Updates on COVID-19 management at Kerala Ayurveda

As news of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) issue evolves, we would like to assure you that we at Kerala Ayurveda Academy continue to focus on the health and wellness of our students, clients and staff To that end, we have made changes to our services and programs. We are following directives and suggestions from the World Health Organization, the federal Centers for Disease Control, and the California Department of Public Health to prevent and mitigate the threat of illness.


Service and program updates


Please note that all formerly scheduled in-class sessions are now being held online via live streaming. You will receive access details from Student Support. If you have any questions, please contact support@keralaayurveda.us.


All consultations are being held online via our Vsee virtual appointment system. If you would like to reschedule an existing appointment or schedule a new one, please visit our Wellness Center website and complete the appointment request form.

Apothecary & Herb Orders

We are shipping all Ayurvedic product and herb orders. You can order from our new online Apothecary at keralaayurveda. store. Please note: our Wellness Center Apothecary team does not fulfill these orders. Contact the Help Desk for assistance with online orders. For orders requiring special assistance from our Wellness Team, please submit order requests using our online herb order form.


Safety practices

Please practice smart and healthy hygiene measures at all times, including:

  • Frequent and thorough hand washing (for at least twenty seconds)
  • Practice proper cough and sneeze etiquette (sneeze/cough into a tissue and then dispose of the tissue)


The following links provide useful information regarding COVID-19:


Finally, we remind you that communication is key.  If you have questions, concerns or comments please feel free to reach out to us at any time. 




Reasons to study Panchakarma to enhance your career

Since ancient times, Panchakarma or “five actions” therapy has been used in traditional Indian medicine as an intervention of the disease process. Panchakarma includes various bodywork techniques, client-customized oils and special diets, with each program fully customized for the individual based on their unique constitution and health conditions. As the demand for Panchakarma therapies increases, more health professionals are equally interested in learning how to perform them.


Panchakarma’s role in the healing process

Panchakarma is a purification process of the total mind-body system. The first step of these therapies is to detoxify: eliminate accumulated toxins, wastes and blocked channels creating the imbalance. The second step is to rejuvenate: restore and strengthen the system for optimal functionality. It is the combination of these two steps which makes Panchakarma especially effective.

For complex diseases, Panchakarma may be essential to prevent disease from advancing or spreading, and in some cases, can restore the system to a healthy state. For mild imbalances, Panchakarma may be utilized as a preventative measure to prevent disease. For this reason, Panchakarma offers a versatile approach to both disease prevention and management.


The scope of practice of a Panchakarma Technician

As Ayurveda gains popularity amongst wellness seekers, the professional Ayurvedic community continues to increase standards of education and competency. According to the standards of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA), Ayurvedic professionals must be introduced to Panchakarma at the first level of study, with more advanced requirements at at level II and level III. The three levels of professional Ayurvedic practice equip the practitioner to offer an assessment and protocol, with the ability to recommend some Panchakarma therapies at level I, or design a complete Panchakarma program at levels II and III. Implementation of the Panchakarma program requires specialty training as a Panchakarma Technician. Kerala Ayurveda Academy offers all four certifications.


Why study Panchakarma?

The decision to advance as an Ayurvedic professional is a personal choice with several considerations. For some, implementation of the Panchakarma protocol as a technician is the end goal; for others, increased knowledge and well-roundedness as a practitioner is desired.

Licensed healthcare practitioners & healers from all backgrounds can apply their Panchakarma knowledge to enhance their current practice.

Ayurvedic professionals, massage therapists, bodyworkers and estheticians may enhance their treatments, services and products.

Ayurvedic professionals may open Panchakarma centers, wellness centers, spas or resorts offering Ayurvedic body therapies.

Entrepreneurs may develop Ayurvedic products for Panchakarma therapies.


Here are some of the reasons we see knowledge of Panchakarma theory and practice as useful to the Ayurvedic professional in the West.


