Ayurveda Courses Online and Distant Learning

San Diego College of Ayurveda, California is an online Institute of Ayurvedic Medicine, a complimentary holistic health modaility from India. Our purpose is to teach the community and individual the ancient principles and practices of Ayurveda and its Sister Philosophies to reduce stress, eat a healthier organic plant based diet, and adopt body and mind wellness practices in their daily lives.

Our Ayurveda Wellness Practitioner (AWP) Program and Ayurveda Health Educator Programs with specialization in YOGA THERAPY and WOMAN SUPPORT are recognized by National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA) and IAYT (International Association of Yoga Therapy).

We have a Blended Learning Program with combination of distant learning and online and onsite classes. Training delivery is through online live Webinars and virtual classroom. There is once a month onsite practical workshop at Escondido that is optional to attend. Onsite workshops are webcast, or, sent through DVD's.

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Certification Courses

1. Course Code: AWP 600 - Ayurveda Wellness Practitioner
2. Course Code: AHE 450 - Ayurveda Health Educator Specialization in Yoga Therapy and/or Women Support
3. Course Code: AHC 250-ANUT Ayurveda Health Counselor (Specialization in Ayurvedic Nutrition- Online only course with an optional weekend workshops)
4. Course Code: AHC 250-YTAyurveda Health Counselor (Specialization in Yoga Therapy- Online Tuesday and Saturday Morning Webinar classes. optional weekend workshop and Distant Learning)
5. Course Code: AHC 250- ADWS (Ayurvedic Doula and Woman Support)Ayurveda Health Counselor (Specialization in Women Support and Ayurvedic Post Partum Support- Online Saturday Classes, one weekend workshop as well as Distant Learning)
6. Course Code: AHRB 200 Ayurvedic Herbalist (Distant learning portion can be started anytime, Classes and Workshop every two months)
7. Course Code: IAH 100 Ayurveda Foundation Course
Note: Please note that Ayurveda Foundation 100 Hours is a Pre requisite for all courses. Student can directly take admission into any of the courses

Foundation 100 Hours

Block 1 Foundation Course Start Dates:

April 2014 - June 2014
June 2014 - August 2014
August 2014 - October 2014
October 2014 - December 2014

Block 2, and Block 3 Program Start Dates:

May 24th 2014 - November 2014
July 31st 2014 - March 2015
September 2014 -Dates TBD
November 2014 - Dates TBD

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Shorter one day workshops are available to the community and public. Focus is on Women support, Post Partum Ayurvedic Support, Wellness after surgery through food, and so on. Register for nutrition or cooking workshop now.. Please note that community workshops have no certificates or credits. They include a light vegetarian lunch for participants.

How does the Ayurveda Wellness Practitioner Program Work

Our course format follows a Three tier format. Each tier or block builds upon the other. Block 1 Foundation in Ayurveda is the pre requisite to advanced Ayurveda Certifications.

After the successful completion of Block 1 Foundation 100 Hrs, the student can choose Block 2 Programs, and, after the completion of Block 2. Our most advanced tier- Block 3 - 1000 Hour is only available to students who have successfully completed the Block 2 500 Hours Ayurveda Wellness Practitioner program. PLease fill up the application form for block 1. Our next Block 1 begins end of August 2013.

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Watch out for - Meditation Teacher Training, and, Yoga Therapy Teacher Training (ONSITE program) in October 2013.

Ayurvedic Cooking

Cooking is an essential and integrative part of adjusting our lifestyle according to principles of Ayurveda.

This book focuses on the practical aspects of creating healthy, vegetarian cuisine which is easy to digest and balancing. We'll try to explain the principles involved as we go along.

This goes along with our DVD series demonstrating selected recipes and cooking techniques

Block 2 -Installment Fees

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Ayurveda and Nutrition

By San Diego College of Ayurveda Block 2 AWP Student- Raeanne Quinton

Nutrition is becoming an increasingly studied topic in modern society—both in the East and West. With the Internet, many people are finding out for themselves what they’re putting in their bodies. I’ve certainly noticed amongst my friends and family an amplified awareness of health and wellness not only for the body but also the soul.

