COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS ON WEBINARS
1. AFNC: CONCEPT OF FOOD
3. AFNC: IMPORTANCE OF FOOD IN HEALTH AND DISORDERS
4. AFNC: PROPERTIES & CLASSIFICATION OF VARIOUS FOOD TYPES
5. AFNC: HEALTHY, UNHEALTHY FOODS ON DOSHIC CONSTITUTION, FOOD AND ITS INFLUENCE ON JATHARAGNI
6. AFNC: SEASONAL ROUTINES &
FOODS, DAILY ROUTINES & FOODS, BEST FOODS & THEIR ACTIONS
7. AFNC: USE OF SIX TASTES OF FOOD
8. AFNC: FOODS GRAINS CEREALS PULSES VEGETABLES FRUITS GREENS FERMENTED SUBSTANCES
9. AFNC: TYPES OF WATER AND THEIR IMPORTANCE IN FOOD; MILK AND MILK PRODUCTS IN HEALTH AND DISEASE
10. AFNC: EDIBLE FATS, OILS, MEAT, FISH & POULTRY PRODUCTS
11. AFNC: HONEY, VARIOUS TYPES AND USES. VARIOUS DIETARYFORMS AND RECIPES
12. AFNC: FAVORABLE OR AVOIDABLE FOODS IN VARIOUS DISORDERS
13. AFNC: IMPORTANCE OF FOOD IN YOGA
14. AFNC: AYURVEDIC DIGESTION, NUTRITION AND METABOLISM
1. AGNI - explain as much as you can about Agni, including what it is, its types and subtypes, where they are located, how you know if you need to increase it and how to increase it.
2. Name the 6 tastes, give examples of the tastes and say which doshas they pacify.
3. Explain the best habits to practice when consuming food.
4. What foods should we rarely eat?
5. What foods should we avoid?
Shekhar Annambhotla, BAMS, MDAyurved, LMT is a classically trained Master Ayurvedic specialist, licensed integrative bodywork and massage therapist, registered yoga instructor, Certified Reiki Healer and Certified Pranic Healer who has been practicing and teaching ayurveda worldwide since 1988. Shekhar began his eight-year course of study in Ayurveda at the age of 17, first at Nagarjuna University in Andhra Pradesh, India (1982-88) and then at Gujarat Ayurveda University in Gujarat, India (1988-91), where he earned his Postgraduate Master Degree in Ayurveda. He is also a Licensed Integrative Bodywork and Massage Therapist (LMT) and an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E.R.Y.T.-500) with the Yoga Alliance and an instructor of therapeutic Hatha Yoga, having completed training at the Swami Vivekananda Yoga Research Center in India. Shekhar is also a certified Pranic Healer, a certified Reiki Healer and holds a certification in Energy Medicine. From 1992 – 1994, Shekhar worked as an Associate Professor at N.K.J. Ayurvedic Medical College (Gulburga University), Bidar, Karnataka State, India. From 1994 – 2001, Shekhar had the opportunity to serve at Maharishi Vedic Schools and Universities in The Netherlands, Austria, Hungary, Italy, Germany, France, Switzerland, Great Britain, Ireland, Portugal, Spain, Belgium, Trinidad, Guadeloupe, Jamaica (Caribbean Island), Colombia (South America), Canada, and the U.S.A. During his extensive travels, he delivered lectures and offered consultations on ayurveda for health professionals and for the general public. He has given several newspaper interviews and radio talks on ayurveda and was interviewed on BBC’s Breakfast Television. Since 2002, Shekhar has been the Founding Director of Ojas LLC, (www.ojas.us) Ayurveda Wellness Center, in Pennsylvania, USA. He is the Founder, President and Chairman of the Board of Association of Ayurvedic Professionals of North America (AAPNA) (www.aapna.org). He is Founding Director of Global Ayurveda Conferences, LLC, (www.globalayurvedaconferences.com) and Dosha Botanicals LLC (www.doshabotanicals.com). He is Founder and Ayurveda Director for International University of Yoga and Ayurveda, Inc. (www.iu-ya.org). Dr. Shekhar served on the Board of Directors for National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA) from 2005-2010. He has taught ayurveda courses in many prestigious universities in the United States including University of Pennsylvania (UPENN), University of Medicine & Dentistry in NJ (UMDNJ), Hershey Medical School, Jefferson Medical School, University of Penn Nursing School, and others. He was awarded the “Tathagat International Excellence Award 2011” in Dubai and received the award “Ayurveda Khandantara Sthapanacharya” Award for promoting ayurveda around the globe. He is on the editorial board for Light on Ayurveda Journal, MA, USA and is an International Advisory Board Member of AYU International Journal, Gujarat Ayurved University, India.
Manisha Kshirsagar, BAMS, California, USA graduated from Pune University, India with a Bachelors degree in Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery. She also trained at the Indian College of Naturopathy and qualified as a Yoga Instructor from the renowned Kaivalyadham University in India. She is also a Licensed Esthetician in the USA. Manisha has been teaching ayurveda and yoga for more than 20 years. She specializes in women’s and infant’s health, skin care and natural beauty treatments. She offers ayurvedic and skin care consultations, panchakarma, and diet and lifestyle consultations. In addition, she offers regular workshops on ayurvedic nutrition and cooking, skin care, panchakarma and herbal formulations. She is the published author of Ayurveda: A Quick Reference Handbook and Enchanting Beauty: Ancient Secrets to Inner, Outer and Lasting Beauty. Currently, she is a Director of Ayurvedic Healing, a faculty member at Chopra Center, Kerala Ayurveda, MERU and Mount Madonna Institute.