Health seekers are increasingly searching for natural and traditional solutions

With chronic illness and planetary toxicity at alarming rates, increasing numbers of health seekers are searching for natural and sustainable solutions. According to a survey by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health,  38% of Americans currently use some form of Complementary and Alternative Medicine, which encompasses a variety of holistic modalities including Ayurveda.1 Traditional practices like Ayurveda are primed to support this increasing demand. Panchakarma is one of the most effective natural methods for eliminating toxins, targeting the root of chronic illness and supporting individuals of all ages. This is all achieved without invasive surgery, damaging or compromising the system.


Health seekers are also tired of bandaids and want deeper, long lasting results

Ayurveda is a way of life designed to achieve harmony of mind, body and spirit. Its first goal is to preserve the health of the healthy, with the second goal being to manage the imbalances of the sick. From an Ayurvedic perspective, there are two steps towards reaching optimal health before living with an illness would be an outcome, though this the reality for millions of people who haven’t found solutions to their imbalances. Most are not just sick, but sick of being sick. Lifestyle and diet changes alone are not enough for some of these individuals, as they require a deeper intervention.

Panchakarma exists specifically to target the deepest roots, untangle the systemic imbalance and offer the chance to live a healthy life. With some lifestyle modifications afterwards, some individuals may be able to live without any reoccurrence of the imbalance.  The financial investment is for so much more than the Panchakarma therapy or program itself: it’s for a lifetime of health.


Advanced training in Ayurvedic modalities allows you to improve overall effectiveness and operate independently

In a traditional Ayurvedic healing complex, the Ayurvedic Doctor is a unique role, separate from the Panchakarma Technician. These roles are clearly defined in the scopes of practice currently followed in the U.S. as stipulated by NAMA, though nothing stops an individual from studying or assuming both roles. Knowledge of Panchakarma implementation will enhance the ability of a Counselor (AHC – level I) to recommend therapies within their scope of practice. For Practitioners (AP – level II) or Ayurvedic Doctors (AD – level III), it will assist their ability to design complete Panchakarma programs.

For Ayurvedic professionals in the West, a well-rounded education offers the widest toolkit for assisting client demand. It also helps an individual stand out in the field, opening up the most opportunity for professional advancement.


Healing interventions which target the root cause of illness are the medicine of the future

Whether you wish to run your own Ayurvedic center, partner with other practitioners, or integrate with other modalities, Panchakarma offers a vital role in the satisfaction of your clients. Its potential for healing is the answer to so many complaints of today’s health seekers: that everything they have tried isn’t working, or the side effects are unpleasant, that they cannot afford ongoing medical bills and medications, and that they are tired of living each day with illness.

In addition to seeing clients, advanced Ayurvedic practitioners may have an increasing opportunity to consult with integrative and allopathic practices. It is our goal at Kerala Ayurveda to spread awareness of this health science and bridge the gap between tradition and modern medicine. It’s our commitment to preserve and promote the traditional Ayurvedic methodologies, and we are hopeful for the future of natural solutions like Panchakarma. In addition to empowering the health practitioners of tomorrow, we look forward to curbing the tide of chronic illness and improving quality of life for many.



1. “The Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine in the United States,” The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH).

An Ayurvedic journey of a lifetime: India Immersion 2020

At Kerala Ayurveda, we have a phrase for what happens when our Immersion participants enter the gateway of Ayurveda in India for the first time: they have a “heart experience.”


Do you remember the first time you touched the soil and roots of a plant you ate, and connected with its wisdom? Perhaps in the harvest season, you look forward to visiting a favorite orchard for picking fresh fruit. If you’re lucky, maybe you have a garden of your own and enjoy the medicinal benefits of what you grow on a daily basis. This connection to the source of life is a heartfelt vibration, and the underlying current of our upcoming India Immersion 2020: Journey to the Heart of Ayurveda and Yoga.

