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International University of Yoga and Ayurveda, Inc. (IUYA) is proud to introduce a Ayurvedic Food and Nutrition Consultant Program for Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultants, Ayurvedic Wellness Coaches, Ayurvedic Practitioners, 500 hours level Registered Yoga Teachers, and other health care professionals at Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center,
Breiningsville, Pennsylvania, USA. This training program is based on the guidelines of the World Health Organization (WHO) Benchmarks for training in traditional / complementary and alternative medicine: benchmarks for training in Ayurveda & Government of India, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Department of Ayurveda, Yoga, Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy (AYUSH), New Delhi, India. (Reference Number: D.O. NO. 480 /Adviser (Ayurveda) / 2009, May 1st, 2009), and is approved by International University of Yoga and Ayurveda and Association of Ayurvedic Professionals of North America (AAPNA), Inc. This is a unique opportunity to study with Dr. Shekhar Annambhotla, Founder of AAPNA, Ojas, LLC and GAC, LLC and Dr. Vijay Jain, MD, FACS, RIAP, Integrative Medicine Specialist.
Webinar faculty members include:
1. Priyatarssini Balamurugen, BAMS, MSc.DNYS, New Jersey
2. Dhanada Kulkarni, BAMS, Texas
3. Samina Ahmad, MBBS, ALC, CAP, AFNC, New York
4. Ashlesha Raut, BAMS, MDAyurved, Illinois
5. Devika Deshmukh, BAMS, MDAyurved, California
6. Sneha Kalaskar, BAMS, MDAyurved, California
7. Shekhar Annambhotla, BAMS, MDAyurved, LMT, Pennsylvania
8. Vijay Jain, MD, Florida
9. Pushpa Soundararajan, RD, LD, AFNC, Illinois
10. Suhas Kshirsagar, BAMS, MDAyurved, California
11. Manisha Kshirsagar, BAMS, California
12. Andhrika Kondeti, BAMS, CMT, Virginia
13. Meenakshi Gupta, BAMS, MDAyurved, Texas
14. Gauri Junnarkar, BAMS, RD, LD, Texas
Highlights of the training program
1. Study with both an ayurvedic doctor (vaidya) and a medical doctor at the same time.
2. Hands-on Vegetarian, Sattvic, Cooking Classes divided into 3 modules, each 5 days, over a period of 15 days (each module 5 days)
3. 20 Webinars (2 hours each) will be conducted by experienced internationally renowned ayurvedic doctors (vaidyas).
4. Full registration including meals paid for one International Conference organized by Global Ayurveda Conferences, LLC, Ayurveda: Food & Nutrition, May 13 - 15, 2016, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

The Ayurvedic Food & Nutrition Consultant (AFNC) Certification Program is a 500 -hour course, divided into three modules, which take place over a period of 4 months and include hands-on vegetarian cooking training, distant learning webinars and home study.

This program will provide 150 hours of cooking training, 28 hours of webinar instruction, 30 hours of education at an ayurveda: food and nutrition conference, and 292 hours of home study, quizzes, assignments, and projects, complying with the requirements of the Ayurvedic Food and Nutrition Consultant Certificate Course as outlined by Association of Ayurvedic Professionals of North America, Inc. (AAPNA).

- Holistic Ayurvedic Approach to Diet, Digestion and Nutrition
- Brightening Breakfasts to start a healthy day
- Affable Appetizers to stimulate your digestion
- Healing, Aromatic Teas and other soothing beverages
- Tempting Salads and Tasty Dressings
- Tasty, Tangy, Chutneys to enliven your meals
- Flour Favorites for Flavor and Crunch
– Yeast free flat bread, deep fried lentil fritters, pancakes, crispy papad, etc.
- Sweet and Savory Soul Comforting Soups
- Cleansing Kichari and Great Grain Dishes
- Palette Pleasing Protein Recipes to build and strengthen
– Dhals, Sambars and Tofu
- Vitality Veggies
- Green, White, Yellow, and Red
- Multi Mixed or Simply Single
- Travel Teasers & Road Raps
- The "Spices of Life"
– Churnas, Masalas -for Taste and Balance
- Simply Delicious All Natural Desserts and Prasads
- Food Guidelines

