PYI Ayurvedic Yoga Immersion

Dates: June 1 - 17, 2018


With: Dana Slamp and guest teachers Alison Cramer, Dr. Gregg Rubinstein, and the PYI Yoga Therapy Faculty

Location: PURE East

Dates: JuNE 1 - 17, 2018

A 100-hour Program

Tuesdays | 6pm - 9pm
Fridays | 6pm - 9pm
Saturdays | 9am - 6pm
Sundays | 11am - 8pm

This course is required for the PYI Yoga Therapist Certification.



Ever wonder what type of yoga is right for you? Or why one diet plan works for your friend, but you need to eat in an entirely different way?  Ayurveda is a 5000 year-old knowledge that is known as the "science of life."  In Ayurveda, the non-harming guidelines of yoga are designed just for you - so you can live in optimal health. In our Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy Training June 1-18, students and teachers alike can immerse themselves in individualized yoga, yoga philosophy, and lifestyle skills, including mixing spices and essential oils. Learn how to best adjust your yoga and habits according to each season.  Enjoy the senses in a new way - through some delicious food and self care.  Spots are limited - reserve yours today!


Earlybird Alert!! Summer is nearly here, and with it, our annual Ayurveda "summer school" at Pure East and in the Park (when the weather is nice!).  This three-weekend course will immerse you in the "yoga of everything" - the poses, nutrition, spices, and personal care routine of Ayurveda.  Join Dana Slamp, Sonja Rzepski, Alison Cramer, Michelle Briks, & the PYI staff in deepening your practice and self care while earning credit for an advanced teacher training certificate or Yoga Therapy Certificate.  Register by May 5th, and save $100 off your tuition.  Details at the link!  

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Attention Teachers: Deepen your teaching, your private practice business, and self care with the ancient science of Ayurveda.  Our summer Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy Immersion June 1-17 will deepen your knowledge and skills of assessment when teaching different personality types.  It helps you and your students balance the challenges of different seasons, and can assist in addressing both physical and emotional imbalances.  This comprehensive training covers everything from the practical business aspects of private yoga teaching to your own self care and energetic boundaries.  What's more, this program counts towards your 300 Yoga Certificate at Pure AND towards an advanced Yoga Therapy Certificate with Prema Yoga Institute.  Curious?  Register today!

In this on line course we will cover:

Personalized lifestyle choices and self care to bolster your effectiveness in the healing arts, including:

  • Your present Ayurvedic constitution, or dosha (vikruti)
  • Ayurvedic essential oils (Abhyanga)
  • Daily cleansing techniques and skin care (Dinacharya)
  • How to make the right dietary choices for your dosha (constitution)
  • Maintaining digestive fire and energy (agni and ojas)
  • Prepare case studies and teaching strategies based upon the classical systems of Ayurveda and yoga, addressing current imbalances practicallyTraining teachers will practice teaching one on one and in small groups, improving your ability to assess learning styles and provide customized, therapeutic teaching.

Review the the parameters yoga therapy, how to refer out, and how to teach to specialized communities, including those recovering from acute pain or managing a chronic disease.

Teaching and Essential Therapy Tools:

  • Introduction to East/West comparative psychology
  • The classic intention behind the asana types, and how to modify asanas for each individual ("Asana Chikitsa")
  • The classic psychology of chakra theory, kosha theory, and how to use these systems for client assessment
  • How to alter your teaching to balance according to dosha, chakras and vayus
  • The classic esoteric philosophies of health and happiness
  • How to alter your practice and teaching for the era, season, time of day, and time of life
  • How to balance and teach to each constitution, tailoring your teaching to the individual
  • The necessity of down-regulating techniques in Hatha yoga (PNS-inducing yoga)
  • The constitution of different yoga practices and lineages
  • Interpreting "Doctor-speak" to modify practices in recovery periods or chronic pain
  • The Ayurvedic perspective of auto-immune disorders
  • Improve your business skills in private yoga practice
  • Use the paradigm of Ayurveda as an intuitive, effective and efficient tool in your teaching practice.
  • How to appeal to the "higher self" of your client while engaging them (Atman, Sattvic state, etc.)




A childhood in the church and a career in classical theater led Dana to a lifelong interest in community support, wellness, the arts, and the divine.

Dana began teaching yoga in 2005, offering vinyasa classes known for their spirit, strength, and safety across New York City.  She joined the senior staff at Pure Yoga in 2008, expanding her teaching to therapeutic classes, as well as teaching in Pure's renowned 200 hour Teacher Training and Professional Mentorship Program.

Despite her love of classes, Dana saw the great need for one-on-one, specialized therapeutic teaching in the tradition of "yoga chikitsa" - "yoga medicine."  In 2010, she served as Managing Teacher at Pure West, and eventually cocreated the 300 hr advanced teacher training program at Yoga Vida.  Dana completed over 1100 hours of yoga, Ayurveda, meditation, and yoga therapy training with Guru Dharam, Dana Flynn, Dr. Marc Halpern and Yogi Charu - becoming one of the first certified yoga therapists in the US.

In 2012, Dana founded Prema Yoga Institute, New York's premiere yoga therapy school.  PYI offers a radical collaboration between wellness professionals devoted to yoga, bridging the gaps between yoga and healthcare and academia and yoga.  PYI prepares wellness professionals to provide yoga and mindfulness to diverse populations - regardless of any injuries or limitations present.  (

She continues to teach internationally, contributes to countless teacher trainings, and has presented at the Telluride Yoga Festival, Wanderlust in the City, and several times at the Yoga Journal Conference. She has been honored to consult on research projects and wellness programs for clinics, doctor's offices, condominiums, and corporations. Dana is a member of IAYT and currently practices in New York City. (

Email Angela to register:

Equinox Members | $1400
Pure Members | $1350
Pure Yoga TT Grads | $1300
Prema Yoga Grads | $1250

**Early Bird discount! Register by May 5th to receive $100 off!