Ayurveda Yoga Specialist

Are you a 200 hour (or higher) certified yoga teacher? Then the Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist Training Program might be your next step! 

An Ayurveda Yoga Specialist certification will open new doors and revenue streams in your yoga teaching and healing practice by laying the groundwork for you to support individuals in managing their lifestyles for optimum health. Because Ayurveda has so many avenues for kick-starting the healing process, you will have a number of tools (in addition to asana) to support your clients in creating optimal health.

An Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist who has completed all 4 units and participated in Case Study session is someone who will:

  • give Ayurveda 101 workshops

  • lead spring cleanse workshops

  • infuse this knowledge into their one-on-one yoga sessions

  • blend Ayurveda into their group yoga classes

  • lead fall rejuvenation workshops

The AYS program is made up of 4 units, each comprised of 20 hours. Three of the 4 units have homework requirements and reading requirements. The program is a very manageable blend of lecture and hands-on learning. After completing all 4 units and graduating, you have the option to further your study within this discipline. Students who wish to work one-on-one with clients will need to complete case study sessions and participate in clinical observation sessions with Kathryn. Complete details on the advanced training are available. Current information is available here. Information on the Advanced Practice program can be found here, scroll down to the bottom of the page.

This training is Certified by the Himalayan Institute and recognized by NAMA. It will also count for continuing education credit under Yoga Alliance standards.

Course Overview: Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist (AYS)

AYS Unit 1 - November 1, 2, & 3

Ayurveda Yoga Specialist – The Macrocosm & Microcosm of Ayurveda & Yoga

Total Hours

20 Classroom Hours

10 Independent Study Hours


For Personal Practitioners (non-certification) — none

For Certification-Seekers – 200 hour Yoga Alliance Certified Yoga Teacher (or currently enrolled in a YA accredited program)

Course Overview

The AYS Level 1 workshop is the foundation for all Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist modules, and where you’ll begin your journey of using the tools of Ayurveda and yoga to make the desires from your spiritual consciousness take form in reality. Our focus will be the 6 systems of Indian philosophy (shad darshan) that comprise the basis of Ayurveda.

Upon completion of AYS 1 you will understand the following concepts:

  • Purusha (pure consciousness) and prakriti (universal nature)

  • The elements that manifest in the body and mind (koshas and doshas)

  • The 3 doshas of the body (vata, pitta, kapha)

  • The Ayurvedic clock (time of day, seasons, and stages of life)

  • How to determine your physical type (dosha prakriti), and your current imbalance (vikriti)

  • What are the energetics of asana and how classes can be structured from an Ayurvedic perspective


Homework for this Module Includes

  • Create your own dinacharya – 30-40 day practice of daily Ayurvedic routines

  • 10 Open-ended questions designed to help you integrate the material and prepare for AYS 2

  • Outline chapters in books (Books titles to be sent with course materials)

  • Designing yoga classes for pacification of the doshas


AYS Unit 2 - Online

Ayurveda Yoga Specialist – Psychology of Ayurveda and the Physiology of Yoga

Total Hours

20 Hours - Online

10 Independent Study Hours


For Personal Practitioners (non-certification) — none

For Certification-Seekers – 200 hour Yoga Alliance Certified Yoga Teacher (or currently enrolled in a YA accredited program)

Course Overview

In AYS 2, you will learn the technical aspects of the bio-pscyho-spiritual connections in Ayurveda. Our primary focus will be on the architecture of the mind, its energies (gunas), and the body-mind’s vital essences (prana, tejas, ojas). We’ll dig deep into asana, pranayama, and meditation from the sub-dosha perspective of

Upon completion of AYS 2 you will understand the following concepts:

  • The architecture of the mind and its energies or gunas (sattva, rajas, tamas).

  • The subtle essences of the doshas (ojas, tejas, and prana) and their manifestation in the body.

  • Creating practices to help maintain balance during seasonal changes.

  • The key practices to address vata, pitta, and kapha imbalance.

  • Sub-doshas (knowledge is a pre-requisite for AHC Grad School).

Homework for this Module:
  • Complete open-ended questionnaire as your take-home test.

  • Additional assignments to work on home yoga practices to balance the doshas (individual dinacharya).

  • Honing daily routine, creating specificity to the usefulness of practices for you as an individual.

  • Using online support (yogaInternational.com) to practice dosha balancing



AYS Unit 3 - March 13, 14 & 15

Ayurveda Yoga Specialist –  Improving Our Digestion of Foods, Thoughts, and Actions

Total Hours

20 Classroom Hours

10 Independent Study Hours


For Personal Practitioners (non-certification) — none

For Certification-Seekers – 200 hour Yoga Alliance Certified Yoga Teacher (or currently enrolled in a YA accredited program)

Course Overview:

In AYS 3 you will put the historical and technical knowledge from AYS 1 and 2 to work in body, thought, emotional and psychological practices. We’ll look closely at factors affecting digestion and assimilation in the body and the mind and practices to regulate our physical, mental, and spiritual digestive fires (agnis).


