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What is Comprehensive new Ayurvedic Lifestyle & Nutrition Course 2019?

We are excited to announce that we have significantly changed the Diploma in Ayurvedic Lifestyle and Nutrition for 2019. The course now offers the equivalent teaching of a full-time course. The enormous increase in the amount of teaching and practicum will significantly enhance students’ experience of learning Ayurveda and offers more support for our new practitioners to set up in practice than any other training provider of this kind. Previously the course contained over 600 hours of teaching, training clinics, case studies, tutorials, Q&A sessions via live-stream, advisory facility and forum via social media. We are now adding a further 80-100 additional hours of teaching in video format to the curriculum.

The new structure ensures that we are able to offer even more student assistance with case studies, shadow consultations, training clinics and support for students in practice and much more. The newest major additions this year, which we have added after consultation with our students are:

 

  • Formative assessments: shadow consultations watching real consultations led by highly experienced Ayurvedic physicians and analysis & feedback
  • Ayurvedic pharmacology expert sessions: to teach and answer student questions on prescribing supplements
  • Case study sessions involving presentation of student’s case studies and analysis and feedback
  • Instruction and materials on essential recipes for Ayurvedic remedies
  • Additional medicine classes
  • Practical classes on the preparation of Ayurvedic remedies & identification of herbs and plants
  • Regular group calls with doctors and practitioners to answer ongoing questions
  • Practice development sessions designed to help practitioners get themselves set up and start practice

Where can I see samples of the teaching?

To see excerpts of teaching, please go to our Facebook page www.facebook.com/ayurvedainstituteuk  and our website https://www.ayurvedainstitute.co.uk/videos/

If you would like to see a 2-hour video “Introduction to Ayurveda” please click on this link: https://youtu.be/bi1kQHaZdeY

We continuously post videos of Dr. Deepika Rodrigo’s teaching and webinars, blogs and student testimonials on our website and on Facebook so keep a look out for more. If you follow us on Facebook you will receive notification of new videos, blogs and newsletters.

How is the course and study structured?

The course is a one-year diploma, taught in 6 live immersions (2-5 days duration) plus 80-100 hours of video teaching which is made available prior to the immersions to prepare for them. Between the immersions we hold regular group Q&A sessions.

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

Together they comprise hundreds of hours of core teaching on Ayurveda, supervised training clinics, case studies, Q&A tutorial sessions, practical pharmacology sessions, medicine classes, 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.

Our students truly come from diverse professional backgrounds and lifestyles and connect with us from countries across the world, seeking a deeper and more meaningful purpose for their lives.

This tends to be students aged 25-80 for whom full-time study may not be realistic. Our experience is that those who earnestly seek this education are also its greatest advocates. With that in mind, we committed to offering our courses through immersions and through different media to best accommodate them, which in turn best serves our mission to raise awareness of Ayurveda for the benefit of all.

Every aspect of the course from its structure, facilities, practicum and most of all, the teaching itself is aligned with allowing access to this precious education to these most earnest of seekers.

Core components:

  • Immersion teaching
    • 6 immersions
    • Between 2 to 5-days duration
  • Regular Q&A sessions
    • With doctors and practitioners
    • 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
  • Shadow consultations
    • Consultations led by Ayurvedic physicians
    • Analysis & feedback
  • Case studies
    • Conducting 2-20 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 immersion dates?

  • September 7th & 8th (2 days)
  • October 12th & 13th (2 days)
  • November 30th to December 4th (5 days)
  • February 29th to March 4th (5 days)
  • June 6th to 8th (3 days)
  • July 18th & 19th (2 days – assessments)

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

Our online course is unlike any other. Our students watching the course even as far away as Australia say that because they can communicate with the class and the lecturer whilst the lecture is going on it feels like “being in the classroom”. Students feel a part of what is going on and if they choose can be in communication and sharing with each other and Ayurvedic practitioners from our staff continuously during the lecture.

The course is designed to connect students to the experience, to us and to the community here, rather than feeling disconnected and remote while learning.

Whilst the immersions are broadcast live to students taking the course all over the world, they are able to communicate with us, the lecturer and the class in real-time using a live-chat facility. Training clinics involve students abroad being able to hold Skype consultations with real patients and watch other student consultations also.

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 over 25 years in England and prior to that in Sri Lanka. She is widely recognised as a major driving force behind the growing awareness of Ayurveda in the UK. She has over 20 years of teaching experience including the post as senior lecturer at the College of Ayurveda, Westminster University and 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.

 

Dr Anura Chandrasekara (DSAMS)

A senior Ayurvedic physician who has been in continuous clinical practice for 25 years principally in Europe. He has spent much of practice as the Head and Chief physician at leading Ayurveda Health Centre in Germany and Sri Lanka. He is a seventh generation Ayurvedic doctor in his hereditary lineage, his own father having been the Director of Bandaranaike Ayurveda Research Institute and Professor at the Institute of Indigeous Medicine at Colombo University.

He has expertise in the treatment of chronic disorders which are prevalent in Western and modern society such as diabetes, asthma, arthritis, MS, ME, dementia, cholesterol and heart conditions and Panchakarma therapy for the treatment of chronic disorders caused by modern lifestyles. He is also an expert in male fertility.

 

Gabriella Burnel (BA Hons; Oxon) (Sanskrit teacher)

Gabriella is a scholar of the ancient language of Sanskrit and music. She teaches Sanskrit for all levels to decode and attain a deeper understanding of Ayurveda. She has dedicated her life to these disciplines and their capacity to expand consciousness and heal. Gabriella’s purpose is to bring an experiential understanding of the beauty in the sounding of the Sanskrit language and the purity of the alphabet. Having studied Sanskrit from the age of 4 years old and read Sanskrit at Oxford, she is a modern day master.

