Ayurveda Practitioner

SCOPE This online program that prepares the student to prepare more comprehensive Ayurvedic diet, lifestyle, spiritual, and Ayurvedic Herbal formula recommendations to remove imbalances and restore health as defined in Vedic and other classical Sanskrit authorities in the Indian tradition.

Practitioners also practice health promotion by preparing custom-fit Ayurvedic dietary and lifestyle programs, detox and rejuvenation plans and herbal formulas for their clients. Compared to Counselor program, this program includes deeper instruction in Sanskrit; Vedic Astrology history, philosophy, and principles of Ayurveda, Ayurvedic pharmacology; herbal formulations for specific imbalances; foundation in Anatomy & Physiology related to Ayurveda, Ayurvedic Nidan & Cikitsa, Client communication; therapeutic modalities; Panchkarma detoxification theory and practice.

The Counselor can suggest ahara (basic diet) according to dosha and Lifestyle coaching. In comparison, the Practitioner can work with someone who has a chronic disorder and work with their acupuncturist, or, naturopath, or massage therapist to create a herbal recommendation, dosha, and coaching plan

NAMA National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA), a self-regulating membership organization has guidelines for Ayurveda Practitioners.

Our Ayurveda Practitioner program meets competencies required for professional membership at the Ayurvedic Practitioner with NAMA. Please note that AYURVEDA PRACTITIONER BOARD EXAM offered through NAMA (National Ayurveda Medical Association) requirements will come into effect from Dec 1, 2017.

Job Prospects and Placement Policy

Ayurveda Practitioner graduates may begin an independent Ayurveda Practice, or, if they are existing holistic health professionals, integrate it with their existing practice The Ayurvedic Practitioner can provide public education regarding Ayurveda at Ayurveda Schools, Alternative Health Centers , Yoga Therapy or schools or centers. In addition, they can provide lifestyle, herbal formulations, yoga and self-care recommendations based on Ayurvedic Medicine for clients of Alternative Health Centers, Wellness Spas, Yoga centers.

Aparna Dandekar, D.0., A.P.
Monica B Groover, Ph.D., AD (NAMA Membership)
Priyanka Rajan, B.A.M.S
Monica Singhal, M.B.B.S, AP



Please note that Ayurveda is not recognized by FDA, and remains a holistic health modality, recognized as a complimentary medicine in only some states in USA. Ayurveda and its practitioners are not meant to treat, diagnose or assess any disease

Admission Requirements

• Age
Minimum age to join this program is 18 years old before the first day of class.

• Language:

Students must have a high school diploma with basic English language skills. This maybe a US or International High School English Language Arts with minimum 60% scores. Alternatively, if you did not have English in your high school, then TOEFL iBT® test taken within 2 years of date of application will suffice. Minimum acceptance TOEFL iBT® scores should be between 17-23 for listening skills, 15-21 for reading and writing skills. Speaking skills may be 10-17. Read more at https://www.ets.org/toefl and https://www.ets.org/toefl/ibt/scores/understand/

• Equipment Requirement:

As this is an online course, Students must have a laptop or a desktop computer, a webcam, a headset, and, a reliable internet access with internet speeds upto 3.1 Mbps - 6 Mbps to participate in the distant learning online course. This will help the student keep up with class communications and access to research and study resources. Students do not need to buy or download any software. However, students may be required to download a FREE APP if they wish to login to live classes via their smartphones, or, tablets.

• Computer Quiz

This is determined by an open quiz, a Computer Skills Test available below.

Alumni and existing students of Narayana Ayurveda & Yoga Academy applying to this program need not take the computer skills test.


Students must have the equivalent of an Ayurvedic Counselor 600 Hrs certification from Narayana Ayurveda and Yoga Academy, or, any NAMA reviewed school. NAMA needs a student to have 1000 Hours of education to get a Ayurveda Practitioner membership with them. The combination of 600 Hours of Counselor and 408 Hours of Practitioner makes it a total of 1008 Hours and fulfills the NAMA requirement.

• Personal Interview

A personal interview will be conducted with each student prior to acceptance as part of our selection criteria.

Online Training Delivery


The program is a mix of distance learning and live online virtual classes via Webex or Zoom meetings. The only time you may have to travel here is for internship. (However, we can waive that on a case by case basis)

Online classes are the latest, and newest way for education delivery. Instructors can teach online more naturally by using high-definition video, or, use multimedia presentations, whiteboard, share files, collaborate in real time and allow students to take live online quizzes, or, do classwork by doing collaborative groupwork open assignments we call online ‘workbooks ’

Online courses make traveling obsolete, and, allow students and instructors to participate sitting right in front of their using personal computers, iPhones, iPads or smart-phones (for Web-ex Meetings).. Our online classes take place at 7 AM PST on weekends, and, Wednesdays at 5.30 PM PST.