Upon completion of AYS 3, you will be able to put the following concepts into practice:

  • Using the 6 tastes to create a proper diet.

  • Use internal and external practices to regulate agni or digestive fire.

  • Develop clinical awareness of asana, pranayama, meditation and diet/lifestyle as it relates to digestion and assimilation.

  • Make ghee, kitchari, seasonal veggies, churnas, and medicinal teas essential to Ayurvedic practices.

Homework for this Module:
  • Start preparing to apply principles from AYS 1-3 in a client setting by taking yourself and your lifestyle through the process and asking yourself how you would do so for a client.

  • Hands-on work in the kitchen learning to make the staples of an Ayurvedic lifestyle (ghee, kitchari, seasonal veggies, churna, and medicinal teas).

  • Reviewing your food sadhana according to Ayurveda:-Can you identify the six tastes?-The subtle essences of the doshas (ojas, tejas, and prana) and their manifestation in the body.

AYS Unit 4 - June 5, 6, & 7

Ayurveda Yoga Specialist –  Clinical Use of Ayurveda and Yoga

Total Hours

20 Classroom Hours

10 Independent Study Hours


All students will have completed Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist Modules 1, 2 and 3.For Certification Track – 200 Hour Yoga Alliance Certified Yoga Teacher (or currently enrolled)

Course Overview:

In AYS 4 we will apply the science of the first 3 Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist (AYS) courses in the context of clinical use with training clients.We’ll review physiology, psychology, Ayurvedic treatment plans, dinacharya, lifestyle, and subtle body practices of yoga, and you will be introduced to the use of tongue and pulse diagnosis with individuals.Upon completion of this module, you will graduate as a Certified Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist. This NAMA recognized Aurvedic education will work as a wrap-around to your existing yoga teaching business and an extension to teaching students in a one-on-one setting.A Certified Ayurvedic Yoga specialist is able to:

  • Design and implement Ayurvedic yoga classes to support pacification of doshic imbalance.

  • Add in Ayurvedic practices in one to one sessions as a wrap-around support to your yoga clients’ healing program.

  • Offer Ayurveda 101 educational programs.

  • Create individual treatment plans for clients as a Certified Ayurveda Yoga Specialist.

  • Create seasonal cooking and seasonal cleansing programs.

  • Begin the Torchbearer program to support your work in using Ayurveda as part of your healing tools.

Tuition, $399 per session or $1396 for all 4 session. Payment plans are available though Pamela Higley Yoga and can be worked out on an individual basis. Payment must be made in full prior to the end of the program/session attending. 


Cancellation Policy a full refund minus a processing charge of $25 for a single weekend or $100 for the package up to 6 weeks prior to start date.  No refunds after that date. Contact us here if you have questions. 

Your Teachers


Pamela Higley

Pamela Higley MPA, E-500 RYT, AHC is dedicated to the practice, study, and teaching of yoga and its sister science, Ayurveda. Her yoga journey began when she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis at the age of 25.


The diagnosis was the primary driver that helped to make yoga a daily part of her life. Seeing the positive effects that yoga had on her health, Pamela decided to become a certified yoga teacher and Certified Ayurveda Health Counselor through the Himalayan Institute.


Pamela is an Experienced Yoga Teacher, Registered with Yoga Alliance, ERYT500HR. And is a certified Ayurveda Health Counselor. 


She teaches weekly drop-in classes, leads 200 & 300-Hour Yoga Teacher Training, workshops on yoga and Ayurveda, and hosts retreats. 


Pamela is a teacher of flow, incorporating the teachings of Vinyasa Krama, Ayurveda, and Pranayama. Pamela's approach to teaching is joyful and light and you will most likely find yourself laughing now and again in her classes. Pamela is about her work and the joy that yoga brings to her students.


Kathryn Templeton

Kathryn Templeton, MA, RDT/ MT, E-500 RYT, C-IAYT, Ayurvedic Practitioner

Kathryn Templeton has devoted her life to the health of others. A psychotherapist for 30 years, Kathryn is a Master Teacher in the field of Drama Therapy and continues to work both clinically and as an educator specializing in the treatment of individuals with anxiety, depression and complex trauma.


As a C-IAYT, NAMA-registered Ayurvedic practitioner and Senior ParaYoga teacher, Kathryn has worked to develop specialized treatments integrating the principles of yoga, ayurveda and clinical psychology.


Kathryn is a faculty member at the Himalayan Institute and the founder of the Himalayan Institute Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist program (HIAYS), Torchbearer Mentorship program, AYS Grad School and The Three Wisdom Traditions: Integrating Yoga, Ayurveda and Psychology (3WT).


She is an Adjunct Professor of Human Development and General Psychology, a contributing writer, and educator for Yoga International, and a Banyan Botanicals Ambassador.

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