Ayurveda Health Counselor
(AHC) Level 1: 2016-2017
Admissions Policies and Regulations
Students are required be high school graduates, or have GED equivalent to apply for the Level 1, AHC program. Students are required to complete a college-level anatomy and physiology course before beginning Level 1, AHC Internship. Students who have completed the Level 1, AHC academic portion of the course and have begun the Level 1, AHC internship, may apply for the Level 2, CAP course.
The application must be turned in with a $75 non-refundable application fee.
The student may set up a time to speak with the Ayurveda Director or Center Director to answer questions, and upon acceptance into the program, the enrollment document must be submitted at least 30 days before the first day of classes
Level 1: Ayurveda Health Counselor
Starting September 2016
Spirit Path Ayurveda Education
Course Overview, Educational Philosophy and Objectives
The Spirit Path Ayurveda Certified Ayurveda Practitioner program meets the highest level of educational standards approved by the National Association of Ayurvedic Medicine (NAMA).
This course leads the student through all of the foundational knowledge of Ayurveda and includes an internship program preparing graduates for a rewarding career as a Certified Ayurveda Practitioner upon completion of all requirements. Upon completion of classes and internship requirements, graduates will be comfortable evaluating any patient that walks through the door in terms of the Ayurvedic constitution (Prakriti), imbalance (Vikruti), and designing an appropriate treatment protocol to bring the three doshas (Vata, Pitta, and Kapha) back into balance.
The treatment protocols will include use of dietary recommendations, lifestyle changes, herbal formulas, aromatherapy, color therapy, body therapies, mantra therapy, meditation, exercise, Pancha Karma, daily routines, plus creative support in other areas such as journaling, music, etc.
Education at Spirit Path Ayurveda focuses on the integration of concepts, successful completion of projects, and proper evaluation of patients. Students are graded on a pass/fail basis, and given several opportunities to show proper comprehension of the material.
The objective of Spirit Path is to graduate the highest-quality Ayurvedic practitioners in the United States. Ayurveda is best understood through classroom integration and use of the material at home. Homework assignments always include personal integration of concepts and making positive lifestyle changes.
Students experience the process of self-healing and are therefore better equipped to share the knowledge with patients.
Join us for an unforgettable journey into the sacred knowledge of Ayurveda.
2016 - 2017 Ayurveda Health Counselor (AHC) Academic Calendar
Level 1: September 2016 – December 2017
Level 1 Ayurveda Health Counselor Program Outline
Module 1: September 9 - 11, 2016 History & Philosophy of Ayurveda and Yoga: Origins of Ayurveda, Historical Figures in Ayurveda, Sankhya Philosophy, Shad Darshanas, Yoga Philosophy, 3 Pursuits in Life, 3 Pillars of Life, 4 Goals of Life
Module 2: October 7 - 9, 2016 Ayurvedic Anatomy & Physiology I: Elements, Doshas, Subdoshas, Ayurvedic Assessment of Prakriti and Vikriti, Dhatus, Ojas, Introduction to Dinacharya (Ayurvedic Lifestyle), Superficial Pulse Diagnosis
Module 3: November 11 - 13, 2016 Ayurvedic Anatomy and Physiology II and Introduction to Nutrition: Agni, Dhatus; formation of the Dhatus; Examination of the Dhatus; Rasa, Virya, Vipaka, Prabhava, the six tastes, Guidelines for Healthy Eating, How to feel the Healing Pulse
Module 4: December 16 - 18, 2016 Ayurvedic Anatomy and Physiology III: Srotas, Malas, Pathology, Prognosis, and Examination of the Gross Srotas, Prakruti Pulse Diagnosis
Module 5: January 6 - 8, 2017 Ayurvedic Examination, Evaluation, and Psychology I: Structural and Functional evaluation of the Doshas, Tongue Diagnosis, Gunas and Doshas in Evaluation of Personality, Koshas and Nadis, Vata Subdosha Pulse Diagnosis
Module 6: February 10 - 12, 2017 General Diagnostics: Abdominal Exam, Blood Pressure, Respiration, Western pulse diagnosis, Review of physical/structural exam
Module 7: March 10 - 12, 2017 Ayurvedic Psychology II: Chakras, Therapeutic use of Bija Mantras, Mental Prakruti/Vikruti/Chikitsa, Pranayama, Pitta Subdosha Pulse Diagnosis
Module 8: April 7 - 9, 2017 Ayurvedic Nutrition and Cooking: Categories of Food, Using Food as Medicine, Dietary Coaching, Kitchari Recipes, Proper use of Ayurvedic Fasting, Special dietary care for: Prenatal, Pregnancy, Post Natal, Care for Children over 5
Module 9: May 5 - 7, 2017 Ayurvedic Nutrition II: Cooking Experiential: Students design and prepare menus for specific Doshic care
Module 10: June 23 - 25, 2017 Ayurvedic Herbalism I and Holistic Therapies: Herbal actions, Herbs and the Dhatus, Herbs and the Srotas, Kapha Subdosha Pulse Diagnosis, Herbal Formula Design for Balancing Digestion
Module 11: July 28 - 30, 2017 Adjunct Healing Modalities and Additional Sensory Therapies:Aromatherapy, Chromotherapy (color therapy), Gem Therapy, Flower Essences, Transdermal products, recommendation to Yoga Therapists, recommendation to Vastu Shastra practitioners, recommendation to Jyotishis, Sound therapy and Kirtan
Module 12: August 25 - 27, 2017 Ayurvedic Herbalism II, Experiential: Common preparations of herbs, anupanas, developing formulas, hands-on preparation of herbal formulas (digestive and nasya)
Module 13: September 15 - 17, 2017 Internship I, Fundamentals: Patient Management, Patient Psychology, Practice Management (20 hours internship)
Module 14: October 13 - 15, 2017 Brimhana and ENT: Tonification for patients with Ayurvedic Body Therapies, recommending Dinacharya and care of Ears/Eyes/Nose/Throat, 2 group case studies (8.5 hours internship)
- Sunday Group Case Study Format:
- Morning Case Study: 9 -10am Teacher performs patient evaluation under observation, 10 – 11am, students ask the patient questions/feel pulse/look at tongue/examine structure, 11am - 12pm group case discussion including designing a healing program for the patient.
