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Education HighlightsYour choice of Ayurveda school plays a large part in determining the quality of practitioner you will become. How does Joyful Belly stack up on the top questions for quality Ayurveda educators?
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Engage in weekly body awareness, food, and herb experiments so you experience Ayurveda's benefits and discuss them with the class.
Assignments are designed using active learning methods so students engage with and apply what they've learned.
Use of multimedia makes online learning more effective than traditional in-person classroom settings, where the teacher may be more than 50 feet away from the students.
Your teachers are hand selected not only for great Ayurveda knowledge, but also their great teaching and communication skills.
All of our teachers receive ongoing pedagogy traiing (teacher training) customized to medical education.
We train our teachers in active learning methods and mutliple intelligences and learning styles. We've organized assignments using these pedagogy tools.
Study after study proves great teaching is essential to learning outcomes and competency.
The founder of our school graduated from Harvard, and his academic qualities infuse the whole school to a higher quality education.
Clarity & Depth
The mark of a truly great teacher is the ability to explain complex topics simply, without alot of jargon or mysticism.
Joyful Belly takes a natural, common sense approach to Ayurveda education so that people in your community can related to your future clinical practice and engage in your services.
Patient centered care focuses on the culture of the client, not the medicine.
Your journey will not only be profound, it will also make sense.
Effective & Comprehensive
Titles and certifications mean nothing if you are an ineffective clinician. There are no shortcuts to quality education.
Our quality oriented courses do not rush education. 2 years is the minimum to understand the full scope of Ayurveda. An additional 2 years is required for advanced level practice.
Our courses are more challenging, but build more confidence and results.
Avoid comparing schools based on price. Instead compare clinical outcomes. Don't skimp on education. Focus on your lifetime career, not on 'geting a deal' today.
Harvard is not the cheapest school, but you can actually have a successful career and your lifetime earning potential makes it worth it.
When you graduate from Joyful Belly, you are investing in a high-quality, in-depth education, your future clinical confidence, and a lifetime of achieving your goals.
Clinical Mentoring & Support
Receive extensive clinical tools and apps that 1) enhance learning, and 2) provide accurate remedies at your fingertips during your clinical appointments.
Receive mentoring throughout your clinical practicum from experienced senior teachers that stay with you throughout the program. Grow with each appointment.
Receive your own customized fully functional clinic that you can use to promote your practice, unique products and services.
Receive extensive business and career training.
Gain experience running your clinic and business while in the course.
Once you graduate, you are already setup for practice.
Marketing & Promotion
Receive, develop and execute your marketing plan step by step.
Receive expert 1-1 guidance from business advisors at Joyful Belly.
Homework assistance calls and student support ensures you are on track and confidently moving forward, while increasing your competency during each step of the course.
Accuracy Checks & Grading
Improve performance as you receive evaluations on every assignment from our team of graders.
Assignments include both multiple choice questions and written work that graders analyze and offer corrective feedback.
Your accuracy is ensured and developed every step of the way. Gaps in your understanding are identified and remedied.
This feedback will give you confidence in yourself and your knowledge.
Frequent buddy assignments and assessment greatly enhance learning and create strong bonds in the program.
Student chat groups are lively, insightful, and rich with ideas. Our support staff monitors these groups so you can ask questions anytime throughout your learning process.
Team Based - Not Self-Paced
Self-paced courses improve sales but are scientifically shown to produce poor quality clinicians and to undermine educational quality.
You can't become a clinician just by studying on your own.
Self-paced and open enrollment 'by modules' don't work.
Here, all students start at the same time and grow together as a class. You are joining a community and you will learn from each other. Expect to make lifelong friends and colleagues.
Our students are leaders with busy lives. We DO offer flexibliy for any life events or plans you have during the school-year. Contact us for details.
Teachers Know You
Our dedicated teachers are committed to your success and will know your name. Teachers stay with you thoughout the program.
Our active alumni community will invite you to clinical and business reviews so students benefit from long term membership in a community.
Alumni Business Advisors
Alumni have lifetime access to business support so they remain effective as practitioners in the years after they graduate.
Your education goes far beyond the textbook. Joyful Belly is a pioneer in the Ayurveda profession. Our expertise is demonstrated through hundreds of novel research studies with tens of thousands of participants. We don't just teach Ayurveda, we study and develop it.
It is essential you learn from a school with comprehensive mastery of Ayurveda and leadership in the field.
The scope of knowledge you will receive is demonstrated by the thousands of articles we have published on the website and the many free tools we offer to the public.
Great schools of Ayurveda study Ayurveda themselves.
Generosity & Accessibility
Joyful Belly's values and commitment to public health & wellness are demonstrated by the vast free content we offer to the public.
State licensing is a demanding process that requires schools to operate according to best practices and stable financials. While many schools seek exemption from this process we have embraced it and thus have the legal status of a college in our state.
Food & Digestion
Joyful Belly is a renowned resource and pioneer for all subjects regarding Ayurvedic food and digestion.
We avoid alliances to Ayurveda associations and clubs that do not focus on the clinical success of practitioners, but instead exist to protect their donor schools and increase the cost of education.