Ayurveda’s principles as a life science are universal, which makes them relevant and adaptable to wellness seekers and practitioners everywhere. We call it the “common sense science” for this reason, for we all contain the mechanism and intelligence to heal within us. This awareness is the first step of the healing process – connecting with the inner Vaidya. In the west, we are searching for answers to chronic lifestyle illnesses. Ayurveda tells us: we can find the mechanism within! To guide this process, Ayurveda provides an elegant framework for understanding and supporting the inner healer. The ancient people of India who documented the Vedic texts, including Ayurveda, lived and breathed this science every day. Many of our trip participants feel they are “coming home” during their visit to India. For immersing themselves in a culture who fully embraces a holistic health science is an initiation for the heart – the true seat of consciousness.

As Ayurveda is a 5,000 year-old tradition, it manifests in the everyday customs of the Indian people. Every ritual of daily life represents a fluid relationship and understanding of nature. For participants who are familiar with Ayurveda’s principles, your heart experience will bring to life the principles and ingredients you have studied. If you’re new to Ayurveda, our Immersion offers the best foundational introduction possible to the science of life!


For the first time in 2020, we’re inviting India Immersion participants to tour India from north to south!

The journey begins with the breathtaking sites and cultural gems of the north, including Delhi, Agra, Rishikesh, Haridwar and Jaipur. You’ll behold the magnificent architecture with in-depth city tours and visit the lifeline of India: the sacred Ganges River, which enters the plains from the northern Himalayan Mountains.


An insider’s pass to Ayurveda’s full spectrum practice at Kerala Ayurveda Limited

After seven days of sightseeing, our India Immersion heads south and arrives at Kerala Ayurveda’s Health Village in Cochin, Kerala. Here you’ll be introduced to authentic Ayurveda in India with an insider’s pass to Kerala Ayurveda Limited’s healing services, gardens and product manufacturing process.


Study the herbs up close with an Ayurvedic master Vaidya

You’ll be guided by our Trip Leader, Vaidya Jayarajan Kodikannath – an Ayurvedic scholar, clinician and our academy director. In this rare opportunity, you can learn about the healing herbs documented in the Vedas in a hands-on botanical tour. Our factory will open its doors to show you how we produce the traditional Ayurvedic formulations and products, from seed to shelf.


Observe Ayurvedic therapies up close

Ayurveda is practiced as fully-fledged medical system, and we bring our India Immersion participants right into the healing sessions! You’ll have the unique chance to see special techniques practiced only in India during special therapy demos and support Kerala Ayurveda’s doctors in consultation camps.


The natural wonders of Kerala

Then we’ll hit the road to discover the natural wonders of the Kerala countryside! From the summits of Periyar National Park, you’ll view miles of surrounding nature – where the spices of the Vedas grow wild. In the Western Ghats mountains, you can connect with the soul of Kerala, known by its people as “God’s Country.” It is thanks to these majestic peaks that Ayurveda has been preserved for thousands of years and practiced continuously by the local people, protected from outside influence.


Cruise the Kerala backwaters in traditional houseboat style

The backwaters of Kerala offer one of the most enchanting sights of the region. You’ll view this natural phenomenon in style – by traditional houseboat – gliding through the network of canals, lagoons and lakes. We stay on the shores of Vembanad Lake with every India Immersion group, the largest lake in Kerala. Migratory species of birds come through the area seasonally, filling  the atmosphere with their song.


Enter the heart of healing – award-winning AyurvedaGram resort

The trip concludes with a personalized Ayurvedic Yoga retreat, workshops and cultural festivities at award-winning AyurvedaGram Heritage Wellness Centre – among the top five Ayurvedic health resorts in the country. The lush medicinal gardens and antique Kerala homes compose a classical healing complex – a serene ambiance to elevate the soul.

Your stay at AyurvedaGram includes a Complete Rejuvenation Package including an Ayurvedic Doctor consultation, personalized Ayurvedic bodywork therapies, herbal formulations if required, daily Yoga, meditation and Pranayama (breathwork). AyurvedaGram’s dining establishment is an exclusive vegetarian restaurant famous for its Kerala-style preparations and other South Indian delicacies. In this heart of healing, you’ll experience the power of Ayurveda and Yoga as they were traditionally practiced for thousands of years – an immersive mind-body-spirit approach .


