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Ayurvedic Yoga Teacher Training

An ayurveda yoga teacher training that empowers yoga teachers & practioners to bring the healing properties of this ancient Indian science of wellness into their personal practice and instruction. 

Ayurveda both builds upon, and underscores the teachings of yoga. The techniques and practices taught in this training are designed to flow easily into personal yoga practices, private sessions, and group asana class instruction. 

Teaching modalities include lecture, asana, pranayama, mantra, marma massage, and practicum portions. Ayurvedic food and lifestyle choices are studied. Tea and snack breaks provide instruction on using healing spices, herbs, and foods to promote healing.

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I thoroughly enjoyed the Ayurvedic Yoga Training that I completed with Bobby. I am a yoga teacher and have used what I learned when developing classes – aiming to balance energies during certain times of day, times of the year, if there is anything stressful going on in the news… It was an excellent source of inspiration. The training also helps with bringing balance into your every day life – the recipes were especially nice to learn! I have completed multiple training courses with Bobby – she is a knowledgeable and engaging teacher and provides great manuals/resources with her courses.”
Emilie Martin
Yoga Teacher
Bobby, your course on Ayurvedic Yoga was informative, helpful and brought forth realistic practices I can use to teach my yoga classes. I feel like I have just taken a step forward into a more wonderful world of health and healing!
Mary Jo Marsden
Yoga Instructor
This training has really opened my eyes to how I look at and interpret people, and understand the best way to approach their needs. This applies to how I make a more consistent language flow through my class. I feel like I can break down what I am trying to explain in ways that can reach the audience I’m trying to connect with.
Lesia Penney
Yoga Instructor

Upcoming Training Dates

Ayurvedic Yoga Cooking Class
Using Ayurvedic wisdom to cook healing teas and foods.

DATES: October 22, 23 November 5,6 (Saturday/Sunday)

TIMES: 9am-5pm NST (4 class days, one mid-session peer swap homework, plus final practicum class assignment.)

LOCATION: Live Stream from anywhere *This interactive program works very well virtually. Break out rooms used for practical experience, and community building. A list of optional ingredients for ayurvedic foods and teas will be sent prior to start. Each day the class makes an ayurvedic tea or food together from our kitchens. 

INVESTMENT: $590+hst ($678.50)

HOST A TRAINING: Contact if you would like to host this training in your area. Bobby facilitates this training within Canada and internationally.

CONTINUING EDUCATION UNITS: This training counts for 35 YA CEUs, or can be used toward the certifying hours required by ANN for naturotherapist designation allowing for coverage on many insurance plans.

About Ayurveda

Ayurveda is the world’s oldest holistic healing system. It is commonly referred to as yoga’s sister science. This is logical as both philosophies view our body, our senses, and the world we live in, as manifestations of the foundational fabric of the universe. Ayurveda teaches how to perceive, and manipulate these basic cosmic energies to maintain and restore wellness. When used in combination with yoga practices, ayurvedic insights empower instructors to develop classes that are more robust and intuitive. Teachers are able to tune in to a classes’ specific needs by utilizing knowledge of natural cycles, and the ever-changing impact of environment on well-being.

Despite the enormous potential benefits of merging these two sciences, bringing the wisdom of ayurveda into a yoga asana class remains elusive for many yoga teachers, and ayurvedic practioners alike.

This four day teacher training program introduces the underlying basis of ayurvedic theory, and how it can be practically incorporated into a yoga asana class for a more effective overall wellness impact. The detailed and robust understanding of the gunas (fundamental energies that make up the universe) provided in this training lay the ground work for effectively utilizing dosha assessments, understanding the ever shifting individual & group needs of a class, and choosing asana, pranayama, meditation, and mudra, choices through the lens of ayurvedic teachings.

This Course Introduces

  • Orientation to ayurveda philosophy and origins.
  • Ayurvedic perspectives on disease and healing.
  • How to design a yoga class sequence to balance each dosha (vata, pitta, kapha)
  • Specific asana for each type of dosha imbalance.
  • Incorporating time of day, seasons and other cycles into class design.
  • Pranayama for dosha balance.
  • Mantra and mudra for dosha balance.
  • Extensive study of the gunas, and how to utilize them in a yoga class.
  • Doshas, constitution quizzes and applications.
  • Subtle body topics such as vayus and chakras and their ayurvedic yoga applications.
  • Ayurvedic Diet and lifestyle. We will study how to make ghee, kitchari, and various dosha balancing and healing teas.
  • Use of singing bowl sounds for chakra and dosha balance.
  • Basic marma points that can be utilized in a yoga class to balance doshas.
  • Techniques for incorporating peripheral ayurvedic practices, such as aromatherapy and gem stones, into private and group asana classes to enhance yoga pose impact.

A $200 CAD deposit is required upon registration for this training. Contact for more registration details.

The Instructor

Bobby Bessey, B.Sc., E-RYT 500, RPYT has been studying yoga and Ayurveda for over two decades. Her first hot yoga class in downtown Vancouver in the mid 90’s changed her life direction. She went on to study yoga in various traditions, in both Canada and Japan, before eventually making her way to India where she took her first of many teacher trainings. Her yoga background is varied however she practices predominantly in the School of Bihar tradition.

Studying in the birthplace of yoga introduced Bobby to a vast expanse of vedic wisdom. After years of exposure to ayurvedic teachings in yoga study contexts she finally decided to fully immerse herself. In 2017 she packed up her family and moved into a little apartment in the Himalayas to study with Dr. Arun Sharma at the Ayuskama Ayurveda Institute and Panchakarma Center in Dharamshala, India.

The ayurvedic information shared in this course is derived from Bobby’s interpretation of Dr. Sharma’s insightful teachings that follow in the Bhardwaj lineage. Dr. Sharma’s compassionate and perceptive instruction forever changed Bobby’s approach to instructing yoga classes. The principles of ayurveda not only underscored her belief in the power of yoga to enhance wellness, but added an expanded layer of discernment that she realized could be carried into a yoga class setting.

In this Ayurvedic Yoga teacher training program Bobby hopes to provide participants with both an appreciation and understanding of ayurvedic wisdom, and the skill to use this expanded viewpoint to deepen the wellness impact of every yoga class taught.