Overview

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Ayurveda is emerging as a complement to allopathic medicine. The Kripalu Ayurvedic Health Coach program is for those who desire to guide themselves and their clients to optimal health and whole-hearted living through Ayurvedic diet and lifestyle practices.

What will you learn?

This module includes

  • Ways to work one-on-one with clients to develop a dynamic individual health plan
  • Strategies for preventing and managing some of today’s most common imbalances
  • The use of spices, teas, and herbs to improve overall health, digestion, assimilation, and elimination
  • Ayurvedic  evaluation tools to determine doshic qualities and imbalances
  • Exposure to a diverse range of Ayurvedic therapies
  • The causes and pathways of disease through an Ayurvedic perspective
  • Lifestyle tools and skills for longevity, vitality, and balance
  • Stress-management techniques for yourself and your clients
  • Tips on how to best interface with modern healthcare models and other healthcare professionals
  • Approaches to creating inspiring and engaging workshops and retreats
  • Coaching techniques to empower clients to realize their full healing potential
  • Tools for building a thriving holistic-health practice
  • An opportunity to hone your skills through a minimum of 50 client encounters.

Curriculum

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 650-hour course (500 hours in class, plus 150 hours of home study) includes the following modules:

Ayurvedic Physiological Systems, Channels, and Tissues
Building upon the qualities, doshas and subdoshas, this program helps the Ayurvedic Health Coach deepen their exploration of Ayurvedic anatomy and physiology, with a focus on the tissues and the channels. Tissues are the body’s building blocks, and tissue formation is dependent on correct nutrition and balanced digestion. The channels of the body, known as srotamsi, are the connective links, pathways, and energy “rivers” between the organs.

Optimizing Digestive Strength
Ayurveda teaches that health begins with a well-functioning digestive system. Optimizing digestive strength from an Ayurvedic perspective means exploring how to evaluate someone’s digestive capacity, the properties of food, how to create individualized food plans, how to encourage proper movement in the digestive tract, and how food transforms into sustainable energy for the body and mind. Following the National Ayurvedic Medical Association scopes of practice, the Ayurvedic Health Coach will show you how your spice cabinet can become your medicine cabinet  by highlighting spices that enhance digestive strength, soothe excess heat, and boost appetite.

The Daily Routine as a Preventive Practice
Building on the daily practices learned in Foundations of Ayurveda, this module explores how to inspire clients to implement Ayurveda into everyday life. From an Ayurvedic perspective, whole health is fostered by aligning with the natural circadian rhythms that follow the seasons, the time of day, and the time of life. We examine this through sense-care tools such as the neti pot, nasya oil, and tips on building a healthy relationship with technology.

Health Coaching Skills
The Kripalu School of Ayurveda provides clinical sessions while you’re in the modules so you can hone your skills by seeing clients between sessions.

Etiology and Pathology: The Root Cause of Disease
Ayurveda is unique because it addresses the root causes of imbalance rather than just eliminating symptoms. According to Ayurveda, every imbalance has a story of where it began, how it travels, and finally how it expresses. Using the eight-fold clinical evaluation and a clinical narrative to uncover the root of an imbalance allows the opportunity to help a client achieve vitality.

Ayurveda and the Inner Workings of the Mind
Building on the Ayurveda and the Mind curriculum in Foundations of Ayurveda, this section dives deeper into understanding mental well-being through an Ayurvedic lens. We explore the doshas of the mind and how to support emotional balance with nourishing daily routines, food, and nervous system care. Guidelines of when it is best to refer a client to a mental health specialist are also addressed.

Guiding the Client in Meditation and Pranayama
In this course, we explore meditation and breathing practices to address doshic imbalances. Discover the science behind how breath affects the mind and nervous system, and learn accessible meditation practices to support inner exploration.

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 Coach program consists of Foundations of Ayurveda and four additional modules; must be taken sequentially.

Modules

Module 1: Ayurvedic Anatomy and Physiology, Western Physiology, Etiology, and Pathology I
January 18–27, 2019

Module 2: Etiology, Pathology II, Ayurvedic Herbs, Clinical Assessment, and Pulse Analysis
February 22–March 3, 2019

Module 3: Clinical Training, Ayurvedic Therapies, and Empowered Coaching
April 5–April 14, 2019

Module 4: Vata Management, Case Study Presentations, and Ethics
May 31–June 9, 2019

Total cost per module: $1,074 + accommodations and 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 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
12:00–2:00 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 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.

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.

Apply

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.