Kripalu School of Ayurveda

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Ayurveda’s Healing System

Ayurveda, India’s traditional system of medicine, is thousands of years old and is often called the oldest continuously practiced healthcare system in the world. Ayurveda is a natural, complementary healing modality designed to help us realize our true Self.  What makes Ayurveda so special is that it illuminates your innate curiosity about the interconnectedness between the mind, the body, the senses, and the spirit. Following your circadian rhythms is at the heart of Ayurveda. The tools this practice offers can help you find whole health through the development of seasonal eating and sleep habits, daily care of your sense organs, yoga and meditation, and connecting with nature.  

Kripalu’s Approach to Ayurveda Education

At the Kripalu School of Ayurveda (KSA), we empower every student to live your fullest life through the cultivation of nourishing practices that foster vitality and well-being; and if your aim is to work with clients, we then support you in counseling and guiding clients to reach their fullest living potential. KSA trainings are academically robust and experientially grounded, engaging you to grow into greater health and knowledge. 

Foundations of Ayurveda can be taken as a standalone immersion or as the first 200 hours of either our 300-Hour Ayurvedic Yoga Teacher Training or 650-Hour Ayurveda Health Counselor program. The Ayurvedic Health Counselor program prepares graduates to guide clients toward balanced health. The 300-Hour Ayurvedic Yoga Teacher Training is for 200-hour-certified yoga teachers who want to enhance their classes or one-on-one sessions with Ayurvedic principles. 

For Kripalu School of Ayurveda's Upcoming Training Plan  please click here.  


Upcoming Trainings

Ayurveda and the Mind Part 2: Seminars in Ayurvedic Psychology / Online / April 18June 27, 2024: Register Now
300-Hour Uniting Yoga and Ayurveda / Hybrid / June 5July 14, 2024: Register Now
Ayurveda and the Mind Part 3: The Role of the Mind in Health & Disease / On Campus / September 813, 2024: Register Now
200-Hour Foundations of Ayurveda / Online / September 18, 2024March 26, 2025: Apply Now

Training Tracks


200-Hour Foundations of Ayurveda teaches you how to embody the wisdom of Ayurveda through daily and seasonal self-care and nourishment. This training offers an immersion into Ayurveda, and it can be taken as a standalone program. It also is a required component of the 300-Hour Ayurvedic Yoga Teacher Training track, and it is the first of the two-part 650-Hour Ayurvedic Health Counselor certification. 

300-Hour Ayurvedic Yoga Teacher Training is for you if you are a 200-hour-certified yoga teacher who wants to enhance your classes and one-on-one yoga sessions with Ayurvedic principles. To complete this certification, you will combine The Foundations of Ayurveda program with two additional 300-Hour Yoga Teacher Training modules including Uniting Yoga and Ayurveda: Balancing the Doshas and either Guiding Meditation for Transformational Yoga Teaching: Exploring the World Within or Teaching Pranayama: Essential Practices for Yoga Teachers. 

650-Hour Ayurvedic Health Counselor Certification requires you to first complete the 200-Hour Foundations of Ayurveda program. Once you are finished with Foundations, you are eligible to seek enrollment in the second part of the certification track, the 450-Hour Clinical Training in Ayurveda program. This training prepares you to build a clinical practice and guide clients toward balanced health by using nourishment for increased vitality, incorporating lifestyle changes and daily routines to foster self-care and wellness, and implementing stress and energy management practices to build resilience.  

Advanced Studies in Ayurveda offers continuing education programs if you are an Ayurvedic Health Counselor or Ayurvedic Practitioner looking to deepen your knowledge in a particular area of focused study while meeting field-specific PACE requirements

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General Requirements

Applicants for all Kripalu School of Ayurveda programs must

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Display English-language competency
  • Have received a high school diploma or GED
  • Exhibit the ability to contribute to a safe and cohesive learning environment
  • Demonstrate physical, mental, and emotional preparedness to fully participate in all required aspects of the program.
    • The Kripalu certification programs have an intensive schedule and curriculum that is physically, mentally, and emotionally demanding. To be admitted, you must demonstrate medical and mental health and readiness to fully participate in the demands of the program. Additionally, you must be able to support the group learning process and may be denied if it is determined that your participation would in any way compromise a safe and cohesive learning environment. (The Kripalu Schools Admissions Committee may require your medical provider to furnish a note confirming the training is suitable for your capabilities.) 
  • If you are participating in online or hybrid program format you must have access to reliable internet and a computer or tablet with Zoom and word processing capabilities.

