Ayurvedic practice is growing at an accelerated rate each year in the U.S. The National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA) – the largest Ayurvedic organization in the U.S. — was launched in 1998 and now has over 1,000 members and 30 Ayurvedic schools. With impending licensure of the industry, Ayurveda is on the verge of becoming a mainstream alternative health care system.
Kerala Ayurveda USA opened its doors 17 years ago with wellness services and one educational program. Today, we offer professional certifications, workshops, continued education programs, clinical internships, and an India Immersion program. KAA has served over 8,000 health seekers and students, including over 2,000 graduates of our professional Ayurvedic programs.
our global history
Kerala Ayurveda USA and Kerala Ayurveda Ltd (KAL)
Kerala Ayurveda USA is part of Kerala Ayurveda Ltd, India, a full spectrum Ayurvedic company spanning academies, products, research, clinics, hospitals, resorts, and services. KAL has a successful operating record of over 75 years with a heritage connecting to the 5,000-year-old Ancient Indian tradition of Ayurveda. It was established in 1945 by the late KGK Panicker, a renowned Ayurveda Acharya, on the banks of the Periyar River in Kochi, Kerala, India.
KAL is the most awarded Ayurvedic company and one of the most reliable names in Ayurveda healthcare today, owing to the rate of our technological advancement and the dedication of our staff. Our products and services are ever-expanding to reach global audiences and are highly acclaimed worldwide.
Pioneering in the West
Kerala Ayurveda’s arrival to the United States
Kerala Ayurveda USA first opened its doors in 2006 as an academy offering one certification training program in Seattle, WA. The mission was simple: to bring traditional Ayurveda to a Western audience of health seekers and professionals. For the first six years, Kerala Ayurveda Academy (KAA) offered our level I and level II professional certifications – the Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor and Ayurvedic Practitioner programs, training the early pioneers in traditional Ayurveda’s first wave of practice in the U.S.
In 2010, Dr. (Vaidya) Jayarajan Kodikannath (BAMS) joined the team as Director of the Academy & Wellness Center after having served KAL’s AyurvedaGram Heritage Wellness Center for 10 years in Bangalore, India. Between 2010 and 2012, programs expanded to include the 4-day Panchakarma Technician certification, as well as live streaming technology for distance learners. This exciting upgrade in technology enabled the academy to offer the traditional Ayurveda teachings from Kerala to an even wider audience across the U.S. and abroad.
A new home in the Bay Area, California
In 2013, KAA relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area. Here, our educational offerings expanded to better serve the growing population of Ayurvedic professionals in the U.S. A variety of specialty workshops and continuing educational opportunities were added to the repertoire, all approved by the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA).
Our new home in the Bay Area enabled the expansion of our Wellness Center, which hosts traditional Ayurveda services including Ayurvedic consultations, traditional Panchakarma therapies, traditional oils and formulations as well as other high quality Ayurvedic products. Led by Dr. (Vaidya) Jayarajan, the team includes several experienced Vaidyas, or Ayurvedic Doctors, Ayurvedic Practitioners, and Panchakarma Specialists. The Wellness Center oversees a wide variety of clients, providing a rich learning opportunity for our level II Ayurvedic Wellness Practitioners in training to complete their Clinical Internship requirement. The Clinical Internship is also open to level II students from all schools of Ayurveda, as well as alumni and graduates from other programs seeking continued training and professional development.
To meet the new standards for professional competency set forth by the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA), the 250 hour Panchakarma Technician certification was launched in 2018, followed up in 2019 by the level III Ayurvedic Doctor (AD) certification. We are proud to offer one of just four NAMA-approved AD programs in the U.S. and welcome students from all schools of Ayurveda to reach their highest potential as professionals.
2019 was a special year for Kerala Ayurveda as it marked the 75th anniversary of Kerala Ayurveda Limited. To celebrate, we hosted our premier Academy Summit for students, alumni, and faculty.
The future for KAA
Today, KAA is a leader in traditional Ayurveda education in the U.S. as well as abroad, offering some of the most authentic trainings for beginners and advanced students. All our programs are based on the root Vedic texts and incorporate a robust curriculum designed by our expert team of Vedic scholars, practitioners, and faculty.
Kerala Ayurveda USA is currently working on several exciting initiatives for 2023 to broaden our offerings in Ayurvedic services, products and programs for students and health seekers alike. The academy is expanding our curriculum to include additional introductory level courses and continuing education, and our Kerala Ayurveda brand products will soon be available for purchase from our premier U.S. online store.
KAA continuously strives to fulfill our commitment to our students: to bring academic excellence to Ayurvedic practices in the U.S. and abroad. We look to the future with great hope and optimism for the health of our planet thanks to our growing community of Ayurvedic enthusiasts and health professionals.