ONLINE CLASS SOFTWARE and APP- For live online lectures, we may use either Webex online meetings, Zoom meetings or other HIPAA Compliant software. We may use VSEE HIPAA messenger for internship or live client encounters. . Students do not need to buy or download software, as most of the software we use are is cloud based.

Simply using the link provided by the school, should place you in a class meeting. However, students may need to download a FREE WEBEX or Zoom APP, if they want to login from their smartphone or tablet. Students need only put in the meeting number and password provided to them by facilitator in order to be placed in meeting or online class.

The benefits of online training are:

• Classes are recorded and available for viewing(for a limited time).
• Online live classes may offer live quizzes, polls, collaborating on documents, and online attendance.
• Gototraining in-session Activities feature allows students to view videos and work together on documents hence encouraging small group interaction.
• Automatic attendance reports, test results and evaluations
• Students can log into our online ‘class’ meetings (webinars), or online sessions without leaving their home or work. Some classes are also available using mobile devices such as iPhones, iPads or any smartphone that can host the WebEx app.
HIPAA compliant secure software for sharing confidential information during client encounters.
Moodle Learning Management System

During off-class hours we use the MOODLE LEARNING MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (LMS), which works as a virtual campus and students workspace. All the classes, presentations, ebooks, manuals, message board and announcements, school calender is posted here. Simply login with the username and password provided by the school to your course number. The username and password are given to the students via usps or email.

Check out or Moodle Workspace


Quarter System with 24 weeks each. Each quarter is 12 weeks.

School Policy on Satisfactory Progress
Student must complete all their assignments by end of each quarter.
Grading Period: Every 8 weeks.
Grading Schedule: At the end of 8 weeks, 16 weeks, and, 24 Weeks

Quarter 1:
Hours Covered- 210 Hrs
Lesson Plans Completed--39
Bk 101-100 Hrs,
PK 102- 50 Hrs
Sans 103 60 Hrs,

Quarter 2-
Hours Covered- 198 Hrs
Lesson Plans Completed- 42
NID 104 100 Hrs
JYOT 105 38 Hours,
AP 106 30 Hrs
PATH 107 30 Hrs

Class Schedule:

ONLINE ‘live’ classes 7 AM PST– 10 AM PST Saturdays
Wednesdays at 5.30 PM PST. – 7 PM

End of every 12 weeks, a weekend 9 AM- 5 PM intensive
Internship may be done online or in person

All online quizzes, reading, final project, watching archived class recordings, and, assignments are done offline at a student owns time. Classwork may be given like class-workbooks may happen during class times.
When can a student sign up? Student must apply at least 15 working days before the first day of class (September 3 in this case), or, as early as 2 months before the class begins. When admissions open, it is listed on the website.


Courses in Ayurveda Practitioner Program

1. Bhaishajya Kalpana (Ayurvedic Herbal Formulations)
2. Sanskrit
3.Panchakarma Planning
4. Ayurvedic Nidan for Specific Imbalances
5. Vedic Astrology
6. Basic Anatomy & Physiology for Ayurveda Students
7. Introduction to Pathology for Ayurveda Students


Bhaishajya Kalpana
Course Code- BK 101
100 Hrs/23 Lessons

Pre-Requisites: Admission into the Program

Synopsis:Students shall learn the theory and principles of Ayurvedic Pharmocology and creation of formulations for supporting the three doshas, the seven dhatus and the srotas.

Lesson Plans
Lesson 1 Definition, Introduction and Bhaiṣajya Kalpana Principles
Lesson 2 Energetics- Guṇa, Vīrya, Vipāka and Karma of herbs and Kalpanās
Lesson 3-Introduction to Pañca vidha kaṣāya kalpanā (five basic Ayurvedic formulations)
Lesson 4 Introduction to Ayurvedic Svarasa, Kalka (paste),
Lesson 5- Different Ayurvedic Kaṣāya (decoction),
Lesson 6- Ayurvedic Phāṇṭa (hot infusion) and Hima (cold infusion);Puṣpa Varga (Flowers)
Lesson 7-Kalpanās with one, two, three, five and ten groups of herbs; Haritaki varga
Lesson 8 Design process, storage and labeling of Kalpanā; Guducyadi varga
Lesson 9 Anupana
Lesson 10: Ayurvedic Salves and Aromatics (Karpuradi Varga)
Lesson 11: Ayurvedic Churnams
Lesson 12: Arishta and Asava
Lesson 13: Sneha Kalpana
Lesson 14: Ayurvedic Aveleha
Lesson 15: Ayurvedic Vati
Lesson 16: Rasayana
Lesson 17: Pañcavidha kaṣāya kalpanā as a basis for other kalpanās; Ayurvedic posology
Lesson 18: Kalpanas for Purvakarma plan
Lesson 19: Herbs to support mind
Lesson 20 - Modaks, Ubatans, and, compresses
Lesson 21- Ayurvedic Brhmanaa Shamana, Virechana preparations.
Lesson 22- Group Portfolio collaboration work
Lesson 23- Creating herbal plans for three mock clients

