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Advanced Ayurveda Therapist Certification Course (200 hours), 31st of july 2016 to 28th of august 2016)- Admission open


Advanced Ayurveda Therapist Certification Course (200 hours)

About the course:

This course is offered by Ayuskama Ayurveda Institute in partnership with Anahata kirtan and Shunya Yoga & Bodywork.

We have developed a unique program which will give you a tangible framework and practical methodology of studying and understanding Ayurveda. Through our experience of teaching international students, we found many people try to learn Ayurveda in bits and pieces through various sources, resulting in fragmented knowledge. They struggle to understand the whole picture of Ayurveda because they lack a proper learning methodology.

Charaka the Father of Ayurvedic medicine has already said:
The understanding of the total nature of a subject does not arise from a fragmentary knowledge of it. (Charaka samhita Vi 4/5- 1500 B.C.E)

Our aim is to bring this fragmented knowledge into a cohesive whole. The course includes comprehensive theoretical and practical applications of Ayurveda; daily Yoga classes and practice; learning Kirtan-- an ancient way of harmonizing your body, mind and soul through spiritual chanting and singing. Ayurveda is a science of common sense; the course is designed for a proper rational understanding to translate this knowledge into daily life. It will help you to enhance self care and wellness for you and your loved ones. As well the course will give sound guidance for developing an ethical practice as an Ayurvedic.

Daily program and general routine:

As this course will be following Ayurvedic traditions, so too your days will start and finish with these traditions in mind. In this one month intensive, let's really explore how much we can change, grow and evolve by being given the opportunity absolutely to do so.
Your day will start with;

  • 6.30am Waking and Ayurvedic cleansing techniques. This will be done with minimal talking or possibility of silence so as to go into your Yoga classes in a meditative state.
  • 7.30am Morning Chanting and Yoga at Trimurti Gardens Yoga Shala
  • 9.00am Breakfast at Trimurti Gardens
  • 10.15am Ayurvedic lessons at Ayurskama Ayurvedic School ( Please be at the class ready to start by 10.10am)
  • 2.30pm Lunch at Trimurti Gardens
  • 3.30pm - 5.30pm Self study and practice in Shala
  • 5.30pm - 7.00pm Evening meal (not included in cost, so eat where you choose)
  • 7.00pm Evening Kirtan followed by optional Yoga class

Getting to Dharamsala

AIR - The nearest airport is at Gaggal, 15 km southwest from Dharamsala. You can fly here with Air India or Spice Jet from Delhi. The Taxi from Gaggal costs around 1000 Rupees to Mcleod Ganj, and it’s around 45 minutes drive. If direct flights to Dharamsala are not available there are other possibilities to reach here by air: take a flight to Jammu (180 km from us), Chandigarh (240 km from us) or Amritsar (197 km) and then take a pre-paid taxi to McLeod Ganj. You will reach to us within 4 -5 hours. The taxi shouldn’t cost more than 6500 Rupees (100€).

BUS - There are daily bus services from Delhi to Dharamsala every evening, it’s about 10 to 12 hours journey. This option is the most economical. Himachal Roadways Transport Corporation operates buses on daily base. There are Air Condition and Non-Air Condition buses available according to your budget. Bus services are also possible from Manali and Shimla.

TRAIN -Pathankot is 85-km and is the nearest train station for Dharamshala. Trains from all over the country make a stopover at Pathankot and from here it is a three-hour journey to Dharamsala.

Feel free to contact us if you need any help to get to us!

About Dharamshala, Accommodation & other information

Accommodation: Trimurti Gardens is an amazing guest house in upper Bhagsu. Run by Mira who is German and Ashoka, who is Indian, this guest house has the best of both worlds. The rooms are mainly simple but very clean and tidy and most of them use shared bathrooms and toilets. There are a few rooms which can be booked for an extra €100 for the total time that have attached bathrooms and are a bit more modern. Directly behind Trimurti Gardens is the Green Guesthouse. This guesthouse will be used to accommodate the rest of the students who book in later. This guesthouse is very nice and some people in the past have preferred to be here so as to separate themselves a little. Food will be served on the terrace of Trimurti gardens every day. The food is wholesome and nutritious and cooked in accordance with Ayurvedic traditions. Trimurti Gardens is approximately a 10 min walk to your Ayurvedic classes in Bhagsu. Remember at this time of the year you will need to have an umbrella and some appropriate footwear. These are available also in Bhagsu very cheap, if you do not want to travel with these items. Eg, an umbrella is around €3.50. Yoga mats are also about the same price, but these are not very good quality and will only last the month you are here

Eating : The food prepared at Trimurti Gardens is strictly vegetarian and cooked under specific guidance. If however you require any other specific needs, please talk to one of the staff when you arrive or mention it in your application brief and we will do our best for you.

