Moondog Yoga, in Quakertown, is now offering trainings to become an Ayurveda Yoga Specialist (AYS). Natural Awakenings sat down with Moondog’s owner, June Hunt, to get the scoop on these trainings and learn how the program works.
What is an Ayurveda Yoga Specialist?
An AYS is someone who understands the nature and characteristics of our body, thoughts, minds, the food we eat and the world we live in. An AYS practitioner seeks to balance the body and mind “whole”-istically.
Why did you decide to bring this training to Moondog?
Ayurveda is the sister science of yoga. “Ayur” is translated as giving life/longevity, and “veda” is knowledge/scared knowledge. Ayurveda is knowledge for living a long, healthy life. This is the same reason we practice yoga. Ayurveda training is an extension and a deepening of one’s yoga practice.
There are four sessions in the course. Sessions one, two and three can be taken at any time and in any order. You could take one a year if that is what works best. Session four must be taken last, as it is a capstone course. All yoga students and teachers may take all four courses, but certification is only given to those who possess a 200-hour yoga certification from an accredited school.
In session one, The Macrocosm and Microcosm of Ayurveda and Yoga, students will learn the basics of ayurvedic philosophy. Session two, Psychology of Ayurveda and the Physiology of Yoga, teaches the tendencies of the mind, prana and ojas—the sweet elixir of life. In session three, Improving Our Digestion of Foods, Thoughts and Actions, we’ll use food to heal and balance the body. In the final session, Clinical Use of Ayurveda and Yoga, students will practice what they’ve learned and learn how to work with private clients.
Who will benefit most from this training and how?
Anyone looking to deepen their yoga practice will benefit from it. Yoga instructors who want to expand their knowledge to better serve their students both for public and private classes and anyone who wishes to live in balance with nature.
Instructors will know how to adjust their classes to better serve their students. For example, March is the season of Kapha energy, which is wet, damp and heavy. In order to keep this energy balanced in our bodies, a yoga practice with this intention will best serve students.
I am not a yoga teacher and I don’t have a yoga practice. Can I still take the course, and what will I get from it?
Absolutely. You will learn more about yourself, your tendencies—both body and mind—for shifting out of balance and how to get yourself back to balance. We all have experienced going to a yoga class, getting blissed out, only to lose that bliss 20 minutes later by a thought, action or experience. Ayurveda helps you practice balance on and off the mat.