Written by John Immel, Asheville, NC
- Can I study on my own schedule? What are minimum attendance requirements?
Each week, you will complete all presentations on your own schedule. Class will meet 3 times each week, including convenient options for every time zone. All classes will be recorded so you can listen to them even if you miss it. Most students can attend 2 out of 3. These students listen to the recording for the ones they can't attend live. Some of our international students attend 1 live class a week.
We understand that life events may prevent you, time to time, from completing assignments on time. We have a policy to accommodate you. Extensions are flexibly granted on a case by case basis.
See the course catalog for more information.
- Is it legal to practice Ayurveda?
Ayurveda is currently legal in all 50 U.S. states. After graduating from Joyful Belly's Ayurveda certification courses, you will legally be able to see clients. If you are not practicing in the United States, it is best to check your local laws to confirm what the most current policy is as the practice of Ayurveda is still evolving in most countries outside of India. Read more about the legal status of Ayurveda.
- What is my title / designation after graduation?
When you graduate from the Master Ayurvedic Digestion and Nutrition program, you receive a certification as an Ayurvedic Digestive Health Coach.
When you graduate from the Fundamentals of Ayurvedic Medicine Course, you receive a certification as an Ayurveda Health Counselor.
Graduates from our certification programs are eligible for board certification as a health coach with the American Association of Drugless Practitioners upon graduation. Our graduates are also eligible for certification with the Ayurvedic Association of Professionals of North America.
- What can I do when I graduate?
Our graduates pursue many different means of sharing Ayurveda. Most commonly graduates combine some type of public workshops (at yoga studios, wellness centers, community spaces, etc) with one on one consultations. The workshops help to introduce you and Ayurveda to your community and then build your client base as participants want to work more deeply with Ayurveda. Many graduates practice out of an integrative clinic with other holistic health practitioners like chiropractors, massage therapists, etc. Some of our graduates also go on to do personal chef work and / or cooking instruction. Some integrate Ayurveda into services they already offer as a therapist or medical doctor for example. Some opt for a practice based in their community while others build their practice online. The possibilities are only limited by your own engenuity! Read more about building your Ayurveda career.
- Am I missing anything by choosing an online course?
Online learning is convenient, cost effect and improves learning outcomes. Read more on the Benefits of Online Learning for Ayurveda Education
After 8 years of running online Ayurvedic certification programs, we find that online learning is much more accessible and experiential. Use of unique online multimedia to bring things up closer than you can in a traditional classroom setting where the teacher is 50 feet away from. Our teachers are 2 feet away from you.
Our online courses are more experiential not less. Use of unique online multimedia to bring things up closer than you can in a traditional classroom setting where the teacher is 50 feet away from. Our teachers are 2 feet away from you.
Students watch pre-recorded presentations with slides full of informative images & displays, do experiential food & body awareness experiments, sample herbs and Ayurvedic formulations, engage through weekly live course calls as well as a class forum for discussion monitored by the program teachers. Since Joyful Belly has run an online clinic for 10 years we've had a lot of experience in creating meaningful interaction online.
- Do you offer scholarships or other payment options?
Rather than offering scholarships to a select few, we have opted for a competitively priced program accessible to all. Although we cannot offer scholarships, we do offer payment plans and a limited number of work study positions for qualified individuals. Please contact email@example.com for details.
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About the Author
John Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a
healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda.
His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful.
His online course Balance Your Ayurvedic Diet in a Week
provides tools for gracefully healing with Ayurveda to thousands.
John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda
, which specializes in digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition.
John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food
John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his 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.
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