Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy Program

Begins January 2022

Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy Certification

The Āyurvedic 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 Āyurveda.

At Mount Madonna Institute we have drawn on two of our disciplines, Yoga and Āyurveda, to form the Āyurvedic Yoga Therapy (AYT) program. Two of our well-established programs: the Āyurvedic 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 Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy Integration. It consists of monthly modules plus hands-on, supervised clinical training.

While the seven-month 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 12-month Āyurvedic 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 Āyurvedic psychology, bodywork therapies and subtle therapies (Jyotish, Hasta & Vastu). The AHC program has a clinical Internship component wherein the student may practice his/her skills with ongoing supervision.

The Integration modules of the Āyurvedic 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 Āyurveda 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 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


  • 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


6 credits Anatomy & Physiology (4 must be completed before the AHC program & the additional 2 before the AYT Integration Module I).

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

  1. The Ayurvedic Health Counselor Program is delivered one weekend a month over 9 months plus Tuesday evenings weekly. Total program length including clinic is 12 months. Additionally there is one 1.5-hour Sanskrit class a month. 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 NAMA approved AHC program, students receive a certificate as an Ayurvedic Health Counselor and are prepared to take the national NAMA exam (359 contact hours, 637 total program hours).
  2. The Advanced Yoga Studies (YTT 300) Program is delivered over 9 months in nine 3-day modules, plus one evening and one mid-month check-in. 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). The program is Yoga Alliance approved.
  3. The AYT Integration is delivered in six 3-day modules over a 6-month period plus up to two years to complete the practicum (Externship). During the Externship students meet 2 hours monthly to present Case Studies. 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 final modules of the AYT Integration. The student continues with the clinical Externship, conducted one-on-one with the clinical supervision of a C-IAYT. 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 the AYT Integration. All coursework must be completed before a student can enter into the Externships.

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 NAMA certification.

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Next YTT 300 Program

September 2022

Next AHC Program

January 2022

AYT Integration Module Dates


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Mount Madonna Institute's Āyurvedic Yoga Therapy program is recognized by the National Association of Yoga Therapists & the National Āyurvedic Medical Association. Learn More.


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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$10,240.00
Total Tuition Cost (if all is completed at MMI)*$23,485.00

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

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