Workshops & Training Modules / AYURVEDA AND YOGA, India 2 – 12 September 2018; Australia 12 – 18 November 2018

We are delighted to announce  Ayurveda and Yoga 2018,  and our Ayurveda and Yoga Therapists program. Our  Ayurveda in Yoga program is offered in conjunction with Saraswathi Vasudevan’s Yoga Vahini, India as well as highly qualified 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 may be taken as a stand alone program and is suitable for all yoga practitioners. It is also the pre-qulaification  for continuing with our upcoming Ayurveda and Yoga Therapists program which will commence in 2019.

Ayurveda and Yoga will be offered in both India and Australia in 2018 although the formats will differ.  The Indian program is immersive and filled with marvellous experiences that India has to offer. It is outlined below and was a wonderful success in 2017.  The Australian program will be offered over 5 -7 days between 12 – 18 November 2018. It will be a day attendance only course and will enable people who may not be able to travel to still undertake this empowering intensive.

The Ayurveda component has great breadth and immediate utility in its own right, while Sarwasthi weaves the knowledge of the sister sciences of Samkhya (yoga and ayurveda) into a remakable and wonderous experiential 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 Ayurveda and Yoga teaching program will commence on the afternoon of 3 September and complete on 12 September, 2017.  Students may arrive from 2 September and have their consultations and a treatment before the course commencs. Ayurveda session will be interspersed wtih yoga theory, philosophy and practices. The exceptionally peaceful and somewhat magical environment imbues the teachings.

The second part of the program, Ayurveda and Yoga Therapist training will commence in 2019 and will involve clinical application of ayurveda and yoga therapy. Full details will be available in due course. It should be noted that the Ayurveda and Yoga program or equivalent must be undertaken to commence that traiing.

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 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 Aurveda and Yoga as the focus of the trainings will be on the integration and experience of the knowledge, with yoga. Knowledge of the philosophy of Samkhya and viniyoga yoga is also required.

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) 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 plan to arrive at Cochin before the program, 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.

Further details on transfers will be available after registration.


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 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)
  • Coconuts and refreshments at the Maitreyi ‘rooftop cafe’
  • Consultation with  Dr Abilash
  • Two free treatments at the PanchaKarma clinic  (Abhyanga or equivalent, according to your constitution)
  • Organic farm, cow shala and herb garden tour
  • Local Cultural Excursions, 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 Kochi. Meals taken outside of Maitreyi.


If you are interested in attending this program  please REGISTER YOUR INTEREST so that we know you are out there and can keep you up to date.

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