Ayurvedic Medicine and Yoga Training online

We are an affordable, ONLINE and DISTANT LEARNING International school with some courses recognized and registered with Yoga Alliance, International Association of Yoga Therapists and National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA). Our courses are extremely affordable with Ayurveda101 Track A starting from $475 onwards.

We are an online college, and, courses are are offered either 100% online, or, in a hybrid format (Online with an option of distance learning, and, a minimum onsite requirement).

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The programs have been divided into two paths (we call it Tracks) in order to keep up with the different student audience, and to facilitate different students who want to sample an online course, or, move onto a deeper understanding by pursuing clinical Ayurveda diplomas.

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Track A programs are online courses, leading to certificate in Yoga Therapy , and, Ayurvedic Nutrition and so on. Track B may have some onsite requirement in the Ayurveda Counselor level.

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Upcoming Online Programs

Ayurveda 101 (Track A)-Ayurveda Foundation -50 Hrs (Track A)- March 27, 2016
Introduction to Ayurvedic Health Practices (Track B)-150 Hrs Level 1-March 27, 2016
Ayurveda Counselor 750 Hrs (Level 2) March 24 2016 (Orientation)
Block 3- Module 2, Madhava Nidan, April 2016

Onsite Workshops

January 24th 2016 - 9 AM Women Support, Marma and Herbs!
(For non students the time is 9-12 PM. For students it is 9 through 4 PM)-Fallbrook CA
Feb 12th 2016- Yoga Teacher Training 200 Hours (Ayurveda focus)Yoga Teacher Training, Escondido CA
April 16, 17 2016-The art of Ayurvedic Biofeedback and assessment
(Counselor Program Students)-San Diego CA
May 15th 2016- Marma Cikitsa (Austin, Texas)
June 2016 (Dates tbd)-Introduction to Panchakarma

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Note- We need at least four persons to begin a program. If there are not enough participants, the course is rescheduled.

Track B is a three level (tier) program with certificates being awarded at every level. You start at the beginning from Block 1 (150 Hours). Then, move on to a 600 Hour Ayurveda Counselor Certification. The student then moves onto the 1100 Hour Diplomas in Ayurvedic Wellness Practitioner which is Block 3 or Level 3.

Training DeliveryWe have a unique and flexible training delivery system that uses a hybrid format of distance learning and limited onsite campus classes.

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Ayurvedic Nutrition Label

Western Nutrition label focuses on Carbohydrates, Proteins, Fats, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Iron, number of calories etc.

Dr Monica Groover and a student who was a registered dietician thought of a fun way to actually explain Ayurvedic Ahara (nutrition) to students by asking them to illustrate what they thought an Ayurvedic Nutrition Label would look like.

Here is a great example by Surekha Koya, Block 2 counselor student.

Ayurvedic Myplate for Pitta

In our Block 1 (level 1) Tracks, we start out by introducing the concept of Prana. One of the most fun and interactive activities that students love is the comparison and creation of an Ayurvedic Myplate.

After going through the foundations of Mahabhutas, and, twenty gunas--as well as the six tastes(rasas)-we do this fun activity of taking the myplate.guv and trying to add some Ayurvedic element to it.

This is an example of a student Ayurvedic Myplate for a pitta predominant Vikrti (imbalance) with low tejas, who was a stretched thin.

Ayurvedic My Plate for Pitta:(Jenny Griffith)

The My Plate for Pitta should include food that is as local, and, fresh as possible. This means minimizing or eliminating processed foods, frozen foods, canned foods, and foods containing preservatives, salts, fermentation additives, alcohol and vinegar.

In addition, it includes minimizing the use of leftovers. Food should be organic and locally grown when possible as well.

Essentially, as my pitta is high, I need to minimize any rasa’s (tastes) that contain the fire element which is salty (fire and water), sour (fire and earth), and pungent (fire and air).

