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 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.

At the end of the two weeks, a written test of learning is conducted and a certificate of participation is presented.


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:In view of possible difficulties with visas and flights, we recommend that you register only after visas and flights are certain.
    • For cancelling the registration before the start of the course, the original payment will be refunded less:
      • Rs 5,000 for Indians (dorm registration); 5% for Indians (room registrations) ie. INR payments.
      • USD 150 up until 3 months from the booking date for USD payments (all accommodations).
      • An additional USD 50 will be charged (USD refunds) where cancellation is after 3 months from the booking date (all accommodations).
    • Once the course starts, if the student decides to leave within five days, the original payment will be refunded less:
      • Rs 4,500 for Indians (dorm registrations); 10% for Indians (room registrations); ie. INR payments.
      • USD 450 for USD payments (all accommodations)
    • After five days of the course, no refund will be issued.
    • Students leaving the course before completion are required to return all teaching materials and uniforms.Full refund will only be granted where SYVC has had to cancel the programme.PLEASE ENSURE THAT TRAVEL AND ANY NECESSARY VISA ARE POSSIBLE BEFORE REGISTERING.

      Revised 1-12-2021

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 required to bring your own tent and mattress. Shared tent area bathrooms are with cold water only.

Please note: Couples are not permitted to share twin rooms.

For all accommodation two bed sheets, pillow, pillow case, and mosquito net are provided.