Introduction to Yoga & Ayurveda for East Asian Medicine & Int. Medicine Practitioners

A look at the intersection of Yoga, Ayurveda, and East Asian Medicine in the 21st century

This course is perfect if you have patients/clients telling you they “Do Yoga” or Ayurveda as part of their intake and you have no idea what that means or how to use that information to support your assessment and clinical decision making.

Haunani Chong Drake
Haunani Chong Drake

Course Overview

The increased use of Yoga and Ayurveda around the globe is seen in the media and in our clinics. Patients and clients who are open to East Asian Medicine may also be open to exploring and therefore combining different cultural medicinal, healing, and spiritual practices that influence their health and wellness.


Yoga and Ayurveda are considered, by some scholars of Vedic traditions, to be “Sister Sciences.” While many people are familiar with the term “Yoga,” many are less familiar with the term or practices of Ayurveda. In addition, many use the term “Yoga” referring to a physical practice of moving the body with the breath. This is a misrepresentation of Yoga and it is creating much disharmony. These misrepresentations trickle into the minds and hearts of patients, clinicians, and the healthcare systems.


Whether you consider yourself an Integrative Medicine practitioner or not, we live in a time when people have more access to cultural practices than ever. It is important as members of the healthcare system to begin unraveling the knots of cultural misrepresentations in our own practices as well as being a role model, guide, leader, and mentor for our patients and clients.


The aim of this course is to give a broad overview of Yoga and Ayurveda and its intersection with East Asian Medicine. In this course, we aim to build a broader understanding of what Yoga and Ayurveda is and how they are similar and different to EAM.


  • Practitioners will be able to define Yoga & Ayurveda and know their similarities and differences.

  • Practitioners will understand how the paradigms and practices of Ayurveda and Yoga are similar and different to East Asian Medicine.

  • Practitioners will feel more informed and comfortable talking to their patients and other integrative medicine healthcare professionals about Yoga and Ayurveda and its intersection with East Asian Medicine.


  • 0 hrs - 15 min

    Introduction: Learning Objectives. Syllabus for the Course, Disclosures, Why this topic is important. Self evaluation of understanding of concepts of Yoga and Ayurveda.

  • 15 min - 45 min

    Ayurveda: Defining Ayurveda and brief overview. What makes Ayurveda special as a complete medical system. Ayurveda in the U.S. including credentialing. Overview of therapies used in Ayurveda.

  • 45 min - 1.25 hrs

    Yoga: Defining Yoga and brief overview. Paths of Yoga. What makes Yoga special. Yoga practices overview.

  • 1.25 hrs - 1.75 hrs

    Yoga: Brief history of Yoga in the U.S. Capitalism and misrepresentation of Yoga. Credentialing of Yoga Teachers in the U.S.

  • 1.75 hrs - 2.25 hrs

    Ayurveda and Yoga: Similarities of the two sciences. Differences of the two sciences.

  • 2.25 hrs - 2.5 hrs

    Comparitive Overview of Ayurveda, Yoga, and East Asian Medicine. Similarities. Differences, Conclusion, References.


  • Michele S. (United States of America)

    A great course to help identify the similarities and differences of what people are talking about when they speak of using yoga for health


A great course to help identify the similarities and differences of what people are talking about when they speak of using yoga for health

Michele S. (United States of America)


Haunani Chong Drake

Dr. Haunani Chong Drake (she/her), DACM, is a Licensed Acupuncturist and Chinese Medicine Practitioner in the United States, an international Yoga and Ayurveda educator, trainer, and mentor, and adjunct faculty in the A.A.S Yoga Studies program at Pacific College of Health Sciences (PCHS).


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  • CEUs:

    Approved By: NCCAOM (2.5), Standard Certificate (2.5), Florida (2.5)

    Pending: California [Upon Request]*

  • Language: English

  • Course Type: Recorded Webinar

  • Course Length: 2.5 h

  • Course Notes: Notes are provided with this course.

  • Access Period: Lifetime


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