Ayurveda Therapist Level 1

Our unique one month intensive course

Ayurveda Therapist Level 1

Duration: One month intensive course: 4 hours class time per day, 6 days per week. Sunday’s off for self-study and practice

Eligibility: Interest in Ayurveda and holistic lifestyle

Dates for 2020:

  • 28 February – 28 March
  • 1 April – 29 April
  • 4 May – 2 June
  • 1 June – 30 June
  • 13 July – 11 August
  • 24 August – 22 September
  • 28 September – 28 October

Language: The course is taught in simple English

Being a physician, I feel that patients come to me with diseases that could’ve been prevented with proper knowledge about diet, lifestyle, common herbs and other preventative practices mentioned in the original Ayurvedic texts. I always feel that due to time constraints, physicians most of the time are not able to educate patients about these preventative practices. Patients too only come to a physician when there is a problem. An Ayurvedic therapist plays a very important role in fulfilling this gap between the individual and the physician. A well trained Ayurvedic therapist can maintain his/her health and also help and encourage others to live a healthy and balanced life.”
Dr Arun Sharma, Head Physician at Ayuskama Ayurveda and main teacher of this course

This course is an outcome of Dr Arun Sharma’s experience as an Ayurvedic physician, influenced by his lineage and many other great teachers that he has studied with. It gives proper technique and approach to any student wishing to study this vast subject. It is refined from years of practice and teaching, and contains undiluted material taken from great masters like Charaka, Sushruta and Vagabhata.

Ayurveda directly translates from sanscrit as the science of life. Dr Arun Sharma calls it the science of common sense. Ayurveda is a user’s manual for this life and teaches us to live with utmost clarity and awareness towards oneself, life, health, disease, mind and the universe.

Through his experience of teaching Ayurveda, Dr Sharma found many people try to learn Ayurveda in bits and pieces through various sources, resulting in fragmented knowledge. Therefore, we follow a unique methodology and provide a solid foundation as well as a holistic picture for studying and applying Ayurveda.

“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.) – ‘The Father of Ayurveda’

Our aim is to bring this fragmented knowledge into a cohesive whole, give a proper historical and current world perspective on Ayurveda, as well as to equip every student with a learning methodology they can use to apply Ayurveda correctly and precisely in their everyday life and practice.

This course includes comprehensive theory and practical sessions through which you will study the Ayurvedic perspective on how to understand the human body and mind. We put emphasis on the body and mind connection and how they work physiologically and the affect when one becomes imbalanced.

In this intensive programme we cover Ayurvedic philosophy, physiology, psychology, routine, the cycle of pathology, basics of diagnosis and conducting consultations that includes prakriti examination (constitution) and vikriti examination (imbalances). We also learn about treatments which include: diet and nutrition, common Ayurvedic herbs, lifestyle changes, and over 30 Ayurvedic manual treatments and massages. We will be learning most of the pre-panchakarma treatments in this intensive programme.

Students who have completed this course are now practicing Ayurveda in their countries offering Ayurvedic consultations, treatments, lifestyle and common Ayurvedic herb advice, running retreats, using yoga therapy, setting up Ayurvedic shops and markets. They have also been teaching Ayurvedic courses, workshops, massage classes, nutrition classes, and teaching Ayurveda at yoga teacher training programmes. Find out more about our alumni here.

This course provides a solid foundation for anyone wishing to develop an effective and ethical practice as an Ayurvedic Therapist and utilize Ayurvedic principles for self-care as well as for the wellness of others. We offer space and materials for students to self-practice manual treatments as part of the course.

At the end of the course the students are required to submit their notes in order to receive an Ayurveda Therapist Level 1 Certificate.

All our courses are in accordance with the guidelines provided by Ayush, the governing body of India.

Daily program and general routine:

There will be 4 hours of Ayurveda studies everyday 6 days per week (Sundays off), starting from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, there will be short refreshment break of 15 minutes in between the sessions.

