Ayurveda and Yoga Wellness Counselor Certification

Durga Leela, Swami SitaramanandaSaturday, August 8 – Tuesday, August 18, 2015Tuition : $1300.00








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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, malas (waste products), 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.

Course Goals

The goal of the course is to provide students a foundation in Ayurveda.  The course will start you on the skills of 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 Dr 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
  - 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

Daily Schedule:

8-9-45am..............Yoga Philosophy with Swami Sitaramananda
10.45 – 11.45.........Karma Yoga   
12 – 3pm...............Ayurveda class with Durga leela    
4 – 5.45pm............Hatha Yoga   


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

by Dr. David Frawley

"Ayurvedic Healing: A Comprehensive Guide"


Upon successful completion of the course you will receive a 100 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.

Durga Leela

Durga Leela is founder of Yoga of Recovery, a comprehensive program integrating Ayurveda and Yoga with recovery tools for a holistic mind, body and spirit approach for those affected by addiction and self-destructive behaviors. Yoga of Recovery is currently offered as workshops, retreats and certificate courses. Durga holds the RYT-500 qualification, having completed both the Sivananda Yoga Teachers Training Course and an Advanced Yoga Teachers 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 Director of the Ayurveda Programs at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm 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).

Swami Sitaramananda

Swami Sitaramananda is a senior disciple of Swami Vishnudevananda, who is a direct disciple of Swami Sivananda. She was nominated acharya by him in 1989 and is presently acharya of US West coast Centers and Ashrams as well as Asia, especially Vietnam and China. She has been director of the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm for more than 20 years and has taught many international Teachers Training Courses in California, Vietnam, China, Taiwan and India and is also teaching regularly at Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat, Nassau Bahamas. She is the author of Positive Thinking Manual, Essentials of Yoga Practice and Philosophy (translated in Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese) and Swamiji Said, a collection of teachings by Swami Vishnudevananda in His Own Words as well as two poem books. She is responsible for the Vietnamese translation of The Completed Illustrated Book of Yoga by Swami Vishnudevananda. Some of her audio lectures on Yoga Life, articles and webinar presentations can be found on the website.