Ayurvedic Health Coach
(English Online Course)
So, what exactly is an EISRA Certified Ayurvedic Health Coach?
As the title suggests, an Ayurvedic Health Coach is an individual who has improved their own life and health using the wisdom of Ayurveda. When one is able to help him/herself, then one is also capable of helping others.
The practice of coaching involves supporting an individual in achieving a specific goal by offering advice, encouragement and giving step by step guidance. The knowledge of Ayurveda is supremely suited to the practice of coaching, as improving one’s health requires modifying habit patterns. The modification of habit patterns; often a very challenging endeavor, can become doable if one is supported (or coached) by someone with sufficient knowledge and experience.
Ayurvedic knowledge involves understanding different habit patterns and their relation to one’s health, thus an Ayurvedic Health Coach can help improve someone’s health by giving the appropriate Ayurvedic advice in dealing with maladaptive habits. This is where an Ayurvedic Health Coach can truly help someone become a healthier and happier individual.
What is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda is an ancient system of healing with roots as old as humanity itself. It is derived from millenia of human experience. Ayurveda helps us understand how to survive and thrive in any specific ecosystem and live according to each season. It teaches what one should eat in different situations and what one needs to take into consideration to digest and absorb food properly. Ayurveda makes us understand that each individual has a specific metabolic capacity and unique physical and mental characteristics, it teaches us how to live according to our own unique nature.
In this course there are six modules, each module has four lessons. All lessons take place online on ZOOM.
A student can follow one module a month. There will be a lesson each week, either on a Monday, Thursday or a Friday. A lesson is one and a half hours long. Students are required to be present in the zoom session a least 10 minutes prior to the lesson starting. After the lesson is finished, the student will be given homework questions.
If a student is not able to follow all the lessons of a certain module in one month, then they can follow the missing lesson of that module in the following month. The student must have finished all the lessons of one module before they can start following lessons of the following module.
If a student follows all the lessons of all modules consecutively, this will mean that they will have one and a half hours of teaching via zoom every week, therefore 6 hours of teaching a month and it will take six months to finish all the modules.
All students must have followed all lessons of all modules, and only then will they be able to do the exam. The examination will also take place online via zoom, the question paper will be sent to the student, and the student shall send their answers within a certain time limit. Once the exam is cleared, they will receive their Ayurvedic Health Coach certificate.
Each lesson of every module will be taught every month between February and May and between August to November.
Traditional Ayurvedic teaching
The practice of Ayurveda has persevered through the ages. Though the land now known as India has had countless invasions from destructive forces, has had many of her ancient universities corrupted and destroyed as well as had far too many of her unfathomably valuable tomes burned to ash, Ayurveda has miraculously survived through all this and continues to help human beings to the present day.
The preservation of Ayurvedic knowledge is no doubt due to how Ayurveda is taught by its preceptors. It is taught systematically, and there is an order of learning the different concepts which leads to an ultimate transformation in the mind of the student. Practitioners of Ayurveda are often called Dvija (Twice born), for they are reborn once the vision of Ayurveda has fully manifested within them. They change thoroughly in their manner of dealing with all the problems of human existence. This change is ofcourse for the better as it means overcoming one’s previous limitations by the virtue of Ayurvedic wisdom.
All the lessons of Module 1 are based on the verses found in the first chapter (Dhirghan Jivitya Adhyaya) of the first section (Sutra sthana) of the Charaka samhita.
The Charaka Samhita is the foundation of Ayurvedic Internal medicine, all the fundamental principles of Ayurvedic theory originate from this ancient text.
The first section (Sutra sthana) creates the foundation of Ayurvedic practice by imparting the fundamental principles to future practitioners of Ayurveda. The first chapter Dhirghan Jivitya Adhyaya literally means the chapter pertaining to achieving a long life. Thus by studying the fundamental principles found in this chapter, one can prolong their life by the virtue of Ayurvedic knowledge.
The aim of this course is to spread the knowledge of Ayurveda in the traditional and most effective way by systematically analyzing the ancient Sanskrit verses and allowing students to assimilate their deep and multilayered meaning.
The systematic analysis of the verses and going through the layers of knowledge is what transforms students over time. It is this traditional way of teaching which forces a student on to the path of introspection and self understanding. It is this very path which heals and enables one to help others. The rest of the Modules are based on later chapters of the Charaka Samhita.
