Online Yoga & Ayurveda Program

  • Number of students: 48
  • Released: 07-09-2012
  • Level: Beginner
  • Duration:

Finish all lessons and pass quizzes with an average of 80%


Sadhana Summary



Namaste and welcome to Dancing Shiva's online personal learning program for lifestyle enhancement or for becoming a Yoga and Ayurveda Counselor. The program is designed for students who want to study in a private manner or simply do not have the time to attend the live course or perhaps for scheduling reasons. The online program allows students the opportunity to study in a personalized manner according to their schedule, at home or anywhere on the planet, from their own computer. The only difference is from taking the course live is that you can participate in the program from your own computer at anytime and receive certification for 200 hours of study. That means you can just log on to the website enter your password and watch video lectures, take quizzes and take the course as you like, at any time. You do not have to follow any particular schedule. You choose to watch videos and study whenever you like.

One Program with Two Great Systems

This is the original Yoga and Ayurveda program that unites both sciences into an authentic teaching approach and lifestyle-training course. This program uniquely teaches how Yoga and Ayurveda are practiced together to create the perfect balance of practical wisdom and spirituality.

~ If you are looking for a course that embraces the essence of all types of yoga, this is it. This course strongly adheres to individuals seeking their truth as a path for personal transformation.

~ The Yoga aspect of the program involves developing discipline through dynamic yoga practices and rituals to discover a deeper understanding of who you to find your dharma (purpose) in life.

~ On the Ayurvedic side, daily and seasonal routines are taught as a foundation for balanced healthy living and longevity to develop a profound relationship with nature. The importance of this program lies in understanding the material in a manner that aids the student/practitioner in the development of his or her sadhana/spiritual lifestyle disciplines. Essentially our motto is, “if you are living it, you understand it!”

All the course materials are provided online:

~ Beautiful videos of the complete program classes.
~ Online testing.
~ Evaluations and teleconferences.
~ Fascinating charts and illustrations, practical exercises for spiritual development and a multitude of ayurvedic practices and remedies for personal self healing. 

A complete welcome kit is mailed to you once you have enrolled:

~ Comprehensive 300 page course manual.
~ Sun, Moon and Earth book by Mas Vidal

~ Optimum Yoga DVD series - Masterful practices with Mas Vidal.
~ Autobiography Of A Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda
~ Sacred yogic prayer bead necklace.
~ Candle

Each of the 12 course modules includes yoga practices, mantras and meditations, modern themes and metaphors, video lectures and Q & A discussions. These sciences as presented in this program consistently endorse the surest means of learning Yoga and Ayurveda as we guide you through into healing, practicing and eventually living a new balanced lifestyle.

Share the wisdom of this program in so many ways:
~ With your family and friends.
~ Become a lifestyle specialist at a health resort or spa.
~ Teach yoga to your friends or at any yoga studio across the USA, fitness centers and health clubs, schools and universities.

Note: This level one training provides the student with the discipline and lifestyle that support the Yoga and Ayurveda teachings. A healthy and balanced lifestyle must come first before becoming a teacher and a good example for others to learn from.

Required Books

Specific reading assignments are given from the below texts with each program section to support the core materials outlined in the curriculum and as a supplement to the program manual. These readings are equally important to the program manual. Note: The course does require the specified material and authors listed below.

•    Sun, Moon and Earth: The Sacred Relationship of Yoga & Ayurveda by Mas Vidal       
•    Yoga & Ayurveda by David Frawley
•    Bhagavad Gita “God Talks With Arjuna” by Paramahansa Yogananda
Note: The Autobiography of A Yogi is included with registration and will be shipped with the program packet.

