Frequently Asked Questions

Kerala Ayurveda Academy

We feel that our most unique features are:
  1. Our authenticity and heritage - KAA is part of Kerala Ayurveda Ltd, an India-based, seed-to-shelf company spanning academies, clinics, hospitals, products, research and resorts. We teach the traditional principles straight from the Vedic texts (not from translations), with our own, Kerala-designed literature. Our curriculum is overseen and taught by Director Dr. Jayarajan Kodikannath, a Kerala native from an Ayurvedic family, and our faculty are all mostly Indian Doctors with 10+ years experience. Learn more about our unique heritage here.
  2. Our flexibility - we call it "deep roots, modern voice" - our programs are designed to be convenient for the modern professional. Our live streaming technology enables students to attend classes online, and all classes are recorded & can be viewed later.
  3. Our alumni benefits - We offer the most generous alumni benefits you will find! We wish to welcome students into the Kerala family and support their continued learning - our students are for life. Alumni receive continued access to course content, including live access to the Weekly Virtual Classes. Discounts include: 10% off all continuing education short programs, 25% off of Ayurvedic Consultations - which is also extended to family members, plus 25% off our SuVeda product line. Learn more on our Alumni Services page.
  4. Our commitment to advanced education - we offer Levels I & II Ayurvedic certifications, several short programs in continuing ed that are NAMA-approved "PACE" programs (Professional Ayurvedic Continuing Education), and we’re thrilled to launch our Level 3 program 2018, so it will be possible to study with us for all 3 levels of U.S. certification. Our clinical internship requirements can be completed in the U.S., though we also have an India Internship opportunity at our own India-based clinics for students who wish to study in the heart of Ayurveda.
We opened in 2006 offering a 500 hour certification program. Over the years, we have expanded our programs to align with the growth of the Ayurvedic industry in the U.S.
KAA is proud to host a highly experienced team of faculty members trained at the Ayurvedic Doctor level by academic standards in India with clinical experience in India and the U.S. Learn more on our Faculty page.
Kerala Ayurveda’s purpose to serve as a source of authentic Ayurvedic education means that we do don’t dilute the Ayurvedic teachings from the Vedic texts. Our courses offer a comprehensive and original curriculum overseen by Academy Director, Dr. Jayarajan Kodkannath, and produced by our network of highly skilled Vedic scholars, doctors and faculty. Our materials are based on an Ayurvedic educational curriculum from Indian universities and is academically challenging and rewarding. The programs encompass all fields of Ayurveda including Ayurvedic philosophy, herbology, psychology, Ayurvedic Dosha imbalance management, research, clinical practice, and clinical application. We believe it is our responsibility to transmit Ayurveda just as it was written and practiced 5,000 years ago in a modern format for today’s professionals.
Kerala Ayurveda Academy is an organizational member of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA) and our programs are approved by NAMA to meet professional standards of competency in the U.S. We are also approved to operate by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education in California state. The approval to operate means compliance with state standards as set forth in the California Private Postsecondary Act of 2009 and Division 7.5 of Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations. 


Short Programs, Workshops, Continuing Education

Most of our programs can be taken entirely online, and all of our short programs include a live streaming option.
Students from all schools of Ayurveda are welcome to join our programs. Some prerequisites may apply.
  • Several of our short programs have no prerequisite required, including: Ashtanga Hridayam, Introduction to Sanskrit for Ayurveda, Ayurvedic Skin & Beauty and our India Immersion trips, though for Skin & Beauty we recommend knowledge of Ayurveda’s fundamentals including Subdoshas - this can be satisfied with KAA101, the first module of the AWC program, or an equivalent.
  • For Ayurvedic Assessment & Pulse Diagnosis and Ayurvedic Formulation Making, students should have knowledge of the fundamentals of Ayurveda including Subdosha (equivalent to KAA101 in our AWC program).
  • Clinical Mentoring Webinars for Counselors is appropriate for currently enrolled students or graduates of a level I Ayurvedic certification program.
  • Clinical Mentoring Webinars for Practitioners is appropriate for currently enrolled students or graduates of a level I Ayurvedic certification program.
  • Clinical Internships in the U.S. and India are appropriate for students enrolled in a level II Ayurvedic Practitioner program on a clinical topics (equivalent to completion up to KAA204 in our AWP program).


Certification Programs

  • The tuition for the level I Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor (AWC) certification program is $5,500 (not including registration and management fee).
  • The tuition for the level II Ayurvedic Wellness Practitioner (AWP) program is $6,800.00 (not including registration or management fee). For AWP, required Clinical Internships are an additional cost.
  • Books and materials fee is included in tuition for both programs.
Kerala Ayurveda Academy does not offer state or federal financial aid to students. We encourage motivated students who need financial support to apply to our Work Study Program - click here to learn more.

