Frequently Asked Questions

Getting Started

What is an Ayurvedic Health Counselor (AHC), Ayurvedic Practitioner (AP), and Ayurvedic Yoga Therapist (AYT)?

An AHC is trained specialist in diet, nutrition, and lifestyle choices from an Ayurvedic perspective. 

 The AP is a professional with training in preventive healthcare, pathology and disease management and can treat specific manifestations using diet, herbal, and other Ayurvedic therapies.

An AYT may design, implement, demonstrate, and instruct a yoga therapy program to help with an individual’s healing process.

What are the Ayur-doula, Ayurvedic Herbalist, and Ayurvedic Psychology Specialization Certifications?

Our specialization certifications are for individuals with an existing profession (massage therapist, medical doctor, midwife, etc.) who can use this specialization within their existing scope of practice without an Ayurvedic Practitioner diploma. Please note that an Ayurvedic Practitioner may specialize in any of the areas without an additional certification since it is redundant and unnecessary.

An Ayur-doula understands the Ayurvedic principles involved in restoring strength, vitality and balance in maternal and infant physiology after childbirth.

An Ayurvedic Herbalist will be able to provide their clients herbal protocols based on an understanding of the prakruti/vikruti paradigm using Ayurvedic herbs.

Our Ayurvedic Psychology certification will provide the professional with the tools needed to create systems of self-healing to guide others to break free from addictive behaviors.

If I am enrolled in the AP or AYT program, is it possible to receive an AHC certificate?

Students will only receive their certificate at the end of their diploma program.

Students will not receive an AHC certificate midway if the student is enrolled in the AP program since the AHC curriculum is part of AP program and students are only enrolling in one program, not two separate courses.

What is the Anatomy & Physiology requirement?

The National Ayurvedic Medical Association requires a minimum of 6 college credits (or equivalent) of Anatomy & Physiology. 

Please note that it is not a prerequisite to enroll in any of our diploma programs and students have up to one year upon completion of their diploma program to meet these requirements.

Review the Anatomy & Physiology requirements.

Registration for Classes

I just enrolled in the program. Now what?

Upon enrollment, you will receive your Welcome email, your login information and access to our self-paced models, Yoga Therapy and Nutrition. 

These are the first two modules and are required curriculum for ALL programs. 

Your Welcome email will list your required curriculum based on your specific enrollment date. Please note that all students are on different paths so please contact if you have any questions about your specific course. 

How do I register for live classes?

For our current students, you will be required to register for your classes during our Open Registration. If you have any questions regarding your course track, please schedule a call with one of our team members so that we can best direct you. 


If I enroll in AHC can I move into the AP program?

Students can enroll in our AHC program and then move into the AP program at any time.  If a student is enrolled in our AP program and has completed AP courses, the student cannot drop down to the AHC program.

If you are enrolled in ANY of our diploma programs are feel that the program is not for you, you can cancel your membership at any time. There are no contracts, however, we do not provide any refunds for monies previously paid. We do ask that you please email us at informing us that you are withdrawing.  If you withdraw and decide to re-enroll at a later date, we will credit your account with your previous payments, however, a $108 re-enrollment fee will be applied.  

Can I graduate from the AP program early?

Because our Ayurvedic Practitioner program is approved by NAMA and NAMA requires all Ayurvedic Practitioner programs to be a minimum of 2 years, we are unable to issue certificates of completion in less than 2 years.  Because of this, we encourage students to map out their graduation path when they first enroll in the AP program and only take the necessary courses each term.  

Book a call with a guidance counselor by clicking the “Speak w/ a Guidance Counselor” above right.

During your program...

Please review your Welcome email to familiarize yourself with your required classes.

If you need to change your payment information at any time, please click on “Account” located on your student dashboard. If you enrolled with a scholarship, you may see the original tuition price on your dashboard, however, when the payment is being processed, it will adjust the price with your scholarship discount.

Please review the Policy Page located on your student portal.

Please review the course calendar:

When the live course begins, please review the “Start Here” tab located on the course dashboard. Please note any due dates for homework submissions and note that we do not accept any late homework assignments. 

While we require students to attend as many live lectures as possible, we understand that scheduling conflicts can arise and therefore a recording will be available on your student dashboard within 48 hours after the live class. To access the class recording, log in to your student dashboard, click the class, and scroll down to the lesson to locate the recordings. 

