Frequently Asked Questions

AP Program

How do I book a call with my Success Coach?

You can book a call with your success coach by clicking here.  If you are unable to wait until the next availability, you can email

I just enrolled in the program. Where do I begin?

You receive access to the Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy and Ayurvedic Nutrition, regardless of when you enroll in YVI’s diploma programs, and therefore you can begin learning immediately.

When the next term approaches, you will participate in live classes, meeting with your teacher over Zoom each week.


Can I participate in the upcoming term if I haven't completed all of the homework assignments inside Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy and Ayurvedic Nutrition?

Yes, students are encouraged to enroll in the live courses even if they have not completed Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy and Ayurvedic Nutrition.  Both of those classes are self-paced thus you can complete them at your convenience.  Be mindful, however, that they must be completed before you graduate with your diploma. 

Either Ayurvedic Anatomy, Spiritual Health & Healing, or Yoga Philosophy will be offered each term.  All of these courses do not require prerequisites and therefore you do not need to complete Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy and Ayurvedic Nutrition to participate.


What are the required courses to complete the AP program?
Which classes should I enroll in in the next term?

During Year 1, you should be enrolled in 1 class each term + the Clinical Internship or SH&H unless you are on the fast-track.  If you are on the fast-track, you can take up to two classes each term.


Please consult the our 2019 Fall Term Registration Guide.



Can I take Herbology II in the 2019 Fall Term if I have not yet completed Chikitsa?

If you have not yet completed Chikitsa, you are currently in your Year 1 studies.  Advanced Herbology is a Year 2 course.  While this class is reserved for Year 2 students, if you have successfully completed Herbology Foundations and have shown that you are able to successfully take Health & Healing, Chikitsa, AND Herbology II, you may register.


Please note that part of the scholarship requirements is that students enrolled in our AHC/AP programs must remain in good standing with YVI.  



How do I register for the 2019 Fall Term?

An email will arrive in your inbox August 19th with details on how to enroll.  Please do not email YVI before then notifying them of which classes you plan on taking as this will not count as registrating.

What is the fast-track?

If students choose to earn their AP diploma in two years, they may take two classes each term in addition to the Clinical Internship + SH&H to graduate in less time.  

As per the NAMA regulations and guidelines, the Ayurvedic Practitioner is 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.

Which class am I enrolled in?

It is the student’s responsibility to know which classes they are enrolled in.  If there is confusion around which classes they should be taking during a term, they must email to inquire.  Do not ask other students in the Sister Science Facebook group as everyone is on a different path.

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.

Review the Anatomy & Physiology requirements.

Live Lessons

When will I receive the call details for the upcoming class?

You can find the live call details inside the course dashboard by clicking “Start Here.”  If you aren’t able to access the dashboard, you can email to ensure that you are registered for the class.  

When is the next live class?

You can find all of the upcoming classes (dates and times) on the Course Calendar.

What if I can't attend the live classes?

We record each lecture (excluding the Clinical Internship) and post the recorded lesson along with the homework assignment and supportive material inside the corresponding lesson within 48 hours of the call.  

Please be mindful that if you plan to sit for the NAMA exam, you must attend the majority of the classes live to meet their contact-hour requirements.


When will the recorded lesson be posted and where can I find it?

We post the recorded lecture along with the homework assignment and supportive material inside the corresponding lesson within 48 hours of the call.  

Can I have my teacher’s email address?

We do not give the teachers’ email address to students.  

If you have a question regarding the content, bring it to the next live class.  If you are not able to attend the next live lesson, send your question to and they will forward it to your teacher and you will learn the answer when you watch the recording.

Why are some classes offered on demand, and others offered live?

We strive to offer our program in a timely manner.  Each class is offered once per graduation period in a live format.  Students may elect to take additional classes on demand to move through the program at a faster pace.  

In addition, some classes are not a required part of our NAMA recognized program, however, we believe are crucial to student development.  These classes are offered on demand rather than live, to help students meet their live hour requirements with required courses.


What are the homework submission guidelines?

