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Thank you for voting The Sarasvati Institute the Natural Awakenings Magazine Natural Choice Awards Winner for the third year in a row!

"2017, 2018 & 2019 Favorite School for Holistic Medicine"

Ayurveda + Yoga + Cooking + Nature + Spirit + Balance + Breath + Meditation + Flow

  1. Do you want to awaken the natural healer within you?
  2. Do you want to be part of a community that supports your integration and embodiment of the ancient, sacred sciences of Ayurveda & Yoga?
  3. Do you want to immerse into Ayurveda & Yoga in a way that brings you into a deeper connection with the health of your own body, nature, and the Earth?

If so, then please join our Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy circle! The Sarasvati Institute is a community created to support the process of people coming into their power through inspired living.

Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy personalizes the yogic practice for each individual based on his or her constitutional type and current state of being. Ayurveda & Yoga are both from the ancient Vedic Texts; these sister sciences are most effective when practiced together. In our programs, we meet one full weekend per month to immerse ourselves in and integrate the ancient arts of Ayurveda & Yoga into our body, mind, and spirit. Ayurvedic wisdom says that "A person is as old as their digestive system"; therefore, we have a special emphasis on digestion and detoxification in this program. We tell our students to think of themselves as their first client. This is about personal immersion into these ancient sacred sciences through tongue and pulse reading, an individualized approach to yoga, pranayama (focused breath-work), diet, spices, meditation, mantra, mudra, chakra, srota, nadi and marma balancing, as well as dinacharya (daily living routines), to restore balance and harmony. To find out about our different programs, please see the contact form below, and we will send you the dates and details.

Our school is an International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) accredited yoga therapy training program provider (800-hour program), a Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher Training School (200-hour, 300-hour & 500-hour), NAMA (National Ayurvedic Medical Association) Organizational Member and provider of National Ayurvedic Medical Association PACE hours.

The Sarasvati Institute is not connected with any particular religion but embraces all religions, races, and creeds that support life and health for our planet and all those that live on it.

In the face of systemic discrimination, we must stand in solidarity with People of Color.  The Sarasvati Institute is offering a 15% reparation tuition reduction off of our 300-hour certification program to African Americans and Native Americans.

Due to COVID regulations, we are holding classes live-online at this time. No pre-recorded classes. We value the power of connection and the power of the group as a healing vehicle, so prefer to keep classes live-online and, when possible live in-person at The Sarasvati Institute.

Offering certification programs to become a Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-500) with a specialization in Ayurveda. We also offer continuing study to become an IAYT Certified Yoga Therapist.

Please let us know if you have any questions. We would love to talk to you about our certification programs!

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What Are Students Saying About The Program?

"As a practicing Hindu for over 25 years, authenticity in Vedic teachings is of paramount importance to me. Not only does Susan bring this much-needed authenticity to the study of Ayurveda, her compassion and gentle style of teaching ever so subtly and ever so gently calls forth the power of her students. This class has deeply changed me. It has given me the power to heal myself, to believe in myself, and the power to be the authority for my life and health."

~Ramona Radonich, Vedic enthusiast, & Outdoor Educator

"I have studied with many well known, masterful teachers over the last 14 years, and consider myself to be a master student. Not one of those former teachers cultivated the master within me, except for Susan Bass. If you are seeking wisdom to heal yourself or another as a practitioner, Susan will nurture and cultivate your inner master, draw out and inspire your memories of living in harmony with nature, as nature is our authority in Ayurveda and the path to the right lively hood, I have finally arrived home in the seat of my masterful self."

~ Leah Hansen of Dosha Healer

"Susan's knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the human body is unparalleled, and she is able to explain complicated processes with beautiful metaphors that make the material easy to learn. Every weekend I spent there felt like a healing retreat. Susan has created a beautiful community with a school that gently provokes real change in the minds, bodies, and hearts of her students. Going to school here is such a joy - every time I come back, I feel inspired, healed, and enlightened."

~Sarah Gilman-Short, MD

"Being a student of the Institute of Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy 300-hour program is like attending the best weekend-long party ever, once a month, for a year. Susan is the ultimate hostess, and it's truly an honor to be her guest."

