Yoga, Ayurveda, Mantra and Meditation
Take a detailed distance learning program on classical Yoga and traditional Ayurveda for body, mind and spirit by a recognized master teacher (acharya) and author in both subjects. The course covers all eight limbs of Yoga according to Ayurvedic principles, including not only asana and pranayama but deeper practices of mantra and meditation. It teaches the foundation of an Ayurvedic Yoga approach for the full healing of consciousness.
Study with one of the world’s leading experts and most honored Acharyas in the field of Yoga and Ayurveda and Vedic Studies, Dr. David Frawley (Pandit Vamadeva Shastri), who is honored by traditional circles in India as well as known globally.
Yoga, Ayurveda, Mantra and Meditation
The interface of Yoga and Ayurveda is the basis of deeper healing and spiritual awakening. It proceeds not only through outer treatment measures of asanas, foods and herbs but also through inner practices of pranayama and mantra, leading to meditation as the most important practice of human life for happiness, well-being and enlightenment.
This unique course is helpful for all Ayurvedic and Yoga teachers and serious students, particularly those looking for a good foundation in the greater Yoga tradition that is rooted in mantra and meditation. The course explains Ayurveda as the medicine of Yoga and shows traditional Ayurvedic guidelines of employing Yoga therapies, for body and mind. It covers the full scope of Raja Yoga relative to Ayurveda, and includes a complete Ayurvedic study of the Yoga Sutras.
The course provides the graduate with the title of “Yoga and Ayurveda Wellness Consultant,” which can help you in your practice and teaching in both these important fields.
ON-LINE COURSE ACCESS
Available for $495.00, unless discounted. For current information on price and ordering go to the Take This Course option at the top right of this page.
You will receive complete on-line access to the course and its various lessons, tests and study exercises, which you can access from your computer at your convenience anywhere in the world. Your on-line course will automatically be updated with the latest course improvements, including various audios and videos we are adding to it.
Once you have ordered the course, you can access it at the Start Your Course Here option at the top right of our home page, next to the My Account option.
5 REFERENCE BOOKS AND RECOMMENDED READING
By Dr. David Frawley – Not included, order on your own as needed with help from links below.
Yoga for Your Type: An Ayurvedic Approach to Your Asana Practice (with Sandra Kozak)
Ayurveda and Marma Therapy (with Ranade and Lele)
Vedantic Meditation: Lighting the Lamp of Awareness
Tantric Yoga and the Wisdom Goddesses: Spiritual Secrets of Ayurveda
Yoga and the Sacred Fire: Self-Healing and Planetary Transformation
You can purchase these books from Lotus Press (1-800-824-6396), with which we have a special arrangement, Amazon.com or other sources, including by kindle editions you can access through your computer. Please order these books if you do not have them already.
If you don’t already have the books of Dr. Frawley, Yoga and Ayurveda: Self-healing and Self-realization, and Ayurveda and the Mind: the Healing of Consciousness, you would benefit from getting these as well.
You can take the course with more personal interaction with an instructor. This option allows you to send in all the study questions for each of the more than forty lessons for grading and comments, as well as whatever additional questions you may have.
Currently the interactive option is handled by Acharya Vamadeva and will allow you to have direct instruction from him. It is the only one of our courses that he is currently covering. This option is available for an additional charge of $400.00 and provides 100 hours more of direct study credit with us. Please contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in this option as it is only available to a few students.
Background of Course
Yoga and Ayurveda are sister sciences for healing, integration and transformation on all levels of our being. Traditional Ayurveda focuses on the wellness and treatment side of this process (Chikitsa) for body and mind, while Traditional Yoga aims at self-development and Self-realization (Sadhana).
The course teaches an integral healing and transformation approach of both Yoga and Ayurveda, considering all aspects of yoga, with a grounding in traditional texts and classical teachings. It is not simply an asana course but a study of Yoga and Ayurveda on all levels of classical or Raja Yoga.
The course aims at providing the student with the foundation for an integrated Yoga-Ayurveda approach on physical, psychological and spiritual levels, considering the greater Yoga tradition. It provides an excellent set of course books that provide an important reference guide for the future.
The course does best with students who have some background in Ayurveda and understand its prime concepts (doshas, dhatus, subdoshas). It also helps if you are familiar with the basic language of Yoga, including some background in Yoga philosophy.
If you have any doubt as to your ability to handle the course material, first go over the syllabus below and see if you can grasp the topics involved. If you can understand the concepts in the book Yoga and Ayurveda by David Frawley, that is a good sign you are ready for the course.
This informative course covers the broader field of integral Yoga and integral Ayurveda. It shows the therapeutic application of all the eight limbs of Yoga from the life-style principles and practices of the Yamas and Niyamas, to the Ayurvedic and healing usage of Asana, Pranayama, Pratyahara, Dharana, Dhyana and Samadhi.
The course contains a complete translation, commentary and study of the Yoga Sutras from a Vedic and Ayurvedic perspective, showing the implications of classical Yoga for the Ayurvedic healing of both body and mind. It introduces Ayurvedic Yoga and its Vedic equivalents (Vedic Yoga). It also brings in the perspective of Tantra relative to understanding the energetics of the subtle body and Kundalini Yoga. The course goes into detail into mantra. It explains the use of deities and Bhakti Yoga at psychological and healing levels. It follows a Vedantic vision and introduces Advaita or non-duality, the unity of the Self and God, relative to meditation.
