Yoga Philosophy

Emphasis in Ayurveda Self Care

Ayurveda, considered one of the world’s first comprehensive medical sciences, offers a developed and comprehensive philosophical construct that defines the fundamental energetic nature of humans, and our interaction with our environment. The relevant coursework will cover the basics of Ayurveda, including systems of the body, lifestyle practices, the subtle energetic body, deeper and psychospiritual applications, and explorations of further study. Students have the option of completing their elective course work in Ayurveda Self Care as a focus in the Yoga Philosophy professional certificate program.

For Yoga Therapists. Successful completion of both courses, Ayurveda Self Care I and II, fulfills the Ayurveda study requirements for the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) 1,000-hour certification.

Who Should Participate

The Ayurveda Self Care courses are appropriate for yoga students, yoga teachers, yoga therapists who want to develop an understanding of Ayurvedic principles and philosophy and how to integrate practices that support yoga, wellness and balance into their daily lives. These courses will provide a comprehensive introduction for beginners, demystify the concepts, show students how to integrate Ayurvedic principles into a modern life, and provide an in-depth understanding of practices for people who wish to develop a deeper connection with Ayurveda.  

Program Benefits

Both Yoga and Ayurveda share a common view of the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual bodies; they have a common textual tradition, and offer overlapping teachings on how to benefit from the practices. As the often-described sister science of Yoga, Ayurveda (the science of life) provides the theoretical framework for how to apply the principles of energetic balance to yoga. Studying Ayurveda allows students to develop a more comprehensive understanding of yoga and the Vedic traditions.

Ayurveda and Self-Care will also provide students a set of practical tools to enhance their own well-being, prevent burn-out, reduce the ill effects of stress, and increase their capacity for practice. Ayurvedic study offers an explanation of the underpinnings and reasons behind the practices and how they have their effects on the body, mind, emotions, and spirit.

General Information

General information including registration, faculty, course schedule, and policies are posted on the Yoga Philosophy home page. Click here to register for one or both courses in the course catalog.