The Ayurvedic Wellness Practitioner certificate can be a great benefit for licensed professional nurses, naturopaths, colonic therapists, massage therapists, chiropractors, physical therapists, nutritionists, or anyone who is dedicated to improving health.
At the AWP level, you can be confident that you will have the background necessary to be truly affective when you apply Ayurveda wisdom in your practice. Efforts are currently underway to meet the demand to have Ayurveda be accepted in the West as a recognized, licensed, alternative health science.
The addition of the Ayurvedic Wellness Practitioner's certification will distinguish your practice. It will provide you with a whole new set of tools to aid in understanding your client’s issues, and an effective, non-invasive, integrated system with which to bring about healing.
Level 2: Ayurvedic Wellness Practitioner Program (AWP)
Course Schedule AWP, Spring 2013 - 2014
|KAA 201||Advanced Ayurvedic Anatomy, Physiology & Basic Principles
||Dosha Dhatu Mala Vigyan||24 Class Video, 10 Home Study|
|KAA 202||Pathophysiology & Ayurvedic Diagnostic Methods
||Advanced Nidan & Rogi Pariksha||24 Class Video, 10 Home Study|
|KAA 203||Advanced Herbology & Ayurvedic Pharmaceutics
||Dravya Guna & Bhaishajya Kalpana||32 Class Video, 10 Home Study|
|KAA 204||Advanced Bodywork, Detoxification Methods & Anti-Aging
||Panchakarma & Rasayana||32 Class Video, 10 Home Study|
|KAA 205||Management of Digestive System & Metabolic Disorders
||Kayachikitsa I||32 Class Video, 10 Home Study|
|KAA 206||Management of Nervous System & Musculoskeletal Disorders
||Kayachikitsa II||32 Class Video, 10 Home Study|
|KAA 207||Management of Respiratory System & Cardio-Vascular Disorders
||Kayachikitsa III||32 Class Video, 10 Home Study|
|KAA 208||Management of Skin, Special Senses & Mental Disorders
||Kayachikitsa IV||32 Class Video, 10 Home Study|
|KAA 209||Management of Reproductive, Excretory Disorders, Gynecology & Pediatrics
||Kayachikitsa V||32 Class Video, 10 Home Study|
1000 Hour Certification Program
The Ayurvedic Wellness Practitioner Program (AWP) is based on the second goal of Ayurveda –Aaturasya Vikara Prashamanam (Disease management). At this level, the emphasis is on gaining a deeper understanding of the disease process and management techniques at its various stages. Students will gain a deeper understanding of Ayurveda concepts and techniques. This course is designed to meet for six (6) in-class practical and internship modules as well as 11 online modules.
KAA 201—ADVANCED ANTATOMY, PHYSIOLOGY & BASIC PRINCIPLES
Advanced Anatomy, Physiology & Basic Principles includes an in-depth discussion of the doshas, subdoshas, dhatus, malas, and agni. Greater emphasis is placed on the srotas, kalas and marmas. This course also includes a deep exploration of the basic principles directly from the scriptures such as the Soothrasthana of ‘Ashtanga Hrudayam’.
KAA 202—PATHOPHYSIOLOGY & AYURVEDIC DIAGNOSTIC METHODS
Pathophysiology and Ayurvedic Diagnostic Methods includes a detailed exploration of the five stages of disease identification: Nidan, Purvaroop, Roopa, Upashaya, and Samprapti. This course also looks at the six stages of the disease process: Sanchaya, Prakopa, Prasara, Sthanasamshraya, Vyakti and Bheda. Students will gain an understanding of the signs of Dhatu and Srota Dushti. Students will delve deeply into threefold client examination: Darshana, Sparshana, and Prashana, as well as the eight-fold clinical evaluation: Pulse, Tongue, Voice, Physical Stature, Vision, Skin, Urine, and Bowel.
KAA 203—ADVANCED HERBOLOGY & AYURVEDIC PHARMACEUTICS
Advanced Herbology expands upon the principles of Ayurvedic herbal energetics, actions, uses and preparations with over thirty additional herbs. Other topics include the preparation of popular Ayurvedic formulations and their clinical application (pills, powders, oils, ghees, jams, etc.), times of administration and anupanas. Other topics include measurements and dosage of Ayurvedic herbs and formulations.
KAA 204—ADVANCED BODYWORK, DETOXIFICATION & RASAYANA
Advanced Bodywork, Detoxification and Rasayana is a hands-on course. A detailed theory of Panchakarma will be covered, including the Poorvakarma (Preparation), Pradhanakarma (Main Procedure) and Paschatkarma (Post procedural convalescence). The preparatory procedures including, various types of Snehana & Swedana therapies including Abhyanga, Choornasweda, Patrapotala Sweda, Njavarakizhi, Pizhichil, Kateevasthy, Nethratharpanam, Lepam, Pichu, etc. This course also includes the five-fold Ayurvedic Detoxification procedures such as Vamana, Virechana, Anuvasana, Niroohavasthy and Nasya. The post Panchakarma convalescence like specific food and lifestyle modification is also a part of this course. This course also covers various aspects of Rasayana- the anti-ageing modalities of Ayurveda.
