*Pending approval by the Maryland Higher Education Commission
Ayurveda (“science of life”) is one of the oldest systems of self-care in the world, with seminal texts dating to the height of the Vedic civilization (circa 2000BC). It focuses on an individual’s relationship with their own body, mind, and spirit, and with the natural world. Its aim is to integrate and balance these aspects to help prevent illness and promote promotes physical health and well-being along with the pursuit of a purposeful, meaningful life, in individualized ways. This proactive and relationship-centered approach is designed to re-establish harmony and balance by cleansing the body of substances that can cause sickness, and integrate and balance the body, mind and spirit. MUIH’s Ayurvedic Wellness Practices Post-Baccalaureate (PBC) program is well suited to individuals interested in helping themselves and others support their health and wellness. Ayurveda blends well with modern medicine and other integrative health fields, both philosophically and practically, owing to its inclusivity of multiple perspectives. This program offers graduate-level education that prepares graduates to enhance their professional health care practices with Ayurveda wellness approaches and to apply this healing framework when considering disease prevention and management. This online 12 credit program can be completed in one year (three trimesters).
The Ayurvedic Wellness Practices PBC provides educational and career opportunities for professionals in a variety of integrative and conventional health care and medical fields. It provides graduates with the skills, knowledge, and framework needed to specialize in the wellness therapies used in traditional Ayurveda. It also provides health care and medical professionals with the in-depth working knowledge needed to incorporate Ayurvedic approaches in their primary practice, and combine it with and complement other modalities such as yoga therapy, nutrition, herbal medicine, naturopathic and conventional medicine, acupuncture, massage therapy, nursing, chiropractic, midwifery, health and wellness coaching, health education, and personal training, athletic training, and fitness.
The program is designed to provide students with practical exposure to the array of ancient and contemporary modalities and approaches that has garnered Ayurveda the title of “mother of healing”. It enables graduates to create general approaches to promote, build, and maintain functional levels of health and vitality in daily life, present basic Ayurvedic lifestyle and wellness education to the public, and apply the principles of Ayurveda to enhance their current professional practice with a unique set of assessment and health promotion skills.
Students will gain a solid foundation in modern Ayurvedic medicine which incorporates a progressive scientific perspective while maintaining its roots in traditional practices. The curriculum includes key components of the science of Ayurveda: the incorporation of diet and herbs, the influences of season and climate on physiology, and lifestyle and self-care choices to build a healthy and meaningful life. The program covers a well-developed set of self-care principles and practices to live a healthy and meaningful life, and the use of these principles and practices to develop routines to maintain health and achieve life goals. The program provides a comprehensive, in-depth, and working knowledge of the major aspects of traditional Ayurvedic health and wellness therapies including foundational Ayurvedic principles; constitutional and metabolic typology; Ayurvedic food science; Yoga, breathing, and meditation skills; experiential healing and energy points; and seasonal rejuvenation and health restorative measures.
Students who complete the PBC in Ayurvedic Wellness Practices will:
- Understand the basics of Ayurvedic physiology with emphasis on assessing constitutional propensities.
- Demonstrate an understanding of Ayurvedic principles of the mind emphasizing the role the mind plays in creating balance and health, including the science and experience of Yogic exercise, breathing, and awareness practices as a way to normalize the restorative cycle of daily life.
- Be proficient in applying Ayurvedic theories to food selection, food preparation, and use of traditional herbs/spices as a means of supporting health and wellness.
- Evidence growth in routine daily practices and demonstrate skill in adapting programs to the unique requirements of the modern American lifestyle.
- Possess information and health literacy skills relevant to the field of Ayurveda.
- Possess the critical thinking skills necessary to understand the place of Ayurveda in the current U.S. healthcare setting.
- Demonstrate skill in transferring the learning in the program out into the world through principled practice and self-embodiment.
Student Learning Outcomes:
Students who complete the PBC in Ayurvedic Wellness Practices will:
- Demonstrate the use of the foundational concepts and perspectives offered in Ayurveda.
- Understand the science of Ayurvedic physiology and its application to supporting health and wellness.
- Identify constitutional types in clients through visual cues, gathering life history, and assessing affective tendencies.
- Demonstrate proficiency in designing and implementing personalized health and wellness plans based on the Ayurvedic model of health and wellness.
- Become skilled in understanding the role of agni (digestion) in health and be able to make specific recommendations to clients based on their state of agni.
- Demonstrate the ability to offer reasonable guidelines in using foods and herb/spices to facilitate the balancing of constitutional archetypes.
- Demonstrate the ability to develop a comprehensive set of routines based on age, constitution, season, and life skills/goals.
- Demonstrate proficiency in the art of identifying and explaining the conceptual framework of constitution as it pertains to the individual client.
- Demonstrate the skills necessary to inspire clients to embrace their goals.
The program consists of 12 credits of the following required courses:
- AYUR630: Foundations of Ayurveda (3 cr)
- AYUR631: Ayurveda and the Mind (3 cr)
- AYUR633: Ayurvedic Nutrition and Herbs (3 cr)
- AYUR635: Ayurvedic Lifestyle Skills and Self-Care (3 cr)
The program’s design aligns with the general educational principles outlined by the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Benchmarks for Ayurveda, National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA), Council for Ayurveda Credentialing, National Ayurvedic Medical Association Certification Board, and the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT).
Increasing and significant use of holistic health and Ayurvedic wellness practices has led to a need for well-educated professionals in the field. The 2002, 2007, and 2012 National Health Interview Survey indicated a substantial and consistent use of Ayurveda by U.S. adults. The U.S. Department of Labor projects a faster than average job growth rate (10% to 14%) for individuals with an Ayurvedic medicine/education program for the period 2016-2026. Increasing professionalization of the field is demonstrated by a growth in professional membership in the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA) and the establishment of the NAMA Certification Board in 2017. Growing use of Ayurveda is reflected in increasing U.S. government funding for clinical trials and more than $17 million in funding by the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, and Environmental Protection Agency during the period 2005 to 2017 for research grants involving some aspect of Ayurveda.
A number of career opportunities are available to graduates of the Ayurvedic Wellness Practices PBC program, as they will be well positioned to serve as practitioners, guides, coaches, and educators in settings such as:
Healthcare professional practice enhancement through a new and unique set of assessment and health promotion skills.
- Wellness, spa, yoga, fitness, and athletic professions.
- Ayurvedic herbal, food and beauty product lines.
- General education classes and workshops in fundamental Ayurvedic concepts in community and workplace wellness programs.
- Individual and group health, wellness, and menu coaching, consulting, and planning.
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