Ayurvedic Health Counselor

Ayurvedic Health Counselor (AHC) Program

The Ayurvedic Health Counselor (AHC) program prepares students to work with clients and offer appropriate diet and lifestyle recommendations. The curriculum is the foundation for further studies, including Ayurvedic Practitioner, Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy or a Masters Degree in Ayurveda.


  • 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
  • Clinical Internship
“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 -

Outcome of the Program

Ayurvedic Health Counselors motivate, educate, and support clients to be successful in implementing Ayurvedic practices into their lives.

Graduates of the AHC program have gone on to:

  • start a clinical practice
  • join integrative healthcare practices as diet and lifestyle counselors
  • work as a personal chef
  • offer Ayurvedic bodywork in their massage practice
  • integrate Ayurveda into their yoga instruction
  • corporate coaching
  • develop products
  • write books on Ayurveda

Program Highlights

This 600 hour program combines in-person and online learning 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. Enroll in the program upon successful completion of both by December 1, 2023.

Classes are held in the following format:

  • Each extended weekend module is offered online from Thursday 5:00 pm PT through Sunday 5:30 pm PT with Friday and Saturday evenings off. Modules include yoga and coursework.
  • Classes also meet weekly online on Tuesday nights from 5:00-7:00 pm.
  • Sanskrit meets monthly on Thursday night from 5:00-7:00 pm PT.
  • In person practicums and clinical internships are scheduled over two 10-day sessions in February and June.

AHC Program Pdf

Typical daily schedule for weekend modules (subject to change):

Per Month Course Time (PST/PDT) Hrs.
5:00 - 7:00pm2
FridayYoga7:00 - 8:30am 1.5
Sanskrit9:30 - 11:00am1.5
Course 111:00am - 12:30pm 1.5
Course 11:30-5:30 pm4
Course 1
8:00 - 10:00am2
Course 111:00am - 1:00pm2
Yoga1:00 - 2:30pm1.5
Course 23:00 - 5:30pm2.5
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 - 7:00pm8/month
1 Friday morning monthly (online)Sanskrit8:30-10:00am1.5
Total Synchronous Meetings36.5 hours

Asynchronous Requirement (approximate per month

30 hours
Total Course Hours 66.5 hours

Most students spend 8-10 hours per week completing homework.

Why study at MMI?

  • Accredited by WASC
  • NAMA approved program
  • BAMS & MA-Ayurveda trained faculty
  • Convenient online meeting schedule
  • In person clinical internship and practicum
  • Small class sizes allow students to interact with faculty
  • Payment plans to facilitate tuition
  • Ready to practice as an AHC in 1 year

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

Additional Resources

  1. Textbook List

This program is NAMAC Recognized.

Namac Ahc

The National Ayurvedic Medical Accreditation Council (NAMAC) provides oversight over all recognized professional Ayurvedic educational programs. NAMAC recognition status indicates that programs administer an approved course of study, thus ensuring well-trained professionals, and provides greater transparency for consumers and the general public. Graduates of this program qualify to sit for NAMACB Certification Exams. For more information on NAMAC program recognition, please visit: https://www.ayurvedicaccredita...

Course Descriptions - AHC

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Make your dream of studying Ayurveda affordable

Mount Madonna offers the following ways to support you in financing your education:

  • Scholarship: check the scholarship box on your AHC application
  • Discounted Meals and Lodging: this is available to all MMI students
  • Payment Plans Available

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