One thing I’ve come to learn is that what is considered “good for me” is different for each person, and that is something to be respected. With the sudden burst of health information in Western society, a lot of people find refuge in specific labels: vegan, vegetarian, locovore, Paleo, raw, pescetarian, I’ve even heard of chlorophyllians (people who only eat greens)!

Another typical Western nutrition tip is to go straight to the food label—a one size fits all dietary system, which measures calories, fat, vitamins, etc. But in Ayurveda, we can cater to anyone, it doesn’t matter what they label themselves as, there are hundreds of herbs, fruits, vegetables, etc. that can we can recommend to anyone to bring them into perfect balance

The fundamental difference between Western and Ayurvedic nutrition is this: Western nutrition is modern, Ayurvedic nutrition is ancient. From this realization, I think there is a very interesting discussion to be had about the variances between the two knowledge systems.

Nutrition in North America is known to be all over the place. We obsess over reducing carbs, but then carbs are good and it’s fat that’s bad! But wait, then there’s healthy fat! Westerners also like to make things really easy for themselves— a typical “healthy” diet for weight loss includes heavily processed whey protein shakes, protein bars and low-calorie snacks. Ice-cold smoothies are also big in North America—with places like Jugo Juice popping up on every corner as a “healthy alternative” to McDonald’s. We’ve got Vitamin Water (a Coca-Cola owned company) that people actually think is good for them, when the truth is it actually has more sugar than Coke and contains no natural substances whatsoever besides water. Many vaidyas would be shaking their heads in shame.

I appreciate Ayurveda so much because it doesn’t get caught up in the latest health crazes. It is an ancient knowledge that doesn’t take change lightly. Of course, modern Ayurvedic practitioners are very fascinated with Western nutrition and take into consideration each person’s unique needs. Every client is classified by their dosha (Vata, Pitta or Kapha) and from there we can see what vitiated elements need to be tended to (fire, water, earth, air or space). Ayurveda is not a one-size-fits-all program. I can bet there are certainly no vaidyas like American TV show hosts that are —yelling and screaming at people to lose weight.

A Vedic diet means so much more than losing weight—it is a diet to maintain health not only for the body but also the soul, karma and to connect you deeply to Mother Nature. An emphasis on UN-processed foods is crucial, as an Ayurvedic Wellness Practitioner my first questions when a client asks me if something is good for them are: Is it local? Is it fresh? Is it organic? Did it come from a happy person? These foods have the most prana (life force!)

From there we can talk about what specific fruits, herbs, vegetables, legumes, etc. might be good for your doshic constitution. I know that one of the biggest challenges I’ll face will just be getting people off of processed, machine-packaged and frozen foods. I have a lot of faith though, I see more and more people reaching for fresh fruit over processed snacks everyday. I’ve also seen Ayurvedic practitioners on the Dr. Oz show. There is a lot of debate stemming up in North America over factory farming methods, processed foods, animal cruelty, GMO’s, etc. It will be very exciting and fascinating to see if Ayurvedic and Western nutrition will continue to butt heads or if Western nutrition will catch up, in a sense, to Ayurveda.

Home Panchakarma


The Panchakarma includes

1. Initial Consultation 60-90 minutes -

San Diego - Dr. Sahana or Dr. Kirti Pingle or Monica B Groover, PhD,
San Fransisco - Dr. Aparna Dandekar, D.O. for your intitial consult.

2. Powdered Herbs for 7 days. Basti Decoction for two days.
3. Pre Made Khichdi Mix and Basti Decoction Mix with Dashamula root powder(Or other dravya as applicable)
4. Post Consultation and follow up over the phone - with anyone of our vaidyas or students

Price: $199


Ayurvedic Nutrition Workshop DVD


This DVD is a collection of small videos of SDCOA workshops on cooking and nutrition by Pandit Atul Krishna Das.

This is a live recording DVD - so, audio may not be perfect.

Thank you.


Fibroids in Ayurveda

By Aparna Dandekar, D.O.

