Become an Ayurvedic Doctor*

Ayurveda Bhishakgwara*
Four-year Advanced Experiential Program

General Program Information

The program is limited to 8 full time students per year. Class sizes are small providing an opportunity for individual attention. Mixed levels maximize discussion, and increase learning potential. This is an intensive higher education program; come prepared to study, work hard, and learn a lot of great information. Students spend 16 hours in classes and 8 hours in clinic per week. Expect to spend 1-3 hours per class per week outside of school on assignments, homework or studying.

The academic year is divided into two 15 week semesters, typical academic breaks and holidays observed. Students will participate in classes on Wednesdays and Fridays and attend one clinic day per week (either Tuesday or Thursday, depending on which day is assigned. Attendance on clinic day is mandatory). The program also includes a class on Ayurvedic Cuisine held during lunch on class days – this is a required class that involves lunch, unique recipes each day, a recipe manual, and teaching points about the health benefits of foods used. In addition, during the first year of studies there are 3 required weekend workshops included in the schedule.

The curriculum is organized into Years A and B, with classes alternating each year. Year A is an academic year beginning with an even numbered year, and Year B is an academic year beginning with an odd numbered year. Depending on which year you enter the program, you will start with the classes that are being taught that year (see schedule below).

Note – individual courses may be audited on a continuing education basis for interested students – please contact the Dean at dean@alandiashram.org.

**This program is designed to prepare its graduates to meet NAMA's emerging requirements for the title of "Doctor of Ayurveda", which will include passing a national board exam. Alandi is one of the first schools in the United States to develop such a program. While nearing completion, currently (Feb. 2013) the requirements for this title are still being finalized at the national level; they are expected to be in place by 2016. Alandi's Gurukula Program is expecting its four year graduates to be among the first "Doctors of Ayurveda" formally qualified in the United States.

Individual state law will determine what title you can legally use, as well as any restrictions on scope of practice.

Pre/Co-Requisites

While not currently required by NAMA, these subjects are integral for a health practitioner. Therefore, if you do not have a background in these subjects before you start the program, we strongly recommend studying these subjects before or during the program.

These courses can be taken for credit either online or at a local university/community college - or alternatively through a free online course or recordings, or auditing a college.

* Note - you will need to have an understanding of human anatomy for the advanced portion of the program (the 3rd and 4th year).

Textbooks and Materials

There are several required and recommended texts for the program listed below. One copy of each book is available in our school library for use while on the property. Please refer to the course descriptions of what is offered the year you will begin your studies (year A or B) to determine which books you will need to buy first. If you have questions or concerns about the book list please contact the Dean at dean@alandiashram.org

Please note: Additional costs may be required for certain classes (ex. Copy packets or materials fees) – check course descriptions to see what courses incur these fees. Specific copy packet fees will be given at or prior to the start of a course, and are due upon receipt of the packet.

Required Books

Additional may books may be added to the curriculum

Required Materials

Recommended Books

Sources for Books from India

Nataraj Books
www.natarajbooks.com
Email: nataraj@erols.com
Phone: (703) 455-4996
Fax: (703) 912-9052

Vedic Books
http://www.vedicbooks.net/

Orientation and Weekend Workshops

On the weekend prior to the start of each year there is a required orientation day for all students. The weekend prior to the spring semester, there is a one-day weekend orientation for clinic.

During the first year of study, there are three required weekend workshops in the schedule.

Curriculum at a Glance

Click course title for detailed descriptions.

Year A - Fall (Academic year that begins in an even numbered year)

Day Time First Year Second Year Third/Fourth Year
Wednesday 9 am - 1 pm   Madhava Nidan - Dr. Bharat Vaidya
9 - 10 am Meditation for Pulse Reading *begins at 9:30 am - Alakananda Ma  
10 am - 1 pm Nadi Pariksha (Pulse Diagnostics and Therapeutics) - Alakananda Ma
1 - 2 pm Ayurvedic Diet, Nutrition and Culinary Arts (Lunch) - Alakananda Ma
2:30 - 5:30 pm Case Based Studies: Srotamsi - Alakananda Ma Medical Terminology, EBM (first 10 weeks of semester) - Kourtney Nelson
Community Health (last 5 weeks of semester)- Kourtney Nelson
Tuesday OR Thursday 8:35 am -
5:30 pm
Clinical InternshipClinical Internship
Friday 9 - 10 am Satsang - Alakananda Ma Home Room (Group Study)
10 am - 1 pm Sing the Sutras - Renay Oshop Case Based Studies: Stri Vignan Chikitsa - Alakananda Ma
1 - 2 pm Ayurvedic Diet, Nutrition and Culinary Arts (Lunch) - Alakananda Ma
2:30 - 5:30 pm Fundamentals of Ayurveda - Kourtney Nelson Clinical Round Table - Alakananda Ma

