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Ayurvedic Lifestyle & Nutrition

What is included in the course?

  • 11 immersion weekends with our principle lecturer, Dr Deepika Rodrigo (via interactive live-stream or in person). Available to view all year in the online library of recordings.
  • Live-stream, interactive Q&A sessions. Available to view all year in the online library of recordings.
  • Sanskrit classes, interactive live-stream. Decoding Sanskrit to deepen our knowledge of Ayurveda. Available to view all year in the online library of recordings.
  • Access to the full library of recorded lectures, Q&A sessions, Sanskrit classes, practice development sessions
  • In-course Internship: Training clinics – 15 doctor-supervised consultations with real clinic patients with feedback
  • In-course Internship: case studies – using friends and colleagues with expert feedback case-by-case
  • Online Student Forum advisory service for case studies, case-by-case
  • Continuing, post-qualification advisory online service from highly experienced doctors
  • Full set of specialist practitioner Ayurvedic texts, printed for the Institute in India
  • Cost price specially designed herbal supplements, tonics and herbal oils for prescription to clients to generate a separate stream of income
  • Repository of Ayurvedic Herbal Home Remedies: access to a growing database
    Discounted Anatomy and Physiology online training with associate training provider
  • Membership to the Association of Ayurvedic Professionals UK
  • Practice development sessions from industry experts to help you set up in practice
  • NUS student card
  • 25% discount on Diploma in Ayurvedic Massage Therapy
  • 25% discount on Diploma in Panchakarma Technician Training
  • Further discounts on courses run by the Ayurveda Institute UK
  • Access to special events with guest speakers
  • Certificate

How is the course and study structured and what are the dates?

The course is a one-year diploma, taught in 11 immersion weekends. Between the immersion weekends we hold regular live-streamed sessions.

The course is divided into Core Ayurvedic components, required for successful completion of the Diploma plus Optional Components.

Together they comprise up to 600 hours of core teaching on Ayurveda, supervised training clinics, case studies, Q&A live-stream, tutorial sessions, Sanskrit teaching, Anatomy & Physiology online study, practice development sessions, home reading & study.

Only the core components of the course are required for successful completion of the Diploma and in addition students can choose to undertake the optional components.

Students can also opt for the Personal Programme, without assessments or practical components. At the conclusion of this Programme students will obtain a Certificate of Completion.

Core components:

  • Immersion weekend teaching
  • 11 immersion weekends
  • Saturday & Sunday
  • Q&A live-stream tutorial sessions
  • Twice a month live-streamed Q&A tutorial sessions
  • Evenings
  • Recorded
  • Home study and reading
  • According to student level 5 hours per week
  • Using specialist practitioner texts from India
  • Training clinics
  • Approximately 10-15 supervised consultations with real patients from the Ayurvedic Clinic
  • One to one feedback
  • Case studies
  • Conducting between 2 to 20 client consultations in the final trimester of the year
  • Advisory service via social media & teaching weekends

Optional components:

  • Sanskrit classes
  • Live-streamed & recorded
  • Learning Ayurveda through Sanskrit
  • Decoding original Sanskrit sloka from ancient Ayurvedic texts
  • Facebook forum advisory service & discussion
  • Advice & feedback on case studies
  • Practice development
    • Sessions to help set up in practice
    • Legal, financial, technical and online aspects to practice
    • Troubleshooting with practice
  • Anatomy & Physiology
    • Online comprehensive training in A&P taken at your pace
    • Discounted course with affiliate training provider

What are the dates and times of the Immersion weekends?

The 11 immersion weekends are once a month, save for August. The examinations take place in the last weekend and consist of a theory component (written theory paper) and a practical component (assessed consultation with a real patient).

Immersion Weekend dates:

  • May 20th& 21st
  • June 24th & 25th
  • July 15th & 16th
  • Summer recess
  • September 16th & 17th
  • October 21st & 22nd
  • November 18th & 19th
  • December 16th & 17th
  • January 20th & 21st
  • February 17th & 18th
  • March 17th & 18th
  • April 20th, 21st & 22nd

Fully or partly online? What is so unique about our online service?

Our courses are designed to be as flexible as possible. Students can tailor the course to fit in with busy lifestyles and childcare commitments using a combination of:

  • attendance in-person
  • live-streamed, fully interactive lectures and
  • recorded lectures

Students can take the course online entirely if they wish from abroad and within the UK. We have students from 5 continents learning with us, as far afield as Canada, Australia, South America … See our e-Learning tab to access the full list of countries.

We require minimum attendance in ‘real-time’ (i.e. in person or via live-stream) of 8 of the 10 teaching weekends plus the examination. Students can attend in real time in person or by connecting via live stream on their laptop or any device.

Our live-stream service is unlike any other. The course is designed to connect students to the teacher, the experience and to the community here The service is interactive, and allows students to participate from home as if they were in the classroom. Students watch in real-time and stay in continuous communication with our staff of Ayurvedic doctors and practitioners who are present throughout the lectures using live-chat to answer questions, put questions to the lecturer and encourage sharing and debate online. Online students have the benefit of multiple experts on hand.