- Afternoon Case Study:1:30 – 2:30 Teacher evaluation, 2:30 – 3:30 student evaluation, 4 – 5:30 case discussion
Module 15: November 10 - 12, 2017 Internship II: Case Discussion, Business Management, Internship Support, 2 group case studies (20 hours internship)
Module 16: December 8 - 10, 2017 Internship III: Case Discussion, internship support, 2 group case studies (20 hours internship)
Class Days and Times: Classes meet for two weekends in a row, every other month. Each module is one weekend, Friday from 5-8pm, Saturday & Sunday 9am-5:30pm for Module 1 – 10. Module 11 and 12 are Saturday and Sunday only from 9 am – 5 pm.
Additional Study Groups via will take place between modules at Spirit Path, and students are required to attend at least 9 sessions. Study groups will last for 60 minutes and will be scheduled in the evening.
Saturday and Sunday include class potlucks for lunch where students have the opportunity to practice new recipes and follow Ayurvedic healthy eating guidelines.
Students are expected to spend approximately 30 hours per module on homework and studying outside of class. Teaching includes gurukula style (knowledge passed down directly through teacher to student) and many small group activities, discussions, student presentations and hands-on experience. There are routine quizzes to assure that graduates have a good grasp of all material covered before being certified.
The AHC Academic program focuses on the philosophy and fundamental principles of Ayurveda. Successful completion of Level 1 Academics prepares students to provide public education regarding the basic tenets of Ayurveda, such as healthy diet, daily routines, self-care, etc. Starting with Module 2, students begin learning business skills and practice building.
The Level 1: AHC Internship program consists internship and patient counseling. Ayurvedic Health Counselors are able to evaluate the patient's constitution and imbalance (prakriti and vikruti) and focus on the prevention of disease by recommending proper dietary and lifestyle changes. Ayurvedic Health Counselors work with herbal formulas to balance the digestive system, support the health of the 3 malas (urine, feces, and sweat) and strengthen the ojas. Ayurvedic Health Counselors also recommend healthy use of the 5 senses and may use aromatherapy, chormotherapy, transdermal creams, flower essences, gemstones, and meditation techniques for healing. Counselors are trained to confidently provide a Summary of Findings to clients and to provide follow-up care.
A minimum of 50 patient encounters are required to complete the Ayurveda Health Counselor Internship. 6 patient encounters take place in class during Module 14 – 16. Each student also completes 1 initial consultation/report of findings and 1 follow up visit on a classmate (totaling 3 patient encounters). A minimum of 41 additional patient encounters are required, including a minimum of 10 additional initial consultations with report of findings and (totaling 20 patient encounters) and 21 additional follow up visits. Internship is to be completed in a minimum of 6 months, beginning at Module 13, and must be complete within 20 months (September 30, 2018) or the beginning of the CAP Level 2 internship.
Discount Intern patient packages: An intern initial consultation (2 hours), report of findings (1 hour), and 2 follow up visits (Each package is a total of 4 patient encounters)
Package cost is $175.00 paid by the patient directly to Spirit Path Ayurveda Education. Additional follow up visits are $75.00 each. Patients are encouraged to continue working with the Ayurveda Health Counselor on a regular basis for a period of 6 – 12 months to integrate Ayurveda lifestyle changes.
Intern Supervision: All intern visits with patients will be supervised by the class instructor, or by another supervisor selected and trained by the class instructor. Supervisors are always experienced Ayurvedic Practitioners who show success in their personal practice. Supervision takes place via phone and email. Students email or scan and fax patient paperwork to the supervisor, who reviews and discusses it with the intern. Students may use the fax machine and scanner at Spirit Path during internship. All recommendations are approved by the intern supervisor. Students are responsible for long-distance phone charges when applicable. Students are required to have internet access to communicate via email to supervisors.