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Ayurveda Health Counselor CertificationThe Ayurveda Health Counselor certification (AHC) is a 2 year 890 hour program covering all the fundamental principles for the practice of Ayurveda. In year 1 you will be immersed in Ayurveda's medicinal principles and theory. In year 2, students will apply year 1 principles to disease conditions in a clinical setting, learning all the tools you need to work independently with clients.
Ayurvedic Digestive Health Coach CertificationThe Mastering Ayurvedic Digestion & Nutrition (MID) course is the most advanced certification course in Ayurvedic digestive health & wellness. This 500 hour, 12 month program is for those who want specialized knowledge of Ayurvedic nutrition and its approach to gastroenterology / digestive tract pathology. This course has very little overlap with the fundamentals course. This course is typically taken by someone in the health & wellness profession (medical doctor, nurse, yoga teacher, massage, mental health professional), or who has prior professional training in Ayurveda.
Ayurvedic Herbalist CertificationThe Ayurvedic Herbalist - Advanced Strategies, Formulas, & Pharmacology (CAH) course is an advanced course in Ayurvedic herbal treatments - this program will give you unparalleled training in clinical herbal strategies from Ayurveda, Chinese, and Greek Medicine (the roots of Western herbalism). This 500 hour, 12 month program is for those seeking clinical mastery of herbs. This course is typically taken after the health counselor certification course, or by those who are already herbalists.
Panchakarma / Ayurvedic Spa & Marma Point CertificationThe Panchakarma Cleanse Specialist: Ayurvedic Spa, Panchakarma Cleansing, & Advanced Clinical Skills (PKS) course is the an advanced course giving you the practical skills to create a serene Ayurvedic spa, Panchakarma cleanse or retreat center. The course includes a deep dive into marma point therapy and advanced disease from the ancient Ayurvedic texts. You will also learn to decode western medical tests and nutraceuticals with Ayurvedic wisdom. This course is typically taken after the herb course, by those who have received Ayurveda training at another school, or who is already practicing as as a clinician, herbalist, or in TCM, and has been using Ayurveda for a few years.
Ayurvedic Practitioner Level CertificationStudents who complete an Ayurveda Health Counselor Level certification may seek certification at the Ayurveda Practitioner level by completing the following:
Which Certification is Right for You?In many cases, students wish to take all of our certification programs, as there is very little overlap between them. The question then becomes, which is the right course to study first? Many students start with the AHC course. These students want to start their studies with a solid foundation in Ayurvedic theory. After building this foundation, graduates develop a specialized knowledge base in digestion and herbs with MID and CAH.
Other students want to get right to the center of Ayurvedic digestion and nutrition, and choose to specialize with the MID first. They then go on to expand their knowledge base to the rest of the body with the AHC program. A solid argument can be made in both directions, and only you can choose the option that is right for you.
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About the AuthorJohn Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda biocharacteristics. His approach to Ayurveda is clinical, yet exudes an ease which many find enjoyable and insightful. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda, offering professional clinical training in Ayurveda for over 15 years.
John's interest in Ayurveda and specialization in digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, as well as public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.
John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well. Outside of work, John enjoys spending time with his wife and 6 kids, and pursuing his love of theology, philosophy, and language.
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