To ensure you get the credit you deserve for your work, review the homework submission guidelines.

When will the homework be posted after a live lesson?

We post the homework within 48 hours after each live lesson.

What if I don’t have software on my computer to complete an assignment?

If you do not have softward to create documents on your computer such as word, pages, etc., you can use Google Docs.  Google Docs is free and can download your file as a .docx or .pdf.

I have not received feedback from my last assignment. Does that mean that it wasn’t received?

No, we do not provide feedback for every assignment.  

If the homework was submitted on time (excluding Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy and Ayurvedic Nutrition as these courses are self-paced), and it looks as if you are not absorbing the information well, your teacher or teacher’s assistant will contact you to ask more questions/provide clarity.

If you do not receive feedback for an assignment in the advanced courses, you can assume it’s because everything is correct.


I forgot which assignments I still need to submit. Can you tell me?

No, it is the student’s responsibility to track their homework submissions.  If YVI finds that you are missing an assignment, they will contact you.

Course Content

I have a question about the content in the course. Who do I ask?

If you have a question regarding the content inside a course that meets live each week, ask your teacher the following lesson.  If you are not able to attend the next live lesson, send your question to and they will forward it to your teacher.  You will learn the answer when you watch the recorded lesson.


If you have a question for one of our on-demand courses, you can post your question inside the Sister Science Facebook group.  Our advanced students and teachers are eager to provide clarity.




Final Exams

Does every class include a final exam?

No, not every course includes a final exam.  Each teacher creates the curriculum inside their course and not every teacher includes a final exam.  

Are the final exams in the courses open book?

Yes, because of the nature of online learning, you are able to refer to all of the material used in the course, however, the purpose of exam is to ensure that you have a solid understanding of the content so that you will succeed in further modules and as an Ayurvedic Heal Councelor and/or Practitioner.

How long do I have to complete the final exams?

You must complete the exam before the next term begins.  Please review the Course Calendar for dates.

What is a passing grade?

You must receive an 80% or higher to pass the exam and move onto the next course.

What if I don’t pass a final exam? Can I retake it?

Yes, if your course has a final exam and you do not pass it on the first try, you can retake it.  

Please be mindful that you cannot move onto the next course without a passing grade.

Can I have the answers to a exam after I complete it?

No, we do not give the answers to the exams whether you passed the exam or not.  This is because everyone in the course takes the exam at different times and we cannot risk sharing of answes.

Internship / Practicum

What is the Clinical Internship?

YVI offers students enrolled in AP programs an opportunity to fulfill NAMA’s Patient Encounter requirements via web conference consultations. 

Please review the Internship Orientation posted inside the Internship.



When can I participate in the Online Internship?

The Internship was designed for students who have successfully completed Ayurvedic Anatomy and Clinical Assessment, however, we have opened the internship up to students on the fast-track who want to observe the advanced students while completing Clinical Assessment simultaniously.  

Am I required to participate in YVI's Internship?

No.  If a student cannot/does not want to participate in YVI’s Internship, they can earn NAMA’s Patient Encounter requirements by working with an approved provider or at our retreat center in Mexico.

Do I need to attend the Internship session to earn Patient Encounters?

Yes, you must be present at the Internship to earn patient encounters.  

What if I can’t attend all of the sessions?

The Internship is ongoing and therefore you can earn NAMA’s required Patient Encounters throughout your studies at YVI.  You have more than one term to complete the internship.

When will you post the recording of the Internship?

We are not posting the recording of the Internship sessions.  You must attend each session to receive credit.

Is it my responsibility to track my Patient Encounters?

Yes, it is your responsibility to track your patient encounters.  You can do so by saving them in a google document (shared with YVI) and use case study numbers instead of names to be HIPAA compliant.

How do I set up a Clocktree account?

Email the name and email address that you would like to use in Clocktree.

Do I need to create my own intake/assessment forms and waivers?

Yes, creating forms are part of the learning process.  Because many of our students are already working with clients, this gives them the opportunity to incorporate Ayurveda into their business.  

What is the Clinical Internship in Mexico?