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.  They focus on preventative healthcare and are able to work within the first three stages of samprapti.

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 or AYT programs. Students are only enrolled in one program, not two/three separate certificate courses.

What is the Anatomy & Physiology requirement?

The National Ayurvedic Medical Association requires a minimum of college-level credits (or equivalent) of Anatomy & Physiology in order to receive a certificate of completion for either the AHC or AP programs (view full NAMA A&P guidelines here).

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. Please note that while students have up to one year to complete this co-requisite, YVI will not issue a certificate of completion until this requirement is completed.

It is the students responsibility to contact prospective schools at the time of enrollment to assure that their A&P program issues a college level, or equivalent, A&P course.  

Yoga Veda Institute may choose to not accept certifications from schools previously accepted as standards are updated.  For this reason, it is paramount that students reach out to prospective schools directly to guarantee that the school is positioned to offer a certification confirming completion of credits (1 credit=15 course hours) of college level anatomy & physiology or equivalent at the time of enrollment.

Review the Anatomy & Physiology requirements.


Why do I see the full tuition price on my account page when I have a scholarship?

If you are receiving a scholarship, you might be seeing the full tuition price, but please note that your scholarship discount will be applied when the payment is processed.

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, Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy Foundations and Ayurvedic 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. 

Which classes are pre-recorded and self-paced and which classes must I complete live?

When you first enroll in the program, you have access to Yoga Veda Institute’s foundation courses that serve as prerequisites for most other coures in the AHC, AP, and AYT programs.  These courses are Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy Foundations and Ayurvedic Nutrition.  Both of these courses are pre-recorded and self-paced.

You may notice that you have access to other courses included in your program with recorded lessons posted.  These are old courses that you must take live once they are offered again.

The only pre-recorded, self-paced courses that you may take are:

  • Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy Foundations
  • Ayurvedic Nutrition
  • Art of Assessment (prerequisite: Subtle Body Anatomy)

Everything else must be taken when it is offered live and completed before the term ends.  Please review our course calendar for dates.

How do I know which classes I still need to complete in order to graduate?

From the Student Portal, you will find three drop down menus: Ayurvedic Health Counselor (AHC), Ayurvedic Practitioner (AP), and Ayurvedic Yoga Therapist (AYT).  There, you will find all of the courses needed to complete in order to graduate, and next to each one is a “Yes” or “No.”  Yes means you have completed that specific requirement and No means you have not yet completed it.

How do I register for live classes?

You are no longer required to register for classes each term.

Our new system will automatically grant you access to your required classes based on your enrollment date.

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 and feel that the program is not for you, you can cancel your monthly tuition payments at any time. There are no contracts, however, we do not provide any refunds for monies previously paid. If you wish to withdraw, you may request to do so here. 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 and you will be held to the current requirements to graduate which may be different from when you originally enrolled.

Can I graduate from the AP program early?

Because our Ayurvedic Practitioner program is approved by National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA) and NAMA requires all Ayurvedic Practitioner programs to be a minimum of 2 years, we are unable to issue certificates of completion at the level of Ayurvedic Practitioner 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.

What is expected of me during my 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. 

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


Where do I submit my homework?

Unless specified by your Instructor, submit 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 and “download as pdf.” Google docs are free.

Please note that while all assignments are submitted to Yoga Veda Institute, 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.

What is the 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 and exams on time.

Students must pass all final exams and complete the homework requirements for their live lecture by the due dates posted. 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

Will my homework be posted for other people to see?

Yoga Veda Institute does not share your homework submissions with anyone.  Only your Instructor or homework staff will review your homework.  We understand that some homework responses can be very personal and we value your privacy.

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 and optional textbooks, additional reading material,  slides, handouts, homework assignments and due dates, and information regarding a final exam/assessment.

Please note that many instructors do not provide this information until the first day of class.

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 the course module, and then scroll down to the lesson to locate the recordings. 

Please note that attendance is required for the Online Clinical Internship and therefore we do not post recordings of these sessions.

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 exam(s) with a 70% or higher, you can expect to pass the class.

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.  You can also find a list of your requirements on the Student Portal.

As we continue to add classes as NAMA updates their standards, current diploma students will have the option to particpate in the courses at no additional fee.

Please note that these newly added courses may not be required for you to graduate.
Therefore, when planning your class schedule each term, make sure you’re planning on completing your required courses first; taking additional classes if time and space in your schedule permits.

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

Client Encounters & Internships

What is a Client Encounter?

