Ayurveda Wellness Counselor Certification

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 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.

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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.

Yoga-Centered Education

Yoga and Ayurveda are sister sciences which have developed parallel to one another over the past 5,000 years. Aspects of yoga such as chanting, pranayama, meditation, and asana are blended into portions of each weekend workshop in order to facilitate learning, enhance personal sadhana practice, and ensure proper digestion and assimilation of the material.

Program Calendar

Our 600-hour Ayurveda Wellness Counselor Certification Program will last one year and is divided into 12 weekend workshops, weekly live video conference classes, recorded lectures with associated workbook, and an externship. In the event of inclement weather, an email will be sent out and a recording will be put on the school’s voicemail about school closings. There will be at least one make-up date on the schedule, reserved for the possibility of needing to reschedule a weekend due to weather.

Ayurveda Program Calendar

The hours for the weekend workshops are:

  • Friday 8am-5pm (lunch break 12pm-1:15pm)
  • Saturday 8am-5pm (lunch break 12pm-1:15pm)
  • Sunday 8am-5pm (lunch break 12pm-1:15pm)

Video conference classes will be held Wednesday evenings 7-9:30pm.

2019-20 Program Class Schedule

September 13, 2019 – August 16, 2020

  • Sep 13-15: Ayurvedic History, Philosophy, and Doshic Theory
  • Oct 18-20: Ayurvedic Daily and Seasonal Routines for Wellness
  • Nov 15-17: Food as Medicine: Ayurvedic Nutrition & Cooking
  • Dec 13-15: Ayurvedic Use of Herbs for Health and Healing
  • Jan 17-19: Shamana, Shodhana, & Rasayana
  • Feb 14-16: Ayurvedic Body Treatments & Marma Points
  • Mar 13-15: Clinical Management & Review
  • Apr 17-19: Ayurvedic Approach to Reproductive Health
  • May 15-17: Refined Case-taking Skills
  • Jun 19-21: Cooking and Nutrition II/ Eldering from the Ayurvedic Perspective
  • Jul 17-19: Yoga, Ayurveda, and the Mind
  • Aug 14-16: Supervised Internship
  • Make-up Weekend: May 1-3, 2020


2020-21 Program Class Schedule

September 18, 2020 – August 22, 2021

  • Sep 18-20: Ayurvedic History, Philosophy, and Doshic Theory
  • Oct 16-18: Ayurvedic Daily and Seasonal Routines for Wellness
  • Nov 20-22: Food as Medicine: Ayurvedic Cooking & Nutrition
  • Dec 18-20: Ayurvedic Use of Herbs for Health and Healing
  • Jan 15-17: Shamana, Shodhana, & Rasayana
  • Feb 19-21: Ayurvedic Body Treatments & Marma Points
  • Mar 19-21: Clinical Management & Review
  • Apr 16-18: Ayurvedic Approach to Reproductive Health
  • May 21-23: Refined Case-taking Skills
  • Jun 18-20: Cooking & Nutrition II/ Eldering from the Ayurvedic Perspective
  • Jul 16-18: Yoga, Ayurveda, and the Mind
  • Aug 20-22: Supervised Internship
  • Make-up Weekend: April 30- May 2, 2021


Program Overview

The curriculum is designed to give students a solid foundation in the fundamental principles of Ayurveda with an in­ depth exploration of disease prevention and health maintenance.

Anatomy and Physiology Pre/Corequisite

There is an Anatomy and Physiology pre/corequisite which can be met by taking either an in-person or online course that is a minimum of 60 hours before or during the training year. Courses must cover the terminology, structure, and function of the human body including: Overview of cells; Systems of the body (nervous, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, renal, endocrine, musculoskeletal, immune, reproductive, integumentary); and Medical terminology.

