Basics of Ayurveda
Course opens on Jan. 16th

with Durga Leela, E-RYT 500
Price: $750.00

Basics of Yoga and Ayurveda – Online provides a holistic model of Yoga therapy based upon Ayurveda, the medical aspect of the Yoga tradition.

Modern practitioners have tried to create therapies based on Yoga, but, until now, these therapies have not included Ayurveda or were restricted to asana (postures) only. Such models are limited, as they do not reflect the complete Yoga tradition or the Ayurvedic components of Yoga philosophy and psychology.

Yoga and Ayurveda are sister sciences for healing and transformation throughout all levels of our being: Ayurveda focuses on the treatment (chikitsa) of the body and mind, while the goal of Yoga is self-development and realization.

Ayurveda is recognized as one of the most important systems of mind-body medicine, and its popularity is spreading in the west. This foundational online course will introduce you to Ayurvedic concepts and language.

Topics of study include:

  • Philosophy of Ayurveda
  • Fundamental Ayurvedic qualities of the universe: three gunas, five elements, three doshas, twenty qualities, five sub-doshas, and three subtle doshas: prana, tejas, and ojas
  • Digestion (agni) and elimination (mala)
  • Constitutional examination and mental nature

Basics of Ayurveda 2023 is a mix of pre-recorded lectures students watch on their own time followed by live Q&A sessions with Durga--one live session after approximately every six hours of recorded lecture. 

Live sessions are held on:

  • Thursday, Feb. 23, 2023 - 7–8 pm ET
  • Thursday, Mar. 2, 2023 - 7–9 pm ET
  • Thursday, Mar. 9, 2023 - 7–8 pm ET
  • Wednesday, May 10, 2023 - 7–8 pm ET
  • Wednesday, May 17, 2023 - 7–9 pm ET
  • Wednesday, May 24, 2023 - 7–8 pm ET

Sessions in eastern standard time (EST). 

You will have access to the video recordings for 12 months after the program ends, until May 24, 2024.

Training Information

The course is designed for students of all kinds. There is no required medical background for those wishing to take the course. You may already have a background in Yoga, such as gained by graduates of our TT or some kind of previous Yoga training.

IYTh students must have completed ALL phase one modules and associated TCAs plus the IYTh midterm exam before enrolling in this module.

Continuing Education (CE) Opportunities

  • Yoga Alliance (YA): Approximately 50 contact hours.
    You can input your contact hours using your YA login information.
  • Integral Yoga Teachers Association (IYTA) can provide you a CE certificate with your program’s total contact hours for a $10 fee (free for IYTA members.) For more information, email
  • Integral Yoga 300-hour: 50 hours towards RYT 500 designation.
  • Yoga Therapy: This is one of the required modules to become certified as an Integral Yoga Therapist.
  • Healthcare and Related Disciplines: Although CMEs are not offered, a certificate documenting CE hours may be available for your discipline. Please email for details.

Attendance: Attendance is required at all live zoom sessions with Durga for certification.  IYTh students are permitted 1 hour of excused absence and are required to complete the make up assignments for credit. 


Durga Leela is a treasure. She’s one of the best instructors I’ve ever had. — Past Participant

The teacher’s knowledge and generosity were outstanding. — Pat Ramirez

Durga is a true example and knowledgeable. She Rocks! — Kathleen, 27 years recovery, Ph.D. Psychology

Thank you Durga for sharing so much information in such a short time! — Maheshwari

IY Therapy Module Cost:

  • $750.00

    IY Therapy Student Price

  • 2 x $375.00

    2 Month Payment Plan



E-RYT 500 Durga Leela

Durga Leela is a practical, down-to-earth, and to-the-point speaker who has worked on her own path of recovery. Trained in Ayurveda in both the U.S. and India, she is the director of the Ayurveda Programs at the Sivananda Yoga Farm in Grass Valey, CA, and a professional member and conference speaker for the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA) and International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT). Durga has been interviewed for all Recovery 2.0 online conferences. See more at

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