~Vida Karavandi, Elementary Educator, RYT 500

"There are truly no words that could sum up the power & transformative process that happens while attending The Sarasvati Institute of Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy. I personally have always been interested in natural medicine & healing, but until attending Susan's school, I had no way of tying all of the information together in a cohesive & balanced way. Ayurveda will teach you how to tune into the deep healer within & give you simple yet powerful tools to help you move through life with health & grace. If you're ready to come into your power & step into your deep knowing, then you are ready for Susan Bass's program."

~Tara Abbott, Wellness Educator

"Susan, I bow to you again and again for helping me discover what the mind has sought, what the body has cried for, and the soul has longed to remember. Susan is a wonderful teacher with a wealth of knowledge that makes for a dynamic learning adventure. The subject matter is so vast and deep that I was initially skeptical of my own ability to absorb the teachings but quickly realized that I was needlessly concerned as they have made it totally accessible. It's more like an exciting experience than anything else, and I seem to be learning by osmosis. It is also making a deep fundamental change in my lifestyle and my perspective on self-care. I am excited to integrate Ayurveda into my Yoga teachings for the benefit of my students as well. I absolutely love this program; it has exceeded my expectations."

~Kayci Cavenah, E-RYT 500

"I enrolled in the 300-Hour program because what I was doing and eating in the past was not serving me well. I had tried everything from Veganism, Atkins diet, and even being a Raw Foodist. I even omitted all gluten, dairy, sugar, and fats. What I couldn't understand was why my digestion wasn't improving when I was eating organic, raw fruits, and lightly cooked vegetables. I was constantly bloated and had difficulty with my bowels. I couldn't sleep and was a nervous wreck. Once I enrolled in Susan's Ayurvedic program, I realized that I was not getting to the root of the problem. The knowledge obtained from Susan's class that helped me to strengthen my digestion was the answer. I now enjoy REAL food again! I eat cooked, healthy meals that are appropriate for my body type and the season. I've added healthy fats to my diet, and I feel more alert, vibrant, and healthier than when I was in my 30's. Thank you Susan! You are a gift from God."

~Nohemi Romero, Dual Language Educator

 SIAYT Mission & Vision

To provide authentic, integrative, and inspiring education on the ancient systems of healthy living from The Vedic Texts: Ayurveda and Yoga. These sister sciences are designed to bring about the return to a natural state of balance, vitality, and total well-being of body, mind, and spirit, known as the medicine of the people because they are simple to execute with proper guidance and education utilizing everyday resources accessible to the masses. Because Ayurveda and Yoga look to establish health and wellness in all systems of the body with low out of pocket costs, they are seen by many as an important part of the medicine of the future.

The reason that we teach Ayurveda & Yoga together in the traditional way is that is how we set the stage for deep cellular integration of these ancient sacred sciences on the level of body, mind, and spirit. It is the purest path of integration into the body. This deep cellular integration allows you to awaken the Ayurveda & Yoga that is already within you, and from that place, you have access to the universal knowledge of Ayurveda & Yoga. The process is to devote yourself to the practice and let it transform you. Then you can embody the knowledge, and only at that point is someone ready to teach something. These are the rules of lineage we teach and, in our opinion, a universal law. Following these guidelines creates a safe environment for the teachers and students as well as gives due honor to the knowledge so that it is passed on in an authentic way.

The yoga therapy components of our training are based on our IAYT Accredited Yoga Therapy training program status. The yoga therapy components of our training are not based on our RYS status with Yoga Alliance Registry.

Refund Policy: Deposits are non-refundable. There are no refunds after the program starts, but tuition money paid for the program can be transferred to a future program at The Sarasvati Institute of Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy or The Art of Digestion.

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Contact Us/Request More Information

Are you interested in learning more about what we have to offer you? Please let us know which of our services you are interested in learning more about,

1) Certification Programs - our 15th cohort is starting soon, contact for details

2) Introduction to Ayurveda - This is a one day class, 10 a.m-4 p.m.  Cost is $100.00 

The next date is Sunday, November 8th 

3) Seasonal Food Cleanses - Autumn Cleanse, one in September and one in October. Please sign up as soon as possible as it fills up. Cost $180.00.

4) Individual Ayurvedic Consultations available by appointment

5) Chakra Challenge - Free for 10-days in August 

Pre-registration required for all classes. Please be sure to include your name, email, phone, and the specific service or program in question. You will receive a confirmation after submitting the form, and we will respond as quickly as possible. Namaste, Susan

(503) 208-2716


Service Area

Portland & Beaverton, Oregon

Vancouver & Camas, Washington

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