B.A.M.S. Doctors / Ayurvedic physicians
The true benefit of this course is that it can be followed via zoom from all over the world from the comfort of one’s own home. In this course; traditional Ayurveda is taught as it is in Indian universities, however it is made understandable for people without a background in Sanskrit, Hindi language, Indian / Vedic philosophy or Yoga. Of course all lessons are given by qualified B.A.M.S. Ayurvedic physicians with sufficient clinical practice and teaching experience. B.A.M.S. stands for Bachelor of Ayurvedic medicine and surgery and is a professional medical degree in India combining traditional Ayurveda with modern medicine.
The EISRA Ayurvedic Health Coach Syllabus
Module 1 – Fundamentals of Ayurvedic theory
Lesson 1: Basic Principles and Definitions
Lesson 2: Understanding the pathological components of Vata Dosha
Lesson 3: Understanding the pathological components of Pitta Dosha
Lesson 4: Understanding the pathological components of Kapha Dosha
Module 2 – Ayurvedic Physiology
Lesson 1: Understanding the physiological components of the Dosha’s
Lesson 2: Prakriti: the science of body constitutions
Lesson 3: Jatharagni and Kostha: digestion and absorption
Lesson 4: Dhatus, Bhuta-agni and Dhatu-agni: the tissues of the body and the metabolic system
Module 3 – Ayurvedic Psychology
Lesson 1: Anatomy of the Mind according to Sankhya, Yoga and Vedanta
Lesson 2: The Triguna: Satva, Rajas and Tamas (the primordial qualities of the mind)
Lesson 3: Manasika Prakriti, the science of Ayurvedic personality types
Lesson 4: Satva Vijaya Chikitsa, basic tenets of Ayurvedic psychology
Module 4 – Important Ayurvedic concepts
Lesson 1: Ritucharya, diet and lifestyle according to the seasons
Lesson 2: Shadrasa, the science of the six tastes
Lesson 3: Ahara, the science of dietetics
Lesson 4: Bhaisajya Kalpana, preparing Ayurvedic medicine from plants
Module 5 – Ayurvedic Pharmacology
Lesson 1: Medhya dravya: Nootropic herbs / plants
Lesson 2: Dipana-pachana dravya: digestive herbs, metabolism correctors
Lesson 3: Shothahara dravya: anti-inflammatory herbs / plants
Lesson 4: Rasayana dravya: rejuvenative herbs / plants
Module 6 – Ayurvedic Treatment
Lesson 1: Treating Vata Dosha
Lesson 2: Treating Pitta Dosha
Lesson 3: Treating Kapha Dosha
Lesson 4: General Ayurvedic treatment protocols for common illnesses
€ 240,- euro per module.
€ 1200,- euro if paying for all 6 modules at once (one time payment).
The order of following the lessons of each module
Order for modules 1 and 3 | Generally, the order of following the lessons is in the numerical order of 1 to 4 for Modules 1 and 3. In all practicality; if a student follows lesson 1 of modules 1 and 3, then the order of following lessons 2 to 4 are actually all dependent on the student’s own schedule as it is not required to follow lessons 2 to 4 in any specific numerical order. Thus, if a student has followed lesson 1 of modules 1 and 3, they are free to follow the rest of the lessons of modules 1 and 3 in any order of their choosing as lessons 2 to 4 are not dependent on each other.
Order for modules 2, 4, 5, and 6 | For the lessons for the rest of the modules (2, 4, 5, and 6), there is no specific order. Thus, students are free to follow the rest of the lessons of modules 2-6 in any order of their choosing as the lessons in these modules are not dependent on each other. However each preceding module always forms the foundation of the following module, and thus students must complete the previous module before they can start following lessons of the next module.
Students are required to inform us whenever they wish to attend a lesson. They are required to do this by sending us an email a week before any specific lesson they wish to attend, thereby letting us know that they wish to participate in that lesson.
Once we receive the email, their email address will be added to the mailing list for sending the specific Zoom invites so that they can attend that lesson. It is important to note that if we do not receive an email from the student, they will not receive a zoom invitation for any lesson, as students do not automatically receive zoom invitations for lessons even after the registration process is completed. Students can send their emails to in**@ei***.nl and / or an***@ag**********.com.