Level One Education

Begins Online January 2021

Āyurvedic Health Counselor (AHC) Program

**Early Bird Tuition Discount Deadline for AHC is November 20, 2020 - 5% off Tuition**

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.

Courses begin online then, starting February 2021, are offered in a Hyflex format that allows students the flexibility of completing each course either online or onsite at Mount Madonna Center.

AHC Co-requisite:

  • 4 college level credits of Anatomy and Physiology (required to be completed within the first 3 months of the program)

Classes are held in the following format:

  • Thursday evening check-in and integration: 3 hrs
  • Three-day weekend, Fri – Sun (yoga & coursework): 27 hrs
  • Four Tuesday nights a month (3 hours each) coursework & integrations: 12 hrs
  • One Friday morning per month (Sanskrit): 2 hrs

Once the coursework is complete, students have an additional three months of supervised clinical observations and practicums.

Final completion date is October 31, 2021.

Here is the typical daily schedule (subject to change)

Per Month Course Time (PST/PDT) Hrs.
ThursdayIntegration 5:00 - 8:00 pm 3
FridayYoga 6:30 - 8:00 am 1.5
Course 1 9:00 - 12:30 pm 3.5
Course 12:00-6:00 pm 4
SaturdayYoga 6:30 - 8:00 am 1.5
Course 1 9:00 - 12:30 pm 3.5
Course 2 2:00-6:00 pm 4
SundayYoga 6:30 - 8:00 am 1.5
Course 29:00 - 12:30 pm 3.5
Course 2 2:00-6:00 pm 4
Tuesday evening 1 Course 1 5:00 - 8:00 pm 3
Tuesday evening 2 Course 2 5:00 - 8:00 pm 3
Tuesday evening 3 Course 1 & 25:00 - 8:00 pm 3
Tuesday evening 4Course 1 & 25:00 - 8:00 pm3
Friday morning MONTHLY SanskritTBD2
Total 44 hrs.

Academic Programs Calendar for 2021 Cohort

NEW AHC 2021 Class Begins Online January 21, 2021!

*Early Bird Tuition Discount Deadline for AHC is November 20, 2020*

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.

Beginning Feb. 1st our AHC program will be offered in a HyFlex format which allows students the flexibility of completing each course either online or onsite.

-Enrollment Open-

Jan 21-24, 2021 Online Only

Feb 18-21, 2021 HyFlex

Mar 18-21, 2021 HyFlex

Apr 15-18, 2021 HyFlex

May 13-16, 2021 HyFlex

Jun 17-20, 2021 HyFlex

Jul 29-Aug 1, 2021 HyFlex

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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