Professional Training
November 1 — 8, 2025

Ayurveda Marma Therapy

NAMA Approved Continuing Education

Mary Ann Johnson (Isvari) and Denise Chapman (Vidya)
Tuition: $785

Marma (acupressure) points are energy pathways for profoundly healing the body, mind, and consciousness.

Students will become acquainted with the 117 vital energy points and understand their relationship with the organs, tissues, and channels. Learn the connections between the marma points in your body and your organ health and body functionality. Learn about the basic principles of Ayurveda, as well as how to analyze the tongue, hands, and face using time-tested principles. You will practice on yourself and others to understand the various types of constitutions and how to properly use analysis methods.

Learn and practice a detailed dinacharya (daily routine) on yourself each day to see the benefits for yourself, and learn aromatherapy for relaxation and healing. Experience this hands-on therapy and Ayur-yoga in the Sivananda style. This course is ideal for healing arts therapists and bodyworkers who can incorporate Marma therapy in their practices, as well as anyone interested in learning this profound self-healing modality. Students will be exposed to comprehensive and systematized knowledge that profoundly balances and heals the body and mind on its deepest levels.

A certificate of completion will be granted at the end of the course.

Isvari (Mary Ann Johnson) has been a sincere and dedicated practitioner of Ayurveda and yoga for more than 20 years. She is an advanced Sivananda Yoga teacher and a graduate of Dr. Vasant Lad’s Ayurvedic Institute, where she is on the faculty. Isvari travels internationally, lecturing, consulting, and facilitating panchakarma purification programs. She is the director of Ayurveda at the Sivananda Yoga Ranch.

Vidya (Denise Chapman) is a certified Sivananda Yoga Instructor, Ayurvedic Practitioner, licensed massage therapist, panchakarma therapist and a graduate of Dr. Vasant Lad’s Ayurvedic Institute. She is passionate about integrating Vedic sciences, teaching yoga, and sharing Ayurveda for well-being.

This course qualifies for continuing education credit with NAMA National Ayurvedic Medical Association.

Please see the listing for this course on their website for more information.

Daily Schedule:

Your course schedule has been designed by the presenter to provide a holistic educational experience, and includes course presentation time, meal times, and free time for you to enjoy the beach and the grounds and participate in the ashram’s daily programs. Lines in bold type indicate required course times.

Morning and Evening Satsang: community gatherings for meditation, chanting & teachings; sometimes a silent beach walk.
Yoga Asana & Pranayama Classes: available on outdoor ocean and bayfront platforms (beginner and intermediate levels offered twice daily).

6:00 – 7:45 am Morning Satsang
8:00 am Yoga Asana & Pranayama Classes
10:00 am Brunch
11:00 am Ashram Welcome and History Tour (meets at Reception)
11:30 am Inauguration Ceremony
12:00 – 3:30 pm Practicum
4:00 pm Special Course Yoga Asana & Pranayama Class

6:00 pm Dinner
8:00 – 9:45 pm Evening Satsang

DAY 2 through DAY 6
6:00 – 7:45 am Morning Satsang
8:00 – 9:45 am Lecture

10:00 am Brunch
11:00 am – 12:00 pm Karma Yoga
1:00 – 3:30 pm Practicum
4:00 pm Special Course Yoga Asana & Pranayama Class

6:00 pm Dinner
8:00 – 9:45pm Evening Satsang

6:00 – 7:45 am Morning Satsang
8:00 – 9:45 am Lecture

10:00 am Brunch
11:00 am – 12:00 pm Karma Yoga
12:00 – 3:00 pm Practicum
3:00 pm Graduation Ceremony

Regular ashram schedule the rest of the day

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