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Study the Principles of Ayerveda


Dates: January 2019

The Shiva Shanti Yoga School of Ayurveda offers a professional level training program for aspiring practitioners of Ayurveda, the 6,000-year-old healing tradition of the Indian subcontinent. This year-long program comprises a series of intensive weekend classes (one full weekend monthly) in the basic and clinical sciences designed to afford the highest quality of education and training for practitioners of this healing art, which has been called ‘yoga’s sister science.’

Shiva Shanti Yoga School of Ayerveda is a Professional School of Ayurveda in Rutherford NJ

Areas of instruction in the program include anatomy and physiology; history and traditions of Ayurveda; pathology; theory and practice; botanical medicine; physical evaluation and assessment; constitutional analysis; nutrition and food theory; preventive medicine, psychology and counselling, Ayurvedic detoxification techniques, Ayurveda psychology and mental hygiene, and the Ayurvedic treatment of common disorders, inter alia.

The Shiva Shanti Yoga School of Ayurveda curriculum, based on the educational guidelines and standard is structured to educate a well-trained and well-rounded practitioner of this ancient healing art, knowledgeable in both it’s theoretical and applied facets and proficient in adapting its time-tested modalities to meet the needs of contemporary health care consumers.

This program of study is intended to serve two functions: firstly, to provide prospective Ayurvedic practitioners with a sound basis in basic and clinical sciences for their entry into practice. Secondly, it is intended for the individual who, while not planning to become an Ayurvedic practitioner per se, nonetheless desire to take a larger measure of responsibility in caring for their own health and that of their families and friends, or to graft Ayurveda onto an existing healthcare or yoga practice as an additional modality.

Ayurveda is a complex and demanding field of study, with an extraordinarily large amount of information to be taught and learnt. Much of Ayurveda’s basic information must be digested before the student practitioner is capable of formulating the competency to “tie it all together.” It may seem as one commences one’s studies that a large quantity of unrelated information is bring “thrown” at the student. This is a normal perception shared by many – perhaps most – newcomers to this ancient science. Suffice it to say to the beginning student of Ayurveda: the most important step that can be taken is the first.  Mastering Ayurveda’s fundamentals in a thorough fashion and achieving a high degree of comfort with the concepts they elaborate will make the student’s subsequent studies much more efficacious and enjoyable.  It is axiomatic that, when confronted with a complex medical situation, the Ayurvedic practitioner will attempt to simplify the task at hand by the application of reason based on Ayurveda’s foundational principles. Every portion of the program of study is essential, and it contains virtually no information that will not be put to repeated — perhaps daily — use by the practitioner.


The courses that follow are required for completion of Shiva Shanti Ayervedic program and award of the Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner distinction. Each course occupies approximately 16 hours of in-class lecture and about twice that amount of time spent in individual study.

In addition to satisfactory completion of coursework and passage of the required midterm and final examinations, graduates are required to complete fifty (50) student-client experiences under supervision, the first 15 of which are observations and the remaining 35 participatory. These will ordinarily be done at the school and under an instructor’s supervision.

A101: Foundations of Ayurveda: History, Philosophy & Literature

A102: Survey of Ayurvedic Anatomy

A103: Survey of Ayurvedic Physiology

A104: Ayurvedic Pathophysiology

A105: Ayurvedic Assessment & Physical Evaluation

A106: Ayurvedic Psychology, Mental Hygiene & Counselling

A107: Ayurvedic Nutrition & Digestive Physiology

A108: Ayurvedic Botanical Medicine

A109: Panchakarma & Detoxification Therapies

A110: Yoga, Meditation & Pranayama in Ayurvedic Therapy

A111: Ayurvedic Management of Common Disorders

A112: Ayurveda Colloquium: Law & Ethics of Ayurvedic Practice


A101: Foundations of Ayurveda: History, Philosophy & Literature
Topics covered include: History of Ayurveda; basic concepts; terminology and nomenclature; basic concepts of the Dosas; Sankhya philosophy; mind-body-spirit connections; Vedic cosmology; creation and nature of matter, the elements and life processes; the early literature of Ayurveda and developments

A102: Survey of Ayurvedic Anatomy
The tridosha; Kepha, itta ad vata in their physical and psychological, balanced vs. unbalanced manifestations. The sub-doshas, 7 Dhatus, 3 Malas and 20 Gunas; Mind-Body-Spirit Constitution, or Prakriti; Prakriti & Vikruti; dosha-gati (doshic cycles)

A103: Survey of Ayurvedic Physiology
The physiological role of the doshas; Agni, types of agni, functional states of Agni; Saptadhatus; Ayurvedic cytology and histology, cell and tissue formation and physiology; ojas, tejas and prana and immune response. The cycle of tissue micronutrition.

