Become an Ayurvedic Practitioner*

Ayurveda Vaidya Visharad*
Two-year Experiential Program

* This program fulfills NAMA's current requirements for this title. Individual state law will determine what title you can legally use, as well as any restrictions on scope of practice.

General Program Information

The program is limited to 10 full time students per year. Class sizes are small, with mixed levels to maximize discussion, individual attention, and to 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 (8 hours on Wednesdays and Fridays) and 8 hours in clinic per week (on Tuesday OR Thursday). Students should expect to do 1-3 hours per class per week outside of school on assignments, homework or studying.

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

HOW IS THE CURRICULUM ORGANIZED?
The academic year is divided into two 15-week semesters, with typical academic breaks and holidays observed. Students participate in mixed level classes for each 2-year cycle of the program, organized into Year A and Year B (see the explanation of the A/B structure below).

Students attend classes on Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, and participate on one clinic day per week (either Tuesday or Thursday, depending on which day is assigned) from 8:35 am – 5:30 pm.

The program also includes a class on Ayurvedic Cuisine held during lunch on Wednesday and Friday – this is a required class that involves lunch with unique recipes each day over a 2 year cycle, a recipe manual, and teaching points about the health benefits of the foods used. (Note – students in the 4-year program, can opt to repeat the lunch class durin the last 2 years).

In addition to the weekly classes, there are 4 required weekend workshops that occur during the first year of studies. Please check the academic calendar to see when these are scheduled.

HOW DOES YEAR A & B WORK?|
The full curriculum for each 2-year cycle of the program (First/second year = practitioner program. Third/fourth year = Ayurvedic Bhishakgwara program) are organized into Year A and B, with classes alternating each year. Both levels of students in a 2 year program are combined in all of the classes, (except during the Fundamentals of Ayurveda taken only by First year students) – meaning First and Second Year students take classes together, and Third and Forth Year Students take classes together. The combined class setting allows for mixed levels and mentoring. Studies have shown that this structure allows for a deeper learning experience.

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 the schedule below).

Recommended 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 begin school. We strongly recommend studying these subjects either before or while attending 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

ORIENTATION
Fall orientation is the Sunday prior to the first day of class, this is required for all students. There is an additional Clinic orientation on that Monday for all new students. Spring clinic orientation is on the Sunday prior to the first day of class. The detailed schedule for each orientation day is posted on the Academic Calendar.

WEEKEND WORKSHOPS
During the first year of study, there are three required weekend workshops, and a fourth one for first and second year students (offered in the spring of year A). Dates for these classes are posted in the Academic Calendar. Descriptions can be found in the detailed class description section. The weekend workshops are:

INTENSIVES
Currently there is one required intensive for Pancha Karma Therapies. This is scheduled in the summer after Year A. The intensive includes training in basic purva karma and pancha karma techniques such as abhyanga and shiro dhara. There is an optional internship portion for those that wish to be certified in these therapies. Note: Individual state law will determine any additional certifications required to administer these therapies, such as a massage therapy certification). Please read the detailed description of this intensive for more information.

Curriculum at a Glance

Click course title for detailed descriptions.

Class Schedule Year A - Fall (Starts on even numbered years) -
Practitioner Program (1st & 2nd Years)

Day Time First/Second Year
Wednesday 9 - 9:50 am Meditation for Pulse Reading - Alakananda Ma
10 am - 12:45 pm Nadi Pariksha (Pulse Diagnostics and Therapeutics) - Alakananda Ma
1 - 2:15 pm Ayurvedic Diet, Nutrition and Culinary Arts (Lunch) - Alakananda Ma
2:15 - 5 pm Case Based Studies: Srotamsi - Alakananda Ma
Tuesday OR Thursday 8:35 am - 5:30 pmClinical Internship
Friday 9 - 9:50 am Satsang: Upanishads - Alakananda Ma
10 am - 1 pm Sing the Sutras - Renay Oshop
1 - 2:15 pm Ayurvedic Diet, Nutrition and Culinary Arts (Lunch) - Alakananda Ma
2:15 - 5 pm 1st Years - Fundamentals of Ayurveda - Kourtney Nelson
2nd Years - Clinical Round Table - Alakananda Ma

