Workshops & Training Modules / AYURVEDA IN YOGA for Practitioners, Teachers and Therapists, India 20 – 30 September 2017

We are delighted to announce our new two part program, Ayurveda for Yoga and Ayurveda for Yoga Therapists program.  This inaugural program will be offered in conjunction with Saraswathi Vasudevan’s Yoga Vahini, India as well as highly qualified Indian Ayurvedic faculty. They are designed to enhance and complement your current Yogic knowledge, and to be immediately useful in your yoga practice and teaching.  Participation in the program will ensure your ability to confidently incorporate Ayurvedic principles in your application of yoga. Part One may be taken alone.  Part Two requires attendance at Part One or previous ayurvedic training.

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Ayurveda is thought by many to be the oldest system of medicine still practiced close to its original form.  Ayuh means life and veda means knowledge.  The knowledge contained in Ayurveda deals with the nature, scope and purpose of life, and includes its metaphysical and physical aspects – health and disease, happiness and sorrow, pain and pleasure.  Ayurveda defines life as the conjunction of body mind and spirit found in the Cosmic Consciousness  and states that the purpose of life is to know or realise the creator, both within and without and to express this Divinity in ones daily life. According to Ayurveda every individual life is a microcosm of the cosmos.

Ayurveda thus encompasses all knowledge of life, or life span.

It is commonly regarded as a sister science of yoga with the two systems working synergistically to guide us toward perfect health and happiness.   According to the author of Ayurvedic Medicine, Sebastian Pole, Ayurveda teaches respect for nature, appreciation of life and the means to empower the individual. It is holistic medicine at its best.”  Combined with Yoga the potential effect can only be described as profound.

Course Structure

The program is being offered in two parts. The first stage, Ayurveda for Yoga Teachers will commence on 20 September and complete on 30 September, 2017.  The 29th- 30th September will be a full moon and is an auspicious date in India: 9 days of celebrating the Goddess culminate in Vijaya Dashami,  (Dussehra, or Maha Navami) which falls on September 30. It is a day considered very auspicious for initiating any learning process. It will be a great day for commencing your journey home or to new territory, having nourished and armed yourself  with the wondrous knowledge of Ayurveda for use in your daily life and teachings.

The second part of the program, Ayurveda in Yoga Therapy  will be held in June – July 2018, once again in the land of Ayurveda, India.  Details for Part II will be confirmed later in the year.

The first program is a pre-requisite for the second, unless you have recognised prior learning (RPL).  There will be a formal RPL process  which will include completion of an assignment. If you are a qualified Ayurvedic Wellness Practitioner you should qualify. However, even if you have that grounding, you may also choose to attend Part one as the focus of the trainings will be on the integration of the knowledge, with yoga.

Course Content

The content of our study during the first program will include general principles of Ayurveda, its origin and fundamental elements, such as the functional principles of our individual constitution known as the doshas, (vata,  pitta and kapha, the 7 tissues (dhatus) and the malas (waste products).  We will investigate the 13 agnis (digestive and metabolic fires) and their importance, and gain a good understanding of ama (undigested food, roughly translated as toxins), its ill-effects on the physiology and general principles of alleviation.

We will discover our prakriti (individual constitutions), how to determine anothers prakriti and  how to examine  an individual, including an introduction to pulse diagnosis.  Daily practices for good health and living in line with natural law (dinacharya) will be investigated and practiced.

We will look at the 20 qualities of nature (the gunas) that underscore the application and understanding of Ayurveda and how they relate to food, herbs and remedies. Food is of primary importance in Ayurveda, not only in relation to what we eat, but also how it is grown, prepared, approached and eaten. We will learn how to live in harmony with nature and take away knowledge of useful home and kitchen remedies.

All of these aspects will be integrated with our knowledge of yoga so that the information becomes useful in not only our daily living but also our personal practice and teaching life.

Your program also includes a free consultation with Dr Abilash, and two ayurvedic treatments (Abhyanga and Shirodhara or equivalent), so that you may experience a taste of Panchakarma (five actions – rejuvenation therapy). You may also, by arrangement with Maiyetri and subject to availability stay on or arrive early for a full panchakarma (rejuvenation program) experience.

