How to Become an Ayurvedic Practitioner

Ayurveda is an ancient system of traditional medicine and healthcare dating back over 5,000 years ago from the Indian subcontinent. It teaches how to live in synch with nature, and focuses on a comprehensive view towards health that encompasses diet, lifestyle and herbal remedies. Although there are currently no official licensing programs in the United States, there are a variety of ways you can become a Ayurvedic practitioner.

Steps

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    Learn ayurvedic history. The practice of Ayurveda is focused on rebalancing doshas, or energies. When these are misaligned sickness and disease occur
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    You may have to learn intermediary Sanskrit. Many institutions require classes in Sanskrit during the Ayurvedic practitioner program[1]
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    Discover the basics of the Ayurvedic diet
    • Incorporate ginger regularly in to meals and before meals
    • Reduce caffeine intake
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    • Add a variety of healthy oils to the diet. Some examples are: avocado, walnut, flax, etc.
    • Lunch is the most important meal of the day in the Ayurvedic diet.[2]
    • Eat leafy greens after drinking alcohol to counteract negative side effects
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    Begin classes in yoga. Yoga and meditation are important parts of the Ayurvedic lifestyle. Also search for other classes with a focus on twisting and stretching the body
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    Discover Ayurvedic pathology and medicines. Ayurveda emphasizes the use of plant-based medicines and treatments. Popular natural remedies include: cinnamon, ginger and lemon.[3]
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    If you're still interested in Ayurveda, begin looking for a school near you. Although there are no official licenses for Ayurveda, some holistic health colleges offer practitioner and educator degrees. Some students also choose to travel to India to attend the colleges there.

Tips

  • Ayurveda programs are abundant throughout India. Many individuals hoping to become practitioners travel to India to learn and study
  • The majority of Ayurvedic practitioners are already healthcare professionals. Although no previous credentials are needed, students range from doctors and chiropractors to yoga instructors and massage therapists. Becoming a practitioner can enhance and compliment your current practice
  • Begin the Ayurvedic lifestyle one change at a time- too much change at once can shock the body

Warnings

  • Be careful of where you purchase Ayurvedic herbs. In the last decade many herbal medicines purchased overseas were found to have significant levels of carcinogens and toxic chemicals, inducing heavy metal poisoning [4]


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