Ayurvedic Medicine and Yoga Training online

San Diego College of Ayurveda, California is an International online training school with some courses recognized and registered with Yoga Alliance, International Association of Yoga Therapists and National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA).

Our courses are quite affordable, and, are offered either 100% online, or, in a hybrid format (Mostly online with 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.

Upcoming Programs

  • Foundation in Ayurvedic Health Practices Track B -150 Hours. March 29th, 2015
  • Ayurveda 101- 50 Hours. April 15th, 2015
  • Counselor 600 Hrs. April 18, 2015
  • Yoga Teacher Training 200 Hours (Ayurveda focus), July 2015

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    Download Track B- Foundation Level 1 Information

    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. We are working on Ayurvedic Block 4 which will satisfy Ayurveda Doctor requirements as mandated by NAMA. Block 4 is scheduled to be out in 2016-2017.

    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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    Phanta - Hot infusion in Ayurveda

    By Dilek Koksal, Ayurvedic Counselor Program

    I wanted to create a pitta balancing phanta with what I had in my pantry. Phanta is a hot infusion in Ayurveda. Usually, it is a combination of many Ayurvedic Herbs.


    Rose Petals

    4 teaspoons rose petals

    1/2 tsp coriander seeds

    1/2 tsp saffron

    1/2 tsp fennel seeds

    I mix them and put them in my tea bag

    and placed in boiled water about 0.5 ml

    ROSE: balances Sadhaka Pitta, the subdosha of Pitta that governs the emotions and their effect on the heart. Rose is cooling but also enhances the agni. Pacifies Vata and Pitta Dosha: Since it carries the sweet and unctuous properties, it pacifies Vata dosha – the sweet rasa, or taste, pacifies vata. The rose’ssnigdha or unctuous property also balances vata, since vata that tends to be dry. Any dravya or item that has the unctuous lubricating guna or property is pacifying to vata. Then due to its cooling virya or potency, as well as bitter and astringent taste, it is pacifying for Pitta dosha.

    Coriander: Rasa (taste): madhura (sweet), katu (pungent), tikta (bitter) and kshaya (astringent). Guna (physical property) is laghu (light) and snigadha. Virya (potency) is ushana (hot). Vipaka (post digestion effect) is madhura (sweet). Pacifying Vata, Pitta and Kapha dosha.

    Fennel: According to Ayurveda, fennel may be used to decrease all three doshas: Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. It has a sweet, slightly astringent, and bitter taste, or rasa. It is cooling and its after-taste or vipak is sweet. Ayurveda advises against cooking fennel, as its active ingredients will die. It is better to steep fennel. Fennel is used as a digestive tonic, a mild laxative,and a diuretic. It helps remove toxins from the body.

    Saffron: In texts of Ayurveda the herb Crocus Sativus or kumkuma or saffron is grouped under “Varnya” gana. Varnya means the one which imparts fairness and glow to skin. According ayurveda pharmacology, saffron is bitter to taste and increases body fire. It balances tridoshas (vata, pitta and kapha).


    by Kristen George, Ayurvedic Counselor

    Anupanas are vehicles that increase efficacy of herbs, and, are responsible for delivering the herb to the respective dhatu(tissue).

    Kumari svarasa as anupana for Amrit - Detoxification


    *Washed Organic Aloe Leaves
    *Guduchi Powder
    *Maple Syrup
    *Mortal and Pestle
    *Cotton Muslin Cloth Or Coffee filter
    *Clear Glass container

    The sanskrit name for Guduchi is Amrit, which means "imperishable." Amrit plays the role of an adoptogen, and is particularly useful for increasing the body's resistance to stress and anxiety, which affects the overall immune system, therefore having an immunity-boosting effect. It's tridoshic in moderation, and is particularly helpful for pitta disorders.

    Pairing Amrit with Kumari enhances the detoxification effects, especially for rakta dhatu, liver issues. Kumari is very cooling in nature and is a good anupana for pitta.

    Making kumari svarasa without a blender was much more difficult than I imagined! It's so slimy and sticky, and one must be very cautious when working with it. After peeling the skin off and having only the clear gel left, I chopped it finely and attempted to strain it through cheesecloth with very little success.

    Next I tried a mortar and pestal, which helped, but it was still extremely chunky. Finally, after making a mess, I put it into an electric chopper and processed it into a fine liquid and strained it through the cheesecloth in the final step. This produced a nice liquid to use.

    I took 500mg of dried guduchi and added enough kumari svarasa to make a loose kalka. Because it can be bitter, I added about 1/8 teaspoon of maple syrup to make it more palatable :)

    Ayurveda Women Support

    March 29th 2015

    This workshop is open to Block 1 Track B 150 Hours students, and, the college alumni.

    Ayurvedic Women Support for taking care of yourself during your monthly cycle, and, womanly transitions. Taking care of yourself during pregnancy and Ayurvedic Post Partum Support Protocols. Marma points beneficial during PMS and Stress for Women.

    This empowerment workshop will equip you with the tools you need to support a pre natal, post partum and menopausal person or yourself during this time.

    This Ayurvedic Women Support Weekend Workshop gives you the Ayurvedic tools that include the right nutrition, diet and Meditation suited to your dosha.

    Part of the workshop can benefit Doulas, Prenatal yoga teachers, Ayurveda and TCM practitioners for Ayurvedic pre natal, post natal, perimenopausal support.

    We will share the herbs right for your prakruti,as well as those that help menorrhagia, dysmenorrhea, discuss your monthly cycle, heavy bleeding, cyst issues -- or PMS. We will talk about the Ayurvedic Diet and foods that most help a women at different times during the monthly cycle, or, even during menopause.

    You will learn about Herbs, Nutrition, Meditation and Yoga Breathing for your body and mind type.

    Location: 725 North Quince Street, Suite 108
    Escondido, 92025

    Time: 9 AM through 4 PM

    Audience: Block 1 Track B students 150 Hours- Free. Alumni and students from other courses - $51.

    Contact info@ayurveda-california.org for more information. Or check out our course catalog.

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