Foundations of Āyurveda Part II – Complete Course

ONLINE COURSE CO-TAUGHT BY DR. CLAUDIA WELCH AND DR. ROBERT SVOBODA

This multi-media course includes more than 50 hours of video presented by Dr. Welch and Dr. Svoboda, accompanying handouts, end of lesson quizzes, a final exam, and a course certificate. Foundations of Āyurveda Part II explores Āyurvedic perspectives on how our bodies and minds are structured, organized, nourished and operate, and how to cultivate diagnostic ability. We pick up where Foundations of Āyurveda Part I left off, applying the language and  concepts we learned there in practical, tangible ways. Foundations of Āyurveda Part II provides an in-depth exploration of the intermediate principles of Āyurveda, such that both students new to, and practiced in Āyurveda can find them enlivened, expanded, or reinforced.

If you are able to fully understand and digest this course, together with Foundations of Āyurveda Part I, they are comparable to a semester of Āyurvedic in-person training and provide a comprehensive, strong foundation in the principles of Āyurveda. Completion of both courses prepares students to incorporate subtle concepts and practices of Āyurveda into a yoga practice, an established medical practice, or to go on to learn to apply them clinically. Once you have completed this course, you are welcome to contact us for further educational and training options.

While a couple decades ago, it was hard to find any information on Āyurveda in the West at all, today we face a different challenge. There are so many  Āyurvedic educational resources that it can be daunting to find ones we trust to be accurate, authentic, and well-organized. It took years for Drs. Svoboda and Welch to obtain, assimilate, practice, and organize this knowledge in a manner that the Western mind may readily grasp. (The video on this page gives you a brief insight into their long journeys and varied experiences). The potency of this course lies in its enlivened, organized, concise delivery of in-depth, authentic information and knowledge, based in rich experience.

Dr. Claudia Welch and Dr. Robert Svoboda combined have more than half a century of practicing and teaching Āyurveda. They have taught introductory, advanced, and clinical material. They have taught students with no prior knowledge of Āyurveda as well as advanced students and practitioners. They have taught students with no prior medical training and have taught MDs. In this course, they present material that is essential for anyone who chooses to pursue more advanced Āyurvedic studies. And you can learn at home, in your pajamas if you like, on your own schedule, without the disruptive physical, emotional and financial costs of traveling elsewhere to study.

You can begin this course any time you wish and take up to a year to complete it. You can complete the course on its own, or combined with our private or group tutoring. To get the most out of it you will need to take your time.

Sample Video

Drs. Svoboda and Welch answer the question, “When you learned Āyurveda, was it as condensed and concise as the information you present in this course?”

If you have already studied Āyurveda and would just like to review certain subjects, consider taking just the parts of this course that you would like to review. All sections are available as stand-alone lessons (coming soon). Just please note that each of those stand-alone lessons is taken out of the context of the entire course, so may contain references to material presented earlier or later in the course.

Recommended PrerequisitesFoundations of Āyurveda Part I or equivalent education. If you are not sure whether or not you have equivalent education, you can click on the green, “Course Structure” tab on the Foundations of Āyurveda Part I course page to see what it covers. If you are not completely comfortable with that material, we suggest either taking that entire course or just the lessons you feel you could use to review. We strongly recommend you be very comfortable with all the Foundations of Āyurveda Part I material before taking this course.

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IS THIS THE RIGHT COURSE FOR ME?

This course may be a good option for you if:

  •  you have completed Foundations of Āyurveda Part I— or equivalent education– and  want to continue in-depth study of Āyurveda. This is an intensive course and, as with Foundations I, to get the most out of it you will need to take your time. Here is a quote from a student who took Foundations of Ayurveda Part II live, on its value to her:

I was new to Āyurveda [before taking Foundations of Āyurveda Part 1] and [in Foundations of Āyurveda Part II] things are really solidifying because there’s more application…. Before it was the basic concepts, but [in Part II] we’re talking about how they work in the different channels and different dhātus, [etc. ] so for me that solidifies what we learned [in Foundations I] because it’s the application where I can begin to really begin to grasp things rather just being ideas and concepts. So I really appreciate that.” -Student of Foundations of Āyurveda I & II

  • you are already familiar with the learning outcomes for this course. It may still be quite beneficial to review topics you are not completely comfortable with or gain new perspectives and insights. You can do this by either taking the full course, or individual lessons. We have had students who had graduated from some very fine two-year, in-person institutes and schools of Āyurveda and still reported benefit and deepening of knowledge from taking this course. Dr. Svoboda and Dr. Welch explore traditional and unique ways of approaching this material that even some seasoned practitioners find useful. Here are some quotes from students who took this course when it was taped, live, after attending various, reputable 2-year schools and institutes of Ayurveda:

