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Foundations of Ayurveda


The Foundations of Ayurveda 200-hour training is a dynamic, comprehensive exploration of the philosophy, theory, and practices of Ayurveda. This robust program has been thoughtfully designed and is equally enriching for those seeking to establish the first 200 hours of their professional 650-hour Ayurvedic Health Counselor training or 300-hour Ayurvedic Yoga Teacher Training, as for students interested in studying Ayurveda but not necessarily looking to make a career out of it.

Highlights of this training include

  • In-depth theory of the doshas
  • Dinacharya—routines for health and well-being, such as care of the sense organs, sleep habits, and mindfulness practices—as it relates to circadian rhythms
  • An engaging, hands-on approach to Ayurvedic cooking, digestion, nutrition, and seasonal eating
  • Introductory Sanskrit
  • Ayurveda-informed yoga, meditation, and pranayama, and how these practices complement an Ayurvedic lifestyle
  • Ayurvedic psychology—exploring the power of the mind in creating balance and health.

Discover your own natural rhythms and sources of wisdom while learning how to bring the ancient technology of Ayurveda to your friends and family members. Our integrated curriculum provides a unique mix of didactic education and experiential sessions, making the study of Ayurveda an exciting exploration that leaves you feeling more connected to yourself, others, and seasonal rhythms. Continue to practice the teachings in your daily life through at-home study assignments between sessions.

Scholarship Opportunity Thanks to a generous donor and Kripalu's ongoing commitment to supporting diversity and equity at Kripalu, we now have scholarship funds available to support students who identify as Black, indigenous, and/or people of color. Please note that we have a limited number of scholarships available. Email by August 31 if you are interested. You must apply and be accepted to the program in order to be eligible for these funds. Please make sure you receive your acceptance before emailing with interest.

Curious About the Program?

Join Erin Casperson, Dean of Kripalu's School of Ayurveda, for an hour-long Zoom information session on Tuesday, July 27 from 5:00–6:00 pm EST.

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Preview the Schedule

The 7-month training meets most Tuesdays from 4:00–6:00 pm EST and one weekend a month from Friday–Sunday (excluding November).

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Curriculum Breakdown

The course includes 200 contact and non-contact hours in the following areas:

Ayurvedic History and Philosophy 15 hours
Anatomy and Physiology for Ayurveda 40 hours
Ayurvedic Digestion and Nutrition 35 hours
Dinachayra—Ayurvedic Lifestyle Training 25 hours
Psychology from an Ayurvedic Perspective 25 hours
Sanskrit 5 hours
Yoga and Ayurveda 35 hours
Supervised Study and Review Sessions 20 hours

About the Application Process

Admissions to the programs are determined on a rolling basis. Given high program demand, and maximum number of students per training, we strongly recommend that applicants submit applications as soon as possible. We rely on information provided in the application to make informed decisions about your capacity to fully participate in and benefit from all aspects of the program. Please answer the questions honestly and completely. The Kripalu Schools do not discriminate in admissions, administration, or educational policies with regard to race, ethnic origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, creed, or religion.

Notes on your application:

  • Review information on program dates, costs, faculty, curricula, certification criteria, and general information about Kripalu on our website.
  • Complete the appropriate application for the program for which you are applying in its entirety, including the short-answer questions. Be sure to indicate your preferred program dates. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Kripalu reserves the right to require a phone interview or take other steps to supplement your application, if needed, in order to arrive at an informed admissions decision.
  • You will be notified of your admissions decision via email. If you do not have an email address, we will send your admissions decision by regular mail and also call you to inform you of your status.
  • If you are accepted in the training and the course you are interested in is full, you may register for the waitlist, which will remain open until the program’s start, or you may register for any training date within one year of your acceptance.

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Rosy Mann has more than 15 years of experience as an Ayurvedic doctor. She offers personal Ayurvedic consultations, as well as educational courses, lectures, and workshops.

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Larissa Hall Carlson, E-RYT 500, MA, former Dean of the Kripalu School of Ayurveda, guides retreats, directs trainings, and provides Ayurvedic consultations across the country.

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Erin Casperson, Dean of the Kripalu School of Ayurveda, is passionate about sharing how the ancient practices of Ayurveda can be applied to modern-day living.

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Scott Blossom is a traditional Chinese medical practitioner, Shadow Yoga teacher, and Ayurvedic consultant.

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Kate O’Donnell, an international lecturer and senior yoga teacher, is author of The Everyday Ayurveda Cookbook and Everyday Ayurveda Cooking for a Calm, Clear Mind: 100 Sattvic Recipes.

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Jyothi Bhatt, an Ayurvedic specialist and yoga therapist, received her training from Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences and SVYASA University, India.

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