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Ayurvedic diet : an individual approach

Ayurveda has always had an individualized approach to nutrition. Fine out how you structure your diet to fit your constitution. One of the fundamental ideas in Ayurveda is that your body is intelligent and seeks health if you support it through good habits. Additionally, health is defined as a dynamic state – not just the absence of disease as in modern medicine. The idea in Ayurvedic nutrition is that health can be increased not just maintained through right lifestyle and diet. Thus, an Ayurvedic diet is an individualized approach that brings a dynamic state of being.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Offering e-learning training’s on Ayurveda since 2010 - we are currently teaching our 8th year in this medium.

Question - I live in Timbuktu is it still possible to study with you?

Yes, it is. Two years ago (2014 - 2015) I had students from the following countries: Australia, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Ireland, Malaysia, Spain, The Netherlands, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, UK, USA. This year (2015 - 2016) is roughly the same: Australia, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Denmark, Malaysia, Spain, The Netherlands, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, UK, USA. Sometimes the internet was not the best and students sometimes missed a lesson - but everything is recorded so everyone was able to catch-up.

Question - Is there any option to study Ayurveda in India after the E-Learning course?

Yes. The E-Learning Part One course is only one third of the program. The clinical studies program run by the world famous Dr Sunil V. Joshi in Nagpur, India and is a unique possibility to complete your study of Ayurveda with a practical internship as Part Two.

This Part Two of our program is offered every summer. The next program will be in August 2017.

Question - Is there any option to study Ayurveda diagnosis and treatment protocols after the Part One E-Learning course?

Yes, we also offer extended internship in Part Three Herbal Medicine studies that review clinical protocols before using herbs to treat the Dosha that is causing the disorder. This program is taught on-line through e-learning.

Question - Why are the registration fees non-refundable?

All of our courses are limited in numbers, if you registered you are committing to follow the program for one year. If you have a doubt about doing the program it is better not to register. Communicate with us through the contact form on this website. For India, Dr. Joshi blocks his clinic in Nagpur, India for this program. He is willing to commit his staff and clinic to train students, therefore, we also ask an equal commitment from serious students who want to learn authentic Ayurveda from one of the world’s top medical experts.

Question - Is this course accredited by any Complementary Medical Institutes, or professional associations?

Ayurveda while very old is still quite new in the UK & USA. Therefore, we are looking for an appropriate institute to accredit this course in the UK. Any progress in this field will be posted on this website. In the USA this course of 750 hours exceeds the requirements of NAMA. Note that at the end of 2016 NAMA is in the process of changing their requirements. In Switzerland our programs are accredited by ASCA (Swiss Foundation for Complementary Medicine) since 2006. This allows students to certified and recognized by the government and insurance companies in most EU states (additional study in Western Anatomy & Physiology, first aid, etc. may be required).

Question - When does the course start?

Every year in September for Parts 1 & 3 See details here.

Question - Does this course include Western Bio Medical Studies like Anatomy and Physiology?

No. This course covers only Ayurvedic Anatomy which is different to Western Bio Medical Studies, this being said there are a number of presentations that give information on Western anatomy.

Question - Is it possible to only complete the first half of the training? Only the E-learning part without going to India?

Yes, it is possible to only do the first part of the program. We encourage all students to go to the second half of the program for study in India. Be aware that we are only giving out diplomas to students who have finished both parts of the program (see here, 2nd to last paragraph) - including the exams and required work. Our school is NOT easy, even if we make it as easy as possible.

Question - Will I be able to get insurance for to practice after doing this course?

If you are already a therapist, please check this before starting the course, with your current insurance company. You can provide them the description of the course as described on this website. If you are not already a therapist then please consult with insurance companies which specialize in complementary therapies. Once you are registered and learning with us we have documents prepared for insurance companies. We do not give out this information to general public. If you are in Europe most countries accept ASCA school certification.

Question - I would appreciate it if you could inform me of the governing body and certification of the award that is associated to this course.

As Ayurveda is not recognized as an official health care system in the Western countries (Europe, USA, etc.) it is hard to get accrediting. For the 20+ years that Ayurveda has been taught in the USA and the 15+ years that it has been taught in Europe there is still no standardization on norms that define Ayurveda as practiced in the West as a healthcare system. For example there is a university course on Ayurveda in the UK that teaches all about Ayurveda, but not how to practice it as a health care system. Our course is practical based but there is no accrediting body (see the previous question on insurance which also apply’s here).