 

Year A - Spring (Academic year that begins in an even numbered year)

Day Time First Year Second Year Third/Fourth Year
Wednesday 9 am - 1 pm   Madhava Nidan - Dr. Bharat Vaidya
9 - 10 am Meditation for Pulse Reading - Alakananda Ma  
10 am - 1 pm Nadi Pariksha (Pulse Diagnostics and Therapeutics) - Alakananda Ma
1 - 2 pm Ayurvedic Diet, Nutrition and Culinary Arts (Lunch) - Alakananda Ma
2:30 - 5:30 pm Case Based Studies: Srotamsi - Alakananda Ma Fertility, Pregnancy, and Postpartum (first 10 weeks of semester) - Terra Rafael
Gerontology (last 5 weeks of semester) - Dr. Bharat Vaidya
Tuesday OR Thursday 8:35 am -
5:30 pm
Clinical InternshipClinical Internship
Friday 9 - 10 am Satsang - Alakananda Ma Home Room (Group Study)
10 am - 1 pm Marma Points (first 5 weeks of the semester) - Annalise Ozols Case Based Studies: Bala Chikitsa - Alakananda Ma
Basic Botany (last 10 weeks of the semester) - Jane Bunin
1 - 2 pm Ayurvedic Diet, Nutrition and Culinary Arts (Lunch) - Alakananda Ma
2:30 - 5:30 pm Clinical Round Table - Alakananda Ma

 

Year B - Fall (Academic year that begins in an odd numbered year)

Day Time First Year Second Year Third/Fourth Year
Wednesday 9 - 10 am Meditation: Developing Compassion & Lovingkindness - Alakananda Ma & Sadananda  
10 am - 1 pm Materia Medica & Ashtavidha Pariksha (Diagnostic Skills) - Alakananda Ma Nighantu (Herbology) - Dr. Bharat Vaidya
1 - 2 pm Ayurvedic Diet, Nutrition and Culinary Arts (Lunch) - Alakananda Ma
2:30 - 5:30 pm Case Based Studies: Srotamsi - Alakananda Ma Biomedical Tests (first 10 weeks of semester) - Helgrid Randolf
Shalakya Tantra: Diseases of the Head (last 5 weeks of the semester) - Dr. Bharat Vaidya
Tuesday OR Thursday 8:35 am -
5:30 pm
Clinical Internship Clinical Internship
Friday 9 - 10 am Satsang - Alakananda Ma Home Room (Group Study)
10 am - 1 pm History of Ayurveda & Sutras - Dr. Bharat Vaidya Case Based Studies: Jara Chikitsa - Alakananda Ma
1 - 2 pm Ayurvedic Diet, Nutrition and Culinary Arts (Lunch) - Alakananda Ma
2:30 - 5:30 pm Fundamentals of Ayurveda - Kourtney Nelson Clinical Round Table - Alakananda Ma

 

Year B - Spring (Academic year that begins in an odd numbered year)

Day Time First Year Second Year Third/Fourth Year
Wednesday 9 - 10 am Meditation: Developing Compassion & Lovingkindness - Alakananda Ma & Sadananda  
10 am - 1 pm Materia Medica & Ashtavidha Pariksha (Diagnostic Skills) - Alakananda Ma Nighantu (Herbology) - Dr. Bharat Vaidya
1 - 2 pm Ayurvedic Diet, Nutrition and Culinary Arts (Lunch) - Alakananda Ma
2:30 - 5:30 pm Case Based Studies: Srotamsi - Alakananda Ma Ayurvedic Toxicology (Agadha Tantra)
Tuesday OR Thursday 8:35 am -
5:30 pm
Clinical InternshipClinical Internship
Friday 9 - 10 am Satsang - Alakananda Ma Home Room (Group Study)
10 am - 1 pm Ethnopharmacology (first 5 weeks of the semester) - Dr. Bharat Vaidya Case Based Studies: Manas Chikitsa - Dr. Alakananda Ma
Panchakarma Theory (last 10 weeks of the semester) - Heidi Norlund
1 - 2 pm Ayurvedic Diet, Nutrition and Culinary Arts (Lunch) - Alakananda Ma
2:30 - 5:30 pm Clinical Round Table - Alakananda Ma

Contact Us

dean@alandiashram.org
(303) 786-7437

Alandi Ayurveda Gurukula
2457 20th Street
Boulder, CO 80303