Ayurvedic yoga 150-hour teacher training at Delight Yoga Amsterdam

Yoga & Ayurveda is really impossible to bring apart from each other, they are inseparable sisters and are the union of the Universal Wisdom. This union of these two sciences brings forth a system of healing for physical, mental and spiritual health and happiness. The best way of learning and integrating anything into our life is through direct experience. In this program on Yoga & Ayurveda you will experience this realization of how we are all made up out of the nature’s five great elements, the pancha maha bhutas, being ether, air, fire, water and earth and how to live according to those laws of nature, enabling us to live to our individual fullest potential.
Though we are all made up out of the exact same elements, we each contain different amounts of each element, thereby each one of us being a unique expression of nature. Due to this fact, we all need different foods, herbs, healing house-hold remedies, lifestyles and yoga practices.
In this 50-hours program, you will receive a solid foundation of the pillars of Ayurveda. You will understand how the three doshas are formed, the doshas as more than in only the individual physical body. and the doshas within the physical body. Through this understanding you will discover your own natural born constitution (your prakruti) and your current imbalance (vikruti) and start to develop your “Ayurvedic Eye” to start seeing things through Ayurvedic perspective which brings profound and deep insight into our life and how we see and understand our world.

In September 2015, we will begin with our Ayurveda & Yoga training. This training is divided into three modules:

Module 1: Ayurvedic foundation (50 hours)

Program outline:
Introduction to Ayurvedic Lifestyles (dinacharya)
Pancha maha bhutas: the five great elements of nature and creation.
The doshas: theory and functions within the body and mind.
The gunas: the set 10 universal qualities and their matching opposites. The theory of “like increases like”, “opposites heal”.
Doshas in the seasons, stages of our life and in a 24-hour day: the constant energetic dance of their energies throughout the day and night.
The mind states sattva, rajas, tamas.
Spirituality in daily life: the four biological and spiritual instincts/aims of life: artha (financial/work), dharma (religious/spirit), kama (pro-creation, creative growth and happiness) and moksha (the instinct towards freedom, liberation). All aspects in our our life are “spiritual”, it is our mind that creates boundaries and seperations. Learning the four aims of life unites our “normal”life and our “spiritual” life.
The dhatus (bodily tissues), srotas (systems of the body), ojas (our vitality), tejas (our sacred flame of intteligence) and prana (energetic body, life force)
Reading the map of the soul: the face. Each individual organ is a storehouse for a particular and specific emotion. The face is a map of the soul, and shows which emotions/organs have been affected through diet, lifestyle or emotional trauma.t
The chakras and kundalini: their locations and functions, seen through the Ayurvedic lens.

Dates & Times:
09-10 januari 2016 9.30-18.00
16-17 januari 2016 9.30-18.00
20-21 februari 2016 9.30-18.00
13 maart 2016 9.30-18.00

Price: 675.00 euros if taking as a single 50-hour workshop, 550 euros per module if taking the full 200-hour Delight Yoga Advanced Studies plus additional full 150-hour “Hatha path – Ayurvedic course”

You will receive a 150-hour certificate valid through Yoga Alliance through Tory Hyndman registered with Yoga Alliance as an ERYT – Yoga Alliance

Extra hours: Incorporating and applying the suggested morning and daily routine into daily life and a 30 minute sit daily to internally reflect on the day through new Ayurvedic perspective and understanding to process, digest and absorb the new insights.

Reading: Sebastian Pole’s “A Pukka Life” and Dr. Vasant Lad’s “Ayurveda: textbook of fundamental principles”.

Module 2: Living Ayurveda (50 hours)                                                                                              Ayurveda means “the art of living wisely”. Living means daily life. Ayurveda is meant to be lived,   Simply reading books on Ayurvedic philosophy does not bring you the direct experience and health and well-being. We need to live it. Ayurveda is fresh, it’s alive, it’s happy, it’s deep. From helping you having a daily bowel movement to guiding you into deeper paths within yourself.                                In this 50-hours program, the focus is on Ayurvedic food, herbs & lifestyle suggested for each dosha. We will go over specific foods, spices, healing herbs, pranayamas, mudras, mantras, the use of colours, smells and house-hold remedies for healing.

