Prospective Students :: Frequently Asked Questions

Where do I start?

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 Teacher: Module 1 {100 HourFoundation Course}.

Begin speaking the language of Ayurveda, experience what it means to be a student of YVI, get to know the instructors, and see if online learning is a good fit.

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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.

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.


The course requires 6 months of supervised clinical experience and a minimum of 150 patient encounters. How does this take place with the majority of 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” by joining in any one of our in house programs throughout the year “pay what you can” tuition. 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. Click Here to review the National Ayurvedic Medical Association’s Patient Encounter Guidelines.

What is the definition of a Patient Encounter?

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. View the complete Patient Encounter Guidelines right here.

Does Yoga Veda offer Professional Internship opportunities?

Yes, Internship opportunities are available in both Mexico and in India. Internships are not 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 studio 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.

What if I already have a 200 Hour Certificate?

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 any one {or both} of 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.

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Ayurvedic Yoga Teacher: Module 1 {100 Hour Gateway Foundation Course}

Ayurvedic Nutrition: Module 2 {100 Hour Gateway Foundation Course}

I do not have anatomy and physiology course credits. If I need to study additionally can you recommend how to do this cost effectively?

The National Ayurvedic Medical Association requires a minimum of 6 college credits to become certified as an Ayurvedic Practitioner. Yoga Veda will provide students with all of the requirements to complete the course, including any anatomy & physiology course credits that are required within the scope of the course.

Who are the course 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 consultations {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 & course work.

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.

View the National Ayurvedic Medical Association Membership FAQ

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. This is not merely a training in how to teach an asana class (don’t worry, you’ll learn that too). This is our introductory course in Ayurvedic Yoga 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.

For the Karma Service component, how can I complete the required hours?

Complete your designated amount of Karma Service hours in your community our ours. Local volunteer opportunities are available for you in our village in Mexico (orphanages, animal shelters, nursing homes or in our studio) and provide students with a life changing experience of service. You may however complete your karma service by giving back in your community, or anywhere else. Giving back is what is important, where and when is up to you!

Are there any internship opportunities available?

After students complete Yoga Veda’s 200 Hour Ayurvedic Yoga Training course there are many internship opportunities available. Students are encouraged to remain in Ajijic, Mexico following their training to gain valuable community service experience in our local studio. Students are responsible for all aspects of studio management including yoga & Ayurveda workshops and classes. Ayurvedic internships are also available throughout the year. Applying for the internship is easy for our students, simply let us know prior to your stay that you are interested in the program.

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