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Comprised of Foundations of Ayurveda and four additional 9-day modules, this certification is for those who want to practice Ayurveda as a healing profession. You gain in-depth knowledge of Ayurvedic assessment tools and healing protocols for the health and well-being of your clients. Certification as an Ayurvedic Health Counselor qualifies you to provide personal consultations and lead educational workshops or retreats that focus on optimizing physical, mental, and spiritual health from an Ayurvedic perspective.

What will you learn?

Highlights of what you will study during this training include

  • How to work one-on-one with clients to develop an individual plan for health
  • Thorough eight-fold evaluation to determine doshic qualities and imbalances
  • Exposure to a diverse range of Ayurvedic therapies
  • Knowledge of pathologies and the disease process
  • The use of natural spices, teas, and herbs to improve overall health, digestion, assimilation, and elimination
  • Strategies for preventing and managing some of today’s most common chronic health conditions
  • Lifestyle tips for longevity, vitality, and health
  • Stress-management techniques for yourself and your clients
  • How to best interface with modern healthcare models and other healthcare professionals
  • Approaches to creating community classes on health and vitality
  • Tools for building a thriving holistic-health practice
  • A minimum of 50 client encounters.

Module 1: Anatomy, Physiology, Herbology, and Ayurvedic Therapies
Ayurvedic A&P explores dhatu formation, srotamsi, agni, ama, and ojas. Examine the fundamentals of herbology, including spices, teas, common herbs, and decoctions.

Module 2: Etiology, Pathology, Clinical Assessment, and Pulse Analysis
Study the pathways, causes, and stages of disease. Explore the ancient practice of pulse-taking to identify doshic imbalance. Learn to work with clients through facilitated consultations and group presentations.

Module 3: Clinical Assessment, Vata Management, and Case Studies
Build your skills using Ayurvedic tools for managing vata, the king of the doshas. Through clinical assessments, lecture, discussion, and group work, explore effective practices for supporting client health.

Module 4: Clinical Training, Ethics, Working with Clients, and Advanced Psychology
Build confidence in providing Ayurvedic diet and lifestyle consultations in this clinical-heavy, hands-on module. Discuss the practicalities of opening a practice and the ethics of offering consultations. Dive deeper into Ayurvedic psychology.

Before certification at this level, you must complete a minimum of 100 hours of Western Anatomy and Physiology, comparable to two semesters of college-level coursework. Find information about approved online courses here, contact kripaluschools@kripalu.org, or call us at 800.848.8702.


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 clients, friends, and family. 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.

This is a 500-hour course (plus 150 hours of individual study time), inclusive of the following components:

Anatomy and Physiology for Ayurveda
Focuses on the biological humors, or doshas, including their qualities, actions, and sites; the 20 attributes; subdoshas; seven tissues; seven nutritive membranes; and the malas. Also includes agni and its 13 forms; ama, the bodily channels, and organs; and an introduction to the concepts of etiology and pathology.

Ayurvedic Digestion and Nutrition
Focuses on the six tastes and the specific action of each, as well as the potent energy of food and its postdigestive effects. The three states of digestion will be explored, from gross digestion to subtle digestion.

Ayurvedic Herbalism
Ayurvedic herbalism focuses on spices, teas, and digestive herbs and explores the science of substances and their qualities.

Ayurvedic Therapies
An overview of panchakarma, tonification, and Ayurvedic massage theory.

Dinacharya—Ayurvedic Lifestyle Training
Study practical Ayurvedic principles, including daily and seasonal routines, disease prevention, and yoga for everyday health, including lectures on nutrition for balancing the doshas.

Clinical Skills
This series focuses on how different Ayurvedic practitioners conduct examinations, create assessments, recommend therapies, and manage different disorders. Gain knowledge through hands-on clinical practice in small groups and one-on-one clinical sessions.

Ethics and Business Management
Explore the ethics of the Ayurvedic profession, as well as opportunities for advancing one’s knowledge in the field.

Etiology and Pathology of Disease
Learn about the causes of diesase and to recognize how it travels and manifests in the body.

History and Philosophy of Ayurveda
Study 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. Focused on yoga and Samkhya philosophy.

Psychology from an Ayurvedic Perspective
Go deeper into understanding the three gunas—sattva, rajas, and tamas—prana, tejas, and ojas, and the spiritual therapies of meditation and mantra.

Clinical Assessment
Study the eightfold process of clinical evaluation, including pulse, tongue, skin, and speech.

Training in basic Sanskrit, includes the alphabet and pronunciation. Sanskrit is yoga for the mouth and the brain. It is said to improve 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 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
  • Ayurveda and the Mind, by David Frawley
  • Textbook of Ayurveda, Volume 1: Fundamental Principles, by Vasant Lad
  • Textbook of Ayurveda, Volume 2: A Complete Guide to Clinical Assessment, by Vasant Lad
  • Astanga Hrdayam (3-volume set)
  • Advanced Pulse Reading Course, by Dr. John Douillard (Link will be sent for special student rate upon completion of Foundations of Ayurveda)


Dates and Costs

The Ayurvedic Health Counselor program consists of Foundations of Ayurveda and four additional modules; must be taken sequentially.


Module 1: Anatomy, Physiology, Herbology, and Ayurvedic Themes
This program will next be offered in 2019.

Module 2: Etiology, Pathology, Clinical Assessment, and Pulse Analysis
This program will next be offered in 2019.

Module 3: Clinical Assessment, Vata Management, and Women’s Health
April 20–29, 2018

Module 4: Clinical Training, Ethics, Working with Clients, and Advanced Psychology
June 1–10, 2018

Total cost per module: $1,049 + dormitory accommodations & meals

Daily Schedule

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

Student and Faculty Testimonials

Faculty Erin Casperson

Dean, Kripalu School of Ayurveda

Faculty Margrit Mikulis, ND

My medical practice was enhanced after studying Ayurveda at Kripalu, because I acquired another lens in which to view the...

Student Mike E.

Kripalu Yoga Teacher Training was the highlight of my life. The methodology at Kripalu truly makes you a teacher!

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 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

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.

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 R&R and evening programs. You will generally have a break every day from 1:00–3:00 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. 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 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–six 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.

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
Kripalu 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.