We designed our India Immersion to offer all levels of knowledge an opportunity to witness firsthand the holistic soul of India. It is a rich cultural heritage we are proud to uphold at Kerala Ayurveda. Is your heart calling you the Vedas’ birthplace?

Experiences to cherish: visiting the heart of Ayurveda and Yoga

“The plants, falling from heaven, said ‘The man, whom living we pervade, will not perish.'”



In the summer months, the weather is warm and balmy in Kerala, land of the coconuts. Rains feed the vast network of life flowing from the Western Ghats, the majestic mountains lining the Kerala state of southwestern India. Thousands of medicinal plants grow in this tropical paradise. The mountains have supplied the people of this region with healing as well as protection from outside influence. Here the Vedic traditions have been practiced, passed on from generations of healers, known as Vaidyas. Though medicinal plants grow throughout the natural world, it is only in the birthplace of Ayurveda where a 5,000-year-old legacy of health science is still practiced. As preserving the ancient wisdom is our mission at Kerala Ayurveda, sharing the heart of Ayurveda and Yoga is sharing our heart with yours.


Our India Immersion program offers rich cultural and educational opportunities, though we observe a common theme amongst everyone’s favorite memories: they cherish the connections.


Connection with the community

Lunch service on a traditional Kerala houseboat cruise through the backwaters


Connections with Kerala’s noble creatures

Elephant encounters in the Kerala jungles


Connection with nature

Rapids in the untouched nature of Periyar National Park


Connection with something greater

Hike in Periyar National Park, Western Ghats mountain chain


Connection with new friends met along the journey

Chenda Melam – traditional Kerala percussion group


Connections with current friends, deepened

Walking paths in the gardens of AyurvedaGram Heritage Wellness Center


Connection with the Self

Yoga class at AyurvedaGram Heritage Wellness Center


We are proud of our lineage and the dynamic resources we have to offer – a vast network of Ayurvedic clinicians, herbals gardens, cutting edge research and a herbal manufacturing unit. But what we are most gratified to share is the space to connect with something profound, which manifests in all of the above ways. The inner healer, or Vaidya, is within you always, and simultaneously all-pervading. It sprouts in plant form, flows in water, awaits us in silence and spreads through the joyful vibration of human laughter.


Our next India Immersion is coming summer 2020!

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Spend Ayurveda Day with us – free talk and webinar!

Kerala Ayurveda Academy is thrilled to join the 25+ countries around the world celebrating Ayurveda Day!

Ayurveda Day is celebrated to help preserve this ancient health science and spread its wisdom. It also coincides with Dhanvantari Day, the holiday honoring the father of Ayurvedic medicine.

We’re hosting a free talk on Ayurveda & Global Health open to all levels, presented by Kerala Ayurveda USA’s Academy Director and Chief Ayurveda Clinician, Vaidya Jayarajan Kodikannath to learn:  You can join us in person or online.

Join us in person at our Academy & Wellness Center:
691 S Milpitas Blvd Suite 206
Milpitas, CA 05035

Join us online via live streaming
Register online to receive the access link and tune in via live streaming.


This webinar was conducted on October 25, 2019. You can now view the webinar recording.

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We explore
  • What is Ayurveda’s full scope and relevance for today’s world?
  • The universal principles of Ayurveda which are direct solutions to modern challenges
  • How to contribute to this movement for global health


Ayurveda Day is supported by the Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India and the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR). It is anchored by India Foundation’s Center for Soft Power and is promoted by Ayurveda doctors, students and enthusiasts from over 25 countries.

