Ayurveda and Yoga Wellness Counselor Certification

Taught by Durga Leela, Swami Dharmananda7:00 PM Sunday, August 6 –
2:00 PM Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Tuition : $1300.00
plus accommodations (see below for prices)


















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.

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

  • Philosophy of Ayurveda
  • Mental Nature - 3 Gunas
  • 3 doshas, physical and mental tendencies
  • Digestion (agni), and waste elimination (mala)
  • Constitutional Examination
  • Treatment with daily ayurvedic and yogic lifestyle practices
  • Subtle Doshas - Prana, Tejas and Ojas

Daily Schedule

  • 06:00 - 07.30 am - Satsang          
  • 08:00 - 09-45 am - Yoga Philosophy
  • 10:00 - 10.45 am - Brunch
  • 10.45 - 11.45 am - Karma Yoga   
  • 12:00 - 03:00 pm - Ayurveda class  
  • 04:00 - 05.45 pm - Hatha Yoga   
  • 06:00 - 07:00 pm - Dinner
  • 08:00 - 09.30 pm - Satsang


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

"Ayurvedic Healing: A Comprehensive Guide"  by Dr. David Frawley


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 2pm 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.

Accommodation Prices and Photos

Tenting: $50/night

Om Cabins
 - Dorm: $65/night per person
 - Double: $85/night per person
 - Single: $130/night

Siva Cabins
 - Double: $120/night per person
 - Single: $170/night

Deluxe Shanti Cabins 
- Triple: $120/night per person
- Double: $160/night per person
- Single: $240/night
- Family of two: $280/night per family
- Family of three: $320/night per family

Click here for detailed information on accommodations


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 Dharmananda

Swami Dharmananda is one of the main teachers of Hatha Yoga and Meditation at the Ashram. He took sannyas vows in 2013 and is assistant director of the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm. Swami Dharmananda is keenly interested in yoga psychology and philosophy, presenting the classical teaching in a practical and accessible way to people of all faiths and backgrounds.