Ayurveda Wellness Counselor Program & Certification Course

The Ayurveda Wellness Counselor Program (AWCP) is an Ayurveda wellness education program that provides Ayurvedic wellness assessment and management skills from the Vedic tradition. Yoga Therapy and Ayurveda are the same science of mindbody medicine and to be truly skilled as a yoga therapists we must encompass knowledge of both.

The objective of the Ayurveda Wellness Counselor Program, or AWCP, is to provide the highest quality education available for those seeking to integrate a living Ayurveda into their lives, and for those seeking the required professional training to practice as an Ayurveda Wellness Counselor.

Though anyone can take the AWCP trainings, the AWCP is unique in that it provides yoga teachers skills in the classroom as well as a secondary revenue stream outside the classroom. Teachers can give more accurately informed advice, guided by the wisdom of yoga and Ayurveda.  Practitioners will be able to establish themselves in the community as Ayurvedic Wellness Counselors with all of the skills and capacities of any non-clinical Ayurvedic practitioner.

Skills Taught Include:

  • Constitutional (prakriti) and conditional (vikriti) dosha assessment
  • ayurvedic nutritional therapy
  • cleanse management
  • Ayurvedic herbology
  • oil therapies
  • lifestyle counseling
  • pulse and tongue analysis
  • tissue analysis
  • subtle therapies
  • ayurveda in asana practice
  • client rapport
  • ayurveda psychology
  • business management

At its essence, Ayurveda is a wellness system. Historically, all yogis understood it’s principles and logic. Krishnamacharya had a deep knowledge of ayurveda. Ideally, yoga teachers should know what he knew when he gave such unique teachings to BKS Iyengar (therapeutic structural alignment emphasis) and to Patabi Jois (Asthanga Vinyasa). Ayurveda had a huge impact on how those teachings were informed.

120-hr Training Format: two 6-day sessions – Dates TBD Fall 2019

Level 1 Tuition:  $3,375 ($200 non refundable deposit holds your space)

Final Payments to be received within 10 days of training. Payment plans available for those needing assistance.

Level 1 Elective Modules: 

AWC 5: Early Practice Case Report and Supervision  | 30-hrs 

  • AWC 5 Home Study is required of all students planning to practice Ayurveda wellness counseling on friends and family prior to NAMA exam and recognition
  • Sevanti Institute supports early practice as an important part of experiential learning in preparation for NAMA exam
  • Conduct 1-3 Private Ayurvedic Assessments on clients of your choice
  • Write 1 case report on your most interesting case, 8 pages
  • Students not planning to practice or take Level 2 training are not required to do the Home Study

AWC 6: Journey to India: Ayurveda in Kerala, south India  | 50-hrs 

February 1-12, 2018

Join Sevanti Adventures on an exotic journey to lush and jungled Kerala, south India, for a week of Ayurveda studies and self healing through treatments and classes with Ayurveda doctors at the world famous Somatheeram Ayurveda Resort. Go to the source and receive treatments by practitioners of a 5000 year old lineage of healers. Many of these practitioners come from 30+ generation families practicing Ayurveda. AWCP students will receive 50-hrs of credit for this once in a lifetime journey. Experience one of the deepest and most traditional styles of Ayurveda in India. A 5-day post-retreat tour of Varanasi and the Taj Mahal in north India is included to experience some of the best of northern India.

Total AWCP Level 1 hours: 200 hrs, (120-hrs in the classroom + 80 hours of Electives)

*Level 1 graduatess may continue to Level 2 AWCP Advanced Certification Program (300-hrs + electives) and Level 3 Clinical Supervision Program (80-hrs + electives) to prepare for NAMA AHC National Exam and recognition.

Total AWCP Training: Levels 1-3: 500-hrs of Core Modules + 340-hrs of Elective Modules (840-hrs total)

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James G Bailey, LAc, Dipl Om, Dipl Ayu, E-RYT is a third generation healer, CAM physician, Yoga educator, and Yoga teacher trainer who has been living yoga and ayurveda for 30 years. He practices Ayurveda, Marma Therapies, Acupuncture, and Wellness Counseling to aid patients towards their true nature of well being. His training includes 5 years (4000+ hours) of formal clinical studies in Oriental Medicine (Master of Traditional Chinese Medicine from Yo San University) and training in Ayurveda under such luminary teachers as Dr. Vaijayanti Apte (Dipl Ayu from the Kerala Ayurveda Academy), Dr. Subash Ranade, Dr. Avinash Lele, Dr. Vasant Lad, and many Ayurvedic doctors and therapists in Kerala, south India where he spends time teaching and studying while on retreat. James teaches Yoga, Ayurveda and meditation workshops worldwide. He is a contributing editor and former columnist for Yoga Journal, Light on Ayurveda, LA Yoga magazine and other wellness magazines. He served as an active Board member of the California Association of Ayurvedic Medicine (CAAM), and is founder of Sevanti Wellness in Santa Monica, CA.

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