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YS 122 | Ayurveda, Yoga, and Alchemy

Available for Self-Study


Course Description

What is the relationship between Yoga and Ayurveda? Sometimes referred to as "sister" disciplines, historically how have the two been related in theory and practice? Ayurveda and Yoga are often considered deeply linked disciplines that together offer a holistic approach to both physical and spiritual health and wellbeing. A third discipline, Rasaśāstra (Indian alchemy and iatrochemistry) is less well-known, but historically forms a bridge between Yoga and Ayurveda and is an integral part of modern and global forms of Ayurveda.

This course examines the histories of all three disciplines. It will reveal their historical entanglements and trace the trajectories of their evolution as components of today's global healthcare and personal development industries.

Course Modules

Students Will Receive: 

  • 4 Video + Audio lectures (90 min)
  • Pre-recorded Q&A sessions (90 min)
  • 4 YS Credits
  • 12 Hours of CE credit with YA
  • Course Syllabus (PDF)
  • Weekly Readings (PDF)
  • 4 Multiple Choice Quizzes
  • Yogic Studies Certificate (PDF)
  • Access to the private Community Forum

Dr. Dagmar Wujastyk

Associate Professor, University of Alberta

Dagmar Wujastyk is an Associate Professor in the department of History and Classics and Religious Studies at the University of Alberta. She is an Indologist specializing in the history and literature of classical Indian medicine (Ayurveda), iatrochemistry (Rasaśāstra), yoga, and South Asian history. Her publications include Modern and Global Ayurveda - Pluralism and Paradigms (SUNY Press) and Well-mannered medicine: Medical Ethics and Etiquette in the Sanskrit Medical Classics (OUP NY). She was the principal investigator of the ERC project Ayuryog, Entangled Histories of Yoga, Ayurveda and Alchemy in South Asia (2015-2020).

Enrollment is OPEN for Self-Study

Regular Tuition


One-Time Payment

  • Lifetime access to YS 122

Regular Tuition

$88 x 2

Two Monthly Payments

  • Lifetime access to YS 122

Membership Program


Monthly Subscription

  • Access to YS 122

  • Access to all YS + BS courses—including live and future courses 

  • Access to SKT 100a + SKT 100b


This course is eligible for 12 hours of Continued Education (CE) credits with Yoga Alliance

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