A Client Encounter (CE) refers to each encounter with a client that follows the current CE requirements: initial or follows up

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

Click here to view Current Client Encounter Requirements.

How can I complete my Client Encounter requirements?

We offer students 3 ways to complete their Client Encounter (CE) 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 Practitioner.  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.

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.   

How do I submit a record of my Client Encounters?

As a student, you are responsible for tracking your own Client Encounters.  While all Client Encounter submissions are sent to Yoga Veda Institute (either through email or the PE Submission Module) for review and feedback, it is your responsibility as a student to prepare the following for graduation:

  1. Track how many Client Encounters you have completed.
  2. Submit all Client Encounters (74 for AHC / 174 for AP) to Yoga Veda Institute in one file (numbered) when you apply for graduation.

We highly suggest that you keep all of your Client Encounters in one folder on a cloud drive, such as Google Drive, in the event that your computer crashes, is lost, or stolen.  Yoga Veda Institute is not responsible for filing, tracking, and documenting your personal case study submissions.

You will need to submit a record of your client encounters before we can mark your dashboard off as complete.  Please send YVI a folder of all of the case studies (numbered) via email once you meet this requirement.


When can I graduate?

AHC students can complete their program within one to three years.  Because our AHC program is approved by the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA) and NAMA requires the AHC program to be a minimum one year in length, students enrolled in our AHC program are unable to receive their certificate of completion in less than one year.

AP students can complete their program within two to five years.  Because our AP program is approved by the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA) and NAMA requires the AP program to be a minimum two years in length, students enrolled in our AP program are unable to receive their certificate of completion in less than two years.

AYT students can complete their program within two to five years.

What is required of me to graduate?

Students must complete the following in order to graduate:

  • Pass all of the classes that are required within the required time frame 
  • Complete the necessary prerequisite or corequisite for their program:
    • AHC corequisite: 6 college-level credits of Anatomy & Physiology
    • AP corequisite: 6 college-level credits of Anatomy & Physiology
    • AYT prerequisite: 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training
  • Complete Patient Encounter requirements for the AHC or AP or Giving Yoga Therapy requirements for the AYT
  • Pay tuition off in full
  • Submit a record of your Patient Encounters in one folder (can be a shared google drive or zip file) of all of the case studies (numbered) that you’ve completed
  • Apply to graduate before the due date listed on the Apply for Graduation application

When will I receive my certificate of completion?

If you applied to graduate before the graduation deadline and have met all of your requirements, you will receive a confirmation of graduation by email within 30 days of the last day of the trimester.

Within 6 weeks after you receive the confirmation of graduation, graduates will receive a certificate of completion.  A single paper certificate is sent to new graduates free of charge and are mailed via regular US Post.

Additional certificates may be sent and a $30 fee is applied for each additional certificate requested.

Express (DHL, FedEx or USPS) with parcel tracking is availalbe for our international students for an additional shipping fee.  Contact us for more information.


Account Amendment Requests

Student account amendment requests (cancellations, amendments, upgrades etc) are processed bi-monthly.  Once a formal request has been submitted our accounting department will review and process requests (usually in 7 to 10 business days) from the date of receipt. Processing times may be extended during periods of high traffic such as open enrollment times and new trimester start periods.

Payment Plan Account Status

Students on Scholarship Payment Plans and students on Tuition Payment Plans remain in DEFAULT status on the 1st day of every month will have their access to the student portal restricted until the outstanding tuition payment is received. A a $35 USD account reinstatement fee will be applied and added to the outstanding balance of the student account.   

Students who remain in default on the 1st of the month will be required to set up a new (ACH) payment plan and may have to wait until the next billing cycle to re-gain access to their student account. 

Pausing Payments

Students on payment plans who would like to pause their studies may do so for up to one trimester each year with no penalty as long as payments continue as agreed at the time of enrollment.  In order to stay in good standing students must maintain enrollment and continue with their payment agreement even when taking a trimester break.  Doing so you are still on track and may pick up studies after your trimester off.
If you would like to stop payments entirely you may do so and formally withdraw from the program.  Doing so you may pause your studies AND your payment for an undefined period.  At the time you decide to return to your studies, you will be credited the classes you’ve completed AND the payments you have already made will be credited to your account.  You will be billed the new tuition rate at the time you re-enroll in the program, and will be held to the new program (NAMA) requirements.

Student Reimbursements

Reimbursement requests are processed at the end of each trimester billing cycle.  Our billing cycle ends on the 25th day of the first month of the new trimester start date.