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Ayurveda Educator

Online Only


The Ayurveda Educator (AE) online program prepares students to educate clients on appropriate diet and lifestyle choices. Ayurvedic Educators motivate, educate, and support students in learning the importance of Ayurvedic practices in their daily lives. This 378 hour program is delivered fully online. Total program length is 6 months.

Why study at Mount Madonna Institute?

  • Accredited by WASC
  • BAMS & MA-Ayurveda trained faculty
  • Convenient online meeting schedule
  • Small class sizes allow students to interact with faculty
  • Payment plans to facilitate tuition

What You Will Learn

Classical Ayurvedic Knowledge

  • Ayurvedic Nutrition and Herbology
  • Ayurvedic Psychology
  • Women’s and Children’s Health
  • Ayurvedic Anatomy, Physiology and Biology
  • Ethics, Counseling, and Western Interface
  • Ayurvedic Therapies
  • Yoga and Meditation
  • Sanskrit
  • Jyotish: Vedic Astrology

What you can do

Motivate, educate, and support clients

  • Lead workshops
  • Teach in Yoga Teacher Training programs
  • Offer Ayurvedic bodywork in your massage practice
  • Integrate Ayurveda into yoga instruction
  • Develop products
  • Write books on Ayurveda

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More Information

Contact the Admissions Counselor for questions and enrollment assistance via email or phone.

Ayurveda Educator

Sample Monthly Schedule (Subject to Change)

Thursday Evening
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm Integration 2 hr
Friday – Sunday
7:00 am - 8:30 am Yoga 1.5 hr
9:30 am - 12:30 pm Lecture / Integration 3 hr
1:30 pm - 5:30 pm Lecture / Integration 4 hr
Tuesday Evenings
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Lecture / Integration 2 hr
*Pacific Time Zone

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  • Each extended weekend module is offered online from Thursday 5:00 pm PT through Sunday 5:30 pm PT with Friday and Saturday evenings off. Modules include yoga and coursework.
  • Classes also meet weekly online on Tuesday nights from 5:00-7:00 pm.
  • Sanskrit meets monthly on Thursday night from 5:00-7:00 pm PT.

Where Your Certificate can lead you

Ayurvedic Health Counselor

6 months of online (only) coursework plus 2 ten-day in-person Clinic/Integration modules over the next 6 months.

Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy

The Ayurvedic Educator program and the Advanced Yoga Studies (YTT 300) plus a 6-month integration followed
by a year of clinical practice.

AE Tuition & Fees

Academic Year 2024

Ayurveda Educator (AE)

Tuition Cost Only
Application Fee*
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*Application fee is non-refundable

Studying Affordably

Financial Aid Opportunities

  • Scholarship: Check the scholarship box on your AHC application.
  • Payment Plans: Available to all students. Talk to an admissions counselor for more information!

Ayurveda Faculty & Staff

rucha kelkar

Rucha Kelkar,
D.P.T., B.A.M.S.

kate bentley

Kate Bentley,

yashashree mannur

Yashashree Mannur,

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Course Descriptions

Yoga & Meditation

Course No. AY 100 Prerequisites: None
This course introduces the practice of yoga. Students are required to learn and perform yoga postures, breathing practices, and meditation practices. This course is taken concurrently with AY 101, AY 102, AY 103, AY 104, AY 105, AY 106, AY 107, AY 109, AY 111, AY 112, AY 113, AY 115, AY 130, AY 150.

Introduction to Ayurveda Course

No. AY 101
Description: This course introduces students to the 5,000-year-old tradition of Ayurveda, its aims and objectives, basic principles, concepts of health and disease, methods of examining patients, and treatment methods. Students gain a solid foundation in the science, history, and philosophy of Ayurveda.

They are introduced to the concepts of individual nature and dosha imbalance as the basis for diagnosis of health and disease, as well as the five-element theory.

Ayurvedic Anatomy & Physiology

Course No. AY 102
Description: This course examines the disease process in Ayurvedic medicine, including Ayurvedic anatomy and physiology, the cause of disease, the stages of disease, formation of tissues, and classification of disease. Students learn the process of constitutional analysis.

Ayurvedic Lifestyle Management

Course No. AY 103
Description: This course introduces the student to Ayurvedic recommendations for creating healthy lifestyles, daily and seasonal routines, yogic cleansing practices, and self-care. Students also learn therapies focusing on the five senses.