Also during the Hands-on training students will learn the following lectures -
Vata Dosha -
- Overview of Vata, Sub doshas, locations, balanced functions, increased, decreased symptoms
- General Vata related disorders
- Prana Vata locations, balanced, imbalanced symptoms, and disorders
- Udana Vata locations, balanced, imbalanced symptoms, and disorders
- Samana Vata locations, balanced, imbalanced symptoms, and disorders
- Apana Vata locations, balanced, imbalanced symptoms, and disorders
- Vyana Vata locations, balanced, imbalanced symptoms, and disorders
- Effect of Vata on Dhatu and their disorders
- Effect of Vata on Srotas and their disorders
- Effect of Vata on Malas and their disorders
- Effect of Vata on various manasa (psycological) disorders
Pitta Dosha -
- Overview of Pitta, Sub doshas, locations, balanced functions, increased, decreased symptoms
- General Pitta related disorders
- Pachaka Pitta locations, balanced, imbalanced symptoms, and disorders
- Ranjaka Pitta locations, balanced, imbalanced symptoms, and disorders
- Sadhaka Pitta locations, balanced, imbalanced symptoms, and disorders
- Alochaka Pitta locations, balanced, imbalanced symptoms, and disorders
- Bhrajaka Pitta locations, balanced, imbalanced symptoms, and disorders
- Effect of Pitta on Dhatu and their disorders
- Effect of Pitta on Srotas and their disorders
- Effect of Pitta on Malas and their disorders
- Effect of Pitta on various manasa (psycological) disorders
Kapha Dosha -
- Overview of Kapha, Sub doshas, locations, balanced functions, increased, decreased symptoms
- General Kapha related disorders
- Kledaka Kapha locations, balanced, imbalanced symptoms, and disorders
- Avalambaka Kapha locations, balanced, imbalanced symptoms, and disorders
- Bodhaka Kapha locations, balanced, imbalanced symptoms, and disorders
- Tarpaka Kapha locations, balanced, imbalanced symptoms, and disorders
- Sleshaka Kapha locations, balanced, imbalanced symptoms, and disorders
- Effect of Kapha on Dhatu and their disorders
- Effect of Kapha on Srotas and their disorders
- Effect of Kapha on Malas and their disorders
- Effect of Kapha on various manasa (psycological) disorders

Program Outline:
500 hours of training
Classroom hours Training – 150 hours
One Conference – 30 hours
Webinars – 40 hours
Home study, assignments, projects – 280 hours

Prerequisites – Completion of certification in a Yoga Alliance approved 500-hour Teacher Training or any other health professional training to ensure understanding of basic fundamental principles of ayurveda, yoga and health.

Upon completion of this certification course, participants will:
  • Know the in-depth training ayurvedic foods and nutrition and cooking and how to apply these principles and practices to their own lives.
  • Be able to make recommendations to clients regarding modifications in their lifestyles, food, nutrition and healthy cooking according to their individual constitutions to restore balance to their lives.
Students will receive student membership certificate from AAPNA (Association of Ayurvedic Professionals of North America), Inc.
  • Be eligible to apply these credits toward becoming a Registered Ayurvedic Food & Nutrition Consultant (RAFNC) by the Association of Ayurvedic Professionals of North America, Inc. (AAPNA).

Hands-on Teaching / Cooking Location:
Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center, 628 Twin Ponds Road, Breinigsville, Pennsylvania 18031, USA

Tuition: $2,500 for the full program one payment / $3,000 (in 3 installments)

Tuition includes:
Webinars by experienced ayurvedic teachers from the USA and full registration including meals for ayurveda & psychology  conference.

Tuition Does not include:
Accommodation, travel, textbooks, etc. (Estimated additional cost of textbooks - $150)

Prerequisites:
Completion of certification in a Yoga Alliance approved 500 - hour
Teacher Training or any health professional training.

COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS ON WEBINARS

 

1. AFNC: CONCEPT OF FOOD
  1. Explain the Three Pillars of Life.
  2. What are the 6 Tastes, explain in detail how they affect the doshas either increasing or decreasing.
  3. Explain the ill effects of excessive consumption of various tastes.
  4. What anti-dosha diets are preferred for children, the elderly, middle-aged adults?
  5. Why is ginger such an important food? What do you combine it with to decrease Vata, Pitta and Kapha?
  6. What is the best temperature to drink water and why? What happens if you drink too much water?
  7. Explain Sattvic food and its effect on the body.
  8. Balanced cooking for Vata, Pitta, Kapha:

    1. What tastes balance each dosha?
    2. How much water should Kapha drink per day?
    3. What should Kapha eat to sustain energy levels?
 
2. AFNC: LIFE ENHANCING & VITALIZING FOODS

    1. What are Rasayana and Vajikarana therapies?
    2. According to Charaka Sutrastan, what are the Urjaskara and Ayushkara foods?
    3. Name some of the tonic super foods of Ayurveda that are commonly used today.
    4. What can you say about Cumin, Ajwain, Ginger, and Turmeric?
    5. What is Chyawanprash?

 

 3. AFNC: IMPORTANCE OF FOOD IN HEALTH AND DISORDERS

    1. Explain the importance of good health.
    2. What does Hitaahaar mean? Can you give some examples of it?
    3. What does Pathyavyavastha  (planning of diet/dietetics)  describe?
    4. Describe the 4 healthy rice dishes (Kalpana) and their therapeutic advantages – example – manda, peya, vilepi and anna.

 

4. AFNC: PROPERTIES & CLASSIFICATION OF VARIOUS FOOD TYPES

  1. What are three seasons and what dosha do they correspond to?
  2. What are the six gunas used to describe food?
  3. What season are fruits mostly good for?
  4. The roots, leaves and sprouts of vegetables have basically which qualities?
  5. What is the taste of large legumes and what is the taste of small legumes?
  6. What is the major taste of dairy?
  7. In general, what is the taste of meat and what season should it be eaten in?
  8. Write 5 important spices and condiments for each dosha and each season.


5. AFNC: HEALTHY, UNHEALTHY FOODS ON DOSHIC CONSTITUTION, FOOD AND ITS INFLUENCE ON JATHARAGNI

  1. What are the 5 elements in food and give some examples.
  2. How is the mind affected by the tastes? How is it affected if one over indulges or under indulges?
  3. Explain Digestion : Gross Digestion and Subtle Digestion
  4. What is meant by Anabolic Effects and Catabolic Effects?
  5. Explain the effects of 'altered food' such as processed food, frozen food, etc.
  6. What dietary recommendations would you give to pacify a Vata Individual, a Pitta Individual, and a Kapha individual?
  7. In what sequence should your food be eaten (regarding tastes) and why?

 

6. AFNC: SEASONAL ROUTINES & FOODS, DAILY ROUTINES & FOODS, BEST FOODS & THEIR ACTIONS 

  1. Explain Adana Kala and Visarga Kala.
  2. Take 4 of the 6 seasons (spring/summer/fall/winter) and explain their seasonal features, the effects of the seasonal features on the body, the suggested diet, and lifestyle for a healthy person.
  3. Who would best benefit from taking Haritaki (Terminalia chubula) ? Explain.
  4. Which Dinacharya points did you find the most interesting? Which will you put into practice?

 

7. AFNC: USE OF SIX TASTES OF FOOD FOR HEALTH

  1. Explain which tastes decrease which dosha, and what elements each taste contains.
  2. Where are the tastes located on the tongue?
  3. Explain which tastes are related to which specific organs.
  4. Choose 3 tastes (rasa) and discuss their elements, their properties, which dosha(s) they pacify, some food examples of the taste, and their psychological effects.
  5. How many effects does virya have and what are they?
  6. What is the difference between black pepper (Piper nigra) and long pepper (Piper longum) ? Explain the therapeutic use in food.
  7. Can you explain Prabhava?