If a student obtains a loan to pay for an educational program, the student will have the responsibility to repay the full amount of the loan plus interest, less the amount of any refund. If the student has received federal student financial aid funds, the student is entitled to a refund of the moneys not paid from federal student financial aid program funds.

If a student is eligible for a loan guaranteed by the federal or state government and the student defaults on the loan, both of the following may occur:
  1. The federal or state government or a loan guarantee agency may take action against the student, including applying any income tax refund to which the person is entitled to reduce the balance owed on the loan.
  2. The student may not be eligible for any other federal student financial aid at another institution or other government assistance until the loan is repaid.

NOTICE - Any holder of this consumer credit contract is subject to all claims and defenses that the debtor could assert against the seller of the goods or services obtained pursuant hereto or with the proceeds hereof, recovery hereunder by the debtor shall not exceed amounts paid by the debtor hereunder. Kerala Ayurveda Academy does not have a pending petition in bankruptcy, is not operating as a debtor in possession, has not filed a petition within the preceding five years, and has not had a petition in bankruptcy filed against it within the preceding five years that resulted in reorganization under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code (11U.S.C. Sec. 1101 et seq.).
The level I AWC program is 625 hours and is a prerequisite for the level II AWP program, which is 1,000 hours. The AD program is 2,500 hours, and level I and II are both its prerequisites. The total hours completed are 4,125 for all three programs. If you complete all three levels, your cumulative hours over time will be:

Level I - 1 year - 625 hours
Level II - 1 year - 1,000 hours (Cumulative: 1 years, 1,625 hours)
Level III - 2.5 years - 2,500 hours (Cumulative: 4.5 years, 4,125 hours)
Each of the three levels of professional certification are a prerequisite for the next level, so you will need to complete the Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor (AWC) certification first before you are eligible to take the Ayurvedic Wellness Practitioner (AWP) program. Likewise, both the AWC and AWP programs are prerequisites to the Ayurvedic Doctor (AD) program.
  • Our level I Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor (AWC) certification program includes two format options: (A) you can join us in-class - this means you’ll be in person for the Weekend Intensives (11 total), or (B) you can join our Distance Learning Program and attend completely online. Distance learners also have the option of attending our 4-Day Practical Immersion, which is designed to provide hands on learning for our online learners (included in tuition, though optional to attend).
  • Our level II Ayurvedic Wellness Practitioner (AWP) certification program includes two format options (A) you can join us in-class for the Weekend Intensives (10 total), or (B) you can join our Distance Learning Program and the Weekend Intensives online. All students are required to fulfill the Clinical Internship requirement in class, and there are multiple format options available.
  • For all of our certifications, students are required to have (1) a high school diploma or equivalent as a prerequisite, (2) the equivalent knowledge of a 6 credit college course on Anatomy & Physiology as a pre- or co-requisite.
  • For the level I Ayurveda Wellness Counselor (AWC) certification program, no licenses or certifications in any field are required. KAA welcomes level I students from all educational backgrounds, without any degrees, licenses or certifications in any other field.
  • For the level II Ayurvedic Wellness Practitioner (AWP) certification program, an Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor Certification or equivalent is required.
  • For both AWC and AWP programs, a college degree is not required.
  • For the level III Ayurvedic Doctor (AD) program launching in 2019, a Bachelor's Degree or equivalent is required.
The primary requirement for our programs is a passion for Ayurveda. A health or medical training background is not required. KAA welcomes students with a high school diploma to any of our courses, in addition to other program-specific prerequisites or corequisites. Please consult individual program pages for more information on their individual prerequisites.
  • For our level I and level II certification programs, minimum contact hours are required for graduation. Contact hour means the class attended in real time, either in person or through live streaming.
  • Level I - AWC: Students are expected to meet the requirement of 100 contact hours, which is aligned to the requirement set by NAMA (National Ayurvedic Medical Association- USA) for professional membership.
  • Level II - AWP: Students are expected to meet the requirement of 300 contact hours.
  • If you are absent from an in-class or live streamed (online) session, you can watch the recording, and later make up the session in-class or live streamed the next time it is offered (on average, every 6 months), free of charge.
A notebook and writing implement. KAA will provide classroom facilities and course manuals. The classes are taught in traditional, clean, well-lit classroom settings with tables and chairs for your comfort.
The Practical Immersion runs twice per year and is open to level I Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor (AWC) certification program students enrolled in our Distance Learning program. Each Practical Immersion is scheduled in association with a specific AWC session and is designed to provide optimal hands-on learning to complement the studies of the online learner. Priority registration is initially limited to students from that Practical Immersion's respective AWC session. After the priority registration deadline ends, AWC students & alumni from previous AWC sessions may register. Learn more on the Practical Immersion page.
Yes, there are exams for certification program material. Please try not feel anxious about the tests. For our certification programs, the testing is done online and the student is given five (5) attempts at taking the test. This highest score is recorded. The tests are for both you and us to know what you have learned and what you didn’t so we can keep you up to speed. We want to make sure our students understand all the Ayurvedic concepts clearly.


