Written by John Immel,
What is an Ayurveda Health Counselor?On completion of the 2 year Fundamentals of Ayurvedic Medicine program, graduates will be qualified Ayurvedic Health Counselors. This qualification allows you to assess a client's constitution (prakruti) and imbalances (vikruti), and offer guidance to restore balance using Ayurvedic diet and lifestyle techniques.
All of the fundamental concepts of Ayurvedic theory are included in the Fundamentals of Ayurvedic Medicine course, as well as extensive knowledge of Ayurveda's approach to specific diseases using herbs, diet & lifestyle. You will learn how different disease states are related to the person as a whole.
What is an Ayurveda Digestive Health Coach?On completion of the 1 year Mastering Ayurvedic Digestion & Nutrition program, graduates will be qualified Ayurvedic Digestive Health Coaches. This qualification allows you to assess a client's digestive constitution (prakruti) and imbalances (vikruti), and offer guidance to restore balance using Ayurvedic diet and lifestyle techniques.
Where the Ayurveda Health Counselor course provides depth, the Ayurvedic Digestion & Nutrition course provides depth and specialization in digestive disorders. For example, a digestive health coach will not address Ayurvedic approach for nervous system disorders except in cases where poor digestion is the root cause.
Continuing Education in Ayurveda?After graduating from a counselor level program, a small percentage of academically minded students will continue their studies and become an Ayurvedic Practitioner or Ayurvedic Doctor. To enroll in a higher level degree program, you must first complete the Ayurvedic Health Counselor program. Instead, many Ayurveda Health Counselors choose to develop a specialty by studying a specific disease after graduating. From a clinical perspective, this is a very practical option we recommend to our students. An example is our Mastering Ayurveda Digestion & Nutrition course, and other Ayurveda, Holistic, as well as Western medical courses focused in a specific area of the body.
Since Ayurveda is an unlicensed field in the United States, each school defines these levels of education in different ways.
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About the AuthorJohn 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. 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.