Yoga & Ayurveda

Course No. AY 104
Description: This course teaches yoga philosophy and practice and its benefits in health and disease prevention. Students learn the Ayurvedic effects of different styles of yoga practice, yogic cleansing for disease prevention, and meditation and breathing practices to restore healthy balance to mind and body.

Ayurvedic Nutrition

Course No. AY 105
Description: This course introduces the principles of Ayurvedic nutrition and digestion. Students will learn the use of diet and nutrition programs in health and disease, individual guidelines for diet, and a balanced diet for the seasons, while exploring the Ayurvedic approach to the energetics of food.

Ayurvedic Psychology (Ayurveda & the Mind)

Course No. AY 106
Description: This course introduces the student to the energetics of consciousness, the Ayurvedic description of the mind, and therapies to support the mind. Fundamental concepts of manas, prakruti and vikruti, the effects of sensory input on the mind, and approaches to managing mental health are explored.

Ayurvedic Herbology I

Course No. AY 107
Description: This course continues to study nutrition and introduces the traditional use of herbs in Ayurvedic medicine. Students learn the therapeutic use of food and spices, using food as medicine. The course introduces Ayurvedic foods to balance the doshas and maintain health.

Students will study Ayurvedic herbal philosophy and practices, the Herbal Materia Medica, and the terminology of herbal actions. They begin to understand the use of Ayurvedic herbs to restore physical and psychological balance.

Ayurvedic Assessment

Course No. AY 109
Description: Students are introduced to modes of diagnosis including pulse reading, tongue diagnosis, face-analysis, assessing the mental state, and dhatus, malas and srotamsi. Students practice these modes during outside assignments, practicum and clinic.

Western Interface

Course No. AY111
Description: This course offers the opportunity to explore the interface between Ayurveda and allopathic medicine, helps students understand healthy client practitioner relationships and boundaries, and clarifies scope of practice and the code of ethics for all Ayurvedic Health Counselors.

Ayurvedic Therapies

Course No. AY 112
Description: The theory of Pancha Karma cleansing techniques and Five-Sense Therapy will be introduced. This course explores the Ayurvedic rejuvenation process called Rasayana. Students will learn strategies for Rasayana using herbs, diet, and nutritional support with the goal of slowing or reversing excessive aging, building immune strength, and preventing disease.

This course offers an introductory view of Ayurvedic anatomy of the ear, nose, throat, and neck. This cursory understanding of the head and neck region allows students to study and address common disorders of the head and neck through diet and bodywork recommendations.

Women’s Health, Pre & Post Natal, Pediatrics

Course No. AY 113
This course introduces students to the foundations of women’s health including fertility, menstrual cycle, and menopause, offering recommendations to support imbalances. The course also covers Ayurvedic recommendations for supporting healthy conception, prenatal and postnatal care for expectant mothers, and care for young children.

Ethics and Professional Practices

Course No. AY 115
This course examines the Mount Madonna Code of Ethics as it applies to Ayurvedic Practitioners. Students are introduced to counseling practices as they pertain to client interactions and goal setting. Students explore the business skills involved in setting up and sustaining a professional practice. Topics include marketing, finance, and legal considerations.

Jyotish – Vedic Astrology

Course No. AY 116
Description: Students are introduced to the subtle sister science of Ayurveda, Jyotish (Vedic astrology). Students learn the fundamental concepts of Jyotish, how it can complement client care, and when clients may be referred to an experienced Jyotish practitioner.


Course No. AY 130
Description: This course introduces the student to the ancient Vedic language of Sanskrit. Students learn to read, write, and chant Sanskrit. This course is taken concurrently with AY 100, AY 101, AY 102, AY 103, AY 104, AY 105, AY 106, AY 107, AY 109, AY 111, AY 112, AY 113, AY 115, AY 150.

Ayurvedic Foundational Integration I

Course No. AY 150
Description: Students spend time integrating the content of the courses of the weekend while engaging in practical applications of the principles covered. This course is taken concurrently with AY 100, AY 101, AY 102, AY 103, AY 104, AY 105, AY 106, AY 107, AY 109, AY 111, AY 112, AY 113, AY 115, AY 130


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