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14 – 18 November 2018

We are delighted to announce  Ayurveda and Yoga 2018.  Our  Ayurveda in Yoga program is offered in conjunction with Saraswathi Vasudevan’s Yoga Vahini, India as well as highly qualified and experienced Ayurvedic faculty. The program is designed to enhance and complement your current Yogic knowledge, and to be immediately useful in your yoga practice, life and teaching.

Participation in the program will ensure your ability to confidently incorporate Ayurvedic principles in your daily life and your application of yoga. Ayurveda in Yoga  is suitable for all who are interested in enlivening their health and personal and professional development.  It is suitable content for CPD points.
The Ayurveda in  Yoga program will be offered in both India and Australia in 2018 although the formats will differ.  Both programs will be led by Saraswathi Vasudevan. The India program is immersive and filled with all of the wonderous experiences that India has to offer and will include maximum experiential content.  The Ayurvedic content will be taught by the very talented young Vaidya, Dr Abilash Anand.
The Sydney program will be offered over 5 days from 14 –  18 November 2018. It will be a day attendance course  focussing on the principles and practices involved, and will give the opportunity to those who may not be able to travelto India to still undertake this empowering intensive. This program will be led by Saraswathi Vasudevan, with Ayurvedic content taught by Dr Shaun Mathews GP Ayurveda, and Yoga Therapist, Author, and Ayurvedic educator with decades of experience.

The Ayurveda component has great breadth and immediate utility in its own right, while Saraswasthi weaves the knowledge of the sister sciences of Samkhya (yoga and ayurveda) into a remakable and wonderous experiential and evolutionary opportunity.



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 Sydney progam will be held at The Centre, Randwick NSW from 14 – 18 November 2018. This program will be empowering and fulfilling in terms of both personal and professional development. The content will be very similar to the India program, in condensed form.

The Ayurvedic component will be taught by Dr Shaun Mathews, an Ayurvedic physician and GP, with decades of experience practising, and teaching Ayurveda. Those attending who may wish to continue studies in Ayurveda may be eligible for credit in the Introduction to Ayurvedic Medicine  component of the Certificate in Ayurvedic Healing at Nature Care College.

In 2019 we are planning Ayurveda in Yoga II. That course will involve clinical application of Ayurveda and yoga. Please be aware that the Ayurveda and Yoga program or equivalent will be a necessary pre-requisite for that training, unless you have recognised prior learn ing (RPL).  There will be a formal RPL process  which will include completion of some written work. If you are a qualified Ayurvedic Wellness Practitioner you may qualify.  However, even if you have that grounding, you may also choose to attend Ayurveda in Yoga as the focus of the trainings will be on the integration and experience of the knowledge, in practice and Samkhya, the underpinning Vedic philosophy.

Course Content

The content of our study  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 individual constitutions (prakriti), how to determine another’s 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.



Saraswathi Vasudevan is  a renowned and exceptional international  yoga teacher, therapist, teacher trainer  and founder of Yoga Vahini,  Chennai.  Saraswathi was previously head of the Research Department at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram and studied directly with Sri TKV Desikachar for many years.  In addition to her decades of experience in viniyoga and vedanta she has completed studies in psychology and Ayurveda. Saraswathi regularly teaches  internationally, and is a highly sought teacher. She is profoundly charismatic and deeply affecting.

Dr. Shaun Mathews  is a GP, Ayurveda and Yoga Therapist, Author and and Ayurvedic educator with decades of  experience.  Early in his medical career Shaun worked in India where he was exposed to Tibetan medicine and Ayurveda. After observing a lack of wholeness in the western medical approach he returned to India to study Ayurveda at the Gujarat Ayurved University, as well as Yoga at the Bihar School of Yoga. In additiona he has studied somatic psychotherapy, massage, iridology, Reiki, and reflexology.  Shaun is the Founder and Coordinator of the Ayurvedic Medicine Department at Nature Care College in Sydney and has become one of Australia’s foremost Ayurveda educators and practitioners. We are delighted to welcome him to our faculty.

Madeleine Marty has been involved in yoga, health and wellness for almost thirty years, against a background of law and lobbying.  She founded Yoga Therapy Australia  in 2010 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 of Science (Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine).  Madeleine travels regularly  to India and the USA to further her studies in Ayurveda and Yoga and is passionate about empowering people to take care of their own health and happiness.

Our Venue

Our venue is The Centre, an historic guest house in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs. It is located at 14 Frances Street Randwick and is close to Randwick Junction with its numerous food outlets. It is located near to Sydney’s famous Centennial Park and Coogee beach.

The Centre operates as a venue and also offers accommodation at competitive prices. It is a popular guesthouse, so if you are coming from outside of Sydney and require accommodation,  we do suggest you book  early.

Course Times

The course will run for five full days from  approximately 9.30 to  12.30pm and 2.00pm to 5.30pm. (4pm on Sunday).  There will be an hour and half lunch break, a short morning and afternoon tea break,  and practices throughout the day.

Please bring you own lunch or you may wish to avail yourself of the numerous food outlets nearby. Teas and some snacks will be provided.

Fees and Registration

Registration requires $395 Deposit.

Early Bird Price – Full payment by 15 June 2018 $1195

Full Price – Full payment after 15 June 2018 $1295

Please Register early to secure your place.


If you are interested in attending the  Sydney program but not yet ready to register please register your interest so we know you are out there and can keep you up to date.
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Terms and Conditions

1. A deposit of $395 is required to secure your place.
2. Deposits are non refundable.
3. For Early Bird pricing, FULL PAYMENT must be received by 15 June 2018, or full price is payable
4. For Full price, deposits should be made as early as possible to secure your place.  Balance payment is due no later than 14 October 2018. If not received by due date your place may be forfeited, along with the non-refundable deposit. Bookings (subject to availability) made after 14 October must be accompanied by full payment.
5. Should you need to cancel your booking and notice of cancellation is received by YTA prior to 14 October 2018, your payment less deduction of the non-refundable deposit will be refunded,.
8. No refunds can be made for cancellations made on or after 14 October 2018
8. 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).
9. YTA reserves the right to vary the content of the program as necessary to ensure a full and fruitful training and retreat experience.
10. 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.
11. If you are coming from outside of Sydney appropriate TRAVEL INSURANCE is highly recommended. It is the particiapnts responsibility to ensure same.
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, either in Australia, India or elsewhere or in transit.