Mini-Courses in Yoga and Ayurveda

Expand your Knowledge

Are you interested in learning more about a particular area of yoga or Ayurveda? Check out our mini-course offerings. Mini-courses are available to anyone with an interest in the subject matter. For some courses, background knowledge is necessary for participants to engage with and benefit from the material presented. Please review course descriptions and course learning objectives for a more detailed understanding of the concepts that will be discussed in each course.

For the more advanced courses, suggested pre-reading may be recommended to familiarize students with concepts in advance. The advanced Ayurveda courses are eligible for NAMA PACE credits. At the conclusion of these courses, students complete an assessment and receive a certificate of completion.

Any questions still remaining can be directed to our admissions director, Lizzy Gamberdella, at or 408-846-4060.

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FREE Webinar | March 25, 2023

Ayurveda: The Basics

Explore the 5,000 year old Science of Life with two Mount Madonna Institute students who are currently in the Masters of Arts in Ayurveda program. You will be introduced to Five Element Theory and the manner in which they play out in the Ten Pairs of Opposites. You will learn why Ayurveda is so applicable to daily life and self-healing. 1 hour - FREE

Sat. 3/25 - 1:00-2:00pm

Presenters: Tamara Worline and Dana St. Pierre - View Bios

Online | March 25, 2023

Yoga Course - Subtle Body: The Energetic Body and Beyond

Join Tonia and the Yoga Teacher Training (YTT 200) students to explore the inner workings of our mind-body complex and how yoga practices can affect them. This 90 minute class will introduce you to the prana vayus, koshas, nadis & chakras. 90 minutes - $27

Sat. 3/25 - 9:30-11:00am

Instructor: Tonia Mayerle - View Bio


Online | March 26, 2023

Yoga Course - Yoga Sutra: The Yoga of Action (Kriya Yoga)

Join the Yoga Teacher Training (YTT 200) students to reach beyond the postures (asana) and explore the concepts of austerity, self-study and surrender. The Kriya Yoga system as presented by Patanjali in Book II, Sadhana Pada, of the Yoga Sutra explains how these three sub-limbs of the observances( niyamas) can guide the householder to establish a yoga practice that is rich in inner examination. 90 minutes - $27

Sun. 3/26 - 9:30-11:00am

Instructor: TBA


Online | April 16, 2023

Yoga Course - Yoga Sutra: The Internal Limbs of Ashtanga Yoga

Join Bhavani and the Yoga Teacher Training (YTT 200) students to explore the internal limbs of the ashtanga (eight-limbed) system as laid out in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra. Chant the sutras, delve into its meaning and examine the differences between concentration, meditation and a trance-state. 90 minutes - $27

Sun. 4/16 - 9:30-11:00am

Instructors: Bhavani Siegel - View Bio


In-Person | May 5-7, 2023

Ayurveda Course - Handcrafted Herbalism

This dynamic hands on course will provide you with the necessary skills to become confident in traditional herbal practices. The goal of this class is to teach participants to select good quality herbs for the imbalance they would like to correct, and produce high quality herbal products for common health ailments to improve the wellness of friends and family. 12 hours - $495* (does not include meals & lodging)

Fr. 5/5 - 12:30-8:30pm | Sat. 5/6 - 7:30am-8:00pm | Sun. 5/7 - 8:30am-1:30pom

Instructor: Jackie Christensen, Ph.D. - View Bio


Hybrid | May 11-12, 2023

Ayurveda Course - Allopathy, Functional Medicine and Collaboration 2

This course will review common diagnostic and therapeutic approaches of allopathic and functional medicine, for infectious disease, GI, hormones, ENT, neurology, inflammation and radiation including lab analysis, imaging, pharmaceuticals and surgery. 12 hours - $545

Thu. 5/11 - 2:00-5:00pm; 6:00-8:00pm | Fri. 5/12 - 9:30am-12:30pm; 1:30-5:30pm

Instructor: Dr. Renee Rossi - View Bio


Online | May 13, 2023

Yoga Course - Sanskrit & Sacred Sound

Join Bhavani and the Yoga Teacher Training (YTT 200) students to explore the history and importance of Sanskrit and shed light on why it is used in yoga practice. You will practice the basic sounds of the Sanskrit alphabet through mantra and chanting the names of the asana poses. 90 minutes - $27

Sat. 5/13 - 2:00-3:30pm

Instructor: Bhavani Siegel - View Bio

Course Dates & Syllab

Free Webinar - Ayurveda: The Basics

  • Online | March 25th, 2023

Subtle Body: The Energetic Body and Beyond

  • Online | March 25th, 2023

Yoga Sutra: The Yoga of Action (Kriya Yoga)

  • Online | March 26th, 2023

Yoga Sutra: The Internal Limbs of Ashtanga Yoga

  • Online | April 16th, 2023

Handcrafted Herbalism

  • In-Person | May 5-7th, 2023

Allopathy, Functional Medicine and Collaboration 2

  • Hybrid | May 11-12th, 2023

Sanskrit & Sacred Sound

  • Online | May 13th, 2023

*Hybrid courses can be taken online or in person at our Mount Madonna campus.

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Ayurveda: The Basics

Free Webinar

March 25th, 1:00-2:00pm

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Tuition Information

Ayurveda Courses:

$549* for 2 day AP courses (12 hours)

$495* for Handcrafted Herbalism weekend course

Paid in full at the time of registration.

*Total does not include Meals and Lodging. See Meals & Lodging options for additional fees not included in the total tuition costs. Minimum of $66 per day Commuter Rate for all students that choose to come on site for classes.

Please note that textbooks and pre-reading are recommended for this course and are listed in the syllabus.

Refund Policy:

Refund available minus $75.00 cancellation fee if course is dropped prior to 48 hours before course start date.

No refund available if course is dropped within 48 hours of start date, or after course has started.

Yoga Courses

$27 for 90 min. yoga courses

Refund Policy:

No refund is available if the course is dropped, but the video recording will be available via Populi/Lessons for two weeks.