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Ayurvedic Health Counselor (AHC) – Next Session Starts in April 2024

Program Description and AHC Scope of Practice

The Ayurvedic Health Counselor program provides students with a theoretical and practical understanding of fundamental Ayurvedic concepts. Ayurvedic Health Counselors are competent in health promotion and disease prevention. They utilize the principles of Ayurvedic medicine to create diet and lifestyle recommendations according to their assessment of the client’s Ayurvedic constitution and imbalances, state of the doṣas, agni (metabolism), dhātus (tissues), malas (waste products), and manas (mind). They educate, motivate and counsel clients in order to support them to be successful in implementing the principles of Ayurveda into their lives. Ayurvedic Counselors refer clients whose disease state is beyond the third stage to Ayurvedic Practitioners or Ayurvedic Doctors.

Class Schedule 2024 School Year

Class Days and Times

  • Enrollment period:
  • Starting and finishing dates for weekly live online classes:
  • Finishing date for in-person internship and all other requirements:

Online Classes

  • The first class is
  • All subsequent weekly classes are online on Wednesdays from 6-9pm Central, excluding holidays. 

In-Person Clinical Internship in San Antonio, Texas

Deadline to finish all AHC requirements including the coursework, Anatomy and Physiology and the internship :

AHC Curriculum 

MODULE 1

History, Philosophy and Language of Ayurveda

History of Ayurveda, Eight branches of Ayurveda, the Four Vedas, Three Early Ayurvedic texts, Classical Texts 
Ṣad Darśana – Six Schools of Indian Philosophy
Introduction to Sanskrit
The Four Puruṣārthas (Aims of Life), Three Pillars of Life, Three Causes of Disease

MODULE 2

Bhūtavidyā / Manovijñāna – Ayurveda and the Body- Mind – Soul

Ayurveda and Yoga – Concepts of the Body, Mind and Spirit: Sthūlaśarīra – the Physical Body, Sūkṣma / Liṅgaśarīra – the Subtle/Astral Body, Kāraṇaśarīra – the Causal/Karmic Body
Manas Prakṛti and Vikṛti The Mahāguṇas – Sattva, Rajas, and Tamas, Three Subdoṣas of the Physical Mind (Cognition) – Prāṇa Vāyu, Sādhaka Pitta, Tarpaka Kapha
Prāṇa (vital energy), Tejas (radiance) and Ojas (essence of life) Vijñanam
The Three Methods of Manasika Cikitsā (Treatment of the Mind)

MODULE 3

Mahābhūtas, Guṇas, Doṣas, Prakṛti, Vikṛti, Subdoṣas – Ayurvedic Anatomy and Physiology

Pañca Mahābhūtas – 5 Elements; 3 Doṣas; Gurvādi guṇas – Ten Pairs of Opposing Qualities; Deha Prakṛti – Long-Term Physical State of Health; Short-Term Physical State of Health; Clinical Vikṛti – Significant Symptoms
Subdoṣa Introduction; Vāta Subdoṣas
Pitta Subdoṣas; Kapha Subdoṣas
Prakṛti, Vikṛti, Subdoṣa Practicum

MODULE 4A

Agni, Āma, 3 Malas – Digestive Fire, Toxic Residue, Waste Products

Agni – The Digestive Fire
Āma – Toxins; Three Main Malas – Waste Products
Agni, Āma and the 3 Malas Practicum

MODULE 4B

Saptadhātus – The Seven Tissues

The Dhātus – The Seven Tissues 
Dhātu and Mala Vijñanam; Dhātus Practicum

MODULE 5

Srotāṃsi / Srotasas / Channels

Srotasas / Srotāṃsi / Channels
Sroto Vijñanam: Disorders of the Bodily Channels
Srotasas Practicum

MODULE 6

Āhāra – Diet / Nutrition 

Dravyaguṇa Vijñāna, Ṣad Rasa – 6 Tastes; Rasa, Vīrya, Vipāka, Prabhāva
Āhāra (Diet) / Ayurvedic Cooking
Āyurvedic dietetic rules; Eating with the Seasons
Food Sādhana (Rituals of Eating); The microbiome: Pre and Probiotics 

MODULE 7

Auśadha / Bheṣaja – Medicine / Herbs / Spices / Minerals

Introduction to Ayurvedic herbalism: year one herbs; Herbal Rasa, Vīrya, Vipāka, Prabhāva; Herbal Actions
Dose, Herb Sourcing, Sustainability, Safety, Herb-Drug Interaction, etc.
Vāta, Pitta and Kapha Tea Blends and Spice Mixes 
Herb Practicum

MODULE 8

Nidāna Pañchakam, Śad Kryākāla / Saṁprāpti, Vyādhi / Roga – Five Clinical Barometers, Six Stages of Pathogenesis, Disease

