The objective of the Ayurveda Wellness Counselor Program (AWCP), is to provide the highest quality education available for those seeking to integrate a living Ayurveda into their lives, and for those seeking the required professional training to practice as an Ayurveda Wellness Counselor.
Level 1 Ayurveda Foundation Program is open to all as a lifestyle immersion into the Ayurvedic view of life, health, and healing. Level 1 begins the journey of healing others with the journey of healing ourselves and those closest to us. Learn the fundamentals of Ayurveda wellness for life, for family, friends, and community. Open to anyone interested in a living practice of Ayurveda and a long life of natural health. To heal others we must heal ourselves.
The Level 1 Program is taught online by K.P. Khalsa and consists of 4 core modules. Each module is taught over one 3-day weekend session in a live online environment.
In our first weekend, we will explore the basic elements of Ayurveda, but particularly the lifestyle inner teachings of Ayurveda and as a grounding for those living a yogic life. The fundamentals of the Vedic 5 Element and Tridosha Theories will be used throughout the proceeding courses. The focus of this course is enlightened self-knowledge and self-care, self-study, yogic lifestyle, and yoga teachers as healing resources, pure sattvic living, living true to ourselves, and the uniqueness of our own constitutional nature.
Module 1 lays the foundation for the entire AWCP program. We will introduce the primary working theories of Ayurveda, particularly the inner teachings of an Ayurvedic lifestyle as a grounding for those living a yogic life. The profound principles of the Vedic 5 Element and Tridosha Theories will be expanded upon and used throughout subsequent courses, so it is crucial that we master them now. Students will be introduced to Ayurvedic anatomy and physiology, the 15 subdoshas, the science of prakriti, our body constitution, the transformative power of Agni in digestion and consciousness, how to maintain digestive balance, the seven tissues, the role of ama, or toxins in our health, and ojas, the sacred sap of life and longevity. This is the beginning.
Many of the wellness methods taught in module 2 are considered routine lifestyle practices in yogic and Ayurvedic life. Efficacy of these methods lay in making them authentic, i.e., customized, to the individual’s unique constitution (prakriti) and condition (vikriti). The course will focus on the healing modalities that are shared between the Ayurveda wellness counselor and the client. These include lifestyle counseling, nutrition, basic herbalism and use of culinary spices for healing, topical oil therapies, and how to create a customized Ayurveda cleanse for each client. Our bodies are designed by nature to heal on their own, they have the built-in intelligence to do so and a set of instructions to guide the process. Healing results lay in the objective assessment of truth, the authenticity of our healing needs, and embracing matter of fact of change. These are the tools of our healing work.
Module 2 introduces the powerful and natural methods used by Ayurveda wellness counselors in their work and in self-care. Each of these methods will be taught again at more advanced levels in Level 2, but we introduce you to them early so that you may begin to integrate them into your life and into the life of your family throughout your educational journey.
This module will cover assessment theory and practice from the tradition of Ayurveda. Students will learn how to measure each of the dosha’s dynamic movements through another’s bodymind, the signs and symptoms that reflect their presence, and the deduction of doshic patterns. Basic pulse, tongue and tissue analysis will be covered. This is the most practical aspect of counseling, where students will conclude the appropriate method of healing. Students will practice all assessment methods on themselves and other students in small groups. This material is the heart of the assessment skills that generates deep insights into the workings of life and life force (prana) from the Ayurvedic perspective.
Module 3 empowers the student with the skills to see and better understand our imbalances and the imbalances of others. Only then can we heal. An introduction to Ayurveda psychology, the nature of imbalance (vikriti) and Ayurvedic pathology (samprapti) and an introduction to Ayurvedic diagnostics will be covered. Here we introduce students to the practical aspects of counseling, particularly how students determine the appropriate method of healing.
In weekend 4 we will assess two (2) volunteer individuals who will share their lives and stories with the class. Under the guidance of the instructor, K.P. Khalsa, the group will collectively assess each individual’s doshic constitution and conditional imbalances. Live time analysis of each individual’s condition and health patterns will be demonstrated. Lifestyle and wellness methods will be recommended by the teacher and group. Afterwards, Q&A time will be allowed for each assessment to clarify questions and ambiguities in the assessment process. Rapport building and business management skills will be explored. We’ll also look at yoga asana classroom dynamics for patterns that effect the doshas of individuals.
Module 4 will introduce the initial client intake process and the interpersonal skills used in conducting an Ayurveda wellness assessment.
Starts October 9, 2020
- October 9-11
- November 6-8
- December 4-6
- December 18-20
Class is from 8:30 am – 6:00 pm
What Will Students Learn?
AWCP students will learn over time to conduct traditional Ayurvedic assessments, initial intakes, follow up counseling methods, constitutional (prakriti) and conditional (vikriti) dosha assessment, Ayurvedic nutritional therapy, lifestyle counseling, pulse and tongue analysis, tissue analysis, Ayurvedic herbalism, home cleansing, oil therapies, subtle therapies, client rapport, Ayurveda psychology, business management, and more.