Venue and Program

The program will be held in a Maitreyi Vedic Village in South Tamil Nadu. Maitreyi is an ecofriendly, spiritual and cultural retreat located in a rural location near the Peliyar Dam, Tamil Nadu.  It is very close to the Keralan Border and sits adjacent to the Western Ghats of India. You will experience the beauty of living close to the special sounds and silence of the hills and natural forests.

At Maitreyi we will study with our teachers, Saraswathi Vasudevan and Dr Abilash in the traditional gurukul manner, (with the students and teachers living and learning in close proximity).

We will have the opportunity to  experience aspects of life in Vedic times, including daily ceremonies and chanting with in-residence Pandits,  and with the Maitreyi cow herd  roaming through the gardens under the eye of their full time Gopala (cow-herd).

Delicious organic vegetarian meals will be prepared along ayurvedic principles,  and you will have the opportunity to experience a selection of ayurvedic treatments in the Maitreyi clinic.



Your will be accommodated in simple elegantly appointed traditional style cottages built according to ancient Vedic science of Vaastu (traditional science of Architecture).  The cottages are neatly laid out in the 25 acres campus of Maitreyi amidst the coconut palms at the foot of the ghats. The environment is quiet and serene.

Single, twin share and tri-quad-share are available. All rooms have en-suite bathroom, (shared according to your accommodation). However, there are limited numbers of each style of accommodation, so do book early if you wish to secure your option.


Saraswathi Vasudevan is  a renowned international yoga therapist, teacher  and founder of Yoga Vahini.  She has also completed studies in in psychology and Ayurveda. Saraswathi was previously head of the Research Department at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram and studied directly with Sri TKV Desikachar for many years.  Saraswathi regularly teaches  internationally, and is exceptionally highly regarded as a profoundly charismatic and deeply affecting teacher.

Dr.Abilash Anand (B.A.M.S, P.G.D.Y) is Director of the Maiyetri clinic and has been with Maitreyi since 2009. He completed his studies at the Vishnu Ayurveda College, Kerala, South India then continued in the Indian guru-shishya tradition and studied personally under Ashtavaidya Alathiyoor Narayanan Nambi, a master of all eight specialties of Ayurvedic Medicine. Dr Abilash has also trained with Dr.Radhakrishnan in Kaya Chikista (Internal Medicine) and Dr Sasikumar Nechiyil in Rasa shastra (Medicinal alchemy). Dr Abilash is a committed and passionate ayurveda practitioner, an  experienced physician of western patients and regularly speaking on the European circuit.

Madeleine Marty has been involved in yoga, wellness and Ayurveda for almost thirty years. Madeleine is the founder of Yoga Therapy Australia and is a Registered Level 3 Senior Yoga teacher, Yoga Therapist  and Ayurvedic Wellness consultant.   She studied wholefood healing with Paul Pitchford, Nutritional Medicine with ACNEM, is a GAPS practitioner, and is currently completing a Masters in Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine. Madeleine travels regularly  to India to further her studies in Ayurveda and Yoga and is passionate about empowering people to take care of their own health and happiness.


Cochin, the capital of Kerala, is well serviced by Singapore Airlines and Air Asia as well as a number of other airlines.  For international flights we have found Singapore to be comfortable and reliable. However, Air Asia and others have some great fares.

Maitreyi Vedic Village is around three and a half hours journey from Kochi airport in Kerala, and about 1.5 hours from Coimbatore.  Flights tend to arrive late in the evening or early morning. If you are planning to arrive on the night of the 19th September, we suggest you stay near near to the Airport  for our morning transfer to Maitreyi.

We will meet at the Courtyard Marriott Airport Hotel, right at the Cochin airport at 8.30AM 20 September 2017 and will depart no later than 9.00am 20th September for Maitreyi.  If you wish to have breakfast at the hotel before departure, please arrive by 8AM.  If you arriving that morning, the hotel is in walking distance and airport transfers are readily available. We will return and drop off to Cochin Airport or the same Hotel at  around 1pm on 30 September 2017.

