School of Ayurvedic Diet & Digestion

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Written by John Immel, Asheville, NC
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Here are some of the US-based groups that recognize or accredit our courses:
  • State of North Carolina. We are a state licensed college approved to teach Ayurveda.
  • Association of American Biocharacteristics Clinicians (AABC). AABC offers credentials in Biocharacteristics, Ayurveda, Unani Tibb, and Greek medicine that are suitable for integration with modern healthcare providers.
  • Association of Ayurvedic Professionals of North America (AAPNA). Our online Ayurvedic certification is recognized by the Association of Ayurvedic Professionals of North America. This is the largest association of Ayurvedic schools and practitioners in the USA and graduates our Fundamentals program can apply to become a Registered Ayurveda Health Counselor at AAPNA. Graduates of our digestion class can apply 500 hours to their training as an Ayurveda Food Consultant.
  • American Association of Drugless Practitioners (AADP). Joyful Belly is accredited with the AADP and our graduates can apply to become a Certified Health Coach with the Association after passing their board certification exam.

Joyful Belly is also recognized by:

  • National Association of Ayurvedic Schools & Colleges. John Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly School of Ayurveda, is the current president of the NAASC and Joyful Belly School is a current member of the Association.
A certificate of completion is given to those graduates who successfully complete our programs. You can legally start your clinical practice providing Ayurveda consultations once you graduate from our professional certification programs in the United States. You do not need any additional exams, testing or certification after graduation to practice.

As Ayurveda is an unlicensed profession in the United States, you do not need to join any third-party associations to practice Ayurveda. Associations are essentially private clubs and do not have any authority with the U.S. government and do not add any legal scope to your practice. They are generally formed by a group of schools to advance a particular agenda.

Associations do not have the capability to review the quality of education or teaching provided by schools, and are generally ignored by Ayurveda professionals when assessing quality of new graduates.

Read more about the legal status of Ayurveda.

Our students can and do join various Ayurveda associations and clubs, and have our full support.

What is an Ayurveda Health Counselor?
Legal Status of Ayurveda - Licensure & Certification


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About John Joseph Immel

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John Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda biocharacteristics. His approach to Ayurveda is clinical, yet exudes an ease which many find enjoyable and insightful. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda, offering professional clinical training in Ayurveda for over 15 years.

John's interest in Ayurveda and specialization in digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, as well as public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.

John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well. Outside of work, John enjoys spending time with his wife and 7 kids, and pursuing his love of theology, philosophy, and language.

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