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Kripalu School of Ayurveda

650-Hour Ayurvedic Health Counselor

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Curriculum and Content Hours

Take part in an integrated curriculum designed to make Ayurveda an exciting exploration that results in you feeling more connected to your self, others, and seasonal rhythms, while giving you the confidence to bring this ancient technology to your clients, friends, and/or family members. Participate in our teaching methodology, which provides a unique mix of didactic education and experiential sessions. Continue to practice the teachings in your own life through at-home study assignments in between sessions and discover your own natural rhythms and sources of wisdom.

This is a 536-hour course (plus180 hours of individual study time), inclusive of the following components:

Anatomy and Physiology for Ayurveda

Focuses on the biological humors, or doshas, including their qualities, actions, and sites; the 20 attributes; subdoshas; seven tissues; seven nutritive membranes; and the malas. Also includes agni and its 13 forms; ama, the srotas, and organs; and an introduction to the concepts of etiology and pathology.

Ayurvedic Digestion and Nutrition

This module focuses on the six tastes and the specific action of each as well as the potent energy of food and its postdigestive effects.

Ayurvedic Herbalism

Ayurvedic herbalism focuses on spices, teas, and digestive herbs and explores the science of substances and their qualities.

Ayurvedic Therapies

An overview of panchakarma, tonification, marma therapy, and Ayurvedic massage.

Dinacharya—Ayurvedic Lifestyle Training

Study practical Ayurvedic principles, including daily and seasonal routines, disease prevention, and yoga for everyday health, including lectures on nutrition for balancing the doshas.

Clinical Skills

This series focuses on how different Ayurvedic practitioners conduct examinations, create assessments, recommend therapies, and manage different disorders. Gain knowledge through hands-on clinical practice in small groups and one-on-one clinical sessions.

Ethics and Business Management

Explore the ethics of the Ayurvedic profession, as well as opportunities for advancing one’s knowledge in the field.

Etiology and Pathology of Disease

Learn about etiology, digestion, assimilation, elimination, and the disease process.

History and Philosophy of Ayurveda

Study the historical connection to the Vedas, the ancient texts that form the basis of Ayurveda; the historical background of Ayurveda in India and how it evolved into modern schools; and the cosmology of Ayurveda and where it stands in relation to the other schools of yogic thought.

Psychology from an Ayurvedic Perspective

Learn about the three gunas—sattva, rajas, tamas—as they relate to the mind; and an introduction to spiritual therapies: meditation, mantra, gems, color therapy, aromatherapy, and Jyotish astrology.

Pulse Diagnosis

Study the basics for assessing the state of the doshas and the mental state.


Training in the Sanskrit language, including the alphabet, rules, grammar, and use of Sanskrit dictionaries. Sanskrit is yoga for the mouth and the brain. It improves memory and exercises the neural pathways, which can help to retain brain function as we age and relieve stress. As a vibrational language, the way that words are spoken is integral to their healing properties—instruction in and knowledge of Sanskrit is necessary for the true integration of Ayurvedic knowledge.

Yoga and Ayurveda

Explore the doshas and how they relate to asana and pranayama practice.

Content Hours

Foundations of Ayurveda
Anatomy and Physiology for Ayurveda31 hours
Ayurvedic Digestion and Nutrition21 hours
Dinacharya—Ayurvedic Lifestyle Training35.25 hours
History and Philosophy of Ayurveda14 hours
Psychology from an Ayurvedic Perspective13.5 hours
Sanskrit30 hours
Yoga and Ayurveda35.75 hours
Supervised Study and Review Sessions35.5 hours
Total216 hours

Ayurvedic Health Counselor Module 1: Anatomy, Physiology, Etiology, and Pathology
Ayurvedic Therapies22 hours
Dinacharya—Ayurvedic Lifestyle Training10 hours
Etiology and Pathology of Disease22 hours
Yoga and Ayurveda10 hours
Supervised Study and Review Sessions16 hours
Total80 hours

Ayurvedic Health Counselor Module 2: Clinical Assessment, Pulse Diagnosis, and Herbology
Ayurvedic Herbalism26.5 hours
Clinical Skills 12.5 hours
Dinacharya—Ayurvedic Lifestyle Training7.75 hours
Pulse Diagnosis11.5 hours
Yoga and Ayurveda7.75 hours
Supervised Study and Review Sessions14 hours
Total80 hours

Ayurvedic Health Counselor Module 3: Clinical Assessment, Vata Management, and Women’s Health
Ayurvedic Therapies (vata management)35 hours
Dinacharya—Ayurvedic Lifestyle Training6.75 hours
Clinical20 hours
Yoga and Ayurveda6.75 hours
Supervised Study and Review Sessions14 hours
Total80 hours

Ayurvedic Health Counselor Module 4: Clinical Training and Working with Clients
Clinical Skills34 hours
Dinacharya—Ayurvedic Lifestyle Training9.5 hours
Ethics and Business Management15.5 hours
Yoga and Ayurveda9.75 hours
Supervised Study and Review Sessions11.25 hours
Total80 hours