Indian Monsoon season : This course is being run with the possibility of there still being some rain in the first part of the course. With respect to that, please be aware that you will need to bring clothing and footwear appropriate to the season. If you haven't experienced an Indian Monsoon before, this is not your normal rainstorm! When the rain comes, it pours out of the sky with exuberant abundance! It is quite an experience but if you are unprepared it can have its challenges. Please come prepared, in mind and body. In 2014 there was no rain at all during this period and it didn't come till later, the year before it had all finished by this time. As you can see, there is really no rhyme or reason to when it will start and finish. The best we can be is prepared.  For those who have challenges with allergies in damp weather please come with those things that you would normally take.

About the Teachers

Dr. Arun Sharma
Our Core programs are taught by: Dr. Arun Sharma, B.A.M.S (Bachelor in Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery), Dip.Panchakarma, an expert Ayurvedic Physician, author and teacher who belongs to a Family lineage of Ayurvedic doctors and Sanskrit scholars.His Training in Ayurveda and Sanskrit Language started at a young age. He Completed his B.A.M.S from Shree Laxmi Narayan Ayurveda College, Amritsar. And subsequently gained additional practical knowledge from Grandfather’s Ayurvedic Practice and several other Vaidyas.  He has extensive experience and success in Treating patients with Slip discs and lower back ache, Cervical spondylititis, Ankylosing spondylitis, Frozen Shoulder, Autoimmune Disease, Paralytic rehabilitation, Skin Disease like Psoriasis, Eczema With the use of  classical Ayurveda Herbs, Medicines and Panchakarma treatments. 

He is well known among his students for his in depth knowledge of the principles of Ayurveda and his engaging teaching style and explaining complex subjects in easy and simple language.

Debbie Karl
Debbie has a profession as a Classical Acupuncturist so brings to our course a vast knowledge of a different ancient medicine, which certainly shares many parallels with ancient Ayurvedic Medicine.  Having had eleven years experience in a very busy western clinical practice, she brings a deep understanding on how to be with our clients in an authentic and heart centered way.  Debbie is also a musician and singer and will bring to this course the branch of Bhakti Yoga, the yoga of devotion.  You will have the opportunity each evening to enjoy the benefits of ancient sanskrit chanting.  She offers this to you as a tool that has been a cornerstone to her own self practice as a practitioner.  Debbie will also be your Ayurvedic camp mentor.  You will liaise with her with any questions, challenges or feedback.

Sunyata Rob Moore
Sunyata is our Yoga and Pranayama teacher bringing you a daily practice to support and balance the workload of your months intensive.  The daily repetition of a nourishing yoga practice will give you an opportunity to see the benefits of incorporating this in your lives for balance and well being.  Rob comes from a long background in professional sport and is an acupuncturist and structural body worker.  Rob has been practicing yoga for 18 years and runs a busy clinical practice which includes the support and treatment of injuries and pain related disorders.  A fantastic understanding of physiology and alignment from a sports background lends towards lots of additional information to top up and complete your Ayurvedic diploma and your preparation as a practitioner.

About Yoga and Kirtan Classes

Sunyata Rob Moore will be leading your yoga classes every morning. Sunyata has been studying Sivananda Yoga for the past 18 years and thoroughly enjoys this style, however, being a multi style certified teacher the morning yoga will most likely change and evolve as the students do as well. As the classes will be for students of all levels, the classes will start off very gently and as the students change and grow, so too the yoga will follow. For those wanting to push their yoga practice a little, there will also be optional classes in the evenings after the daily Kirtan sessions.

Kirtan Classes
Debbie will lead evening Kirtan chanting giving you an opportunity to enjoy Bhakti Yoga in your one month program.  Bhakti yoga is the yoga of devotion. We have included chanting in your program to give you experience of a resource for cultivating well being, personal transformation and spiritual evolution. It calms the mind, improves your concentration, increases your energy levels and enhances feelings of inner peace and tranquility.

Debbie finds chanting an authentic and effective spiritual practice.

****Debbie will also guide you in how to conduct a professional practice in the healing arts, by keeping the balance of mind, body and spirit.  The cultivation of a balanced profession is indeed seeded in your own self practice.