 

8. AFNC: FOODS GRAINS CEREALS PULSES VEGETABLES FRUITS GREENS FERMENTED SUBSTANCES
  1. Gunas: What are they? How do they relate to food? How to they affect the doshas?
  2. How does Modern Nutrition classify food?
  3. How does Ayurveda Nutrition classify food?
  4. Discuss in detail the differences between Modern and Ayurveda classification of food, and what points, or topics, you find the most interesting.

 

9. AFNC: TYPES OF WATER AND THEIR IMPORTANCE IN FOOD; MILK AND MILK PRODUCTS IN HEALTH AND DISEASE
  1. Discuss briefly the 4 types of water from the atmosphere and their effects on the doshas.
  2. Choose 4 types of water from the land and discuss briefly their effects on the doshas.
  3. Cow's milk is the best of all the milk, but which is the best for each dosha and when should the milk be taken from the cow?
  4. Why is goat's milk good for you and who should consume it?
  5. Which milk can/should be consumed raw? Boiled? Cold?
  6. Explain various types of milk derivatives and their properties. Example – keefer, yogurt, cheese, etc.

 

10. AFNC: EDIBLE FATS, OILS, MEAT, FISH & POULTRY PRODUCTS
  1. Ghee: Discuss its benefits, its prabhava (special effect), and importance.
  2. From a cooking point of view, why is ghee generally better to use than oils?
  3. Oils: Explain why we should or shouldn't use cold pressed oils.
  4. Why is sesame oil so important?
  5. Why are nuts and seeds important?
  6. Is it better to eat nuts and seeds raw or toasted? Why?
  7. Which dosha benefits the most from eating meat or fish? Why?
  8. How often should meat be consumed and at what meal should it be eaten?

 

11. AFNC: HONEY, VARIOUS TYPES AND USES. VARIOUS DIETARYFORMS AND RECIPES
  1. In contemporary food and nutrition, how is honey described?
  2. According to Ayurveda, how is honey described?
  3. Sushruta and Charaka's description of honey differed. How so?
  4. Compare and contrast the properties of honey according to modern science and according to Ayurveda.
  5. Compare and contrast the uses of honey according to modern science and according to Ayurveda.
  6. Several examples of Research Study were given in this webinar. Which one(s) impressed you the most, or surprised you the most?
  7. From the list of Dietary Forms of Food: Krutanna Varga choose 3 or 4 food groups (i.e. grains, pulses, flours, etc) and state how and which doshas they could benefit.

 

 12. AFNC: FAVORABLE OR AVOIDABLE FOODS IN VARIOUS DISORDERS
  1. What period of the year do we experience more discomfort?
  2. What are some of the reasons we may get headaches?
  3. What are some of the things we should NOT do if we suffer from headaches?
  4. How can we treat colds and coughs?
  5. What recipes will you put into practice if you suffer from indigestion?
  6. What can we do to ease joint pain?
  7. How can you decide whether a disorder is Vata, Pitta or Kapha related? What do you look for in each disorder?

 

 13. AFNC: IMPORTANCE OF FOOD IN YOGA
  1. What effect do yoga asanas have on the body that regular exercise does not?
  2. What is the definition of Hatha Yoga?
  3. Explain the three Nadis and their relationship to Pranayama.
  4. What can you say about the the Satva, Raja, and Tama Gunas?
  5. Compare the qualities of a Sattvic person and a Rajastic person.
  6. Tamasic food: Who needs to eat it?
  7. What is the purpose of fasting? How should one go about fasting?
  8. List the yogic rules for living a healthy life. (As many as you can)

 

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?

Core Faculty
Dr. Vijay Jain, M.D. brings more than 30 years of experience in General Surgery and 10 years of focused study of integrative medicine to his engaging integration of traditional/Western medicine with ancient medicine and well-tried systems of healing from different cultures. He has studied mind/body medicine with Dr. Deepak Chopra, MD; yoga therapy from Vivekananda Research Center in Bangalore, India; courses in Ayurveda medicine with Dr. Sunil Joshi in Nagpur, India; and courses in Integrative Medicine with Dr. Andrew Weil in Tucson, AZ. In addition to his surgery practice, Dr. Jain lectures on Ayurveda principles and practices and how to create optimal health. Recently, he has become interested in the science of graceful aging as it relates to holistic practices. At present, Dr. Jain is the Medical Director of Amrit Ayurveda for Total Well-being and conducts all Panchakarma programs. He is a founding director of International University of Yoga and Ayurveda. Dr. Jain is also Board member of Association of Ayurvedic Professionals of North America, Inc. (AAPNA).

