International Accreditation Authority
International Accreditation Authority


International Accreditation Authority

This training program is based on international guidelines and benchmarks from around the world and is approved by the Association of Ayurvedic Professionals of North America (AAPNA). 

About the Program:
A Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner (CAP) is a professional with additional training in pathology and disease management beyond that of the Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant (ALC) / Ayurvedic Health Educator (AHE) and is qualified to practice preventive health care and health promotion using nutrition, lifestyle management, and herbal dietary supplements.

The training consists of 1000 hours (500 to be a Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant or Ayurvedic Health Educator and 500 additional hours to be a Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner).

Benefits of becoming a Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner (CAP):

  • Practice of health, promotion and preventive care
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Lifestyle recommendations
  • Recommendation of Herbal Supplements
  • Recommendation and performing of basic panchakarma therapies
  • Disease management through nutrition, lifestyle and dietary supplements.

This course is offered as an advanced training to our Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant Certification or Ayurvedic Health Educator or equal training program obtained from other schools, institutions, which is a prerequisite to this course.

Virtual Training and Hands-on Practicum Program

Pre-requisite or Co-requisite: 6 Credit hours (15 hours X 6 credit hours = 90 hours) – Anatomy & Physiology course (take courses online / local community college)

Virtual clinical training:

20 webinars, each 5 hours, total 100 hours

Time: 1:30 pm – 6:30 PM EST

Practical Hands-on Training at Ayurveda Wellness Center, Coopersburg, PA 

Tuition: $3500 includes tuition, webinars and practicum (including Boarding and meals). Excludes travel expenses


Tuition - $2200 (double occupancy) / $2700 (single occupancy) includes tuition and practicum (including Boarding and meals). Excludes travel expenses


Total Tuition: $3500 (USA Training) + $2200 (double occupancy) / $2700 (single occupancy) (India Training) = $5,700


Webinars - 20 each 5 hours = 100 hours

Client assessment and case presentations - 50 each 2 hours = 100 hours

Followup client assessment and case presentation 20 each 1 hour = 50 hours

Practical hands-on clinical training 7 days each 10 hours = 70 hours

Home study each day 1 hour = 175 hours

Projects and community outreach = 175 hours

Quizzes and Q & A 100 comprehensive questions = 150 hours

Anatomy & Physiology - 90 hours

India - Clinical training - 120 hours (2 weeks)

Total = 1000 hours training


Webinar Schedule 2018


Webinar 1

Overview discussion of various aspects of Ayurvedic clinical management of illness


Webinar 2

Vikriti Vignan – Ayurvedic Pathophysiology


Webinar 3

Marma Therapy and clinical practice


Webinar 4

Panchakarma Therapies


Webinar 5

Dravyaguna Vignan – Ayurvedic Materia Medica


Webinar 6

Ayurvedic Pulse Analysis and clinical practice


Webinar 7

Dravyaguna Vignan – Herbs and clinical usage


Webinar 8

Ayurvedic Clinical Protocols 1 – Pranavaha Srotas and their disorders and management. 2 Cases will be presented.


Webinar 9 

Ayurvedic Clinical Protocols 2 – Annavaha, Udakavaha Srotas and their disorders and management.

2 Cases will be presented.


Webinar 10

Ayurvedic Clinical Protocols 3 – Rasavaha and Raktavaha Srotas and their disorders and management.

2 Cases will be presented.


Webinar 11

Ayurvedic Clinical Protocols 4 – Mamsavaha and Medovaha Srotas and their disorders and clinical management.

 2 Cases will be presented.


Webinar 12

Ayurvedic Clinical Protocols 5 – Asthivaha and Majjavaha Srotas and their disorders and clinical management.

2 Cases will be presented.


Webinar 13

Ayurvedic Clinical Protocols 6 – Shukravaha Srotas and their disorders and management. 2 Cases will be presented.


Webinar 14

Ayurvedic Clinical Protocols 7 – Arthavavaha and Sthanyavaha Srotas and their disorders and management.

2 Cases will be presented.


Webinar 15

Ayurvedic Clinical Protocols 8 – Purishavaha, Swedavaha, Mutravaha Srotas and their disorders and management.

2 Cases will be presented.


Webinar 16

Ayurvedic Clinical Protocols 9 – Manovaha Srotas Disorders.

2 Cases will be presented.


Webinar 17

Ayurvedic Clinical Protocols 10 – Ayurveda and Cancer Care.

2 Cases will be presented.


Webinar 18

Ayurvedic Clinical Protocols 11 – Bhaishajya Kalpana – Herbal Compound Preparations.


Webinar 19

Ayurvedic Clinical Protocols 12 - Ear, Nose, Throat Disorders.

2 Cases will be presented.


Webinar 20

Discussion various aspects of business and practical clinical tips for establishment of successful certified ayurvedic practitioner 

India Practicum – 

Tuition - $2200 (double occupancy) / $2700 (single occupancy) includes tuition and practicum (including boarding and meals). Excludes international and domestic travel expenses.

This program will provide

Webinars - 20 each 5 hours = 100 hours

New Client assessment and case presentations - 50 each 2 hours = 100 hours

Followup client assessment and case presentation 20 each 1 hour = 50 hours

Practical hands-on clinical training 7 days each day 10 hours = 70 hours

Home study each day 1 hour = 175 hours

Projects and community outreach and conference = 175 hours (such as workshop, lectures, cooking demos etc.)

