Ayurvedic Practitioner Professional Training

Begins September 15, 2022

Ayurvedic Practitioner (AP)**

**If you have a BA or BS degree, you may apply instead for the Master of Arts in Ayurveda and earn an Ayurvedic Practitioner’s certificate concurrently.

900 Hours of Academic Excellence and Clinical Practicum

Recognized by the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA), MMI’s Ayurvedic Practitioner Program significantly builds on the foundational Ayurvedic Health Counselor Program.

The AP is an exploration into classical texts, traditional clinical treatments, practices, and formulations, guiding the student to a deeper understanding of the 5,000 year old art and science of Ayurvedic medicine and philosophy.

Experience a full and rich immersion into the “science of life,” with extensive training, clinical experience, and a scope of practice well beyond what is first studied in the Ayurvedic Health Counselor Program.

Students enjoy a rich and stimulating educational environment while receiving in-depth academic instruction in disease management, herbal medicine, mother and child care, geriatric health, rejuvenative therapies, subtle healing modalities and counseling skills and an introduction to research. Yoga and Sanskrit study are integral aspects of the curriculum.

Goals & Aims

AP graduates continue to focus on preventive healthcare and health promotion through diet and lifestyle management with their clients, however the AP scope of practice is expanded well beyond that of the Ayurvedic Health Counselor to include pathophysiology, disease management and advanced herbology. Graduates will have had extensive supervised clinical practice during the program, giving them the confidence and capacity to fully engage in an independent or joint clinical healthcare practice.

Graduates may apply for professional membership in NAMA as Ayurvedic Practitioners and are qualified to sit for the NAMA Board Certification Exam.

California residents may work independently as Ayurvedic Practitioners under the California Health Freedom Act or join the staff of medical clinics or hospitals offering complementary modalities.

Program Highlights

This program is designed to allow the student to enjoy Mount Madonna’s 380 acre mountaintop campus, tucked into the redwoods, overlooking Monterey Bay. Students meet in-person one weekend a month. There are additional complementary (synchronous) online classes offered throughout the month. Students are taught by a variety of teachers which will enable them to experience a variety of perspectives. The program is steeped in the classical texts of Ayurveda.

AP Pre-Requisites:

  • Successful completion of the Ayurvedic Health Counselor (AHC) program required. If the student completed their AHC elsewhere, they must successfully pass the NAMA Board Exam or the MMI Final Exam at the AHC level.
  • 6 College Credits of Anatomy and Physiology (2 additional credits above the AHC level)

Classes are held in the following format:

  • In person Thursday afternoon (2:00 pm) – Sunday (5:00 pm) (Yoga & Courses): 33.5 hours per month
  • Online Monday nights weekly (5:00 - 8:15 pm) (Course Complements and Integration) (~9 hours per month)
  • Online two Friday mornings per month (9:00 - 11:00 am) (Sanskrit): 4 hours per month
  • Self-study asynchronous learning: ~15 hours per month
  • Homework: ~ 80 hours per month

Here is the typical daily schedule (subject to change)

Per Month Course Time (PST/PDT) Hrs.
Thursday Course 2:00 - 5:00 pm 3

Course 6:00 - 8:00 pm 2
Friday Yoga7:00am - 8:30 am 1.5
Course 9:30 am - 12:30 pm 3
Course 1:30 - 5:30 pm 4

Integration 6:30 - 8:30 pm 2
Saturday Yoga7:30 - 9:30 am 2
Course 11:00 am - 2:00 pm 3
Course 2:30 - 5:00 pm2.5

Course 6:00 - 8:30 pm 2.5
SundayYoga7:00 - 8:30 am1.5
Course 9:30 - 12:30 pm3
Integration1:30 - 5:00 pm3.5
Total hours "in-seat"
33.5

Mount Madonna Institute is accredited by:

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2022-2024 Program Dates (on-site)

  • September 15-18, 2022
  • October 13-16, 2022
  • November 10-13, 2022
  • December 8-11, 2022
  • January 12-15, 2023
  • February 16-19, 2023
  • March 9-12, 2023
  • April 13-16, 2023
  • May 11-14, 2023
  • June 8-11, 2023
  • July 13-16, 2023
  • August 10-13, 2023
  • September 14-17, 2023
  • October 12-15, 2023
  • November (no in-person)
  • December 7-10, 2023

Clinical (online) continues through April 24, 2024


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Program Course List

AY 306 Manovaha Srotasa - Ayurvedic Psychology

AY 307 Brhattrayi & Laghutrayi - Classical Texts, History & Philosophy

AY 310a Clinical Practicum 1a

AY 400 Yoga for Health and Disease Management

AY 401 Sanskrit (synchronous online only)

AY 402 Ayurveda Integration

AY 310b Clinical Practicum 1b

AY 403 Dravyaguna Vijñana - Herbology 2

AY 404 Allopathy, Functional Medicine and Collaboration 1

AY 405 Srotamsi 1: Mahavaha, Pranavaha, Rasavaha & Jwara

AY 406 Srotamsi 2: Raktavaha (kustha), Shukravaha, Mutravaha & Shalakya Tantra

AY 410a Clinical Practicum 2a

AY 500 Yoga for Health and Disease Management

AY 501 Sanskrit

AY 502 Ayurveda Integration

AY 410b Clinical Practicum 2b

AY 503 Allopathy, Functional Medicine and Collaboration 2

AY 504 Introduction to Scientific Research

AY 505 Srotamsi 3: Majjia, Mamsa, Meda & Ashti Vaha

AY 506 Srotamsi 4: Aartavavaha Srotasa - Stree Roga Prasuti & Kaumarabhritaya

AY 510a Clinical Practicum 3a

AY 600 Yoga for Health and Disease Management

AY 602 Ayurveda Integration

AY 510b Clinical Practicum 3b

AY 603 Dravyaguna Vijñana - Herbology 3

AY 604 Pancha Karma & Indriya Chikitsa - Ayurvedic Therapies & Sense Therapies

AY 605 Jara & Rasayana - Aging & Rejuvenating Therapies

AY 606 Complementary Medicine: Acupuncture, Chiropractor & Physical Therapy

AY 607 Clinical Case Study Presentations & Closing

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