The above listed course books can be ordered at a discount directly from and use the coupon code “DSYA” or the books can also be ordered on

Program Curriculum

Ancient Wisdom (Vedas)
About B.C.E. and A.D.
The Four Vedas
Introduction To Yoga & Ayurveda
Vedanta & Samkhya Philosophy
Bhagavad Gita

PART TWO: BLUEPRINTS OF OUR WORLD______________________10 hours

Tattvas (24 Cosmological Principles)
Purusha / Ultimate consciousness
Cosmos in Four Parts                                                                          
Yugas (World/Ages of Creation)                                                              
Jyotish (Vedic Astrology) basic principles
Comparison of vedic and western astrology
About the sun and the moon
Dharmas (Aims of Life)

PART THREE: FORCES OF NATURE_____________________________10 hours

Pancha Maha Bhutas (Five Great Elements)
Gunas (Prime Qualities)
Doshas (Biological Humors)
Ayurveda’s Two Main Forms

PART FOUR: THE MYSTICAL ENERGIES_________________________10 hours

The Five Directions of Prana
Kundalini Shakti
Three Shariras (Gross, Astral & Causal)
Karma & Reincarnation

PART FIVE: CLASSICAL & MODERN YOGA_____________________10 hours

Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras (Ashtanga)
Scriptures of Hatha Yoga
Tantra and Hatha Yogas Deeper Connection
Tantra and The Yogis
Yoga In The West
Yoga and Ayurveda in America
The Healing Potential & Sacredness Of The Feet

PART SIX: YOGA ASANA________________________________________10 hours

Asana Purpose & Function
Group Yoga Practice
Types of Asanas
Salutation to the Sun & Moon (Surya and Chandra Namaskar)  
The Essence of Yoga and Ayurveda                                                                                           
The Elements of Ayurvedic Yoga
Characterisitcs of the Dosha Types in a Balanced State
Characterisitcs of the Dosha Types Out of Balance
Three Bandhas
Principles of Alignment
A Threefold Approach To Alignment
Length of Holding Yoga Postures
Energetics of Asana 


Five Levels Of Chanting                                                                                                                                                         
Types of Mantras
The Melody Of Aum
Deity Mantras
Japa Yoga
The Garland: The Symbolism and Sacredness of 108
Types of Pranayama
Meditation (Prayer, Visualization & Affirmations)     
Five Steps of Meditation                                             
Preparation for Meditation (Understanding Pratyahara) 


Dhatus & Malas
General Anatomy and Physiology (Human body)
Spinal Column and Major Systems
Anatomy Part II (Dosha Organs)
East & West-Comparing Systems

PART NINE: BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE______________________  10 hours

Role of the Individual                                                                                      
Noble Qualities
Ethical Guidelines
Doshas in the classroom
Practice Notes for Dosha Types                                             
Five Vital Components of a Yoga Practice (asana, pranayama, pratyahara, dharana, dhyana)
Learning the Art of Intuition
Raja Yoga and Ayurveda

PART TEN: THERAPEUTICS OF HEALTH & WELLNESS_____________________10 hours
Digestion, Peace Of Mind, Balance
Therapies (Nasya, Jal Neti, Abhyanga, Sweat, Fasting)  
Special Concerns of Practice (Menstruation Period, Injuries, Pregnancy & Ailments)

PART ELEVEN: LIVING WITH NATURE__________________________________10 hours

Ayurvedic Living and Daily Routine                                                                         
Diet (Six Tastes),
The Gunas & Food
Tastes & The Doshas
Ayurvedic Dietary Themes (Ama, Jatharagni)
Spice List
Seasons & The Doshas
Dietary Purification
Ayurvedic Herbology (Digestive System)
Foods (Dairy products, Milk, Ghee, Eggs, Meats, Mushrooms, Chywanprash)
The Ashramas (Yogic Living)


Spirit and Nature
Caste System
Being a Bhakti Yogi                                                                           
Universality of Truth (Sanatana Dharma)                          
Cultivating Sadhana

12 Home Yoga: Practices & Disciplines                                                              30 hours
These exercise are given at the end of each course section to develop yogic discipline and for lifestyle enhancement.

