Ayurveda Certification Program

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The Asheville School of Massage & Yoga is a rich and nurturing space for Ayurveda education. We offer a rigorous, comprehensive 600-hour program to become a Certified Ayurveda Wellness Counselor.

The school’s primary objective is to provide a formal education for lay persons and health professionals who are seeking to integrate the principles and practices of Ayurveda into their personal lives and health care practices.  Graduates of the program will be qualified to teach the basic principles of Ayurveda and conduct Ayurvedic lifestyle consultations.

This program may be taken for personal growth and empowerment or for career enhancement.   The skills of an Ayurveda Wellness Counselor perfectly compliment the practices of massage therapy, life coaching, yoga teaching, and nutritionism.  However, no prior experience in these fields or with Ayurveda is necessary.

For a more in-depth look into our approach and philosophy, read Applying Ayurveda: A 5 Element Approach to Yoga Practice by our Director, Shala Worsley.


Through our Certification Program, Ayurveda Wellness Counselors are trained to:
  • Teach and inspire. Empower people to take charge of their health through Ayurvedic self-care regimens and life-style choices.
  • Offer dosha assessment.  Assess constitutional imbalances through interviews and observations.
  • Suggest self-care plans focused on healthy digestion.  Help clients promote healthy digestion and balanced doshas by recommendation of lifestyle changes, diet and exercise regimens, safe fasting plans, herbs, and other self-care practices.
  • Effectively manage client cases.  Motivate clients to make changes, stick to positive changes, and give alternatives to the suggested plan when indicated.  AWC’s can address the first two stages of disease (accumulation and provocation), when one can reverse the process by oneself using common sense to apply the principle of opposite qualities decreasing each other, and taking some home remedies.
  • Refer.  Be able to assess the state of illness and make referrals to Ayurveda Practitioners, Ayurveda  Doctors, or other qualified health-care professionals when the disease has progressed to the third stage.

Apply Now for our Wellness Counselor Certification:

What is Ayurveda?

Ayurveda is a method of health-care from Ancient India based on the 5 Vedic elements: earth, water, fire, air, and space. Its purpose is to prevent illness and promote longevity. According to Ayurveda the key to vibrant health is understanding how the elements operate in you, your environment and every aspect of your life. Adjustments in lifestyle and daily routines can be made to harmonize the elemental tendencies in each individual and restore balance.

Academic Policies
Grading System

The following grade indicators are used to measure academic performance: P=Pass, F=Fail, I=Incomplete.  Students must earn a P in all units to complete the program.  A grade of 70% or greater is considered passing.  Students who fail to maintain a 70% average may be placed on academic probation.

Make Up Work and Incomplete Grades

Students are required to complete all assignments, exams, and any other work in each class.  If class is missed, the student must make arrangements with the instructor of the course to complete the work to the instructor’s satisfaction. This may include additional homework assignments and one-on-one instructor tutorials (avg. $60 per hour).

An incomplete may be granted in certain circumstances at the discretion of the course instructor.  Students have 6 months from the date the Incomplete is issued to complete all assignments and Pass all classes.  After this period it is at the Director’s discretion to accept the work or require additional assignments, a re-take of the final exam, and/or repeating a portion of the program.

Satisfactory Academic Progress

If a student attends all classes, receives a “P” average on all quizzes, assignments, and exams, and participates in all aspects of each class, he or she will be in good academic standing.  If a student receives an “F” average in any course, he or she will be required to complete the tutorials and coursework necessary to master the material necessary for a “P” average.

Transfer of Credit Policy

Students who have attended other Ayurvedic schools approved by the National Ayurvedic Medical Association may, on a case-by-case assessment basis, have a portion of the program offered at Asheville School of Massage & Yoga waived with an equivalent pro-rata of tuition.

In order to qualify for this waiver, the student must have completed coursework with a substantially identical substance to the curriculum offered by the Asheville School of Massage & Yoga and offer documentary evidence of such completion.

Transferability of credits earned at Asheville School of Massage & Yoga to another Ayurvedic school is at the discretion of the accepting school. It is the student’s responsibility to confirm whether or not credits will be accepted by another institution of the student’s choice.