Additional Admissions and Certification Requirements

200-Hour Foundations of Ayurveda

  • Admissions Criteria
    • Previous exposure to Ayurveda and an interest in developing a personal Ayurveda practice. 
  • Certification Criteria
    This program, as a standalone, does not offer professional certification. It is, however, the first portion of the two-part 650-Hour Ayurvedic Health Counselor certification track. In order to receive a letter of completion and be eligible to enroll in the Ayurvedic Health Counselor training’s second part—Clinical Training in Ayurveda—you must complete the following:
    • 100% attendance
    • Active class participation
    • At-home assignments completed on time
    • 70% or higher on final exam 

300-Hour Ayurvedic Yoga Teacher Training

  • Admissions Criteria
    • Minimum of two years of experience practicing yoga 
    • Successful completion of a 200-hour yoga teacher training from a Yoga Alliance-registered school. You must provide proof of completion with either a copy of your 200-hour certificate or a copy of your RYT-200 Yoga Alliance registration card 
  • Certification Criteria
    • Successful completion of 200-Hour Foundations of Ayurveda, 300-Hour Module: Uniting Yoga and Ayurveda, and one of the two approved electives through the Kripalu School of Yoga, either 300-Hour Module: Teaching Pranayama—Essential Practices for Yoga Teachers or 300-Hour Module: Guiding Meditation for Transformational Yoga Teaching—Exploring the World Within. These modules can be taken in any order but must be completed within five years. (For maximum curricular benefit, it is recommended that you start with Foundations of Ayurveda.)
    • 100% attendance in all modules
    • Active class participation
    • At-home assignments completed on time
    • Demonstrate teaching competency and proficiency
    • Effectively hold space for effectively teaching and practicing yoga 
    • Demonstrate professional behavior and ethical conduct

650-Hour Ayurvedic Health Counselor Training

  • Admissions Criteria
    • If you are a prospective student who intends to pursue the 650-Hour Ayurvedic Health Counselor (AHC) Certification, you need to complete both the 200-Hour Foundations of Ayurveda program and the 450-Hour Clinical Training in Ayurveda. You may complete one application for both programs. Acceptance is granted initially only for the Foundations of Ayurveda. Upon successful completion, you may seek approval to enroll in the Clinical Training in Ayurveda by contacting the Kripalu Schools at The Kripalu Schools Admissions team will provide you with an updated acceptance letter should you be approved for entrance into this second part of the AHC certification. (Please note that acceptance into both parts of AHC cannot be guaranteed upon acceptance into Foundations of Ayurveda.) 
    • If you wish to enroll in the second part of the AHC program’s Clinical Training in Ayurveda more than 2 years after you complete Foundations of Ayurveda, you will need to fill out an application form again and complete an entrance exam to ensure content retention.
    • Attend an informational session via Zoom. Kripalu Schools will email you a link to the next available information session when processing your application. 
  • Certification Criteria
    • 100% attendance in all in person and online sessions
    • Active class participation
    • At-home assignments completed on time
    • 70% or higher on final exam
    • Demonstrate clinical competency and proficiency in group and 1:1 Ayurvedic Health Counselor practicums
    • Demonstrate professional behavior and ethical conduct 

Successful completion of any of the above programs will be determined by the Kripalu School of Ayurveda, at its sole discretion, based on demonstrated command of the skills necessary to meet the requirements listed above. 

If you would like to receive updates from the Kripalu School of Ayurveda, please sign-up to receive Kripalu Emails and select “Ayurveda” as one of the topics you are interested in. If you are ready to apply for admission to a Kripalu School of Ayurveda training, select the following: 

  • 200-Hour Foundations of Ayurveda Training  
  • 300-Hour Ayurvedic Yoga Teacher Training 
  • 650-Hour Ayurvedic Health Counselor Certification 

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Kripalu Schools are committed to supporting individuals interested in enhancing their life and realizing their full potential through yoga, yoga therapy, Ayurveda, and mindful outdoor leadership regardless of background or financial status. Scholarships are made possible by the generous support of Kripalu’s patrons and donors; and financial assistance is offered when funding is available. Please note that scholarships are limited and awarded on a rolling basis. Thus, those who apply early are given the best chance of securing any available financial support.

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The Kripalu School of Ayurveda takes great pride in our diverse team of leading faculty. Each of our teachers comes with a deep study and practice of Ayurveda, including a variety of the following qualifications: 

  • Bachelor's of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery degree or equivalent 
  • At least five years of study with an Ayurvedic scholar 
  • An active Ayurvedic-related practice and/or teaching in Ayurveda for a minimum of five years 
  • *Special approval from the Director of the Kripalu School of Ayurveda for highly qualified adjunct faculty members without the above credentials to teach course content within their specialized area of expertise  

Many of our faculty have additional backgrounds in yoga, Chinese medicine, and Western health-care, adding depth and integrative perspectives to their teaching. 

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The Kripalu School of Ayurveda is NAMAC-recognized Ayurvedic Health Counselor Program. * 

*For students enrolled in a NAMAC-recognized Ayurvedic Health Counselor program beginning on or after January 1, 2022, the curriculum requires a minimum of 180 hours of live in-person classes unless state and local public health guidelines mandate otherwise. In the instance that any further pandemic or public health complications should arise, the program format may be adjusted accordingly. See our published schedule for course details. 




Once you have been notified of acceptance into your Kripalu Schools program, contact Registrations at 413.448.3152 to confirm your space in the training and reserve your accommodations. In order to register for a Kripalu professional training, with the exception of select 1000-Hour Yoga Teacher Trainings, you must first receive an acceptance decision from Kripalu School. 

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