The course is authored by Dr. David Frawley (Pandit Vamadeva Shastri), a noted author on Ayurveda, Yoga and Vedic Studies. He has written on Yoga and Ayurveda, Tantric Yoga, Vedic Yoga, Vedanta and Jnana Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Yoga and Vedic astrology, and the history of the Yoga tradition based upon his extensive study in original Sanskrit texts. His book Yoga and Ayurveda: Self-Healing and Self-realization has been the most popular book on Yoga and Ayurveda in the English language for more than fifteen years.
Besides his work with Ayurvedic groups and organizations, Vamadeva has taught at many Yoga conferences and ashrams in the West over the last thirty years. He has worked with many Yoga organizations in India, both North and South, traditional and modern. He is a Master Educator for the Chopra Center and guides their Primordial Sound Meditation Teacher training. Vamadeva is also a visiting professor and patron for Sanchi University in Bhopal India.
Yoga and Ayurveda, Mantra and Meditation Course
PART I Traditional Texts and Teachings
Section 1 – Introduction and Background
Lesson 1. Course Orientation
Lesson 2. Ayurveda and Yoga Therapy Overview
Lesson 3. Yoga Dharma and Vedic Knowledge
Lesson 4. Spiritual and Cosmological Background
Lesson 5. The Three Gunas and Five Elements as Yogic and Psychological Indicators
Section 1 Final Test
Section 2 – Classical Yoga According to Ayurveda
Lesson 6. Overview of the Greater System of Yoga
Lesson 7. Ayurvedic Guide to the Yoga Sutras 1: Samadhi Pada
Lesson 8. Ayurvedic Guide to the Yoga Sutras 2: Kriya Yoga Pada
Lesson 9. Ayurvedic Guide to the Yoga Sutras 3: Siddhi Pada
Lesson 10. Ayurvedic Guide to the Yoga Sutras 4: Kaivalya Pada
Lesson 11. Key Teachings of the Bhagavad Gita and Upanishads
Lesson 12. Key Teachings of the Hatha Yoga Pradipika
Section 2 Final Test
Section 3 – The Ayurvedic Application of Yoga Practices
Lesson 13. The Ayurvedic Application of Asana 1: Asana and Sattva Guna
Lesson 14. The Ayurvedic Application of Asana 2: Structure and Dosha
Lesson 15. The Ayurvedic Application of Asana 3: the Energetics of Asana
Lesson 16. The Ayurvedic Application of Pranayama 1: Energetics of Pranayama
Lesson 17. The Ayurvedic Application of Pranayama 2: the Role of the Five Pranas
Lesson 18. The Ayurvedic Application of Pratyahara: Internalization of Energy
Lesson 19. The Ayurvedic Application of Dharana: the Therapeutic Use of Concentration and Attention
Lesson 20. The Ayurvedic Application of Dhyana: Meditation as a Therapy
Lesson 21. The Ayurvedic Application of Samadhi or Unity Consciousness
Section 3 Final Test
Section 4 – Ayurvedic and Vedic Yoga
Lesson 22. The Yoga of Ayurveda and its Cosmic Background
Lesson 23. Agni Ayurveda
Lesson 24. Agni Yoga
Lesson 25. The Fire of Self-Inquiry
Lesson 26. A Vedic Prayer to the Heart
Section 4 Final Test
Section 5 – Higher Practices
Lesson 27. Mantra Therapy 1: Background View
Lesson 28. Mantra Therapy 2: Primal Sound
Lesson 29. Marma Therapy
Lesson 30. The Yoga of Devotion (Bhakti Yoga)
Lesson 31. Karma Yoga, Timing and Ritual
Lesson 32. The Healing Energies of Tantra
Lesson 33. Kundalini and the Chakras
Lesson 34. Smarana: the Practice of Remembrance
Lesson 35. Advaita Vedanta: the Supreme Teaching of Yoga and Ayurveda
Lesson 36. Summary and Overview of Yoga Practice
Section 5 Final Test
Appendix 1: Teachings
Appendix 2: Glossary
Appendix 3: Bibliography
Appendix 4: Sanskrit Pronunciation Key
- The course comes in three booklets and five sections, directly accessible through on-line access.
- We are now adding illustrations, audios and videos to the course that will be increased over time.
- The course takes around six months of serious study to complete. You have three years to complete it from the time you sign up for it or a reinstatement fee may be required.
TESTING AND TEACHER-STUDENT INTERACTION
- The course contains study questions and practical exercises at the end of each of the lessons in order to guide the student in his or her study.
- It has five detailed final tests at the end of each of the five sections of the course, for the student to return to the institute for grading. Students can send in answers by email.
- Students can email the institute if they have additional questions based upon the course material.
CERTIFICATION AND ADDITIONAL STUDIES
- The course takes about 300 hours of home study to complete and provides a certification worth 300 hours of distance learning credit with us. It serves as our Foundation Course in Yoga and Ayurveda and provides a certification with us as a “Yoga and Ayurveda Wellness Consultant,” which is the basis for becoming an Ayurvedic Yoga therapist.
- The course provides you certification from a teacher well known in both Yoga and Ayurvedic communities worldwide and regarded as one of the pioneer’s of modern Ayurvedic Yoga therapy.
- Upon course completion options for further study are possible. Note our Retreats and Programs which emphasize Yoga and Ayurveda.
- This course goes well with our other on-line courses, Ayurvedic Healing for those who wish to study Ayurveda more deeply, Ayurvedic Astrology for those interested that topic, and Integral Vedic Counseling for those who wish to expanding a counseling approach.