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Ayurvedic Nutrition Course

Met Liese van Dam

This Ayurvedic nutrition course is for those who want to know what Ayurvedic nutrition can mean for them in modern Western life. Going deeply into the basics of classical Ayurvedic nutrition, this course translates ancient knowledge into whatever is needed here and now in the West.


This is a unique feature of this course: modern nutrition has gone haywire and presents a lot of difficult issues. Many of these issues will be addressed in this course from a modern Ayurvedic perspective. The purpose of this course is to offer in-depth training in Ayurvedic nutrition and the emphasis in this course is to learn how to implement the Ayurvedic principles regarding nutrition in your own personal life. And you will learn how to give simple – yet profound – advice to friends and family who would like to learn from you.


The Delight Academy values traditional methods of learning Ayurveda and therefore each day the teacher commences with the singing of a mantra to create an atmosphere of optimal learning. Teaching days include theory and supportive assignments to help you reflect on the knowledge and integrate the learned into your daily life.


For qualified health professionals who actively work with clients and who would like to learn about Ayurveda: this course can serve as a great addition to integrate the knowledge of Ayurvedic nutrition into your professional life.


Yoga & Ayurveda are complementary sciences - often referred to as sister sciences. This course can also be of added value for yoga teachers wanting to inform their students about basic Ayurvedic principles regarding nutrition.


What you will learn:

This course has been taught by the teachers of Delight Academy (and before that by The Academy of Ayurvedic Studies) since 2004. The course combines classroom hours with self-study at home and 2 fun hands-on training days in a cooking studio where you will experience Ayurvedic cooking yourself.


You will walk out of this course with:

  • A very good and thorough understanding of Ayurvedic nutrition
  • Clear guidelines for applying this in your own life
  • Confidence to advise friends and family about the basic principles of Ayurvedic nutrition
  • The joy to apply Ayurvedic principles to any way of cooking, from Indian recipes to any western recipes

Program Outline

  • The Tridosha theory (Vata, Pitta, Kapha)
  • The five elements and the six tastes
  • The concept of time throughout the day, year and life
  • Sattva, Rajas and Tamas and energetic qualities of food
  • The important principles of Ayurveda nutrition, valid for all people
  • Tridosha theory applied to the person - physical and psychological profiles
  • Ayurvedic diagnosis - which type are you?
  • Avoid disaster - Learn how to eat and how this can affect the digestive process
  • How to avoid the dangers of dieting and food fads
  • Learn to eat according to your metabolic capacity
  • Description of food groups from an Ayurvedic perspective; fruits, vegetables, grains, oils, spices, and more.
  • Why eating a low-protein diet is key to health
  • What to do about environmental pollutants
  • How to lose weight permanently by increasing metabolic function
  • Lifestyle and daily routine as nutritional support
  • Dietary supplements - myths, facts and traditions
  • Increasing immunity through diet
  • Practical experience and learning how to give simple and effective advice to people around you
  • Case study
  • Two cooking days


Dates and Locations

The course consists of eight classroom days and two cooking days and is held at our Prinseneiland studio as well as cooking studio Peter Pan in the Houthavens area (Nieuwe Hemweg 6S, Amsterdam).

  • 8 October 2021
  • 15 October 2021
  • 29 October 2021
  • 12 November 2021 (Cooking day at Peter Pan studio)
  • 26 November 2021
  • 17 December 2021
  • 21 January 2022 (Cooking day at Peter Pan studio)
  • 28 January 2022
  • 18 February 2022
  • 4 March 2022

Reading Material

During the course, we will be using 2 textbooks. You will need to purchase these two books:

  • Vaidya Atreya Smith - Ayurvedic Nutrition
  • Robert Svoboda - Prakriti


Additional recommended book but not obligatory: Todd Caldecott – Food as Medicine


Apart from an enthusiasm for Ayurveda, no previous experience with Ayurveda is required to join this course. This course includes a total of 60 contact hours taught in 10 days from 10.00 till 17.00, plus 120 hours of self-study spread throughout the duration of the course.


Requirements for obtaining the certificate of attendance:

  • Online assignments throughout the course, which you can make in the comfort of your own home
  • A class presentation with a small group of students
  • One written case study


Upon successful completion, a certificate of attendance of 180 study hours (60 contact hours) in Ayurveda Studies will be awarded from Delight Academy.


Students who have successfully finished Nutrition Course I and would like to proceed with the 4-year Bachelor’s level Ayurveda Practitioner Studies (APS) at Delight Academy are eligible for an exemption of 40 hours (this is the number of hours taught in Ayurvedic Nutrition in Year I of the APS).


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If you have any questions relating to this course, please contact us at

Datum / Tijd




08 October 2021, 10:00 - 17:00

Prinseneiland (Haarlemmerplein)

Liese van Dam

15 October 2021, 10:00 - 17:00

Prinseneiland (Haarlemmerplein)

Liese van Dam

29 October 2021, 10:00 - 17:00

Prinseneiland (Haarlemmerplein)

Liese van Dam

12 November 2021, 10:00 - 17:00

Cooking Studio

Liese van Dam

26 November 2021, 10:00 - 17:00

Prinseneiland (Haarlemmerplein)

Liese van Dam

17 December 2021, 10:00 - 17:00

Prinseneiland (Haarlemmerplein)

Liese van Dam

21 January 2022, 10:00 - 17:00

Cooking Studio

Liese van Dam

28 January 2022, 10:00 - 17:00

Prinseneiland (Haarlemmerplein)

Liese van Dam

18 February 2022, 10:00 - 17:00

Prinseneiland (Haarlemmerplein)

Liese van Dam

04 March 2022, 10:00 - 17:00

Prinseneiland (Haarlemmerplein)

Liese van Dam

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€ 1.020



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Over Liese van Dam

Liese originally trained as a hatha yoga teacher in India. Her journey with yoga started at a time when life didn’t give her a lot of satisfaction and she was looking for a way to bring spirituality into her life. Once discovered, she intensely practiced and taught all aspects of yoga – including pranayama, philosophy and chanting - for several years in various countries across the globe before settling back in her home country – The Netherlands.

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