Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy Program

Unite the Sister Sciences for Health and Healing

Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy Certification

The Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy program at MMI has as its foundation the understanding that self-development, therapy, healing and transformation of the individual and community is possible through the disciplined study, practice and contemporary application of the ancient wisdom of yoga and Ayurveda.

At Mount Madonna Institute we have drawn on two of our disciplines, Yoga and Ayurveda, to form the Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy (AYT) program. Two of our well-established programs: the Ayurvedic Health Counselor (AHC) program and the Advanced Yoga Studies (YTT 300) program, form the foundational components of AYT. These two programs, each of which has always included a significant portion of the other, are then further integrated with a new offering called the Ayurveda Yoga Therapy Integration. It is a consists of two 10-day modules plus hands-on, supervised clinical training.

While the year-long Advanced Yoga Studies yields a YTT 300 certificate recognized by the Yoga Alliance, it extends well beyond what is required in scope and dimension. Using Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras as the backbone, the Advanced Yoga Studies program sets out the building blocks for a deeper understanding of therapeutics. The approach is multidimensional, viewing the human being as sharira, manas, indriyas and atma. While asana, kinesiology and biomechanics are there to support the sharira, the other limbs of yoga are more deeply explored to fully address the other pillars. Study of the Bhagavad Gita, the Vedas, the Upanishads and Yogic Psychology provides a greater depth of understanding of the power of yoga. The students teach not only asana, pranayama and meditation, but they also teach yoga theory, philosophy or a sister discipline of yoga. They explore the relationship of neuroscience and yoga and spend time in svadyaya.

The 16-month Ayurvedic Health Counselor (AHC) program prepares the student for a career in the healthcare field. The AHC graduate is able to provide diet (ahara), lifestyle (vihara) and wellness support by integrating constitutional assessment, nutritional knowledge, basic herbology (primarily cooking herbs), healthy lifestyle management, introductory counseling skills, basic yoga for health management; introductory Ayurvedic psychology, bodywork therapies and subtle therapies (Jyotish, Hasta & Vastu). The AHC program has a clinical component (Internship & Externship) wherein the student may practice his/her skills with ongoing supervision.

The two 10-day integration modules of the Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy (AYT) program further unite the sister sciences as students begin to look at disease management. Here students explore pathology through the lens of Ayurveda and offer therapeutics from many or any of the limbs of yoga (ashtanga and hatha). The student integrates what was learned about health and wellness into management of disease and symptoms. Students use the principles of yoga and Ayurveda to empower an individual to heal her/himself. Additional biomedical and assessment skills are layered on at this level. The IAYT Scope of Practice is revisited to help students discriminate when to refer out. Through practicum (Internship and Externship) students have an opportunity to apply their knowledge and design individual therapeutic practices for both individuals and groups.

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Program Details

Prerequisites:

  • YTT 200 certification from a Yoga Alliance approved school*

(*Non-MMI YTT 200 grads must complete the Bridge Program)

  • 1 year teaching yoga
  • 1 year personal yoga practice

Co-requisite:

3 credits Anatomy & Physiology (must be completed before AYT Integration Module I).

The AYT program consists of 1083.5 hours and these separate components:

  1. The Ayurvedic Health Counselor program (low residential) is delivered one weekend a month over 12 months plus 4 months to complete the practicum (Externship). The AHC program has a significant yoga component delivering history, philosophy, theory and practice in complete weekend module as well as during each weekend of the program. The AYT Internship weekend prepares the students for the Clinical Practicum. After completion of the Internship, students begin to see clients under direct supervision of a C-IAYT. Upon successful completion of the AHC program, students receive a certificate as an Ayurvedic Health Counselor and are prepared to take the national NAMA exam (361 contact hours). View the 2019-2020 Academic Program Calendar.
  2. The Advanced Yoga Studies (YTT 300) program is delivered in three 10-day modules over a 10-month period. Apart from a deeper investigation into the Yoga Sutras, the Bhagavad Gita, Neuroscience and more, the YTT 300 goes deeper into biomechanics and the application of Ayurvedic principles to all yoga practice and theory (300 contact hours). View the 2019-2020 Modular Series dates.
  3. The AYT Integration is delivered in two 10-day modules over a 5-month period plus up to two years to complete the practicum (Externship). Three college credits (or its equivalent) in Anatomy & Physiology are a pre-requisite to entering the first AYT module. The AYT Integration offers an interface of Ayurvedic anatomy, physiology, physics and pathophysiology into the Western model of disease and treatment. The AYT Clinical Practicum continues with a clinical Internship during the first ten-day module of the AYT Integration. The student continues with a clinical Externship, conducted one-on-one with the clinical supervision of a C-IAYT. Upon returning for the second 10-day module the student presents Case Studies from their Externship clients. The Clinical Externship continues until all program requirements are met (maximum time frame of two years after AYT Integration Module II ends.) (183 contact hours plus 256.5 total practicum hours.)

A student must satisfactorily complete the Ayurvedic Health Counselor program (AHC), the Advanced Yoga Studies (YTT 300) and have completed the co-req of Anatomy & Physiology before entering AYT Integration Module I.

  • Model I must be completed before beginning the supervised Clinical Practicum (Externship).
  • Module I must be completed before entering AYT Integration Module II.

Students may complete the AHC or the Advanced Yoga Studies (YTT 300) in any order or even during the same calendar year. Students may complete up to 30% of the program from another institution if all requirements are met. (See Transfer Policy).

Mount Madonna Institute supports the International Association of Yoga Therapists' (IAYT) Educational Standard for Yoga Therapy and is applying for accreditation. Mount Madonna Institute supports the National Ayurvedic Medical Association’s (NAMA) Educational Standards for Ayurveda Yoga Therapists and is applying for NAMA certification.

Next AHC Program

Begins February 8, 2019

Next YTT 300 Program (Modular)

May 2-12 2019

Oct 10-20 2019

Mar 19-29 2020

AYT Integration Module Dates

Module 1: September 13-24, 2020

Module 2: February 14-25, 2021


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