Transmit the healing qualities of Ayurveda

Ayurveda Practitioner Studies

A four-year 200 EC study program with Bachelor level accreditation

Study guide

All information about the APS in one handy guide

Year I

Ayurveda for Self-Healing

Pillars of health: a year of basic foundations and starting to 'live these foundations in your own life.


Main overview
In the first year, you will learn about the basic ayurvedic principles and lay a solid foundation in the field of ayurvedic nutrition, massage, daily routine & yoga. You will also gain insights into a number of familiar ayurvedic healing herbs, to be used in the kitchen as well as in your own home pharmacy. Basic information on western anatomy and physiology will be provided, bridging western medical concepts and ayurvedic basic principles. The focus of the first year is equally divided between theory, practical and treatment skills plus experience-based teachings. It will inspire and guide you to think within the framework of ayurvedic science. 


Start ‘living’ Ayurveda
You will receive a theoretical foundation and at the same time many practical tips and guidelines to live your life in a more ayurvedic way. Experiencing and living ayurveda will help you to guide others. It will be a year of practising self-healing through ayurveda which is essential before guiding others in this practice. You will be introduced to the benefits of an ayurvedic daily routine during the residential module, focusing on regular lifestyle guidelines and why they work. This residential module also will help you integrate concepts introduced during the study year. 


Classical texts and other highlights 
Learning how to interpret and understand classical ayurvedic texts is emphasised this year, giving you a profound understanding of the ancient ayurvedic knowledge and wisdom. Through video classes and online learning, we will travel into the depths of ayurvedic classical works, under the guidance of one of our experienced teachers. This includes chanting ayurvedic sutras (verses from classical books) and understanding basic Sanskrit terminology used in ayurveda. You will also receive 8 home study assignments on herbology and diseases, in order to start creating your own database. These are presented in an 8-monthly Collect & Learn home study track. 


The format 
Year I will consist of 30 full class days, taught both during weekends and in 3- or 4-day modules including a weekend. There will also be a 4-day residential module and a series of online classes. You will be provided with a homework overview to keep track of your assignments. Our online Learning Management System will facilitate smooth progress during the first year. 


Online classes for international students 
Due to the current situation there is a possibility to follow some theoritical classes online, aimed at students based abroad in order to alleviate the travel frequency of international students. The Academy is oriented towards in-person presence in class and there will always be practical, hands-on classes for which streaming will not be a possibility. In this case of online class, an agreement can be made and the student abroad can follow the class through a livestream setup. Connecting with the teacher will be possible before and/or after class. For now this will apply to the Foundation weekends (excluding the introduction weekend). Please contact us if you want to know more. 


Please find an overview of the Year I schedule under 'Dates' and more detailed information on the program in the Study Guide.


Year I - Subject Overview:

  • Five elements and twenty attributes
  • Tridosha theory
  • Subdoshas
  • Seven Dhatus
  • Agni, ama, malas
  • Srotamsi
  • Organs/glands and Dosha
  • Prakriti
  • Prakrita Pariksha
  • Mental Prakriti
  • Foundations of western anatomy
  • Foundations of western physiology
  • Parallels western and natural (eastern & western) medicine systems
  • Parallels ayurvedic & western medicine
  • 8 Common diseases
    • In the first year: from the common cold to simple join pain
  • Ayurvedic & western explanations
  • Ayurvedic remedies
  • 8 Common single herbs used in ayurveda
    • In this year, a beginning is made with easy-to-use and popular ayurvedic herbs. Kitchen spices such as ginger, turmeric, etc, and also herbs such as Ashwagandha, Shatavari and Punarmava.
  • Pharmacological explanation & scientific research sources
  • Classical ayurvedic nutrition & lifestyle foundation
  • Food and the gunas
  • Digestive system
  • Concept of ama
  • Modern western food & nutrition issues
  • Anna yoga 
  • Nutritional consultations
  • Cooking classes
  • Practical days
  • Foundations of Ayurvedic Massage
  • Oil massage instructions & practice
  • Massage for the three Doshas
  • How to manage Prana in massage
  • Foundations Ayurvedic yoga
  • Philosophy & science behind Ayurveda & yoga
  • Yoga for the three Doshas
  • Asana & pranayama instructions & practice
  • Video classes Vedic living and Shadpardartha (home viewing)
  • Video classes Ashtanga Hridayam chapter 1 - 7 (home viewing)
  • Online real classes on above home viewings
  • Organise yourself
  • Neutral listening
  • Observing
  • Professional intervision methods
  • Self-reflection
  • Communications skills
  • Questioning your client
  • Explaining ayurveda to your client
  • Intervision meeting at home
  • A set of important ayurvedic sutras from classical texts
  • Growing the database of ayurvedic Sanskrit terminology


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Workshops & Courses

Immerse Ayurveda through workshops, special classes and courses