 

Yashoda Samajeewara (DipAMT, DipAPT)

The Senior Therapist and Panchakarma Technician at the Ayurvedic Clinic. She has over a decade of experience in the treatment of patients for chronic and acute disorders using Panchakarma therapy. She was trained formally in Sri Lanka and gained extensive experience treating patients in the UK. She has considerable knowledge of Ayurvedic medicine which she employs in treating and helping patients day in and day out within the clinic.

 

Geoff Sewell (DipAy-3year)

The President of the AAPUK, co-founder and Director of the Ayurvedic Clinic and the Ayurveda Institute UK. He is an Ayurvedic Practitioner who has amassed decades of knowledge and experience working in the field of Ayurveda.

Having established the Ayurvedic Clinic almost 20 years ago, along with Dr Deepika Rodrigo, along with Dr Deepika Rodrigo, he heads a team of highly experienced doctors, therapists and staff who together have treated many thousands of patients. In addition, as a Director of the Ayurveda Institute UK and the AAPUK, his contribution to the growth of Ayurveda in the UK is invaluable.

 

Ajanta Kaza (DipALN, DipAMT)

The General Secretary of the AAPUK, Director of the Ayurveda Institute UK and Practice Manager of the Ayurvedic Clinic. She is an Ayurvedic Practitioner who has been working within the Ayurvedic field for a number of years.

 

Other teachers

Other teachers at the Institute include guest Ayurvedic physicians, guest medical professionals from allopathic and complementary medical disciplines, Ayurvedic practitioners, 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 practicing successfully. This includes marketing advice and tackles the issues that most practitioners find challenging such as finances and charging clients.

Who 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 would also benefit medical doctors, alternative health practitioners, yoga teachers, alternative 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 learning from the last to deepen students’ understanding of the science and the art of its 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.

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 principle

What is included in the course?

The Diploma in Ayurvedic Lifestyle and Nutrition for 2019 will begin in September 2019. The new structure involves 6 immersions of duration between 2-5 days over the course of the year. The main immersions will be spread over 5 days (Saturday to Wednesday). For those who have any difficulty in attending sessions during the week, they will be live-streamed and recorded to watch when possible. In addition, students will now be sent video teaching prior to the immersions to prepare for them. This allows us to delve so much deeper into Ayurveda during the immersions and gives considerably more individual time for students with the teachers to explore the subject and prepare you for practice. The new structure allows us to give so much more practical, vocational and individual training to our students. Our course now offers hundreds of hours of teaching which compares to a full-time course, whilst reducing the independent study hours for the student.

The additional sessions that we can now offer as part of the course are:

  • Q&A sessions with highly experienced Ayurvedic doctors and practitioners
  • Training clinics with one-to-one feedback from Ayurvedic physicians with volunteer patients of The Ayurvedic Clinic
  • Shadow consultations: watching real consultations led by highly experienced Ayurvedic physicians and analysis & feedback
  • Sanskrit classes to decode common terms and Sanskrit sloka in Ayurveda
  • Ayurvedic pharmacology expert sessions: to teach and answer student questions on prescribing supplements
  • Practical instruction and demonstrations classes for the preparation of Ayurvedic home remedies and applications
  • Practical classes on the identification of herbs and plants used in Ayurvedic pharmacology
  • Instruction and materials on essential recipes for Ayurvedic remedies
  • Additional medicine classes
  • Practice development sessions designed to help practitioners get themselves set up and start practice
  • Student and new practitioner advisory service via closed Facebook forums and student clinics

 

In total the valuable teaching and support for you to get into practice consists of the following:

  • Six immersions with Dr Deepika Rodrigo (via live-stream or in person and including the live-chat facility to ask real time questions with practitioners & have the questions asked to the lecturer in real time)
  • Regular audio Q&A sessions, recorded
  • Sanskrit classes – in classroom, live-stream & recorded
  • Access to the full set of recorded lectures
  • Student Facebook forum advisory service for case studies
  • Training clinics with real patients and on hand feedback from doctors
  • Shadow consultations with analysis
  • Feedback on case studies with own patients
  • Continuing free advisory online service after the course from highly experienced doctors
  • Full set of specialist practitioner Ayurvedic texts
  • Cost price specialist herbal supplements, tonics and herbal oils for prescription to clients to boost nutrition, lifestyle and home remedies and generate a separate stream of income
  • Discounted Anatomy and Physiology classes online with associate training provider
  • Free student membership of the Association of Ayurvedic Professionals UK (AAPUK)
  • Practice development sessions 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
  • Certificate

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 is included in 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 or our Facebook page.

 

“I enjoy the challenge of teaching Sanskrit to beginners and showing that it is a simple, natural, musical and beautiful language. Having studied Sanskrit since the age of 4, I have found it has helped me focus, shown me the joy of sound, and opened up a whole new world waiting to be discovered, for every time you study it, you realize how much more there is to learn. There are numerous Sanskrit stories, tales of heroes and battles, of love and romance that all children love and can get enthused by. Also, the Sanskrit chants are one of the unfailing keys to the power of the language. Well taught, the simple sounding brings inner peace and harmony, without any extra effort or knowledge.”

Gabriella Burnel

What written Course Materials are provided?

Course materials and teaching videos to watch in preparation for the immersions are made available in advance through the student portal on our website. The written materials are a comprehensive set of tailor made course notes to support the immersions.

