Ayur Yoga

The universe comprises of Panchamahabhutas also known as 5 basic elements {The theory which states that everything in the world is madeup of five elements – jal(water), agni(fire), vaayu(air), dharti(earth), and aakash(sky)}. Our Ayur yoga training is a fusion of 3 shastras(science) based on panchamahabhutas, which are yoga, ayurveda and vastu. The course is designed to renew your body energy by understanding the scientific effect of these 3 shastras on nadis and prana, unlocking your inner potential through dynamic meditations, postures, pranayama and using specific mudras which will make you enjoy the infinite joy, calmness and peace within.The aim of Gurukul Ayur Yoga is to teach the individual how to live in a perfect equilibrium and harmony by balancing these elements.This course is spontaneously tailored by experienced and competent teachers to meet requirements of each unique student. AyurYoga integrates the principles and practices of various paths and styles of Yoga to meet the requirements of modern student, there by giving a unique style.

Gurukul Yoga Teacher Training program curriculum has an intense focus in Technique Training, which is essential for new teachers. However, our program also offers variety in many areas to ensure authentic yoga training.

In order to prepare you to teach yoga successfully, we incorporate throughout the daily classes guidance on how to teach others specially beginners, and to giving you opportunities to teach your fellow students, both in small groups and as the head of the class, Learning how to cue movement, pace class, the modifications using the props, benefits and the contraindication, special asanas for pre/postnatal and senior citizens will be introduced, We’ll cook a meal together and learn simple yet effective methods for making our meals more Tridoshic (balancing for all Ayurvedic Constitutions). This way we can make meals for our friends and family that are nourishing and healthy for everyone.
We teach the asanas of classical hatha yoga. For each posture we will show you:how to enter the position, the correct alignment in the final position,Sanskrit name and the English name, how you can design your own sequence which helps in balancing and pacifying the tridosha, the modifications, benefits and the contraindications. Also Seasonal Practices – maintaining mind-body balance throughout the seasons and Practices for reducing acute emotional turbulence (eg. anxiety, anger, complacency).
Introduction to the main body system

(A) Cardiovascular system

(B) Respiratory system

(C) Digestive system

(D) Nervous system

(E) Skeletal system

(F) Muscular system

Basic introduction of human vital points(marmas)

Diet and Nutrition based on Ayurveda


Body system based on Ayurveda including nadis and koshas

Gurukul’s approach to the practice of meditation is not the mental concentration on a particular object, rather our approach is transforming the mind. By engaging yourself with our practice you learn the patterns and habits of the mind which offers a means to cultivate positive thoughts and makes you feel peaceful and energized. Gurukul will facilitate the experience of meditation, both in your asana practice and during seated meditation.
A mantra is an instrument of the mind, a powerful sound or vibration that you can use to enter a deep state of meditation. The word Mantra has two parts, man-which is the root of the sanskrit word for the mind and tra – which is the root of the word instrument. The chanting of mantras brings about the manifestation of thoughts and desires. Our body gets an effect from Mantra Chanting in a good way. Sanskrit mantra recitation during our morning Surya Namaskar practice will bring strength to your muscles, organs, respiratory system and chakras. In addition it will allow you to experience the rhythm of meditation in motion.
“extension of the praṇa or breath” or “extension of the life force”. The word is composed of two Sanskrit words: prana, (life force particularly as the breath), and ayāma, to extend or draw out. (Not “restrain, or control” as is often translated from yam instead of Ayama). It is a term having a broad range of meanings and connotations. The sage Patanjali, in Yoga Sutras, defines Pranayama as “regulation of incoming and outgoing breath coupled with retention.The practice of pranayama is crucial for preparing your body and mind for meditation.
The ancient Indian system of natural and holistic medicine. When translated from Sanskrit, Ayurveda means “the science of life” (the Sanskrit root ayur means “longevity” or “life” and veda means “science”).

While allopathic medicine tends to focus on the management of disease, Ayurveda provides us with the knowledge of how to prevent disease and how to eliminate its root cause if it does occur. Ayurveda places great importance on one’s pathya, or lifestyle (eating habits and daily routine). Ayurveda also provides guidance on how to adjust our lifestyle based on the change of seasons. You will be introduced to the key concepts of Ayurveda in the course.

Deepen your understanding of yoga by learning the philosophy from selected subjects and topics which includes

An introduction and history of Yoga and Ayurveda

Universal energy field and impact on asanas

Mind of an Aspirant

Tridosha Theory (Vata, Pitta, Kapha)

Three gunas

Understanding Agni, Ama

Four paths of yoga

Determining Ayurvedic Constitution through questioning

Description of Nadis

Five Pranas

The 20 Gunas or Attributes/Qualities

Five Sheaths of Bodies

Using Ayurveda in Daily Life

Selected Patanjali Yoga Sutras*

Ashtanga Yoga (eight limbs)

Karma and Reincarnation

Hatha Yoga Pradipika*

Types of Teachers and Student

Sattvic food and its importance in sadhana

Mahabharata and Bhaghavad Gita*

Lifestyle & Ethics of Yoga Teachers

The 6 Tastes

The Sanskrit word kirtan generally means glorification or praise, specifically of the Supreme Being. When performed in a group setting, with musical instruments and call-and-response chanting, it is called kirtan. This kind of complete kirtan is what you’ll find here.