Salty items include seaweed, saltwater fish, celery, natural minerals, salted nuts and sea vegetables. Sour items include citrus, yogurt, and fermented items. Pungent items include peppers, alcohol, onions and garlic. These have their place in small amounts, when in balance, but should be minimized if pitta is to be balanced.

Items that need to contribute to the majority of the myplate for my pitta imbalance are items that are naturally whole and sweet which are whole grains, organic milk, and berries and fruits that are non acidic; bitter which are dark leafy greens and some herbs and spices; and astrigent which are legumes and some raw fruits/vegetables.

There is no set amount of calories on this my plate. It is most important to honor your body’s needs and eat when you are hungry and to separate time between meals so the food can digest. Since this is a pitta my plate, it is good to have a set schedule where meals will be consumed which honors the pitta dosha.

Organic, or, local-GMo or NON GMO--Ayurvedic Perspective

By Monica B Groover

Today we will talk about organic, local foods.

Ayurveda propogates fresh, local and Organic, plus, it should be compatible with the dosha, the season, the country and terrain we live in and our age and strength. Whew!

Its a long list. How can we hope to remember this.

Lets just focus on Prana in the Food.

Prana is the vitality of the food.

One of my students asked me recently, "My question pertains to fruit that is organic, from a local farm, picked at the height of ripeness, but then frozen (but without any additives or preservatives).

In the West, I have often heard that frozen fruits and vegetables can be more nutritious than fresh, because they are picked when they are ripe, and then flash frozen which retains most of the nutrients."

Image: Wikipedia. Creative Commons by Erdbeere_Senga_Sengana

My student asked this question after our class, in which we talk about frozen food being depleted of prana.

So, I answered leading with the Ayurvedic concept of Rasa. There are shad rasa or six tastes mentioned in Ayurvedic Texts. (Naturally sweet, sour, naturally salty, bitter, astringent and pungent--a topic for later study!)

How does a fresh fresh picked organic strawberry from a field--taste? It has the following rasas--sweet, astringent, a little sour--and it is juicy and full of PRANA and vitality.

Try to taste the same organic strawberry after freezing it for one month. You will notice that all the beautiful rasas or tastes have disappeared and there is practically no prana. (You can taste it!!)

How can a frozen strawberry have the same energetics as a frozen one? (Even if organic). Answer is no--it cant. If it is not how nature intended, and, it tastes different--how can prana be intact.

Take an example of a squirrel that died in winter--and it snowed.

The squirrel's body was perfectly preserved along with nutrients, proteins in the very cold snow for the entire winter. When the snow melted--squirrel was PRESERVED--but it was a DEAD BODY!!!!

Frozen, canned, tinned---is food that has died. It is dead. It has no prana from an Ayurvedic perpsective...yes, it has nutrients-some of it.

If something organic is frozen--yes the nutrients are preserved--but PRANA is not! However, when it is sun dried

Some of the prana is preserved--because seeds retain prana when dried. (Strawberry has seeds on the outside that will be preserve prana when sundried--but when frozen may not)

There are some seeds that will retain prana when frozen--but they are few and far in between.

It is always better to eat something local--even if not organic--then organic, frozen that has travelled from a long time.

However, we are bound by time, convenience, cost and availability depending on where we live.

1. Best foods that retain prana and therepeutic and healing to body and mind are


2. Second best--foods that can be stored--in winter in very cold places.

Sundried organic foods, organic seeds, organic nuts, legumes. Whole grains (not ground into a flour) can stay for a longer time and will retain maximum prana.

3. Third best.

Better to eat fresh food, plants, veggies and fruits that are not organic, but LOCAL--compared to fresh food that is frozen and organic. Or, local dried fruits and vegetables--can be used in soups--if fresh vegetables not available.

4. Best choice

Mix and match--depending on your budget and availability.

More to come on...GMO FOODS and Ayurveda.

If you have any questions feel free to post it on our Facebook Page SDCOA


Let seasons help you detox!

