Ayurvedic Health Counselor Certification
This program is comprised of a series of advanced courses available to Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist graduates
Deepen your knowledge of the science of ayurveda and become an Ayurvedic Health Counselor! In this exciting and comprehensive program, you will deepen the foundational ayurvedic knowledge you gained in the Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist program and explore more complex concepts of the vast and engaging science of ayurveda.
Module 1: 5/17/2019–5/19/2019
Module 2: 6/28/2019–6/30/2019
Module 3: 9/13/2019–9/15/2019
Module 4: 11/15/2019–11/17/2019
About the Ayurvedic Health Counselor Certification
- Take a deeper and more experiential look at the concept of agni (digestive fire), including how to balance agni to support optimal digestion and prevent the development and advancement of disease
- Learn about the six stages of digestion
- Work with the concepts of rasa (taste), virya (potent energy), and vipaka (post-digestive effect) to further understand digestion
- Enjoy a more in depth exploration of ayurvedic anatomy that goes beyond the doshas
- Be introduced to the concepts of dhatus (tissues), malas (by-products), margas (pathways of disease), and srotas (channels)
- Become familiar with traditional ayurvedic therapies, such as Pancha Karma
- Gain hands on experience with select traditional ayurvedic therapies
- Spend some time in the kitchen making ayurvedic recipes
- Better understand the use of natural spices in cooking
- Learn about the qualities and usage of 10 ayurvedic herbs
- Discover how the practices of yoga (asana, pranayama, deep relaxation, and meditation) can be used to address imbalance and health concerns
- Receive support with basic Sanskrit usage and pronunciation to assist with the integration of key ayurvedic terms
- Understand the disease process to better support healing and a return to balance
- Use interactive group work to support your integration of key ayurvedic concepts
- Work together with your group to develop and present a final project
- Expand your skill-set for working with clients one-on-one to support balance and wellness
- Further develop the skills needed to offer comprehensive and engaging ayurvedic workshops
- Have the knowledge and experience necessary to apply for a professional membership at the Ayurvedic Health Counselor level with NAMA (National Ayurvedic Medical Association)*
About Each Unit
UNIT 1: ADVANCED DIGESTION
Take a deeper look at agni, and explore different ways of understanding this concept. Revisit the six stages of digestion and work with the concepts of rasa, virya, and vipaka to deepen your understanding of how digestion can become imbalanced.
Imbalanced digestion can create ama and eventually, disease.
UNIT 2: ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I
Enjoy a more in depth exploration of ayurvedic anatomy that goes beyond the doshas. You will be introduced to the concepts of dhatus, malas, margas, and srotas, as well as their specific functions in the disease process, and how this understanding can be used to support healing.
UNIT 3: ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II
This is the second installment of ayurvedic anatomy and physiology. You will learn how the srotamsi (channels) and dhatus (tissues) function in the physiological system. We will also explore the relationship between agni, srotamsi, and dhatu, and how this understanding applies to our physical and mental health.
UNIT 4: ETIOLOGY AND PATHOLOGY
Introduction to the ayurvedic science of disease. Explore the relationship between ashtavidha pariksha (the eight means of clinical understanding), nidana panchakam (the five causes of disease), and samprapti (the six stages of disease).
For the completion of certification program you will be required to travel to The Himalayan Institute three times to complete units 5, 6, & 7, and 8:
UNIT 5: AYURVEDIC THERAPIES
Become familiar with specific ayurvedic therapies such as panchakarma to understand how they support the healing process. You will also have the opportunity to experience kati basti and netra basti therapies to learn how they are used in clinical treatment.
UNIT 6: DRAVYA GUNA SHASTRA—HERBOLOGY I
Introduction to ayurvedic herbology, or dravya guna shastra—the science of dravya (substances, drugs, or herbs), their gunas (properties and qualities), and their karmas (actions). In this session, we will explore these concepts in depth to gain a better understanding of the different herbs used in ayurvedic medicine.
UNIT 7: DRAVYA GUNA SHASTRA—HERBOLOGY II
The completion of our study of ayurvedic herbology, or dravya guna shastra. Explore the 10 basic herbs of ayurveda, using rasa, virya, vipaka, and prabhava. We will also work to complete our understanding of how these herbs affect doshas, dhatus, and malas.
UNIT 8: CLINICAL APPLICATIONS AND GRADUATION
Participate in case studies and small group inquiry to learn how ayurveda applies ashtavidha pariksha (the eight means of clinical understanding) to mental and physical symptoms and diseases. We will also use the ayurvedic tools of diet, lifestyle, pranayama, yoga asana, herbs, and meditation in designing treatment plans.
Cost per individual unit: $549
Cost for four Yoga North ISYI hosted units (units 1–4): $1796 (savings of $400)