A104: Ayurvedic Pathophysiology
Origin and elaboration of the disease process (pathogenesis); 6 stages of Samprapti/satkriyakala; applications; Self-analysis and preventive health care; daily diet, exercise, and yoga; mental and emotional hygiene; Healing properties of foods; diet therapy; common remedies. Enxtdogenous vs. exogenous disorders, mental vs. physical disorders. Karmic disorders. Concepts of palliation vs. cure.

A105: Ayurvedic Assessment & Physical Evaluation
An introduction to the physical assessment of the patient on the basis of Darshan (observation), Sparshan (auscultation and palpation) and Prashna (interrogation) comprising: overview of Rogipareeksa & Rogapareeksha; The Patient as a whole; Ashtavidha pariksha (Eight-fold” Ayurvedic examination): Examination of the complexion; Examination of the eyes; Examination of the speech and voice; Examination of the tongue. Dasavidha pariksha: Examination of the skin; Examination of the stool; Examination of the urine; Examination of the pulses (survey).

A106: Ayurvedic Psychology, Mental Hygiene & Counselling
Principles of Manasa Shastra: the mental doshas, their function, location and origin, aspects of mind, principles of the koshas (five sheaths), Kundalini, the chakras, their importance, Three gunas and their characteristics, Mental Constitution. Mental, emotional and behavioral disfunctions and an Ayurvedic approach to their prevention, treatment, and management. Spiritual dimensions of mental hygiene.

A107: Ayurvedic Nutrition & Food Theory
Introduction to the Ayurvedic Medical System; the Modern Nutritional Situation; Biochemical Nutrition Uses a Mechanical Model; the Holistic Nutritional Model; Review of the Tri-Dosha Theory with Physical & Psychological Profiles; physiology of Digestion and Food Assimilation; Environmental Issues; Food Quality; Local Food; When to Eat – Understanding Time including seasonal Foods and Diets and Daily Rhythms of Time; Food Combinations, Individually Structured Diets with Food Lists, survey of Ayurvedic Diagnosis – Determining Constitution; the Five Elements and Six Tastes: Toxic Accumulation and Metabolic Imbalance in Nutrition; Effects of Dieting and Poor Nutrition; How to Correct Digestion and Metabolism; Descriptions of Foods by Category – fruits, veg’s, grains, etc.; How to Treat Disease Nutritionally; List of Diseases with Food Cures; Clinical Practice; Case Studies.

A108: Ayurvedic Botanical Medicine
History of Indian botanical medicine; Current developments; System of classification; Herbal energetics (Rasa, Virya, Vipaka, Prabhava); Langhana vs. Brmhana therapies; the Six Tastes; Methods of preparation (Pancha kashaya); (Session Commonly used single herbs (approximately 40 varieties); Commonly used multiple-herb formulations.; Herbs and herb formulations classified by actions & systems affected; Management of the Doshas; Management of Aam; Detoxification; Additional methods of herbal; preparation (medicated oil, medicated ghee, routes of administration, times of administration, compounds, dosages, herbs for external application); Mineral, metallic, and gemstone medicinal preparations; Treatment of Nirama vs. Sama disorders

A109: Panchakarma & Detoxification Therapies
Outlines the indications and contraindications, constituent modalities, theories, treatment planning and therapy outcomes and applications underlying Ayurveda’s preeminent detoxification therapy are discussed. A general survey of non-PKT detoxification strategies is included.

A110: Yoga, Meditation & Pranayama in Ayurvedic Therapy
A survey of Yoga, Ayurveda’s sister science, along with meditation and pranayama (breath regulation) from the point of view of the contributions of these disciplines to Ayurveda’s therapeutic armamentarium. Doshic impact of various asanas and pranayamas.