The written materials include the Course Note and PowerPoint presentations to support learning. Our students find it helpful to print copies of the PowerPoint presentations for their study with the videos and immersions to make notes.

As we aim to protect the environment, we provide all Institute teaching materials electronically and advocate the printing of only necessary materials.

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.

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.

  • The immersions 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 Q&A sessions between the immersions 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 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.
  • Shadow consultations allow students to observe real consultations led by highly experienced Ayurvedic doctors which are then analysed and discussed. This both gives students an invaluable insight into how to conduct consultations, practical tools and deepens their knowledge of treatment of disorders. Our students find this to be an enlightening aspect of the learning to help them practice.
  • 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

We use a live-stream facility to broadcast the immersions. For tele-classes we use an advanced teleconferencing system which allows a large number of students to call in at the same time and participate in a chaired discussion, exercises using case studies, and question and answer sessions.

We also maintain an online student community and hub for students to meet and discuss topics. We post questions and review discussions so that the lecturers can address areas students wish to focus more attention on.

What guidance or support do you offer for 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 shadow consultations, 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 an enormous disparity in the quality of Ayurvedic supplements available on the market, the Institute is 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.

  • Optional 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 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

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 require minimum attendance in ‘real-time’ (i.e. in person or via live-stream) of 70% of the immersions plus the examination. Students can attend in real time in person or by connecting via live stream on their laptop. This facility allows students to participate from home as if they were in the classroom. Students can see and hear the lectures in real time and can ask questions of the lecturer in real time using live chat.

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.

Real-time attendance whether in person or via live-stream is highly recommended. Students who have any particular difficulties with attendance in ‘real-time’ can notify us as we aim to make this teaching as accessible as possible, especially for those with non-negotiable commitments.

All students attending the immersions whether in person or online are required to sign in on the online register for each immersion before the start of each immersion to let us know if they will be attending in person, via live-stream or absent and watching the recorded lectures.

Students are only required to attend the core immersions in real-time (which includes training clinics) and undertake the core components of the course in their own time. The optional components will also be live-streamed and recorded and students and are not required to receive the diploma, although highly recommended depending on the student’s available time.

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. https://essential-training.co.uk/product/anatomy-and-physiology-online-course-fht/

What qualification will I receive?

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 AAPUK (Association of Ayurvedic Professionals UK).

The Ayurveda Institute established the Association of Ayurvedic Professionals which is a professional body for the support and assistance of all Ayurvedic professionals in the UK and abroad.

What can I do with this Qualification?

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

What will I be qualified to teach?

  • Consultants will be able to advise on wellbeing and 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 predominantdosha 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. Given the amount of practicum this course offers, students will be well equipped to begin consultations with patients even before qualifying.
  • Dr Deepika can offer Consultants her proprietary range of Ayurvedic herbal supplements, oils, elixirs and jams, designed specifically for practitioners at this level (formulated herbal medicine can only be prescribed by Ayurvedic physicians and advanced practitioners who have completed a minimum level-2 or level-3 diploma Ayurvedic Practitioner Course). Dr Deepika’s herbal supplements are carefully sourced from Sri Lanka. As in her own practice, she ensures that all herbal remedies prescribed are of the highest quality, purity and potency.
  • Important note: The ability to treat disorders at certain levels of acuity depends on the knowledge and experience of the practitioner. Consultants at this level cannot treat serious conditions nor prescribe formulated Ayurvedic medicines.
  • Consultants are able to treat clients who are experiencing acute or chronic disorders at the primary stage as well as alleviating some of the discomfort associated with chronic disorders using dietary and lifestyle advice and over the counter Ayurvedic health food supplements. Save in the case of chronic disorders which have developed beyond the preliminary stage, practice at this level of training means the ability to alleviate discomfort and symptoms, advise on long-term prevention and eliminate the causes of the disorder.

Is the Diploma professionally accredited?

The course is accredited by the Association of Ayurvedic Professionals UK (AAPUK) and the CMA (Complementary Medical Association). Upon successful completion of the course, students can register themselves as practitioners with the AAPUK and apply for insurance to practice through the partner specialist insurers.

The Association of Ayurvedic Professionals UK (AAPUK) is a professional body for the support and promotion of all Ayurvedic professionals in the UK and abroad as well as a portal for the advancement of Ayurveda through public education using an integrated approach with conventional medicine.

What is the cost of the course?

The cost of the course is £4,800.00.

Can I spread the cost of the course?

Yes. Students can either pay in full or pay in four instalments payable as follows:

  • Deposit of £1,200.00 to secure a place upon completion of registration.
  • Three further payments of £1,200.00 to be paid on 1st December 2019, 1st March 2020, 1st June 2020

 

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.

Alternate 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 18th July 2019
      • (£480.00 discount. Cost of course is £4,320.00)
    • Early bird payment plan discount of 5% if they register and pay the first instalment by 18th July 2019
      • (£240.00 discount. Cost of course is £4,560.00)
    • Friend recommendation – discount £100.00 each if your friend registers for the course
    • Scholarships of £3,000.00 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 £1,800.00
      • Scholarship application form to be completed
      • Submission deadline 1st July 2019, award to be announced in July
      • Proof of means may be requested to complete the application

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

Withdrawals and refunds

If you wish to withdraw from the course you must apply in writing to the Directors.

For students who have paid the full course fees:

  • For withdrawal before the first immersion, you are entitled to a full refund less 10% of the full cost of the course for administrative costs.
  • For withdrawal before the second immersion, you are entitled to a refund less 25% of the full cost of the course.
  • For withdrawal between the second and third immersions, you are entitled to a refund of 50% of the full cost of the course.
  • After the third immersion, no refunds can be made.