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.

Webinar Faculty

Ashlesha Raut, BAMS, MDAyurved, HHP, NC, Illinois, USA is a consulting Master Ayurvedic Specialist and Nutritional Consultant with more than 15 years of experience in the field of ayurveda, healthcare and integrative medicine. She earned the distinctive honor, a gold medal, for her thesis. Ashlesha completed her N.C. (Nutritional Consultant) and HHP (Holistic Health Practitioner) with high honors in the USA. She also completed her ‘Second Degree Reiki Program’ in the USA. Ashlesha has been presented with the Association of Ayurvedic Professionals of North America award of “Charaka” in recognition of her excellence in teaching ayurveda. Presently, she is a Director of Ayurveda at “Ayurveda For Healing” and “Main Street Yoga” where she practices ayurveda and is actively involved in promoting ayurveda globally.
Gauri Junnarkar, BAMS, MS, RD, LD, CDE, RAAP, Texas, USA is the founder of ‘Ayurnutrition’, an integrative nutrition practice. She is an Ayurveda Specialist and a Registered/Licensed Dietitian. She earned her BAMS Bachelor of Ayurveda degree from the University of Mumbai. She also holds a Master of Science degree in Nutrition from Texas Woman’s University. Her expertise includes Ayurveda, Panchakarma, Nutrition and Diabetes education. She integrates Ayurveda principles with Nutrition in her daily practice. Ms. Junnarkar teaches nutrition courses to undergraduate students and works as a Certified Diabetes Educator at diabetes center in Dallas Fort Worth area. Ms.Junnarkar’s background in Ayurveda inspired her to do her master’s thesis research on “Dietary Curcumin (phytochemical in Turmeric) and its effect in Melanoma (skin cancer)”, which was selected at the national conference on Experimental Biology under “Diet and Cancer” and also at the Texas Dietetic Association conference. Ms. Junnarkar has given a number of presentations on Ayurveda to faculty and students at Texas Woman’s University and various dietitian associations in Dallas. She is a faculty member at International University of Yoga and Ayurveda. Ms. Junnarkar is a committee member for AAPNA (Ayurvedic Professionals of North America). She also writes articles on Ayurveda and nutrition.
Dhanada Kulkarni, BAMS, Texas, USA - is the Owner, Founder and Director of Soham Ayur Yoga and an experienced health practitioner, ayurvedic specialist, master yoga therapist, vedic astrologer and vastu consultant. She has been very active in promoting ayurveda and other ancient Indian vedic sciences at various forums in the USA over the last 9 years. She serves on the boards of several organizations including AAPNA, Kalidas Sanskrit University of Maharashtra, India. She has been honored with many international awards including Jivaka, Patanjali & Dhanwantari. Dhanada has been an international keynote speaker, presenter and integrated medicine panel expert for many organizations.
Priya (Priyatarssini) Balamurugen, BAMS, MSc (Psychology), DNYS, New Jersey,USA - is a practitioner of ayurveda, marma, naturopathy, yoga & acupuncture and has successfully integrated all these systems in her practice for the past 15 years. She is faculty member at International University of Yoga and Ayurveda's psychology program. She presently serves as a Research Scientist at WISE (World Institute of Scientific Exploration), an organization for conducting, leading, and promoting groundbreaking scientific research and investigations in countries worldwide. She has presented papers and conducted workshops at universities like NJIT and written articles on ayurveda, ojas and conscious living. She is also a master and instructor in Simplified Kundalini Yoga (SKY), a scientific system of conscious living directed towards individual peace, leading to world peace, which she learnt directly from her guru, Vethathiri Maharishi over the last 20 years.
Devika Deshmukh, BAMS, MDAyurved, CMT, California, USA - is a second generation vaidya whose parents, Drs. Ramesh and Shubhada Deshmukh, run the renowned Kerala Ayurvedic Clinic in 3 locations in Mumbai. Her MDAyurved research thesis was “Comparative study on the effect of nasya karma and greeva basti with ksheera bala taila in greeva hundanam with special reference to cervical spondylosis”. While working as a consultant for Kerala Ayurvedic Clinic in Mumbai, she taught Panchakarma at the University of Mumbai. She has taught Panchakarma classes to the students of Middlesex University, United Kingdom and done research presentations at ayurvedic seminars in Karnataka and in national conferences. She recently became a Certified Massage Therapist (CMT) from California.
Sneha Kalaskar, BAMS, MDAyurved, California, USA - has completed her BAMS degree from R. A. Podar Ayurvedic Medical College (Mumbai University), India and Doctor degree in Ayurveda from Gujarat Ayurved University, Jamnagar, India. Her main field of work is in subject Dravyaguna i.e. Medicinal plants and their pharmacology. She completed MDAYURVED research thesis on Patala and its comparative phytopharmacological study with one of its substitute. Her research has
been published in different international journals like Universal Journal of Pharmacy (UJP), American Journal of Pharmacy and Health Research (AJPHR) etc. She has actively held poster and oral presentations in different institutes during her education.
Samina Ahmad, MBBS, RAP, graduate of the University of Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan with a Medical Doctor degree, she began her medical career as an Internal Medicine Physician in the Senior Gastroenterology Department . Later she accepted an appointment with the National Institute of Child Health.Thereafter, she started her own practice – Family Practice Health Care Clinic for Women and Children. Comparable to a Martha Stewart of Pakistan, for many years, Dr. Ahmad hosted television programs on healthful cooking, family issues and nutrition. She has graduated as a Health Counselor and qualified for national certification as a Holistic Health Practitioner by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners.  She also received a certificate of completion for educational outreach from the Teachers College of Columbia University. Dr. Samina is a Chopra University certified Perfect Health Consultant and Ayurvedic Lifestyle Coach and runs her Wellness Center called ”Samina’s Wellness” in New York. She recently graduated as an Ayurvedic Practitioner from Amrit Yoga Institute and received her Associate in Ayurvedic Science degree from IUYA [International University of Yoga and Ayurveda ] she also received certifications from Green’s Ayurveda in Panchakarma Therapy and Massage, in Ayurvedic Nutrition & Cooking and Ayurvedic Advanced studies. Dr. Samina Ahmad is presently the Business Manager for Junoon,  a highly acclaimed, internationally renowned, Pakistani rock band that specializes in Sufi music promoting peace throughout the world. Samina, along with her husband Salman have launched their New York based NGO the Salman and Samina Global Wellness Initiative.

