Note: Today I’m detouring from the TCM Weight Loss series, and even from TCM in general. TCM will return next time.
As I mentioned in this post, a family friend, Francine, suggested I contact Jiva about their Ayurveda training programs. And I contacted them, but received no response. Then Francine wrote to them on my behalf in early February; now a month later, I received a response. Finally!
The program they sent me is 8 weeks, which would absolutely fit my interests, time, and level. Below are the details (abbreviated).
AYURVEDIC LIFESTYLE CONSULTANT Course
About the Program:
With the increase in physical and mental illnesses brought about by modern living, more and more people are now looking for the right guidance to lead healthy, contented lives. Ayurveda and its principles of living have gained tremendous popularity in the recent times. As a result, there is a great demand for authentic Ayurvedic knowledge and lifestyle guidance. The Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant program provides you with an opportunity to educate the masses on various aspects of healthy living expounded by Ayurveda, such as diet, lifestyle, conduct, and attitude.
As a Lifestyle Consultant, you can enhance your clients’ personal, professional and social lives. You can advise simple home remedies and exercises for common health problems; and refer them to authentic Ayurvedic treatment centers for conditions that require expert intervention. Although this course does not entitle you to practice Ayurvedic medicine, you can assist a qualified Ayurvedic physician in the areas of Ayurvedic dietetics and nutrition, Yoga, and herbal remedies. This program also enables you to provide Ayurvedic counselling and direction on psychological, emotional, and spiritual aspects.
Ayurveda is the instruction manual for healthy and natural living. It describes diet and hygiene, as well as lifestyle, conduct, and attitude that can bring total health. Spiritual growth, mental balance, and the maintenance of physical well being are complementary and equal aims of this science. Understanding this philosophy of life enables you to become your own “healer”. You learn about your body, how it functions, and how to treat it through diet and herbal remedies.
Complete health and genuine contentment are obtainable with Ayurvedic principles as they provide guidance on physical, psychological, and spiritual aspects. It is essential to understand both the needs of your mind and soul when attempting to obtain complete health, as they are equal partners with your body in determining your welfare. Ayurveda teaches you how to live in both society and the natural universe without disturbing the natural balance, and how to live in harmony with each other and the Earth.
The course enables you to educate your clients about the benefits of Ayurvedic lifestyle and healing therapies. You can also add value to your existent professional practice through counseling and providing appropriate Ayurvedic remedies to common health problems.
Basics Principles of Ayurveda – Part I
In the first week, you will acquire knowledge about the basic principles and concepts of Ayurveda. Ayurveda is a science that teaches you to live in a natural balance. This natural balance is not only limited to proper internal functioning of your body, but also means a balanced relationship with the Earth and with your fellow human beings. In this module, you will be introduced to unique theories of Ayurveda such as the Five Element Theory (panchamahabhutas), The Biological Energies (doshas) theory, and the concept of Prakriti or constitution.
Basic Principles of Ayurveda – Part II
Then you will learn the different aspects of health from an Ayurvedic perspective. In Ayurveda, food (ahaara) is the prime preventive medicine. Proper diet and eating habits are considered the source of both physical and mental health. You can not only maximize your health through the application of dietary guidelines, but also treat sickness. Once you understand the properties of various foods and herbs, you can apply these principles to your daily diet as well as on those occasions when you feel unwell. Learn in detail about diet, digestion, and metabolism in this module.
Causes and types of Disease
According to Ayurveda, health is a state when all the physical systems and functions are balanced, and the soul and mind are peaceful and stable. The body enjoys a situation where it has high immunity, strength, and resistance to disease. When a component of our body or internal systems (dosas, dhatus, mala, indriyas, jatharagni) is in an unbalanced state, the environment for disease is established. Learn about the different causative factors and types of diseases expounded in Ayurveda.
Diagnostic and Clinical Methods of Ayurveda
You will be introduced to the diagnostic and clinical methods employed in Ayurveda. The basis of Ayurvedic healing is a personal relationship with, and compassion for, the patient. Healing is not possible without this personal connection between the patient and doctor. During treatment, the physician develops an intimate understanding of every aspect of the person’s physical, psychological and emotional nature to make an accurate diagnosis. The patient is treated with dignity, as a unique individual who has the ability to recuperate fully with caring support.
Ayurveda has two complementary aims: to maintain the health of those who are well, and to cure diseases of those who are sick. For the cure of diseases, Ayurveda applies various therapies such as Shamana (palliative therapy), Shodhana (purificatory therapy), Sattvavajaya (mind therapy), and others. For the maintenance of a healthy body and mind, Ayurveda employs the practices of Dinacharya (daily health regimen), Ritucharya (seasonal regimen), and Sadvritta (behavioural principles). Next this week, you will learn about Ayurvedic preventive medicine, and how a proper diet and lifestyle helps keep the body and mind clean and stable.
Sattvic diet and Ayurvedic cooking
According to Ayurveda, eating sattvic food and practicing a sattvic lifestyle is the best preventive medicine. Sattvic food is fresh, pure and vegetarian. Regular use of sattvic food items helps prevent disease and maintain good physical, mental, and spiritual health. In the sixth week, you will be introduced to the concept of Sattvic food and learn the different aspects of Ayurvedic cooking.
Cooking an Ayurvedic meal is a challenge in itself. Ayurveda does not view the process of cooking as separate from that of digestion and nutrition. That is why Ayurveda always recommends an eating sequence. The focus is on easier digestion and the body’s capability of extracting the nutritional essence of the consumed food.
Like sattvic dietary considerations, mind balance and sattvic qualities can be enhanced with activities that are sattvic in nature. Sattvic lifestyles not only benefit the individual, but also contribute to a more peaceful and productive community. Having a balanced, calm and gentle approach to life is positive for both physical and mental health and only involves a change in attitude. It involves being kind to your body and mind, through balanced and ethical behaviour.
Sattvic activities are calming, quiet, inspiring and mentally invigorating. They may include meditation, yoga or other forms of gentle exercise, and creative or artistic pursuits. Learn more about ways to lead a Sattvic lifestyle and its immense benefits, in the seventh week of this program.
Home remedies and Common useful herbs
Finally you will learn about simple herbal remedies to deal with common health problems. Home remedies can have amazing results. In some countries it is difficult to obtain traditional Ayurvedic formulae, as mentioned in the ancient texts. But Ayurveda is not limited to these herbal compounds. The basic principles of Ayurveda can be applied in any part of the world, through using herbs and foods that are commonly available and prepared in your own kitchen.
A few points in the course outline seemed rather similar to TCM, including the Five Elements, concept of individual constitutions, and pulse and tongue diagnosis. Looks great, though! But no price. So I’ll need to find out more information, including especially starting date!
Image Credit: Jiva.com, for their ayur-tour program; different from the fulltime course