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 admissions@mountmadonna.org or 408-846-4060.

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Classical Texts, History & Philosophy

Hybrid | January 6-8th, 2023

AY 101 - Introduction to Ayurveda

This course introduces students to the 5,000-year-old tradition of Ayurveda, its aims and objectives, basic principles, concepts of health and disease, methods of examining patients, and treatment methods. Students gain a solid foundation in the science, history, and philosophy of Ayurveda. They are introduced to the concepts of individual nature and dosha imbalance as the basis for diagnosis of health and disease, as well as the five-element theory.

Fri 1/6 - 1:30-5:30pm | Sat 1/7 - 11:00am-2:00pm; 3:00-5:30pm | Sun 1/8 - 9:30am-12:30pm

Classical Texts, History & Philosophy

Hybrid | January 12-13th, 2023

AY 403 Herbology 2 - Ayurvedic Practitioner & Master’s of Ayurveda

This course continues the exploration of the Ayurvedic principles of Herbology and Pharmaceuticals, functions, indications and contraindications of various medicinal herbs, use of single and compounded herbs, and various methods of combining herbs into formulas to restore physio/mental equilibrium and management of various imbalances. 12 hours.

Thur 1/12 - 2:00-5:00pm; 6:00-8:00pm | Fri 1/13 - 9:30am-12:30pm; 1:30-5:30pm

Classical Texts, History & Philosophy

Hybrid | January 14-15, 2023

AY 404 Allopathy, Functional Medicine and Collaboration 1

This course will review commonly used tools in allopathic medicine and common allopathic diagnostic and therapeutic approaches for cardiovascular, endocrine, infectious and gastrointestinal disease including lab analysis, imaging, pharmaceuticals, and surgery. The course will also examine the relationship between Ayurveda and allopathy as systems, exploring ways to work collaboratively. Basic principles of Functional Medicine and how it can complement Ayurveda will also be explored. 14 hours.

Sat 1/14 - 11:00am-2:00pm; 2:30-5:30pm; 6:30-8:30pm | Sun 1/15 - 9:30am-12:30pm; 1:30-4:30pm
Sutra Book

Online | January 20-22, 2023

Yoga Course - The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Books III & IV

Join us in an exploration of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras, a foundational text for all yoga practice. Baba Hari Dass taught these sutras at Mount Madonna beginning in 1978. His commentaries, class format, and deep insight continues to be the basis for our study together.

Fri 1/20 - 9:30-11:00am; 3:30-5:00pm | Sat 1/21 - 9:30-11:00am; 2:00-3:30pm | Sun 1/22 - 9:30-11:00am

Classical Texts, History & Philosophy

Online | January 21-22, 2023

Yoga Course - The Vedic Experience

This course on “The Vedic Experience” is to understand how important and relevant the Vedas can be in supporting our practice on the human journey in today’s context. We draw examples from Raimundo Panikkar’s commentary on the Vedas, to bring us closer to experiencing the depth and brilliance of Vedic thinking as it applies to current times, and open up to a new awareness of the value they hold.

Sat 1/21 - 3:30-5:00pm | Sun 1/22 - 3:30-5:00pm

Course Dates & Syllabi

AY 101 Introduction to Ayurveda

  • Hybrid | January 6-8th, 2023

AY 403 Herbology 2

  • Hybrid | January 12-13th 2023

AY 404 Allopathy, Functional Medicine and Collaboration 1

  • Hybrid | January 14-15, 2023

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Books III & IV

  • Online | January 20-22nd, 2023

The Vedic Experience

  • Online | January 21-22nd, 2023

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

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Tuition Information


Ayurveda Courses:

$495 for the Intro to AY (AY 101) weekend

$549 for 2 day AP courses (12 hours)

$954 for 4 day AP courses (24 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

Tuition: $108*. Paid in full at the time of registration.

*Register for both January Yoga Mini Courses and receive the second one at a 50% discount. Two workshops for $162.00.

Refund Policy:

Refund available minus $25.00 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.