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.

The course’s structure is divided into 2 major parts: Ayurveda Theory and Practical Application.

Ayurveda Theory: these are lecture-like sessions and dynamic discussions where you learn the fundamental theories, key concepts and building blocks of the science of Ayurveda.

  • Introduction to Ayurveda (Origins and Development)
  • Ayurevda Ashtanga (The Eight Parts of Ayurveda)
  • Pancha-Maha-Bhuta Siddhanta (The Five Great Elements Theory)
  • Tridosha Siddhanta (The Three Humors Theory)
  • Prakruti (Personal Constitution)
  • Agni (Transformative Fire)
  • Ama (Metabolic Toxins)
  • Saptha Dhatus (The Seven Body Tissues)
  • Dinacarya (Ayurvedic Daily Regimen)
  • Ritucharya (Seasonal Regimen)
  • Dravya Guna (Ayurvedic Pharmacology)
  • Medicine Preparation Methods, Principles & Recipes
  • Ayurvedic Nutrition Principles & Recipes
  • Lifestyle & Diet Recommendations
  • Ayurvedic Healing Principles & Therapies
  • Ayurvedic Massage Training: for students to experience Ayurvedic massages first-hand by practicing in groups. Massages include face, head, neck, shoulders, back, whole body and Kizhi (hot bundles) massages.
  • Ayurvedic Cooking Classes: two cooking classes where students will cook along-side experienced Ayurvedic chefs.
  • Herbal Oil Preparation: learn how to mix and prepare multiple Ayurvedic therapy oils for massages and other treatments.
  • Herbal Remedy Preparation: learn how to mix and prepare various home herbal remedies for common ailments.
  • Herbal Tea Preparation: daily activity for students to prepare tasty herbal teas that can also be used as remedies in some situations.

5.20am Wake Up Bell
6am Morning Satsang
8am Yoga Class
10am Breakfast
10.30am Karma Yoga
11am Theory Lecture 1
12.30am Theory Lecture 2
1.30pm Break
2.30pm Practical Session
6pm Dinner
6.30pm Free Time
8pm Evening Satsang
8.30pm Lights Out

Attendance of the entire daily schedule is mandatory. Organized touristic and educational trips will be organised on Fridays to further learning and explore local culture and touristic destinations.

  • 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 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.
Please note that the AWC programme in Dec 2019 is for Japanese speakers only. There will be Japanese translation by Narayani

The Ashram offers five simple and functional types of accommodation. There are no single rooms.

  • Vaikuntam Rooms: Shared AC twin rooms with private bathroom (hot water), kettle and fridge
  • Kailash Rooms: Shared non-AC twin rooms with private bathroom (hot water)
  • Vishnu Rooms: Shared non-AC twin rooms with common bathrooms (cold water only)
  • Dormitory: separate for men and women. Dormitories contain up to 32 beds with two-bedded cubicles. Limited solar heated water is available.
  • Tent space: You are requested to bring your own tent, mattress, bed sheet and pillow. Shared tent area bathrooms are with cold water only.

Please note: Couples are not permitted to share twin rooms during Teachers’ Training Courses, Advanced Teachers’ Training Course, and the Sadhana Intensive Course.

For all accommodation mosquito net is provided.