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Foundations of Ayurveda, which consists of two 9-day modules, offers in-depth study of the fundamental theories and practices of Ayurveda. This program allows students to personally experience the benefits of daily self-care practices such as seasonal eating, meditation, mindfulness, and yoga at Kripalu, all while exploring Ayurveda’s philosophy and its take on topics such as digestion, nutrition, anatomy, physiology, and psychology. Foundations of Ayurveda is the prerequisite for either the 300-Hour Ayurvedic Yoga Teacher Training or the 650-Hour Ayurveda Health Coach Training. It can also be taken as a standalone 200-hour program.

What will you learn?

Highlights of what you study during this training include

  • The fundamental theory of the doshas
  • Dinacharya—routines for health and well-being, such as care of the sense organs, sleep habits, and mindfulness practices
  • .The basics of an Ayurvedic approach to cooking, digestion, nutrition, and seasonal eating
  • Introductory Sanskrit
  • Ayurveda-inspired yoga, meditation, and pranayama
  • How yoga practice—including meditation and pranayama—complements and supports an Ayurvedic lifestyle
  • Ayurvedic psychology—the power of the mind in creating balance and health.


Take part in an integrated curriculum designed to make Ayurveda an exciting exploration that results in you feeling more connected to yourself, others, and seasonal rhythms, while giving you the confidence to bring this ancient technology to your friends and family.

The curriculum for Foundations of Ayurveda is derived from the ancient texts of classical Ayurveda, presented in a modern manner accessible and relevant to contemporary students. Our faculty teaches from years of practice and experience—they are dedicated to inspiring our students to access the truth of themselves in this fast-paced world. By connecting back to the elements, nature, and Ayurvedic science and philosophy, we believe that one has the opportunity to impart significant change in their own lives, as well as make a difference in their communities.

Courses include

Discovering the Building Blocks of the Doshas and Tissues
Explore the 10 pairs of opposite qualities and how they manifest in plants, humans and other animals, the seasons, and food. According to Ayurveda, these qualities are represented by the five elements, which then create the three doshas. The three doshas, in turn, have their subdoshas. In Ayurveda, there are seven tissues to be uncovered, which work in conjunction with the senses, the mind, and the spirit.

Food as Medicine
Discover how seasonal eating can help us maintain our health. This course offers cooking classes, explores the six tastes in Ayurveda, mindful eating, and how spices can support robust digestion.

Self-Care and Daily Lifestyle Practices
A daily self-care routine is the cornerstone of health in Ayurveda. Each season calls for specific practices and shifts to support optimal health. Discover nourishing ways to cleanse the sense organs, sound food routines, restorative sleeping habits, and other stress-reduction tools.

The Roots of Ayurveda
Ayurveda is rooted in Vedic philosophy, which originated in India thousands of years ago. Discover how these ancient teachings can guide our lives today and help us connect to our true nature.

Ayurveda and the Mind
According to Ayurveda, when we are born, we possess the natural expressions of innocence, curiosity, and connection. When we cultivate these three  main qualities of the mind, we are able to achieve clarity, which is our true nature. This course not only investigates Ayurvedic psychology, but also examines the importance of practices such as meditation, pranayama and mantra in helping us recognize the habits of our minds.

Sanskrit is “yoga for the mouth and the brain.” According to Ayurveda, it is said to improve memory and exercise the neural pathways. As the original language of the practices we’re exploring, familiarity of Sanskrit is necessary for the true integration of Ayurvedic knowledge. In this course, you learn basic Sanskrit, including the alphabet and pronunciation.

Ayurveda-Inspired Yoga Practice
Ayurveda and yoga are sister sciences designed to be practiced together. Our early mornings here are dedicated to yoga, pranayama, meditation, and spending time outdoors to balance the qualities of the doshas, the season, and the time of day. Whether you are new to yoga or an experienced practitioner, applying the lens of Ayurveda to yoga is an invitation to integrate the power of these profound practices.