KAA 205—KAYACHIKITSA I: MANAGEMENT OF DIGESTIVE SYSTEM & METABOLIC DISORDERS
Kayachikitsa I includes the Ayurvedic etiology, pathogenesis, symptoms, signs, detailed herbal treatments and dietary and lifestyle changes for several digestive and metabolic disorders such as Stomatitis, GERD, Hyperacidity, Ulcers, Diarrhea, IBS, Hepatitis, Fatty Liver, Ulcerative Colitis, Gallbladder Stones, Diabetes, Obesity, High Cholesterol, Anemia and Thyroid problems.
KAA 206—KAYACHIKTSA II: MANAGEMENT OF NERVOUS SYSTEM & MUSCULOSKELETAL DISORDERS
Kayachikitsa II includes the Ayurvedic etiology, pathogenesis, symptoms, signs, detailed herbal treatments and dietary and lifestyle changes for several nervous system and musculoskeletal disorders such as Multiple Sclerosis, Hemiplegia, Parkinson’s Disease, Motor Neuron Disease, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteo-arthritis, Gout, Osteoporosis, Sciatica, Fibromyalgia, Muscular Dystrophy, Low back Pain, Spondylitis, Avascular Necrosis. This course also includes fracture management and bandages.
KAA 207—KAYACHIKITSA III: MANAGEMENT OF RESPIRATORY SYSTEM & CARDIO-VASCULAR SYSTEM DISORDERS
Kayachikitsa III includes the Ayurvedic etiology, pathogenesis, symptoms, signs, detailed herbal treatments and dietary and lifestyle changes for several respiratory, circulatory and cardiac disorders such as Allergic Rhinitis, Asthma, Cough, COPD, Sleep Apnea, Hypertension, Coronary Artery Disease, DVT, Migraine and Varicose Veins.
KAA 208—KAYACHIKITSA IV: MANAGEMENT OF SKIN, SPECIAL SENSES, & MENTAL DISORDERS
Kayachikitsa IV includes the Ayurvedic etiology, pathogenesis, symptoms, signs, detailed herbal treatments and dietary and lifestyle changes for several skin disorders, diseases of sense organs and mental disorders such as Eczema, Psoriasis, Acne, Rosacea, Herpes, Atopic Dermatitis, Cataract, Macular Degeneration, Stye, Myopia, Otitis, Meniere’s Disease, Nasal Polyp, Anxiety, Depression, Insomnia, Schizophrenia, ADHD, Alzheimer’s Disease, Autism, Addiction and Dementia.
KAA 209—KAYACHIKITSA V: MANAGEMENT OF REPRODUCTIVE & EXCRETORY SYSTEM DISORDERS, GYNECOLOGY & PEDIATRICS
Kayachikitsa V includes the Ayurvedic etiology, pathogenesis, symptoms, signs, detailed herbal treatments and dietary and lifestyle changes for several female and male reproductive system disorders such as Amenorrhea, Menorrhagia, Dysmenorrhea, PMS, Menopausal syndrome, Endometriosis, PCOD, Yeast Infection, Erectile Dysfunction, Prostate Enlargement, Impotency, Urinary Stones, UTI, Hemorrhoids, Anal Fissures, Fistula-in-Ano, Infertility, Anti-Natal Care and Post-Natal Care. This course also covers a general outline of child care and management of pediatric conditions.
INTERNSHIP (60 hours)
Internship is included in the 6 sessions of the 3 day in-class learning experience. Students will evaluate a minimum of 12 new clients and 20 follow-ups in the following areas: Potential treatments, dietary and lifestyle recommendations, Ayurvedic herbal formula recommendations, daily routines and seasonal changes.
In addition to the Internship hours above, students are encouraged to set up clinical Internships at Kerala Ayurveda Clinic, or in their home community. Each student intern should be under the guidance of a clinical supervisor who supervises individual cases and monitors progress. Supervisory case discussions may be scheduled in person or by phone at the student’s expense.
TRIP TO INDIA (200 hours)
The annual “Trip to India” is both an opportunity for students to learn as well as to experience the healing effects of Ayurveda. The Trip to India will also include visits to Clinics and Pharmacies—including the Kerala Ayurveda Hospital in Cochin—as well as rounds with the doctors and clinical client evaluations. Also included are spending time at the Kerala Ayurveda manufacturing unit, Panchakarma Center, Ayurvedic Herb Plantation and at the Research & Development Wing.
Total Hours for the AWP ProgramOnline Class Video: 272 In-Class Practical Training & Internship: 180
Home Study Guides: 100
Research Paper & Project: 100
Teleconference Review: 48 Trip to India: 200 Total: 1000 hours
Internship, through the eyes of a student. . .
While the classes were fantastic… the internship allowed me to put this information into action…Spending this time with many different clients allowed me to expand my knowledge of diet, lifestyle, herbs and exercise and how they affect each individual differently. This knowledge will stick with me my whole life. ~SS