If you plan to arrive at Cochin before the 19th, or intend to stay on after the program, Fort Kochi is well worth a visit and with its Portugese influence a great place to settle in and acclimatise. Fort Kochi is about 1.5 hours away from Kochi.  Trips to the famous backwaters and houseboat excursions can also be readily arranged from there.

Should you be coming from another part of India, or wish to arrive independently, Maitreyi will happily assist in organising your collection from  Coimbatore airport, Coimbatore Rail station or elsewhere, at your cost (please note that due to vehicle and fuel prices, transfers are expensive in India)


Visas are required for travel to India.

A Tourist  e-Visa may be obtained online and is valid for 30 days visit.  This period cannot be extended. Your passport will need at least six months validity from the date of arrival in India and at least two blank pages for stamping.   You may also need to show a return ticket or proof of onward journey.

Please take care to use government links for your Tourist e-Visa. There are non-government services offering services that we are not in a postiion to recommend.

Tourist Visas may also be obtained for 6 months or up to a year with single or multiple entries by application to the VFS agent for the Consulate.

Pricing and Inclusions

  • Air conditioned transfers from Courtyard Marriott Hotel Kochi to Maitreyi Vedic Village
  • 10 days/nights accommodation
  • All tuition with Ms Saraswathi Vasudevan , Dr Ablilash Anand  & Madeleine Marty
  • All meals at Maitreyi (Organic vegetarian, cooked along Ayurvedic guidelines)
  • Unlimited coconuts and refreshments at the Maitreyi ‘rooftop cafe’
  • Consultation with  Dr Abilash
  • Two free treatments at the PanchaKarma clinic  (Abhyanga and Shirodhara or equivalent, according to your constitution)
  • Organic farm, cow shala and herb garden tour
  • Local Cultural Excursion, village, temple and/or waterfall
  • Yagya Fire ceremony
  • Wifi at Maitreyi Reception area

Does not Include: Airfares;  Travel Insurance (Highly Recommended); Transfers to and from places other than the Courtyard Marriott Hotel; Meals taken outside of Maitreyi.


Triple-Quad Share  $2995
Twin Share               $3295
Single Room             $3995

FULL PRICE (payment from 13 June 2017)

Triple-Quad Share  $3195
Twin Share               $3495
Single Room             $4195

Please note that accommodation categories are limited as is total venue space. If you wish to attend this training, we do suggest you register early.

Terms and Conditions

1. A deposit of $500 is required to secure your place.
2. Deposits are non refundable.
3. For Early Bird pricing, total price must be received by 31 May 2017, or full price is payable
4. For Full price, balance payment is due no later than 18 July 2017. If not received by due date your place may be forfeited along with the non-refundable deposit
5. Should you need to cancel your booking 50% of the balance (after deduction of the non-refundable deposit) will be given if notice of cancellation is received by YTA before 18 July 2017.
6. No refunds can be made for cancellations made after 18 July 2017.
7. However, at any time prior to the course commencement, a withdrawing participant may arrange to transfer his/her payments to another person to attend the same workshop in his/her place, (but only if that person satisfies any necessary pre-requisites).
8. YTA reserves the right to vary the content of the program as necessary to ensure a full and fruitful training and retreat experience.
9. YTA reserves the right to cancel the program for any reason whatsoever. In the event that this is necessary, full refund will be made. Should such cancellation occur, no liability is accepted for any damage whatsoever, including consequential damages, loss of travel costs, insurance, inconvenience etc. by YTA, Yoga Vahini, its teacher or agents.
10. Appropriate TRAVEL INSURANCE is highly recommended where applicable.
11. By undertaking this course you agree that photographs taken that may include you and feedback given by you, may be used by Yoga Therapy Australia, Yoga Vahini and the presenters of courses for marketing purposes. If you would prefer we did not use any of the material written by you or containing an image you must contact us in writing.
12. DISCLAIMER: Yoga Therapy Australia accepts no responsibility for any act, omission, default or neglect of themselves, their employees, agents or associates for any injury, damage, or loss to persons or goods whatsoever or however the same may be caused.


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