Monica B Groover, Ph.D, AWP
Director- San Diego College of Ayurveda

Starting a DETOX program after New Years Day in the middle of the winter while your body is dormant, and, storing energy is a NON STARTER.

I always laugh at this--because the BEST TIME to melt that kapha and toxins is SPRING, and for Vata and Pitta is FALL.

How is the physical body going to detox or lose weight, or, let go of toxins. It is hanging on to everything and dormant--because we are the microcosm of macrocosm. (I explain it later)

Why not take the assistance of mother nature in detoxifying? If you are a Kapha, you can also begin an Ayurvedic detox in the early summer. However, I would say pittas should just restore themselves and take it easy.

Why do we want to take help of the seasons?

Ayurvedic practitioners like to say – we are the microcosm of the macrocosm. This is repeated in religious and spiritual texts throughout history. If we are the microcosm of the macrocosm, a small part of the bigger pictures, minute part of the bigger whole – then, it goes without saying that we have the same purpose, same aim and same journey as the nature and our universe.

Going against the nature, against the natural laws of nature and universe is harmful to us, our planet and our future. In the last fifty years we have become disconnected from our environment and with the greenhouse emissions, we are making sure that future generations suffer.

Whether its raising huge amounts of livestock so we can overeat and become obese and subject ourselves to all the health issues caused by red meat, or using ridiculous amount of resources by raising this livestock; whether, its filling our landfills with trash that cannot be recycled , or filling our space with orbiting space debris, –we, as a species are not in sync with ourselves, our nature. That, my friends – is one cause of disease right there.

In my lectures to Block 1, we talked about four types of lifestyle choices. Äyurveda suggests that living ahitayu – life not in sync with nature will cause havoc, imbalance and trauma.

Lets discuss this disconnectedness more. We communicate to the world and people around us through texting, facebook, twitter and emails. We have created a virtual persona of ourselves – our virtual Doppleganger.

You’d be surprised how many clients I get whose physical imbalances stem from spending too much time on the social media websites. Living other people’s lives instead their own. Nature –being our parent, our macrocosm—has its own way of communicating with us. Nature provides feedback in many forms to us. However, in our virtual Doppelganger form it is hard for us to get the message. our body, the changing seasons, omens, sights, smells, how we feel – how our body feels. And, the universe lets us know. How?

We get instant feedback via our near environment. To give you an example, if you clutter your refrigerator and do not clean == strange smells will emanate. Instant feedback. If the winter is about to onset, fall will create dryness in your skin, your hair and preparing your body for the winter.

This is the season providing feedback to the body to start lubricating your skin with warm organic oils, and start eating soups. Moving on, lets clarify what we mean by our environment. What surrounds us is our immediate environment – be it social environment, the weather. The Macro environment would be prakruti or mother nature, and earth or the bigger universe – the planets and being part of the greater whole.

Äyurveda suggests we bring this journey of outer environment and what’s happening in and around us in sync. We can do this by living in sync with the seasons, with the cycle of day and night, with cycle of waxing and waning of moon. (Lunar and Solar cycles). Lets discuss a small example. Water is regulated on earth through moon. Moon gives rasa or taste to the fruits and fragrance to the flowers.

It regulates the oceanic tides. Water in the outer world is signified by the vast bodies of oceans. In fact 2/3rd of earth is water. Inside our body, the moon also influences the water element which is manifest as all fluid secretions, mucosa, lymphatic system, and blood.
In our mind, the moon supports water element that is manifested as feelings of relaxation, love, romance, winding down after a hard days work. It has been proved that listening to sounds of waves or waterfall can induce a feeling of relaxation in our nerve center. Earth element is manifested as mountains, deserts, rocks, the crust and inner part and center core of our planet.

Earth in our physical body is the structure, the muscles, the bones and the organs. In our mind the earth element is manifest as a feeling of groundedness, decision making, sticking to one’s guns so to speak.

