Frequently Asked Questions

Getting Started

Where is the best place to begin my Ayurvedic education?

No matter where you’d like to take your Ayur-Yoga journey with Yoga Veda, everyone starts at the beginning.

Begin your journey by completing our “Gateway” program Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy: Module 1 {100 HourFoundation Course}.

Planning on joining an Advanced Diploma?  No need to enroll separately in Module 1, simply enroll in your diploma track of choice and we will start you with our foundation courses, Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy, and Ayurvedic Nutrition as your first-semester program.

What is the difference between an Ayurvedic Health Counselor and an Ayurvedic Practitioner?

Ayurvedic Health Counselors and Ayurvedic Practitioners both practice preventive health care and health promotion, using diet and lifestyle. However, the Ayurvedic Practitioner is a professional with additional training in pathology and disease management beyond that of the Ayurvedic Health Counselor.

The Ayurvedic Health Counselor program is a 1-year 600-hour fully online program.  While the Ayurvedic Practitioner is a 2-year program that has an onsite practicum requirement which can be completed in your community as well as during one of our available intensive courses or learning retreats.

Read more about our Patient Encounter Requirements and how you’ll meet them through our internship opportunities.

What is the difference between an Ayurvedic Practitioner and an Ayurvedic Yoga Therapist?

Ayurvedic Practitioners and Ayurvedic Yoga Therapists both practice preventive health care and health promotion, using diet and lifestyle. And both are professionals with training in pathology and disease management.  The Ayurvedic Yoga Therapist has training beyond that of an Ayurvedic Practitioner in Clinical Yoga Therapy.

The Ayurvedic Practitioner is a 2-year program that has an onsite practicum requirement which can be completed in your community as well as during one of our available intensive courses or learning retreats. The Ayurvedic Yoga Therapist Diploma has an additional 300 Hour Onsite Requirement that must be completed at Yoga Veda Institute’s 300 Hour Advanced Training, Internship or from an otherwise approved comparable institution.

Do your schools credits transfer to another Ayurvedic school?

Most schools will accept transfer credits from another NAMA approved institution.  We will provide you with your complete transcripts so you may transfer your study to another NAMA recognized school.

Course Requirements

The course requires supervised clinical experience and patient encounters. How does this take place with the course being online?

“Six months of supervised clinical practice” is defined as; equivalent to six months of supervised clinical practice. While some school formats would deliver this in a six-month block, Yoga Veda organically disburses it throughout the duration of the training. A student might see only a few patients in six months. Hence, the number of clinical patient encounters is of more importance than the time taken to accrue them.

The Professional Member Programs can be offered partially and mostly online however 25 of the 150 patient encounters must be under direct supervision. For those students seeking NAMA certification, we offer students the opportunity to gain “hands-on experience” through a variety of formats, both online or onsite. For those students who cannot make it to Mexico they may complete the 25 patient encounters via externship through an approved provider in their community.

Read more about our Patient Encounter Requirements and how you’ll meet them through our internship opportunities.

What is a Patient Encounter? How will I complete this requirement?

A patient encounter is defined as a combination of the following, a substantial percentage of which should involve direct, hands-on contact. A patient encounter refers to each encounter: initial or follow up. Schools are encouraged to provide the opportunity for long-term follow up by which students can experience outcomes.

Read more about our Patient Encounter Requirements and how you’ll meet them through our internship opportunities.

Are Clinical Internship opportunities available?

Yes, Internship opportunities are available in both Mexico and in India. Our International Internships are NOT a mandatory requirement of our {online} programs. Students who wish to participate in our internship programs are welcome to join us either in Mexico or India during selected dates throughout the year. In Mexico, students can opt to join our week-long Ayurveda workshops and stay working in the local Yoga Veda retreat center offering community classes, workshops, and treatments. In India, students have the opportunity to work alongside doctors in an Ayurvedic hospital in Kerela, the birthplace of Ayurveda.

The cost of the internship is not included in the {online} tuition price. Costs are kept to a minimum to make interning accessible to our students.

Do I need to take a separate Anatomy & Physiology course?

The National Ayurvedic Medical Association requires a minimum of 6 college credits of Anatomy & Physiology if applying for certification as an Ayurvedic Practitioner.  This must be completed in a NAMA approved school prior to graduation in order to sit the national exam.

