Ayurvedic Health Counselor Level-1 Education

Early Bird Application Deadline: October 31, 2022

Ayurvedic Health Counselor (AHC) Program

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 students engage in group and one on one consultations in preparation for a professional career as an Ayurvedic Health Counselor.


  • Constitutional Assessment
  • Yoga and Meditation
  • Sanskrit
  • Ayurvedic Anatomy, Physiology and Biology
  • Ayurvedic Nutrition and Herbology
  • Ayurvedic Psychology
  • Ethics, Counseling, and Western Interface
  • Ayurvedic Therapies
  • Jyotish: Vedic Astrology
  • ENT and Sense Therapies
  • Women's and Children's Health
“Ayurveda 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 Ayurvedic 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 qualify for the National Ayurvedic Medicine Association Certification Board (NAMACB) exam and upon passage, become professional members of the National Ayurvedic 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

This 637 hour program combines in-person and online learning during 9 months of coursework to prepare students for a professional career as an Ayurvedic Health Counselor. Total program length is 12 months.

AHC Pre-requisite:

  • 4 college level credits of Anatomy and Physiology (required to be completed prior to submitting an application)
  • Applicants unable to complete A&P before the application deadline may join our Foundations program and complete A&P concurrently with the Foundations modules. Enroll in the program upon successful completion of both by April 1st.

Classes are held in the following format:

  • Extended weekend intensive runs Thursday evening through Sunday evening and includes yoga, Sanskrit, and coursework. Classes also meet weekly online on Tuesday nights from 5:00-8:00 pm.
  • For 2022 we will be hosting in-person classes with a remote option for coursework from January-May. Starting in June, all clinical work must be attended in-person.

AHC Program Pdf

Here is the typical daily schedule (subject to change)

Per Month Course Time (PST/PDT) Hrs.
6:00 - 8:00pm2
FridayYoga 7:00 - 8:30am 1.5
Course 1 9:30 - 12:30pm 3
Course 11:30 - 5:30pm 4
Course 1
8:00 - 10:00am2
Course 111:00am - 1:00pm2
Yoga1:00 - 2:30pm1.5
Course 23:00 - 5:30pm2
SundayYoga 7:00 - 8:30am 1.5
Course 29:30am - 12:30pm 3

Course 21:30 - 5:30pm 4
Tuesday evenings
(weekly online)
Integration, Courses 1 & 25:00 - 8:00pm11/month
1 Friday morning monthly (online)Sanskrit8:30-10:00am1.5
Total Synchronous Meetings39.5 hrs
Total Monthly Time Commitment including Asynchronous and course work approx 109.5 hrs.

*An alternative for those who want to go beyond a weekend Ayurveda course but aren't ready to commit to the full year long AHC, we also offer the FOUNDATIONS OF AYURVEDA.

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This program is recognized by:

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Academic Programs Calendar for 2023 Cohort

Classes begin Thursday evenings at 6:00pm and end Sunday evenings at 5:30pm.

Each weekend includes two courses, yoga, integration, and Sanskrit.

Course dates (subject to change):

  • Jan. 5-8
  • Feb. 2-5
  • Mar. 2-5
  • Mar. 30 - Apr 2
  • May 4-7
  • June 1-4
  • July 6-9
  • Aug. 3-6
  • Sept. 7-10
  • Clinical (online) continues through Dec 13, 2023.


Application Deadline

  • Early Bird: October 31, 2022
  • Regular: November 30, 2022

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

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Additional Resources

  1. Textbook List
  2. AHC Program Calendar
  3. Covid Policy

Mount Madonna Institute's Ayurvedic Health Counselor program is recognized by the National Ayurvedic Medical Association. Learn More.

Nama Recognized Ahc

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Application Deadline: Early Bird: October 31, 2022 | Regular: November 30, 2022

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Foundations of Ayurveda

This is an in-between program for those who want to go beyond a weekend Ayurveda course but aren't ready to commit to the full year long AHC. Learn the fundamentals of Ayurvedic theory, anatomy and physiology, nutrition, lifestyle management, yoga, basic clinical assessment and Sanskrit with our master faculty. Completion of this course may be applied towards the Ayurvedic Health Counselor certificate.

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