that the course outline below is not in the order in which the classes are taught.
This is a guide of the subjects addressed in the Ayurvedic Wellness Practitioner – LEVEL 1 course.
Introduction to Ayurveda & history
To begin to learn the practice of Ayurveda, it is important to know the history of this ancient and varied wellness and prevention system with the basic practices that are done within. Students are initiated to some learning traditions in an opening ceremony.
Main principles of Ayurveda
Students are taught to start to look at everything within the five elements from the way people are, health conditions, how the weather can affect people and more. They learn the way of the three constitutions – the natural energies – called doshas as well as to recognize them in individuals as well as in symptoms and imbalances. Daily routine is taught to enhance the individuals within their dosha balance.
Doshas & sub-doshas
There are 3 constitutions in Ayurveda known as Vata, Pitta and Kapha. These doshas further sub-divide into 5 sub-doshas each. These doshas and sub-doshas are key in the function of Ayurveda.
Anatomy & physiology
This part of the course reviews Western anatomy and physiology focusing on the organs, the nervous system and the digestive system. Ayurvedic anatomy is annexed to Western anatomy and physiology and includes Ayurvedic angle on the bodily tissues, digestion, flow within the body. For students without a medical background, it is strongly recommended that they advance themselves individually before the class begins.
Disease process (development of symptoms)
The evolution of dis-ease within a human body comes in several steps, most of which, an Ayurvedic practitioner can bring back to health and do prevention before it becomes a disease. In this section, students are taught to analyze and find from symptoms both apparent and not and the effects of disease. Just as important as bringing back to health is to prevent disease from coming to a person by looking at their predispositions and traits. An Ayurvedic practitioner helps in preventing disease from becoming disease.
Knowledge of assessment tools
In Ayurveda, practitioners use unique assessment tools to determine the condition of the client. These are by assessing the tongue, eyes, nails, skin, hair and energy level. This part of the course teaches students the subtle observation of these subtle features in people and how to link them to the individual.
Ayurveda says that all things we ingest are sattvic, rajasic or tamasic in nature. These are the 3 Gunas. As important as doshas, they can operate alone or in combination of one another. Gunas are the process in which what is subtle becomes gross within the body. It is the quality of what we take in. Through the course, students are shown the application of the gunas, how to recognize them and how to use the gunas in bringing well-being.
Students are shown how the mind, body and spirit work together in this course. This introduction to Ayurvedic psychology is a key part of the studies as it impacts the entire person, as does the dis-ease process or nutrition. An individual’s psychological state has a great deal to do with the overall well-being of the person. Students learn the relationship between environment, what is ingested and how individuals process elements. Ayurvedic psychology affects one’s physical health, just as the physical health of the individual affects his or her mental state.
Nutrition & food planning
Ayurvedic nutrition is more than eating four food groups and much more personalized. Like all of this practice, it considers the person and his or her dosha and imbalances. Nutrition can serve as an essential tool in making people healthy, balanced and happy. It includes the way food is prepared, the origins of the components, recipes, ways of cooking, and circumstances surrounding eating to help bring along healthy digestion.
Daily & seasonal routine
A large portion of a healthy lifestyle is to have daily and seasonal routines. The daily routines are designed for individual people to keep the mind, body and spirit healthy and emphasize the individual’s doshic needs.
Seasonally, a person’s system must be ready for the changes that come. Special attention is made to the climate we are in and how this Ayurvedically affects individuals. Students are taught not only to help themselves, but to be able to design tailored daily and seasonal routines for others.
Knowledge of common herbs and spices
The practice of Ayurveda requires the strong knowledge of the benefits and characteristics of the common herbs and spices. These are instrumental in prevention, maintenance of health and to relieve symptoms. Students are taught to use these herbs and spices in a variety of ways to add to Ayurvedic living.
Knowledge of chakra energy
The balancing of an individual is done on many fronts taught in this course, while most therapies are taught in Level 2 and 3. In Level 1, students are introduced to the reading and balancing of Chakras. This system, now popular in North America, works on a person’s energy and can strengthen a person on seven points to help them in communication, focus and many more ways. Each Chakra has a connection with our glandular system. Students get theory and hands-on education that shows the benefits and the technique. This is an introduction and it is suggested to take a course on Chakras and Spiritual Practice if you intend on working on another individual’s chakras.
Knowledge of main nadis The system of nadis in the body includes 72,000 nadis according to Ayurveda. In this course we will introduce the nadi system and examine the main nadis and their effects.
The proper breathing is key in Ayurvedic living and bringing and maintaining balance. Students are taught each breath and the applications within doshic knowledge.
Yoga & meditation
Ayurveda, Yoga and meditation are the three branches of well-being that are thought in this course. The proper practice of meditation is key to working with energy work and clearing oneself to treating others. The 8 limbs of yoga is a wonderful part of life that is attainable to everyone at different levels. Students are taught by theory and practice how this can be adjusted to various health concerns and to work for the plan designed for the client. The three work together for a well-balanced individual. The introduction to yoga and meditation classes are taught by yoga and meditation experts who are highly trained and understand the special needs of different health conditions.
Introduction to therapies
Therapies are introduced in the first level to expose the students to the array of treatments they can recommended to their client in response to his or her specific needs. These therapies include Abhyanga massage, Shirodhara and Panchakarma and much more. Level 1 does not teach what and how to do these treatments.
Within the Centre & Spa d’Ayurveda Holistique in Montréal, students are given the opportunity to practice their knowledge on clients with the supervision and consultation of its senior team. Students are required to consult with clients and determine their dosha and build a lifestyle and diet plan as well as any additional therapies for them. Each case is reviewed with the senior team before advising the clients of the suggested plan and therapies should they be needed.