12 Home Ayurveda: Routines & Remedies                                                         30 hours

A variety of daily and seasonal routines are given at the end of each course section to promote self healing and connect you to natures medicine.

Monthly Conference Calls                                                                                    20 hours

Each month the program Director or staff will lead engaging discussions on course topics, answer your questions and share informative dialogue with students.

Total Hours__________________________________________________________200 hours





Plan Name Price
1 Year: $ 2100


Mas Vidal

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Mas Vidal

Yogi, mystic, ayurvedic healer and director of Dancing Shiva Yoga and Ayurveda ( in Hollywood, Ca, Mas is a pioneer teacher and lecturer of Yoga and Ayurveda and is recognized internationally for his work in propagating a unified approach to these sister sciences. His teachings are a dynamic and practical combination of Raja-Bhakti yoga and Ayurveda’s tri-dosha, to create a perfect balance between the physical and the spiritual. His formative training as a Kriyaban disciple of Paramahansa Yogananda teachings eventually led him into the sacred science of Ayurveda and has worked and taught with Vamadeva Shastri (David Frawley) for the last 12 years years and shares his approach and understanding of Yoga, Ayurveda Tantra and Vedanta.  He teaches the original Yoga and Ayurveda Lifestyle and Therapy Certification programs internationally and as an Ayurvedic practitioner he maintains an active clinical practice.

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Johanna Bennett


Yogini Johanna is a Yoga and Ayurveda teacher based in Los Angeles, California. She is trained at the 200-hour level from the Center for Yoga/Yoga Works and at the 500-hour level from Dancing Shiva Yoga and Ayurveda. She also carries certification from the American Institute of Vedic Studies as a Yoga and Ayurveda Therapist. In addition, Johanna is also a certified Pancha Karma therapist having completed training and clinical internship at Dancing Shiva Yoga and Ayurveda. Johanna has a BA in Religious Studies and Asian Studies, and is currently working on her master’s degree in Asian Studies. She is a student of Sanskrit, and is currently working with Dr. Tracy Tiemeier at LMU translating devotional Tamil Alwar poetry.

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Dr. Subhash Ranade


Dr. Ranade is one of the foremost experts on Ayurveda. He is the chairman of International Academy of Ayurved in Pune, India. ( He is leading academician and physician in the field of Ayurveda. He is the author of 146 books on Ayurveda and Yoga.

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Dr. Sonika Desai


Sonika is an Ayurvedic doctor with a BAMS degree (Bachelor in Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery) and ran her own Ayurvedic Clinic and Panchakarma Center in Mumbai (India) for 4 years from 2006 to 2010. She specializes in Panchakarma which includes Nasya, Basti ,Vamana, Virechana and Raktamokshan, and also does  Abhangya, Swedana Shirodhara , Pinda sweda , Netra basti , Kati, Janu and shiro Basti , Nadi Parikshana. Additionally she is a certified cosmetologist and has provided many patients with positive results with issues related to skin and hair. Dr. Desai assists Mas Vidal his main clinical therapist at the Dancing Shiva healing clinic for all his patients receiving treatments.

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Dennis Harness Ph.D (Dayananda)


Dennis is a professional astrologer who holds a doctorate degree in Counseling Psychology. For more than twenty years, Dennis has studied both Eastern and Western techniques of astrology. Dennis enjoys tutoring students for the American College of Vedic Astrology (ACVA) certification program. He also teaches workshops on Vedic Astrology and Transpersonal Psychology throughout the world. He is the author of The Nakshatras: The Lunar Mansions of Vedic Astrology, which is published by Lotus Press. Dr. Harness is currently working on a new book titled The Karmic Code: The Predictive Planetary Periods of Vedic Astrology.

Courses by this teacher

Name Level Release Date
Online Yoga & Ayurveda Program 07-09-2012
Advanced Yoga & Ayurveda 01-01-1970
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