A111: Ayurvedic Management of Common Disorders
This course is a detailed and practical discussion of widely-available and simply applied remedies that might be utilized in treating everyday ills and injuries. Commonly used herbs, spices, oils, foods and topical applications will be among the topics dealt with. The focus will be on often-encountered digestive, dermatological, infectious, respiratory, menstrual cycle, and pain-related disorders. Swasthavritta and preventive medicine.

A112: Ayurveda Colloquium: Law & Ethics of Ayurvedic Practice
This course comprises a survey of issues of interest to aspiring practitioners, including, illustratively, legal, ethical and commercial aspects of practice development, Ayurveda and public health, Ayurveda and environmental issues, pain control in Ayurvedic practice, authorized vs. unauthorized practice of medicine and other regulated professions, Health Freedom Acts and safe harbor legislation, relations with other health professions, etc.


US$ 5,500 is at present the total tuition if you pay in full the cost is $5000 (exclusive of some suggested textbooks that are optional) for the program when prepaid. Tuition may be paid at the time of enrollment.  All major credit cards are accepted.  A payment plan can be put in place using a major credit card deducted into four payments $1375 first payment two weeks before the start of the program.


No refunds after the start of the program.

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The courses of study and program which they comprised were designed by our principal Instructor, Dr. William Courson.  William (“Bill”) Courson was director and principal instructor of the New Jersey Institute of Ayurveda, in Montclair, New Jersey and is currently Dean of Academic Affairs and Institutional Development and a faculty member at the Sai Ayurvedic College of Miami, Florida as well as Dean of Students and faculty member at the Bodhananda Vedic Institute School of Ayurveda in Kalamazoo, Michigan. A retired corporate and managerial accountant, he has been a lifelong student and of and writer on the themes of traditional healing, alternative and complementary medicine (focusing on Ayurveda and Homeopathy), spirituality and health, and eastern and western alchemy. In addition to his practice at Montclair Ayurveda in New Jersey, Bill consults in Miami, Florida and in southwestern Michigan.  Bill holds diplomas and certifications in advanced (Western) herbal medicine, Bach flower essence therapy, a Diploma in Homeopathy from the School of Natural Health Sciences, a Diploma in Ayurvedic Science from the New Jersey Institute of Ayurveda and a Bachelor of Vedic Studies (Ayurveda) degree from the Sai Ayurvedic College of Miami. He is a candidate for the Doctor of Ayurveda degree (TBA March 2018) from the latter institution. He is enrolled as a Level III (“Doctor of Ayurveda”) professional member of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association. He is on the Editorial Advisory Committee of the Ayurveda Journal of Health (the only peer-reviewed professional Ayurvedic journal in the western world) and the International Journal of Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

Shiva Shanti Yoga School of Ayurveda – Interclass Colloquia Summary
Course Course Period Total Hours Remark
101 A101: Foundations of Ayurveda 6:00-10:00 20 One evening weekly, 5 hours
102 A102: Survey of Ayurvedic Anatomy 6:00-10:00 20 One evening weekly, 5 hours
103 A103: Survey of Ayurvedic Physiology 6:00-10:00 20 One evening weekly, 5 hours
104 A104: Ayurvedic Pathophysiology 6:00-10:00 30 One evening weekly, 5 hours
105 A105: Ayurvedic Assessment: Pareeksha 6:00-10:00 25 One evening weekly, 5 hours
106 A106: Ayurvedic Psychology, Mental Hygiene & Counselling 6:00-10:00 25 One evening weekly, 5 hours
107 A107: Ayurvedic Nutrition & Digestive Physiology 6:00-10:00 30 One evening weekly, 5 hours
108 A108: Ayurvedic Botanical Medicine 6:00-10:00 35 One evening weekly, 5 hours
109 A109: Panchakarma & Detoxification Therapies 6:00-10:00 15 One evening weekly, 5 hours
110 A110: Yoga, Meditation & Pranayama in Ayurveda 6:00-10:00 10 One evening weekly, 5 hours
111 A111: Ayurvedic Management of Common Disorders 6:00-10:00 20 One evening weekly, 5 hours
112 A112: Law & Ehics in Ayurvedic Practice 6:00-10:00 5 One evening weekly, 5 hours

Our Refund Policy: If you withdraw before the start of the Session, you will be refunded your deposit minus the registration fee of $250.  After the start of the program, there are no refunds.  To reserve your place in the training, you must submit your application with a signed enrollment agreement along with your deposit of $500. There are no refunds once the program begins.