Even the in-course Internships such as Training clinics are accessible to students online via Skype consultations and observation of other student consultations.

All lectures are recorded and made available to students for the whole year, so students can catch up on missed lectures or recap at their leisure.

For more detailed information, please go to our e-Learning tab and see our Prospectus.

What are the attendance requirements?

Our courses are designed to be as flexible as possible. Students can tailor the course to fit in with busy lifestyles and childcare commitments using a combination of attendance in-person, live-stream facility and recorded lectures.

We recommend minimum attendance in ‘real-time’ (i.e. in person or via live-stream) of 8 of the 10 teaching weekends plus the examination. Students can attend in real-time in-person or by connecting via live stream on their laptop.
All lectures are recorded and made available to students for the whole year, so students can catch up on missed lectures or recap at their leisure.

All students attending the immersion weekends whether in person or online are required to sign in on the online register for each immersion weekend 1 week before.

For more details please see our Prospectus.

Who are the Course Tutors?

Dr Deepika Rodrigo B.A.M.S.
The principle lecturer and a senior Ayurvedic physician, having been extra-ordinarily in continuous clinical practice for almost 25 years. She is widely recognised as a major driving force behind the growing awareness of Ayurveda in the UK. She has 20 years of teaching experience including the post as senior lecturer at the College of Ayurveda, Westminster University, Middlesex University where she trained many of today’s leading Ayurvedic specialists. As a director of the Ayurveda Institute UK and the principle lecturer in all courses she conducts, Dr Rodrigo is a prolific teacher investing an enormous number of face-to-face hours with her students.

She has been practicing from her established, London based Ayurvedic Clinic, since 2000 and uniquely amongst her peers, has a wealth of clinical experience to bring to her teaching.

Dr Wathsala Wijesinghe B.A.M.S., MSc, M.D
A senior Ayurvedic physician, having been in continuous clinical practice for almost 25 years. She has helped thousands of people to prevent, cure or manage a wide range of acute and chronic disorders, including women’s disorders, digestive disorders, skin problems and neurological disorders. Her experience has spanned treating people at grass roots level in rural communities to hospitals and private clinics in different countries.

She has been providing her services to the teaching of Ayurveda for 25 years at every level of education from schools to universities and educating rural communities. She has presented and conducted over 20 research works within the scientific community during her career.

Other teachers

Other teachers at the Institute include guest Ayurvedic physicians, Ayurvedic practitioners, teachers of Sanskrit, senior massage therapists and other practitioners who contribute their expertise to modules of the course. We will also have business and practice management modules to assist in setting up and practising successfully. This includes marketing advice and tackles the issues that most practitioners find challenging such as finances and charging clients.

What is the Core Ayurvedic Syllabus?

The core Ayurvedic syllabus is set out below in skeleton form. We highly recommend that you download our Prospectus for a detailed exposition and explanation of the core syllabus. The core Ayurvedic syllabus is drawn directly from the 6-year undergraduate degree Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery which is required to qualify as an Ayurvedic physician. There is enormous depth and breadth to the subjects covered in this intensive course. The subjects have been carefully chosen and critically focus on a student’s ability to use and practice Ayurveda successfully in any part of the world.

In addition, there are modules relating to Sanskrit, practice management and more.

1. Introduction to Ayurveda
2. The fundamentals of Ayurveda
3. Vata dosha
4. Pitta dosha
5. Kapha dosha
6. Sites of the dosha
7. Constitution and imbalances
8. Prakriti – Ayurvedic constitution
9. The seven tissues (Dhatus)
10. Channels of circulation (Srotas)
11. Digestive fire (Agni)
12. Toxins (Ama)
13. Mala-Excretory System (the effect of waste products from the body)
14.Examination of the patient & identification of the disorder (Roga-Rogi Pariksha)
15.Examination and diagnosis of the patient: pulse, urine, stool, tongue etc.
16. Samprapthi
17. Common disorders of the dosha & their causes
18. Ayurvedic Pharmacology (Dravya Guna Vijnana)
19. The qualities of Ayurvedic herbal medicine
20. Herbal energetics: portrayal of the six tastes in Ayurveda
19. Treatment methods of Ayurveda (Chikitsa)
20. Prevention of diseases: diet (Ahara), life style (Viharana), remedies (Oushada), Doshas

What written Course Materials are provided?

Written Course materials are distributed before each immersion weekend both electronically and in hard copy for students attending in person. The materials are a comprehensive set of tailor-made course notes to support the immersion weekend teachings.

Powerpoint presentations which support learning are also distributed electronically prior to the immersion weekends. Our students find it helpful to print copies of the powerpoint presentations for the immersion weekends to make notes.

What Course Reference & Text books are used?

Course Reference Books provided

The Ayurveda Institute commissions the printing of the reference books and ships them from India for our students. These are the practitioner’s bibles and are to be kept for life. These are expensive to purchase as they incur heavy shipping costs and are difficult to source. They are covered by the course fees.

