Ayurvedic Yoga Teacher Training

with Tirza Dawn & Guest Instructors

A 200-hour Yoga Alliance Certified Course


This is a life-transforming training that builds a bridge between a rich ancient system and modern scientific knowledge. The universal laws of nature bring harmony and balance to our lives -- don't miss this great opportunity.

A 200-hour course includes:

  • Lessons in Ayurvedic nutrition plus cooking with your classmates

  • Study of the doshas as they connect with asana

  • Personal vision quest and nature connection

  • Anatomy & physiology

  • Access to the self-care sanctuary every day of class!


  • Program cost: $3400. We prefer full commitment, however please call for special considerations or payment plan options.

  • Payment & Cancellation Policy
    A $500 deposit is required to hold your place in the Yoga Teacher Training. This deposit may be paid by check, credit card, money order, or cash.
    The remaining balance is due prior to the completion of the program.
    Deposits and payments made for the program are non-refundable.
    The student is responsible to fulfill tuition payment.
    Easy payment plans available. Please Inquire.

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January 25-27, February 15-17, March 22-24, April 19-21, May 17-19, June 14-16, July 12-14, August 16-18, September 13-15


July 15-19, July 22-26, July 29-August 2, August 5-9


head instructor: tirza dawn


Tirza is co-founder of both the Ayurveda Yoga Teacher Training and the Body Temple Yoga programs at the dhyana Center. With over 20 years experience practicing and teaching yoga, she offers in depth instruction from many styles and perspectives, including Iyengar, Tri-Yoga and Vinyasa. Through asana, satya, and pranayama, her teaching focuses on the mind/body connection and finding pathways to self love and the devotional heart.


Guest Instructors In past years have included:


DeAnna Batdorff

Expertise: The Basics of Ayurveda, Doshas and Dhatus

DeAnna, founder of the dhyana Center, is an Ayurvedic practitioner, massage therapist, clinical aromatherapist and nutritionist. She has over 25 years of clinical experience in therapeutic massage, estiology, herbology, aromatherapy, Tibetan & Ayurvedic medicine, childbirth support, auto-immune conditions, and whole food nutrition. Her vision is to create a harmony between the traditional, medical sciences of the East and the desire to thrive within our lifestyles in the West. She has a unique ability to blend spiritual alchemy, science, and plant medicine. She educates her clients and students about self-health, inspiring them to become personally responsible for their own well-being. DeAnna aspires to prepare each student to become an empowered practitioner.


Prashanti de Jager



Akiva Satnarayan

Expertise: Pranayama and meditation; mudra, sound (mantra) and meditation

Akiva is an intuitive healer, Business Coach, and a teacher’s trainer of Naam Yoga Therapies. He skillfully guides with his mastery of Tantric Numerology, and kabbalistic Astrology. Raised in Israel then immigrating to North America he discovered Kabbalah, subtle body Yogic practices and Numerology. Applying his natural traits of creativity, optimism, pragmatism, endurance and healing with these practices handed down from Eastern mystics, Akiva wisely counsels others to “recognize then accept their unique life experiences (past and present) to take charge of their true destiny.”


Tessa Manning

Expertise: Business and Yoga, Iyengar Basics

Tessa is a certified Iyengar Yoga teacher and has been practicing Iyengar yoga since 2007. She received her teacher training at the Iyengar Yoga Institute in of San Francisco and travels regularly to San Francisco to study with her teachers, Manouso Manos and Brian Hogencamp. She also has specialized training in pre-natal yoga, and yoga for scoliosis. Tessa is dedicated to the Iyengar method because of its attention to alignment and the thorough change it brings about in the body, mind and soul. An avid practitioner, Tessa has used Iyengar yoga to help treat her scoliosis. She teaches in a way that is safe, accessible, and compassionate – providing individual attention to each student.

She also owns her own coaching business Infinite Success Coaching.


Mary Sheila Gonnella

Expertise: Ayurvedic Nutrition -  Cooking and eating for your constitution; the anatomy of the digestive tract through the lens of Ayurveda; the edible effect of the 6 flavors - the elements, their actions, your emotions, and combining them for balance; and the therapeutic approach of food as medicine. 

Mary Sheila’s clinical focus is on supporting clients to restore metabolic balance, regulate their mood, stabilize body weight, and regain optimal digestion and health. With a background in Holistic Nutrition, Clinical Ayurveda, Adrenal Support and Amino Acid Therapy, Mary Sheila’s approach combines these modalities to create a unique supportive experience for her clients and class participants. Her way of bringing nutrition alive, simplifying complex concepts, and showing how food meets physiology leads her clients to consistently successful outcomes.


