Certified Holistic Health Counselor

According to Ayurveda, most ailments originate from the imbalances of the digestive system and mind. Ayurveda teaches us how to make conscious nutritional choices that are best suited for our bodies and minds, and in harmony with our individual Prakruti, or constitution. Food, the seed of life force within all living things, nourishes the body, mind, and spirit and is ultimately our best medicine.


This program is a comprehensive course on creating wellness. It covers the Four Pillars of Nutrition (Food, Exercise, Breathing, Sleep / Meditation), as well as healing through the five senses. This includes the aspects of Touch (self-massage), Smell (aromatherapy, blending essential oils for Ayurvedic products), Sight (color therapy, crystals, etc.), Sound (sound and mantra therapy), and Taste (preparing healthy Ayurvedic meals). All of these techniques rest upon the skill of ascertaining an individual’s unique constitution and thus are formulated to improve the quality of life for each person.



Introduction to Ayurveda:

  • History of Ayurveda

  • Sankhya philosophy, the base of Ayurveda

  • Core concepts such as the five elements (Panchamahabhutas), essential qualities (Sattva, Rajas, and Tamas), and mind and body constitution (Tridoshas: Vata, Pitta, and Kapha)

  • The theory of the “seven tissue” types as it relates to nourishment, elimination, and digestion, etc.

  • The Four Pillars of Nutrition

  • The 6 Tastes (Rasas) and 20 qualities

  • Ayurvedic Dinacharya (daily routines) & Ritucharya (seasonal routines) according to body & mind constitution

  • Lifestyle and diet as preventive medicine


Healing Through the Five Senses:

  • Touch therapy: Abhyanga (self-massage), vital marma points and mudras

  • Sound therapy: natural sound healing with mantra

  • Color therapy: color and its effect on mind & body

  • Ayurvedic Aromatherapy

  • Preparation of Ayurveda herb-infused oils

  • How to make skin and hair care products


Ayurvedic Nutrition – Theory and Practice:

  • The relationship between digestion, emotions, and metabolism

  • How to decrease toxicity and increase immunity

  • Food planning/designing diet guidelines based on constitutional type

  • Food combinations and incompatibilities

  • Using food to revitalize skin and hair

  • Health and vegetarianism

  • How Western nutritional research and Ayurvedic approach to nutrition complement each other

  • Define calorie intake and the three main food groups

  • Identify carbohydrates (simple sugar, complex carbs, and fiber); proteins (vegetarian and animal sources); and fats (monounsaturated, polyunsaturated, saturated and trans fats)

  • Learn how to exercise portion control and blood glucose control by quantifying carbohydrate count

  • Learn how to read a food label

  • Optimal cooking strategies to preserve nutritional potency

  • The use of herbs, beverages, spices, and condiments to enhance wellness

  • Healthy desserts, the use of ghee, oil, yogurt, honey, and Aromatherapy cooking

  • Detox and Rejuvenation through Diet


Yoga and Ayurveda:

  • Pranayama (breathing techniques)

  • Yogic philosophy is drawn from Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras

  • Meditation

  • Asana (postures)


Business and Management Guidance:

  • How to perform an Ayurvedic Nutritional Consultation: learn to examine and analyze the tongue, pulse, eyes, nails, and skin.

  • How to determine the constitutional type and advise clients on a variety of issues such as improving digestion, weight loss, controlling food cravings, etc. 




During the training, students will have the opportunity to work with 3 clients under the supervision and guidance of Dr. Naina Marballi. It offers budding counselors a chance to build their confidence and strengthen their understanding and skills, so that they are then fully prepared to make the leap in becoming independent practitioners. All students are expected to complete 3 case studies of clients that they are working with in order to receive Certification.


Study Program 2020 Schedule:










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