Beginning Your Āyurvedic Studies

Level One Education

Course Description for Certificate - Āyurvedic Health Counselor (AHC) Program

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Yoga and Meditation Practicum 1

Course No. AY 100 Contact Hours: 27 Prerequisites: None Description: This course introduces the practice of Yoga. Students are required to learn and perform Yoga postures and breathing practices. This course is taken concurrently with AY 100A, AY 101, AY 102, AY 103, AY 104, AY 105, AY 106, AY 107, AY 110, AY 111, AY 112, AY 120, 150 and AY160.

Sanskrit 1

Course No. AY 100A Contact Hours 12 Description: This course introduces the student to the ancient Vedic language of Sanskrit. Students learn to read, write, and chant Sanskrit. This course is taken concurrently with AY 100, AY 101, AY 102, AY 103, AY 104, AY 105, AY 106, AY 107, AY 110, AY 111, AY 112, AY 120, and AY160.

Introduction to Ayurveda

Course AY 101 Contact Hours: 16 Description: This course introduces students to the 5,000-year-old tradition of Ayurveda, its aims and objectives, basic principles, concepts of health and disease, methods of examining patients, and treatment methods. Students gain a solid foundation in the science, history, and philosophy of Ayurveda. They are introduced to the concepts of individual nature and dosha imbalance as the basis for diagnosis of health and disease, as well as the five-element theory.

Ayurvedic Anatomy and Physiology, and Diagnosis 1

Course No. AY 102 Contact Hours: 16 Description: This course examines the disease process in Ayurvedic medicine, including Ayurvedic anatomy and physiology, the cause of disease, the stages of disease, formation of tissues, and classification of disease. Students learn the process of constitutional analysis.

Introduction to Ayurvedic Lifestyle Management

Course No. AY 103 Contact Hours: 16 Description: This course introduces the student to Ayurvedic recommendations for creating healthy lifestyles, daily and seasonal routines, yogic cleansing practices, and self-care. Students also learn therapies focusing on the five senses.

Yoga and Ayurveda; Sister Sciences

Course No. AY 104 Contact Hours: 16 Description: This course teaches Yoga philosophy and practice and its benefits in health and disease. Students learn the Ayurvedic effects of different styles of Yoga practice, yogic cleansing for disease prevention, and meditation and breathing practices to restore healthy balance.

Ayurvedic Nutrition 1

Course No. AY 105 Contact Hours: 16 Description: This course introduces the principles of Ayurvedic nutrition and digestion. Students will learn the use of diet and nutrition programs in health and disease, individual guidelines for diet, and a balanced diet for the seasons, while exploring the Ayurvedic approach to the energetics of food.

Ayurvedic Psychology 1 (Ayurveda and the Mind)

Course No. AY 106 Contact Hours: 16 Description: This course introduces the student to the energetics of consciousness, the Ayurvedic description of the mind, and therapies to support the mind.

Ayurvedic Herbology 1

Course No. AY 107 Contact Hours: 16 Description: This course continues to study nutrition and introduces the traditional use of herbs in Ayurvedic medicine. Students learn the therapeutic use of food and spices, using food as medicine. The course introduces Ayurvedic foods to balance the doshas and maintain health. Students will study Ayurvedic herbal philosophy and practices, the Herbal Materia Medica, and the terminology of herbal actions. They begin to understand the use of Ayurvedic herbs to restore physical and psychological balance.

Ayurvedic Diagnosis

Course No. AY 110 Contact Hours: 16 Description: Students are introduced to modes of diagnosis including pulse reading, tongue diagnosis, and assessing the mental state and dhatus, malas and srotas. Students begin to practice these modes as outside assignments and during internship after completing this course. Students will also be introduced to “The Care of Children”.

Ethics, Counseling and Western Interface 1

Course No. AY111 Contact Hours: 16 Description: This course offers the opportunity to explore the interface between Ayurveda and allopathic medicine, helps students understand healthy client practitioner relationship and boundaries, and clarifies scope of practice and the code of ethics for all Ayurveda Health Counselors. Students also explore setting up and sustaining a professional practice.

Ayurvedic Therapies 1

Course No. AY 112 Contact Hours: 16 Description: The theory of Pancha Karma cleansing techniques will be introduced. This course introduces the Ayurvedic rejuvenation process called Rasayana. Students will learn strategies for Rasayana using herbs, diet, and nutritional support with the goal of slowing or reversing excessive aging, building immune strength and preventing disease.

Women’s Health, Pre & Post Natal, Pediatrics

Course No. AY 113 Description: This course introduces students to the foundations of women’s health including fertility, menstrual cycle, and menopause, offering recommendations to support imbalances. The course also covers Ayurvedic recommendations for supporting healthy conception, prenatal and postnatal care for expectant mothers, and care for young children.

ENT/Head & Neck

Course No. AY 114 Description: This course offers an introductory view of Ayurvedic anatomy of the ear, nose, throat, and neck. This cursory understanding of the head and neck region allows students to study and address common disorders of head and neck in order to offer diet and lifestyle advice, as well as herbal and bodywork therapies.

Internship I: Clinical Observation, Discussion, & Internship

Course No. AY 120 Contact Hours: 30 Description: Students will have the opportunity to observe Master Ayurvedic Practitioners in consultations in the classroom and to discuss diagnostic methods and treatments. Students begin to develop diagnostic skills under the supervision of skilled Ayurvedic Practitioners. Students are required to observe a minimum of 20 clinical consultations. In addition, students will work in groups to complete a minimum of seven internship client assessments with one additional follow up, under supervision for a total of 21 client encounters.

Ayurvedic Externship 1

Course No. AY 121 Contact Hours: 45 Description: This course requires students to complete 10 supervised diet and lifestyle consultations outside of the MMI College of Ayurveda campus and a minimum of 20 follow-ups (2 per client consultation), for a total of 30 client encounters. Supervision is by MMI-approved Ayurvedic Practitioners. Case papers for each client are mandatory. Students are expected to complete a minimum of 50 client encounters during the AHC program. Twenty-five may be clinical observations with qualified Ayurvedic practitioners, and 25 must be “one-on-one” client consultations.

Subtle Therapies: Jyotish, Vastu, and Hasta 1

Course No. AY 160 Contact Hours: 16 Description: Students are introduced to the subtle sister sciences of Ayurveda; Jyotish (Vedic astrology), Vastu (principles of design, layout, measurements, ground preparation, space arrangement and spatial geometry) and Hasta (Indian hand palmistry). Students learn how they may integrate some of these ancient techniques into their practice.

Ayurvedic Foundational Integration

Course No. AY 150 Contact Hours: 42 Description: Students are spend time integrating the content of the courses of the weekend while engaging in practical applications of the principles covered. This course is taken concurrently with AY 100A, AY 101, AY 102, AY 103, AY 104, AY 105, AY 106, AY 107, AY 110, AY 111