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Kripalu School of Ayurveda

Frequently Asked Questions

Are the Kripalu School of Ayurveda (KSA) trainings academically rigorous?
Yes. Ayurveda is an ancient system of healing and preventative health that requires a good deal of study and commitment in order to become competent in the science and art of the practice. Sessions are taught by distinguished faculty in the field, and there are reading and homework assignments that are also required.

What kind of academic support will I receive from the KSA?
Every KSA program has supervised study and review sessions led by a KSA faculty member to help you integrate course content. Additionally, you are given homework support by KSA staff.

What should I do to prepare for my training?
Your days will be full when you arrive at Kripalu. Since you will be doing yoga everyday, we recommend that you begin a gentle yoga practice if you are not doing so already. It is also a good idea to begin to get into a rhythm of the daily schedule listed below in order to get acclimated to student life at Kripalu prior to your arrival, paying particular attention to waking, meal, and bed times. Here is an example of the daily schedule:

6:30–8:00 am Sadhana (This is mainly yoga, pranayama, and meditation.)
8:00–9:00 am Breakfast
9:00–11:30 am Program Session
11:30 am–1:15 pm Lunch
1:15–3:45 pm Program Session
3:45–4:15 pm Break
4:15–5:30 pm Supervised Study and Review Session (required)
7:00–9:00 pm Evening Program Session

Will there be a graduation that my family and friends can attend?
Yes. There will be a formal graduation ceremony and celebration for graduates, friends, and family members.

Will I have an opportunity to participate in yoga classes and other activities during the training?
The training schedule is very full; however there is some time to participate in Kripalu’s R&R general programming including noontime and evening programs. You will generally have a break every day from 11:30 am–1:15 pm. Additionally you will have one evening free in every 9-day session.

What is the cost of the program?
Click on any of the following to for most current tuition and total program costs:
Ayurvedic Health Counselor Dates and Costs
Ayurvedic Yoga Teacher Dates and Costs
Foundations of Ayurveda Dates and Costs

Is financial assistance available?
Kripalu is committed to supporting individuals interested in enhancing their life and realizing their human potential through yoga and Ayurveda, regardless of background or financial status. Scholarships are made possible by the generous support of Kripalu’s patrons and donors. Click here for more information.

What are my housing options?
Kripalu Center offers accommodations ranging from dormitories with shared hall bath to private rooms with private bath. Prices vary depending upon the accommodations selected. For more information about accommodations, click here or call 866.200.5203. Early registration is recommended as some housing fills up quickly.

Can I commute?
If you choose not to stay at Kripalu, commuter spaces are available. In addition to tuition, commuters pay $55 per day. The cost includes meals and full use of the facilities when not in program sessions.

Is this training in Panchakarma and Ayurvedic massage?
No. Panchakarma is a series of cleansing practices that restore proper functioning to the body. Because these practices have become widely known in this country as Ayurvedic health services, many people might associate them with training as an Ayurvedic Practitioner. In most states, in order to offer Ayurvedic body treatments, you must be a licensed massage therapist.