Premier Academy Summit

This past September, we held our premier Ayurveda Summit: Advancing Ayurveda Together at our Academy & Wellness Center in Milpitas, CA. We created this event to bring us all together in a way we haven’t ever before – under one roof for three days straight, focused on the power of Ayurveda and how we can grow as its ambassadors and make a difference in this world. The energy was profound. We share our deepest heartfelt thank you to the beautiful community, both in person and in spirit, who are a part of this movement in Ayurveda. It is thanks to your dedication that our Kerala Family and wider Ayurvedic community can continue to grow and serve our deeper mission – to Ayurvedic students and enthusiasts like you, professionals, rogis and the thousands of individuals they reach. We couldn’t do it without you!

It was also a joy to begin the 75th Anniversary celebration of Kerala Ayurveda and introduce many of our team members and visionaries from India to you. We wanted to create an event which would provide powerful learning opportunities for our students and alumni, as well as newcomers to Ayurveda. We hoped to better empower you with the assurance that we are a global team with strong roots in our traditions, and we will continue to preserve this heritage and authenticity as well as evolve Ayurveda for the modern world. We also wanted an opportunity to learn more about you. This dialogue is crucial for the success of this movement. So we repeat here the questions which came up during our interactive discussions: What do you want to do? What are you capable of? How can we help? How can we work together?

Our theme of the event was Advancing Ayurveda Together because we believe this happens first at the personal level. We make change one at a time, within ourselves first, which kindles the light we may share with others.

Let’s keep shining!


Highlights from the event

New Kerala Ayurveda Product Q&A

with Dr. (Vaidya) Jayarajan Kodikannath, BAMS, BSc


In this webinar:

It is our global mission to offer the highest quality, authentic Ayurvedic products. We look forward to sharing these with you and answering your questions!


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Ancient tradition for the modern practitioner

Kerala Ayurveda USA is part of Kerala Ayurveda Ltd, a full-spectrum Ayurvedic company with a 70-year operating record spanning academies, products, research, clinics, hospitals and resorts. What began as an apothecary on the banks of the Periyar River has expanded to an extensive practitioner line of highly efficient and safe remedies. We are thrilled to introduce our premier line of products to the U.S. and Canada!

Kerala Ayurveda’s high quality product line channels the authentic, ancient tradition of herbal preparation and formulation making. Our excellence in delivering quality products and wellness has earned us the prestigious ASSOCHAM awards for Kerala Ayurveda Ltd. as “Herbal Company of the Year 2016,” and “Make In India Emerging Entrepreneur Award 2017” under Pharmaceuticals & Biotechonology.

Our current catalog available to the U.S. and Canada includes the following variety, all based on recipes from the Vedic texts!

Dietary Supplements
Single herb and multi-herb combinations

Herb infused traditional ghee recipes

Oils & Thailams
Herb infused traditional oil recipes

Skin and Hair Care
Herb infused skin & hair recipes

Myaxyl Range
Herb infused pain relief recipes


Learn more in our informational webinar!

Sanskrit’s history and relevance to the modern Ayurvedic practitioner

Students of Ayurveda and Yoga are often drawn to the study of the Sanskrit – the ancient and slightly mystical mother language of the celebrated verses chanted during class or meditation. But where did this profound language come from, and what exactly does it have to offer an Ayurvedic practitioner today?


The origin of Sanskrit

Before you can understand the value of Sanskrit as a modern-day practitioner, it is important to be aware of its relevance in the history of Ayurveda, which is a product of the Vedic period of the Indian subcontinent. Sanskrit is an old Indo-Aryan language in which some of the most ancient documents known today, the Vedas were composed. It originated in the second millennium BCE. In the Indus Valley Civilization, where the natives were most likely earlier cousins of the Vedic people, a rudimentary form of Sanskrit was spoken with some Dravidian elements. The civilization began sometime around 6,000 BCE, and spread as far as the borders of modern-day Iran. The Indus culture was probably succeeded by the early Vedic culture around 2,000 BCE with Sanskrit as the principal language of communication, at least among the elite and ruling classes of the society. From the earliest verses found in the Vedas, we understand that Sanskrit had already evolved into a full-fledged language by the time they were composed.

