits etc. making it a remedy close to nature.
- There are practically no side effects for Ayurvedic medicine.
- Ayurveda has been found to be an effective cure for many chronic diseases.
- An Ayurveda treatment can bring about wellness to the entire body, the effects of which will often last longer than Allopathic treatment.
- Ayurveda not only helps in treating all diseases but also in preventing the occurrence of diseases.
- Ayurveda gives guidelines on how to prevent diseases by means of simple dietary and lifestyle changes.
- Ayurvedic medicines tend to be good even for healthy people since they are restorative in nature and help in nourishing the body and enhancing mental ability.
- Ayurvedic treatments and medicines are comparatively cheaper than other systems of medicine.
- Ayurveda recommends herbs and spices for minor ailments that can be found in the grocery store.
- Ayurvedic therapies can give relief from stress and rejuvenate the body.