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 is 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.

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.

About Dharamshala, Accommodation & other information

Accommodation: We will not be providing any food and accommodation during the course. There are plenty of guest houses in the area where you can easily get accommodation ranging from 500 rupees per day to 1500 rupees per day.

Eating : There are plenty of restaurants nearby ranging from normal indian food to all the major western and continental cuisines.


Theory sessions
  1. Introduction to Ayurveda
  2. History of Ayurveda
  3. Branches of Ayurveda
  4. Philosophy of Ayurveda
  5. Basic principles of Ayurveda
    • Theory of Creation-Samkhya darshan
    • Pancha Mahabhuta Concept
    • Tridosha Concept
    • Concept of Body – Mind – Soul
    • Concept of Sapta Dhatu (Body Elements)
    • Concept of Mala (Waste Products)
    • Concept of Strotas (Body Channels)
    • Concept of Agni (Digestive Fire)
    • Concept of Koshta (Alimentary Tract)
    • Concept of Prakruti (Body Constitution and analysis)
    • Concept of Vikruti
    • Natural and unnatural Vikruti
    • Concept of rog marga (Pathways of disease)
    • How diseases become chronic?
  6. Preventive medicine and Ayurvedic routine
  7. Concept of disease in Ayurveda
  8. Basic introduction to diagnosis and methods of diagnosis
  9. History taking and art of making diagnosis
  10. Physical examination
  11. Patient examination – 10 step
  12. Disease examination – 8 steps
  13. Conducting an Ayurvedic consultation
  14. Method of disease understanding
  15. Study of common diseases – causes, symptoms, treatment / hetu, linga, oushadh
  16. Concept of Ayurvedic treatments
  17. A detailed study of Ayurvedic nutrition
    •   Basic principles of Ayurvedic diet
    •    recipies according to Ayurveda
    •    Herbs & spices used in Ayurveda cooking
    •    Home remedies with Ayurveda herbs & spices.
    •    Ayurveda Nutrition & diet management for different disease.
    •    Diet & nutrition according to your body constitution & dosha Imbalance.
  18. Stress management according to Ayurveda
  19. Study of 30 common Ayurvedic Plants
  20. Commonly used medicinal oils & products
Practical sessions
  1. Abhyangam (Ayurvedic Full Body Massage including, head, face and feet)
  2. Pinda Sveda/Kizhi
    •    Patra Pinda Sweda
    •    Churna Pinda Sweda
    •    Baluka Pinda Sweda
    •    Shashti Shali Pinda Sweda
    •    Kukutand Pinda Sweda
  3. Shirodhara (Oil Treatment for the Head)
    •    Taildhara
    •    Takradhara
    •    Jaldhara
    •    Ksheerdhara
    •    Kashayadhara
  4. Udvartanam (Herbal powder massage)
  5. Svedana (Steaming therapy)
  6. Eye treatments
    •    Akshitarpan/Netra vasti
    •    Aschyotan
    •    Anjan (includes hands on practice on making your own anjan)
    •    Netradhara
  7. Dhoomapana (Smoking treatments)
    •    Gudadhoopan
    •    Yonidhoopan
    •    Vrandhoopan
    •    Karandhoopan
  8. Ear treatments
    •    Karanpooran
    •    Karansaka
    •    Karandhoopan
  9. External vasti treatments
    •    Janu vasti
    •    Kati vasti
    •    Greeva vasti
    •    Uro vasti
    •    Netra vasti
  10. Kashaya parisheka
  11. Nasya (Nose treatment)
    •    Snehan
    •    Shodan
    •    Ropan
  12. Gandusha (Oral treatments)
    •    Snehan
    •    Shodan
    •    Ropan
  13. Lepa (Paste application)

Course Price:

  • 90,000 INR
  • To secure your spot on the course a 10,000 INR payment is required, please note this is non-refundable. The rest of the payment can be made in the first week of the course.

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