Kathryn Templeton, AP, LPC, AYT, E500RYT, C-IAYT

Kathryn Templeton, AP, LPC, AYT, E500RYT, C-IAYT

Ayurvedic Practitioner, Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Yoga Therapist

Constitution: Pitta

Kathryn Templeton, MA, E-500 RYT, C-IAYT, and Ayurvedic practitioner, has devoted her life to the health of others. A psychotherapist for 30 years, Kathryn is also an educator and Master Teacher in the field of Drama Therapy. As a C-IAYT, NAMA-registered Ayurvedic practitioner, and Senior ParaYoga teacher, Kathryn has worked to develop specialized treatments integrating the principles of yoga, Ayurveda, and clinical psychology. You can learn more about Kathryn and her offerings at www.kathryntempleton.com.

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Articles by Kathryn Templeton, AP, LPC, AYT, E500RYT, C-IAYT
  • Ayurveda Does Not Say No, It Says How
    • Food and Cooking
    • May 21, 2015
    Ayurveda Does Not Say No, It Says How

    One of the concerns that people often share is that living an Ayurvedic lifestyle will not allow them to enjoy their favorite foods. Nothing could be further from the truth! 

  • When to Wine?
    • Health and Wellness
    • June 10, 2015
    When to Wine?

    Whether it’s a bottle of wine shared with friends at dinner, or a glass of wine by yourself, Ayurveda has insight to share on just "when" to wine.

  • Dosha Love—Pitta Style
    • Summer Recipes & Health
    • June 24, 2015
    Dosha Love—Pitta Style

    If your partner is fiery, sharp, passionate, and a bit of a "know it all," you've got a pitta partner. Use alchemy and a little TLC to keep them feelin' the love all summer long!

  • Little Ones Can Get the Blues, Too!
    • Relationships and Parenting
    • October 14, 2015
    Little Ones Can Get the Blues, Too!

    In Ayurveda, we have a unique opportunity to support folks who are grieving, no matter their age. Ayurveda offers a plethora of tools to work through trauma and grief.

  • The Undigested Break Up
    • Emotional Wellness
    • May 03, 2016
    The Undigested Break Up

    Have you ever been in a relationship—romantic, friendship, or family—where you stayed engaged despite how much it taxed your energy and self-esteem?

  • Dosha Love—Kapha Style
    • Kapha
    • May 26, 2016
    Dosha Love—Kapha Style

    Kapha partners are the “Ayurvedic teddy bears” that can bring on the BEST bear hug of all time. Here are Kathryn's top six suggestions for keeping your kapha sweetie happy. 

  • A Beginner’s Guide to Meditation
    • Routines and Rhythms
    • May 08, 2018
    A Beginner’s Guide to Meditation

    Meditation may seem simple, but in truth it is the hardest thing for most of us to do. Why? Within that answer are three tips for folks who are new to meditation.

  • Love and the Doshas
    • Health and Wellness
    • February 13, 2019
    Love and the Doshas

    What do doshas have to do with love? Quite a lot! Check out this article to learn how the doshas play a part in our natural tendencies and attractions towards others. 

  • Two Delicious Spring Meals for Balancing Kapha
    • All Recipes
    • April 09, 2019
    Two Delicious Spring Meals for Balancing Kapha

    These two simple and fun recipes are a tasty way to stay balanced during spring, also known as kapha season, when the elements of water and earth are at their highest. 

  • How to Use Your Spring Cleanse to Clear Out Mental Clutter and Find Inner Clarity
    • Natural Cleanse and Detox Tips
    • March 14, 2022
    How to Use Your Spring Cleanse to Clear Out Mental Clutter and Find Inner Clarity

    Ayurveda suggests we do a seasonal cleanse every spring. This spring, take your cleanse beyond your physical body and clean out your mental closet too.

  • A New Angle on Couples Therapy: How to Nurture Love Through the Lens of the Doshas
    • Health and Wellness
    • April 27, 2022
    A New Angle on Couples Therapy: How to Nurture Love Through the Lens of the Doshas

    There are two primary reasons couples seek therapy—to stay together or to move apart. Learning the language of the doshas can help couples communicate well and move forward with greater ease.

  • 10 Tips to Keep Your Cool in the Heat of Summer
    • Routines and Rhythms
    • July 26, 2022
    10 Tips to Keep Your Cool in the Heat of Summer

    The blazing summer sun can be unrelenting. So what to do when you feel the burn? Here are Kathryn's top ten "chill out" tips to beat the summer heat.

Experience and Education

Kathryn has over 30 years of experience as a licensed psychotherapist, specializing in the treatment of individuals with complex trauma. In addition, she is a senior Parayoga teacher, master teacher, and Ayurvedic practitioner.

Kathryn discovered Ayurveda while interning at the West Haven VA Hospital’s National Center for PTSD in 1991, where she picked up a book that talked about healing the mind by “anointing yourself with oil as a way to remind yourself that you are an auspicious being.” Inspired, she suggested the technique to the combat veterans she was working with at the time. And though it was not met with much interest, it was the first step on Kathryn’s Ayurvedic journey.

A few years later, she met her yoga teacher, Yogarupa Rod Stryker, who also incorporated the teachings of Ayurvedic medicine. She knew this was important, and embraced the path of Ayurveda with the vision of bringing its wisdom and technology to the world of modern medicine. Since then, integrating the principles of yoga, Ayurveda, and clinical psychology has been at the heart of her work.

Kathryn is a faculty member at the Himalayan Institute and the founder of the Himalayan Institute Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist program (HIAYS), Torchbearer Mentorship program, AYS Grad School, and The Three Wisdom Traditions: Integrating Yoga, Ayurveda and Psychology (3WT). She is an Adjunct Professor of Human Development and General Psychology, and a contributing writer and educator for Yoga International.


Kathryn Templeton

Kathryn’s Point of View

How has Ayurveda changed your life?

Ayurveda changed my personal and professional life at the same time. I found the support of daily routine was what was necessary for me and for many clients to support the deep healing we promote in yoga and therapy. Daily routine has been my biggest healer. Drinking warm spiced milk or chai as a daily medicine to nourish myself has also been an amazing support for me, along with using triphala to support my seasonal cleansing.

When are you most likely to go out of balance and how do you bring yourself back into balance using Ayurveda?

As of late, I feel vata drying out my tissues and interfering with my focus and concentration. I use turmeric or shatavari in my ghee, and abhyanga with Banyan’s sesame-based herbal oils. And of course, my yoga practice changes each season to help me find and maintain balance.

What does the future of Ayurveda look like to you?

Well, my personal vision for Ayurveda is specific. I want to establish a treatment protocol at an urban Public Health center. Here the Three Wisdom Traditions program: yoga, Ayurveda, and psychology, can come together in a traditional clinical model to support individuals and families in their daily lives.

I truly believe that this combo will change the face of public health. I want to lift our families out of being at risk for trauma-related illnesses and offer them a more resilient and adaptable way to live and thrive.

What's one Ayurvedic practice anyone can implement to spur change in their life, right here, right now?

Daily routine. Especially abhyanga, tongue scraping, and deep relaxation practice.