Ayurveda is the sister science of yoga and literally means science of life. It is an approach to living in harmony with the universe, the seasons, and nature in order to achieve optimum health. Developed around 1500 BC, this ancient science is built on solid theoretical and experiential foundations, which provide a profound understanding of the physical and biological laws that govern human physiology.
The Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant (ALC) Certification Program is a 500-hour course, divided into three modules, which take place over a period of 4 months and include classroom training and home study.
This course is offered as a precursor to advanced training in our Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner (CAP).
This program will provide 150 hours of classroom training, 24 hours of webinar instruction, 30 hours of education at an ayurveda conference, and 96 hours of home study, quizzes, assignments, and projects, complying with the requirements of the Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant Certificate Course as outlined by International University of Yoga and Ayurveda (IUYA) and Association of Ayurvedic Professionals of North America, Inc. (AAPNA).
Completion of certification in a Yoga Alliance approved 200-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 -
Vijay Jain, M.D. Florida, USA 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, Pennsylvania, USA is a classically trained Master Ayurvedic Specialist (Vaidya), licensed integrative bodywork and massage therapist, registered yoga instructor and certified Pranic healer who has been practicing and teaching Ayurveda worldwide since 1988. His passion and love for Ayurveda fuels his vision for the development and growth of Ayurveda, including creating and implementing high quality education and training programs in the West. It is Shekhar’s mission to bring Ayurveda to the forefront of healing arts. Shekhar began his eight-year course of study in Ayurveda, 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 Doctorate 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 a certification in Energy Medicine. From 1992 – 1994, Dr. Shekhar worked as an Associate Professor at N.K.J. Ayurvedic College (Gulburga University), Bidar, Karnataka State, India. From 1994 – 2001, Shekhar has 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 gave several newspaper interviews and radio talks on Ayurveda and was also interviewed on BBC’s Breakfast Television. Since 2002, Dr. Shekhar has been the Founding Director of Ojas LLC, 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, USA. 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.
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.
Sushma Jakkula, BAMS, LMT, Florida, USA is the president and founder
of Ojas Ayurveda in Tampa. She provides Ayurvedic consultations and Panchkarma
therapies. She organizes regular workshops on various topics of Ayurveda. She
has a bachelor’s Degree in Ayurvedic medicine and Surgery (BAMS) from India. She
graduated in 2002 from NTR University of Health Sciences and has been
practicing since then. She has undergone
ALCW 1 - Doshas and their practical significance
ALCW 2 - Concept of Agni and Ama and application in practical setting
ALCW 3 - Daily and seasonal routine for healthy living
ALCW 4 - Dhatu and their practical significance
ALCW 5 - Srotas and their practical significance
ALCW 6 - Malas and their practical significance
ALCW 7 - Prana, Ojas, Tejas and their importance for health
ALCW 8 - Eating out on road, food incompatibility
ALCW 9 - Digestion and properties of spices
ALCW 10 - Six tastes and importance and effects of tastes on emotions
ALCW 11 - Physiology of sleep and sleep hygiene
ALCW 12 - Yoga Therapy and Ayurveda
ALCW 13 - Ayurvedic Psychology
ALCW 14 - Mudras, chakras, koshas and kundalini
ALCW 15 - Understanding of Basic Medical Astrology
ALCW 16 - Understanding of Basic Vastu (Architecture)
ALCW 17 - Spiritual Aspects of Ayurveda and Yoga
The total numbers of questions are given to the ALC students are 70. Students are responsible to all the questions in detail.
Please send your answers to –
Dr. Vijay Jain – [email protected]
Dr. Shekhar Annambhotla – [email protected]
(I) CONCEPT OF AGNI & AMA, THEIR APPLICATION
1. Explain the main function of Agni
2. Which Agni pertains to the 7 tissues? Name the 7 tissues.
3. Explain Tikshna Agni: causative factor, its symptoms, tongue color, emotional imbalances and disorders
4. Explain Ama - include what it is, its signs, its symptoms, its effects
5. What are the reasons for Ama accumulating in the body?
6. How can you reduce or 'manage' Ama?
(II) DHATUS AND THEIR PRACTICAL SIGNIFICANCE
1. Brieﬂy explain what the dhatus do ?
2. Explain Sara and Kitta.
3. Explain Rasa Dhatu - include inter-relation with Kapha, formation, classiﬁcation, elements, Rasagni, treating Rasa Dhatu
4. Explain Asthi Dhatu - include inter-relation with Vata, formation, classiﬁcation, elements, Asthiagni, treating Asthi Dhatu 5. What element of Shukra Dhatu makes it different from the other dhatus?