  1. Dr G.D. Singhal: “Ayurvedic Clinical Diagnosis (Based on Madhava Nidana)” Volumes 1 and 2″
  1. Vaidya Bhagwan Dash: “A Handbook of Ayurveda”
  1. Ramachandra Reddy: “Bhaisajya Kalpana Vigyan”
  1. Translated by Prof. K. R. Srikantha Murthy: “Vagbhata’s Astanga Hrdayam Volumes I, II & III”

Course Text books

Students are required to purchase the text-books themselves which are available either in hard copy or Kindle edition on Amazon. Students can also purchase used copies on Amazon for a fraction of the new price.

  1. Vasant Lad: “Ayurveda, the Science of Self-healing: a Practical Guide”
  1. Vasant Lad: “The Complete Book of Ayurvedic Home Remedies: A Comprehensive Guide to the Ancient Healing of India”
  1. Vasant Lad: “Textbook of Ayurveda: the Fundamental Principles of Ayurveda. Volume 1″
  1. Vasant Lad: “Textbook of Ayurveda: the Complete Guide to Clinical Assessment. Volume 2″

What learning support is available to students?

At the Ayurveda Institute we aim to offer students unparalleled learning support to have them practice whilst learning. The vocational training we provide is critically focused on real-life practice and using real patients from our own clinic as well as providing individualised feedback from our doctors. No other course provider puts so many resources into the vocational training of their students in-house.

A full exposition of how the learning support works is in our Prospectus.

  • The immersion weekends are the most direct transmission of the understanding of Ayurveda and act as an experiential platform for you to embody the material. Each immersion includes intensive learning experiences that allow the student to excavate, discover and integrate who they are and what they can bring to the practice of Ayurveda.
  • Regular live-stream Q&A tutorial sessions between the immersion weekends with our experienced Ayurvedic physicians. These sessions are for further discussion, revision and analysis of students’ case studies with their own clients.
  • Training clinics offer the greatest practical learning available. Students will conduct approximately 15 supervised consultations with real patients who have been treated at the Ayurvedic Clinic. The consultations are conducted in small groups of 2 or 3 students and the doctors provide feedback on performance and a round-up of the day’s findings. Our students find that this exponentially increases their consultation skills as well as their knowledge. It is being in practice while learning.
  • Case studies. Students conduct consultations with friends and family in the final trimester of the year giving nutrition and lifestyle advice and advising on home remedies from the Repository of Ayurvedic Home Remedies provided for students. Advice and feedback to support their internship practices is available from our Ayurvedic doctors. Our students have already witnessed enormous transformations and healing before they even qualify. They find that this exponentially increases their consultation skills as well as their knowledge. It is being in practice while learning.
  • Online advisory service. Facebook closed group learning support for students to gain advice from our Ayurvedic physicians on their case studies on a case-by-case basis, and discuss case studies and topics.
  • Repository of Ayurvedic Herbal Home Remedies. A database of home remedies which can be used even before qualifiying
  • Tele-classes using a teleconferencing system to allow chaired discussions on particular topics

What guidance or support do you offer if I want to practice?

We understand that one of the biggest challenges facing students is taking the leap into practice. Every aspect of this course has been designed to make Ayurveda a living, breathing science that is practiced personally and for the treatment of clients:

Syllabus & teaching

The whole of the syllabus is designed to give students all the knowledge they need to actually treat clients with great success. Drawing from her decades of clinical practice in the UK, Dr Deepika has put together the best of her knowledge and tried and tested methods. It is her true desire that such experience be used to serve others.

Vocational training

The in-course internship, involving case studies and training clinics with supervised consultations and case-by-case advice and feedback is an unparalleled level of practical training in order to spring-board students from theory into practice. The aim is to comprehensively prepare students for practice by the time they qualify.

Practice development sessions

We have pooled advice on setting up a practice both from external experts and our own practitioners to give students the most critical advice on how to start and how to thrive in practice. The sessions include advice on legal, financial, marketing and personal psychology of practice.

Supplements, tonics & oils on a not-for-profit basis

Recognising that there is a enormous disparity in the quality of Ayurvedic supplements available on the market, the Institute committed to providing supplements and oils to its own practitioners on a not-for-profit basis. They are specially designed for practitioners at each level and are of the highest quality, purity and potency, sourced from the same trusted specialist facility which has been supporting the Ayurvedic Clinic for over 20 years.

Sanskrit classes

In order to deepen the understanding of Ayurveda, Sanskrit is decoded. Sloka or Sanskrit verse is the way in which Ayurveda was first codified thousands of years ago and the principles remain intact and applicable today. We teach and practice Ayurveda staying always faithful to these original principles. These sloka and other Ayurvedic terms will be decoded to unveil deeper meaning.

Sanskrit is taught by Gabriella Burnel (BA Hons in Sanskrit, Oxon) and has been teaching Sanskrit for many years. Gabriella began learning Sanskrit and Pali at the age of four and teaches, chants and sings it as it is in her blood. Gabriella feels particularly strongly about the beauty in the sounding of the Sanskrit language and the purity of the alphabet.