 

For students who are paying in instalments:

  • For withdrawal before the first immersion, you are entitled to a full refund of the deposit less 10% of the full cost of the course for administrative costs.
  • For withdrawal before the second immersion, you are entitled to a refund less 25% of the full cost of the course.
  • After the second immersion, 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. It is also an opportunity to delve into an initial understanding of Ayurveda. 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 a separate application form which you are required to complete and return by 1st July 2019.

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?

7-day Intensive:
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 theory is taught by the Ayurvedic doctors in attendance over a number of days with the addition of recorded lectures prior to the start of the course. The practical assessment takes place on the last day of the course. The theory exam is completed online approximately 4 weeks after the completion of the teaching.

The Intensive for Ayurveda practitioners – 6 days

This intensive course is ideal for those with prior knowledge of Ayurveda, especially for students of the Ayurvedic Lifestyle & Nutrition Course (Level 1) or the Ayurvedic Practitioners Course (Level 2). The theory is taught principally via recorded lectures and one day of teaching by our Ayurvedic doctors. The practical assessment is held on the last day of the course and the written theory paper (a combination of multiple choice and short questions) approximately 4-5 weeks after.

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?

Spring 2019 Intensive 7-day course dates:
Monday 18th – Sunday 24th March 2019
Time: 10.00am – 6.00pm each day
Saturday 27th April – online theory exam

Summer 2019 Intensive 7-day course dates:
Monday 3rd – Sunday 9th June 2019
Time: 10.00am – 6.00pm each day
Saturday 6th July – online theory exam

Autumn 2019 – Intensive 7-day course dates:
Monday 7th – Sunday 13th October 2019
Time: 10.00am – 6.00pm each day
Saturday 9th November – online theory exam

How is the student assessed?

Intensive course
Students will be assessed on their practical skills on the last day of the intensive course. The theory exam is taken online approximately 4-5 weeks after the completion of the course

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.

Ayurvedic Practitioners Course-level 2

What is included in the course?

This course is an intensive in Ayurvedic medicine, and will catapult your knowledge and ability to practice. It is a phenomenal number of teaching hours and expert tuition packed tightly into 12 months for the student who wishes to dedicate themselves to learning Ayurveda. It represents the very best value and the very in best practical training.

  • 12 immersion weekends with Dr Deepika Rodrigo (via live-stream or in person and including the live-chat facility to ask real time questions with practitioners and doctors)
  • 10 live-stream Q&A sessions
  • In-class analysis of patients according to disorders
  • 10 live-stream medicine classes
  • Sanskrit classes – in classroom & live-stream
  • Shadow consultation days with Dr Deepika Rodrigo in-clinic
  • Total of over 200 teaching hours not including extra sessions in practice development
  • Access to the full set of recorded lectures, Q&A sessions, practice development, medicine classes & Sanskrit classes
  • Student Facebook forum advisory service for case studies
  • 2 days advanced, supervised training clinics with real patients
  • Feedback on case studies with own patients
  • Continuing free advisory online service after graduation to assist with client cases
  • Cost price specialist herbal supplements, tonics and herbal oils for prescription to clients to boost nutrition, lifestyle and home remedies and generate a separate stream of income
  • Discounted Anatomy and Physiology classes online with affiliate training provider
  • Discounted membership to the Association of Ayurvedic Professionals UK (AAPUK)
  • Practice development sessions to help students go beyond the challenges of establishing a practice and to address issues with existing practices
  • 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
  • Discounted consultations
  • Certificate

How is the course and study structured?

We are committed to offering our courses through immersion weekends and through different media, electronic or otherwise to ensure that this education is accessible to students who earnestly seek it, which in turn best serves our mission to raise awareness of Ayurveda for the benefit of all. Every aspect of the course from its structure, facilities, practicum and most of all, the teaching itself is aligned with this overall mission.

The course is an 18-month diploma, taught in 11 immersion weekends and weekly classes including Sanskrit, medicine classes, Q&A tutorial sessions and practice development for the first 12 months, followed by in-clinic training and case studies for 6 months until assessments. After the completion of the immersion weekends, students have continued access to the video library of teaching and support through the Facebook forum. The typical month includes one immersion weekend, one tutorial session, one medicine class, and 2 Sanskrit classes. This means that students will be joining us for classes at least 3 out of the 4 weeks. All components of this course are compulsory, with the exception of practice development.

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

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.

What are the dates and times of the Immersion weekends?

Immersion weekend dates:

  • Saturday & Sunday – 1st & 2nd September 2018
  • Saturday & Sunday – 6th & 7th October 2018
  • Saturday & Sunday – 3rd & 4th November 2018
  • Saturday & Sunday – 1st & 2nd December 2018
  • Saturday & Sunday – 5th & 6th January 2019
  • Saturday & Sunday – 2nd & 3rd February 2019
  • Saturday & Sunday – 2nd & 3rd March 2019
  • Saturday & Sunday – 6th & 7th April 2019
  • Saturday & Sunday – 4th & 5th May 2019
  • Saturday & Sunday – 1st & 2nd June 2019
  • Saturday & Sunday – 6th & 7th July 2019
  • Saturday & Sunday – 7th & 8th December 2019

 

Live-streamed tutorial sessions dates:

  • Wednesday 5th September 2018
  • Wednesday 10th October 2018
  • Wednesday 7th November 2018
  • Wednesday 5th December 2018
  • Wednesday 9th January 2019
  • Wednesday 6th February 2019
  • Wednesday 6th March 2019
  • Wednesday 10th April 2019
  • Wednesday 8th May 2019
  • Wednesday 5th June 2019

