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Foundations of Ayurveda



Get a taste of Ayurveda and decide if you want to continue your education. Foundations comprises the first three months of the Ayurveda Educator program. The courses may be applied towards the Ayurveda Educator (AE) or the Ayurvedic Health Counselor (AHC) certificate programs. Immerse yourself in the ancient wisdom and foundational principles of Ayurvedic medicine.

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
foundations of ayurveda

What you will learn

Classical Ayurvedic Knowledge

  • Yoga and Meditation
  • Sanskrit
  • Ayurvedic Lifestyle Management
  • Ayurvedic Biology
  • Ayurvedic Anatomy and Physiology
  • Ayurvedic Herbology
  • Ayurvedic Nutrition

What you can do

Motivate and Educate

  • Students can attend and complete ‘Pathway to AE/AHC Modules 1-3 in succession, with the option to apply to either the Ayurveda Educator or the full Ayurvedic Health Counselor program at the end of Module 3.
  • Gain the knowledge to move towards higher levels of learning.

2024 DATES


January 18 – 21:
Introduction to Ayurveda (AY 101)
Yoga and Ayurveda (AY 104)


February 15-18:
Ayurvedic Anatomy and Physiology (AY 102)
Ayurvedic Lifestyle Management (AY 103)


March 21-24:
Ayurvedic Nutrition (AY 105)
Ayurvedic Herbology (AY 107)



Catalog 2024


More Information

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

Foundations of Ayurveda

Sample Weekend 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 Course / Integration 3 hr
1:30 pm - 5:30 pm Course / Integration 4 hr
* Pacific Time Zone

Pathway to AE/AHC/AYT

  • Weekend modules include course content and Integration
  • Attend Tuesday night follow up and Integration courses
  • Attend one Sanskrit class a month
  • Complete the coursework and assessments
  • Apply your coursework to an AE, AHC, or AYT Certificate


  • Students must attend and complete modules 1-3 in succession.
  • On the successful completion of module 3, the student may continue into either the Ayurveda Educator or the full Ayurvedic Health Counselor / Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy program.

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Where Foundations can Lead You

Ayurveda Educator

Ayurvedic Health Counselor

Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy

FA Tuition & Fees

Academic Year 2024


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*Application fee is non-refundable

Studying Affordably

Financial Aid opportunities for your education

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

rucha kelkar

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

kate bentley

Kate Bentley,

nick fortino

Nick Fortino,

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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 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.


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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