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Kripalu School of Ayurveda

Foundations of Ayurveda

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Curriculum and Contact 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.

Courses include

Anatomy and Physiology for Ayurveda

The biological humors or doshas, including their qualities, actions, and sites; the 20 attributes; subdoshas; seven tissues; seven nutritive membranes; and the malas. Agni and its 13 forms; ama, the srotas and organs; and an introduction to the concepts of etiology and pathology.

Ayurvedic Digestion and Nutrition

The six tastes and the specific action of each as well as the potent energy of food and its postdigestive effects.

Dinacharya—Ayurvedic Lifestyle Training

Practical Ayurvedic principles, including daily routines, seasonal routines, and disease prevention; yoga for everyday health, including lectures on nutrition for balancing the doshas.

History and Philosophy of Ayurveda

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

The biological humors; the three gunas—prana, tejas, and ojas—as they relate to the mind; and an introduction to spiritual therapies: meditation, mantra, gems, color therapy, aromatherapy, and Jyotish astrology.


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.

Contact Hours

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
Sanskrit 30 hours
Yoga and Ayurveda 35.75 hours
Supervised Study and Review Sessions 35.5 hours
Total 216 hours