Ayurveda Wellness Course

Explore the wisdom of the ancient science of Ayurveda in the land of its origin

This informative and instructive two-week intensive course in the tropical splendour of Kerala, south India will give you an excellent grounding in the principles of Ayurveda.
Learn to apply the fundamentals of ayurvedic theory and simple therapeutic medicinal and massage treatments. Hands-on practical workshops give you the opportunity to prepare home remedies, and apply ayurvedic nutrition principles to cooking. You will look at how to develop a preventative lifestyle where consideration is given to age, seasons, and climate and will gain invaluable insight into how to change your life-style habits for better health. You will take home a broadened and expanded outlook on how to create a lifestyle based on good health and mental well-being, both for yourself and family and friends.


The course is held within the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Dhanwantari Ashram in the Sivananda Institue of Health (SIH) and you experience the peace and healing environment of a place of sacred learning. Yoga classes and satsang (meditation and chanting) sessions are an integral part of the course. The course is directed by Dr P. R. Vishnu, BAMS, MD, resident doctor at the Sivananda Institute of Health, supported by a team of assistants and massage therapists.

A large part of the Ayurvedic system of healing is directed towards purifying the body. Ayurveda’s aim is to re-establish the innate balance of a body’s different elements. To this end you study the following topics:

  • History and fundamental principles of Ayurveda
  • Tridosha theory
  • Introduction to the dhatus, the gunas, shad rasa
  • Understanding prakriti, the mind-body constitution
  • Seasonal and daily routine
  • Dietetics and cooking in Ayurveda
  • Treatment principles
  • Introduction to Panchakarma and massage therapy
  • Concept of mind in Ayurveda
  • Preparation of home remedies
  • Practical sessions in:
    • Ayurvedic cooking
    • Preparation of home remedies
    • Ayurvedic massage – basic points


5.20am Wake up
6am Satsang
7.30am Tea
8am Asana Class
10am Brunch
11am Karma Yoga
12pm Ayurveda Lecture
1.30pm Tea
2pm Ayurveda Lecture
4pm Ayurveda workshop/practicals
6pm Dinner
8pm Satsang
10.30pm Lights out

Attendance of the entire daily schedule is mandatory. There are no days off during the couse, however there will be a field trip providing opportunity to experience some of the surrounding area and local culture.

  • Two sets of uniform and a text book are provided as a part of the course material and are included in the course fee.
  • Things to bring – comfortable clothes, sandals, toiletries, personal items, meditation shawl for cool evenings, yoga asana mat, meditation cushion, notebooks, pens, towels, water bottle and torch. You can also purchase these items at the ashram boutique.
  • Guests should be familiar with the Ashram Rules & Guidelines before their arrival.
  • Simple Indian vegetarian meals are provided at 10am and 6pm.
  • Refund policy:
    • For cancelling the registration before the start of the course, the original payment will be refunded less
      • Rs 2,000 for Indians (dorm registration)
      • Rs 10,000 / USD 150 (S.I.) for Foreigners (all accommodations) and Indians (room registrations)
    • Once the course starts, if the student decides to leave within three days, the original payment will be refunded less
      • 23% for Indians
      • 25% for Foreigners
    • After three days of the course, no refund will be issued.
    • Students leaving the course before completion are required to return all teaching materials and uniforms.

We provide various options for accommodation depending on the budget and preferences. Click here for accommodation options.