Ayurvedic Health Counselor Course curriculum
The academic route consists of 2 Parts:
1. Eleven academic modules. (132 classroom hours plus 528 reading, homework and
assignments.) 650 hours
2. A six month internship consisting of seven online classroom meetings and 50
supervised clinical patient encounters. 250 hours. Total hours are 900
The curriculum meets NAMA standards leading to Ayurvedic Health Counsellor

Belly Mind Institute Ayurvedic Health Counselor 2018 dates
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Belly Mind Institute 2018 AHC Course curriculum

Module 1 History and Philosophy

  • Philosophy
  • Defining Ayurveda
  • Health and Disease
  • The holistic model The Koshas/Mayas
  • The three pillars of health
  • Introduction to Ayurvedic Wellness
  • The role of the Ayurvedic practitioner
  • History
  • Introduction to Indian History
  • The Major Ayurvedic texts
  • The Six Philosophies or Darshana
  • Samkhya the underlying cosmology
  • The traditional goals and pursuits of life
  • Relationship between Ayurveda and Yoga

Module 2 Ayurvedic Anatomy and Physiology 1

  • The Doshas
  • The five elements
  • The 20 qualities of matter and their actions
  • The five sub dosha of Vata, Pitta, Kapha
  • Introduction to Prakruti and vikruti
  • The seven tissues (formation, actions, effects, excess and deficient states)

Module 3 Anatomy and Physiology 2

  • The channel system/srota of the body (description, function, disorders)
  • The qualities of digestive fire
  • Toxins or Ama
  • The three waste products or Malas
  • The body vitality, Ojas
  • The Organs of the body and the doshas
  • Tissues and Systems
  • The 13 Natural Urges

Module 4 The Disease Process and Pathology

  • The doshas and time cycles, Season, time etc
  • The six stages of disease and the unfolding of pathology
  • Understanding the root cause of disease
  • Disease prognosis
  • Doshas and dhatu in the disease process
  • The three disease pathways

Module 5 Constitutional Analysis

  • Means of determining Doshic types
  • Prakriti/ Vikriti
  • Three methods of knowledge
  • Eight areas of diagnosis
  • Ten considerations of diagnosis
  • Diagnosis and Examination Of patient (Pulse, Tongue, Abdomen Analysis
  • Ama analysis (Sama ama and Nirama)
  • Vata: Physical Structure, Physiological patterns and personality
  • Pitta: Physical Structure, Physiological patterns and personality
  • Kapha:Physical Structure, Physiological patterns and personality

Module 6 Ayurvedic Psychology

  • The elements of personality
  • The Functions of the Mind
  • The Gunas and mental Prakriti
  • The subtle doshas, Prana, Tejas, Ojas
  • Evaluating Mental Prakriti
  • VPK Personality and how to treat
  • Introduction to Patanjalis yoga sutras
  • Practices to cultivate a sattvic mind (asana, pranayama, meditation)

Module 7 Food

  • The six tastes and Five Elements
  • Elements and food types
  • Digestive tract as master system of body
  • How diet, impacts prakṛti and vikṛti and causes disease
  • Comprehensive Ayurvedic Food List
  • Diet Therapy Principles for each Dosha
  • Dietary Coaching

Module 8 Ayurvedic Herbalism - Dravya Guna

  • Scope of Ayurvedic herbs and their medicinal uses
  • Herbal Categories and Actions
  • Common Preparation of herbs
  • Basic Ayurvedic herbs for AHC practice
  • Medicinal benefits of culinary spices
  • Seasonal spice blends for VPK
  • Classical digestive and elimination formulas for VPK
  • Developing Formulas
  • Herbs for the Dhatus
  • Herbs for the Srotamsi

Module 9 - Cleansing and Ayurvedic Therapeutic Approaches

  • Reduction methods; Palliation and Pancha Karma
  • Tonification and Rejuvenation and Rasayana therapies
  • Ama reducing food programs
  • Tonification and Reduction therapies in Food/Ahara and Lifestyle/Vihara
  • Food as medicine treatment
  • Introduction to Women’s and children's health

Modules 10 and 11 Treatment

  • Ahara/food and Vihara/lifestyle practices for VPK
  • Lifestyle Therapies- Dinacharya and Rutucharya
  • How to regulate Agni for VPK
  • Common digestive complaints and remedies for VPK
  • Diet and lifestyle treatment for VPK subdoshas
  • Practices for cultivating Healthy Ojas
  • Asana practices for VPK
  • Exercise practices for VPK
  • Creating an Energy Bank
  • Practices and herbs for a healthy nervous system
  • Key Herbs for each dosha

Recommended texts:

  • Atreya Smith- Ayurveda - amazon.com
  • Ayurvedic Medicine for Westerners: Anatomy and Physiology in Ayurveda (Vol 1 $20.)
  • Ayurvedic Medicine for Westerners: Pathology & Diagnosis in Ayurveda (Vol 2 $54.)
  • Ayurvedic Nutrition ($20.)
  • Herbal texts amazon.com
  • Vasant Ladd The Yoga Of Herbs. An Ayurvedic Guide to herbal Medicine (15.)
  • KP Khalsa and Micael Tierra: The Way of Ayurvedic herbs ($17.)
  • Sebastion Pole: Ayurvedic Medicine: The Principles of Traditional Practice ( $50.)
  • Anne McIntyre and Michelle Boudin: Dispensing with tradition (Ayurvedic and
  • Western Herbs) annemcintyre.com (approx $60.)
  • Additional Texts to support your education from amazon.com or Ayurvedic Institute at ayurveda.com
  • Vasant Lad:
    • Textbook of Ayurveda, Vol. 1: Fundamental Principles of Ayurveda ($40.)
    • Textbook of Ayurveda, Vol. 3: General Principals of Management and Treatment ($65.)