What if…

I already have a 200 Hour Yoga Teaching Certificate. Does that apply?

If you already have taken a 200 Hour Training, you do not need to take Yoga Veda’s 200 Hour Training, though you’re more than welcome too!  Most experienced teachers find that our strong focus on meditation, pranayama, philosophy, and Ayurveda provide a much-needed complement to most YTT programs.

If you already have a 200-hour certificate and are considering an advanced diploma you can begin your journey by completing our “Gateway” programs.  This will allow you to experience Ayurveda with YVI, get to know the instructors, and see if online learning is a good fit.

I am fairly new to yoga but my interest has been sparked, is this course still appropriate for me?

Absolutely! This is a beginners course in all things Yoga Philosophy, Ayurveda & Asana as Therapy. You’ll be taught a strong foundation of philosophy, meditation, pranayama, and asana all from an Ayurvedic perspective. This is a beginners course. No minimum number of asana practice hours are required.

I want to complete the course faster and graduate early?

As per the NAMA regulations and guidelines, the Ayurvedic Health Counselor course must be a minimum of 1 year or study and the Ayurvedic Practitioner a minimum of 2 years of study.  This assures that you not only have the knowledge to be a competent professional but also the experience to sit the national exam and pass successfully.

Students may take longer than the required time frame, but are not permitted to rush through the program and graduate early.

I already have a background in Ayurveda. Do you accept transfer credits?

Yes.  Each school curriculum is unique.  Send us your school transcripts so that we may review your credits.  We will advise you where you will begin in our program.

Inside the Course

Who are the instructors? What are their qualifications?

Each of our modules are taught by experts in their area of expertise. While the core content is provided by Yoga Veda Institute, each module offers guidance by one or more teachers who are experts in that specific topic area. View all of the instructor profiles and their qualifications right here.

What type of student support is provided? Is there any personal interaction with a mentor?

Yes. Students interact with the course leaders in a variety of ways. Yoga Veda provides the opportunity for students to schedule 1:1 consultation {via phone, skype, facetime, etc}. Students can schedule these personal calls as needed throughout the course. Students also engage in daily Facebook interaction inside our private “members only” Facebook community. Interactive workbooks are also a hallmark of the program where teachers and students can interact and engage with the course materials, offer feedback and insights as related to the weekly assignments & coursework.

What are the weekly "Tea Time" calls?

“Tea Time” is a time for you to ask questions related to the course, interact with the other students, discuss case studies, and get assignment feedback.  This is a group experience available to all students of YVI.

Distance Learning

What if I miss a live lesson? Are classes recorded?

While we highly recommend that you join in the live lessons, we understand it’s not always possible.  All live lessons are recorded and posted on your course dashboard within 48 hours of the live class for you to view anytime in the future.

Am I required to purchase any additional materials or textbooks?

Each semester program is unique, and many students choose to purchase the recommended textbooks for reference.  However, we do not require any additional textbook purchases and provide students will all of the reference materials online or through pdf.

Career Outlook

What is the average salary of an Ayurvedic Health Counselor, Ayurvedic Practitioner and Ayurvedic Doctor?

Ayurveda as a profession in the United States is in its infancy, so professionals in the field are pioneers often creating their own businesses and jobs in Ayurveda. There is no data available on average salary.

What are some examples of careers that people go into after completing Ayurveda training?

Ayurvedic professionals start full‐time or part‐time practices; educate and train future practitioners; or work as researchers, authors, or product formulators. Many Ayurvedic professionals also supplement their Ayurvedic careers with related health professions, such as massage, yoga teaching or health coaching, and various types of consulting. Ayurvedic professionals who are licensed health practitioners, such as medical doctors, nurses, and dietitians often choose to incorporate their Ayurveda studies into their primary health profession.

Payments & Tuition

Are payment plans available?

Yes, we offer interest-free monthly payment plans, term payment plans and scholarships to those who qualify.

Do you offer Scholarships or Financial Aid?

Yes.  Our “Open Enrollment Initiative” makes our program accessible to our global community regardless of financial ability.

Full Time Students

What is a Full Time Student?

Full-Time Students are students enrolled in one of our Advanced Track Diploma Programs.  Students enrolled in one of our semester programs are not considered full-time students.

What are the benefits of enrolling as a full time student?

Full-time students receive a NAMA student membership, Full-time student ID, paid internship opportunities.

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