Live-stream medicine class dates:

  • Thursday 20th September 2018
  • Thursday 25th October 2018
  • Thursday 22nd November 2018
  • Thursday 20th December 2018
  • Thursday 24th January 2019
  • Thursday 21st February 2019
  • Thursday 21st March 2019
  • Wednesday 25th April 2019
  • Wednesday 23rd May 2019
  • Wednesday 20th June 2019

Sanskrit class dates:

  • Sunday 2nd September 2018 (during immersion weekend)
  • Wednesday 26th September 2018 (live-streamed only)
  • Wednesday 3rd October 2018 (live-streamed only)
  • Wednesday 17th October 2018 (live-streamed only)
  • Wednesday 31st October 2018 (live-streamed only)
  • Wednesday 14th 2018 November (live-streamed only)
  • Wednesday 28th November 2018 (live-streamed only)
  • Sunday 2nd December 2018 (during immersion weekend)
  • Wednesday 12th December 2018 (live-streamed only)
  • Sunday 6th January 2019 (at the end of the immersion weekend in class)
  • Wednesday 16th January 2019 (live-streamed only)
  • Wednesday 30th January 2019 (live-streamed only)
  • Wednesday 13th February 2019 (live-streamed only)
  • Wednesday 27th February 2019 (live-streamed only)
  • Sunday 3rd March 2019 (at the end of the immersion weekend in class)
  • Wednesday 13th March 2019 (live-streamed only)
  • Wednesday 27th March 2019 (live-streamed only)
  • Wednesday 17th April 2019 (live-streamed only)
  • Sunday 5th May 2019 (at the end of the immersion weekend in class)
  • Wednesday 15th May 2019 (live-streamed only)
  • Wednesday 29th May 2019 (live-streamed only)
  • Wednesday 12th June 2019 (live-streamed only)
  • Wednesday 26th June 2019 (live-streamed only)

In-clinic training:

This is arranged according to the clinic days and availability of doctors and volunteer patients. Students are notified as early as possible. These sessions are also recorded so that they can be watched in the event that the student is unable to attend.

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
  • Recorded lectures

Student are able to take the course entirely online if they wish from abroad and within the UK. We have students from 5 continents on our diploma courses learning with us as far afield as Canada, Australia, South America, Africa and the Middle East. See our e-Learning tab on our website for access to the 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 (all other classes can be taken via live-stream or recordings). Should any student require special dispensation as a result of existing commitments allowances can be made accordingly if the student notifies the Institute. Students can attend in real time in person or by connecting via live-stream on their laptop or any device.

This facility allows students to participate from home as if they were in the classroom. Students can see and hear the lectures in real time, have questions answered by our Ayurvedic practitioners and can ask questions of the lecturer in real time using live chat.

All lectures, tutorials, Sanskrit classes and all sessions are recorded and made available to students for the whole year, so that they are able to catch up on missed lectures or recap at their leisure.

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 require minimum attendance in ‘real-time’ (i.e. in person or via live-stream) of 8 of the 11 teaching weekends plus the examination. Students can attend in real time in person or by connecting via live stream on their laptop. This facility allows students to participate from home as if they were in the classroom. Students can see and hear the lectures in real time and can ask questions of the lecturer in real time using live chat.

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.

Real-time attendance whether in person or via live-stream is highly recommended. Students who have any particular difficulties with attendance in ‘real-time’ can notify us as we aim to make this teaching as accessible as possible, especially for those with non-negotiable commitments.

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

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.

Gabriella Burnel BA Hons (Oxon) (Sanskrit teacher)

Gabriella obtained a BA Hons from Oxford University in 2007 with a degree in Sanskrit. Since graduating has been teaching Sanskrit.

During her time at university she covered Pali, Tibetan and Hindi as well as Sanskrit, including study of Panini and working on previously untranslated manuscripts for her dissertation.

Having been taught Sanskrit since the age of 4, it is in her blood, and Gabriella feels particularly strongly about the beauty in the sounding of the Sanskrit language and the purity of the alphabet.

She has taught privately as well as been a tutor at St James senior boys school. Gabriella also writes bespoke songs and comedy, sings regularly and even includes performances of Sanskrit Slokas in her London gigs.

She sometimes sings with musicians from India, combining East and West. Gabriella is currently studying herself with a teacher at the Bhavan, learning Hindustani vocal music and continues her Sanskrit studies.

Other teachers

Other teachers at the Institute include guest Ayurvedic physicians, guest medical professionals from allopathic and complementary medical disciplines, Ayurvedic practitioners, 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 course 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 and build upon the knowledge gained in Level 1.

Kaya chikitsa (Disorders & their treatment)

For each category of disorder, the practitioner will have a greater understanding of the following:

  1. Nidana (causes of disorder)
  2. Nidana, Rupa, Purva Rupa, Upashaya, Samprapti (stages of disorder)
  3. Sanchaya, Prakopa, Prasara, Stana sansraya, Viyakti, Beda (pathogenesis)
  4. Samprapti kandana (method of elimination of disorder at each stage)
  5. Snakya, Vilkalpa, Pradanya, Bala, Kala, Vishesha (special considerations in the treatment of disorder e.g. associated disorders, sequence of occurrence, strength of the disorder and the patient, time of occurrence and treatment, particular features of the disorder)
  6. Chikitsa sutra (treatment regimen)
  7. Pathya apthya (elimination, management and prevention of disorder)

The disorders we cover under the headings below are those presenting most commonly in practice, reflecting the issues arising from modern living and consequently those which will support a current day practice of Ayurveda. To see the specific disorders, please download our prospectus.

