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, Tiffany Olson, at or 408-357-4401.

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Online | March 10, 2024

Yoga Course - Yoga Sutras III

With Soma Goresky

This course will explore the methods of Kriya yoga as explained in Patanjali's Yoga Sutras, and explain how these methods can be applied in daily life. $27

Sun. 3/10 - 9:30-11:00am

Ayurvedic Nutrition

Online | March 22-23, 2024

Ayurveda Course - AY 105 Ayurvedic Nutrition

With Dr. Rucha Kelkar

This course introduces the principles of Ayurvedic nutrition and digestion. Students will learn the use of diet and nutrition programs in health and disease, including individual and seasonal guidelines, while exploring the Ayurvedic approach to the energetics of food. 10 hours - $395 *Ayurvedic Nutrition has been approved by the California Acupuncture Board, Provider# 1793, for 10 hours of continuing education in category 1.

Fri. 3/22 - 9:30am-12:30pm; 1:30-5:30pm | Sat. 3/23 - 9:30am-12:30pm
Ayurvedic Herbology I

Online | March 23-24, 2024

Ayurveda Course - AY 107 Ayurvedic Herbology I

With Dr. Jackie Christensen

This course deepens the study of nutrition and introduces the traditional use of herbs in Ayurvedic medicine. Students begin to understand the use of Ayurvedic herbs to restore physical and psychological balance. They learn the therapeutic use of food and spices to balance the doshas and maintain health, using food as medicine. Students will study Ayurvedic herbal philosophy and practices, the Herbal Materia Medica, and the terminology of herbal actions. 10 hours - $395

Sat. 3/23 - 1:30-5:30pm | Sun. 3/24 - 9:30am-12:30pm; 1:30-4:30pm

Online | April 5, 2024

Yoga Course - Asana & Ayurveda Theory & Practice

With Jen Rand

See the sister-sciences brought together in a very practical way. Join Jen for 90 minutes of theory followed with a 90 minute practice to brng it all together. Explore how to integrate Ayurvedic principles in a practical way through tailoring yoga practices to the season, time of day and individual constitution. 3 hours - $50

Fri. 4/05 - 9:30am-12:30pm
Ayurvedic Psychology

Online | April 19-20, 2024

Ayurveda Course - AY 106 Ayurvedic Psychology

With Dr. Suhas Kshirsagar

This course introduces the student to the energetics of consciousness, the Ayurvedic description of the mind, and therapies to support the mind. Fundamental concepts of manas, prakruti and vikruti, the effects of sensory input on the mind, and approaches to managing mental health are explored. 10 hours - $395

Fri. 4/19 - 9:30am-12:30pm, 1:30-5:30pm | Sat. 4/20 - 9:30am-12:30pm
Women’s Health

Online | April 20-21, 2024

Ayurveda Course - AY 113 Women’s Health, Pre & Post Natal, Pediatrics

With Dr. Rucha Kelkar

This course introduces students to the foundations of women’s health including fertility, menstrual cycle and menopause, offering recommendations to support imbalances. The course also covers Ayurvedic recommendations for supporting healthy conception, prenatal and postnatal care for expectant mothers, and care for young children. 10 hours - $395

Sat. 4/20 - 1:30-5:30pm | Sun. 4/21 - 9:30am-12:30pm, 1:30-4:30pm

Online | April 22 - May 6, 2024

Ayurveda Course - Sanskrit & Sacred Sound

With Bhavani Siegel

Join us for a three-part mini-course exploring the resonant language of Sanskrit and its use and philosophy in the practice of Mantra Yoga. More Details. 4.5 hours - $108

Mon. 4/22 - 4:00-5:30pm | Mon. 4/29 - 4:00-5:30pm | Mon. 5/6 - 4:00-5:30pm

Online | May 10, 2024

Yoga Course - Prenatal Yoga Theory and Practice

With Hannah Muse

Join Hannah for a general introduction to Prenatal theory as applicable to Yoga practice. After a 90 minute introduction you will experience a Prenatal Class. 3 hours - $50

Fri. 5/10 - 2:00-5:00pm

Online | May 17-18, 2024

Ayurveda Course - AY 115 Ethics and Professional Practices

With Dr. Nick Fortino and Donna Rixmann

This course examines the Mount Madonna Code of Ethics as it applies to Ayurvedic Practitioners. Students are introduced to counseling practices as they pertain to client interactions and goal setting. Students explore the business skills involved in setting up and sustaining a professional practice. Topics include marketing, finance and legal considerations. 10 hours - $395

Fri. 5/17 - 9:30am-12:30pm, 1:30-5:30pm | Sat. 5/18 - 9:30am-12:30pm
Western Interface

Online | May 18-19, 2024

Ayurveda Course - AY 111 Western Interface

With Drs. Renee Rossi and Krista Farey

This course offers the opportunity to explore the interface between Ayurveda and allopathic medicine, helps students understand healthy client practitioner relationships and boundaries, and clarifies the scope of practice and the code of ethics for all Ayurvedic Health Counselors. 10 hours - $395

Sat. 5/18 - 1:30-5:30pm | Sun. 5/19 - 9:30am-12:30pm, 1:30-4:30pm
Ayurvedic Assessment

Online | June 14, 2024

Ayurveda Course - AY 109 Ayurvedic Assessment

With Kathy Gehlkin

Students are introduced to modes of diagnosis including pulse reading, tongue diagnosis, face-analysis, assessing the mental state, dhatus, malas and srotamsi. Students practice these modes during outside assignments, practicum and clinic. 7 hours - $295

Fri. 6/14 | 9:30am-12:30pm, 1:30-5:30pm
Ayurvedic Therapies

Online | June 15, 2024

Ayurveda Course - AY 112 Ayurvedic Therapies

With Dr. Manisha Kshirsagar

The theory of Pancha Karma cleansing techniques and Five-Sense Therapy will be introduced. This course explores the Ayurvedic rejuvenation process called Rasayana. Students will learn strategies for Rasayana using herbs, diet, and nutritional support with the goal of slowing or reversing excessive aging, building immune strength and preventing disease. This course offers an introductory view of Ayurvedic anatomy of the ear, nose, throat, and neck. This cursory understanding of the head and neck region allows students to study and address common disorders of the head and neck through diet and bodywork recommendations. 7 hours - $295

Sat. 6/15 | 9:30am-12:30pm, 1:30-5:30pm
Vedic Astrology

Online | June 16, 2024

Ayurveda Course - AY 116 Jyotish (Vedic Astrology)

With Steven Highburger

Students are introduced to the subtle sister science of Ayurveda, Jyotish (Vedic astrology). Students learn the fundamental concepts of Jyotish, how it can complement client care, and when clients may be referred to an experienced Jyotish practitioner. 6 hours - $295

Sun. 6/16 | 9:30am-12:30pm, 1:30-4:30pm

Course Details

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

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Tuition Information

Ayurveda Courses:

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

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 1 day 90 minute courses

$50 for 1 day 3 hour courses

$75 for multi-day 4.5 hour courses

Paid in full at the time of registration.