Ayurveda Sadhana Training with Katie Manitsas

When: 22-23 June, 2018 (Friday evening and Saturday all day)

6-7 July (Friday evening and Saturday all day)

10-11 Aug (Friday evening and Saturday all day)

Times: Friday session time is 6pm – 9pm

Saturday session times are  9.45am – 12.45pm and 2.30pm – 4.30pm

Price: $1000 earlybird (ends 15th May 2018), $1250 full fee

Full payment must be made before the training commences, payment is transferable but NOT refundable once your booking has been accepted.

We are not taking partial enrolments, participants must pay for the whole training.

An Ayurvedic training for yogis with Katie Manitsas (and guest teacher Rachel Nokes). We will explore food, sadhana, lifestyle protocols, understanding the seasons, your own unique dharma and constitution and that of your families and friends. We will practice and investigate building an asana practice to work for your dosha as well as engaging with the role of ritual and developing bhakti through chanting.  We will practice yoga (suitable for all levels), lectures, practical demonstrations, discussion and on the last day we will make a beautiful nature mandala ceremony together.  Ayurveda is a great passion in Katie’s life and the teachings have given her true joy and harmony.

‘My lineage in terms of Ayurveda is with the Wise Earth School of Ayurveda under the direct mentorship of Maya Tiwari (Mother Maya) for many years.  I have studied in the USA, India, UK and Australia.  I’ve also completed panchakarma in both India and Sri Lanka.  I’ve been applying and living these principles for many years both as a mother in terms of caring for my family and for self-care and this training is my own personal expression of how Ayurveda has served my practice and my life.  The focus is on hands on application and conscious spiritual practice (Sadhana) rather than theory, although we will cover all the basics of Sanskirt terminology and understanding traditional scriptural advice.’ Katie Manitsas

Modules include:

  • Yoga practices for all three doshas (we will practice together and learn about tailoring practice for individuals)

  • Making seasonal masalas (spice blends) or ayurvedic oil blends

  • The six seasons according to Ayurveda and links to Indigenous Australian (Aboriginal) calendars and understanding of the Australian seasonal cycles.

  • Food as memory, ancestry and immunity (ojas)

  • Kitchen Sadhana and our food habits

  • Daily rituals and cleansing techniques for health (kriyas)

  • Chakras through the lens of ayurveda

  • Chanting and learning mantras for specific uses, developing your meditation practice

  • Peace mandala flower ritual

Required reading:

‘The Path of Practice’ by Maya Tiwari

‘Everyday Ayurveda Cookbook’ by Kate O’Donnell (www.everydayayurvedacookbook.com)

The books are not included in the training cost and must be purchased individually by each student.  In addition a comprehensive workbook will be provided.


There will be some home practice assignments which will include cooking, journaling and meditation.  The focus on this training is in sadhana based practice rather than academic study.  There will be some suggested podcasts to listen to and the homework is designed to be seasonally appropriate so you can apply what you are learning in your everyday life.


At the moment this training is not accredited but modules can be used towards CPD points with Yoga Australia and Yoga Alliance.  As a yoga teacher you would find this training offers lots of opportunities for you to integrate the teachings of Ayurveda into your work.  A certificate of attendance will be issued to each student upon completion.

The Teachers:

Katie Manitsas is an advanced level Jivamukti Yoga Teacher and a Wise Earth Ayurveda master teacher.  She is also qualified in Kundalini Yoga and as a doula (childbirth support person) and holds the highest possible accreditations with both Yoga Alliance and Yoga Australia.  She has been teaching yoga for over 20 years.  Katie’s passion is in yogic philosophy and the seasonal practices of sadhana – bringing devotion and a sense of the sacred to everyday life, as well as compassion for animals and a deep reverence for nature.  Katie is a published author of several books including ‘The Yoga of Birth’.  She is the mother of four young boys and lives with her loud and busy family in Sydney’s Inner West.

Rachel Nokes attended her first Yoga class in London in the late 90’s and was struck by how serene the teacher was. After travelling to India on a healing journey for three months 2006, she knew she wanted Yoga in her life for ever. She first studied yoga teaching under the guidance of Katie Mantisas (Jivamukti Yoga) in 2007 and has continued learning ever since. She now studies in the linage of Krishnamacharya with her teacher for the past 6 years Dr N Chandrasekaran. Rachel studies Ayurveda with Dr Rama Prasad, Mother Maya, David Frawley and returns to India annually to continue her experience and learning in Yoga and Ayurveda. She has 13 years clinical experience as a counselling therapist, a Diploma in Counselling and Group work, a Graduate Diploma in Relationship Counselling and certificates in Ayurveda lifestyle consulting, massage and pharmacy. Rachel has started the first teacher training in the Illawarra at Ray of light and is guest teaching Ayurveda and Yoga philosophy on other teacher trainings.

"I cant recommend this training enough. Katie has this amazing gift of sharing her wisdom in a way that is both understandable and applicable to our everyday life.


The knowledge has been immensely helpful for me as a yoga practitioner and teacher, weaving it into my own practice, on and off the mat, and also within classes. 


I have a greater appreciation for pausing and being able to listen to my internal space though seasons and life experiences.


I love how Katie brings so many experiential stories into the classes so that we too would not just learn but be able to incorporate this wisdom into our lives and sustain it.


Since the training, I have started some morning rituals which have really helped start my day with grounding from which I can continue.


Thank you, Katie, for this immersion and sharing your wisdom on Ayurveda"

- Shivani



"Sādhanā: a spiritual practice, a means of accomplishing something, a daily act done consciously, reverentially, “everything can be sādhanā... using everything as a tool for your wellbeing”.


"Over time my personal sādhanā has evolved to a quiet morning practice;


As soon as I wake I boil the kettle and brew my tea, while my tea is brewing I light a stick of incense and put it to burn at my little alter. Then I sit and stare at the trees while I drink my tea, when I’m finished I practice pranayama and sit in stillness and silence, eyes closed, for a while. When I emerge from that silence I journal or read.


This practice  - a key part of a holistic understanding of Ayurveda - has allowed me to know myself better, enabling me to make empowered decisions about my own balance, my wellbeing.

And yet until undertaking my training with Katie I had barely heard of sādhanā, despite being passionate about Ayurveda, this life-changing practice wasn’t even on my radar.


I came to ‘Everyday Sādhāna’ training a little battered by life; bruised and a little broken. But the space that Katie created was so safe and so nurturing that even from the very first weekend I began to experience a healing that I didn’t even know I needed. 


She guided our intimate group through not just information about Ayurveda but an embodied experience of it that was wholly relevant to and reverent of our Australian life.


I learnt that the real power in Ayurveda is not in its clinics and diagnostics (though they hold immense value) but in its application to everyday living; to recognising the rhythms and cycles of ourselves and the world and acting accordingly. 


From our training I began an enquiry into myself which, while always ongoing, has enabled me to create my own sādhāna; my own daily practice that supports me and gives me the space to observe and respond, on a day to day basis, to what is happening within and around me. 


As a yoga teacher, it has gifted me the ability to create classes that respond to the cycles of nature intelligently and to support my students in their enquiry into themselves and their capacity to own their wellbeing. 


I am immensely grateful to Katie for sharing, so authentically, her knowledge and wisdom. It has created a depth to my practice that continues to resonate in my life. "


- Courtney


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