Under the guise of protecting Ayurveda, such associations make Ayurveda exclusive to certain religious groups, limit innovation, and prevent the advancement of Ayurveda as an integrative medicine. They have no legal authority with the government.
Unlike the state, these associations do not audit schools for actual competency. Instead, they greatly increase costs while offering little to no benefits to our graduates.
These associations frequently scare students by convincing them they have authority. However, Ayurveda employers largely ignore association membership when hiring. Instead they look at years of clinical practice and education level.
No hidden costs / travel
The cost of tuition and materials are the only costs in the program. There are no hidden costs to receiving your certification.
There is no travel required in the program.
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About our Online Ayurveda School
Why Joyful Belly?
The Joyful Belly school is the right program for students who want to build a successful clinical practice. The hands-on, convenient format teaches you the clinical Ayurvedic approach step by step. Weekly live class discussions will enhance your learning of the material. Exercises will supplement presentations, ensuring you have a firm grasp of Ayurveda's methods. Personal mentoring sessions will fine-tune your assessment & recommendation skills.
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What People are Saying
"The Dosha composition quiz is one of the most comprehensive tests you can find on the internet and the website has a huge collection of recipes for all the seasons. The recipes are nourishing, tasty and leave you satisfied."
"I wish to expand upon our conversation regarding you as a teacher.
Nutritionist - Hot springs, NC
"I just wanted to personally thank both of you for the awesome program you guys put on and for the fantastic information you've provided. This program was above and beyond what I expected and opened my eyes to a whole new world of medicine, I still consider myself a beginner in this field but wanted to thank you both for all that you've done!"
Physical Therapist / Trainer - Yuba city, CA
"All the instructors are sooo responsive and helpful in this program. They really listen to the students suggestions and very graciously and thoughtfully always find a way to achieve the needs of the students. Thanks so much!"
Other Health / Wellness Professional - Lakeville , PA
"I love the joyful belly website and send a lot of people there as well. Did you know that you can become an affiliate and get reimbursed for referrals? The information is amazing. I have my client's create their quizzes and forward them to me, just like we're doing in class. John Joseph Immel and the rest of the gang at JB are GREAT!!!"
Ayurvedic Healer -
"I really love the sample case-studies thath help us practice giving recommendations and getting direct feedback about them. "
Yoga Instructor - Norristown, PA
"Observing the teachers in the in-class client consult was highly effective for me.
This allowed me to hear, see and learn about remedies that I had not been taught before or come across before.
I think their years of practice with real clients and seeing what has or hasnít worked is what is so interesting to see in these in class consults."
Ayurvedic Healer - Los angeles, CA
"I approached the Joyful Belly Ayurveda Health Counselor Course because I wanted a solid curriculm and foundation in natural holistic medicine. Joyfulbelly has helped me reach this goal. I use this ancient knowledge not only for myself but for others."
"On a personal health level, my eating habits and beliefs about food changed drastically. I learned to better understand my unique needs. I also learned to separate the overwhelming amount of online health information for the general population and narrow it down to what I actually needed for my body. As a result, my weight is lower then ever. My digestion is the best I can recall it being in my life. I also see my husband and children benefiting now and in the future from all the knowledge I have gained."
Ayurvedic Healer - Los angeles, CA
"Oh wow, so many things about this course inspire me, and my family! Just simply the privilege of acquiring such deep knowledge of this science is a huge inspiration. I am certainly inspired to continue the journey beyond AHC as well. This has been a terrific start. I'm enjoying all of it. I just need to balance my Pitta (and Vata) sometimes because I love reading all things Ayurveda and listening to podcasts too (daily), on top of the course materials! I would really love to go for a PhD. "
Yoga Instructor - Mont kiara, KUALA LUMPUR
"I am so glad I finally bit the bullet and did the MID course. I have been wanting to deepen my understanding of Ayurveda for years but decided to do a 2-year course in Nutrition Science & Practice first. Boy that was a mistake! It was only after completing the MID course, that I feel truly confident that I can support any client in improving their health, even those with a very complex medical history, with the very simple yet highly effective Ayurvedic principles and practices I learned during this course."
Nutritionist - York, AL
"I have gotten so much out of this. I feel a bit emotional about it coming to an end! I'd love to stay in touch and keep learning from all the wise folk here."
Ayurvedic Healer - Melbourne, VIC
I would like to thank you for an amazing program. it was challenging for me because of my personal situation but I really enjoyed it.
I officially finished all the assignment yesterday night and I am very happy. Part of me wanted it to last forever, but everything has to have an end.
If by any chance, you are passing by Virginia, you have an open invitation for you and your family to stay with us.
Have a wonderful day,"
Bland , VA
"You make ayurveda fun. It is easier to learn when fun. A big thank you. This is the sign of a good teacher. Thank you also for making me laugh."
"Thank you so much for last night's class. The food was absolutely delicious and the wonderful chutney you made topped it off. Thank you for making and sharing that! Your teachings are so insightful and passionate, it is obvious that you walk your talk. I'd probably attend the same class again, it was a really, really good introduction overall."