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Ayurveda for Yoga Teachers

Welcome to your Ayurveda Course!!!!  These next six months are going to be a magical period of self-discovery.

To learn Ayurveda you have to be hungry to learn and search out every opportunity you possibly can.  You become an explorer… trying recipes, applying new awareness, mastering new skills and finding new little rituals that make huge shifts. You find you become more accepting of yourself and others.  You find a more grounded sense of self and feel you have more control in your life. It’s a magical process of discovery.

The most effective training I received wasn’t on American soil, however but in India.  The doctors and babas I studied with shared Ayurveda through application.  It’s developing a way of seeing and interacting with the world.  They didn’t have much patience with theory.  “You learn by doing,” they said “Ayurveda is an applied science not a philosophy.  It’s the laws of physics with how spirit, body and mind relate with each other in accordance with food, the seasons, spiritual growth and cycles of life.”

These incredible teachers who’ve been living and practicing Ayurveda for their entire lives said “This isn’t knowledge you learn, it’s wisdom you become.”

In that respect, this Ayurveda course is focused on helping you cultivate the skill of Ayurveda vs learning the theory of Ayurveda.  This course is focused on applying what you’re learning as you’re learning it so it becomes a natural and intuitive part of your awareness.

Typically, Ayurveda is shared as the Natural Medicine of India and the Sister Science of Yoga.  What Ayurveda really is however is a tangible system of developing one’s awareness.

Ayurveda gives you simple frames of reference that enables you to make informed decisions.  It empowers you to know what to do and when to do it regarding diet, yoga, relationships, life pursuits, and so on.  It’s a common sense methodology that enables you to live from your higher self via Self-Awareness.  Rather than providing generalities, Ayurveda applies specific laws of physics that have been tested.  You do “X” you get “Y.”   

As I was doing my internship with Doctor Kotecha who is now president of the Ayurveda University of Gurjurat India he said "A doctor without Yoga is half a doctor.  A Yogi without Ayurveda is half a Yogi."

How This Course is Designed

Rather than providing you list of foods, body type characteristics, and yoga sequences to memorize, you're going to be guided in learning how to think Ayurveda, see Ayurveda, live Ayurveda.  This will enable you to always make informed decisions knowing what to do and when to do it.

Hence, this course has been designed to help you establish one level of awareness at a time.  As you do, you’re shown how to apply this awareness with your food, yoga, relationships, and so on.  Each module builds on the previous so that you’re gracefully guided up specific gradients culminating to an intuitive level of mastery.

From mastering each level, you discover you intuitively know what to do and when to do it.  You gain a heightened level of mastery in leading an asana class, of helping your friends or children, of eating foods, detoxing and of having more control within your life.

This may sound like a lot but Ayurveda has such an elegant way of simplifying this.  Ayurveda shares that the laws that govern one thing govern all things.

“As the flavor of the ocean is contained in a droplet or the whole mystery of 

life within the egg of a flee.”

This is a 6 month courses that guides you step-by-step in cultivating the core Yoga & Ayurveda principles and being able to serve others from a heightened level.  It's a completely online format that allows you to go at your own pace, showing you exactly how to apply what you're learning and how to gauge the results of applying it in real-time.  It's a very magical and intoxicating process witnessing your growth and own mastery develop.

Here's what you're going o learn:

The Modules
Module One:  The Ayurveda Perspective
You jump right in learning one of the most essential skills every yogi and ayurveda practitioner must have yet is seldom taught.  You discover three core skills and how to begin developing them right now that will give you a deeper sense of being more grounded, having more spacishness in life, and having more control of your choices, emotions, and life in general.  

