Patricia Layton, MA, CAS, PKT, E-RYT 500

Patricia graduated from the California College of Ayurveda in 1997 as a Certified Ayurvedic Specialist and Panchakarma Technician and went on to complete a Panchakarma training course in India with the International Academy of Ayurveda.  She has a B.S. in Natural Science from the University of Pittsburgh and she earned a Masters in Integral Health Studies at the California Institute of Integral Studies, where her thesis was an epistemological study on how American students learn Ayurveda.  She has been studying extensively with Vaidya R.K. Mishra for the past nine years.


While living in San Francisco, she owned and operated Yerba Buena Ayurveda, a full-service Ayurveda clinic.  She also taught extensively in the Bay Area, including four years as adjunct professor at San Francisco State University; two years adjunct at the California Institute of Integral Studies; thirteen years core faculty in the Iyengar Yoga Institute’s Yoga Teacher Training Program; and five years core faculty at the California College of Ayurveda.  She has taught Level I & Level II students for the past 12 years at Kanyakumari Ayurveda in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


Prior to teaching Ayurveda, Patricia taught all aspects of yoga and worked as a Yoga Therapist at a pain clinic from 1982 to 1987.   Her specialties include – Physiology for Yoga Teachers; Sankhya Philosophy; Ethics for Yoga Teachers; Emotional Purification; Physiology of the Subtle Body; and Ayurveda for Yoga Teachers. She is a perpetual student and continues her study of both Yoga and Ayurveda in the US and India.


Patricia is known for her scholarship, humor, and incredible memory. Her extensive contact over the past 40 years with a variety of high quality teachers of both Yoga and Ayurveda in the US and India has provided her with a wealth of knowledge that she unselfishly passes on.

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