Ayurveda 101

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Course Overview

If you’ve ever been curious about ayurveda and what it’s all about, Ayurveda 101 is for you. 

Yoga teacher and ayurvedic practitioner Kathryn Templeton designed this five-class foundational course to introduce you to the central topics of one of the world’s oldest healing systems so that you can apply its lessons to your everyday life in simple yet profound ways. You’ll get tips for eating in a way that’s in tune with the changing seasons and your constitution, establishing dinacharya (simple daily routines), making yoga practice choices that are right for you, and more.

You’ll first learn about the doshas (the system that explains the tendencies of our individual bodies) and how you can sync your lifestyle to the seasons and the ayurvedic clock. From there,  you’ll move on to the vital essences (the qualities within you that can influence how you think, eat, sleep, and generally live your life). Giving you examples from everyday life, Kathryn shares how these essences support your sense of vitality and how you can foster them with lifestyle choices and practices that are right for you.

In the second half of the course, you’ll explore how ayurveda views the mind and how you can mentally align yourself with the flow of the day, particularly during times of stress. Kathryn also discusses the relationship between digestion and the mind and the connection between heart and brain health. 

Finally, you’ll join Kathryn for a beginner-friendly hatha yoga practice that integrates ayurvedic principles. Throughout the class, Kathryn explains how each of the three dosha types benefit from each pose, and experience concludes with a meditation for each dosha. 

Are you ready to learn about ayurveda and how it can deepen your connection to the world around you and enhance your vitality? Join Kathryn for this eye-opening adventure.

Certificate of completion

3 CEU’s Upon Completion

Self Paced Learning

Course Outline

3hrs to complete

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Section 1
  • Kathryn welcomes you to the program and explains the ayurvedic concepts she’ll be exploring, and how both yoga and ayurveda can support a balanced life.
  • PDF Handouts

Section 2
  • What is your nature and how can you live in harmony with it? In this discussion, Kathryn breaks down the three doshas, pitta, kapha, and vata, describing their ayurvedic elements (air, ether, fire, water, and earth) and the role they play in our physical and mental constitutions. You’ll also learn about the sub-doshas (the movement of energy in our bodies), the ayurvedic clock and how to sync your lifestyle to it, the ayurvedic seasons, and more.
  • According to ayurveda, the vital essences, ojas, tejas, and prana, support our mental and physical resilience as they nourish the five elements within us. Kathryn explains how these subtle qualities can influence how we think, eat, stave off illness, sleep, and generally live our lives. Giving you examples from everyday life, Kathryn shares how these essences work as an integrated system to support your sense of vitality and intelligence, and how you can foster them with supportive lifestyle choices, activities that resonate with you, and yoga practices.
  • How does ayurveda view the mind? In this talk, Kathryn teaches you about the gunas (sattva, rajas, and tamas), the three qualities that comprise the mind. You’ll learn how our mindset typically changes over the course of time, how our daily habits and actions affect our minds, how we tend to navigate difficulty and fear, and how we can mentally align ourselves with the flow of the day, particularly during times of crises.
  • Kathryn reviews what you’ve learned so far in the program and further elaborates on the gunas. She discusses the relationship between digestion and the mind and the connection between heart and brain health. She also offers tips for how to stay in balance with dinacharya (simple daily routines), spiritual practices such as mantra meditation, making wise yoga practice choices, and more. Enjoy learning how to live your life with greater balance, energy, and joy.
Section 3
  • Join Kathryn for a hatha yoga practice that integrates ayurvedic principles. As you move through a foundational sequence, Kathryn explains how the three dosha types may experience and benefit from each pose. You do sun salutations, standing poses, backbends, forward bends, bird dogs, seated twists, and more. Class winds down with supine stretches and savasana, where Kathryn offers a meditation for each dosha.
Section 4
  • Quiz

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Meet Your Teacher

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Kathryn Templeton
Kathryn Templeton, MA, RDT/ MT/LPC, E-500 RYT, C-IAYT. Ayurvedic practitioner Kathryn Templeton has devoted... Read more

Frequently Asked Questions

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This course is entirely self- paced, allowing you to learn at your convenience.There are no imposed deadlines or time constraints for Course completion.
No prerequisites are required; this course is open to anyone interested in deepening their knowledge and practice.
No, the course is accessible to all individuals interested in enriching their understanding and practice of yoga.Yoga teaching certification is not a prerequisite.

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