What is Ayurvedic Yoga?


By Tirza Dawn
Founder of the dhyana Center yoga program

What is Ayurvedic Yoga? I get asked this question a lot. Truth is, Ayurveda and Yoga are two sides of the same coin! These ancient sciences are both the study of life. Ayurveda is considered the study of the functions of the body, while yoga traditionally has to do with the study of the mind and spirit.

In the West, we’re often exposed to yoga as a mode of exercise and solely having to do with the body, but the asanas, or physical postures, are really meant as a way of supporting the body in order to better meditate and come into union with the divine. To be on the path of Ayurveda and Yoga is to be in the wonder and beauty of all of life’s offerings.

In this day and age, we face a lot of intense challenges: the continuous onslaught of negative media, the mass confusion and over-stimulus from social media, and the economic, political and social atmosphere of the U.S. to name a few. We can all see that many people are struggling to keep afloat, to keep a positive outlook, to avoid addictive behaviors and to engage in enough self care practices to remain in the light.

More than ever, it is of great importance to cultivate whatever practices keep us healthy, mentally and physically. Whether that is through exercise, prayer, community involvement or meditative practices, we can benefit greatly and be of benefit to others by centering and caring for ourselves.


The dhyana Center is such a treasure for our community because it is a place that is devoted to all aspects of self care and positive health practices. The Ayurvedic Yoga Teacher Training (AYTT) is one of the gems offered at the Center and is available to all people, no matter what level of Ayurveda or Yoga experience.

Anyone who feels ready to support their mental and physical health will benefit from the community, discipline, and self care practices that are developed in the AYTT programs. If we all take good care of ourselves and find the healthy modalities that keep us centered and inspired, then we will be able to sustain vitality, joy, and compassion for the world.

Tirza will host three free introduction classes to answer questions about the 2019 Ayurvedic Yoga Teacher Training. Attend one or attend them all!

December 20 :: 6:30 - 7:30 PM :: Keep Calm & Holiday On - What better gift can we give ourselves, our families, and our friends then to be in a state of relaxation and calm in the midst of the holiday rush? That evening, we’ll be practicing a deeply restorative and meditative yoga in order to bring a sense of self -preservation and peace to this time of year. We will explore pranayama (breath work), slow gentle asana (postures), and dhyana (meditation). And of course we’ll talk about the Ayurvedic Yoga Teacher Trainings! Special discounts will be available to those who sign up that night! Don’t miss this opportunity to shine and glow!

January 8 :: 6:30 - 7:30 PM :: Take Flight into 2019: Aerial Yoga Play Basics - Come explore Ayurvedic Yoga and Aerial Yoga Play with Tirza Dawn for this FREE intro to learn about the 2019 Ayurvedic Yoga Teacher Training programs at the dhyana Center! In this special intro class you will have the opportunity to explore suspension yoga stretching in the swings or just get all your questions answered about the yoga trainings with Tirza Dawn. Plus SPECIAL DISCOUNTS will be offered to participants!

January 17 :: 6:30 - 7:30 PM :: Yin And the Art of Yoga Maintenance - This is your final opportunity to learn about the amazing Ayurvedic Yoga Teacher Training before the Weekend course begins! In this easeful class, explore the power of yin yoga where fewer poses is held longer to allow a deeper comprehension and integration of the asana. Achieve connection with your body and breath with Tirza's guidance. And take the opportunity to have your questions answered about teacher training. Special discounts offered to those who enroll in the program at the class! 

Click here to learn more details about the course and to enroll.

Andrea Foster