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Ayurvedic Healing Course

Inner Domain hosts an Ayurvedic Healing course from the American Vedic Institute. This course is the first of its kind in the Washington DC area and will certify you as an Ayurvedic Lifestyle Counselor with the Vedic Institute

Ayurvedic Healing Course

Date: Sat, Mar 1st - Sun, Jul 27th, 2014

Time: 11:00-6:00

Price: 3500.00

Place: TBA

Phone: 240 381 1409



Based on Dr. David Frawley's American Institute of Vedic Studies Ayurvedic Healing distance learning course presented in a classroom setting for the first time in Washinton DC with Neva Ingalls

Next training begins Spring 2014 (details to follow!)

Fee: $3,500. A  $750 deposit is recommended to hold your space and receive materials.   Please also see our policy regarding deposits/refunds under Schedule & Fees). The balance of $2750.00 is due by February 15. 2014.

No pre-requisites required in order to participate in this course.


The path of Ayurvedic Sadhana integrates healing Ayurveda, Pranayama, Mantra, Yoga Asana and Meditation into our everyday life; reflecting a transformative well being into our family and community.

The Ayurvedic Healing course will allow you to gain certification as an Ayurvedic Life-Style Counselor and options for further training and study in Ayurveda and Vedic Sciences. This comprehensive course covers Ayurvedic anatomy and physiology, diagnosis, nutrition, herbal therapy, aromas, yoga, Ayurvedic psychology, spiritual methods and much more. It follows the approach of Dr. Frawley's important book, Ayurvedic Healing, lauded by noted author Deepak Chopra as a "modern classic of Ayurveda, one of the most important new Ayurvedic treatment manuals." This special course - already taken by more than 5,000 people worldwide over the last 20 years - is part of Ayurvedic programs taught in the U.S, South America, Russia and Europe. A modified version of our course forms the basis of upcoming special Ayurvedic training with the Chopra Center.

The course does provide extensive training in Ayurveda and is not just an introduction to the subject for the general audience. It aims at providing the necessary foundation so that the student is able to take additional specialized study programs in Ayurveda, including clinical programs. The course includes most of the material covered in two-year Ayurvedic programs given in the West, and that devised for two-year programs for foreign students in India.

The Ayurvedic Healing course is primarily a course in healing. It is not specifically allied with any religious teacher, religious group or spiritual discipline, though it does stress the importance of meditation and yoga. It is allied with Ayurveda in the broadest sense as the Science of Life and recognizes the value of a diversity of Ayurvedic approaches. We do not believe in dividing up Ayurveda into brand names but try to teach the system in its broadest and most classical sense. We teach Ayurveda as a whole, not one particular form of it. The teaching is rooted in classical Ayurvedic texts but also sees the need to adapt Ayurveda for our changing times and circumstances, which are very different and present many new health challenges.

Ayurveda is not just a medical system that treats the physical body and its ailments; it also includes psychology and spirituality. These topics are presented in depth throughout the course. They are part of a holistic system of healing that considers our entire nature as body, mind and spirit. They reflect certain spiritual perceptions about life, like the law of karma, rebirth and the evolution of higher consciousness in humanity.

Although Ayurveda emphasizes the validity of the spiritual life, it can be applied on a purely physical and psychological level, though this may not allow us to understand the full scope of the system. Even as a physical medicine, Ayurveda has much to offer in terms of natural living guidance and natural health care methods.


CERTIFICATION AS AYURVEDIC LIFE-STYLE COUNSELOR- The foundation for all Ayurvedic practice is to first be able to function as an "Ayurvedic Life-Style Counselor." Such an individual is equipped with the fundamental knowledge of Ayurveda and understands its basic principles. He or she should be capable of ascertaining the following Ayurvedic information about a client:

· Constitution of the individual

· Constitutional factors behind any disease condition the individual may have.

He or she should be able to recommend the following remedial measures and explain them clearly and thoroughly:

· Diet per constitution

· Lifestyle recommendations per constitution

· General herbal remedies per constitution

· Generally recommendations to deal with primary doshic imbalances

In other words, the chief factor that characterizes an Ayurvedic Life-Style Counselor is the ability to determine imbalances relative to the Doshas of Vata, Pitta and Kapha of the Ayurvedic system. This is the basis of all Ayurvedic treatment. Without having this capacity, one cannot go far with Ayurveda. On the other hand, once having mastered this knowledge, all other approaches of Ayurvedic healing become accessible to the student because all treatment ultimately consists of balancing these fundamental biological forces on more intricate levels.

The Ayurvedic Healing course aims primarily at helping the student to become an Ayurvedic Life-Style Counselor, which is how those who successfully complete the course can see themselves. Individuals can learn to become Ayurvedic Life-Style Counselors without having previous training or licensure in any medical practice (though naturally this is very helpful). However, as this is a distance learning program, we cannot guarantee that students who complete it are competent in their application of Ayurveda. For this additional study is always advisable, particularly in the clinical application of Ayurveda.


The course provides the fundamental knowledge necessary for any deeper pursuit of Ayurveda. It aims at providing the basic background of Ayurvedic knowledge useful for all Ayurvedic practice. The main topics include:

· Ayurvedic Anatomy and Physiology — Doshas, subdoshas, dhatus, srotas, malas, Agni etc.