For her introductory video please visit our Videos tab. For more information, please see our Prospectus.

Who and what is the course designed for?

This course is designed for anyone who wants to learn Ayurveda from an in-depth and practical perspective.

It is ideal for those who want a career change, to earn a qualification as an Ayurvedic Consultant and become part of a growing industry in alternative healing modalities.
It is ideal for those who want to know how to keep themselves, families and friends balanced, healthy and full of natural vitality. The course has also benefited medical doctors, pharmacists, healthcare professionals at all levels, alternative health practitioners, yoga teachers, therapists and those currently working as Ayurvedic practitioners who want a deeper understanding of the science.

It is tailor made for those who wish to practice Ayurvedic medicine in the West and is uniquely structured so that students can begin to treat clients in the last quarter of the course and earn while they continue to learn in further studies. It is the first part of a trilogy of diploma courses, each building on the last to deepen students’ understanding of the science and the art of Ayurvedic practice. Students can expect to begin practice after the first year, whilst continuing to learn in the following years.

Our experience is that these teachings are life-changing. Every student who commits to this study emerges from the course without having experienced deep personal transformation at every level of their lives.

In addition to being able to advise on general well being, Consultants will also be able to treat a range of health issues including weight loss, skin disorders, digestive disorders, women’s disorders, allergies and food intolerances and other common ailments. Consultants will be able to identify the predominant dosha and imbalances in the body causing the disorder. So many of these disorders can be eliminated entirely or significantly alleviated using Ayurvedic dietary and lifestyle knowledge.

Ayurveda and its practice in the West is a pioneering endeavour. Everything we do is stepping into new territory and is shaping the future of Ayurveda. What that means is that the opportunity to create new ways of earning a living using the secrets of an ancient science are vast. Here are some examples from our own students and beyond:

  • Practice as Lifestyle & Nutrition consultants
  • In the case of healthcare professionals such as doctors and dentists, apply an integrated approach to the treatment of patients
  • Combine that consultancy with counselling or coaching
  • Combine the consultancy massage therapy
  • Massage therapy
  • Join a growing number of healthcare clinics
  • Open an Ayurvedic clinic from home or in premises
  • Form a collective of Ayurvedic practitioners
  • Design, produce and sell Ayurvedic products using the knowledge of plants and herbs
  • Teach courses and give talks on Ayurveda generally or talks to specified audiences according to their needs
  • Collaborate with other health care professionals
  • Focus on specific disorders
  • Write blogs and articles for the internet & e-books
  • Write books on topics integrating Ayurveda on lifestyle, diet, cookbooks, yoga guides
  • Combine Ayurveda with the practice of other disciplines such as yoga or acupuncture
  • Use Ayurveda to treat animals
  • Market and sell products, food or other products, specifically for those who wish to follow Ayurvedic lifestyles
  • Organise retreats integrating Ayurveda
  • Food stalls, cafes or restaurants based on Ayurvedic principles

What are the pre-requisites / prior experience for this course?

No prior experience or training in Ayurveda is required.
Applicants must meet at least ONE of the following entry criteria:

  • At least one GCE A level and three GCSEs OR
  • Overall pass with merit at BTEC National Diploma OR
  • Complementary therapies-based Access course OR
  • NCQ level 3 in the Health and Social care fields OR
  • Science-based Access course

The Directors will consider applications from mature students with life experience or students with alternative backgrounds and experience, for example yoga teacher training or training in alternative therapies

All applicants must:

  • be at least 21 years of age prior to commencing the diploma
  • be able to communicate competently in English

Do I need to know Anatomy & Physiology?

If you intend to practice as an Ayurvedic Consultant, knowledge of anatomy and physiology arises in practice frequently and so we strongly recommend that students complete a level-3 course.
The Ayurveda Institute is able to offer students of the Diploma course an online course in Anatomy and Physiology in association with our affiliate training body, at the special discounted price of £58.50. The promotional code for discounts will be given to students upon registration.
The Level 3 Diploma in Anatomy and Physiology is an FHT accredited Course and is awarded 20 CPD points. The course meets the current national occupational standards and covers all body systems. No attendance is required and all tutorials and assessments are delivered online, in your own time, from the comfort of your own home.
Please see our Prospectus and also click here for full details ETS Training Anatomy & Physiology Course.

What is the qualification and what am I qualified to do?

Upon successful completion of the course, the student will obtain a Diploma and will be qualified to practice as an Ayurvedic Lifestyle and Nutrition Consultant. The student is then able to register as a practitioner with the CMA (Complementary Medical Association).

In addition to being able to advise on general well being, Consultants will also be able to treat a range of health issues including weight loss, skin disorders, digestive disorders, women’s disorders, allergies and food intolerances and other common ailments. Consultants will be able to identify the predominant dosha and imbalances in the body causing the disorder. So many of these disorders can be eliminated entirely or significantly alleviated using Ayurvedic dietary and lifestyle knowledge. For more information please see the Prospectus.