Program outline:

*  Review of the doshas.
*  Agni, the concept of digestion.
*  Ama: the ayurvedic concept of physical and mental toxins.
*  The 5 koshas (sheaths) of the body.
*  Vata balancing foods, lifestyles, herbs, house-hold remedies, pranayama, mudra, mantra, colors, smells, sense impressions.
*  Pitta balancing foods, lifestyles, herbs, house-hold remedies, pranayama, mudra, mantra, colors, smells, sense impressions.
*  Kapha balancing foods, lifestyles, herbs, house-hold remedies, pranayama, mudra, mantra, colors, smells, sense 
* The six tastes , how taste affects the body and the mind.
*  Reading the tongue: where the tastes are located on the tongue, using the image of the tongue to locate these places and seeing which organs they are related to.
*  Ayurvedic concept of health and disease, how disease is created

Dates & Times:

19 & 20 March 2016, 9:30-18:00
9, 10 & 30 April 2016, 9:30-18:00
1 & 14 May 2016, 9:30-18:00

Extra hours: Following the recommendations according to your own constitution, or if there is an imbalance, following all recommendations for your present imbalance (vikruti). Daily 30 minutes of sitting to refelct and digest the experiences and insights from living your new daily routine.
Location: Weteringschans 53 or De Clerqstraat 68, Amsterdam
Requirements: at least 2 year of regular yoga practice (minimum three times per week asana practice) and having completed the “Foundation on Ayurveda” program with Tory.
Reading: Dr. Vasant Lad’s “Ayurveda: The science of self healing”.

Module 3: 50-hours Ayurvedic yoga: asana, pranayama, meditation, mudra & mantra                                   Ayurvedic yoga gives us the insight and understanding on how to personalise and adjust our yoga practice to exactly what we need in the present moment.  By learning to recognise which of the elements are out of balance within ourself, either mentally or physically, we then learn how to practice yoga postures (asanas) in a manner that will act as a therapy to balance us rather than take us further our of balance.                                                                                                                       If we are not out of balance, we practice the yoga asanas in a manner that suits our natural born constitution (our individual inner blueprint which is a mixture of these elements with certain elements dominating).                                                                                                                                    Where to focus our inner attention such as the legs, the lower belly, the chest and our outer attention, such as looking up, looking down or gazing at eye level during the asanas, and the attitude we take into our yoga practice, bringing in courage, bringing in humility, focusing on grounding or uplifting, these all create a completely different after affect of our practice.

Just as every food can be a medicine or a poison, depending on who is taking it, so is the manner in which we practice our yoga asanas,making it either a practice that takes us further away from our true selves, or it becomes a healing therapy that brings us back home into our center.  In this 50-hours program, the focus is on how to apply the tools offered by Ayurveda for both preventative and healing purposes for body, mind and spirit through yoga asana, meditation, pranayama, mudra (specific hand gestures which activate different energies in the physical and mental bodies), mantra (energetic sounds) and marma (energetic points on the body).

Program outline:
*  Review of the doshas, their sites and subsites
*  Review of the gunas (qualities) of the doshas in the mind and the body
*  Yoga asanas for specific imbalance and diseases, physical and mental.
*  Surya and Chandra Namaskar within AyurYoga (including modifications)
*  Therory of the Nadis
*  10 Pranayama technques and their doshic effects, theory and practice
*  Mantras and mudras for physical and emotional healing, theory and practice
* The chakras and their bija sounds (root sounds), theory and practice.
* Teaching methodology and hands-on techniques
* Basic assessment skills for creating individualized programs

Dates & times:


28-29 May 2016, 9:30-18:00
11-12 June 2016, 9:30-18:00
25-26 June 2016, 9:30-18:00
10 July 2016, 9:30-18:00

Extra hours: following the daily food and lifestyle routine and practicing your yoga and pranayama sequence and meditation with practicing the different mudras recommended for your born constitution (prakriti) or your present imbalance(vikruti) . Keeping a journal to write down the different after effects after using the various mudras, pranayamas and yoga sequences at specific moments, including those which are not “right” for your type, to feel the after-effect in your body, mind and energy.

Location: Weteringschans 53 or De Clerqstraat 68, Amsterdam
Requirements: at least three years of disciplined asana, pranayama and meditation practice and yogic lifestyle; having completed the “Foundation on Ayurveda” and module 2 “Living Ayurveda” program with Tory.
Reading: Desikachar’s “The Heart of Yoga” and Dr. David Frawley and Sadra Summerfield Kozak’s “Yoga for your type”.


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