Ayurveda Wellness Counselor Program


With James Bailey, LAc, Dipl OM, Dipl Ayu, ERYT500
Sevanti Institute Founder
Dates: October 23-28 and November 13-18, 2018


$2,675.00 ($2,975 after early bird deadline)

Free Info Session Recording: July 7, 2018

Join us for this free live INFO SESSION with James Bailey. SUPER helpful info on the program will be presented as well as how this program applies to the new AHC certification through NAMA.

Level 1 Ayurveda Foundation Program Description

For: ANYONE looking to refine personal and family wellness, and for those looking to pursue a career as an Ayurveda Wellness Counselor. Ideal for yoga teachers, teacher trainees, acupuncturists, nutritionists, massage therapists, and other allied health professionals.
In this 200-hour Level 1 training you will:

  • Begin the journey to becoming a certified Ayurveda Wellness Counselor (AWC) as well as a NAMA recognized Ayurveda Health Counselor (C-AHC)
  • Acquire the skills needed to conduct traditional Ayurveda assessments for private clients
  • Learn to conduct professional level dosha assessments and pulse analysis
  • Learn to apply Ayurveda lifestyle, nutritional, cleansing, herbology and oil therapies
  • Be prepared to teach yoga with a deeper understanding of Ayurveda in asana practice
  • Qualify to advance to the Level 2 AWCP Advanced Certification Program

Level 1 Core Modules:

AWCP Foundation Training: open to anyone interested in learning about Ayurveda wellness for self care and family wellness; taught in five core sections AWC 1-5. The first four of the core modules, AWC 1-4 are offered at the host yoga school, while the fifth optional module, AWC 5, involves personal assessments to be done at home with one case report. The sixth module, AWC 6, is an optional trip to India to experience personal healing work and first hand how Ayurveda is practiced there.

Module AWC 1: Principles of Ayurveda Wellness | 30 hrs
This principles course will explore the working theories of Ayurveda, but particularly the lifestyle inner teachings of Ayurveda as a grounding for those living a yogic life. The fundamentals of the Vedic 5 Element and Tridosha Theories will be used throughout the preceding courses. The focus of this course is enlightened self knowledge and self care (swasthavritta), self study, yogic lifestyle and yoga teachers as healing resources, pure sattvic living, living true to ourselves (sadvritta), and the uniqueness of our own constitutional nature (prakriti).

Module AWC 2: Ayurveda Wellness Methods | 30 hrs
Many of the wellness methods taught in the AWC 2 section are considered routine lifestyle practices in yogic and ayurvedic life. Efficacy of these methods lay in making them authentic, ie customized, to the individual’s unique constitution (prakriti) and condition (vikriti). The course will focus on the healing modalities that are shared between the ayurveda wellness counselor and client. These include lifestyle counseling, nutrition, basic herbology and use of culinary spices for healing, topical oil therapies, and how to create a customized ayurveda cleanse for each client. Our bodies are designed by nature to heal on their own, they have the built in intelligence to do so, and a set of instructions to guide the process, known as svabhavoparamavadha. Healing results lay in the objective assessment of truth, the authenticity of our healing needs, and embracing the matter of factness of change. These are the tools of our healing work.

Module AWC 3: Ayurveda Wellness Assessment Theory and Practice | 30 hrs
This course will cover assessment theory and practice from the Swasthavritta tradition of ayurveda. Students will learn how to measure each of the dosha’s dynamic movements through another’s bodymind, what signs and symptoms reflect their presence, and the deduction of doshic patterns. Basic pulse, tongue and tissue analysis will be covered. This is the most practical aspect of counseling, where students will determine the appropriate method of healing, as taught in AWC 2. Students will practice all assessment methods on themselves and other students in small groups. This material is the heart of the assessment skills that generates deep insights into the workings of life and life force (prana) from the ayurvedic perspective.

Module AWC 4: Ayurveda Wellness Counseling Practicum | 30 hrs
In the AWC 4 practicum we will learn the intake and interpersonal skills used in conducting an Ayurveda wellness assessment. We will conduct three traditional Ayurvedic assessments on volunteer clients who will share their lives and stories with the class. Under the guidance of Ayurveda practitioner, James Bailey, the group will collectively assess each client’s doshic constitution and conditional imbalances. Live time analysis of each client’s condition and health patterns will be demonstrated. Lifestyle and wellness methods will be recommended by the teacher and group. Afterwards, Q&A time will be allowed for each assessment to clarify questions and ambiguities in the assessment process. Rapport building and business management skills will be explored. We’ll also look at yoga asana classroom dynamics for patterns that effect the doshas of individuals in the room.