The Diploma in Ayurvedic Lifestyle and Nutrition will provide you with the knowledge, skills and experience to embark on a variety of rewarding careers, some of which are:

  • Develop your own private practice.
  • Integrating knowledge of Ayurvedic healthcare with other modalities, such as allopathic medicine, herbal medicine, traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture, naturopathy and yoga therapy.
  • Work alongside other health professionals in an integrated therapy clinic.
  • Work at Ayurvedic health spas/resorts.
  • Work within specialist pharmacies or health food shops.
  • Researcher, Teacher or community educator.
  • Ayurvedic product representative.
  • Working in the culinary and nutrition industry

Is the Diploma professionally accredited?

The course is accredited by the CMA (Complementary Medical Association). Upon successful completion of the course, students can register themselves as practitioners and apply for insurance to practice with the CMA.

The Ayurveda Institute in conjunction with the Ayurvedic Clinic, is currently establishing the Association of Ayurvedic Professionals UK (AAPUK) which will be a professional body for the support and assistance of all Ayurvedic professionals in the UK and abroad. The course will be accredited by the AAPUK at which point students will be able to register with Association and apply for insurance to practice through the partner specialist insurers.

What guidance / support is offered post qualification for practice?

During the course we offer guidance in everything that a practitioner will need to set up in practice:

  • teaching
  • special counseling methods used by Ayurvedic physicians
  • setting up and the management of your practice
  • tutorials on the range of proprietary herbal supplements, elixirs, oils and jams to prescribe to clients
  • students can opt to take additional modules in Abhyanga Marma Massage Therapy and Panchakarma Therapy which are offered to students of the Diploma course at specially discounted rates.

After qualification, we are committed to supporting our professionals to advance Ayurveda for the benefit of all. Beyond anything offered by any other education provider, we offer a range of support services on a no-profit basis to our professionals:

  • Cost price purchase opportunities for our proprietary range of Ayurvedic herbal supplements, oils, elixirs and jams, designed specifically for practitioners at this level. The herbal supplements are carefully sourced from Sri Lanka and prepared by the same specialists providing for the Ayurvedic Clinic, which are of the highest quality, purity and potency.
  • Advisory service via online media for access to case-by-case advice for your clients from our highly experienced Ayurvedic doctors
  • Free of charge access to the live-streamed Q&A sessions throughout the year following the course.
  • Free continuing participation in the online Facebook closed group forum community for their year
  • Membership of Association of Ayurvedic Professionals UK (AAPUK), the home-grown community and support group for students and professionals

How much does the course cost?

The cost of the course is £3,950.00.

Can I spread the cost of the course?

Yes. Students can either pay in full or pay in three instalments payable as follows:
Deposit of £950.00 to secure a place upon completion of registration.
Second payment of £1,500.00 by 15th August
Third payment of £1,500.00 by 15th December

Domestic students must pay the first instalment upon registration to secure their place and thereafter sign up to a fully secure system of Direct Debit for the remaining instalments.
International students must pay the first instalment upon registration to secure their place and thereafter sign up to a fully secure system of Direct Debit for the remaining instalments.

Further 8-month payment plans are available at the discretion of the Institute’s directors in the event that a prospective student has financial commitments which prevent payment via this method.

Are there any discounts available?

Students can benefit from a number of discounts:

  • Early bird full payment discount of 10% if they register and pay the course fees in full by 25th March 2017
    • (£395.00 discount. Cost of course is £3,555.50)
  • Early bird payment plan discount of 5% if they register and pay the first instalment by 25th March 2017
    • (£197.50 discount. Cost of course is £3,752.50)
  • Friend recommendation discount £100.00 if your friend registers for the course
  • Scholarships of £2,450 per year. There are four scholarships available. Aimed at students with a ‘genuine financial need’ and who can show ‘a demonstrable commitment to Ayurveda and its practice for the community’.
    • (Cost of course is only £1,500.00)
    • Scholarship application form to be completed
    • Submission deadline 25th March, award to be announced 1 month prior to start of the course.
    • Proof of means may be requested to complete the application

For more details, please see our Prospectus or speak to one of our Course Directors.

Withdrawals and refunds

If you wish to withdraw from the course you must apply in writing to the Directors. Please see our Prospectus for full details.
For students who have paid the full course fees:

  • Withdrawal before the first immersion weekend: full refund less 10% of the full cost of the course
  • Withdrawal before the second immersion weekend: refund less 25% of the full cost of the course
  • Withdrawal between the second and third immersion weekend: refund of 50% of the full cost of the course
  • After the third immersion weekend, no refunds can be made

For students who are paying in instalments:

  • Withdrawal before the first immersion weekend: full refund of the deposit less 10% of the full cost of the course
  • Withdrawal before the second immersion weekend: refund less 25% of the full cost of the course
  • After the second immersion weekend, no refunds can be made.

How do I register for the course?

We speak to each of our prospective students in person either prior to or following their registration. This is to ensure that it is right course for you and we take care to ensure you are ready to undertake this learning. It allows you ask any questions you may have and get a flavour of who we are. This is not a sales call and there is no obligation to register.

Please email us with your telephone number / Skype ID and availability and we will schedule a call with one of our course Directors.

