Kripalu School of Ayurveda
650-Hour Ayurvedic Health Counselor
Curriculum and Content Hours
Take part in an integrated curriculum designed to make Ayurveda an exciting exploration that results in you feeling more connected to your self, others, and seasonal rhythms, while giving you the confidence to bring this ancient technology to your clients, friends, and/or family members. Participate in our teaching methodology, which provides a unique mix of didactic education and experiential sessions. Continue to practice the teachings in your own life through at-home study assignments in between sessions and discover your own natural rhythms and sources of wisdom.
This is a 536-hour course (plus180 hours of individual study time), inclusive of the following components:
Anatomy and Physiology for Ayurveda
Focuses on the biological humors, or doshas, including their qualities, actions, and sites; the 20 attributes; subdoshas; seven tissues; seven nutritive membranes; and the malas. Also includes agni and its 13 forms; ama, the srotas, and organs; and an introduction to the concepts of etiology and pathology.
Ayurvedic Digestion and Nutrition
This module focuses on the six tastes and the specific action of each as well as the potent energy of food and its postdigestive effects.
Ayurvedic herbalism focuses on spices, teas, and digestive herbs and explores the science of substances and their qualities.
An overview of panchakarma, tonification, marma therapy, and Ayurvedic massage.
Dinacharya—Ayurvedic Lifestyle Training
Study practical Ayurvedic principles, including daily and seasonal routines, disease prevention, and yoga for everyday health, including lectures on nutrition for balancing the doshas.
This series focuses on how different Ayurvedic practitioners conduct examinations, create assessments, recommend therapies, and manage different disorders. Gain knowledge through hands-on clinical practice in small groups and one-on-one clinical sessions.
Ethics and Business Management
Explore the ethics of the Ayurvedic profession, as well as opportunities for advancing one’s knowledge in the field.
Etiology and Pathology of Disease
Learn about etiology, digestion, assimilation, elimination, and the disease process.
History and Philosophy of Ayurveda
Study the historical connection to the Vedas, the ancient texts that form the basis of Ayurveda; the historical background of Ayurveda in India and how it evolved into modern schools; and the cosmology of Ayurveda and where it stands in relation to the other schools of yogic thought.
Psychology from an Ayurvedic Perspective
Learn about the three gunas—sattva, rajas, tamas—as they relate to the mind; and an introduction to spiritual therapies: meditation, mantra, gems, color therapy, aromatherapy, and Jyotish astrology.
Study the basics for assessing the state of the doshas and the mental state.
Training in the Sanskrit language, including the alphabet, rules, grammar, and use of Sanskrit dictionaries. Sanskrit is yoga for the mouth and the brain. It improves memory and exercises the neural pathways, which can help to retain brain function as we age and relieve stress. As a vibrational language, the way that words are spoken is integral to their healing properties—instruction in and knowledge of Sanskrit is necessary for the true integration of Ayurvedic knowledge.
Yoga and Ayurveda
Explore the doshas and how they relate to asana and pranayama practice.
|Foundations of Ayurveda|
|Anatomy and Physiology for Ayurveda||31 hours|
|Ayurvedic Digestion and Nutrition||21 hours|
|Dinacharya—Ayurvedic Lifestyle Training||35.25 hours|
|History and Philosophy of Ayurveda||14 hours|
|Psychology from an Ayurvedic Perspective||13.5 hours|
|Yoga and Ayurveda||35.75 hours|
|Supervised Study and Review Sessions||35.5 hours|
|Ayurvedic Health Counselor Module 1: Anatomy, Physiology, Etiology, and Pathology|
|Ayurvedic Therapies||22 hours|
|Dinacharya—Ayurvedic Lifestyle Training||10 hours|
|Etiology and Pathology of Disease||22 hours|
|Yoga and Ayurveda||10 hours|
|Supervised Study and Review Sessions||16 hours|
|Ayurvedic Health Counselor Module 2: Clinical Assessment, Pulse Diagnosis, and Herbology|
|Ayurvedic Herbalism||26.5 hours|
|Clinical Skills||12.5 hours|
|Dinacharya—Ayurvedic Lifestyle Training||7.75 hours|
|Pulse Diagnosis||11.5 hours|
|Yoga and Ayurveda||7.75 hours|
|Supervised Study and Review Sessions||14 hours|
|Ayurvedic Health Counselor Module 3: Clinical Assessment, Vata Management, and Women’s Health|
|Ayurvedic Therapies (vata management)||35 hours|
|Dinacharya—Ayurvedic Lifestyle Training||6.75 hours|
|Yoga and Ayurveda||6.75 hours|
|Supervised Study and Review Sessions||14 hours|
|Ayurvedic Health Counselor Module 4: Clinical Training and Working with Clients|
|Clinical Skills||34 hours|
|Dinacharya—Ayurvedic Lifestyle Training||9.5 hours|
|Ethics and Business Management||15.5 hours|
|Yoga and Ayurveda||9.75 hours|
|Supervised Study and Review Sessions||11.25 hours|