Skills Taught Include:

Constitutional (prakriti) and conditional (vikriti) dosha assessment | pulse and tongue analysis | simple tissue analysis | ayurveda nutritional therapy | cleanse management | functional herbology | oil therapies | lifestyle counseling | subtle therapies | ayurveda in asana practice | client rapport | ayurveda psychology | business management

Level 1 Elective Modules:

Module AWC 5: Early Practice Case Report and Supervision | 30-hrs:
this module is required of all students planning to practice Ayurveda Wellness Counseling on friends and family prior to NAMA recognition. Sevanti Institute supports early practice as an important part of experiential learning in preparation for NAMA exam. To earn your AWCP Level 1, all students must conduct 1-3 Private Ayurvedic Assessments and write 1 case report on your most interesting case, 8-10 pages (guidelines included). Students not planning to practice or take Level 2 training are not required to do the Case Report.

Module AWC 6: The Journey to India Retreat | 50-hrs
with James Bailey and guest yoga teacher Tanya Boigenzahn
February 1-12, 2019 – 50 hrs credit
Optional, but highly encouraged (additional expense)

Total AWCP Level 1 hours: 200 hrs (120 hrs Modules AWC 1-4 in classroom + optional 30 hrs Module AWC 5 Case Report + optional 50 hrs Module AWC 6 Ayurveda India Tour)

AWCP Course Description

The Level 1 training being offered is the first of three program levels that make up the Ayurveda Wellness Counselor Program (AWCP). The AWCP is a three tiered approach to Ayurveda wellness education. Three levels of training for three levels of commitment. Join us for self and family wellness, deeper life insights, or to become a board certified Ayurveda Health Counselor (C-AHC) recognized by the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA). The familiar yoga classroom style of teaching the art of Ayurveda Wellness is intuitive, socially active, cost effective, NAMA recognized, and fun.

AWCP trainings are divided into the following three program levels:

(1) Level 1 Ayurveda Foundation Program:

Level 1 is open to all as a lifestyle immersion into the Ayurvedic view of life, health, and healing. Level 1 begins the journey of healing others with the journey of healing ourselves, our families, and those closest to us. Taught in two 6-day sessions. For ambitious students interested in starting a personal counseling practice before completing Level 2, one case assessment is required, done at home, with one 8-10 pg case report to be turned in. There is also an optional trip to India to experience personal healing work and first hand experience of how Ayurveda is practiced there.

Hours of training: Core Required Courses 120-hrs + Elective Courses 80-hrs

(2) Level 2 Advanced Certification Program:

The Level 2 Advanced Certification Program will take the foundation trainings deeper into the world of advanced Ayurveda pathology, diagnostics, clinical studies, and counseling methodologies. Advanced weekend modules are offered live with online opportunities. Level 2 provides the traditional clinical skills, client assessment and wellness management skills needed to practice effectively and professionally. These are professional trainings, offering the skills required to become a certified Ayurveda Health Counselor (C-AHC) recognized by the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA). Graduates will qualify to conduct traditional Ayurvedic assessments and prescribe the customized lifestyle and nutritional remedies needed to balance and heal the unique lives of their clients.

Hours of training: Core Required Courses 300-hrs + Elective Courses 200-hrs

(3) Level 3 Clinical Supervision Program:

The Level 3 Clinical Supervision Program is an essential step to refining the practice of Ayurveda wellness counseling. Learn from faculty members with years of experience, as well as from your peers. Clinical supervision offers valuable insights into your work as a counselor, helping you to improve your capacity to assess Ayurveda doshic patterns and to offer the most effective treatment strategies to support your clients. The National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA) requires 50 hours of clinical supervision as part of the educational requirements for C-AHC board recognition and practice competency. Level 3 group and individual supervision programs will be offered via Skype, teleconferencing, and webinars.

Hours of training: Core Required Courses 80-hrs + Elective Courses 60-hrs

Go to the Sevanti Institute website for more details

About the Teacher

James Bailey inspires an awakening to authenticity as the highest expression of faith in oneself on the path of yoga and healing. He is sought out by yoga schools for his vast knowledge in traditional eastern teachings and modalities and the gift to bridge them to modern day living and individual healing. He leads retreats to India annually with his Sevanti Adventures. He maintains a private practice in Pacific Palisades, CA between his travels. For more information on James’ teachings and India trips, please visit www.sevantiadventures.com and www.sevantiinstitute.com.


Referral Discount: Enrolled students may receive a 15% Referral Discount for every referral a student registers into the program. Unlimited!
Early bird discounts: see above

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