Deepen your knowledge of the science of ayurveda and become an Ayurvedic Health Counselor! In this exciting and comprehensive ayurvedic training program, you will expand upon the foundational ayurvedic knowledge you gained in the Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist program. You will explore more complex concepts of the vast and engaging science of ayurveda and broaden your scope of practice.

Nationally recognized and certified by NAMA, the Ayurvedic Health Counselor program is only available to those who have completed the Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist training program or an approved comparable program. If you are looking to make ayurveda into a career or feel your dharma is in the supportive health care industry, this program is for you! As an Ayurvedic Health Counselor you will be able to work with preventative healthcare and the promotion of health, primarily through the suggestions of diet and lifestyle changes. The Ayurvedic Health Counselor program is a nationally recognized professional certification program that will open up new doors for your holistic health and wellness career.

Ayurvedic Health Counselor Unit 6: Ayurvedic Herbology I

Ayurvedic herbology is known as dravya guna karma shastra. It is the shastra (science) of dravya (substance/herbs), their gunas (properties and qualities), and their karmas (actions). In ayurveda, herbs are used for the maintenance of health, the alleviation of disease, and the expansion of Consciousness. In this unit, we will introduce these concepts in depth so that you will be better equipped to understand commonly used traditional ayurvedic herbs in ayurvedic medicine, for personal and professional use.

In this session you will:

  • Understand the concepts of dravya (substance/herbs), gunas (properties and qualities), and karmas (actions) in relation to the science of ayurvedic herbology
  • Relate the concepts of rasa (taste), virya (potency), and vipaka (post digestive effect) to the study of the science of herbology to better understand the effect of ayurvedic herbs
  • Be introduced to the classification of ayurvedic herbs according to the Charaka Samhita (classical ayurvedic text)
  • Receive information on how to determine dosage of herbs
  • Explore the art and science of the ayurvedic pharmacy
  • Discover different methods of herbal preparation and when to use them, including herbal pastes, powders, and decoctions
  • Review the best time to take herbs as well as different channels of administration
  • Receive support with basic Sanskrit usage and pronunciation to assist with the integration of key ayurvedic terms

Learn how to incorporate one of the most popular methods of traditional holistic health and wellness—herbology, safely and effectively into your practice as an Ayurvedic Health Counselor!

*To fulfill the requirements for professional membership with NAMA (National Ayurvedic Medical Association) as an Ayurvedic Health Counselor, 50 supervised client contact hours are required.

Requirements for Ayurvedic Health Counselor Certification:
  • Completion of all four units of the Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist program, or comparable foundational program
  • Completion of the Torchbearer Program: 10 supervised case study phone calls
  • Completion of all eight units of the Ayurvedic Health Counselor program
  • 50 supervised client contact hours obtained through the Torchbearer phone calls, on-site supervision, and Ayurvedic Health Counselor supervision phone calls
  • 200-hour yoga teacher certification from a Yoga Alliance recognized yoga school (participation in the program without this prerequisite is permitted, however 200-hour certification must be obtained before Ayurvedic Health Counselor certification may be issued)

This program has been recognized by and is registered with NAMA (National Ayurvedic Medical Association).

Please contact our certifications department for more information about this and other recognized programs at [email protected].

*Accommodations are not included in the tuition price.