 

Class Schedule Year A - Spring (Starts on odd numbered years) -
Practitioner Program (1st & 2nd Years)

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Day Time First/Second Year
Wednesday 9 - 9:50 am Meditation for Pulse Reading - Alakananda Ma
10 am - 12:45 pm Nadi Pariksha (Pulse Diagnostics and Therapeutics) - Alakananda Ma
1 - 2:15 pm Ayurvedic Diet, Nutrition and Culinary Arts (Lunch) - Alakananda Ma
2:15 - 5 pm Case Based Studies: Srotamsi - Alakananda Ma
Tuesday OR Thursday 8:35 am - 5:30 pm Clinical Internship
Friday 9 - 9:50 am Satsang: Bhagavad Gita - Alakananda Ma
10 am - 1 pm Marmani (first 5 weeks of the semester) - Annalise Ozols
Basic Botany (last 10 weeks of the semester) - Jane Bunin
1 - 2:15 pm Ayurvedic Diet, Nutrition and Culinary Arts (Lunch) - Alakananda Ma
2:15 - 5 pm Clinical Round Table - Alakananda Ma

 

Class Schedule Year B - Fall (Starts on odd numbered years)
Practitioner Program (1st & 2nd Years)

Day Time First/Second Year
Wednesday 9 - 9:50 am Meditation: Developing Compassion & Lovingkindness and Nonviolent Communication - Alakananda Ma
10 am - 12:45 pm Materia Medica (Herbology) - Alakananda Ma
1 - 2:15 pm Ayurvedic Diet, Nutrition and Culinary Arts (Lunch) - Alakananda Ma
2:15 - 5 pm Case Based Studies: Srotamsi - Alakananda Ma
Tuesday OR Thursday 8:35 am - 5:30 pmClinical Internship
Friday 9 - 9:50 am Satsang: Ethics - Alakananda Ma
10 am - 1 pm History of Ayurveda & Sutras - Dr. Bharat Vaidya
1 - 2:15 pm Ayurvedic Diet, Nutrition and Culinary Arts (Lunch) - Alakananda Ma
2:15 - 5 pm 1st Years - Fundamentals of Ayurveda - Kourtney Nelson
2nd Years - Clinical Round Table - Alakananda Ma

 

Year B - Spring (Starts on even numbered years)
Practitioner Program (1st & 2nd Years)

Day Time First/Second Year
Wednesday 9 - 9:50 am Meditation: Developing Compassion & Lovingkindness - Alakananda Ma
10 am - 12:45 pm Ashtavidha Pariksha (Diagnostic Skills) - Alakananda Ma
1 - 2:15 pm Ayurvedic Diet, Nutrition and Culinary Arts (Lunch) - Alakananda Ma
2:15 - 5 pm Case Based Studies: Srotamsi - Alakananda Ma
Tuesday OR Thursday 8:35 am - 5:30 pm Clinical Internship
Friday 9 - 9:50 am Satsang - Alakananda Ma
10 am - 1 pm Ethnopharmacology (first 5 weeks of the semester) - Dr. Bharat Vaidya
Panchakarma Theory (last 10 weeks of the semester) - Heidi Norlund
1 - 2:15 pm Ayurvedic Diet, Nutrition and Culinary Arts (Lunch) - Alakananda Ma
2:15 - 5 pm Clinical Round Table - Alakananda Ma

Weekend Classes

Fall Weekend Classes (1st years Only):

Spring Weekend Class (1st and 2nd years) - Year A only:

Contact Us

dean@alandiashram.org
(303) 786-7437

Alandi Ayurveda Gurukula
2457 20th Street
Boulder, CO 80303