Pushpa Soundararajan, RD, LDN, AFNC, Illinois, USA is a Registered Licensed Dietitian who graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition and Medical Dietetics from University of Illinois in Chicago. She has over 25 years of experience in nutrition counseling to patients in many settings including dialysis units, hospitals and outpatient centers. Pushpa is also a Certified Yoga teacher, Ayurvedic Health educator and Ayurvedic Food and Nutrition Consultant (International School of Yoga and Ayurveda). She is currently in Private Practice as a Registered Dietitian and believes in integrating ancient principles of Ayurveda with Modern Medical Dietetics in providing her clients a comprehensive individualized nutrition plan that not only helps with healing but also enhances their well-being. She has an MBA in finance and is a Freelance graphic designer. Some of the other courses she has done are Reiki, Pranic Healing, Vedanta and Bhagavad Gita. Her hobbies include painting, reading, tennis, writing and volunteering.
Testimonials from our graudates
"AFNC program provided me with a perfect environment to sharpen my cooking skills and gave me the tools to understand the principles of ayurvedic food and nutrition, the three modules connected me to like minded people,the students and faculty members were extremely supportive during the length of the program, I strongly recommend AFNC to any individual who wants to raise a healthy family by adopting a holistic lifestyle". Samina Ahmad, Tappan, New York
"To put it simply "I love this program!" It is much more then I could have asked for. It has not only helped me learn how to bring Ayurveda to the kitchen table, but has more so taught how to nourish my body as well as how to serve family, friends, and guests delicious and nourishing food, which I find to be a wonderful honor and privilege. After completing this program I feel much more confident in the kitchen as well as in the grocery store. Who knew that there is so much to learn and so many different ingredients to be utilized in cooking? It's safe to say that this has been much more then just a cooking class! From the lectures, assignments, and time organizing, preparing, and cooking balanced Ayurvedic meals in the wonderful kitchen at the Twin Ponds Center, It has felt as if I am not only eating, but also sleeping, and breathing Ayurveda. Food truly is medicine! I can hardly wait to start helping others with what I have learned!! Lastly, but far from least is the amazing connections and learning experiences shared with my classmates. I feel that I couldn't have had the privilege to work with a more friendly group of individuals. Everyone has been so helpful and nice! They have taught me a deeper understanding of teamwork as well as the importance of coming together to achieve a common goal. Learning with and from everyone has been such a wonderful and unforgettable experience". Forest Seifert, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
"I thoroughly enjoyed this course. The best part was the hands-on modules where we were able to watch and learn, and then practice cooking ourselves. Everyone was very supportive and encouraging - even when mistakes were made!. I learned a lot and now love using all the spices I once just wondered about. Coming over from Italy to do this was a great idea. - Michelle Costantini, Italy and Pennsylvania
"I just love my experience at IUYA! Dr Shekhar is clear and very motivating. He will do anything to help us continue on this path with lots of support and encouragement. The hands on cooking was amazing and delicious. Dr. Shekhar taught us from personal experience and was very willing to show us new techniques. This program will help us all stand out as, more complete Ayurveda Practitioner. We had a wonderful community of like minded, new friends. Highly recommend! " - Linda Varady Berman, Long Island, New York
"Dr. Shekhar & Dr. Jain guided us into a cohesive bunch who encouraged each other's AFNC growth. They created a wonderful flow so we assimilated practical improvements into our lives - all while making us laugh & enjoy ! It was truly a treat & an honor to be a part of AFNC Batch 1. Thank you both so much". - Kim Giitika' Jaeger, Camp Hill, Pennsylvania
"I wish to share my participation in the 2016 Ayurveda Food and Nutrition Consultant Certification Course, giving at the Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center, Pennsylvania. The classes are practical and interactive. The hands-on cooking, assignment is unique, because it allows the student and faculty, the opportunity to prepare, eat and engage in discussions based upon the valuable ayurvedic principles of "Food as Medicine". Antonio Andrade, MD, Orlando, Florida
"The AFNC program was very useful in learning about cooking different foods with modifications for dosha balancing. The webinars and classroom lectures covered a variety of topics on Ayurvedic nutrition to get a better understanding of the role of food as medicine in our lives for health and healing. The program was taught by great teachers with a lot of experience in Ayurveda from India which kept the material very authentic. Dr. Shekhar and Dr. Jain offered a good combination of Ayurvedic and modern perspectives of food and nutrition that I could apply in my own practice as a dietitian. Combining the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda with my previous knowledge of Nutrition and Medical Dietetics has taken my practice to a new level of counseling so that I can provide my patients with the necessary tools to intuitively make choices in their food. The teamwork in the kitchen, the laughs and our cheer leader Dr. Shekharwere some of the highlights. If you love Ayurveda this is a program for you". Pushpa Soundararajan, RD, LD, AFNC, Chicago, Illinois.
1. Melissa Vallone, RYT, Pennsylvania
2. Amy Matyas, RN, Pennsylvania
3. Poonam Mitra, Pennsylvania
4. Scott Erickson, Pennsylvania
5. Antonio Andrade, MD, Florida
6. Sonia Tigero, Florida
7. Andrea Bischoff, RYT, Pennsylvania
8. Sydney Robertson, Pennsylvania
9. Marian Zakerin, PhD, New York
1. Pushpa Soundararajan, RD, LD, MBA, AFNC, Chicago, Illinois
2. Samina Ahmad, MBBS, ALC, CAP, AFNC, Tappan, New York
3. Brian Kenealy, ALC, AFNC, Syracuse, New York
4. Linda Varady-Berman, AFNC, Long Island, New York
5. Kim Giitika Jaeger, ALC, CAP, AFNC, Camp Hill, Pennsylvania
6. Forest Seifert, AFNC, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
7. Michelle Costantini, ALC, AFNC, Italy