Grades-70% to pass. Grade weightage given below
I. Preparation of Herb kalpanās - 25%
II. Herbal Purvakarma Plan for three mock clients - 15%
III. Forum Discussions and Blogs - 10%
IV. Group Portfolio (workbook) via Google Drive - 10%
V. Quiz - 25%
VI. Final Research Paper-15%

Panchakarma Planning-
PK 102
50 Hrs/10 Lessons
Prerequisites- BK 101

Synopsis: Student shall be able to plan a Panchakarma Detoxification plan for three doshas, in fall and spring for three doshas, dhatu increase or dhatu decrease using the principles of brimhana, langhana, shodhana and shamana.

Lesson Plans

Lesson 1. What is Panchkarma
Lesson 2; Benefits, indication contraindication
Lesson 3. Shamana Plan using different cikitsa models
Lesson 4 . Three stages of Panchakarma
Lesson 5- Principles of Purvakarma—Preparation plans
Lesson 6: Principles of Snehana, Agni dipana, and Pachana
Lesson 7: Principles of Vamana, Nasya Karma and Neti
Lesson 8: Principle of Virechana
Lesson 9: Principle of Bastis
Lesson 10: Paschat Karma, Post panchakarma planning
Grades 70% to pass
Client Encounters-50%

SANS 103
Sanskrit-60 Hrs/6 Lessons
Pre requisites: Admission into the program

Synopsis Student shall gain a better understanding of the Sanskrit Language for their Ayurveda practice, understand Vedic knowledge and improve the Sanskrit language skills.

Lesson Plans

Lesson 1: Sanskrit Albhabet-Vrana karma
Lesson 2: Special verses from Ayurveda, yoga, and the Bhagavad Gita
Lesson 3:Pronunciation and Enunciation of healing mantras
Lesson 4:Sanskrit Sandhi- roots to words – how words are made in Sanskrit
Lesson 5:Writing with Sanskrit Diacritics
Lesson 6: Ayurvedic Glossary

Grades 70% to pass
Written Quiz-50%
Enunciation (Spoken) Quiz-50%

NID 104

Ayurvedic Nidan for Specific Imbalances 100 Hrs/20 Lessons
Prerequisites: BK 101

Synopsis Student shall learn Ayurvedic perspective on different imbalances mentioned in Ancient scriptural text of Madhava Nidan.

Lesson Plans

Lesson 1: Ayurvedic Perspective on Imbalance of body, mind and spirit
Lesson 2: Ayurvedic Perspective on Raktachapa (Hypertension)
Lesson 3: Ayurvedic Perspective on Gridhasi (Sciatica);
Lesson 4: Ayurvedic Perspective on Skin imbalances
Lesson 5: Ayurvedic Perspective Śītapitta (Urticaria)
Lesson 6: Ayurvedic Perspective on Arśa (Hemorrhoids)
Lesson 7:Ayurvedic Perspective on Sthaulya (Obesity);
Lesson 8:Ayurvedic Perspective on Prameha (Urinary disease)
Lesson 9:Ayurvedic Perspective on Abdomin Gulma;
Lesson 8:Ayurvedic Perspective on Aśmarī (Urinary calculi)
Lesson 11:Ayurvedic Perspective on Pāṇḍuroga
Lesson 12 Ayurvedic Perspective on Respiratory System (Prāṇavaha srotas)
Lesson 13 Ayurvedic Perspective on Hikkā (Hiccups)
Lesson 14 Ayurvedic Perspective on Stri roga (feminine imbalances)
Lesson 15 Ayurvedic Perspective on Śvāsa (Dyspnea/Asthma)
Lesson 16 Ayurvedic Perspective on Ojas disorders
Lesson 17 Ayurvedic Perspective on disorders of seven dhatus
Lesson 18 Ayurvedic Perspective on disorders of Tejas
Lesson 19 Ayurvedic Perspective on Karna, Nasa and Mukha Roga (ENT)
Lesson 20 Ayurvedic Perspective on Vraṇashotha (Inflammation and swelling)
Grades 70% to pass
Client Encounters-50%

JYOT 105
Vedic Astrology 38 Hrs/8 Lessons
Pre requisites: Admission into the program

Synopsis Student shall study more advanced principles of Jyótisa, the traditional Hindu Vedic astrology. Study of sidereal system, the dashas, sub dashas, using astrology software, the twelve houses and their lords.

