According to a 2017 report from Reuters, the market for Ayurvedic treatments and remedies will increase by 16% over the next decade. Now is an excellent time to develop an Ayurvedic practice or to add Ayurvedic tools to your already-existing skill set as a coach, acupuncturist, nutritionist, massage therapist, herbalist, or even as a nurse, psychotherapist, or social worker.
There are three primary approaches to Ayurveda, the first being ahara. Ahara focuses on a basic physical, or “constitutional” analysis of visual cues including a tongue, nail, and facial analysis, as well as approaches to health and well-being that focus on cooking, food, and culinary spices.
The second approach is called vihara. Vihara includes the same basic constitutional analysis with a focus on lifestyle guidance and interventions. These could include assessment and education around meditation practice, physical activity (exercise, Yoga, Qigong), sleep hygiene, and life/work balance.
The third and final approach is called ayashuddhi and involves direct Ayurvedic medicine. People practicing ayashuddhi do in-depth constitutional analysis using pulse, stool, and urinalysis. Ayurvedic doctors offer dietary and lifestyle recommendations, and are knowledgeable in Ayurvedic pharmacology (dravya guna).
Maryland University of Integrative Health now offers the Post Baccalaureate Certificate (PBC) in Ayurvedic Wellness Practices. This twelve-credit certificate can be completed in as little as three trimesters, and allows graduates to engage in basic constitutional analysis and provide clients with appropriate dietary and lifestyle guidance. Graduates may apply for the credential of Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant with Association of Ayurvedic Physicians of North America (AAPNA).
The required courses are: Foundations of Ayurveda, Nutrition and Herbs, Ayurvedic Psychology and Ayurvedic Lifestyle Skills. As an AAPNA and National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA) certified Ayurvedic Practitioner, I am glad to speak to you about the MUIH PBC, your interest in Ayurveda, and ways you can integrate this information into your already existing practice or build your stand-alone Ayurvedic private practice using this certificate.
If you wish to speak to a member of our Admissions team, they are available Monday through Friday between 9am and 5pm to answer any questions you have. The Office of Graduate Admissions also offers small group and individual information sessions by appointment. Speak to an Admissions Counselor today by calling 410-888-9048 ext. 6647 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Diane Finlayson, M.A., C-IAYT, ERYT-500
Department Chair, Yoga Therapy and Ayurvedic Wellness Practices
410.888.9048 ext. 6639