    “I [graduated from a reputable 2-year-long school of Āyurveda]…and it was overwhelming. I thought I got it but then when I [took Foundations of Āyurveda Part I] and we learned everything we were taught [in that course], it started to click into place for me. And this time [taking Foundations of Āyurveda Part II]… doing the srotāṃsi —I didn’t quite get it [before]—I didn’t take that into my practice because I was afraid I didn’t really grasp it, but its coming into place now, and its so amazing! There’s so much more detail and its really helping me grasp it…I’m getting it now, which is so fabulous!” -Student of Foundations of Āyurveda I & II

    “I [graduated from a reputable 2-year school of Āyurveda] with a sense of things but I didn’t necessarily have them integrated into myself. [Foundations of Āyurveda I & II] are really helping me to take it more into the intuition of my body and my mind than just strictly rote learning. It’s a really good thing to reintegrate the information.” -Student of Foundations of Āyurveda I & II

    “[This course] is helpful. [In my previous training in a reputable 2-year institute of Āyurveda] we did have to …know the mūla, mārga and mukhas [of the srotāṃsi] by heart–that was part of our curriculum—but I think what’s really particularly nice is how much time [in Foundations of Āyurveda Part II] we take to explore the different avenues and, for me, there’s a lot of questions or places I get to explore: Even just knowing, for example ..that there are a lot of srotāṃsi —these are just 13 of them.  Exploring and playing with the concepts –which I think that you two [Dr. Svoboda and Dr. Welch] are particularly strong at…taking the basics but allowing it to expand and go beyond that. That’s what I really appreciate. So thank you.” –Student of Foundations of Āyurveda II

If you are more interested in improving your own personal health and daily practices than in studying Āyurveda more extensively, Dr. Welch’s Healthier Hormones course might be a better starting point – whether you are a man or a woman 

COURSE STRUCTURE

This online course consists of seven lessons, each containing one or more videos of Dr. Welch and Dr. Svoboda lecturing, a lesson handout, sometimes additional reading, and an end of lesson quiz. At the end of all seven lessons, there is a final exam. There is also a course discussion forum where you can discuss your learning with fellow students.

Lesson 1 – Introduction: Cultivating Subtle Perception

  1. Orient ourselves to where we are and through what terrain we will navigate in this Intermediate course
  2. Be introduced to the Daoist concept of neiguan, and explore how it relates to diagnosis
  3. Consider the importance of learning the language and concepts of Āyurveda in cultivating neiguan

Lesson 2 – Āyurvedic Anatomy & Physiology; Agni (Part II): 13 Types of Agni

  1. List the thirteen main types of agni (digestive and transformational fires)
    1. Briefly review the functions of jahara agni and it’s sites: stomach (ST) & small intestine (SI)
    2. 5 bhūta agnis (one for each element: nabhasa/ ākāśa =ether, vāyu=air, tejas=fire, āpas=water, pthvī =earth)
    3. The seven dhātu agnis
  2. Be introduced to the concepts of pithara, pīlu, kloma & jatru agnis and other lesser-known agnis

Lesson 3 – Āyurvedic Anatomy & Physiology; The Dūyas: Dhātus & Malas

Dhātus

  1. List the sapta dhātus (seven bodily tissues) in English and Sanskrit
  2. Understand the main functions of the 7 dhātus
  3. Memorize and understand the definition of the sapta (7) dhātus, their associated upadhātus (secondary tissues) and malas (wastes)
  4. Recognize signs, symptoms and possible causes of vitiated dhātus
  5. Recognize symptoms associated with the entry of each doa into each dhātu
  6. Recognize the signs and clinical significance of dhātu sāra
  7. Understand the role of agni in the transformation of raw elements (tattvas or bhūtas) into āhāra rasa, āhāra rasa into first rasa dhātu and then, successively, the rest of the dhātus
  8. Understand the concept of dhātu vddhi, dhātu kaya and dhātu duṣṭi and why they develop
  9. Memorize and understand The Three laws of Nutrition as related to dhātu formation

Malas

  1. List the three malas: urine, feces & sweat

Lesson 4 – Āyurvedic Anatomy & Physiology: Physical Srotāṃsi

Bāhya Srotāṃsi

  1. Be able to list the nine bāhya srotāṃsi shared by men and women
  2. Be able to list the 3 bāhya srotāṃsi unique to women

