Professional Courses offered

Narayana Ayurveda & Yoga Academy (NAYA) provides comprehensive instruction in ancient Ayurvedic and Vedic healing practices through online courses. Our online workspace makes distance learning at an affordable rate available for adult learners.
Our mission is to promote alternative, spiritual and holistic wellness education via Ayurveda, an ancient system from India for balancing the mind and body. Ayurveda is a collection of complimentary, holistic and alternative lifestyle practices whose aim is to balance the mind and body through the use of herbs, spices, cooking, meditation, yoga and seasonal cleansing.

Our courses are comprehensive yet designed for adult learners and offer flexibility and affordability. Training delivery is experiential and blended. We use online web-conferencing, and CANVAS Learning Management System to create our virtual learning environment

Professional Certifications

Level 1- AYURVEDA COUNSELOR (600 Contact Hrs)

Level 2- AYURVEDA PRACTITIONER (675 Contact Hrs)


Ayurveda Counselor and Ayurveda Practitioner have been reviewed by NAMA (National Ayurvedic Medical Association). The two online programs Ayurveda Counselor and Ayurveda Practitioner fulfill NAMA requirements for the number of total study hours (contact hours) required for registering for a Professional Membership.

Graduates of the program should be able to sit for the qualifying examination for Ayurveda Counselor with NAMA.
Please note that Yoga Alliance and NAMA are not accrediting agencies. They review and approve the school curriculum guidelines, so students can get professional membership.

YOGA- Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher Training 200 Hours. The school is a member of Yoga Alliance register of yoga schools in USA.



1. Foundation program - Introduction to Ayurveda Yoga Therapy Level 1 (150 Hrs)
2. Yoga Teacher Training-200 Hrs
3. Yoga Therapy- Level 2 (100 Hrs)
4.Self Awareness through Ayurveda Yoga Therapy-24 hrs

Onsite Yoga Teacher Training workshops may be conducted in local yoga studios, and/or Radha Madhava Dham at Austin, and/or Soma Vida at downtown Austin. Yoga teacher training is 25% online, and, 75% onsite workshops every two weeks for 5-6 months. Yoga Therapy is online except for one weekend workshop at Soma Vida Yoga Studio in Austin.

What is NAMA? The National Ayurvedic Medical Association is the premier organization representing the Ayurvedic profession in the United States of America. Founded in 1998, the organization's purpose is to provide leadership within the Ayurvedic community and to promote a positive vision for Ayurveda and its holistic approach to health and wellness. Its mission includes preserving, improving, and promoting the science and practice of Ayurveda for the benefit of humanity by promoting and setting educational standards for institutions providing professional training in Ayurveda and in elaborating standards for the scope and practice of Ayurvedic healing.

Read more about NAMA

Course Content

Course Content is based on Ancient Ayurvedic Scriptures and Texts such as Charaka Samhita, Sushruta Samhita, Ashtanga Samagraha, Bhava Prakasha, Sharangadhara Samhita, Bhaishajya Ratnavali. and Madhava Nidan. Curriculum focus is on Yoga, Samkhya and Vedanta Philosophy.

Memberships, Approvals and History

The school was created by Monica B Groover and Henry Groover who wanted to offer Ayurveda certifications in an online format, using their skills in technical fields and Ayurveda combined. The idea was to offer an affordable program online, use latest online training software and tools, offer flexibility by eliminating need for travel by students, yet maintain the integrity of the curriculum.


Goals and Philosophy

Support healing through an organic plant based vegetarian diet principles.

To cultivate in our students -love of nature, environment and earth and inner harmony.

To conduct affordable, Ayurvedic Yoga therapy and meditation workshops based on Vedic Principles, rooted in mother nature

To conduct affordable Ayurvedic certificate courses that fulfill NAMA. (National Ayurvedic Medical Association) requirement for Ayurveda Practitioner and Ayurveda Counselor

*To mobilize the students of our certificate courses to conduct onsite workshops, education and coaching as a spiritual and Ayurvedic counselor in their own community.

