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Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm, Grass Valley, CA
CA-BATCH 1: Friday, April 13–Saturday, April 28, 2018
CA-BATCH 2: Friday, April 17–Saturday, May 1, 2020

Ayurveda and Healing; Disease Process, Management and Prevention

  • Physiology of stress response and relaxation response 
  • Five causes of stress and how Yoga helps; Health and lifestyle
  • Ayurveda foundations: doshas, ama, prana, vayus 
  • Sun/moon balance 
  • From inborn constitution to acquired constitution: prakriti to vikriti 
  • Detoxification 
  • Nutrition and fire of digestion
  • Five layers of healing 
  • Biomedical and psychological foundations: Anatomy and physiology 
  • Illnesses process and categories/medical terminology


Yoga Philosophy

The True Nature of the Self
Taught by Swami Sitaramananda

  • The Eight Limbs of Raja Yoga will be presented in depth. The physical practices lead to inward awareness, concentration, and ultimately, samadhi.  Pacifying the senses leads to discrimination and detachment. Will you choose fear or faith?


Ayurveda Foundations

Framework for Health and Disease
Taught by Mary Thompson

  • Ayurveda Foundations introduces key principles and concepts of Ayurveda that form the basis of all future Ayurveda course work of the Yoga Health Educator program. Ayurveda is the ancient Vedic science known as the “Science of Life”. Ayurveda is a comprehensive holistic healing tradition and sister science to Yoga that addresses the health of the physical body, mind, emotions, and spirit—seeking to bring balance and integration to one’s daily life, relationships, aspirations, well-being and sense of Self. The Yoga Health Educator student will be exposed to the subtler aspects of Ayurveda to deepen their existing knowledge of concepts including Ayurveda psychology, constitution, the disease process and treatments, structure of tissues, subtle anatomy, and Hatha Yoga practices combined with Ayurveda to bring physical and psychological balance and health.


Five Layers of Healing

According to Yoga and Ayurveda Principles
Taught by Arun Deva

  • Five Layers of Healing introduces the Upanishadic model of the Pancha Maya Kosha to develop understanding of the five koshas as seen through Yoga and Ayurveda and their therapeutic application. Special reference is made to the Pancha Maya Kosha and the chakra system. Practical applications and remedial practices are given to promote healing for physical and emotional well-being. Practical sessions include movement, breath work, imaging, chanting and contemplation.


Anatomy and Physiology

Communication, Protection, and Stress in the Body
Taught by Swami Jnaneswariananda

  • Providing in-depth knowledge of the skeletal and muscular systems of the human body. Bone and joint anatomy, muscle physiology and biomechanics of movement will be introduced as well as common problems and the effects of aging on the functioning of bone, joints, and muscle, counter-indications, and common medical interventions. 
  • Covering the structure and function of the respiratory, circulatory, lymph, and digestive systems. Healthy functioning of the systems will be discussed as well as common diseases, counter-indications, and the effects of aging. 
  • Providing knowledge of the structure and function of the nervous, endocrine, and immune systems of the body. Common disorders of the systems will be introduced as well as autoimmune diseases and common interventions. The effects of physiological and psychological stress on health and well-being will be introduced.


Biomedical Knowledge

Insight into the Medical Process
Taught by Suprabha Jain, MD

  • Familiarization with symptom-based history-taking. An overview of commonly-used drugs and procedures for a wide variety of ailments, including the cardiovascular/pulmonary system, immune and endocrine system, musculo-skeletal system, reproductive system and skin.


Asana Practice

Adapting Yoga for Special Groups
Taught by Swami Dharmananda

  • Yoga Health Educator students learn how to appropriately adjust students in asanas. Guidelines will be shared for teaching children, increasing their awareness, coordination and concentration. Adapted yoga to support pregnant women will be presented, including yoga practice for general reproductive health and disorders. Asanas affecting the digestive system will also be discussed.