Practice of Ayurveda in the U.S.

Our three levels of professional certification at Kerala Ayurveda Academy are aligned with the professional membership levels and their competencies set forth by the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA).

1. Level I Ayurvedic Wellness Counselors (or AHC - NAMA) focus on guiding clients with Ayurvedic lifestyle techniques for disease prevention. For more detail, please see the complete Scope of Practice: Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor.

2. Level II Ayurvedic Wellness Practitioners (or AP - NAMA) are trained with the additional skill set of disease management for handling more advanced conditions; their scope of practice involves more diverse assessment tools and the ability to map complex imbalances and their treatment protocol. Practitioners also possess a more extensive knowledge of herbs, Ayurvedic formulations and Panchakarma therapies to recommend clients. For more detail, please see the complete Scope of Practice: Ayurvedic Wellness Practitioner.

3. Level II Ayurvedic Doctors (AD) use the same assessment and protocol development skills as Practitioners, though with richer clinical training, deeper knowledge and a higher awareness of contemporary medical research and conditions. For more detail, please see the complete Scope of Practice: Ayurvedic Wellness Doctor.
In the U.S., Ayurvedic professionals are certified at three levels according to the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA) - see above question. Our Panchakarma Technician (PKT) certification can be taken on its own or as an add-on to the primary three levels of Ayurvedic practice. Our PKT certification's primary purpose is to provide education and hands-on training in the traditional Ayurvedic bodywork methodologies, going into more detail than the level I, II and III Counselor, Practitioner and Doctor certifications. The primary role of a Panchakarma Technician is to implement and perform the Panchakarma therapies. Depending on the Panchakarma Tehcnician's other certifications in Ayurveda, the scope of practice will vary in terms of breadth and the ability to design Panchakarma programs. As with general Ayurvedic practice, Panchakarma must be performed in compliance with local and state guidelines. For more detail, please see the complete Scope of Practice: Panchakarma Technician.
The level I Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor (AWC) program will provide you with enough training to setup a private practice as an Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor, and the last weekend intensive will cover the business of running a practice. You can also use your Ayurvedic knowledge base to supplement an existing healing practice or help you create a niche in any industry. If you plan to work as a health practitioner, you can run your own business, or align with existing businesses, such as integrative health centers, alternative health practices and yoga studios. Our team is always happy to answer your questions to help you plan your professional future.
Possibly, depending on your location and how you wish to practice. A license to touch refers to regulations for professions which involve physical contact with clients. These regulations are governed by each individual state in the U.S. Panchakarma involves a variety of bodywork therapies, some of which involve physical contact and some which do not. It is important for the student to check in with local state guidelines to understand which aspects of Panchakarma are compliant and which are not, and either adjust one’s practice accordingly, or pursue the required licensure.
Shamana includes therapies to balance the mind-body system energetics, or Doshas, without internal cleansing. All Panchakarma techniques which do not involve internal cleansing are called Shamana therapies, including various types of external oil applications e.g. Shirodhara, Kati Vasti, Udvarthana. Shodhana includes therapies for deep internal cleansing, requiring clinical knowledge of the disease process and body systems. In additional to individual U.S. state regulations, an individual’s training level in general Ayurvedic wellness will determine the scope of practice. In the U.S., Ayurvedic professionals are certified at three levels according to the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA): level I Ayurvedic Health Counselor (AHC) equivalent to KAA’s Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor (AWC); level II Ayurvedic Practitioner (AP) equivalent to KAA’s Ayurvedic Wellness Practitioner (AWP) and level III Ayurvedic Doctor (AD). The Panchakarma Technician (PKT) certification can be taken on its own or as an add-on to the primary three levels of Ayurvedic practice. As Panchakarma Technicians, all graduates of this program are qualified to design and implement Panchakarma plans including all Shamana therapies (abiding by local state regulations). To design and implement a Panchakarma plan including both Shamana and Shodhana, a level II or III Ayurvedic Practitioner or Ayurvedic Doctor is required for conducting a clinical assessment. The Ayurvedic Practitioner or Ayurvedic Doctor is capable of mapping the Samprapti, or disease process for the individual client, for customizing the Shodhana therapies. With this plan, the Panchakarma Technician may support, assist and perform the Shodhana procedures under the guidance of the Ayurvedic Practitioner or Ayurvedic Doctor (abiding by local state regulations).
Ayurveda is currently unlicensed in the U.S., which means the practice as a whole is not governed by the U.S.; instead, aspects of Ayurvedic practice are indirectly regulated by each state. Ayurveda is legal to practice, so long as practitioners are following their local state guidelines.
No. Ayurvedic practitioners are not licensed in the United States, and its practice is not regulated by state or federal agencies. Standards of competency are set by individual schools that have received state approval. Ayurvedic practitioners in the United States are advised on how to practice legally within a limited scope of practice so they are not viewed as practicing medicine without a license.