When the three doshas (Vata, Pitta and Kapha) begin to travel or leave their respective sthanams-- they can travel down to the dhatus. If they travel to mamsa(muscle) tissue and vitiate Mamsa Dhatu, each dosha display its own properties within Mamsa.

Vata is dry in nature, mobile, and rough. When it vitiates Mamsa, it shows its properties in Mamsa. Similarly, when Mamsa is vitiated by Pitta, someone will have muscle inflammation, redness, and hot, hyperemic, shiny (and acutely painful) joints.

When Mamsa is vitiated by Kapha Dosha, the patient will have growths such as fibromas and fibroids. Kapha, which is heavy and cohesive due to the presence of the earth element, causes increased thickness and density of muscle.

Increased vata in mamsa causes decreased Mamsa Dhatu. Symptoms of this vitiation includes emaciation of the pelvic, hip, and abdominal regions of the body. Joints and bony structures that would otherwise be covered with layers of muscle will appear large and may seem to protrude. The patient may have knobby knees or prominent iliac crests. He will also have joint pain, dryness of eyes, weakness, joint dislocation, muscle weakness, and overall fatigue. The increase of vata will affect his mind by giving him a lack of confidence and courage. An increase in vata in Mamsa can be attributed to factors such as a vata aggravating diet, advanced age, or even excessively strenuous exercise done without proper nutritional support.

The primary mahabhutas of Mamsa are Earth followed by water. Earth has the quality of heaviness and cohesivesness. Therefore when Mamsa dhatu is vitiated by kapha, the patient will suffer from the symptoms of excess Mamsa dhatu. He will have abnormal weight-gain as his muscle mass increases. He may have heaviness in the pelvic region. His muscles may be heavy BUT flaccid. This is because the water element of kapha causes flaccidity and poor tone. He may have increased muscle mass in the cheeks or pelvic area. The quantity of the muscle may be high, but the quality will be low. Despite more muscle mass, the patient will be fatigued. Kapha aggravating food and excessive sleeping are common causes of excess Mamsa Dhatu.

There are some basic protocols in Ayurveda for these problems:

For excess mamsa dhatu: Kapha pacifying diet and herbs (trikatu-- ginger, maricha and pippali). These herbs are pungent and hot in nature. They will reduce kapha dosha in mamsa dhatu. These herbs help stimulate and improve the quality of mamsa dhatu agni. Aerobic exercise can also be prescribed. It generates heat and burns kapha. Yoga therapy is also helpful.

For diminished mamsa dhatu: Vata pacifying diet (or Kapha aggravating diet) becomes a primary focus. Herbs such as Bala (banned for internal use in the US due to carcinogenicity) can be prescribed as an oil to be applied externally. Bala is sweet and unctuous in nature. Other herbs include Ashwagandha and Shatavari. Ashwagandha is pungent, bitter and astringent. It pacifying for vata and kapha. It should be given with caution in a pitta prakruti person. Shatavari is sweet, bitter and cold, and helps build muscle mass. Milk and wheat are heavy and can also build mamsa dhatu. Weight lifting exercises with light weights is recommended to increase bulk and length of muscle fibers. Yoga therapy is also very balancing. Chyavanprash is easy to incorporate into the diet and is widely available.

Mamsa Dhatu by Leah Jones

Mamsa Dhatu is the third dhatu. It is formed from asthayi rakta dhatu by mamsa dhatu agni. Sthayi Mamsa dhatu goes on to produce two upadhatus, skin and ligaments, and the kha mala of mamsa dhatu are the excretory secretions like nasal crust and ear wax. Mamsa dhatu is muscle and flesh that covers and gives strength to our bodies.

It is predominantly made of the earth element which is the kapha in our body. The functions of mamsa dhatu include covering and protecting our internal organs, and our marma points, our body posture, the relaxation and contraction needed for movement, and strength to our bones.