(III) SROTAS AND THEIR PRACTICAL SIGNIFICANCE
1. Describe ' Srotas'.
2. List and explain the Internal Srotas.
3. List and explain the External Srotas.
4. What colors are the srotas?
5. How many parts does a srotas have? What are they called?
6. What are the functions of the Srotas?
7. What is the practical signiﬁcance of Srotas?
(IV) MALAS AND THEIR PRACTICAL SIGNIFICANCE
1. Explain the concept of Mala.
2. Explain the formation of Mala.
3. Explain Ahara Mala and Dhatu Mala.
4. Explain the practical signiﬁcance of Mala and why it is important to eliminate waste products.
5. What are some of the symptoms of Ama in the body?
6. What is a good daily routine?
(V) PRANA, TEJAS & OJAS
1. Explain Prana, Tejas & Ojas in terms of Primal Life Force, Inner Radiance, Primal Vigor.
2. Explain the functional aspects Prana, Tejas & Ojas in the 4 systems (nervous system, reproductive system, endocrine system, immune system)
3. What are the Ojas disorders?
4. How can you balance Prana, Tejas & Ojas?
5. Why is it a good idea to meditate before working with a patient?
(VI) EATING OUT ON THE ROAD FOOD INCOMPATIBILITY
1. What should you consider before eating out on the road?
2. What are the 8 factors when regarding food?
3. What are the eating rules of Ayurveda?
4. Explain what each dosha should choose in a restaurant, include spices and food types.
5. What is the ﬁrst reaction on the body when eating foods which are incompatible?
6. Give some examples of incompatible foods.
7. Give some examples of diseases caused by incompatible foods. 8. Give some examples of signs of incompatible foods.
9. What can you do to alleviate/reduce the effects of these poor combinations?
(VII) DIGESTION & PROPERTIES OF SPICES
1. What season are the heating spices best for? What would be the reason for this?
2.What is Fenugreek good for?
3.What properties does Turmeric have?
4. Which tastes (rasa) reduce Vata, Pitta, Kapha?
5. Which tastes are drying and which tastes are moistening?
6. Which tastes have a Pungent Vipaka?
(VIII) USE OF SIX TASTES OF FOODS FOR HEALTH
1. Explain which tastes decrease which dosha.
2. Where are the tastes located on the tongue?
3. Choose 3 tastes and discuss their elements, their properties, which dosha(s) they pacify, some food examples of the taste, and their psychological effects.
4. How many effects does virya have and what are they?
5. How do Black Pepper an Long Pepper differ?
6. Can you explain Prabhava?
(IX) PHYSIOLOGY OF SLEEP AND SLEEP HYGIENE
1. What are some acceptable indications of day sleep?
2. If one does not sleep properly during the night for a speciﬁed period, how much time should they sleep during the day to make up for it?
3. Why is it unhealthy to sleep during the day?
4. What are some methods to induce good sleep?
5. What happens in a 90-minute sleep cycle?
6. What are some practices to overcome insomnia?
(X) YOGA THERAPY & AYURVEDA
(XI) MUDRAS, CHAKRAS, KOSHAS, KUNDALINI
1. What are Mudras?
2. What types of Mudras are there and why are they important?
3. What di Vaidya Priyatarssini Balamurugen say about the importance of meditation?
4. What can you access by practicing Mudras and why?
5. What are Koshas and which ones do we usually operate in?
6. What di Vaidya Priyatarssini Balamurugen say the signiﬁcance of the Chakras is?
7. Why should the Kundalini be raised?