Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy Program

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Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy Certification

The Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy program (accredited by the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) and recognized by the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA)) 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.

The foundational components of the AYT are two of our well-established programs: the Ayurvedic Health Counselor (AHC) program and the Advanced Yoga Studies (YTT 300) program. They are further integrated with a new offering called Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy Integration.

While the Advanced Yoga Studies program yields a YTT 300 certificate recognized by the Yoga Alliance, it extends well beyond what is required in both 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 body (sharira), mind (manas), senses (indriya) and soul (atma). While the postures (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 Yoga Psychology provides a greater depth of understanding of the power of yoga. Students teach not only asana, pranayama (breath practices) 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 svadhyaya (self-study).

The Ayurvedic Health Counselor (AHC) program prepares the student for a career in healthcare. 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 supervised clinical Internship component wherein students practice their skills

The AYT Integration further unites the sister sciences as students begin to look at disease management. Students view pathology through the lens of Ayurveda and offer therapeutics from any of the limbs of yoga (ashtanga and hatha). Students use the principles of yoga and Ayurveda to empower an individual to heal themself. Additional biomedical and assessment skills are layered on at this level. Both the IAYT and NAMA Scopes of Practice are revisited to help students discriminate when to refer out. Through clinical practicum (Internship and Externship) students have an opportunity to apply their knowledge and design individual therapeutic practices for both individuals and groups.

For assistance with enrollment please contact us via email: yoga@mountmadonnainstitute.org or directly by phone: (408) 846-4095.

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Program Details

Prerequisites:

  • YTT 200 certification from a Yoga Alliance approved school*

(*Non-MMI YTT 200 grads must complete the Yoga and Ayurveda Essentials workshop)

  • 1 year teaching yoga
  • 2 years personal yoga practice

Co-requisite:

4 credits Anatomy & Physiology (required for the AHC program)

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

  1. The Ayurvedic Health Counselor Program for 637 hours
  2. The Advanced Yoga Studies (YTT 300) Program for 300 hours
  3. The AYT Integration - 231 contact hours are delivered over two trimesters (8 months). The curriculum offers an interface of Ayurvedic anatomy, physiology, physics and pathophysiology into the Western model of disease and treatment. The student has up to 4 trimesters (16 months) to complete the clinical practicum (425 total AYT Integration hours)

*NOTE: A student must satisfactorily complete both the Ayurvedic Health Counselor program (AHC), the Advanced Yoga Studies (YTT 300) before entering the AYT Integration.

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

Next YTT 300 Program

2023 Dates TBA

Next AHC Program

January 5, 2023

AYT Integration Module Dates

September 15-18, 2022 (in person or online)

October 13-16 (in person or online)

November 11-13 (online)

December 9-11 (online)

January 12-15, 2023 (ON CAMPUS)

February 16-19 (online)

March 10-12 (online)

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Mount Madonna Institute's AYT program is accredited by the International Association of Yoga Therapists

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Mount Madonna Institute's AYT program is recognized by the National Ayurvedic Medical Association

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Tuition and Fees


Advanced Yoga Studies Program (YTT 300) Tuition$3,575.00
Ayurvedic Health Counselor Program (AHC) Tuition$9,670.00
Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy Integration Program Tuition$6,700.00
Total Tuition Cost (if all is completed at MMI)*$19,945.00

*See Meals & Lodging options for additional fees not included in the total tuition costs.


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