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

AHC is a 9 month accelerated program designed to fit the busy schedule of professionals and others from all walks of life. Students attend six 4-day weekends (1 per month) at the beautiful 375 acre redwood campus of Mount Madonna Center in the Santa Cruz mountains, and participate in 3 additional "live-streaming" sessions (each month) and complete their program with 3 additional months of supervised clinical observations and practicums. Weekends start on Thursday 9:30am and end Sunday 5pm.

The next program begins on Jan 30, 2020


Academic Programs Calendar

NEW AHC 2020-B Class Begins January 30, 2020!

(Enrollment Open)

Jan 30-Feb 2, 2020

Mar 12-15, 2020

Apr 16-19, 2020

May 7-10, 2020

Jun 11-14, 2020

Jul 9-12, 2020

On-site coursework completes July 12, 2020.

Each of the six 4-day weekends includes two courses, plus yoga, practicum and integration curriculum. Between monthly sessions, there are two 2-hour on-line (live-streaming) sessions required.

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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