TBA: Foundations of Ayurveda

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There are 3 cooking classes and a few other select offerings that may also be open to the public.

This course is a prerequisite for the Ayurveda Health Counselor training and the subsequent Practitioner training. You must complete a separate registration, link here for more information.

This is an introductory course that creates a sound jumping board into further Ayurveda studies.

Also - the course will deepen one's experience of ayurveda for all yoga practitioners or other Wellness professionals interested in Ayurveda as a complementary practice.


Ayurveda, a sister science of yoga, is the science of life. It is an ancient, and still relevant, science of wellbeing. Wellbeing in the Ayurveda and yoga context includes wholeness of the physical, mental, emotional, social, and Spiritual aspects of one’s life.

Ayurveda is a science, tested by time. It is steeped in a solid philosophy that includes the interplay of the body, mind and Spirit. The Foundations of Ayurveda course introduces basic Ayurveda philosophy, anatomy, and physiology. In the study, students will learn to delineate the concept of the essence of Spirit moving to a material manifestation; signs of the manifestation of the body being “out of balance”; assessment techniques; and the tools of Ayurveda.

The Foundations of Ayurveda course is an introduction to Ayurvedic philosophy and provides a means for understanding the concepts of Ayurveda. It prepares the student for deeper studies and is a prerequisite for future Ayurveda courses and also as an enhancement to Yoga teaching or lifestyle awareness.
The available opportunities to further your professional pursuits of Ayurveda include: 

Ayurveda Health Counselor
Ayurveda Practitioner

This introductory program is 132 hours. In your attendance of the program, you'll experience how the classes build one upon the other, allowing the knowledge to unfold into a profound comprehension of Ayurveda.

Philosophical Foundation
Tantamount to building a strong base, the course focuses on the philosophical foundations of Ayurveda. Information is introduced from the essence of Spirit through the levels of the subtle body to the manifestation of a healthy body. Through an understanding of the nature of one’s natural flow of wellbeing, the instructor will then introduce the impact of imbalance on the healthy body. Coursework supporting this foundation are:
• Introduction and Overview of Ayurveda- Samkhya Philosophy
• Tri Dosa and Tri Guna Theories and the Twenty Qualities of Guna
• The Power of Agni, Ama, and Rasa
• Understanding Prana, Tejas, and Ojas and the Principles of Healthy Digestion

Manifestation of Vikrti and Assessment
Life on this planet often fosters the likelihood for the body to be “out of its natural balance”. The next group of classes explores the influences and signs of vikrti or “imbalance”:
• Prakrti and Vikrti
• Pathway of Disease -Vyadhi Marga and Dosa Gati
• Dhatu and Shrotansi: Signs and Symptoms of Health and Disease
• Clinical and Assessment Arts: Pulse, Face, Tongue and Hands

Tools of Ayurveda
Ayurveda addresses creating and maintaining harmony to fully support the individual. One’s lifestyle is evaluated through the physical, mental, emotional, and Spiritual wellbeing. The tools of Ayurveda support each area of one’s life and are reviewed in these final classes of the program.
• Tastes of Life - Food, Herbs, Organ system, Emotions; Cellular Nutrition
• An introduction to Asana and Ayurveda
• Botanicals: Introduction to Basic Herbs, Kitchen Spices and their Application
• An Introduction to Ayurveda Cooking
• An introduction to Ayurveda Marma Point Therapy and Ayurveda Massage
• An Introduction to Yoga Psychology and Ayurveda Psychiatry

It is recommended that applicants have an established yoga practice. You must have a sincere desire to learn Ayurveda. You will need to complete an application form reflecting your interest and desire to learn Ayurveda and meet with the Director of the School or Instructor of the Course.

School Policies
This document is currently being updated, contact us about a copy.

We have a full listing of school ethics, policies including attendance, payment schedules, student grievances, and more. If you request information in the mail, we will include a copy for your review with the application form. It is recommended that you review the policies as you prepare to register for the course.

Cost of the Program

A $250 application fee is due with registration. Students may arrange to pay the tuition through a monthly payment plan.

Tuition $ 2376.00
Application Fee
$ 250.00
Textbooks per list approximate cost $200.00
Manual - Handouts
Total Cost of Program $ 2876.00

Frawley, Dr. David and Dr. Vasant Lad, The Yoga of Herbs. 1986, Lotus Press, Twin Lakes, Wisconsin.

Lad, Vasant, Ayurveda, The Science of Healing. 1984, Lotus Press, Twin Lakes, Wisconsin.

Lad, Dr. Vasant and Usha Lad, Ayurveda Cooking for Self Healing. 1994, The Ayurveda Press, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Lad, Dr. Vasant and Anisha Durve, Marma Points of Ayurveda. 2008, The Ayurveda Press, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Lad, Dr. Vasant, The Complete Book of Ayurveda Home Remedies. 1998, Three Rivers Press, New York.

Lad, Dr. Vasant, Textbook of Ayurveda: Fundamentals Principles of Ayurveda Volume 1. 2002, The Ayurveda Press, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

To receive catalog information and an application or if you have questions, contact the office at 303-432-8099.

Your registration is not complete until we've received your application and fee.
Your application fee will not be deposited until after your interview.

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