September 16, 2016 – August 20, 2017
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.
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 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.
Our 600-hour Ayurveda Wellness Counselor Certification Program will last one year and is divided into 12 weekend workshops and 40 conference call classes. 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-1pm)
- Saturday 8am-6pm (lunch break 12:30pm-1:30pm)
- Sunday 8am-5pm (lunch break 12pm-1pm)
Conference call classes will be held Wednesday evenings 7:00pm-9:30pm.
- Start date: September 16, 2016
- End date: August 20, 2017
- Sept 16-18: Ayurvedic History, Philosophy, and Doshic Theory
- Oct 14-16: Ayurvedic Daily and Seasonal Routines for Wellness
- Nov 18-20: Food as Medicine: Ayurvedic Nutrition & Cooking
- Dec 16-18: Ayurvedic Use of Herbs for Health and Healing
- Jan 20-22: Ayurvedic Cleansing & Detoxification
- Feb 17-19: Ayurvedic Approach to Reproductive Health
- Mar 17-19: Supervised Internship I
- Apr 21-23: Ayurvedic Body Treatments & Marma Points
- May 19-21: Advanced Case-taking Skills
- Jun 16-18: Vedic Astrology & Vaastu
- Jul 21-23: Yoga of Ayurveda
- Aug 18-20: Supervised Internship II
- Make-up Weekend: May 5-7
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. The program takes one year to complete and consists of 12 weekend workshops plus 40 weekly conference calls, which last 2.5 hours each. Internship hours are woven into the curriculum: Students complete a minimum of 50 Client Encounters through observation of teacher demonstrations during in-class workshops (minimum of 13 client encounters), Supervised Student Internship weekends (minimum of 17 client encounters), and one-on-one consultations with clients (minimum of 20 client encounters, see Part 3 below). Students must be prepared for outside of class assignments including reading, practice of Ayurvedic self-care regimens, client consultations, and private consultations with members of the Faculty.
Program Curriculum Part 1, Weekend Workshops:
Ayurvedic History, Philosophy, and Doshic Theory – (25 contact hours)
The purpose of this workshop is to give the Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor (AWC) a strong understanding of the history, philosophy, fundamental principles and basic vocabulary of Ayurveda. Students will complete the workshop feeling competency in determining which gunas are predominant in their own and their clients’ constitutions. They will receive instruction on how to do a basic client intake and assessment to determine the role and influence of the 10 pairs of opposing qualities in their clients’ constitutions.
Ayurvedic Daily and Seasonal Routines for Wellness – (25 contact hours)
Ayurveda recognizes that the time of day, season, and time of life have a significant impact on a person’s health and constitution. In this workshop, students learn how to minimize the disturbance that these life cycles can create by making significant changes in daily routines. The AWC will be able to demonstrate by example and offer simple at-home preventative, strength building, and positive conduct measures for daily, seasonal, and life-long balance. AWC’s will also learn communication skills that will help them build effective relationships with their clients.
Food as Medicine: Ayurvedic Nutrition and Cooking – (25 contact hours)
The purpose of this workshop is to provide the AWC with the knowledge and skills to recommend appropriate food choices and proper eating behaviors in accordance with constitution, season, digestive strength, and age of the client. AWC’s will gain an understanding of how the 6 tastes can lead to the use of food as medicine in Ayurveda. Counselor’s will also gain proficiency in selecting and preparing foods and spices according to constitution, season, digestive strength, and age and will be able to demonstrate proper eating behaviors through their own practice. The focus will be Ayurvedic routines for proper, efficient digestion, improving digestion and digestive disorders, as well as practices that support healthy elimination.
Ayurvedic Use of Herbs for Health and Healing – (25 contact hours)
The purpose of this workshop is to give the AWC the knowledge and skills necessary to recommend herbs to balance digestion and eliminate toxins, while protecting and building the immune system. By the end of this workshop the counselor is able to recommend pre-designed herbal formulas and create custom herbal formulations that include the use of herbs, minerals or other natural substances for internal or external use with considerations of dose, carrier, and timing.
Ayurvedic Cleansing & Detoxification – (25 contact hours)
New skills gained during this workshop include: identifying the cardinal signs toxins in the body, demonstrating methods for preventing and treating toxins in dosha specific ways, creating safe at-home cleanses, and demonstrating yoga asana/pranayama/meditation techniques which pacify the doshas.