Abhyantara Srotāṃsi

  1. Be able to list and understand (as much as we can) the accepted mūla, mārga and mukha of the 13 abhyantara srotāṃsi shared by men and women
  2. Be able to list the 3 abhyantara srotāṃsi unique to women (1 ārtavavāhasrotas & 2 stanyavāhasrotāṃsi)
  3. Recognize signs, symptoms, and possible causes of vitiated srotāṃsi
  4. Understand the four states of disturbed flow of srotāṃsi

Lesson 5 – Āyurvedic Anatomy & Physiology of the Mind

Manovāhasrotas

  1. Be able to list and understand (as much as we can) the mūla, mārga and mukha of the manovāhasrotas—the channel system of the mind
  2. Recognize signs, symptoms, and possible causes of vitiated manovāhasrotas
  3. Understand how we might be able to influence the manovāhasrotas
  4. Have an introductory understanding of the associations with the iā and pigala channels

Sattva, Rajas, Tamas, Ojas, Tejas, Prāṇa & Śakti

  1. Review sattva, rajas, tamas ojas, tejas, & prāa in the context of mental health
  2. Have a basic understanding of the concept of śakti related to mental health

Kośas

  1. Have an introductory understanding of the kośas in the context of mental health

Lesson 6 – Dravya, Karma, Vipāka, Prabhāva & Review of Rasa & Vīrya

  1. List and understand the ṣad rasa (6 tastes), vīrya (energetics), vipāka (post-digestive effect), and prabhāva (special effects) of dravya (substances)
  2. Have a general understanding of the relative strength of rasa, vīrya, vipāka, and prabhāva

Lesson 7 – Saṃprāpti

  1. Have a basic understanding of the six stages of saṃprāpti (pathogenesis) (good to know both the Sanskrit and English names of the stages)
  2. Be introduced to the concept of rūgna bala roga bala
  3. Have an understanding of when and why śamana (gentle doṣa-palliative procedures) or śodhana (forcible expulsion of doa from the body) is indicated in treatment in the different stages of saṃprāpti

Recommended Books:

  • Volume 1 Textbook of Āyurveda, Fundamental Principles, by Dr. Vasant Lad, M.A.Sc. (Note about page numbers and chapter names: In 2010, this book went through a revision in format. Despite the resulting changes to page numbers, chapter numbers and titles, Dr. Lad’s book was not printed as a new edition. We refer to the page and chapter numbers and chapter titles as they appear in the 2010 revision. If you have an older copy (older versions don’t have “Volume 1” printed on the side of the book) the correct page number generally occurs a few pages later than the 2010 version. You can also use the index to find the corresponding page number/s).
  • Volume 2 Textbook of Āyurveda, A Complete Guide to Clinical Assessment, by Dr. Vasant Lad, M.A.Sc.
LEARNING OUTCOMES

By the end of this course, if you have kept up with the memorization and study needed to assimilate what is taught, you will be familiar with the following principles:

The thirteen types of agni (digestive and transformational fires)

The seven dhātus (bodily tissues), and their associated upadhātus (secondary tissues) and malas (wastes)

The main functions of the seven dhātus

The fundamentals of how each dhātu is created, nourished and transformed

Symptoms associated with the entry of each doṣa into each dhātu

The srotāṃsi (physiological channels) of the body and mind

The signs and symptoms of vitiated srotāṃsi and possible causes of vitiation

Ayurvedic psychology: understanding various perspectives on how the mind and body affect each other

Rasa (taste), vīrya (energetics), vipāka (post-digestive effect), and prabhāva (special effects) of dravya (substances)

The six stages of saṃprāpti (pathogenesis)

The difference between śamana (gentle doṣa-palliative procedures) and śodhana (forcible expulsion of doṣa from the body) in the resolution of disorders

FAQ

When can I begin this course?

Anytime. Now. Tomorrow. The next day. Anytime that is convenient for you.

How long will it take me to do the whole course?

We estimate that it will take about 52 hours to go through the entire course and material one time but it may take more. We each enjoy our own pace, process and timing for information to be digested and transformed into knowledge. It helps to review the lessons again and again, allowing time for digestion, assimilation, absorption and integration.We highly recommend you take your time with the material, and review it as much as you need to feel very comfortable with it. You will have access to the course for one year from the time you register.

How much does it cost?

$755 USD

How long will I have access to the course?

For one year. You can extend access to it for another year for 50% off the original price.

What if I have questions?