If you are ready to register, please complete the application form and return to:
courses@ayurvedainstituteuk.co.uk

Please note that if you wish to apply for the scholarship, there is another application form which you are required to complete and return by 25th March.

Please email us for a copy of the scholarship application form.

Where is the course held?

For students who wish to attend in person, the course will be held in our custom built teaching space at the Ayurveda Institute which is located on the same premises as the Ayurvedic Clinic.

The address is:
461 Brighton Road
South Croydon
Surrey
CR2 6EW

Ayurvedic Massage Therapy

What is included in the course?

Our aim is that students use the extraordinary methods of treatment to help people achieve a better state of health and well-being. Knowing from decades of experience in treating people though the Ayurvedic Clinic for a wide range of disorders to the most acute cases, and for general well-being, we know how good patients feel when these techniques are properly applied, well-executed and use the highest quality products. We teach massage therapy as a practice in service and mindfulness. Our therapists work from the heart, which is always felt by the patient.

In order to create the same potential in our students our training is comprehensive:

  • Face- to-face teaching with senior Ayurvedic doctors and therapists
  • 70% demonstrations and supervised practice
  • Online videos of massage techniques & herbal preparations
  • 90-page tailor-made course materials
  • course text book
  • proprietary Ayurvedic therapy oils and creams on a not-for-profit basis

How is the course and study structured?

March Intensive: 13th-19th March + 22nd April
The intensive massage course is 7 extended days of theory and practice. We allow extended practice time at the end of each day to prepare for the assessment on the last day. The practical assessment takes place on 19th March. The theory exam is completed online on 22nd April.

May – Summer Course:
The summer massage course takes 8 days which are spread out over 3 months (one Saturday every other week and a final 3-day weekend). The theory and practical assessments are completed on the last day of the 3-day weekend.

Home study
Depending on the student’s prior medical/anatomy and physiology knowledge and as a guide, students undertake maximum 20-30 hours home study for the whole course in addition to the teachings (this is to prepare for the theory exam).
The home study hours include directed reading from the course reference book, course materials and practice of the techniques.

Home Practice
Students are encouraged to practice the techniques at home on volunteers or with other students. In the case of the Intensive March course, there is additional supervised practice time allowed during the week in class to catalyze learning the techniques.

What are the course dates and times?

March intensive course dates:
Monday 13th – Sunday 19th March 2017 (practical assessment on 19th March)
Saturday 22nd April – online theory exam
Time: 10.00am – 6.00pm

Summer Massage course dates:
Saturday 13th May 2017
Saturday 27th May 2017
Saturday 10th June 2017
Saturday 17th June 2017
Saturday 8th July 2017
Saturday, Sunday and Monday 22nd, 23rd, 24th July 2017 (3 days)
Time:
10.00am to 5.00pm

Autumn Intensive Massage course dates:

Monday 23rd – Sunday 29th October 2017 (practical assessment on 29th October)
Saturday 25th November 2017 – online theory exam
Time: 10.00am – 6.00pm

How is the student assessed?

March Intensive course
Students will be assessed on their practical skills on the last day of the intensive course. The theory exam is taken online on 22nd April.

Summer Massage Course
Students take the practical and the theory exam on the last day of the course in person.

What are the attendance requirements?

Students are required to attend a minimum of 6 of the 7 teaching days, plus the examinations (if they wish to qualify as Ayurvedic Massage Therapists).

Who are the course tutors?

Dr Deepika Rodrigo B.A.M.S.
The principle lecturer and a senior Ayurvedic physician, having been extra-ordinarily in continuous clinical practice for almost 25 years. She is widely recognised as a major driving force behind the growing awareness of Ayurveda in the UK. She has 20 years of teaching experience including the post as senior lecturer at the College of Ayurveda, Westminster University, Middlesex University where she trained many of today’s leading Ayurvedic specialists. As a director of the Ayurveda Institute UK and the principle lecturer in all courses she conducts, Dr Rodrigo is a prolific teacher investing an enormous number of face-to-face hours with her students.
She has been practicing from her established, London based Ayurvedic Clinic, since 2000 and uniquely amongst her peers, has a wealth of clinical experience to bring to her teaching.

Dr Wathsala Wijesinghe B.A.M.S., MSc, M.D
A senior Ayurvedic physician, having been in continuous clinical practice for almost 25 years. She has helped thousands of people to prevent, cure or manage a wide range of acute and chronic disorders, including women’s disorders, digestive disorders, skin problems and neurological disorders. Her experience has spanned treating people at grass roots level in rural communities to hospitals and private clinics in different countries.

She has been providing her services to the teaching of Ayurveda for 25 years at every level of education from schools to universities and educating rural communities. She has presented and conducted over 20 research works within the scientific community during her career.

Other teachers
The lecturer will be assisted by experienced senior massage therapists who have been in practice for a number of years at the Ayurvedic Clinic. We will also have business and practice management modules to assist in setting up and practising successfully.

What is the course syllabus?

