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Ayurvedic Nutrition Course I (English)

With Liese van Dam

This Ayurvedic nutrition course is for those who want to know what Ayurvedic nutrition can mean for them in a modern western life. Going deeply into the basics of classical ayurvedic nutrition, this course translates this 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 an in depth training in Ayurvedic nutrition.

This course has originally been developed by Atreya Smith to train practitioners according to the Medical Association of Switzerland where he taught clinical ayurvedic nutrition to doctors and other medical practitioners. Hence, the orientation of this course is also to actually train professionals to use and become proficient in traditional nutritional medicine.

The course combines classroom hours with self study at home, and 2 hands-on training days in a cooking studio (Peterpan in Amsterdam) where you will experiment with Ayurvedic cooking.

We are very honoured to offer this certification course which was part of the Academy of Ayurvedic Studies of Coen van der Kroon, and had now been integrated into Delight Academy, as Yoga & Ayurveda are complementary sciences - often referred to as sister sciences.


Introduction to Ayurvedic Nutrition

• Introduction to the Ayurvedic Medical System The Modern Nutritional Situation
• Biochemical Nutrition Uses a Mechanical Model
• The Holistic Nutritional Model

The Tri-Dosha Theory (Vata, Pitta, Kapha)

• Physical Profiles
• Psychological Profiles

Digestion and Food Assimilation
When to Eat – Understanding Time

• Seasonal Foods and Diets
• Daily Rhythms of Time

Environmental Issues

• Food Quality
• Local Food

How to Eat

• Food Combinations
• Order to Eat Foods as per Individual

Nutrition for the Individual

• Individually Structured Diets with Food Lists

Ayurvedic Diagnosis – Determining Constitution
Ayurvedic Pharmacology

• 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, veggies, grains, etc.
How to Cure Disease With Nutrition (Introduction only)

• List of Diseases with Food Cures

Clinical Practice (introduction only)

• Clinical work as an Ayurvedic Nutritional Counselor
• Practical Experience and Case Studies
• Case Study


Two textbooks to be purchased:
Dr Vasant Lad - Textbook Ayurveda Volume 1
Robert Svoboda - Prakriti
Course book Atreya Smith will be handed out during first class.


No previous experience with Ayurveda is required to join this course.
This course includes a total of 60 contact hours, plus 120 hours of self study spread throughout the duration of the course.
There are five written exams and one written case study required by the student.


Participants will be asked to complete 5 (take home) written exams, a class presentation, and a case study report.


On completion a diploma of 180 study hours (60 contact hours) in Ayurvedic Clinical Studies will be awarded as ‘Ayurvedic Nutritional Advisor’.

If this is your initial course in this or in the Ayurveda field we advise you to continue with more studies before actually starting professional advices. In this case the course does suffice - however - to give advice to friends and family.



Date / Time




09 February 2018, 10:00 - 17:00


Liese van Dam

23 February 2018, 10:00 - 17:00


Liese van Dam

09 March 2018, 10:00 - 17:00


Liese van Dam

16 March 2018, 10:00 - 17:00

Cooking Studio

Liese van Dam

06 April 2018, 10:00 - 17:00


Liese van Dam

20 April 2018, 10:00 - 17:00


Liese van Dam

04 May 2018, 10:00 - 17:00

Cooking Studio

Liese van Dam

18 May 2018, 10:00 - 17:00


Liese van Dam

08 June 2018, 10:00 - 17:00


Liese van Dam

29 June 2018, 10:00 - 17:00


Liese van Dam

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Cancellation policy

Are you entitled to a refund of the registration fee in case of cancellation? Please read article 16 ‘Cancellation of Workshop Registration’ in our General Terms and Conditions to know exactly where you stand.

About Liese van Dam

Liese originally trained as a hatha yoga teacher in India. 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 The Netherlands.