Textbooks and Materials

In addition to the complimentary manual students receive on the first day of training, the following texts are required for this training:

  • The Everyday Ayurveda Cookbook: A Seasonal Guide to Eating and Living Well, by Kate O’Donnell
  • Textbook of Ayurveda, Volume 1: Fundamental Principles, by Dr. Vasant Lad
  • Ayurveda and the Mind, by Dr. David Frawley


Dates and Costs

Foundations of Ayurveda

Part 1: September 27–October 6, 2019, and Part 2: December 6–15, 2019
Erin Casperson and KSA Faculty
Students must register for both sessions together.

Total tuition for both parts: $2,700 + accommodations and meals.

Daily Schedule

When you train with the Kripalu Schools, you benefit from a unique immersion experience in our beautiful setting. While you’re here, you develop tools to cultivate health, create community, and encourage a quest for knowledge.

Student and Faculty Testimonials

Frequently Asked Questions

Are the Kripalu School of Ayurveda (KSA) trainings academically rigorous?
Yes. Ayurveda is an ancient system of healing and preventive 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, and there are also required reading and homework assignments between each of the modules.

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. KSA staff offer office hours during the modules, and we provide feedback and mentoring for each homework assignment.

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  each morning, we recommend that you begin a gentle yoga practice if you are not doing so already. It is also suggested to begin to get into a rhythm similar to that 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 bedtimes.

6:30–8:00 am Sadhana (This is mainly yoga, pranayama, and meditation.)
8:00–9:00 am Breakfast
9:00 am–12:00 pm Program Session
1:00–2:00 pm Lunch
2:00–6:00 pm Program Session
7:00–9:00 pm Occasional Program Session

Be sure to look for a letter in your email inbox six weeks prior to the start of the program with a list of required reading  and written homework assignments. 

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 at the completion of the Ayurvedic Health Coach program.

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 the midday Kripalu R&R and evening programs. You will generally have a break every day from 12:00–2:00 pm. In addition, you will have most evenings free.

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. Find out more.

What are my housing options?
Kripalu offers accommodations ranging from dormitories with a shared hall bath to private rooms with a private bath. Prices vary depending upon the accommodations selected. Find out more information about accommodations 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 detoxifying cleansing practices that restore proper functioning to the body. Because these practices have become widely known in this country as Ayurvedic spa services, many people might associate them with training as an Ayurvedic Health Coach. In most states, in order to offer Ayurvedic body treatments, you must be a licensed massage therapist.


Admissions to the programs are determined on a rolling basis. Given high program demand, a maximum number of students per training, and limited housing availability, we strongly recommend that applicants submit applications as soon as possible (two–four months prior to the program start). Trainings typically fill to capacity about one month in advance. 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. Providing inaccurate or incomplete information may result in a declined admissions decision or removal from the program without refund. 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.

KSYA Application Process

  • 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.
  • Include a passport-sized headshot. This will not be considered in the screening process; however, it will help us begin to cultivate a relationship with you prior to your arrival. You are welcome to submit a headshot upon acceptance into the program.
  • Submit the $25 application fee by credit card at the end of the online application process. You may also pay by check, which should be made payable to Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health. For international applicants, checks must be drawn on a domestic bank. If you prefer to make a payment by credit card over the phone, please call the Kripalu Schools at 800.848.8702.
  • You will be notified of your admissions decision via email within two to four weeks of receipt of your application. 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.
  • Maximum capacity for each program date ranges from 50–64 students. 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.

Application Fee by Check
If you prefer to pay your application fee by check, make checks payable to Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, and indicate the program and date you applied for on the check.

Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health
Attn: Schools
PO Box 309
Stockbridge, MA 01262
Fax: 413.448.3384 ATTN: Kripalu Schools

Scholarship Application
Please note To submit this scholarship application, you must also submit a program application or have already been accepted into a program. Scholarship applications will not be reviewed until the applicant is accepted into a program.