Quizzes and Q & A 100 comprehensive questions = 150 hours (which will be given in home work) based on the webinar topic)

Anatomy & Physiology - 90 hours

India - Clinical training - 120 hours (2 weeks)

of home study, quizzes, assignments, and projects, complying with the requirements of the Ayurvedic Practitioner Certificate Course as outlined by International University of Yoga and Ayurveda (IUYA) and Association of Ayurvedic Professionals of North America, Inc. (AAPNA)

Prerequisites: To ensure understanding of the fundamental principles of ayurveda, completion of certification in Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant Program or a strong background in fundamental ayurvedic training from any ayurvedic institution is required.

Reference and Study Books -

1. Text book of Ayurveda - Volume 2 - Dr. Vasant Lad

2. Ayurveda & Pancha Karma - Dr. Sunil Joshi

3. Ayurveda & Mind - Dr. David Frawley

4. Ayurvedic Herbs - Dr. Virender Sodhi

Core Faculty

Dr. Shekhar Annambhotla

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) ( 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.

Dr. Vijay Jain

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 Mind Body Wellness Center and conducts all Panchakarma programs at Flaglar Beach, Florida. 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).

Online - Webinar Faculty

Dr. Ashlesha Raut
Ashlesha Raut, BAMS, MDAYURVED, Illinois, USA is a Consulting Ayurvedic Practitioner and Nutritional Consultant with more than 15 years of experience in the field of ayurveda, healthcare and integrative medicine. She is a Registered Master Ayurvedic Specialist (RMAS). 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.
Dr. Priyatarssini Balamurugen
Priyatarssini Balamurugen, BAMS, MSc., 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.
Dr. Dhanada Kulkarni
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.
Dr. Devika Deshmukh
Devika Deshmukh, BAMS, MDAYURVED, 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 Kindgom and done research presentations at ayurvedic seminars in Karnataka and in national conferences.
Dr. Sneha Kalaskar

Sneha Kalaskar, BAMS, MDAYURVED, California, USA has completed her under graduation (R. A. Podar-Mumbai) and masters (I.P.G.T. & R.A.-Jamnagar) from top most institutes of India. Her main field of work is in subject Dravyaguna i.e. Medicinal plants and their pharmacology. She completed MD-Ayurveda 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.

Vandana Baranwal, BAMS, MD-Ayurved, is a teacher and practitioner of Ayurveda. She completed her MD in Ayurvedic Gynecology and Obstetrics in 1998 from the prestigious Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi. Before moving to the United States, she was a professor in SDM at the College of Ayurveda, Hassan, Karnataka. There, she was extensively involved in teaching and clinical and research work. She has more than 20 years of experience in health care using Ayurvedic medicines and Panchakarma procedures. She is also a Registered Master Ayurvedic Specialist (RMAS) with AAPNA. Currently, she is working as clinical research consultant with Kottakkal Ayurveda (Arya Vaidya Sala) in the United States.  She coauthored a book on women’s health titled Stree Roga Vimarsha and is working on her second book. She has also published many papers in Ayurvedic and scientific journals. She is passionate about Ayurveda and believes that health problems in today’s bodies and minds have definite healing answers in this ancient system of medicine.
CPKT - Ayurvedic Panchakarma and Bodywork Therapies Certification

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.

CPKT - Ayurvedic Panchakarma and Bodywork Therapies Certification
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.
CPKT - Ayurvedic Panchakarma and Bodywork Therapies Certification
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.
CPKT - Ayurvedic Panchakarma and Bodywork Therapies Certification
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).
CPKT - Ayurvedic Panchakarma and Bodywork Therapies Certification
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.
CPKT - Ayurvedic Panchakarma and Bodywork Therapies Certification
Samina Ahmad, MBBS, ALC, RAP, AFNC, New York, 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.
CPKT - Ayurvedic Panchakarma and Bodywork Therapies Certification

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 Panchakarmatraining at Amrutham Ayurveda Hospital Kerala, India and is a Certified Panchakarma Therapist. She is in YTT-200 and she is a licensed massage therapist. She is the professional member of National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA) and Association of Ayurvedic Professionals of North America (AAPNA). 

Our Alumni Graduates / Students

2017 Prospective students

18. Deepti Suri, RYT, ALC, Illinois

19. Joy Lawrence, LMT, Ohio

20. Michelle Costantini, AFNC, ALC, Pennsylvania

21. Natasha Sharma, MD,

22. Rachel Raucher, MA Psychology, AHE, Florida

23. Deneah Bledsoe, MSW, Florida

2016 Graduates

12. Julia Maybogina, RYT, New Jersey

13. Carla Fox, ERYT,. Ohio

14. Natalia Galindo, MSc., ERYT, Florida

15. Loren Krizmanich, ERYT, Florida

16. Antonio Andrade, MD, Florida

17. Stephanie Testa, PhD, Florida

2015 Graduates

1. Samina Ahmad, MBBS, ALC, New York

2. Effie Branton, MD, ALC, Louisiana

3. Sorayya Daguillard, RYT, ALC, Florida

4. Mohan Govindappa, RYT, ALC, Florida

5. Jenney Hannah, LMT, ALC, Florida

6. Kim Jaeger, ALC, Pennsylvania

7. Mary Johnston, ALC, Virginia

8. Naomi Kenealy, LMT, ALC, New York

9. Kelly Lewis, LMT, California

10. Lora Mantey, ALC, Florida

11. Tom Stodghill, LMT, ALC, Florida