Beginning Your Āyurvedic Studies

Level One Education

Āyurvedic Health Counselor (AHC) Program

Over 652 Hours of Professional Training

The Ayurvedic Health Counselor (AHC) curriculum is the first step to becoming an Ayurvedic Practitioner, an Ayurvedic Yoga Therapist or pursuing your Masters Degree in Ayurveda.

Students are trained to provide diet and lifestyle support by integrating constitutional assessment, nutritional knowledge, basic herbology, lifestyle management, introductory counseling skills, ayurvedic bodywork therapies and introductory level Sanskrit, yoga theory and practice.

Through our supervised clinical internship and externship programs students engage in groups and one on one in preparation for a professional career as an Āyurvedic Health Counselor.


  • Constitutional Assessment
  • Yoga and Meditation
  • Sanskrit
  • Ayurvedic Anatomy, Physiology and Biology
  • Ayurvedic Nutrition and Herbology
  • Ethics and Counseling
  • Ayurvedic Therapies
  • Subtle Therapies: Jyotish, Hasta & Vastu
“Āyurveda is for freeing the mind which is trapped in the body. Yoga is for freeing the soul which is trapped in the mind.” - Baba Hari Dass -

Goals & Aims

The Āyurvedic Health Counselor’s scope of practice encompasses a focus on preventive health care and health promotion utilizing the experience and knowledge of appropriate diet and lifestyle practices and recommendations for the unique individuals in a clinical practice. Graduates may become professional members of the National Āyurvedic Medicine Association (NAMA), start a clinical practice independently, join the staffs of yoga studios or spas, work in health resorts, and join integrative healthcare practices as diet and lifestyle counselors.

Program Highlights

The AHC is a 10 month accelerated program designed to fit the busy schedule of professionals and others from all walks of life. Students attend seven weekends, once a month, starting on Thursday evening (5-8 pm) and ending on Sunday (6pm). Additionally, students are required to participate in four Tuesday evening sessions (5-8 pm) between weekends, plus one two-hour Sanskrit course monthly on a Friday. Once the coursework is complete, students have an additional three months of supervised clinical observations and practicums. Final completion date is October 31, 2021.


Academic Programs Calendar

NEW AHC 2021 ONLINE Class Begins January 21, 2021!

(Classes begin Thursday evenings at 5pm and end Sundays at 6pm.)

Each weekend includes two courses, yoga, and integration. Throughout the rest of the month, there are four 3-hour classes on Tuesday evenings plus a 2-hour Sanskrit class once a month.

(Enrollment Open)

Jan 21-24, 2021

Feb 18-21, 2021

Mar 18-21, 2021

Apr 15-18, 2021

May 13-16, 2021

Jun 17-20, 2021

Jul 28-Aug 1, 2021

Coursework completes Aug 1, 2021.

Following the coursework and onsite clinical internships, there are 3 additional months of clinical externship requirements that are completed in your home area.

For questions, please contact the registrar at 408-846-4060.

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