Based on the instructor, you may be required to complete multiple-choice quizzes, midterm, or final exam. The exams are pass/fail and you can take them as many times as you need until you pass it.  You may also be required to submit homework assignments which are also graded on a pass/fail basis.  Late homework/exam submissions will not be accepted. 

3 weeks after the end of the term, we will tally grades and mark the student portals complete. 


Where do I submit my homework?

Please email ALL homework assignments to

If you instructor requests that the homework assignments be sent to them directly, please cc This helps us keep track of your homework assignments.

What are the Homework Submission Guidelines?

In the subject line, please list the course, lesson number, and your name.

For example, Ayurvedic Nutrition, Lesson 1, Mary Grace

We will only accept assignments submitted in a word or pdf document.

If you do not have software to create documents on your computer, you can create a Gmail account and use google docs. Google docs are free.

Please note that it is the student’s responsibility to keep track of their homework submissions. We highly suggest that students keep a copy of their homework assignments on their computer.

Please note that we review all homework assignments.  

Do you accept late homework assignments?

Please note that as part of our program policy and student’s scholarship agreement, we do not accept late homework submissions.

Please review the “Start Here” located in the course dashboard to confirm due dates.

Student's Scholarship Agreement...

As part of your scholarship agreement, students are required to attend as many live lectures as possible and submit all homework assignments on time.

Students must pass all final exams and complete the homework requirements for their live lecture by the end of the term. Please review the course calendar and note the last day of the term.

If you have any questions about your scholarship agreement, homework submissions, the course calendar or the final exams, please email

Live Classes

Where can I find the syllabus for my live classes?

Please review the “Start Here” located on the dourse dashboard in your Student Portal

In the “Start Here” section, you will find a syllabus (if available), required textbooks, additional reading material,  slides, handouts, homework assignments and due dates, and information regarding a final exam/assessment.

What if I am unable to attend a live lecture?

While we require students attend as many live lectures as possible, we understand that scheduling conflicts can arise and therefore a recording will be available on your student dashboard within 48 hours after the live class. To access the recording, log in to your student dashboard, click on the course, and then scroll down to the lesson to locate the recordings. 

Please note that attendance is REQUIRED for the Online Clinical Internship.

Will there be a final exam for each class?

Every instructor is different and has different requirements.  You can find the requirements for each course located in the “Start Here” second on the course dashboard.

How do I know if I completed the class?

On the student portal, under “Graduation Requirements” there will be a “YES” next to the class once the student has passed the class. 

While we try and update the student portals as quickly as possible, we cannot promise that they will be updated by any specific date. Please note that if you submitted 100% of your homework and passed the final exam with a 70% or higher, you can expect to pass the class.

Can I unenroll from a class and retake it when it is offered again?

Included in each student’s tuition is the ability to take each required class one time. 

After the start of the term, students have 30 days to unenroll from a class without penalty.  If you need to unenroll for any reason, please email 

If a student decides to withdraw from a class after 30 days or does not pass the class, the student will be required to retake the class and pay for the class at their own expense. 

What happens if a new class has been added to the program?

Please review your Welcome email to confirm your curriculum requirements based on your enrollment date.

As we continue to add classes as NAMA updates their standards, current diplmoa students will have the option to enroll in these classes at a 75% discounted rate.

If you have any questions about your curriculum requirements based on your enrollment date, please review your student portal or email

Patient Encounters & Internships

What is a Patient Encounter?

A patient encounter refers to each encounter: initial or follows up

Ayurvedic Health Counselor requires a minimum of 50 patient encounters with at least 25 in a one-to-one setting.

Ayurvedic Practitioner requires a minimum of 150 patient encounters with a at least 50 in a one-to-one setting.

All patient encounters must be reviewed by a teacher or an approved provider.  

How can I complete my patient encounter requirements?

We offer students 3 ways to complete their Patient Encounter (PE) requirements:

Online Clinical Internship: Ayurvedic Internship participants come together and present their case study in grand rounds format under the supervision of an approved Ayurvedic Professional.  The first day of the Online Clinical Internship includes an orientation.  Please note that students must complete Ayurvedic Anatomy in order to participate in this course.

Distance Mentorship: Students can submit their 1×1 patient encounters (25 at the level of AHC and an additional 25 at the level of AP) via the PE Submissions module and a member of the YVI will review their case study and provide feedback.  

Work with an Approved Provider: Students may work with a YVI approved provider by clicking the button “Find A Mentor” to the right on their student portal or click here. Please note that students must notify YVI BEFORE working with an approved provider, preapproved or not.

Students must submit ALL of their case studies to in order to receive credit.