The fire element in our planet is the summer season, transformation process of how seeds grow into a plant, then tree, the volcanoes. For example, all trees are made up of wood – which has the inherent fire element in it. In our body the fire element is exhibited by the digestion of food, transformation of thoughts into ideas, The air manifests as atmosphere and the gases like oxygen and carbon dioxide, in the planet and manifests as the exchange of gases in our lungs.

In the mind it manifests itself as creativity. Space in the nature is important. Most important. All planets exist in space. Space in our body is the space in our stomach, our lungs, nerves. Without space element, our mind would be crowded by thoughts and we wont be able to function.

So, use the early summer or spring--to its full advantage. Start your detox program at this time.

What is Panchakarma?

What really is Panchakarma?

June 13, 2015

Monica B Groover, Ph.D., AWP, CMT, RPYT

There is detox. Then, there is Ayurvedic detox. As you see in this post--a regular detox may involve some fruits, smoothies or pills. And, it is generally aimed at clearing in a general way. It is not specific to an area of the body. For example, detox for kidneys. (TCM has a lot more specific detox --however, I am not talking about TCM)

Ayurvedic Detoxfication is very specific, customized to the individual, very powerful, and, must be done under a qualified professional with years of training and experience. Ayurvedic Detoxifcation may be aimed at balancing agni, doshas, tissues and eliminating Ama (food molecules decomposing and creating toxins).

Ayurvedic detoxification procedure is called Panchakarma.

So, I will specify it here for my future students, and, anyone reading this.


So, what is it, if not a massage. Massage with Ayurvedic Tailams (medicated and herbal oils prepared in a traditional way) may be used for Vata or Kapha individuals before Panchakarma. Yes, Before--as part of snehana in preparatory stage. (See snehana below).

Panchakarma is a THREE STAGED bio purification program. Each stage has many steps. And, practitioner chooses the steps.

If a person is weak, post partum, menopausal and does not have the strength, we follow the palliative or the first portion of this process called Purvakarma. (Preparing the body and mind for Panchakarma). We also call this stage Shamana stage. (A lot more about shamana later!)

In Purvakarma, we prepare the body and mind by herbs, diet, meditation, agni dipana (increasing digestive fire), snehana (Oils, and fats--externally and internally) and svedana (sweat therapies).

When the person is ready, we move to stage two. This is panchakarma.

Lets break down the word panchakarma--



These five actions are cleansing therapies. If I say, I am going to start Panchakarma tomorrow--it is not going to happen unless I have prepared myself --my doshas, dhatus and mental self. Plus, there is a large list of contraindications.

There is a period of preparation for the mind and body. (In the west, people just leave certain foods and habits cold turkey--which is not suggested in Ayurveda).

The preparation period is called PURVAKARMA. (yes, a lot of sanskrit words--bear with me)

Panchakarma is a deep cleanse of the mind, and, body and very specific areas of the physical body, organs, dhatus that requires bringing AMA (undigested and unmetabolized food molecules that may be lipophilic or hydrophilic) back into the the GI tract, and, then eliminating them. That can take weeks, if not more just to get to the point of starting pachakarma.

What these people are looking for is SHAMANA. That is a sanskrit word for pacification. Not a hose me down with therapies, herbs, kitchari and self enema with decoctions and sesame oil. PK is rather a SHODHANA or deep cleanse and purification of either middle area- (Liver, spleen cleanse for pitta) with Purgatives like Kalamegha, Kutki, Panchatikta ghritum (Very very bitter herbs cooked in ghee), OR, ENT, chest and stomach area (Kapha area) with Kaphatic (my friend Sudevis phrase for kapha issues) herbs like Trikatu, Triphala with raw honey (Although these herbs are pretty standard Ama busters). Kaphas tend to recieve dry massages with herbs like Triphala.

And, last, but not the least a special lubrication and oleation called SNEHANA for the Vatas.