· Ayurvedic Psychology — Samkhya, Yoga and Vedanta

· Determination of Constitution — Both physical and mental

· The Disease Process — Stages, symptoms, prognosis

· Diagnostic Methods — Pulse, tongue, abdomen, analysis of dhatus and srotas etc.

· Treatment Methods — Diet, herbs, aromas, colors, gems, pranic methods, mantra and meditation.

The course is most specifically aligned with the herbal and nutritional approach of the books Ayurvedic Healing, A Comprehensive Guide and The Yoga of Herbs. Ayurvedic Healing supplements the course with the differential diagnosis of disease conditions and outlines the treatment of common diseases Ayurvedically. The course also includes much information on Yoga, Prana and the Mind. These are topics addressed in Ayurveda and the Mind, and Yoga and Ayurveda. Ayurveda, Nature’s Medicine provides additional support material. The student who finishes the course should have a good knowledge of the background of Ayurveda along with keys to its dietary, herbal, yogic and psychological therapeutic approaches.

Graduates will receive a certificate as Ayurvedic Lifestyle Counselor with the American Vedic Institute.


Required reading list (all books authored by Dr. David Frawley):

Please note these books are not included in the tuition. They are readily available on!

1. Ayurvedic Healing: A Comprehensive Guide

2. The Yoga of Herbs: An Ayurvedic Guide to Herbal Medicine

3. Ayurveda and the Mind: The Healing of Consciousness

4. Yoga and Ayurveda: Self-Healing and Self-Realization

5. Ayurveda, Nature's Medicine


The Schedule for the next Ayurvedic Healing Course is:

Saturday and Sunday 11-6:00pm


Mar 1 & 2

Introduction and Logistics

Historical, Philosophical and Cosmological background of Ayurveda, Vedic and Yogic Science, Samkhya and the 5 Elements. The Gunas, Karma, Goals of Life and Basic Principals of Ayurvedic Thought.

Ayurvedic Anatomy and Physiology, the Doshas, Elements,Sites, Aggravation, the 20 Attributes, Doshas, Elements and Gunas;Usage. Five Types of Vata, Pitta and Kapha, Function and Usage, Prana, Tejas and Ojas.  


March 22-23

The Seven Tissues, Actions, Interrelationship, Excess and Deficiency States. Kalas, (Seven Tissue Membranes), Malas (Three Waste Materials), Agni (Digestive Fire)Ayurvedic Anatomy and Physiology continued,Bodily Systems (Srotas), Description, Derangements, Disorders. The Organs of the Body, Organs and Doshas, Tissues and Systems, Ten Resorts of Life, Non-Suppression of Natural Urges. Summary of Medical Systems from an Ayurvedic Standpoint.


May 10-11

Enumeration of Ayurvedic Principals.Constitutional Analysis and Examination of Disease. Means of Determining Doshic Types in Depth, Eight Difficult Constitutions. Mental Nature According to the Three Doshas and Three Gunas. The Disease Process, the Doshas and Time Cycles, Climates, Etc..Stages, Classification and Prognosis of Disease. Aggravated States of Doshas, Sama and Nirama Conditions. Doshas and Tissues in the Disease Process.

May 17-18

Diagnosis and Patient Examination. Methods and Steps of Diagnosis; Pulse, Tongue, Abdomen.

Yoga and Ayurvedic Physchology. Spiritual Principals of Ayurveda. The Functions of the Mind. The System of Yoga. Anatomy and Physiology of the Subtle Body, The Chakras, The Three and Fourteen Nadis. Yoga and Ayurveda, Asanas, or Yoga Postures.


June 7-8


Food and Diet. The Six Tastes and Five Elements, Healing Substances in Ayurveda.

Dietary Therapy. Principals. Outline of Ayurvedic Diet, Food Lists Per Constitution. Food Type Analysis. Fruits and Vegetables. Grains, Beans, Nuts and Seeds, Dairy Products, Animal Products. Oils, Condiments and Spices.

Cooking Class


June 21-22


Herbs and the Treatment of Disease. Ayurvedic Herbalism. Scope of Herbalism, Herbs for Digestion and Elimination. Ayurvedic Herbs and Preparations. Study Questions from the Yoga of Herbs.


Reductioon Methods, Palliation and Pancha Karma (Shamana and Shodhana). Tonification and Rejuvenation. The Treatment of Disease. A Study Guide to Ayurvedic Healing.


July 12-13

Advanced Treatment Methods. Subtle healing Modalities of Ayurveda. Aroma Therapy an List of Aromatic Oils. Color and Gem Therapy. Mantra and healing Sounds. Yoga and Ayurvedic Psychology; Practical Application. Origin of the Doshas from the Purusha, the Process of Learning, healing the Mind, Metabolism of the Mind, Ayurvedic Counseling.


August 2-3


Accumulation and Reduction of the Doshas, through the Skin, Breath, Senses, Emotions and Thought. Advanced Herbal Treatment through the Sixteen Channel systems. Herbs and the Subdoshas. The Science of Prana, Pranayama and Pranic Healing. Developing and Balancing and Balancing the Three Vital Essences.


September 13-14


Examination of the Main Marma Points and their Usage. Meditation According to the Three Constutions of Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Summary of Integral Healing System through the Three Bodies and the Five Sheaths. Doshic Imbalances in the Subdoshas and Malas.


Final Test and Graduation

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