Panini, a fourth century Sanskrit scholar, popularized the language with his systematic treatise, Ashtadhyayi. His inspiration made Sanskrit the preeminent Indian language of learning and literature for two millennia. The 14 sounds of the Maheswara Sutra are the most ancient known Sanskrit alphabet sequence. More than just alphabetical sounds, the Maheswara Sutra is a powerful mantra, and the vibrations of its utterance are known to have healing powers. The sounds of the alphabet are said to have originated from Lord Siva’s Damru, or drum, during the universe’s creation.


What makes Sanskrit unique amongst the ancient languages

Sanskrit is considered the mother of all languages with an influence as vast and deep as its spiritual associations. It belongs to the Indo-Aryan branch of the Indo-European family, and the oldest form is the Vedic Sanskrit. In India and Southeast Asia, the language enjoys a status similar to that of Latin and Greek in the western world. Literary researchers have identified Sanskrit as originating from the same source as Latin, Greek, and Persian. However, Sanskrit has its own wonderful structure. With exquisitely refined grammatical forms and verb roots, it is considered more “perfect” and copious than its counterparts. In its native Devanagari script, Sanskrit is known as Samskrta, which translates to “most refined.”

Sanskrit exerted a great deal of influence on all languages and cultures of the Indian subcontinent as well as beyond. The vocabularies of many Indian languages are heavily Sanskritized as a result. It is largely used today as a ceremonial language and in Hindu rituals due to its integral part of Hindu tradition and philosophy. Sanskrit language has also enriched many European languages, including English, and possibly many western philosophies. Modern Indian scholars of Sanskrit culture have often remarked that many of the new concepts of nuclear physics or modern psychology are easy for them to grasp, since they correspond exactly to familiar notions of Sanskrit terminology! Its versatility and power of expression can be appreciated by the fact that this language has 65 words to describe various forms of Earth, and over 250 words alone to describe rainfall.

Sanskrit’s connection with Ayurveda

Sanskrit is regarded as the language mother of all the universe, an explosive source of endless knowledge. The four Vedas, which document the knowledge of the Vedic period, are composed entirely in Sanskrit language. Ayurvedic knowledge is contained in the Upaveda of Atharva Veda. The ancient Ayurvedic philosophy, formulae, suggestions, herbs, herbal formulations, treatment methods, lifestyle management protocol and all medical instructions were first written down in Sanskrit. Since Ayurveda is codified using Sanskrit, a good knowledge of this language is crucial to properly understand the Ayurvedic texts.

Both Ayurveda and Sanskrit can touch you in a metaphysical way. A Sloka, or Sutra is the poetic form of the language used in the Ayurvedic root textbooks. Any form of Ayurvedic knowledge is a direct or indirect translation from the original Sanskrit verse. Learning Sanskrit language and Ayurveda together allows the student to truly embrace the best of both worlds: studying the source of nourishment and fullness of life in Sanskrit likewise offers the deepest possible access to Ayurveda’s wisdom. The ancient language embodies the principles behind Ayurveda, in its structure, sound and vibrations.


The value of Sanskrit knowledge for western practitioners of Ayurveda

A basic knowledge of Sanskrit is essential for understanding the essence of Ayurveda. It enriches the understanding of the classical textbooks as well as the commentaries. Ayurveda’s mind-body science has a rich heritage, and this ancient language is a direct route to get there. Sanskrit is also a verbal cleanser of the mind, enabling a practitioner to embody the balanced state from which he or she can best support the health of others.