*To mobilize the students of our certificate courses to conduct onsite workshops, education and coaching as a spiritual and Ayurvedic counselor in their own community

*To create Ayurveda and Yoga course materials, books and manuals


Wholeness : Living in harmony with the nature and earth
Humility: Practicing humility through surrender to nature’s intelligence, and, teaching that to the community

Ahimsa : Living in Harmony with nature and a plant based diet that does not harm the environment and other creatures.

Giving Back : Committing to give back to earth by using organic foods, recycling and restoring nature.

Meditation : Practicing Sadhana, (daily Practice) Restoring balance by meditation

Consciousness : Cultivating inner awareness and knowingness

SPACE and Facilities

Our Yoga Therapy and Yoga Teacher Training Classes as well as Ayurveda Internships in Austin may be held at:

Soma Vida
2324 E Cesar Chavez St,
Austin, TX 78702

Office Hours: 8.30 AM - 3.00 PM Monday through Thursday. Class timings-evenings and weekends.

Leave us a MESSAGE 512-692-9162 (Due to high volume of calls, please try to contact us by contact form also!)

You can also email, or, use the contact us form.

Our Ayurveda Programs are ONLINE and DISTANCE LEARNING. The students have an option of attending their internship in person with us which is held (at the address above) once a year on the last weekend of July.

School Calender

School Calendar, Enrollment Periods and Hours of Operation

When does the course begin?
Ayurveda Counselor program begins three times a year. In 2017 it will begin from Summer and fall. From 2018, we will have three sessions-January 2018 Winter session, a summer session and a Winter session(Details below),
When can students Sign up?
Students must submit the application form and complete application formalities 15 working days before start of the first class. Application opens 2 months before the start of a new session.

Upcoming Sessions:
Summer Session- June 1st, 2017-August 2018
Winter Session- October 2017 -
July 1- July 21 - Summer Break
Dec 20-Jan 2- Winter Break
All major US holidays are followed, as well as Hindu holiday of Divali (festival of lights).
ONLINE CLASS Hours- Our online classes take place at
Saturdays or Sundays- 7 AM PST – 10 AM PST on first, second and third weekend of the month
Tuesdays 7.30 AM PST – 8.30 AM PST
Wednesdays at 5.30-8 AM PST
Thursdays at 5.30 PM – 7 PM PST.
Last weekend of the month may have an 8 hour intensive from 9 AM to 6 PM

Ayurveda Practitioner program starts twice a year during Fall and Winter and lasts 8 months. Fall 2017- September 2017 and lasts two semesters or apx 8 months.
• Prerequisites- Ayurveda Counselor 600 Hrs.
• ONLINE CLASS HOURS- Classes-Wednesday evening at 5.30 PM Pacific, Sat-6 AM Pacific
• September 3 2017- Dec 15, 2017- Semester 1
No classes Dec 15- Jan 1st 2018
Jan 6 2018-April 29 2018-Semester 2- 15 Weeks
Spring Break March 18 2018--25 2018
• Student can sign up by filling an online application by August 15th 2017

Yoga Programs
• Online classes
Weekend intensives and Yoga Therapy Student Clinic (if applicable)
One to one instruction. (if applicable)
• Schedule- Usually January-August.
YTT Begins once a year
Yoga Therapy is a self paced online course. Maybe started anytime
Admin office hours are open Monday to Friday- 9 AM – 2 PM.Please call during these hours. Emails are answered during these hours.

How does online learning work?

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 ‘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)..

ONLINE APP and Software- For live online lectures, use either Webex online meetings, or, ZOOM.

This software may be downloaded as a Free APP on your mobile phone from your APP STORE settings. For use in for computer, no download is required. Details are shared with the students during an online orientation session.

We may use a secure HIPPAA compliant software for internship or live client encounters. Client encounters may not be recorded, depending on release forms signed by client.

How do I login or Sign in :

An email link with a password is sent to the student before the class.

Simply clicking the link and putting in the password provided by the school, should place you in a class meeting if logging in from a computer.

In order to login from their smartphone or tablet, student would first need to have the FREE APP. Students need only put in the meeting number and password provided to them by facilitator 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.
*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 calendar is posted here.

Sign in to the LMS via web browser provides personalized instruction, with username and password provided by the school to the student via email.