If you have questions about course content as you go along and would like support, there are a few options:

  • you can try posting your questions on the course discussion forum, where you can discuss your learning with fellow students. The link to the discussion forum for each course appears in the right hand column on the course page and all the lessons for that course.
  • you can sign up for a tutoring option
  • If you have other questions, feel free to contact us.
  • If you need technical support with the website or course, please contact our webmasters at Barn2 Media by emailing info@barn2.co.uk.

Are there any required textbooks?

No. You can go through this course without any outside textbook, but we do recommend having Dr. Vasant Lad’s Textbook of Ayurveda, Volume 1: Fundamental Principles of Ayurveda for a reference and supplement. Throughout our lessons we suggest recommended readings from this book. The purposes of these readings are both to increase understanding of the subject matter, and to provide additional perspectives on and approaches to the material. By reading various texts and authors, we can become clearer on what material is so standard that everybody agrees on it and perceives it roughly the same way, and what material is subject to varied interpretations or lends itself to varied approaches. It is helpful to keep in mind that models of disease and health are not reality. They are simply sincere attempts at describing reality. Therefore some models, approaches, or perspectives are more elegant representations of reality than others for each possible situation, condition or disease.

What if I need more help?

We have two options for this. One is private, one-on-one tutoring. The other is to join a group Q&Q call. There are benefits to either option.

Will we have live access to Dr. Welch or Dr. Svoboda?

They might – on the rare occasion – throw a surprise Q&A call, to which students of the course would be invited.

Are there quizzes?

Yes. There is a quiz at the end of each of the 7 lessons. After quiz #7, there is a final exam. They are not tricky questions. In fact, they are decidedly un-tricky. All quiz questions cover the stated objectives listed for each section. There is a final exam for those who successfully complete all the lessons. All passing grades are 80%.

Can I have a certificate of completion?

Yes. Once you have successfully completed the course, quizzes and exams, you will have the option to print out a certificate that will include your name, the name of the course and the number of course hours. (If you purchase and complete an individual lesson, you will also have the option to print out a certificate for that lesson). Please download, save and print out your certificate before your access to the course expires. Even if you don’t want it now, you might want it later. If you don’t download your certificate before your access to the course expires, you can request it in the future but we may no longer have access to it and, if we do, it takes some fiddling and time to get one for and to you, so there will be a $50 administration fee for this service.

Is it legal to practice Āyurveda?

Laws differ, not only from country to country, but often between states, provinces, or other localities. We are not able to provide you information about the laws where you reside. Each of us needs to educate ourselves about the laws that apply in our own location, and determine if and how Āyurveda can be practiced legally and safely there. If you are a citizen of the United States (US), there is currently no licensure in any state within the US. Please see the website  National Āyurvedic Medical Association (NAMA) for more information relevant to the US. .

Does this course—or its individual lessons—count towards educational requirements for becoming an Āyurvedic professional?

Within the United States (US), the (short) answer is, “yes.” (Read on for important elaboration on this). We are unable to answer this question relevant to countries other than the US.

Āyurveda is not currently licensed in the US. Therefore, the only thing you are legally required to do is to be aware of federal and local regulations that may apply to you, and practice (or not) accordingly. There is, however, a US organization—National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA)—that has been working since 1998 to implement licensure for Āyurvedic professionals. Towards this end, NAMA has designated, and set requirements for, three levels of Āyurvedic professionals, in order of increasing educational requirements and scope of practice: Āyurvedic Health Counselor, Āyurvedic Practitioner, and Āyurvedic Doctor. NAMA standards seem to have set the standards by which students of Āyurveda now often attempt to abide. If you wish to comply to NAMA standards, this information will be pertinent to you.

Both Āyurvedic Foundations Parts I and II—in their entirety—are approved by NAMA as programs that count towards the educational requirements for all three of NAMA’s professional levels. If you want to receive NAMA credits, you will need to upload your certificate of completion into your NAMA account, and fill out a course evaluation on NAMA’s website.

Individual lessons within these courses could be used to count towards your educational requirements, however, you would be required to complete more paperwork through NAMA and there would be an additional fee for NAMA to process the paperwork.

For more information about the NAMA defined professional levels, educational requirements, or NAMA requirements, please consult NAMA.

Dr. Claudia Welch.com is an Organizational Member of NAMA, is an approved provider of Peripheral / Supporting Programs (possibly a confusing title, since these programs would not be peripheral to your education).

I am already a NAMA-certified Āyurvedic professional. Can I get NAMA CEU credits (called, “PACE” credits) for this course or its individual lessons?