A knowledge of Sanskrit benefits a Western Ayurvedic practitioner in the following ways:

  • Provides access for studying the root texts of Ayurvedic philosophy
  • Improves sense of learning Ayurveda and ability to follow lectures
  • Creates an overall more authentic learning experience
  • Deepens understanding of a Sutra’s more complex meaning
  • Aids in comprehension of the Mantras while doing meditation
  • Makes the learning process much easier
  • Enhances memory and retention with the power of the syllables
  • Helps the student make “quantum leaps” and learn more than initially expected
  • Calms the mind while learning the Sanskrit sutras
  • Enriches the learning experience with healing vibration
  • Increase connectivity and spiritual invocation

Free Webinar: The Ayurvedic Approach to Spring Cleansing


Dr. (Vaidya) Jayarajan Kodikannath, BSc, BAMS, Kerala Ayurveda USA Director
Suzanne Otterbein, AWC, RYT, Enrollment Adviser


In this webinar, we overview:
  • What is Ayurveda?
  • The role of our environment and toxins in health
  • Why cleansing during spring is best
  • Lifestyle guidelines for the spring cleansing season
  • Benefits of a personalized Ayurvedic spring cleanse


One of the main processes of healing the system in Ayurveda is cleansing, and it’s more relevant today than ever before due to the increase of water and air pollutants, food contamination, pesticides and chemicals in our environment. Most of us are invigorated to clean up our act during the new year, but for those of us in the winter season, this is not an optimal time to cleanse. Additionally, many of the detox programs and trends out there today can be depleting and even damaging to our systems.

Whether you are new to Ayurveda or already familiar with it, this is an opportunity to learn more about spring cleansing and how you can incorporate it into your life. We’ll address the basics of cleansing safely and seasonally according to the ancient Ayurvedic principles. If done correctly, cleansing during the springtime is a vital process for maintaining health and even preventing disease.


Learn more in our free educational webinar!

This webinar was conducted on February 21, 2019. You can now view the webinar recording.

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Ayurvedic Doctor program launch

A letter from Kerala Ayurveda Academy Director, Dr. (Vaidya) Jayarajan Kodikannath:

It’s with great pleasure I announce the launch of Kerala Ayurveda Academy’s third level Ayurvedic Doctor certification program, open to students from all Ayurvedic schools. It’s a 2.5-year program with 2,500 hours of learning, including both in-class and live streamed training hours, clinical internship, projects and a clinical specialty. The prerequisite for this program is a level II certification or equivalent, and the first session begins this August 24.

The Ayurvedic Doctor (AD) program is a culmination of our academy’s strong desire to create confident, advanced clinicians of Ayurveda, capable of helping people with the complex health concerns in this modern world. Our mission is to preserve the authenticity of Ayurveda in the U.S., which is why the curriculum of this program is carefully designed to align with the World Health Organization’s benchmarks for Ayurvedic training, as well as the curriculum for the Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (BAMS) degree in India. To satisfy the unique standards here in the U.S., this program  matches the competencies from the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA) for Ayurvedic Doctor professional membership. It is also approved by California state’s Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education.

As you may know, Kerala Ayurveda Academy was established in 2006 and has grown from one 500-hour certification program to now three levels of professional certification, the specialty Panchakarma certification, plus several continuing education workshops. This growth is a sign that we are, as a community, fulfilling the deeper mission – to spread awareness of Ayurveda and help positively shift the lives of more people.

Coming from India and representing an Ayurvedic lineage, I have witnessed the profound healing potential of Ayurveda – not just in my two and a half decades of practice as an Ayurvedic Doctor, but throughout my entire life. Growing up, herbal medicine and Panchakarma was not an alternative choice, but just a way of life. It has been my personal mission to share the traditional teachings of Ayurveda with the world: train high quality professionals of Ayurveda in traditional Indian medicine, and transmit the most comprehensive, holistic and personalized healing methodologies.

It is my hope that the addition of our level III AD program will support the continued learning of those who wish to reach their full potential as Ayurvedic professionals with advanced clinical training, at the highest level of certification here in the U.S.

For those of you who are ready and qualified, we invite you to apply to our first AD program beginning this August. Our online application launches this Friday, February 8.

Dr. (Vaidya) Jayarajan Kodikannath
Vice President & Academy Director
Kerala Ayurveda USA