The syllabus is set out below in skeleton form. We highly recommend that you download our Prospectus for a detailed syllabus. There is enormous depth and breadth to the subjects covered in this intensive course. The subjects have been carefully chosen and critically focus on a students ability to use massage therapy and the different procedures for the treatment of disorders, drawing upon the foundational therapeutic knowledge of Ayurveda.

Module 1 – Fundamentals of Ayurveda
Philosophy & history of Ayurveda

  • The history of Ayurveda and the Samkhya philosophy of creation
  • The body-universe relationship (Brahmanda-pinda theory)
  • Theory of 5 elements (Pancha Mahabuta theory) and the theory of macrocosm and microcosm

Introduction of basic principles of Ayurveda

  • Three biological humors or constitutions (Tri-dosha)
  • Principles of mental constituents (sattva, rajas, tamas)
  • Determining individual body constitution (prakruti)
  • Introduction to bodily tissues (saptta dhatu), waste products (trimala), channels (srotas)
  • General diseases of tridosha and basic dietary and lifestyle advice for individual constitutions (Ahara/Viraha) using case formats
    Anatomy and physiology – Ayurveda and modern perspectives
  • The definition of a health from an Ayurvedic perspective
  • Concept of digestive fire (agni)
  • Concept of Ama
  • Introduction to Marma
  • Understanding the principles of chakra

Module 2 – Principles and techniques of massage

  • Origins of massage and the significance of massage in Ayurveda
  • Global history of massage (massage in different countries)
  • Introduction to sudation therapy; types of sudation therapy; indications and contraindications of sudation therapy & benefits of proper sudation
  • Use of massage media; introduction to Ayurvedic therapeutic oils and powders and their properties and actions
  • External oleation (snehana); techniques of warm oil application to the body

Module 3 – Principles and techniques of massage

  • Marma Mardana; introduction to 108 marma points
  • Anatomical positions of marma
  • Manipulation of marma for the treatment of common diseases/imbalances in the tridosha
  • Abhyanga; the four basic Ayurvedic massage techniques
  • Performing marma massage using abhyanga and marma mardana
  • Contraindications of Ayurvedic Abhyanga Marma massage

Module 4 – Shirodhara and other specific treatments

  • Location of marma points in head and neck area
  • Ayurvedic head massage (Shiro Abhyanga); preparation, procedure and practice
  • Ayurvedic face massage (Vaktra Mardana); preparation, procedure and practice
  • Shirodhara as a treatment for stress relief and imbalances of the mind
  • Demonstration and theory for Shirodhara
  • Procedure for pinda sweda (hot herbal poultices), gharshana (body brushing technique or rubbing), udvartana (powder massage)
  • Preparations of herbal materials for pinda sweda, pastes etc
  • Procedure for pada abhyanga (foot massage)
  • Procedure for hasta abhyanga (hand massage)
  • Demonstration and theory for kati vasti
  • Demonstration and theory for akshi tarpana

What written course materials are provided?

The Ayurveda Institute course materials will be distributed to participants electronically prior to the commencement of the course and in hard copy at the start of the course. The materials are a 90-page, comprehensive set of tailor made course notes to support the teaching weekends.

Where used, students will be PowerPoint presentations in electronic form also.

What text books are provided?

Students will be provided with a copy of the course reference book, “Ayurvedic Massage: Traditional Indian Techniques for Balancing Body and Mind” by Harish Johari. These will be distributed at the beginning of the course. Students can also pick up their own copy in advance from us. We can send out the books at an additional cost of £5.00 postage.

How do we practice massage techniques?

The majority of the course is teaching massage techniques. Students will be given demonstrations by the teachers and asked to perform the techniques themselves repeatedly in order to gain sufficient practice under the supervision and guidance of the teachers.
Students will be asked to form pairs and perform the massage techniques on each other. This allows the student to practice the technique and also to learn how it feels when performed on them, which increases their understanding.

What other materials are available to help me practice techniques?

Students have access to a library of recorded videos demonstrating:

  • massage techniques
  • herbal preparations
  • specific procedures
  • additional theory lectures

How is the student assessed?

The examination consists of 3 parts:

Theory
There will be a two hour written paper which will be a combination of practical case studies, theory questions and multiple choice questions.

Practical
There will be a half an hour practical exam on the final day of the course

Case studies
Students are required to submit a case study by the end of the course

Who can benefit from the course?

The course is open to both experienced therapists and those new to healing therapies.

The Ayurveda Institute is the only provider of Ayurvedic education in Europe offering teaching exclusively by highly experienced Ayurvedic physicians. Our lecturers decades of clinical experience as Ayurvedic physicians and in-depth knowledge of the authentic, traditional massage techniques and therapeutic benefits of Ayurvedic massage and herbal preparations. As such, this is perfect for those who wish to offer their clients authentic, therapeutic massage and help in alleviating imbalances and disorders in the body.

No prior knowledge is required. Mature students are very welcome.

Is the Diploma accredited?

The course is accredited by the CMA (Complementary Medical Association). Upon successful completion of the course, students can register themselves as Ayurvedic Massage Therapists and apply for insurance to practice with the CMA.

