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AWC 1: Principles of Ayurveda Wellness

Course Description

Practical Tools

  • Self-knowledge and self-care in Ayurveda
  • Understanding of the physiological systems of Ayurveda
  • A practical approach to our own constitution
  • Understanding how our digestion works
  • Longevity (rasayana) practices

Course Objectives

  • Introduce students to the primary principles used within Ayurveda
  • Introduce the dosha system as the foundational matrix of Ayurveda
  • Deepen the student’s view of life, self, and self-care
  • Lay the foundation for Level 2 programs

Required Reading

  • AWCP Course Manual: AWC 1 Manual

Covered Topics

• We Begin with Self Knowledge and Self Care

• Ayurveda History, Definitions, Philosophy, and Classic Texts

• Ayurveda and the Vedas

• Swasthavritta (Enlightened Self Care, Wellness, Non-Clinical) Branch of Ayurveda

• Sadvritta: Living True to Ourselves in Yoga and Ayurveda

• Ayurveda: The Wisdom of Life

• Ayurvedic Definition of Health

• Three Pillars of Health

• Tatwas: The Twenty Attributes of Nature

• Pancha Mahabhuta: 5 Element Theory and the Body

• Tridosha Theory: Vata, Pitta, Kapha

• Subdoshas

• Doshas and Personality

• Prakriti: The Seven Constitutions

• Prakriti Body Types

• Prakriti Personality Types

• Agni: Metabolism and Transformation in Health

• Ama: Endogenous and Exogenous Toxicity

• Sapta Dhatus: The Seven Tissues and Signs of Imbalance

• Upadhatu: Secondary Tissues

• Mala: Understanding and Maintaining Healthy Elimination

• Digestion and It’s Care: The Core of our Well Being

• Stages of Digestion

• Ojas: Reservoir of Life

• Rasayana: Longevity, Anti-Aging, Rejuvenation

Faculty Instructors

James Bailey, DASc, AD, LAc, E-RYT inspires an awakening to authenticity as the highest expression of faith in oneself on the path of yoga and healing. His teaching are eclectic and entertainingly provocative. He is sought out by yoga schools for his vast knowledge in traditional eastern teachings and modalities and the ability to bridge them to modern day living and individual healing. James is a third generation physician, Ayurveda and Oriental Medicine practitioner, Ayurveda and Yoga educator, and Yoga teacher trainer who has been living Yoga and Ayurveda for 30 years. His training includes 5 years (4000+ hours) of formal clinical studies in Oriental Medicine and training in Ayurveda under such luminary teachers as Dr. Vaijayanti Apte, Dr. Subash Ranade, Dr. Avinash Lele, Dr. Vasant Lad, and many Ayurvedic doctors and therapists in Kerala, south India where he spends time teaching and studying while on retreat. He heads Sevanti Institute and it’s signature Ayurveda Wellness Counselor Program (AWCP), and leads retreats to India each February with his Sevanti Adventures.