We might say that Ayurveda’s current status in the U.S. is analogous to the Chinese medical profession during its early years in the 1970s. While each state does not regulate the practice of Ayurvedic medicine itself, some aspects of Ayurvedic practice may fall within the scope of professions that are regulated. Students and graduates of the academy should be careful not to allow their practice to overlap one of those regulated professions unless they are licensed in that particular profession. Please contact your local state representative for more information about regulations in your area.
A bill has been passed in 11 states (California, Nevada, Maine, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Idaho, Louisiana, Rhode Island, Arizona, Colorado, and New Mexico) allowing the residents of those states to approach non-licensed healing practitioners with informed consent.
Yes, Ayurveda is currently practiced all over the United States.

While none of the U.S. states currently have Ayurvedic practitioners or physicians as primary care physicians, many of these well-trained professionals utilize their education and skills in combination with other healthcare related credentials.

Yoga Instructors, Massage Therapists, Registered Nurses, Nutritionists/Dietitians, Acupuncturists, Chiropractors, Medical Doctors and other healthcare professionals are recognizing and utilizing the benefits of educational training in Ayurveda.

The National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA) is currently working on developing educational standards, scope of practice, and related materials to support future licensing initiatives throughout the US.

Many Academy graduates use their Ayurvedic education to enhance pre-existing professional careers.
All of our graduates are able to practice Ayurveda in their everyday lives for personal health. An understanding of Ayurvedic principles enriches the quality of life in all aspects, not just physical well-being. The study of Ayurveda is truly a healing transformation during which students find a new level of emotional, mental and spiritual wellness. Additionally, graduates often change career paths or discover novel ways to apply their new Ayurvedic knowledge to their existing profession.

There are many ways our students utilize their Ayurvedic education. Some of our students launch a practice as Ayurvedic Counselors or Practitioners.

Many of our graduates incorporate Ayurvedic knowledge in their current practice as healers, such physicians, nurses, yoga teachers and massage therapists. Ayurveda complements all other healing modalities.

Some of our graduates launch Ayurvedic product lines or combine Ayurveda with their existing business.


Student & Alumni Services

Kerala Ayurveda Academy & Wellness Center, 691 S Milpitas Blvd Ste 206, Milpitas, CA. Contact Student Services at +1 (888) 275-9103 x20 or
KAA does not have dormitories. There are a few hotels near the class locations where students can book a room. The cost range is approximately $75-$125. In the past, some students have made good friends with classmates and stayed with them on those weekends. KAA has no responsibility to assist a student in finding housing.
We allow our prospective students to sit in with the current class, so that they get a feel of the classroom setting and the topic. With a prior appointment, students are welcome to visit the academy and talk to the Academy Administrator. We are here to assist our students in any way we can.
Student mentoring is supplied throughout the entire term of the program and is included in the tuition cost. On occasion, KAA posts job openings as they become available on group emails to students and alumni. KAA will do its best to help graduates to get into practice or a related career but there are no specific student services for career planning or job placement.
We offer several continuing education programs to support advanced learning.
  • The first level of study is the 625 hour Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor (AWC) certification program.
  • The second level is the 1000 hour Ayurvedic Wellness Practitioner (AWP) certification program.
  • With level I and level II certifications, as well as a separate Bachelor's Degree completed, students are eligible to enroll in our level III Ayurvedic Doctor (AD) program.
  • Additionally, we offer several short programs and workshops for students to upskill.
Yes, there is the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA). Many states have their own state associations such as the California Association of Ayurvedic Medicine (CAAM).
Yes, we can provide you with the contact information of several students for you to talk to. Please contact +1 (888) 275-9103 x20 or for assistance.
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