Andhrika Kondeti, BAMS, CMT, Virginia, USA has been practicing Ayurvedic medicine for over eighteen years. Andhrika Kondeti is a highly experienced Ayurvedic specialist trained in India. After completing a five and half year degree program, she graduated with honors and worked in several hospitals in India. Her focus was dermatology, Internal Medicine and Gynecology. Subsequently, Andhrika set up her own clinic where she improved the quality of life for numerous patients suffering from allergies, arthritis, tension headaches, migraines, sinusitis, insomnia, obesity, psoriasis, ADHD, skin disorders, depression, anxiety disorders, stress and other chronic medical conditions. After moving to US, Andhrika completed certification courses as Nutritional Consultant and Master Herbalist programs.  Andhrika graduated as a Certified Massage Therapist from the American Institute of Healing Therapies, Inc. with honors. Her specialties include Ayurvedic massage and bodywork- head and foot massage, Ayurvedic facial, post- delivery massages, marma point therapy, Abhyanga and Shirodhara. Andhrika is passionate about the positive effects of Ayurvedic therapies on the body, mind and spirit. Presently she works as an Ayurvedic Consultant and Massage Therapist at the American Institute of Healing Therapies, Inc. Wellness Center. Andhrika is a classical Indian dancer, who loves to paint and spend time with her two lovely daughters.

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.