You're also provided the map with how Yoga & Ayurveda come together in a simple living philosphy that provides solid direction in your growth.
 Module Two:  Overcoming The Barriers to Health & Spiritual Growth
Now that you have a basic understanding of the Ayurveda definition of Health, you have begun applying and seeing the results of module one, you're going to learn the key principles of Ayurveda that enable you to think and act Ayurveda. You begin practicing the key principles that enable you to make informed decisions within any moment regarding teaching yoga, choosing food, interating within a relationship and so on.   You'll discover the difference between healthy and unhealthy food cravings and how to become empowered to over-ride impulsive choices to lead rather than be lead. 
 Module Three:  Pancha Tattvas (Five Elements)
The flavor of the ocean within a droplet or the entire universe within the egg of a flee, the five elements provide the universal principles that apply to every part of our life.  In this module, they become more than theory, but a tangible common sense understanding that motivates us, influences our cravings and life choices.  They are the basic arithmetic that prepares you to enter a much larger paradigm in the field of yoga, relationships, diet, and life!  You'll be shown how to apply these principles directly and gauge your results of doing so in real-time.  It's magical!
 Module Four:  The Three Doshas
The elements come together to create three basic body-mind types.  Here you discover the basics and begin cultivating your ability to spot each dosha and the ability to lead them rather than being the victim of them.  The Doshas provide some the core basics in understanding Yoga, rituals, diet, realtionships, karma, and one's dharma.  In this module you're developing the "awareness" of their play and cultivating the "skill" to deliberately navigate and lead with them.
 Module Five: Mapping Your Cycle
For any yoga teacher or devout student, this is one of the most crucial modules.  Ayurveda shares that nature is a rhythmic cycle.  We each have our own roller coaster of emotions, energy, and mental states we cycle through daily, weekly, monthly and even yearly.  The moon is strong enough to pull the tides and effect us on an emotional-mental level.  Most are unaware of this connection and merely go through the motions.  Likewise, we have three specific qualities of natures we cycle through.  When we're unaware of them we're thrown off balance.  When you are aware of them, you cease to be the effect of them and instead become empowered to know what to and when to do it regarding food, changing your yoga practice, and nourishing your relationships rather than adversely affecting them.  In this cycle you also discover how to lead a yoga class from start to finish, and discover the actual map of our spiritual growth.  In this module, you begin to map out your specific cycle and develop new skills that you will continue to master through the rest of this course.
 Module Six:  The 20 Gunas
Now that you have the basic frames of references and have begun applying the core principles you get to dive deeper into the more subtle influences and principles of Yoga & Ayurveda.  Here you learn the 20 qualities of nature which provide the universal language of Nature.  This module enables you to know more specifically what to do and when to do it regarding teaching a class, communicating in a relationship, making food choices and simply understanding what's happening within you and how to lead rather than be the victim of.  This is one of my favorite subjects and what really differientiates a master from a student.
 Module Seven:  The Six Taste
On your tongue there is a map of all the organs and systems of your body.  They are divided into six areas each with an associated taste that nourish that area.  Ayurveda shares that the six taste not only provide a tangible barometer with what foods and herbs will serve us, our children, friends and students, but also the level of balance we have in our relationships, work, and life in general.  When you know how to balance the six tastes, you discover how to live a life of balance, connection, and effortless joyfullness.  "The taste of the ocean within a droplet... the secret of the universe within the egg of a flee."  What applies to one thing applies to all things. OM!
 Module Eight:  Vata Dosha
Now that you have the core principles, have begun applying them and seeing results, you're going to go deeper into each of the doshas.  You'll discover exactly what makes up each dosha, begin applying the key principles that allow you to apply this wisdom so it's not memorized information but intuitively actionable.  
 Module Nine:  Pitta Dosha
You're provided two weeks for each dosha so you have the time to truly explore, discover, test, and gauge the tangible affects of each dosha.  The doshas are more than interesting information as they provide key frames of reference that empower you in teaching yoga, your diet, serving your children, friends, or family.  Each Doshas is associated with a season,  a spiritual practice, and lifestyle.  The reason rigid diets and regimens don't work is because your body is constantly changing with the seasons, time of day, and so on.  Being able to spot them intuitively within yourself and your students is essential in being a good yoga teachers and what differentiates an asana teacher from a yoga teacher.
 Module Ten:  Kapha Dosha
What you're learning here is that Ayurveda and Yoga is a path of cultivating one's awareness.  Rather than giving you the theory of Ayurveda, we provide you the skill of ayurveda is it become an intuivitive part of your awareness.  In this module you explore Kapha dosha fully, how to spot it in yoruself and others, what yoga pracdtices, foods, and lifestyle will bring balance accordingly.
 Module Eleven:  The Sadhana of Siva is Siva
In your finally module, we bring everything together into a single intuitive awareness called "Siva."  We lay out the specific map of our awareness development as outlinted by Yoga & Ayurveda.  You discover the correlations between the doshas, the subtle bodies, and the chakras.  You disover what each gradient level is, how to identify where you or a student is and what yoga practices will enable you to move to the next level of awareness.