The SNEHANA means lubricating the inside and outside of the physical, mental and spiritual body with oil baths, oil massages, drinking soups made with ghee and pouring herbal oil onto the hair, and, sneha pana--eating ghee for a few days. Finally, there is also oil bastis

So, I will write more about Shamana, Shodhana and Brihmana(Tonification), as well as Rasayana (Rejuvenation) and PK for Vata, Pitt and Kapha issues in the days to come.


Upcoming Webinar

January 15th- FREE WEBINAR- Bhagavad Gita and Foods in Tamas and Rajas

Feb 4th- Introduction to Caraka Samhita. $10.

Charaka Samhita

Come and learn about the ancient Ayurvedic Text of Ayurvedic Medicine called Caraka Samhita.
We will go through an overview and introduction to Charaka Samhita, Different Sthanas and Sections. History and Commentaries-Webinar.

Its Free. First come first serve.

Note: Access to recording, presentation and notes is not available to Free participants. The cost of materials, and, access to recording is $10.


Next Webinar- Feb 4th 2015

We designed our Webinars for students who had graduated, or, our clients. These students and clients came to us for private classes for creating a healing environment in their life and and their practice of yoga or any healing modality. Webinars have no pre requisites. You can sign up for series of 1, 3, 6, 9 or 12 webinars. Attending an entire series will award you a participation certificate.

Our webinars are like a private and small e-conference, Live, Interactive and can be attended from your own home. All you need is a computer and a good internet connexion.

Webinars can be Free, or start from $5-$12 per Webinar and open to anyone.


We are starting a new program- A-LA-Carte AyurvedaWebinar series from January 2016. on Wednesday, or, Thursday evenings at 6 PM PST every three weeks. Dates TBD. We will have Charaka Samhita Series of 10, Ayurvedic Herb Formulations series of ten, Ayurvedic Nidaan and Diabetes support -series of two by Dr Kirti Pingle. Webinars will be open to all block 2 students, graduates and alumni of college for $10- $12 per webinar. These webinars will give you CE Credits for Block 3 Practitioner Program from SDCOA also. Please contact us, or, go to the website to register for webinars. Webinars will be recorded and available for upto 3 days for viewing. We kick off with a Free webinar on Bhagavad Gita as that is an auspicious date.

Please sign up by emailing info@ayurveda-california.org. Or,
using the CONTACT US form.


10% Discount if you sign up for an entire series

Webinars are available for

*Introduction to Ayurveda Free
*SDCOA Online Open House Free
*Sanskrit (Series) $5 per Webinar
*Meditation Free
*Vastu $12 per Webinar
*Yoga Therapy $12 per Webinar
*Aromatherapy in Ayurveda $12 per Webinar
*Jyotish $12 per Webinar
*Introduction to Panchakarma $12 per Webinar
*Herb Making $12 per Webinar
*Ayurvedic Nutrition $12 per Webinar
*Self Support during Menopause
*Self Support during PMS
*Self Support during Menstrual Cycle $12 per Webinar
*Creating an Altar for Meditation $12 per Webinar
*Managing stress through Breathing $12 per Webinar
*Ayurveda and Biochemistry $12 per Webinar


Image: By Lnavic1 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons


Dravya (Herb) workshop for Block 2 Agni Dipana Dravya, Churnams for Kasha (Cough) and Pranavaha srotas, Make and Mix your own Dravya for Rasa Dhatu. Create Dravya Preparations Hima, Phanta, Svarasa and Kalka. Different Tailams(oils) and their application in Ayurveda

July 17th through July 19th 2015 - July 17th- Vastu, Meditation
July 18th and 19th= Ayurvedic Biofeedback- Part 1 through Tongue, Pulse, Face, Eyes and Marma Points - Pre Requisite Block 1 from SDCOA, and enrolled in Block 2, or Clinical Ayurveda course from NAMA recognized Institute of 500 Hours. Also open to RN, RD, PT, Chiropractor, Naturopath and Clinical Health Practitioners.

