what to expect

  • ancient Vedic knowledge
  • spiritual discussion & kirtan
  • daily yoga, meditation, pranayama classes
  • lectures and discussions on Ayurveda
  • ayurvedic cooking classes

Raised on the path of Bhakti Yoga, Dhyana has been visiting India since her childhood. Her father opened the Ayurveda Health Retreat when she was 12 years old, and at the age of 15 she was trained in the science of Ayurvedic body treatments. Seeing patient after patient experiencing deep transformation through the simple lifestyle practices of Ayurveda, her faith in the science deepened and she wanted to learn more. She received her undergraduate degree in Yoga & Psychology at Naropa University and in 2011, along with her sister and father, founded YogaVeda; the Yoga Alliance certified school for uniting the philosophy, lifestyle, and sciences of Yoga & Ayurveda. She has studied the pulse with Dr. Lad as well as Dr. John Douillard and is currently enrolled in a 650hr. Ayurveda Health Counselor program in the Berkshires, graduating in June 2018. Founding director of Stanton Street Yoga in New York City, she leads yoga teacher trainings, retreats, and workshops internationally.

Syama Masla was raised within the tradition of Bhakti Yoga and lifestyle of Ayurveda. She grew up at her fathers Ayurveda Health Retreat in North Florida where her every day activities from middle school through college involved cooking, giving traditional pancha karma treatments and teaching yoga. She received over 1000 hours of yoga training at Naropa University in Boulder, Co and left with her degree in Traditional Eastern Arts. Studying under Divya Alter (owner of @DivyasKitchen and author of What to eat for how you feel) she learned the art of cooking as medicine for the body, mind & soul and taught seasonal cooking classes based on the principles of Ayurveda for Bhagavat Life.

Richard Masla, ND, Ayurvedic Practitioner –Richard opened the Ayurveda Health Retreat in Florida in 2001, helping thousands of people discover balanced living with the wisdom and application of Ayurveda. He began his Yoga and Ayurveda studies at the age of 17 and traveled to India for the first time when he was 21 with his spiritual teacher, Swami Prabhupada. He is a dedicated Yoga teacher and Ayurvedic educator and founder, along with his two daughters, of YogaVeda; the Yoga Alliance certified school for integrating Yoga & Ayurveda. He has studied Ayurveda with Dr. Vasant Lad at the Ayurvedic Institute in New Mexico, and has traveled to India over 36 times, solo as well as with groups, to dive deeper into the study and experience of Ayurveda & Yoga. In 1994 he graduated Clayton College with the degree Doctor of Naturopathy.


with Dhyana Masla, Syama Masla, Richard Masla

dates – weekends of:
• september 15 & 16
• october 20 & 21
• november 3 & 4
• december 15 & 16

time – 7:30am – 5:00pm

location – the bhakti center / room 2w

admission – $1500 / early bird: $1250 (till June 1st)

registration – contact Syama at yoga@bhakticenter.org

This training is for yoga teachers, life coaches, yoga practitioners and anyone interested in diving deeply into the science and lifestyle of Ayurveda. It consists of 100 hours which can be applied to the advanced, Yoga Alliance certified 300 hour yoga teacher training. This training is also certified for continuing education hours for NAMA certified Ayurvedic practitioners.


– Ayurvedic Digestion and Nutrition
– Dinacharya & Rtucharya ( Daily & Seasonal routines for self care )
– History and Philosophy of Ayurveda
– Ayurvedic Cooking
– Ayurvedic Yoga, meditation and pranayama
– Fundamental theory of the doshas
– Psychology from an Ayurvedic Perspective
– Non Violent Communication & Coaching skills
– Customized yoga classes for balancing doshas


– Ayurveda & the Mind by David Frawley
– Read the Introduction to Everyday Ayurveda Cookbook by Kate O’Donnell


Ayurveda, Yoga’s sister science, is a 5,000-year- old system of natural healing rooted in the ancient culture of India. More than a mere system of treating illness, Ayurveda is a science of life (Ayur = life,Veda = science or knowledge), guiding us not only towards vibrant physical and mental health, but also deeper connection to our spiritual nature. It offers a body of wisdom designed to help you stay vital while realizing your full human potential. Providing guidelines on ideal daily and seasonal routines, diet, behavior and the proper use of our senses, Ayurveda reminds us that health is the balanced and dynamic integration between our body, mind, spirit, and environment.