Ayurveda Practitioner Training

The Delight Yoga Academy

Year I

Ayurveda for Self Healing

Laying the Foundations of the Science of Life

A Solid Year of Study and Self Healing

Lifestyle, Nutrition, Herbs, Massage and Yoga


Program Year I:

In the first year you will learn about the basic Ayurveda principles and lay a solid foundation in the field of Ayurvedic Nutrition, Massage & Yoga. You will also gain insights on a number of familiar Ayurvedic healing herbs, to be used in the kitchen as well as in your own home pharmacy. Basic classes in Western anatomy and physiology will be taught, briding western medical concepts to the Ayurvedic basic principles.


Right from the first day we approach every student as a future Ayurveda Practitioner, starting to prepare you from the Introduction Weekend for your Ayurvedic practice by teaching classes in therapeutic skills, competences and abilities. The focus this year will be evenly divided between a theoretical part, as well as practical and treatment skills. It will inspire you to think within the framework of Ayurvedic science. 


You will receive many practical tips and guidelines to live your life in a more Ayurvedic way. Experiencing and living Ayurveda will help you guide others, bringing forth a system of healing for physical, mental and spiritual health. It will be a year of practicing Self Healing through Ayurveda which is essential before guiding others in this practice. 


The practical modules in this year aim to teach you the basic principels of "modern" Ayurvedic Nutrition, which can be applied in our lives, here and now. You will also be introduced to Ayurvedic Massage and Yoga as well, which you can apply directly into your daily life which can eventually become part of your palet of healing techniques to use as an Ayurvedic Practitioner in the future.


You will be introduced to the benefits of Ayurvedic daily routine during the Dinacharya Retreat, focusing on regular lifestyle guidelines and why they work. This retreat also teaches you additional important aspects of Abhyanga (Ayurvedic Oil Massage).


Learning how to interpret and understand classical Ayurvedic texts will also play an important role 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 singing Ayurvedic Sutras and understanding basic Sanskrit terminology used in Ayurveda. 


During this year you will also receive a couple of home study assignments on herbology and diseases, creating your own database on Ayurvedic herbs and building your own home pharmacy starting to deal with simple complaints and disorders. 



Year I will consist of 28 full class days, taught both in weekends and in 3 or 4-day modules running from Thursday or Friday to Sunday. There will also be a 4-day residential retreat at the Babaji Ashram located in the beautiful countryside in Loenen and a series of online classes. You will be provided with a homework log book to keep track of your assignments. Accompanied with our Learning Management System, this will guarantee a smooth progress during the first year.

Please find an overview of Year I under 'Dates & Locations' and more detailed information on the 4-year program in our Studyguide.


Year I Subjects:

  • Five elements and twenty attributes
  • Tridosha theory
  • Subdoshas
  • Seven dhatus
  • Agni/ama/malas
  • Srotamsi
  • Organs/glands and dosha
  • Prakriti
  • Prakrita Pariksha
  • Mental prakriti
  • Foundations western anatomy
  • Foundations western physiology
  • Parallels western and natural (eastern & western) medicine systems
  • Parallels ayurvedic & western medicine
  • 8 Common diseases
  • Ayurvedic & western explanations
  • Ayurvedic remedies
  • 8 Common single herbs used in Ayurveda
  • 8 Common formulations used in Ayurveda
  • Pharmacological explanation & scientific research sources
  • Classical ayurvedic nutrition & lifestyle foundation
  • Principles of ayurvedic daily routine (Dinacharya)
  • Modern western food & nutrition issues
  • Cooking classes – practical days
  • How to do nutritional consultations
  • 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
  • How to become an Ayurveda Practitioner
  • Professional competences & skills
  • Monthly: building set of important Ayurvedic Sutra’s from classical text
  • Monthly: growing database of Ayurvedic Sanskrit terminology
  • Instruction on professional intervision methods
  • 3-Monthly intervision meetings