This course is purely an Ayurvedic training with no bio-medical studies or Western anatomy. The graduates will be qualified as “Ayurvedic Health Care Educators” to the extent allowed by their existing health care licenses and local state or countries laws. This program has been prepared in coordination with norms established by NAMA in the USA and the three current professional associations for Ayurveda in Germany, Switzerland and Italy in Europe.

On completion of the 750 hour course including all exams, written and practical, a diploma jointly signed by the Vinayak Panchakarma Chikitsalaya and the European Institutes of Vedic Studies will be issued to the student.

Question - Does this course qualify me to become a practitioner in Ayurvedic medicine?

No. See this page of definitions (click here). However, this course will allow you to integrate Ayurveda into your current practice if you already are trained as health care practitioner. If you are not already a therapist then this course will allow you to safely apply Ayurvedic therapies as a therapist when the Indian clinical studies are finished in India with Dr Joshi.

Question - I´ve read your FAQ on web page, and I am a little bit confused; this was the question on the web site, "Does this course qualify me to become a practitioner in Ayurvedic medicine?" and the answer was no. But then someone else asked; "Will I be able to do any diagnosis work or therapy?" and the answer was: "Yes and Yes, All the courses we teach at EIVS are practical and based on teaching the student to PRACTICE Ayurveda."

It is confusing because we do actually try to teach students to be a highly qualified Ayurvedic practitioners. We cannot say this for several reasons:

1) Ayurveda is not legally recognized in any Western country at the moment. Even though some countries have educational programs for Ayurveda these schools teach people "about" Ayurveda, not how to practice it.

2) each country has different laws. As we are international we cannot make the claim that any student completing our course will be certified in their location.

Question - Will EIVS also start an Ayurvedic Practitioner training including herbs in the near future?

Yes, this program has been running since September 2014. See Part Three of the e-learning program or click here.

Question - Is this your (and the advisory/teacher group’s) first year doing an e-learning environment?

No, we are currently our 7th year and everyone is very happy with the course. I can be too direct or too funny, but other than this the students are very happy. See here their comments.

Question - Is there video and audio interaction in the online courses or strictly audio?

there is everything, forums, videos, whistles and bells! As of 2011 we added more bells and whistles :)

Question - You’re probably aware of the rapidly changing health care system in our country (USA). Are you and your staff aware of and have any experience to help assist new practitioners like myself in preparing for providing alternative care in a country that will be providing free traditional health care within four years?

Yes we have been helping our students since 1998 integrate into a professional practice, this of course needs to be reviewed as laws change. This is an unknown for the USA right now - of course we are in it for the long haul so we will help if possible. Some schools in the USA do not "permit" or "encourage" students to practice after graduation. Thus the question of helping students integrate into the new health system is a mute point for many schools are not doing that now. We have been doing this since 1998. In France, where I live, there is "free" medical that people pay 1 to 5 euros to have a consultation with a doctor. This does not stop people from booking appointments for Ayurveda with me (Atreya) at 80 to 90 euros an hour as they are not the same service. (Note I moved to Switzerland in 2013 - medical system is different here and people are will to pay for Ayurvedic consultations.)

Question - I would like the actually break down of the 550 class hours. So far I can account for 3 hours per week via live sessions as you mentioned multiplied by the number of weeks in the course. I’d like to know the length of time of the videos, and just the most accurate break down of the time of the course.

This page shows you the breakdown - http://ayurvedicnutrition.com/cours... - there are 160 hours of e-learning with teacher - this is typically like 20 full days of 8 hours of study in a classroom. This is divided up between four forms of media sharing :
- video live - forum live - meetings taught live - plus all recorded material including text (PDF), audio and video
- This means that 3 hours per week are live with Atreya and 2.5 hours are recorded video or audio, this gives you 5.5 "contact" hours with the teachers.
- Look at page: http://ayurvedicnutrition.com/cours... - it tells you that there is a session from Sept to Nov - 12 weeks and a session from Feb to June 17 weeks = 29 weeks of study time total / 5.5 hours X 29 weeks = 159.5 hours

Question - How can I decide what course to choose based on contact teacher hours, or course curriculum?