Madeleina Bolduc

Expertise: Nervous System Physiology through the lens of breath, emotion and Elemental Medicine

Madeleina Bolduc has been cultivating the art of herbalism and ritual for twenty five years. She leads groups in transformative, therapeutic sessions and has held a private practice for the past eighteen years. Raised in the eclectic diversity of the Naropa University, she was trained by Tibetan meditation masters, artists and indigenous elders in the practices of everyday magic, consciousness and world wisdom traditions. She is a Holistic Practitioner, integrating Clinical Western Medical Herbalism, nutrition, Traditional Chinese and Tibetan Medicine, Energy Medicine, communication skills, spiritual counseling, somatic practices, and indigenous wisdom. She is an educator of clinical and elemental medicine, mindfulness and meditation practices, a workshop facilitator, ceremony officiant, artist and ritualist. She loves teaching people about the Vitality of plants, our heartfelt relationships to the Elements and the incredibly diverse ways in which we can kneel and kiss the ground, while encouraging Life to thrive!


Chrys Johnson

Expertise: Special Inversion Methods

Chrys is a certified Ayurvedic Yoga Teacher and dhyana Center Alumni who has studied extensively with Jivamukti & Power yoga tribes around the country. Drawing from his diverse range of mentors and ongoing studies Chrys is developing his own blend of sequencing and unique approach to leading modern, up-beat Vinyasa classes that remains rooted in the basics and reverence for the divine. He is passionate about helping people develop a daily Yoga & Self Care practice that is both sincere and playful. Chrys leads from a place of genuine interest in the human experience and enjoys uncovering humor amidst life’s constant change and paradox.



Michelle Haviar

Expertise: Awakening the Wisdom of the Chakra's through Breath, Mantra, Art & Asana

Michelle’s dynamic teaching style is a reflection of her lifetime spiritual pilgrimage that has spanned across more than three decades studying, practicing, and teaching in the Healing Arts. She weaves an eclectic mandala of healing modalities and life experience with her devotion to Yoga to offer as an embodied prayer in motion to her students. Her foundation began with Rodney Yee and Iyengar Yoga in the mid 80’s. As a student of Anthropology at The Evergreen State College, she spent 3 years in Asia practicing Tibetan Buddhism, Hatha Yoga, and Balinese dance. She integrated her awakened spirituality into her work as a teacher, ritual and ceremonial facilitator, and Transformational Therapist at The Heartwood Institute.

In 2009, a car accident brought her to the edge of life. To regain her mobility, she worked with the masterful Viniyoga therapist, Mirka Kraftsow. She owes the miracle of her full mobility to Viniyoga. Inspired to share this miracle, she attended the 500 hour Viniyoga teacher training with Gary Kraftsow while still on a cane. Michelle has completed over 1500 hours of training and mentorship with Mirka and has been teaching and offering private sessions since 2010. She is grateful for the teachings of Seane Corn, Rod Stryker, Gayna Uransky, Gabrielle Roth, and many others who have profoundly touched her life.


Feather Flikkema

Expertise: Tantric Yoga

Feather Flikkema is a Priestess of the Tao Tantric Arts, Ayurvedic Yoga Instructor, Holistic Nutrition Coach, Sound Healer and Reiki Master/Teacher. She has dedicated her life to be of service to her community in the ways of sacred self care and truly believes that healing begins at our root with our sexual life force. Through Tao Tantric energy cultivation, breath work, yoga, Qigong, sound healing and sacred movement Feather guides you back to your own primordial wisdom, the truth that resides deep within the heart, a remembrance of your true nature which is unconditional love. She offers Tao Tantric Yoga classes, Private Tao Tantric Healing sessions, Sacred Feminine Self Care Retreats, Women’s circles and Sound Healing meditations in around Sonoma County. Check out www.featherheather.com for more details.


Quiana Frost

Expertise: Sound healing, ethics in yoga and discovering your unique gifts as a teacher

Quiana discovered yoga when she was 17 and was totally smitten. She embraced a deep remembrance of the yogic path and has been cultivating her embodied wisdom ever since. She became a teacher at 22 and has been teaching off and on for 38 years. In this time, she's witnessed a profound shift in how the culture regards yoga; from a rare cult-like phenomena to what it's become -- a widely known and accepted activity. It is through this popularized transformation that she sees some of the precious relationship to the more subtle aspects of yoga have been lost. She is inspired to share these gifts with students wishing for more dimension in their practice.