September 2015 -Ayurvedic Nutrition Workshop for Pre natal and Post Partum Moms- Join us for a beautiful therapeutic organic Vegetarian Meal along with meditation, and learn about spices, herbs and recipes for Women - Post Partum, Menopausal, Breast feeding moms. Rejuvenative Kitchen Spices and free samples - 1.30 AM- 6.30 PM. Open to Non Students for $49.- Based on Yogis Diet through Ayurveda and Yoga Principles - Teacher Atul Krishna and Manjulali - Please note that we have only 10 seats. Pre Registeration necessary. Please email atulkrishna@sandiegocollegeofayurveda.net if you would like to join, or, have a gift card or coupon.


January 26th, 2014 Onsite Workshop. Will be Webcast
Yoga Therapy and Vastu Workshop for Stress. Open to Non Students. Price - $49.
Location: Haven Yoga, San Diego

March 23 - Babies in Bloom - Free Prenatal Gift Card Distribution. Open House. (Location Babies in Bloom Conference)
Location: Oceanside, North County San Diego

April 20th- Easter Ayurvedic Nutrition Workshop - Join us for a beautiful Easter Vegetarian Meal along with meditation, prayers and learn about spices, herbs and recipes for Breast feeding moms, Post Partum Depression, , Rejuvenative Kitchen Spices for all doshas and free samples - 1.30 AM- 6.30 PM. Open to Non Students for $49.- Based on Yogis Diet through Ayurveda and Yoga Principles - Teacher Atul Krishna - Please note that we have only 10 seats. Pre Registeration necessary. Please email atulkrishna@sandiegocollegeofayurveda.net if you would like to join, or, have a gift card or coupon. Location: TBD (North County)

Ayurvedic Nutrition WEBINAR for Breast Feeding Mothers - EVERY WEDNESDAY MORNING at 8.30 AM PST from April 22nd 2014 - $20 for the webcast. Two hour webcast. Please contact drmonica@ayurveda-california.org. ONLINE via Fuzemeeting

Chakra Meditation WEBINAR - EVERY SUNDAY MORNING at 6.45 AM PST - 7. 15 AM from May 2014 - $10. Online.

May 18th -Ayurvedic Nutrition Workshop - Join us for a beautiful therapeutic organic Vegetarian Meal along with meditation, and learn about spices, herbs and recipes for Women - Post Partum, Menopausal, Breast feeding moms. Rejuvenative Kitchen Spices and free samples - 1.30 AM- 6.30 PM. Open to Non Students for $49.- Based on Yogis Diet through Ayurveda and Yoga Principles - Teacher Atul Krishna and Manjulali - Please note that we have only 10 seats. Pre Registeration necessary. Please email atulkrishna@sandiegocollegeofayurveda.net if you would like to join, or, have a gift card or coupon. Repeated in June 2014.

May 24th- Ayurvedic Doula part 1. Women Support Workshop Open to Block 1, Block 2 and Non Students - Level 1. Pre Requisite to June 21st Workshop. LocationL Escondido

June 20th, 21st and 22nd- CANCELLED. Ayurvedic Doula Child Birth class Part 2 - Prenatal and Post Natal Support Meant For AHE and AC specliazing in Women support. PRE REQUISITE - May 24th Workshop, as well as Block 1 (Or, foundation in Ayurveda or Yoga Therapy). Please note that Previous Coursework done online as well before you attend this weekend. Location: Escondido. Open to Block 1, Block 2 and Yoga Therapy online students.

October 22nd(puja and mantras)- Yoga Teacher Training-Orientation. Class 1. Mantras and Meditation - Pandit Atul on Mantras and Meditation, Bhagavad Gita.


Ayurveda Wellness Center (SDCOA)

Suite 108

725 North Quince Street

Escondido 92025

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