The real question is that we all use the same names to mean different things. For example, EIVS teaches Ayurvedic Medicine. I have not seen any school in the USA that is teaching more than Ayurvedic Wellness. This is not to say that there is not a school that I am not aware of that is teaching Ayurvedic Medicine. The real question is not even the hours, it is a question of what you are getting for the time you have with the teachers? If you want to learn dosha pathology, or mental pathology just buy books from Dr Lad etc. IT IS THE CLINICAL APPLICATION OF THIS INFORMATION THAT NO-ONE IS TEACHING BECAUSE THEY DO NOT KNOW IT OR THEY DO NOT WANT TO TEACH IT FOR VARIOUS REASONS. I have stated this several times on my website. It is hard for students to know the difference because the terms are the same in all courses. However, medicine is the clinical application of intellectual concepts relating to anatomy, physiology, pathology that result in an intelligent application of treatment. I encourage any student to study with someone else. When you desire that which we offer - clinical application - do our course. Every study you do will only help you go deeper into Ayurveda and it is the subtle concepts that take years to understand.

Question - I want to make sure the E-learning platform works on a Mac as well as PC before I sign up.

Yes, we use both Mac and PC in our office for different tasks. Any computer with DSL connection will work. In the e-learning environment everything is hosted on servers that the students access and that we control. The servers are provided by the companies that offer the e-learning platforms - for example Adobe. This is really a good method because it allows the students to access the information from anywhere, at anytime so long as they have a DSL connection. This offers the most flexibility for the students and allows them to structure their time in a better manner and to use the computer and OS of their choice.

Question - I live in a nice place and am interested in your course, however I am unclear as to what I will be able to do with it once it is completed. Will I be able to do any diagnosis work or therapy?

Yes and Yes, All the courses we teach at EIVS are practical and based on teaching the student to PRACTICE Ayurveda. This course gives the basic knowledge of Ayurveda with the therapeutic application of diet and lifestyle. The 2nd part gives you more knowledge of Ayurveda plus clinical practice for external therapies shown HERE.

Question - Does your institution accept credit from other institutions. I have completed 550 credit hours in distance learning from another school.

Yes of course all the work you have done is of great value. I will just explain a bit the logic of the course we are organizing with Dr Joshi: Basically, Dr Joshi does not want beginners or people who have only done correspondence course study to come to his clinic for practical studies. The Part One of the course trains people who want to go to Nagpur in a more medical manner than is generally taught in the West. Of course there is repetition of the common points of Ayurveda and you have been introduced to the basic concepts of Ayurveda through the courses you have done already. However, our e-learning course is intensive and takes you to a deeper level of of Ayurveda; i.e., the medical side. We have several students this year who have done the same course as you and they are very happy with the course we offer as it goes deeper. Also the e-learning course is live with teachers most of the time and there is a weekly interaction through several different mediums. It is more difficult and intensive than a distance learning course.

You should also be aware that the study you have done is considered "self study" and what we offer is "teacher contact hours" or classroom study hours, plus some "self-study" hours. This is very important because if you have a misunderstanding about something we, your teachers, will catch it and correct it. You cannot go through our course and come out with the misunderstandings most people have through distance learning. There is weekly homework and a weekly quiz that makes it impossible for you to continue on with misunderstandings. And if by some chance you arrive in Nagpur with a wrong concept Dr Joshi will hammer you with Sanskrit until it is pushed out!!!

Question - The main question we get from students that are looking into different schools is about teach contact time.

I am very present for our e-learning students. I feel that we offer more quality time with our students than other schools do with a classic structure. We have students all over the world and some cannot be at our live question and answer (Q&A) sessions each week. This has not posed a problem for students as they send us their questions in the forum and we answer them in detail even if they are asleep on the other side of the world. Our forum is also an inter-active way for us to work with students and for them to interact with each other.

Question - Can we pay in several times for the Part One and the Part Two programs?

NO, we no longer propose a multiple payment plan for study with EIVS. All course fees need to be paid for in advance of the course by the dates indicated above. One of the main reasons for this is that I have physical problems and cannot spend more time behind a computer - there is an explanation here if you want more information.

If you have any other questions, please go to our contact page and send us a message. We will try to respond as soon as we are in the office.

updated 28 November 2016

Application of Ayurvedic Treatments Throughout Life (Volume 5)

Dravyaguna for Westerners (Volume 4)

Clinical Protocols and Treatments in Ayurveda (Volume 3)

Pathology & Diagnosis in Ayurveda (Volume 2)

Anatomy and Physiology in Ayurveda (Volume 1)


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