A person with mamsa dhatu sara has self confidence and courage, forgiveness, patience and longevity. Mamsa dhatu sara is seen when the bones and joints are well hidden, a plump and beautiful appearance to the face and body. Healthy mamsa dhatu allows one to convey their emotions and show expression through the facial muscle tissues. Mamsa dhatu gives nourishment and helps in the healthy formation of asthi dhatu

Mamsa dhatu vruddhi is an increase in mamsa dhatu but a decrease in the quality of the tissue. This can be caused by low mamsa dhatu agni and kapha travelling through rasa and rakta dhatus and entering mamsa dhatu. The symptoms of Mamsa dhatu vruddhi would include increased muscle mass, myomas, fybroids in uterus, excess kha mala, and muscle hypertrophy and flaccidity. Mamsa dhatu agni is directly effected by jatharagni AND by exercise.

So we must balance mamsa dhatu agni by first balancing jatharagni and adding exercise. To balance mamsa dhatu vruddhi we would also need to look at a kapha pacifying regime as increased mamsa dhatu is directly correlated to kapha and amount of earth element taken into the body versus the amount the dhatu agni is able to digest and use. When we take in too much earth element and have a low mamsa dhatu agni, we have low quality muscle tissue and kapha imbalance.

We may also see a lack of motivation and self confidence. We need to pacify kapha and jatharagni with herbal protocol such as ginger, trikatu, kutaki. We must incorporate aerobic exercise and yoga therapy like navasana or mayurasana to kindle jatharagni and combat obesity due to manda mamsa agni. Of course a kapha pacifying diet protocol must also be followed making sure to reduce the amount of earth element coming in e.g. no meat products, no sweets. Adding bitter and pungent tastes. Maybe even a little sour in the beginning to burn through the excess tissue.

Mamsa Dhatu - Muscle System in Ayurveda

Blog Entry by Rishi Forrester, and, Danae Delaney

Mamsa Dhatu refers to the 3rd tissue in the evolution of the dhatus in Ayurveda. This tissue governs muscles, tendons, skins, and various excretions of the body. Our focus is on the increase and decrease of the mamsa dhatu in relation to emaciation, weight loss, and weight gain. emaciation and weight loss can be closely tied to Mamsa dhatu because it is closely tied with Earth and Fire and its manifestation in the body.

With emaciation and weight loss there is a loss or decrease of Mamsa Dhatu. This is called Mamsa Kshaya and is characterized by thinness, exposed bones, sunken eyes, and wasted muscles. Weight loss in general is a less severe form of emaciation of Mamsa Kshaya. In order to increase Mamsa dhatu, consume heavier nuts, grains, and legumes along with sweet and salty tastes. In addition, creating a stable routine that contains grounding and muscle building practices are appropriate as well, but only if the vitality supports that. Care should be taken to make sure that the Jatharanagi and subsequent agnis are strong and not Manda causing poor formation of the preceding tissues (rasa and rakhta). warming spices that are not drying and reducing are appropriate along with sweet and building herbs such as Bala, Ashwagandha, and Licorice. Focusing on improving strength and density are ideal along with balanced grounding attitudes.

With weight gain, there can be an issue of excessive Mamsa Dhatus calld Mamsa Vruddhi. (Increase)

This will cause excessive and undue growth of the Mamsa Dhatu and reveal itself in fibrotic tissues, enlarged facial muscles, muscle flaccidity, and excessive muscle formation. Herbs that increase agni such as trikatu or any pepper/ginger combination are good as well as aerobic exercise to increase movement and reduce density. Focusing on improving flexibility and movement are key and includes cultivating flexible attitudes as well.

By Rishi Forrester
Ayurveda Wellness Practitioner Student

Entry Number 2- By Danae Daleney
Mamsa Dhatu: Increase, Decrease & Dushti

Mamsa Dhatu vitiation is caused by “the intake of heavy, gross food, food with deliquescent properties, and sleeping after meals.” (“Mamsa Dhatu,” Dr. K.S. Pingle)

The properties of Mamsa sara include: well-covered joints, a plump and beautiful appearance of the forehead, temples, cheeks, jaws and abdomen. The person is stable, heavy, and the forgives easily with much patience. If mamsa dhatu is increased, there will be weight gain, due to the extra thickness of the tissue and the increased amount of asthayi meda dhatu. The face will be round and plump, as will the joints on the body. Additionally, the skin will be thicker and the person will be less flexible. If mamsa dhatu is decreased, the skin will become thin, weight loss and even emaciation can occur. The cheeks and forehead, temples and eyes and even the abdomen will become sunken is due to the loss of mamsa dhatu.

