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An Ideal Education for Yoga Teachers

Integrating Yoga and Ayurveda

Historically, most yogis understood the basic principles and logic of Ayurveda. To varying degrees, it was embedded into Indian culture as swasthavritta, the holistic self-care stream of Ayurvedic wisdom.  T. Krishnamacharya, the father of modern yoga, had a deep knowledge of Ayurveda, which explains why he gave such unique teachings to his different students, such as BKS Iyengar (therapeutic structural alignment emphasis) and K. Pattabhi Jois (Ashtanga Vinyasa). Ayurveda had a huge impact on how those teachings were informed and how their teaching styles later emerged. Ideally, all modern yoga teachers should have that insight.

Though open to everyone, Sevanti Institute programs and courses offer an outstanding opportunity for yoga teachers and teachers-in-training to understand their students and clients more deeply, personalize their yoga offerings to the nature of each person, and ultimately create a complementary revenue stream outside of the classroom environment. Don’t give away information about diet and lifestyle to your students. See them professionally, and be paid for it. Give more accurately informed advice, guided by the wisdom of Ayurveda, and create a complementary revenue stream. As we all know, a resourceful teacher stands out above those less resourceful. Graduates can establish themselves in the community as Ayurvedic Wellness Counselors (AWC), exceeding the skills and capacities of most yoga teachers in a very competitive field.

 In our modern communities, yoga teachers are held to the very highest standards of health, vitality, and overall wellbeing. Students, friends, and family come to you for advice often on matters of diet, lifestyle, and psychological and spiritual wellbeing. Without proper training and assessment skills, your advice may not work for everyone or may do harm. According to Ayurveda, what works to keep you in balance may not work for others. Training as an Ayurveda Wellness Counselor would provide you with a more professional Ayurveda skill set to assess the individual needs of your students and prescribe custom solutions to each person’s unique situation.

Yoga and Ayurveda are distinct disciplines that complement one another. Once trained, a yoga private client could see you for private yoga sessions on Mondays, for example, and as an Ayurveda client on Thursdays to discuss nutrition and imbalanced doshas affecting their wellbeing and practice.

Benefits of AWCP Ayurveda Training

  • Though anyone can take the AWCP, it is an incredible opportunity for yoga teachers. Ayurveda deepens and compliments your knowledge of yoga and expands your knowledge of life.
  • Recognize and respond appropriately to the varying constitutions and imbalances of your students.
  • Manifest more income. Offer yoga privates and Ayurveda consultations separately and to the same clients.
  • Continued Education credits: some schools are offering AWCP programs for Yoga Alliance CE credits
  • Become the most resourcful, go-to teacher in your community. See what other teachers can’t see in your student’s bodymind nature.
  • Yoga teachers are natural counselors and healers. The AWCP offers the additional training needed to offer accurate personalized wellness advice at a very professional level.
  • Learning the Sanskrit of Ayurveda is a natural and intuitive step for yoga teachers.
  • Though the AWCP is not an AYS program, it will better prepare you to teach yoga from a deeper understanding of Ayurveda.