Śad Kryākāla / Saṁprāpti; Vyadhi/roga Marga
Nidāna Pañcakam – The Five Clinical Barometers
Trividha Parīkṣā – Three-fold diagnostic method; Daśa Vidha Parīkṣā Tenfold diagnostic methodology; Vital Signs
Aṣṭavidha Parīkṣā – Eight-fold Diagnostic Method

MODULE 9

Cikitsā, Vihāra – Treatment / Therapy, Sacred Lifestyle

Dvididhopakramaṇīya – Laṅghanabṛṁhaṇīya – Two Kinds of Therapies Part I – Śamana – Doṣa Pacification 
Dvididhopakramaṇīya – Laṅghanabṛṁhaṇīya – Two Kinds of Therapies Part II Rasāyana Vājīkaraṇa Cikistsā – Tonification and Rejuvenation
Vihāra Chikitsā – Dinacaryā – Daily Routines, Ṛtucaryā – Seasonal Routines
Intelligent Management of Energy: Sleep, Sex, Exercise, Five Senses, Work-Life Balance, Money / Finances

MODULE 10

5 Sense Therapies

Introduction to Cikitsā for the Jñānendriya (5 Sensory Organs) / Ūrdhvāñga Cikitsā / Śalakya Tantra ENT – Oral Hygiene, Care for Eyes, Ears, Mouth, Nose and Skin
Touch Therapy: Skincare, Massage Marma Therapy
Aromatherapy
Sound Therapy – Mantra, Meditation
Visual Therapy – Color, Gems, Yantra

MODULE 11

Introduction to Prasūti Tantra, Kaumārabhṛtya – Obstetrics and Pediatrics

Introduction to Prasuti – Obstetrics / Āyurvedic Preconception
Āyurvedic Pregnancy and Postpartum
Introduction to Kaumārabhṛtya / Bālacikitsā – Pediatrics / Children’s Health
Yoga Cikitsā – Yoga Therapy Part I

MODULE 12

Yoga / Tantra, Jyotiṣa – Ayurvedic Astrology

Vāstuśāstra – Architectural Science 

Yoga Therapy Part II; Tantra 
Jyotiṣa – Ayurvedic Astrology
Vāstuśāstra – Architectural Science

AHC Internship

Click here for the internship details.

The AHC Internship happens concurrently with the regular school year and may last up to one year (3/31/25) after the completion of the AHC coursework. If all AHC requirements (internship, anatomy and physiology and all Canvas assignments) are not completed by said date, the intern must pay a $1,000.00 extension fee for an additional 6 months to complete the requirements. Studies may not be continued after the 6-months extension (9/30/25)

Anatomy and Physiology Pre/Corequisite

AHC Students must fulfill at least four credits of a college-level Anatomy and Physiology pre/corequisite in order to obtain certification. The due date for completion is the same for the internship (3/21/25). Refer to this document for options for fulfilling this requirement.

National Ayurvedic Medical Association Certification Board AHC Exam

For students on the NAMA track, there is an AHC board exam. The cost for registration for the AHC board exam is $375. For more information, visit the National Ayurvedic Medical Association Certification Board (NAMACB) Website. Completion of the NAMACB AHC board exam, although highly encouraged, is not required by the Radiant Living Academy of Āyurveda in order to graduate.   

AHC Tuition and Fees for Textbooks, etc. 

  1. Full tuition is $5,000 and must be paid in monthly installments (at no monthly interest charge). An initial payment of $600 must be received via Venmo, Zelle, check or money order at least five days prior to the first scheduled class (). 11 remaining payments of $400 will be assessed on the first of the month using the card on file.

There is a discount for the quarterly plan or one full tuition payment.

  1. Quarterly Tuition Plan – 5% Discount: An initial payment of $1,150 must be received via Venmo, Zelle, bank transfer, check or money order at least five days prior to the first scheduled class ().  Three remaining quarterly payments of $1,200 will be assessed to the card on file on the first of the month of each quarter (). Total Tuition: $4,750 (at no monthly interest charge).

Full Tuition Upfront10% Discount: A full payment of $4,500 must be received via Venmo, Zelle, bank transfer, check or money order at least five days prior to the first scheduled class ().

Estimated Fee for the in-person internship for students in the NAMA-recognized professional level Ayurvedic Health Counselor program: $1,950 per 11-day intensive. Travel is not included in this fee. Room and board may or may not be included depending on the number of attendees and venue.

Textbook and Other Fees

Students are required to purchase their textbooks. The estimated cost is $400. Purchase books and other supplies from any available store or online vendor. Click here for links to the correct editions of the classical texts. Radiant Living provides digital lecture notes, slides, worksheets, quizzes, exams and the internship forms via Google Drive and Canvas. Students should plan accordingly for additional costs related to their studies, including an internet connection, computer, travel, accommodations, etc. 

Anatomy and Physiology Class Estimated Fee$350

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