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: 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 4: 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 5: 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).
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.
Tuition: $549 per unit
Accommodations are not included
To fulfill the requirements for professional membership with the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA) as an Ayurvedic Health Counselor, 50 client encounters are required. The AYS Torchbearer Program as well as hours in our Himalayan Institute AYS Student Clinic, at the PureRejuv Wellness Center, help to fulfill that requirement. Completion of the Torchbearer program is also required in order to receive certification.
This program has been recognized by and is listed with the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA).
Prerequisite: Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist certification
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