The Ayurveda Institute in conjunction with the Ayurvedic Clinic, is currently establishing the Association of Ayurvedic Professionals UK (AAPUK) which will be a professional body for the support and assistance of all Ayurvedic professionals, including therapists in the UK and abroad. The course will be accredited by the AAPUK at which point students will be able to register with Association and apply for insurance to practice through the partner specialist insurers.

What qualification will I receive?

Upon successful completion of the course, the student will obtain a Diploma in Ayurvedic Massage Therapy and will be qualified to practice as an Ayurvedic Therapist. The student is then able to register as a therapist with the CMA (Complementary Medical Association).

The Ayurveda Institute in conjunction with the Ayurvedic Clinic, is currently establishing the Association of Ayurvedic Professionals UK (AAPUK) which will be a professional body for the support and assistance of all Ayurvedic professionals, including therapists in the UK and abroad. The course will be accredited by the AAPUK at which point students will be able to register with Association and apply for insurance to practice through the partner specialist insurers.

Do I need to have knowledge of Anatomy and Physiology?

If you intend to practice as an Ayurvedic Therapist, knowledge of anatomy and physiology may be useful to you. There is no requirement to study anatomy and physiology to qualify for this course.

Students who are also undertaking the Diploma in Ayurvedic Lifestyle and Nutrition will benefit greatly from the study of anatomy and physiology to complete their education for practice.

The Ayurveda Institute is able to offer students of the Massage Therapy course an online short course in Anatomy and Physiology in association with our affiliate training body, at the special discounted price of £58.50. The promotional code for discounts will be given to students upon registration.

The Level 3 Diploma in Anatomy and Physiology is an FHT accredited Course and is awarded 20 CPD points. The course meets the current national occupational standards and covers all body systems. No attendance is required and all tutorials and assessments are delivered online, in your own time, from the comfort of your own home.

Please see our Prospectus and also click here for full details ETS Training Anatomy & Physiology Course.

What other support is available for practice?

Recognising that there is an enormous disparity in the quality of Ayurvedic oils and products available on the market, the Institute committed to providing Ayurvedic therapeutic oils to therapists on a not-for-profit basis.
The oils and products are of the highest quality, purity and potency, sourced from the same trusted specialist facility which has been supporting the Ayurvedic Clinic for over 20 years.

The oils are specially designed for use in massage therapy, some of which are medicated and for specific therapeutic uses. The Institute provides the full ingredients lists for each oil and product as well as critical information on which dosha and which disorders they can be used for, as well as methods of use and contra-indications for use. This information is intended to support therapists to provide the highest quality treatment to their clients to help treat disorders.

It is intended to offer these items to massage therapists on a not-for-profit basis so that they are able to effectively treat clients at reasonable prices and earn income from the sale of oils, creams and products.

The categories of products available are:

  • Ayurvedic herbal face & body massage oils
  • Ayurvedic herbal therapeutic oils
  • Dermaved Ayurvedic skin creams

Can I learn Panchakarma treatments?

The Ayurveda Institute is one of the very few providers of training for authentic Panchakarma therapy, the deepest purifying Ayurvedic procedure used for detoxification and in the treatment of medical disorders. This is the most treatment that has been used in the Ayurvedic Clinic for almost 20 years, treating patients and helping them to maintain their health.

We offer a 4-day intensive Panchakarma technician training course once a year for those who have completed training in Abhyanga Marma Massage which covers specialist procedures and techniques applied according to the imbalance, dosha and disorder.

What are the course fees?

The total cost of the course is £1,120.00.
Students who have either completed or are currently studying the Diploma in Ayurvedic Lifestyle and Nutrition are entitled to a 25% discount (cost of the course is £840.00)
Deposit of 50% of the course fee to be paid to secure a place. The balance to be paid 14 days prior to commencement of the course. Further payment plans are at the discretion of the Directors.

Withdrawals and refunds

The deposit is non-refundable. The remainder of the course fee is refundable if notice is provided 14 days prior to the commencement of the course.

What are the entry requirements?

The course is open to both experienced therapists and those new to healing therapies. No prior knowledge is required. Mature students are very welcome.
Minimum age is 18 years old

How do I register for the course?

In order to secure a place on the course students are required to complete and return the attached application form. Once your application has been accepted, payment in full or the deposit of 50% of the fee is payable to secure your place.
Application form – Diploma in Ayurvedic Massage Therapy
Once the form is completed please return to us at courses@ayurvedainstitute.co.uk

Where is the course held?

The course is held in our custom built teaching space at the Ayurveda Institute which is located on the same premises as the Ayurvedic Clinic.

The address is:
461 Brighton Road
South Croydon
Surrey
CR2 6EW

What practical arrangements do I need to know for the course?

The dress code is comfortable, professional attire to conduct massage therapy such as t-shirt and loose fitting pants (there is a facility to change clothes at the workshop). Students are required to bring two large bath towels. All other equipment including couch covers, wet wipes, oils and herbal preparations are provided.

Please see our Prospectus for full details.