Ayurvedic Body Treatments & Marma Points – (25 contact hours)
This workshop covers health and well-being through the vitalization of the marma points of the body. Techniques include: yoga for marma points and the following Ayurvedic bodywork sessions- self-massage for marma points, Shiro-Abhyanga-Nasya, which is a nourishing bodywork treatment for the head, neck, arms, and feet, as well as an abdominal treatment for the toning the internal organs. Note: While everyone can practice these techniques with friends and family, in the state of NC, you must be a licensed massage therapist in order to charge for bodywork services.
Ayurvedic Approach to Reproductive Health – (25 contact hours)
For thousands of years, Ayurveda has provided a supportive approach to reproductive health and vitality. Ancient doctors of Ayurveda understood how overall health and nutrition play a crucial role in reproductive wellness. In this workshop, students will gain the skills and knowledge necessary to support women during every phase of their development and into menopause. Students will also gain an understanding of male reproductive health, with a focus upon vitality, fertility, and prostate health. Topics will include: ojas, vitality, nutrition, menses, fertility, breast health, prenatal and postpartum care, menopause, hormonal health, and prostate health.
Yoga of Ayurveda – (25 contact hours)
This three day training focuses on the basic principles of Ayurveda as they relate to the personal practice of yoga as well as Yoga as Therapy. Students will learn to address imbalance through asana, pranayama, deep relaxation, and meditation.
Vedic Astrology & Vaastu – (25 contact hours)
This workshop explores the science of Vedic Astrology and how it relates to spiritual development and Ayurveda. Students will gain a basic understanding of the planets, signs and houses which are fundamental building blocks to understanding astrology correctly. Students will benefit from personal insights revealed by looking at their own charts and those of their classmates.
Advanced Case-taking Skills (including pulse assessment) – (25 contact hours)
This workshop helps students refine their client assessment skills by taking an in depth look at Ayurveda pulse, tongue, face, and nail assessment. The weekend will include discussion, demonstration, and practice of all assessment skills covered as well as instruction on how to improve client interview and Wellness Counselor skills.
Supervised Internship I – (25 contact hours)
In the first Supervised Student Clinic, members of the general public will be invited into the classroom to receive an Ayurvedic consultation. During this weekend, the entire class will observe and assist in live case assessments and participate in the creation of detailed lifestyle plans and menus for a minimum of twelve different clients.
Supervised Internship II– (25 contact hours)
During the second Supervised Internship, students work more independently participating in a minimum of 18 client encounters. In small groups of two or three, student Wellness Counselors greet clients from the general public in private treatment rooms at the school. Each student has the opportunity at some point during the weekend to take the role of “lead Wellness Counselor,” communicating with the client and doing the health history intake while others in the small group observe. The students discuss their case within their group and create a suggested Ayurvedic lifestyle plan for their clients. The teacher observes the clients and the students as they meet and discuss. Before offering their suggestions, students share their cases with the entire class and refine their plans with the help of the Lead Instructor.
Program Curriculum Part 2
Weekly Conference Calls – (100 contact hours)
Students are required to participate in 40 weekly conference calls which last 2.5 hours each. During these classes, a lead instructor will cover the following topics in depth: Ayurveda anatomy, physiology, and pathology; Ayurveda disease theory; and case management. Class time will be divided between lecture and discussion with ample time for students to bring up any questions they have about the material covered in the program so far as well as their one on one client encounters. This course is vital for a deep and comprehensive understanding of Ayurveda and the ability to apply its principles safely and effectively.
Program Curriculum Part 3
Out of Class Assignments (200 non-contact hours)
In this portion of the program students gain confidence as Ayurveda Wellness Counselors by putting into practice what they learn throughout the year. Part 3 of our curriculum consists of assignments spread throughout the year which include:
- Reading/studying (75 hours)
- Practice and documentation of Ayurvedic self-care regimens (75 hours)
- Externship (40 hours): one-on-one client consultations (minimum of 22 client encounters). Cases will be supervised by a Lead Instructor during video conference classes and via shared Google Document files.
- Private consultations with members of the faculty (10 hours)
Our curriculum meets the National Ayurveda Medical Association’s standards for Professional Membership.
Currently there are no licensure requirements for Ayurveda in the United States.