In the B.A.M.S. syllabus many of these disorders are taught in the final year of study and as such this is a particularly advanced syllabus.

  • Charma roga (skin disorders)
  • Sthree roga (gyneacological and obstetric disorders)
  • Annvaha srotas (digestive tract disorders)
  • Raktavaha strotas (Blood circulatory system disorders)
  • Pranavaha strotas (respiratory system disorders)
  • Mutravaha srotas (urinary disorders)
  • Sarvasharira roga (general physical disorders)
  • Manovaha strotas (mental disorders)
  • Bala roga (paediatrics)

Dravya Guna Vignana II (Ayurvedic Pharmacology Level 2)

  1. (Namarupa, Guna, Karma, Prayoga, Vignanya)
  • Namarupa Vigyana.
    • Identification of the drug
    • Name and morphological characteristics
  • Gunakarma Vigyana
    • Pharmacology
    • Rasa, Guna, Veerya, Vipaka and Prabhava (Rasapanchaka) – the important properties of a drug
  • Prayoga Vigyana
    • Principles of drug administration.
    • Route of administration of drugs.
    • Dosage of drugs.
    • Writing prescriptions
  1. Bhaisaja Kalpana (Methods of preparation and design of herbal formula)
  • Introduction and interpretation of Bhaisaja Kalpana
  • Study of medicinal plants in Ayurvedic treatments:
    • Collection
    • Preservation
    • Storage
    • Utilisation
    • Administration
  • Training and study of the standard methods of drug preparation
  • Study of the quality, action, dosage and vehicles of prepared drugs
  1. Practical components & application
  • Practical instruction & demonstrations of the preparation of:
    • Swarasa
    • Decoction
    • Powder
    • Arista
    • Kalka type drug preparations
  • Identifying herbs & plants in the UK for herbal preparations:
    • Exploring the method, preparation and action of common herbs available in the UK
    • Research and record keeping of herbal preparations for future use and manufacturing purposes in the UK
  1. Sample Herbs Book

During the course of the year, each student will contribute to the development of a sample book of herbs by researching, sourcing and conducting trials with herbs. The sample book will contain both pressed samples of the herbs as well as information and the results of the research. The sample book is then made available to all students electronically and in the Insitute.

What written course materials are provided?

Course materials are distributed before each immersion weekend electronically. The materials are a comprehensive set of tailor made course notes to support the immersion weekend tutorials.

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.

As we aim to protect the environment, we provide all Institute teaching materials electronically and do not advocate the printing of unnecessary materials.

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 in Level 1. For students new to the Ayurveda Institute UK, the books can be purchased from us. Please contact us for more information.

  1. Dr G.D. Singhal: “Ayurvedic Clinical Diagnosis (Based on Madhava Nidana)” Volumes 1 and 2″
  2. Vaidya Bhagwan Dash: “A Handbook of Ayurveda”
  3. Ramachandra Reddy: “Bhaisajya Kalpana Vigyan”
  4. 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”
  2. Vasant Lad: “The Complete Book of Ayurvedic Home Remedies: A Comprehensive Guide to the Ancient Healing of India”
  3. Vasant Lad: “Textbook of Ayurveda: the Fundamental Principles of Ayurveda. Volume 1″
  4. 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 and be in practice while learning. The vocational training we provide is critically focused on real-life practice and consultations are held with patients from the Ayurvedic Clinic as well as volunteer clients brought by students. Both doctors are able to provide individualised feedback. In-house vocational training is one of the key, defining feature of this programme.

  • The immersion weekends are the most direct transmission of the understanding of Ayurveda and act as an experiential platform 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.
  • Regular live-stream additional medicine classes between immersion weekends taught by Dr Wathsala Wijesinghe who specializes in Ayurvedic pharmacology.
  • Exposition of particular disorders through demonstration consultations with patients from the Ayurvedic Clinic.
  • Training clinics offer the most exponential practical learning available. Students will conduct a number of supervised consultations with patients from the Ayurvedic Clinic with a focus on specific disorders. 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.
  • Case studies. Students conduct consultations with friends and acquaintances Advice and feedback to support their internship practices is available from our Ayurvedic doctors.
  • 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.
  • Extended repository of Ayurvedic Herbal Home Remedies. A database of home remedies including new trials of tailor-made formulations.

We use a live-stream facility to broadcast the immersion weekends and for regular live-stream video sessions for exercises using case studies, and question and answer sessions.

We also maintain an online community hub for students to meet and discuss topics. We post questions and review discussions so that the lecturers can address areas students wish to focus more attention on.

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

We understand that one of the biggest challenges is establishing and maintaining a 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 the knowledge they need to treat clients effectively and in more depth. Drawing from her decades of clinical practice in the UK, Dr Deepika has put together the best of her knowledge, experience and tried and tested Ayurvedic methods for treatment. 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 develop further skills of identification and treatment of disorders as well as skills of consultation. The aim is to begin to have practitioners go beyond the application of knowledge learned in the first level. At this level, practitioners begin to understand in greater depth the principles of Ayurveda and interpret, adapt and apply them to the individual.

  • Practice development sessions

We have pooled advice on setting up a practice both from external experts and our own practitioners to give students critical advice on how to start, develop and thrive in practice. The sessions include advice on legal, financial and marketing aspects of practice and moreover provide insight into the personal psychology of practice and offer coaching to those who feel they would benefit.

