Become an Ayurvedic Health Counselor!

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.

This program is comprised of a series of advanced courses available to Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist graduates.

In this ayurvedic training program you will acquire the knowledge and skills needed to:
  • Expand your skill-set for working with clients one-on-one to support health and wellbeing
  • Understand the disease process to better support healing and a return to balance
  • 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
  • Use interactive group work to support your integration of key ayurvedic concepts
  • Work together with your group to develop and present a final project
  • Further develop the skills needed to offer comprehensive and engaging ayurvedic workshops
  • Apply for a professional membership at the Ayurvedic Health Counselor level with NAMA (National Ayurvedic Medical Association)*
Ayurvedic Health Counselor training topics include:
  • In-depth exploration of ayurvedic anatomy that goes beyond the doshas
  • A deeper and more experiential look at the concept of agni (digestive fire)
  • Balancing agni to support optimal digestion and prevent the development and advancement of disease
  • The six stages of digestion
  • Working with the concepts of rasa (taste), virya (potent energy), and vipaka (post-digestive effect) to further understand digestion
  • Dhatus (tissues), malas (by-products), margas (pathways of disease), and srotas (channels) and their impact on digestion and wellbeing
  • Hands-on experience with traditional ayurvedic therapies, such as Panchakarma
  • Practicums on the use of natural spices in cooking and ayurvedic recipes
  • The qualities and usage of 10 ayurvedic herbs

Course Components

Announcing a New Format for 2019

We are pleased to announce that the Ayurvedic Health Counselor program will now be offered in a new, more flexible format! Units 1-4 will be offered as Zoom webinars in 2 hour increments over the course of 16 weeks. Units 4-8 will remain in-person at the Himalayan Institute.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Tuition: $549 per unit

Accommodations are not included

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*To fulfill the requirements for professional membership with NAMA (National Ayurvedic Medical Association) as an Ayurvedic Health Counselor, 50 supervised client contact hours are required.





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Phone: (570) 616-0824
Himalayan Institute Certifications
952 Bethany Turnpike
Honesdale, PA 18431-4041, USA

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Requirements For Certification

  • Completion of all four units of the Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist program, or comparable foundational program
  • Completion of the Torchbearer Program: 10 supervised case study phone calls
  • Completion of all eight units of the Ayurvedic Health Counselor program
  • Completion of 50 supervised client contact hours obtained through the Torchbearer phone calls, on-site supervision, and Ayurvedic Health Counselor supervision phone calls

This program has been recognized by and is registered with NAMA (National Ayurvedic Medical Association).


  • Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist certification or comparable ayurvedic foundational program. Please contact our certifications department for more information about other recognized programs at
  • 200-hour yoga teacher certification from a Yoga Alliance recognized yoga school (participation in the program without this prerequisite is permitted, however certification must be obtained before Ayurvedic Health Counselor certification may be issued).

For More Information

Phone: (570) 616-0824
Himalayan Institute Certifications
952 Bethany Tpke
Honesdale, PA 18431

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