Lesson Plans
Lesson 1 Introduction to Jyotish
Lesson 2: The 12 Houses
Lesson 3: Lagnas: Ascendant, Moon, relevant karakas
Lesson 4: The 12 zodiac Signs
Lesson 5: Nakshatras
Lesson 6 - The Vimshottari Dasha System
Lesson 7 Divisional Charts (Vargas)
Lesson 8 - Transits (Gochara)

Grades 70% to pass
Qu iz-100%

Basic Anatomy & Physiology for Ayurveda Students 30 Hrs/7 Lessons
Pre requisites: Admission into the program

Synopsis: The student will learn a basics of human body systems and their correlation with Ayurveda system of seven Dhatus, srotas and doshas.

Lesson Plans
Lesson 1: Introduction to western anatomy vs Ayurvedic anatomy
Lesson 2: Ayurvedic Perspective on all the systems in the body, Tissues and Membranes
Lesson 3: Ayurvedic Perspective on Cardiovascular system and Lymphatic System
Lesson 4: Ayurvedic Perspective Endocrine System, Musculoskelel system
Lesson 5: Ayurvedic Perspective on Nervous System
Lesson 6: Ayurvedic Perspective on urinary system
Lesson 7: Ayurvedic Perspective on Pain and Headaches

Grades 70% to pass

PATH 107
Introduction to General Pathology for Ayurveda Students 30 Hrs/7 Lessons
Pre requisites: AP 106

Synopsis: The students will learn some basic Hetus ( causes and effects) of certain disorders and imbalances from an Ayurvedic Perspective and correlate it to western etiology.

Weekly Lesson Plans
Lesson 1: Introduction to western pathology vs Ayurvedic pathology and Nidan
Lesson 2: Ayurvedic Perspective on all the causative factors of imbalance. Comparison with western causes.
Lesson 4: Ayurvedic Perspective on Cardiovascular pathologies
Lesson 4: Ayurvedic Perspective Endocrine and Musculoskelel pathologies
Lesson 5: Ayurvedic Perspective on Nervous System pathologies
Lesson 6: Ayurvedic Perspective on urinary system pathologies
Lesson 7: Ayurvedic Perspective on shula (pain) and Headache pathology

Grades 70% to pass

Textbooks and Credits

Suggested Textbooks

The Textbook of Ayurveda: Part 2 Vasant Lad. Copyright(c) 2003 by Vasant Dattaray Lad
The Textbook of Ayurveda: Part 3 Vasant Lad. Copyright(c) 2012 by Vasant Lad
Ayurvedic Medicine: The Principles of Traditional Practice by Sebastian Pole Copyright (c)2006, 2013 Sebastian Pole
Ayurvedic Perspectives on Selected Pathologies, Dr Vasant Lad Copyright 2002 by Vasant Dattaray Lad
Todd Caldecott-Ayurveda, Divine Science of life Copyright(c) Elsevier limited 2006
Ayurvedic Pharmocology and Therapeutic Uses of Medicinal Plants by Vaidya VM Gogte Copyright(c)2206 by Chowkambha Publications
School Manual BK101Copyright(c)2017 Monica B Groover
School Manual PK101Copyright(c)2015 Monica B Groover


A student may be given a credit for previous Ayurveda related education from a NAMA registered institute, for up to a maximum of 200 Hrs at the discretion of the school in Ayurveda Counselor program. See Page 5 for more information.

• The Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner Internship consists of 50 HOURS. This follows the same format as Ayurveda Counselor Online Client Encounters, or, the student also has an option of completing internship in person in Austin once a year*.
• Client encounters must be completed before the last date of class during second Quarter.

Students are required to complete a minimum of 50 hours of online internship via these client encounters. Client encounters may be broadcast online, via live or recorded broadcast appointments, or, any appropriate secure online video software being used by school. (The student is not be required to buy a software. The video software or web conference software is provided by the school)

*The student bears the cost of airfare, hotel and travel to Austin.

Final Assignment
The final project includes a 1000-word report on a subject approved by faculty due on the last day of Quarter 2


Cost of Ayurveda Practitioner:

Tuition: $1890 - May be paid monthly at $189 at no monthly interest.
DISCOUNTS:$1701 - 10% discount if paid in advance

Books and materials: $300 apx. (prorated if student buys books directly from amazon or the publisher)
Application Fees- $50 (Due only after the student has been accepted into the program)