Immerse yourself in study and practice as a way of integrating the principles of Ayurveda into your personal and professional life.  

This course is an in-depth introduction to the core concepts and fundamental principles of Ayurveda, including its philosophical approach and its practical applications. Understand the history and philosophy of Ayurveda through ancient texts and sanskrit study. Discover the doshas, or constitutional types, and their impact on digestion and lifestyle. Explore pranayama breathing techniques and meditation. Master techniques for cleansing, physical activity, and nutrition to achieve balance and health. Graduates of this program are eligible to continue their studies in the Ayurvedic Health Counselor training.


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2018 Program Dates
March 16–18 · April 20–22 · May 18–20 · June 22–24 · July 20–22 · August 24–26

Course Times
Fridays 7:15–9:15pm · Saturdays 1:30–7:30pm · Sundays 12:30–7:30pm

All sessions take place at Down Under School of Yoga in Newton. 

Weekly Webinars
Tuesday evenings from 7–9pm, March 20–August 14


Under the direction of Kate O'Donnell and Hilary Garivaltis, students in this 200 hour training will be fully immersed in Ayurveda as a way of life while sharing space with a community of like-minded individuals. The training is specifically created for: 

  • Yoga teachers and depth practitioners of yoga interested in deepening their personal practice.
  • Individuals on a professional track in holistic health and wellness.
  • Those interested in improving their health and general well being. 

This is a complete program that may be accepted in many current schools of Ayurveda for those students who are interested in furthering their studies and/or becoming a professional in the field of Ayurveda. 

What you will learn:

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History and Philosophies of Ayurveda (19.5 hours)

Review of the history of Ayurveda and the six perennial philosophies that under pin Ayurveda and Yoga.

Sanskrit overview including vocabulary and chanting (11.5 hours)

Introduction to the Sanskrit alphabet, vocabulary words, pronunciation, shlokas and chants of yoga and Ayurveda.

Ayurvedic Lifestyle (42 hours)

In depth look at the biological rhythms best suited for a healthy lifestyle as well as daily practices to maintain vigor and health in the body.

Ayurvedic Anatomy and Physiology (28.5 hours)

Overview of the body through the lense of the five elements, the three doshas, the seven tissues and the complex channel system of the human body.

Digestion and Nutrition (21.5 hours)

Overview of the digestive system from both the Ayurvedic and western viewpoint and the unique approach to nutrition based on Ayurvedic principles. 

Yoga and Ayurveda/ Ayurvedic Psychology (50 hours)

Overview of the connection between Ayurveda and Yoga in regard to the mind. 

Simple Home Remedies for health and prevention (4.5 hours)

A basic approach to “kitchen medicine” for everyday ailments.

Student practicum/presentations (22.5 hours)

Students will present a project to the class as part of their mastery of the course information. 

Weekly Webinars from 7–9pm on Tuesday evenings will afford trainees the opportunity to further explore the principles of Ayurveda and delve deeper into their study of the science through open discussion.

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Application Process: Applicants are required to submit a completed Fundamentals of Ayurveda Training application along with a $600 non-refundable deposit. Upon acceptance, trainees will be expected to pay remaining balance or submit a credit card for payment plan no later than 1/01/18.

Cancellation & Refund Policy: A completed application and $600 deposit are required to secure space in the training. The remaining balance of $2400 must be received by January 1, 2018. For payments received on or after Jan. 2 or to participate in the payment plan, the balance increases to $2600.

Absence/Make-Up PolicyStudents may miss one weekend of the training without being required to complete make-up sessions and will be expected to get notes from a classmate and pass the weekend quiz. For additional absences, students will be required to complete make-up sessions at a cost of $150/hour. Each training day can be made up in a one-hour private class. 

Grievance Policy: If a trainee has a grievance and believes that her/his rights have been violated, a written complaint must be submitted to the program Director, who has one week to determine next steps.