PART 1: Weekend Workshops (324 Hours)

  • Ayurvedic History, Philosophy, and Doshic Theory – (27 hours)
  • Ayurvedic Daily and Seasonal Routines for Wellness – (27 hours)
  • Food as Medicine: Ayurvedic Cooking & Nutrition – (27 hours)
  • Ayurvedic Use of Herbs for Health and Healing – (27 hours)
  • Shamana, Shodhana, & Rasayana – (27 hours)
  • Ayurvedic Body Treatments & Marma Points – (27 hours)
  • Ayurvedic Approach to Reproductive Health – (27 hours)
  • Yoga, Ayurveda, and the Mind – (27 hours)
  • Cooking & Nutrition II / Eldering from the Ayurvedic Perspective – (27 hours)
  • Refined Case-taking Skills – (27 hours)
  • Clinical Management & Review – (27 hours)
  • Supervised Internship – (27 hours)

PART 2: Live Stream Video Conference Classes (120 Hours), Recorded Lectures (54 Hours)

During these classes, a lead instructor will cover the following topics in depth: Ayurveda anatomy, physiology, and pathology; Ayurveda disease theory; and case management.

PART 3: Externship (95 Hours)

Students conduct one-on-one client consultations in a private setting. Cases will be supervised by a lead instructor during video conference classes and via shared Google Document files.

PART 4: Private Consultations with Instructors (7 Hours)

In order to become an effective Ayurveda Wellness Counselor, students must have experience being treated by an Ayurvedic Professional. Students schedule private sessions with faculty members of their choice four times during the course of the program. During these sessions, they benefit from taking the perspective of the client and gain firsthand knowledge of rogi pariksha (examination of the client). NOTE: The cost of these sessions is not included in the tuition price of the program.

Additional Out of Class Assignments

This portion of the program consists of assignments spread throughout the year which include practice and documentation of Ayurvedic self­-care regimens and reading/studying.

Licensure Requirements

Our program has been reviewed and recognized as providing training at the professional membership level of Ayurvedic Health Counselor by the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA). Graduates in good standing are eligible to sit for the NAMA Certification Board exam at the Ayurvedic Health Counselor level and upon passage may apply for NAMA professional membership.

Currently there are no licensure requirements for Ayurveda in the United States.

Admission Process
Requirements for Admissions
  • 18 years or older
  • High school diploma/GED or college diploma
  • US citizen or non-citizen who has been lawfully admitted for permanent residence
  • Ability and willingness to participate fully and complete all requirements of the program
  • Ability to pay all fees

After the above requirements have been received, applicants will be contacted to arrange for a personal interview.  If it will place undue hardship upon the applicant to travel to the interview, a phone interview will be conducted in its place.

The Asheville School of Massage & Yoga is open to all prospective students who meet the above requirements and illustrate through their references and interview moral character and an ability to complete the program.  The school does not discriminate based on age, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, creed, disability, or marital status.

Tuition, Fees & Scholarships

Basic Tuition

  • Pay in full by the first day of classes: $5,500

Prepayment Discounts

  • Pay in full 90 days prior to start date: $5,000 (save $500)
  • Pay in full 60 days prior to start date: $5,250 (save $250)

Extended Payment Plans

Payment plan fees are included in amounts below:

  • Two Payments – Pay $2,875 by the first day of classes and $2,875 at the program midpoint.
  • Five Payments – Pay $1150 every other month. The first payment is due by the first day of classes.
  • Monthly Payments – Pay $500 every month. The first payment is due by the first day of classes.

Fees and Expenses

  • Enrollment Fee – $500 nonrefundable
  • Supplies Fee – $50 fee covers the cost of food, oils, and herbs used during the weekend workshops.
  • Required Text – $176 (approximate cost)
  • 4 Private Consultations with Faculty – approximately $50-$200 each


  • Work Study Scholarship ($1,000)
  • Academic Scholarship ($450)
  • On the Path Scholarship ($750)

Inquire about prerequisites and availability. Scholarships and discounts may not be combined.

For more detailed information about our 600-hour program download the catalog or apply now using our online application.