Meenakshi Gupta, Texas, USA an Ayurveda Vaidya, trainer and teacher of international repute, pursued her MD-Ayurveda from The National Institute of Ayurveda, Jaipur, India. She is a gold medalist and a highly accomplished ayurveda and panchakarma specialist. She has been practicing ayurveda for the last 18 years. Her expertise includes ayurveda, panchakarma, diet, lifestyle recommendations and ayurveda wellness education. She integrates ayurveda principles with ayurvedic diet and lifestyles in her daily practice. She has done 3 years of intense clinical research on ayurvedic herbs in enuresis & more than 6 years of research on ADHD and learning disabilities in children. Her research experience includes literacy research as well as clinical trials with ayurvedic herbs on enuresis,. She has more than 15 years of extensive international experience in design & delivery of ayurveda courses as Ayurveda Cosmetology, Ayurveda Herbology, Medical Yoga, and Panchakarma Therapy. She organizes regular workshops & courses on various topics of ayurveda and training workshops for hands on training in panchakarma courses. Meenakshi has more than 5 years of extensive teaching experience at ayurveda colleges in India and 18 years of clinical experience with ayurvedic herbs & panchakarma. She has authored several papers and writes a regular column in various e-magazines and health magazines, along with giving various radio talks & writing newspaper articles. She is a member of the fellowship Board of the Association of Ayurvedic Professionals of North America (AAPNA) and NAMA and a member of Research Method committee for Council for Ayurveda Research. She is also Co-Editor, Director of Ayurveda Mantra Magazine and Senior Editor of Journal of Ayurveda and Holistic Medicine (JAHM).
Suhas Kshirsagar BAMS, M.D. (Ayurveda), Jyotish Brihaspati, California, USA is an internationally recognized leader in the ancient sciences of ayurvedic medicine & jyotisha, which emphasize a comprehensive body-mind-spirit approach to health & well-being.  He is an internationally acclaimed motivational speaker, experienced clinician, researcher & an insightful medical astrologer, who adds tremendous value to his clients and students alike. He is currently the Director of Ayurvedic Healing, an Integrative Wellness Clinic in Santa Cruz, California.

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.

Hands-on Cooking Classes (Live Classes)
Module 1
March 22 - 26, 2017 (5 days)
7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Hands-on – Cooking –  Vata Balancing
50 hours training
Venue: Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center
Affordable Accommodation 

International Conference "Ayurveda & Psychology"
April 28 - 30, 2017 (3 days)
Fairfield, Iowa, USA
30 hours
Registration is included with 5 meals, accommodation and transportation not included
Venue: Maharishi University of Management (MUM), Dalby Hall, MR 796, 1000 N. 4th street, Fairfield, IA 52557, USA
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Module 2
May 10 - 14, 2017 (5 days)
7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Hands-on Cooking - Pitta Balancing
50 hours training
Venue: Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center

Module 3
July 12 - 16, 2017 (5 days)
7:00 am - 7:00pm
Hands-on Cooking - Kapha Balancing
50 hours
Venue: Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center
Webinar Schedule
As per the guidelines of World Health Organization (WHO) benchmark training in Ayurveda - Ayurvedic Dietetics
Concept of food and its importance

Life enhancing (Ayushyakara) and Vitalizing (Urjaskara) foods

Importance of food in health and disorders

Anupana (Vehicle) according to dosha combination, compatible and incompatible foods

Properties and classification of various foods

Healthy and unhealthy foods on doshic constitution, Food and its influence on Jatharagni

Seasonal routine and foods, Daily routine and foods, Best foods and their action

Use of six tastes of foods for health

Types of food and drinks, Cereals and pulses and their properties, Vegetables, fruits and salads and their properties, 

Fermented substances, Favorable or avoidable foods for various disorders

Types of water and their importance in food, Milk and milk products in health and disease

Edible fats and oils, Meat, fish and poultry products

Importance of foods in Yogic practices

Types of honey and medicinal use, Various dietary forms - Recipes

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. Shekhar

were some of the highlights. If you love Ayurveda this is a program for you". Pushpa Soundararajan, RD, LD, AFNC, Chicago, Illinois.

Alumni Graduates

2017 Students

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


2016 Graduates

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