The main influences in her work are Hatha yoga, Vini-yoga, Vinyasa Flow, Yin Yoga, Partner Yoga, Pranayama, Mantra, Mudras and Restorative Yoga. She specializes in bringing a light approach, while awakening a subtle inner alignment that carries into one's whole life.

Quiana has led a parallel life as a facilitator of human awareness. Serving as a spiritual counselor, life coach, master bodyworker and energy healer, she has worked with thousands of individuals, couple and groups in their awakening in consciousness. She is currently focused on her work in CoreIndividuationTM, an energy healing practice and also serves as a CI teacher for this ancient-emergent transformational work.


Hatha & Raja Yoga: Patanjali's Eight-Limb System
YAMA and NIYAMA: Philosophy and practice of the universal vows.
ASANA: Learn head to toe body alignment, and gain powers of strength and flexibility. Asana for the doshas.
PRANAYAMA: Learn a powerful and scientific approach to breath (prana) control for consciousness development. DHRANA: Learn the concentration techniques to understand the powers of the mind.
DHYANA: Learning from within through meditation
SAMADHI: Learn the foundation for liberation and reaching higher consciousness.
MARMA POINTS: Learn how to use the ancient system of Marma Points in the Yoga postures to open the Nadis and Chakra balance.

This course also includes:

  • Supervised practicum

  • Unique clinical experience

  • Professional level training

  • A self-healing experience

  • Live music Kirtan

Special Features of the Program

Learn & experience the subtle body. The Yoga Practice's main goal is to transcend through all the layers of the body. “We all share in common the body of light and the infinite sound of OM.” When we reach to a greater level of relaxation, our bodies will open and express the subtlest of the vibrations where Peace and divine healing occurs. This is more than a teacher training; here we will discover the greatest of all treasures in human kind.
You will learn the science of the subtle body and how to restore the balance of the Chakras.
Understand the Nadi System for a greater practical application.
Learn and understand the universal laws of human nature and our connection to the natural world.
Learn the clinical Yogi view of human sciences in a functional and holistic approach.

Teaching experience

Practice what you learn right here and right now with the community.
Learn specific teaching methodology, strategy and practice.

Nature Vision Quest

Our Vision Quest mission is to deepen our understanding of yoga from within Mother Nature. Details to be announced.

Fundamentals of Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy
A Holistic Integrated Self Care Health System. The program explores these questions:

  • How does Yoga Therapy determine what imbalances exist within the body?

  • How can Yoga Therapy stabilize your Doshas?

  • How can Yoga Therapy monitor progress?

  • How does Yoga Therapy support your Vayus, Dhatus, Malas, Prana, Tejas and Ojas?

Fundamentals of Ayurvedic Yoga Nutrition

  • Experience a Pancha Karma diet

  • Hands-on program and daily practice

  • Organic, fresh food for healing

  • Learn and experience Ayurveda cooking within the class setting

  • We’ll use and eat fresh, seasonal vegetables from a local, organic, sustainable or biodynamic farm.

Learn and practice how the 5 elements and the 6 flavors combine together to support:

  • Weight loss cleanses

  • A complete nutritional content in every meal: nutrients, micro-nutrient, minerals and vitamins

  • Food for the doshas and the gunas

  • Food for cleanse and detox

  • Food to support diabetes and autoimmune disorders, cardiovascular diseases, anti-inflammatory diet

"I wanted to let you know a little about my yoga practice. And teaching. I started teaching at the local group home ... I am loving it, it's exactly what I set out to do and I don't think I would've been this prepared to do this challenging and extremely adaptive type of class without all the resources I gained from you all. Your training was so eclectic and well-rounded and cultivated truly the inner Yogi in me. I feel like though my physical body may not be that flexible, my spiritual body is. And I think the various topics and energies you helped me cultivate is what lends itself to that flexibility and diversity. I go through life on my path, I am once again put into a state of grace at how perfect the plan is."
-- Erica W, AYTT Weekend Course 2016

“The Ayurvedic Yoga Teacher Training AYTT is a profound transformational program. It is a beautifully held container where you can learn, grow and self-heal in a supportive and loving environment. [The instructors] are gifted teachers that guide you through this beautiful processes. I witnessed their ability to work with a range of people whether new to yoga or individuals who had a dedicated practice. It was a course that included much, much more than just asanas, it covered pranayama, meditation, cooking, nature and a special vision quest. I am eternally grateful for this program, and highly recommend it to anyone."
--Jessie K, AYTT Summer Intensive 2016

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