Kirtan is a very simple & powerful way to meditate. It’s effortless & joyful. Singing is the heart of kirtan, and no one cares what you sound like. At a kirtan concert all voices merge together to become One Voice. Lyrics in kirtans can take us away from the mind’s constant chatter a little easier. The powerful healing and transformational energies of these ancient chants can help to reconnect us to the Ever-Present and Eternal Being that lies within us all.

Chakras are centers of energy, located on the midline of the body. There are said to be seven main chakras in all which are,

Muladhara (root) chakra

Swadhishthana (sacral) chakra

Manipura (solar plexus) chakra

Anahata (heart) chakra,

Visuddhi (throat) chakra

Ajna (third eye) chakra and

Sahasrara (crown) chakra

The chakras located on the lower part of our body are our instinctual side and the highest ones our mental side. All of the chakras should contribute to a human’s overall well-being. Our instincts would join forces with our feelings and thinking. Some of our chakras are usually not open all the way (meaning, they operate just like when you were born), but some are over-active, or even near closed. If the chakras are not balanced, peace with the self cannot be achieved.

Kriya most commonly refers to a “completed action”, technique or practice within a yoga discipline, meant to achieve a specific result. Kriya is an outward physical manifestation of awakened dormant energy , such as a spontaneous body movement related to Kundalini energy flow. A Purity of the body encourages purity of the mind. Yoga has developed cleansing techniques or “ Kriyas” for the purification of the physical body and mental body.
Bandhas are energy seals and locks . Bandhas are integrated with mudra and pranayama practice. It is more connected with pranic energy and the energy flow will be directed into sushumna nadi (nerve) for the purpose of spiritual progress. Bandhas are one of those tools that restore the hormonal balance in the body and creates a relaxed and happy state of mind, Ananda Maya Chitta.

The energy which goes outward from our body while practising yogasana and pranayama is stopped by us and turned inward by bandhas. Without bandhas, pranayamas are incomplete.

The four bandhas are jalandhara, moola, uddiyana and maha bandhas. These bandhas are connected with each Granthis.

Mudras are gestures or signs in yoga using the fingers, hands, eyes or other parts of the body to channelize the energy in a certain way. These are advanced practices which were kept secret by the yogis and passed on from Guru to disciple according to Gurukul tradition. Bandhas are clubbed along with Mudras in the ancient yogic texts like Hatha Yoga Pradeepika and Gheranda Samhita.
A drishti (view or gaze) is a specific focal point that is employed during meditation or while holding a yoga posture. The ancient yogis discovered that where our gaze is directed our attention naturally follows, and that the quality of our gazing is directly reflected in the quality of our mental thoughts. In yoga postures, a drishti is used to deepen the primary movement of the pose, as well as to keep the mind engaged and focused. To use a drishti while in a yoga pose, simply select the point where your gaze is naturally directed by the alignment of the posture. The use of drishtis in yoga postures is to be developed slowly over time. First one must develop and focus on the alignment of pose, then the breath, and then finally the drishti. Using a drishti is especially helpful if you are holding a posture for an extended period of time, and will be enormously helpful while practicing balancing poses.
Assisting and adjustments to yoga students is an art that requires highly developed observation skills, awareness of body mechanics and movement, intimate familiarity of the poses, and strong communications skills. The balance is to assist and adjust in such a way that students find their ultimate shapes without becoming teacher-dependent. In this carefully designed immersion into the art of assisting and adjusting you will deepen your teaching skills and bring to your students an openness with mind/body connection that advances their practice.
Every Gurukul student will lead a practicum where they will teach a practical Yoga session to their peers. An advanced teacher will supervise the class, and students will receive feedback from their peers and their supervisor and also paying attention to other yoga teaching techniques and assisting students when your peer is handling . Certification will be based on the student’s participation, teacher’s evaluation, and passing a written exam and practicum performance. A student graduating from Gurukul is empowered to teach Hatha Yoga classes consisting of the specific asanas they were taught.
Gurukul Yoga Teacher Training Courses will be filled with exciting challenges each day.Please be prepared to focus your energy on the training. Ensure you are well rested each evening in preparation for the early morning start time.Remember, this is an Intensive Immersion ~ it’s hard work, but wonderful work!

6:00 am – Kriya yoga and Meditation

6:30 am – Pranayama

7:15 am – Herbal Drink/Tea

7:30 am – Asana Practice

9:45 am – Brunch

11:00 am– Karma yoga

12:00 pm – In class

1:00 pm – Self study/Assignment

3:00 pm – Tea/Fruits

3:30 pm – In class

4:30 pm – Asanas

6:45 pm – Dinner

7:30 pm – Free time

10:00 pm – Lights off

$ 1,500 USD

Course fees includes:

Double/shared accommodation with shared bath, course tution, training manual and graduation certificate

When you are ready to make the commitment to join us for teacher training course

Please follow these steps:

Step one: Apply on line
Step two: Await confirmation of your application( via email with in 48 hours)
Step three: Our coordinator will guide through the balance


Training Dates

10th December – 4th January

6th January – 31st January

3rd February – 28th February

4th March – 29th March