Following is the order to study Ayurveda
WEEK ONE - Basic principles

  • History of Ayurveda
  • Indian philosophies and its effect on Ayurveda
  • The Sankhya Darshan and theory of creation.
  • The Theory of Panch bhoota(Five elemental properties).
  • Understanding the Doshas and their significance in Ayurvedic medicine.
  • The relationship of Doshas and Panchabhootas.
  • Mind and its attributes, Mansik Doshas and their significance.
  • The relationship between Mental and physical Doshas.
  • The Concept of Agni
  • Ahar Parinam Pak (Study of digestive system according to Ayurvedic perspective)
  • The Concept of Dhatus, Their significance in health and disease.
  • Dhatu Parinam Pak (Tissue metabolism and its significance)
  • The Concept of Mala. (waste products of body)
  • Strotas, the body channels
  • Vegas, (The study of natural and unnatural urges of human body and mind)
  • Koshta, the concept of gastrointestinal tract.
  • The 20 types of Gunas (Properties)
  • Rasa (the six tastes), Virya(potency of the herbs), Vipaka(Post digestive effect)
  • Desha (place) classification and significance
  • Concept of Prakriti and Vikriti

Prakriti (The mental and physical constitution) its significance and examination

  • Physical examination
  • Mental examination
  • Nadi Pariksha (Pulse examination)

WEEK TWO: Vikriti (The study of the imbalances and disease process) (2nd week)

  • Natural Vikritis that happen naturally with Kala(time), Ahara(food) ,Achara( behavior) ,Ritu(seasons).
  • Unnatural Vikriti: Roga(study of disease), Classification of disease, The base of disease.
  • Kriyakal( the Disease process), How and why Natural Vikritis change into disease producing Unnatural vikritis.
  • Roga marga (The different pathways of disease), their classification and significance in diagnosis and treatment.
  • The concept of Sadhya and Asadhya roga( study of treatable and untreatable disease), classification and significance.
  • Three pillars of health and their significance in keeping vikritis away and prevent disease.

Preventative medicine: (swastha rakshanam)

  • Dincharya: the daily routine.
  • Ritucharya: seasonal routines.
  • Ahara rasayan: rejuvenating foods and concepts of Nutrition.
  • Achar rasayan: ethical codes and rejuvenating and healthy behavior.
  • Rasayana: other miscellaneous rejuvenating methods and herbs.

Concept of disease in Ayurveda

  • Basic introduction to diagnosis and methods of diagnosis
  • History taking and patient examination.
  • Rogi pariksha, 10 fold patient examination.
  • Rog Pariksha, 8 fold disease examination.
  • Nidan panchak , the fivefold diagnostic techniques
  • Study of  5 common diseases (causes, symptoms, treatment )
  • Obesity and weight management.
  • Diabetes
  • Arthritis and lower back ache
  • Insomnia and Stress

WEEK THREE AND FOUR: Practical application of Ayurveda Treatments

Chikitsa (Concept of treatment in Ayurveda) (3rd and 4th week)

  • The twofold classification treatment.
  • Shadwidh chikitsa (the six fold classification of treatment)
  • The treatment of above mentioned disease.
  • Practical training of Ayurvedic treatments and massages.

Practical Sessions:

  1. Abhyanga & Body Massage
  2. Nadee sweda
  3. Bashpasweda
  4. Choornapinda sweda (Choornakkizhi)
  5. Patra pinda sweda (Ilakkizhi)
  6. Shashtikasali pinda sweda(Navarakkizhi)
  7. Pichu-local
  8. Vasthy-local
  9. Dhara-local
  10. Shirodhara
  11. Takradhara
  12. Ksheeradhara
  13. Thalam
  14. Akshitarpanam
  15. Aschotan, Anjan
  16. Dhoomapana
  17. Karnapoorana
  18. Karnadhoopana
  19. Nasya
  20. Udvartanam.

Course Price: 

  • 1950 Euros including  Taxes, Tuition Fees,  Accommodation for  one month, Yoga  and Kirtan classes, Two meals  a day( Breakfast and Lunch).
  • extra surcharge of 150 euros for private attached bathroom, served on first come first serve basis.
  • Early bird registration before 15th of June: 1850 euros
  • Registration fees is 100 Euros Non refundable. Rest of the payment can be done on arrival. Payment is accepted in Indian Rupees, Euros or equivalent US$ in cash.
  • Registaration fees can be deposited through, Bank transfer, western union Money transfer or cash.

How to Apply:  Please email your interest to ayuskama@gmail.com  with your name, address and email id and we will contact you at the earliest. Website: www.ayuskama.com



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