200-Hour Foundations of Ayurveda
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Learn the core concepts of Ayurveda, including its philosophical approach and its practical applications. You’ll delve into study and practice as you discover the power of this ancient science to create health and well-being. You’ll participate in two 9-day modules, learning with leading teachers, practicing yoga, eating nourishing foods, and much more, all in the beautiful natural setting of western Massachusetts. This training is the foundation for the other Kripalu School of Ayurveda trainings and is a requisite part of each.
What will you learn?
Highlights of what you study during this training include
- The essential Ayurvedic maps—vayus, nadis, doshas, gunas, etc.
- Dinacharya—routines for health and well-being, such as self-massage and daily cleansing of the other senses
- The basics of an Ayurvedic approach to cooking, digestion, nutrition, and right eating
- Introductory Sanskrit
- Basics of reading your own pulse to assess your doshic imbalances
- Mantras for improving health and longevity
- How yoga practice complements and supports an Ayurvedic lifestyle
- Yogic 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 your self, others, and seasonal rhythms, while giving you the confidence to bring this ancient technology to your 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.
Anatomy and Physiology for Ayurveda
The biological humors or doshas, including their qualities, actions, and sites; the 20 attributes; subdoshas; and seven tissues. Agni and its 13 forms; and ama.
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—sattva, rajas, and tamas—as they relate to the mind, and prana, tejas, and ojas. An introduction to spiritual therapies: meditation, and mantra.
Training in the beginner level of the Sanskrit language, including the alphabet, and pronunciation. 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. Learn to adjust yoga practice to meet seasonal and doshic needs.
Textbooks and Materials
In addition to the complementary manual students receive on the first day of training, the following text are required for this training.
- Ayurveda and the Mind, by David Frawley
- Textbook of Ayurveda, Volume 1: Fundamental Principles, by Vasant Lad
- The Everyday Ayurveda Cookbook: A Seasonal Guide to Eating and Living Well, by Kate O’Donnell
Visit the Kripalu Shop to purchase these books online.
When you train with the Kripalu Schools of Yoga and Ayurveda, you benefit from a unique immersion experience in our beautiful retreat center setting. While you’re here, you develop tools to cultivate health, create community, and encourage a quest for knowledge. We offer a variety of accommodation options to support your experience and budget needs, ranging from dormitories to private rooms.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are the Kripalu School of Ayurveda (KSA) trainings academically rigorous?
Yes. Ayurveda is an ancient system of healing and preventative 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 in the field, and there are reading and homework assignments that are also required.
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. Additionally, you are given homework support by KSA staff.
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 everyday, we recommend that you begin a gentle yoga practice if you are not doing so already. It is also a good idea to begin to get into a rhythm 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 bed times. Here is an example of the daily schedule:
6:30–8:00 am Sadhana (This is mainly yoga, pranayama, and meditation.)
8:00–9:00 am Breakfast
9:00–11:30 am Program Session
11:30 am–1:15 pm Lunch
1:15–3:45 pm Program Session
3:45–4:15 pm Break
4:15–5:30 pm Supervised Study and Review Session (required)
7:00–9:00 pm Evening Program Session
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 Kripalu’s R&R general programming including noontime and evening programs. You will generally have a break every day from 11:30 am–1:15 pm. Additionally you will have one evening free in every 9-day session.
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 Center offers accommodations ranging from dormitories with shared hall bath to private rooms with private bath. Prices vary depending upon the accommodations selected. For more information about accommodations, click 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 cleansing practices that restore proper functioning to the body. Because these practices have become widely known in this country as Ayurvedic health services, many people might associate them with training as an Ayurvedic Practitioner. 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 of Yoga and Ayurveda 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 of Yoga and Ayurveda at 800.848.8702.
- You will be notified of your admissions decision via e-mail within two to four weeks of receipt of your application. If you do not have an e-mail 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
Schools of Yoga and Ayurveda
PO Box 309
Stockbridge, MA 01262
Fax: 413.448.3384 ATTN: KSYA
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.