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Now online! Foundations of Ayurveda 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, and for students interested in studying Ayurveda but not necessarily looking to make a career out of it.

What will you learn?

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.


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
Dive into the three doshas, 15 subdoshas, and seven tissues as you learn the functional integrity of their interplay in maintaining physical health.

Food as Medicine
Discover how seasonal eating is the cornerstone of health. This course offers interactive cooking classes, explores the six tastes in Ayurveda, the stages of digestion, and how spices can support robust digestion.

Self-Care and Daily Lifestyle Practices
Each time of the day and season calls for specific practices and self-care routines that support optimal health. Discover nourishing ways to cleanse the sense organs, comprehensive food routines, restorative sleeping habits, and 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 can 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, Sanskrit is said to improve memory and exercise the neural pathways. As Sanskrit is the original language of the practices we’re exploring, familiarity with it 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 often called sister sciences, and they have been 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. Most mornings include either a vata-, pitta- or kapha-balancing practice that will give you the tools to integrate Ayurveda into your daily yoga routine.

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

Online Format

Click here for a full list of upcoming online teacher trainings  The page is updated as new trainings become available.

On Campus Format

Kripalu is currently not open for on campus schools trainings. However, guests are welcome to participate in our online programs and/or purchase a Retreat & Renewal pass. Learn more about our online programs.

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


Is the curriculum different for the online versus the campus training?
There is no difference in the curriculum. However, there is additional one-on-one mentoring with Kripalu Faculty made available to our students taking the training online.

How will the trainings be shared?
All sessions of the training will be held by Zoom video call. Links, passwords, and more information will be shared once you are registered in the trianing.


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?
There will be a formal graduation ceremony for graduates, friends, and family members at the completion of the Ayurvedic Health Counselor program. Foundations of Ayurveda will have a formal graduation for those who are completing Ayurvedic Yoga Teacher Training.

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 full 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.


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 is available for support in between the two Foundations of Ayurveda sessions, and provides feedback and mentoring for each homework assignment.

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 Counselor. 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.
  • 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.

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.