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

Recognising that there is an enormous disparity in the quality of Ayurvedic supplements available on the market, the Institute is 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. At this level of practice we are able to introduce a greater range of formulated, compound supplements as well as exploring the capacity to produce supplements ourselves.

  • Optional additional modules in Abhyanga Marma Massage Therapy and Panchakarma Therapy which are offered to students of the Diploma course at specially discounted rates. We encourage those students who wish to practice at a higher level of competence to undertake the Massage Therapy and Panchakarma Therapy diplomas even if they do not offer the service themselves. Knowledge of both will greatly enhance the understanding of the Ayurvedic therapeutic models which we have been employed with great effect by Dr Deepika Rodrigo in the treatment of many disorders.

After qualification, we are committed to supporting our professionals to advance Ayurveda for the benefit of all. Beyond graduation, we offer a range of support services on a not-for-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 certain live-streamed Q&A sessions 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

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 an intensive in Ayurvedic medicine, and will deepen the student’s knowledge whilst catapulting their ability to practice to the next level. It is a phenomenal number of teaching hours and expert tuition packed into either 12 months or 18 months for the student who wishes to dedicate themselves to learning Ayurveda. It represents the very best value and the very best in practical training. The focus of this course is unique, going to straight to the heart of treating disorders using the most effective and practical Ayurvedic methods drawing from the experience of many decades of treating patients for serious disorders in the West.

The Ayurvedic Practitioners Course is designed for anyone who wants to deepen and advance their understanding of Ayurveda for practice after having completed the Level 1 Diploma in Ayurvedic Lifestyle & Nutrition or an equivalent foundational qualification.

It is ideal for those who are already practicing as Ayurvedic Lifestyle & Nutrition Consultants and wish to work towards the full Ayurvedic practitioner level. Successful graduates will be qualified as Ayurvedic practitioners and if they choose to continue their studies they can continue to Level 3 as an Ayurvedic Practitioner.

The course benefits those with prior medical training in other disciplines such as medical doctors, pharmacists and other healthcare practitioners as well those working with alternative or complementary medical disciplines and those without prior medical training.

It is tailor made for those who wish to practice Ayurvedic medicine in the West and is uniquely structured so that students can continue to treat clients during the course and earn while they continue to learn. It is the second part of a trilogy of diploma courses, each building on the learning from the last to deepen students’ understanding of the science and the art of its practice.

Our experience is that these teachings are life-changing. Every student who commits to this study emerges from the course having experienced deep personal transformation at every level of their lives.

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 an Ayurvedic Practitioner
  • In the case of healthcare professionals such as doctors and dentists, apply an integrated approach to the treatment of patients
  • Combine Ayurvedic nutritional and lifestyle practice with counselling or coaching
  • Combine Ayurvedic nutritional and lifestyle practice with massage therapy
  • Massage therapy
  • Join a growing number of healthcare clinics
  • Form a collective of Ayurvedic practitioners
  • Design, produce and sell Ayurvedic medicinal or cosmetic 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,cookery, yoga guides
  • Combine Ayurveda with the practice of other disciplines such as yoga or acupuncture
  • Use Ayurveda to treat animals
  • Market and sell food products, specifically for the treatment of specific disorders
  • Organise retreats integrating Ayurveda
  • Food stalls, cafes or restaurants based on Ayurvedic principles

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

Applicants must have completed the Diploma in Ayurvedic Lifestyle & Nutrition at the Ayurveda Institute UK or other equivalent foundational diploma in Ayurvedic medicine or lifestyle and nutrition studies. The Directors will consider applications from students who have undertaken prior studies elsewhere or upon submission of the syllabus and details of the course.

All applicants must:

  • be at least 21 years of age
  • be able to communicate in English at high level of competency

Important Note: If you intend to practice as an Ayurvedic Practitioner, knowledge of anatomy and physiology is essential. It is NOT a prerequisite for the course but it is required to receive the certification at the conclusion of the course. There is no requirement to complete the course offered by the Institute’s affiliate training body as long as the equivalent study is undertaken and completed.

The Ayurveda Institute is able to offer students of this 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. For further details, please see our prospectus.

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 am I qualified to treat?

The list of disorders below, that will be covered during the year is not exhaustive. Please note that particular emphasis will be placed on a number of disorders. Important note: the ability to treat disorders at certain levels of acuity always depends on the knowledge and experience of the practitioner.

  • Charma roga (skin disorders)
  • Sthree roga (gyneacological and obstetric disorders)
    • Vandya (infertility)
    • Arbuda
      • PCOS
      • Endometriosis
      • Fibroids
    • Arthabhava (Menopausal syndrome)
  • Annvaha srotas (digestive tract disorders)
    • Ajeerna (indigestion)
    • Grahani (IBS, ulcerative colitis, Chronh’s disease)
    • Arshas (piles)
    • Atisara (diarrhoea)
    • Krimi (worm infestation)
  • Raktavaha strotas (Blood circulatory system disorders)
    • Hrid roga (heart and vascular disorders – angina, atherosclerosis, hypertension)
  • Pranavaha strotas (respiratory system disorders)
    • Swasa (asthma)
    • Kasa (cough)
    • Rajayakshma & shosha (tuberculosis, AIDS, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia)
  • Mutravaha srotas (urinary disorders)
    • Mutrakrichchra (urinary infections & obstructions)
    • Prameha (diabetes)
  • Sarvasharira roga (general physical disorders)
    • Daha (burning sensation)
    • Jwara (fever)
    • Arbuda (cancer)
    • Pittaja roga (auto-immune disorders)
    • Amavata & vatarakta (arthritis & rheumatoid arthritis)
  • Manovaha strotas (mental disorders)
    • Unmada (insanity, schizophrenia, bipolar, manic depression, anxiety)
    • Madathya (substance abuse)
  • Bala roga (paediatrics)
    • Children’s eczema
    • Asathmikata (allergies & intolerances)
  • The Ayurveda Institute offers Practitioners a proprietary range of Ayurvedic herbal supplements, oils, elixirs and jams, designed specifically for practitioners at this level (this includes some formulated herbal medicines). These supplements are carefully sourced from Sri Lanka and from the same source as used in the Ayurvedic Clinic practice. This means that we can ensure that all herbal remedies are of the highest quality, purity and potency.
  • In addition, the Practitioners Course will focus on the development of herbal supplements made from plants and foods widely available in the West. In this way, the Ayurveda Institute hopes to advance Ayurveda by making treatment more affordable and readily available as well as addressing the issues caused by the environmental impact of importing herbal supplements from Asia. This is the practice of Ayurveda in its purest form, as living, dynamic instrument whose application transcends temporal and geographic variables.