Graduation Requirements

A student will receive a 600-Hour Certificate of Completion from the Asheville School of Massage & Yoga when he or she completes the following requirements:

  1. Complete the full 600-Hour program with a “P” in all courses
  2. Fulfill all financial obligations to the school
Conduct Policies
Attendance

Attendance and punctuality are mandatory. It is the responsibility of the student to master any missed class material and complete any missed assignments. Up to 40 hours of absence time may be made up via independent study projects. After 40 hours of absences the student will be placed on academic probation and must meet specific conditions in order to remain in the program. After 50 hours of absences students will be dismissed from the program.

In most cases, if less than 50% of a weekend is missed, the student may make up the hours by writing a summary paper about the topics missed. If in-class Client Encounters are missed, then additional assignments will be made.

If 50% or more of a particular weekend workshop is missed, the student must write a 3-6 page paper (depending on the amount of time missed) which demonstrates comprehension of the material covered, and the student must pay the instructor for a private tutorial ($75 fee paid directly to the teacher) during which the teacher will confirm that the student has mastered the missed material.

Only 5 video conference classes may be missed. If a student misses 5 video conference classes they will be placed on academic probation and must meet specific conditions in order to stay in the program. If a video conference class is missed, the student must listen to a recording of the class and write a 1-1.5 page paper demonstrating their understanding of the material covered as well as summarizing their self-care practices or their one on one work with clients since the last video conference class.

Code of Conduct

Students are expected to conduct themselves in a way that supports the mission and community of the school.  Personal and professional integrity are essential.  Students may be warned, placed on probation indefinitely, suspended, or dismissed for violations which include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Attending classes or practice sessions under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Physical harm or threat of physical harm to anyone
  • Harassment of any kind which goes beyond the boundaries of protected free speech and would likely cause violence or unrest
  • Theft or damage of the school’s or another student’s property
  • Academic dishonesty, including plagiarism, cheating, or misrepresenting the work of others’ as one’s own
  • Possession or use of any weapon on school property
  • Failure to maintain safety regulations and appropriate hygiene
  • Sexual activity or advances in a classroom setting
  • Poor academic performance
  • Health issues that would interfere with class participation
  • Failure to fulfill tuition obligations
Leave of Absence

Under certain circumstances a leave of absence may be granted by the Director.  Requests must be made in writing, and an interview will be required.  All decisions regarding leave, including the new time frame by which the program must be completed, are at the sole discretion of the Director.  If the program is not completed in due time, the student will be dismissed from the school.

Disciplinary Actions

Before any disciplinary measures are taken with a student, the Director will inform the student of the situation, and give the opportunity for student input before deciding upon a course of action.  If deemed necessary, the following disciplinary actions may be taken:

  • A written warning will inform the student that he or she may face more serious consequences if he or she does not fulfill specific requirements to keep compliance with school policies, procedures, or code of conduct.
  • A student placed on probation may continue in the program on a conditional basis. The length and conditions of the probation are at the discretion of the Director.
  • When a dismissal is issued to a student, he or she must cease all participation in the program.  If a student fails to meet the terms and conditions of probation, he or she will be dismissed.
Appeals

A dismissal may be appealed.  Within 1 week of the notification of the dismissal a student wishing to file an appeal must provide the Director with a written explanation for the appeal, as well as any new or relevant information pertaining to the original determination of dismissal.  The Director will review the information, conduct further interviews if necessary, and decide to let the dismissal stand or change the dismissal to probation.  The Director will grant this decision within two weeks of the appeal request.

Reinstatement after Dismissal

At the time of dismissal the student will be notified if a reapplication is welcome, and of the conditions which the student would be required to meet before consideration for readmission.  If the student chooses to reapply and is accepted, he or she will be notified of the course and financial requirements at that time.

Grievance Procedure and Complaint Resolution

Students are encouraged to discuss concerns and complaints with the teachers whenever they arise.  If further attention to the matter is needed, a meeting with the Director can be scheduled.

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