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 to participate fully and complete all requirements of the AWC Program
- Ability to pay all fees
Applications for admission are accepted year round. Class size will be limited to 30 students; students are encouraged to submit their completed application as soon as possible. Once classes are full, accepted students will be placed on a waiting list. In order to be considered for admission, students must submit the following:
- A $50 non-refundable application fee
- A completed application form
- A copy of valid driver’s license, passport, or birth certificate
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.
Enrollment Procedure & Fee Schedule
Applicants will be notified of their acceptance during the interview process. In order to enroll, students must submit a $500 non-refundable enrollment fee and sign an enrollment agreement. At this time, accepted students may choose from the following tuition payment options:
- Pay in full by the first day of classes: $4,750 (+ $500 enrollment fee)
- Pre-payment Discounts:
- $500 discount- Pay in full 90 days prior to the start date: $4,250 (+ $500 enrollment fee)
- $250 discount- Pay in full 60 days prior to the start date: $4,500 (+ $500 enrollment fee)
- Extended Payment Plans (note: payment plan fee is included in amounts below)
- Two Payments: $500 enrollment fee + $2,500 tuition paid before the first class/ $2,500 paid at program’s mid-point
- Five Payments: $500 enrollment fee + $1000 to be paid before the first day of classes. Four more payments of $1000 are due at the beginning of every other month.
- Monthly Payments: $500 enrollment fee + $437.50 paid before the first class/ 11 additional payments of $437.50 due at the start of each month
- Supplies Fee: $50 (covers the cost of food, oils, and herbs used during the weekend workshops)
- Students are required to purchase the following required texts at a book vendor of their choice before the first day of classes-
- Textbook of Ayurveda, Fundamental Principles, Volume 1 by Vasant Lad
- Textbook of Ayurveda, A Complete Guide to Clinical Assessment, Volume 2 by Vasant Lad
- Textbook of Ayurveda, General Principles of Management and Treatment, Volume 3 by Vasant Lad
- Ayurvedic Herbology- East & West, A practical Guide to Ayurvedic Herbal Medicine by Vishnu Dass
Suggested Texts (not required):
- Prakriti, Your Ayurvedic Constitution by Dr. Robert Svaboda
- Vishnu’s Kitchen by Vishnu Dass
Summary of tuition and fees:
- Application fee $50 (non-refundable)
- Enrollment fee $500 (non-refundable)
- Tuition $4,750*
- Supplies fee $50
- Required texts $145 (approximate cost; to be purchased on your own)
- 4 Private Ayurvedic consultations with faculty: $50-$200 each
*See above discount and payment plan options which affect the base tuition price.
- Application fees, enrollment fees, financing fees, and supplies fees are non-refundable.
- Students who withdraw up to 72 hours after signing the enrollment agreement are entitled to a full refund of all money paid toward tuition.
- Students who withdraw thereafter are entitled to refunds based on the percentage of the program actually completed.
- Tuition refunds may be granted for those withdrawing within the first quarter of the program and will be calculated from the last date of attendance.
- Students who withdraw after the first quarter (25% of the program) are not entitled to a refund.
- Work Study Scholarship: The school offers a few $1,000 Work-Study Scholarships per class. The students selected will be required to clean and organize the school premises at the end of each day of the weekend workshops. The work includes odd jobs such as straightening and cleaning the school premises, restocking supplies, and watering the plants. In addition to cleaning the school, the work study students will be required to help out with light office duties or promotional events 2-4 hours per month while they are in the program. Office work shifts will be scheduled up to a month in advance, and we will do our best to accommodate student’s schedules.
- Academic Scholarship: We also offer a maximum of five $450 Academic Scholarships of per program to students based on their most recent GPA. In order to be selected for these scholarships, student must be accepted into the program and pay the Enrollment Fee.
- On the Path Scholarship: As a recognition of previous study in the field of yoga or massage, we will award a maximum of four $750 On the Path Scholarships per program to students who have completed a 200-hour Yoga Alliance Approved Teacher Training Program or who are licensed in massage therapy.
These scholarships may not be combined with any other discount or scholarship. To apply for the scholarships, students must write a letter stating their desire to be considered for the scholarship. Additionally for the Academic Scholarship students must have an official copy of their transcript sent to ASMY to prove their most recent GPA is 3.5 or higher.