Practitioners will be able to treat clients who are experiencing acute or chronic disorders (from those listed above) beyond the primary stage as well as alleviating some of the discomfort associated with chronic disorders using dietary and lifestyle advice and Ayurvedic supplements, as well as massage therapy (in the case of students who have undertaken the course). Practice at this level means the ability to alleviate discomfort and symptoms, advise on long-term prevention, eliminate the causes of the disorder and in some cases entirely eliminate the disorder.

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 as an Ayurvedic Practitioner. The student is then able to register as a practitioner with the Association of Ayurvedic Professionals UK (AAPUK) or the CMA (Complementary Medical Association).

The Association of Ayurvedic Professionals has been established specifically for the purpose of supporting, promoting and assisting all Ayurvedic professionals in the UK and abroad.

The Diploma in Ayurvedic Practitioners Course 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 creator or representative.
  • Working in the culinary and nutrition industry

Is the Diploma professionally accredited?

The course is accredited by the Association of Ayuvedic Professionals UK (AAPUK) and the Complementary Medical Association (CMA). Upon successful completion of the course, students can register themselves as practitioners and apply for insurance to practice through either organization.

The Association of Ayurvedic Professionals UK (AAPUK) is a professional body for the support and promotion of all Ayurvedic professionals in the UK and abroad as well as a portal for the advancement of Ayurveda through public education and using an integrated approach with conventional medicine. The course is accredited by the AAPUK and students can register with Association and apply for insurance to practice through the partner specialist insurers.

What guidance / support is offered post qualification for practice?

We understand that one of the biggest challenges is establishing and maintaining a 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 the knowledge they need to treat clients effectively and in more depth. Drawing from her decades of clinical practice in the UK, Dr Deepika has put together the best of her knowledge, experience and tried and tested Ayurvedic methods for treatment. 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 develop further skills of identification and treatment of disorders as well as skills of consultation. The aim is to begin to have practitioners go beyond the application of knowledge learned in the first level. At this level, practitioners begin to understand in greater depth the principles of Ayurveda and interpret, adapt and apply them to the individual.

  • Practice development sessions

We have pooled advice on setting up a practice both from external experts and our own practitioners to give students critical advice on how to start, develop and thrive in practice. The sessions include advice on legal, financial and marketing aspects of practice and moreover provide insight into the personal psychology of practice and offer coaching to those who feel they would benefit.

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

Recognising that there is an enormous disparity in the quality of Ayurvedic supplements available on the market, the Institute is 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. At this level of practice we are able to introduce a greater range of formulated, compound supplements as well as exploring the capacity to produce supplements ourselves.

  • Optional additional modules in Abhyanga Marma Massage Therapy and Panchakarma Therapy which are offered to students of the Diploma course at specially discounted rates. We encourage those students who wish to practice at a higher level of competence to undertake the Massage Therapy and Panchakarma Therapy diplomas even if they do not offer the service themselves. Knowledge of both will greatly enhance the understanding of the Ayurvedic therapeutic models which we have been employed with great effect by Dr Deepika Rodrigo in the treatment of many disorders.

After qualification, we are committed to supporting our professionals to advance Ayurveda for the benefit of all. Beyond graduation, we offer a range of support services on a not-for-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 certain live-streamed Q&A sessions 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 £2,950.00

This works out at around £10.00 per hour of teaching not including the additional advice and feedback in the Facebook forum, practice development sessions and examinations. We believe this course to be extremely good value.

Can I spread the cost of the course?

Yes. Students can either pay in full or pay in instalments.

For payments in instalments it is payable as follows:

  • Deposit of £750.00 to secure a place upon completion of registration.
  • Second payment of £1,100.00 by 1st December 2018
  • Third payment of £1,100.00 by 1st April 2019

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?

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.

For students who have paid the full course fees:

  • For withdrawal before the first immersion weekend, you are entitled to a full refund less 10% of the full cost of the course for administrative costs
  • For withdrawal before the second immersion weekend, you are entitled to a refund less 25% of the full cost of the course
  • For withdrawal between the second and third immersion weekend, you are entitled to a 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:

  • For withdrawal before the first immersion weekend, you are entitled to a full refund of the deposit less 10% of the full cost of the course for administrative costs
  • For withdrawal before the second immersion weekend, you are entitled to a 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?

For students who are new to the Ayurveda Institute, 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. 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

Where is the course held?

For students who wish to attend in person, the course will be held in our teaching facility 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