The doshas can also travel into mamsa dhatu and create tissue changes to the quality of mamsa dhatu, called dushti. If Vata dosha travels into the mamsa in excess, there will be acute pain in the muscles, spasms, tremors, fatigue, and a wasting of the muscle with dry skin. If Pitta dosha travels into mamsa, boils or red skin will appear and there will be inflammation, fibromyalgia, fatigue, and tendonitis. Kapha in the mamsa dhatu will show as swelling, flaccidity, excess ear wax and nasal crust with possible uterine fibroids, fibrocystic breasts, heavy and “sticky” muscles, inflexibility.

For increased mamsa dhatu, a basic protocol is a Kapha pacifying diet, including, light foods, Trikatu, Kutaki, Ginger, Yoga with movement that can increase the heart rate and warm the muscles, and aerobic exercise. Decreased mamsa dhatu can be helped by a Vata pacifying diet with the herbs: Bala, Ashwagandha, Shatavari, milk, wheat, meat, weigh lifting, and easy yoga, holding a few poses and relaxation. Kapha imbalance needs increase in agni and heat to the body to melt bodily tissues. Vata imbalance also needs warmth. Vata imbalance needs a nurturing warmth and heavy foods to encourage tissue growth.

Ayurveda and Macronutrients - Student Blog

Western Nutrition focuses mainly on macronutrients that provide calories or energy to the body. It is believed that the macronutrients are needed for growth, metabolism, and for other body functions. Macro means large and so macronutrients are nutrients that are needed in large amounts. The three macronutrients include: carbohydrates, proteins and fats. According to Western Dietary guidelines, 45% to 65% of a person's calories should come from carbohydrates, 10% to 35% should come from protein, and 20% to 35% should come from fat. Western nutrition also is based on the idea that everyone should eat the same way.

Ayurveda nutrition is quite different fron Western nutrition. Ayurveda recognizes that everyone is different and unique. Just as humans have a unique gentetic makeup, Ayurveda recognizes that everyone is born with a unique individual birth constitution known as a Vata, Pitta, and Kapha dosha. When examining the doshas, it's important to make a distinction between a balanced versus an imbalanced state. Ayurveda classifies food according to the six tastes, not by carbohydrates, proteins or fats. Ayurveda also considers the potency of the six tastes, which is named virya and the post-digestive effect, which is named vipak. According to Ayurveda nutrition the six tastes each have a warmling or cooling effect on the body. The virya refers to the immediate heating or cooling effect that a particular food has on our physiology. Foods that are predominantly cooling include: sweet, bitter and astringent and pungent, salty and sour foods contain heating qualities or viryas.

Ayurveda also recognizes that tastes transform during the course of digestion and the effects of the final tastes are consistent with the six tastes. Food effects our mental and emotional state by using sweet tastes to calm the Vata mind and cool the Pitta mind. Sour tastes can sharpen the mind. Salty tastes can calm an anxious mind and easily excite a Pitta mind. When used in excess by Kapha types, it promotes greed. A bitter taste can be cooling and clearing of the mind. Pungent taste enlivens the Kapha mind and causes all doshas to become more extroverted. Astingent taste tames the over-confidence of Pitta types and over-complacenty of Kapha types.

According to Ayurveda health begins with proper digestion. The primary function of the digestive system is to bring essential nutriants into the body's internal environment. In the Western culture the importance of proper digestion is widely neglected. Symtoms such as indigestion, heartburn, bloating, and constipation are treated as normal occurances. According to Ayurvedic beliefs digestion refers to the individual's overall agni. After assessing a person's current doshic state, agni is the most important factor in determining dietary needs. It is a fact that everyone digests food differently. Ayurveda identifies improving agni by using spices.

Ayurveda teaches that proper digestion eventually leads to the production of ojas, which directly influences physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual life.

Western culture states how food is required for life, energy and feeding the body, but it neglects to describe how food becomes your body.

Gretchen Pound
AWP Practitioner Program, Block 2

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