Yes.

Both Āyurvedic Foundations Parts I and II—in their entirety—are approved by NAMA as both Peripheral / Supporting Programs, and as NAMA PACE (Professional Āyurvedic Continuing Education) courses, that provide NAMA professionals with NAMA approved CEUs without additional fees. If you want to receive NAMA credits, you will need to upload your certificate of completion into your NAMA account, and fill out a course evaluation on NAMA’s website.

Even without NAMA PACE approval, NAMA professionals can use all of Dr. Welch’s other courses (including the stand-alone lessons) for NAMA PACE credits in either of the following two ways:

  1. No fee method: You can use the hours from Dr. Welch’s courses without additional NAMA fees by applying the course hours to the NAMA category called “Other Topics in Wellness”. You will need to submit your certificate of course completion, which we provide to you upon completion of the course, and fill out a course evaluation on NAMA’s website. However, only up to 30% of your PACE credit requirements can be filled this way.
  2. Nominal NAMA fee required: If you want to use Dr. Welch’s courses that are not yet NAMA-approved PACE programs, to count for your PACE credit requirements in the category of “Topics in Āyurveda,” you will need to submit your certificate of course completion, (that we provide to you upon completion of the course), fill out a course evaluation on NAMA’s website, and pay NAMA a processing fee. (This fee was $25 in 2016. You will need to inquire what their current fee is.)

I am already familiar with a lot of the learning objectives of this course. Can I take one individual lesson instead of the entire course?

Yes. You can purchase and complete any of the individual lessons.

However we invite you to consider that even Āyurvedic Health Counselors and Āyurvedic Practitioners who have graduated from reputable 2-year, full-time programs and have been in active practices, report learning a lot from taking this entire course. The reason for this is in part the vastness and profundity of Āyurveda which takes time to absorb and assimilate, and it is in part the education, experience, and wisdom of Drs Svoboda and Welch. Either Dr. Svoboda or Dr. Welch, on their own provide a level of excellence in teaching that few have attained. Together, the richness and synergy of their combined teaching is especially rare and may yield fresh insight to topics with which you are already familiar.

How long is each individual lesson?

Lesson 1:  1.1 hrs  Introduction: Cultivating Subtle Perception

Lesson 2:  5 hrs   Āyurvedic Anatomy & Physiology; Agni (Part II): 13 Types of Agni

Lesson 3:  16 hrs    Āyurvedic Anatomy & Physiology; The Dūṣyas: Dhātus & Malas

Lesson 4: 14.9 hrs   Āyurvedic Anatomy & Physiology: Physical Srotāṃsi

Lesson 5:  4.9 hrs   Āyurvedic Anatomy & Physiology of the Mind

Lesson 6:  2.4 hrs   Dravya, Karma, Vipāka, Prabhāva & Review of Rasa & Vīrya

Lesson 7:  5.4 hrs   Saṃprāpti

Does this course fulfill the requirements for CEUs for licensed health care practitioners that are not Ayurvedic professionals?

At this time we are not pre-approved CEU providers for health care professions other than the field of Āyurveda. However, you will have your certificate of completion, which will provide the title of the course, your name, and course hours. This may or may not be sufficient for the organization requiring your CEUs. We encourage you to contact your organization to determine what we could do to support you getting CEU credits for Dr. Welch’s programs. If there is additional documentation that you need, we’d be happy to support you with this for a nominal fee. What that nominal fee would be, depends on the documentation you would need. Please contact our office if you have any questions about this.

What is your refund policy?

Because we have a small store and a small staff, we do not accept returns, nor do we offer refunds or credit for  returned items. This includes our online courses. However, we have tried to give clear descriptions of the courses on the course pages available before purchase so, if you have questions about whether the course will be right for you, it might be good to carefully review that information and let us know if you have questions or concerns before you register for the course.

Is there an option for financing?

Yes. You can use the PayPal finance option to pay, when you purchase the course. The PayPal finance option has 0 payments and 0 interest if you pay within 6 months (subject to PayPal credit approval). Beyond 6 months, there would be a 19.99 % interest rate. To chose this option, when you go through the checkout line you will reach the PayPal page where you can choose to pay via your own credit card, via your PayPal account, or via PayPal Credit. Choose PayPal credit. If you haven’t done this before, PayPal will ask some questions to check your credit before approving. Once approved, your transaction will go through and you will have access to the course without needing to pay anything for 6 months. However, to get the 0 interest rate, please remember to pay what you can at the end of the 6 months.


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