Ayurvedic Health Advisor: Introduction to Ayurveda – Ancient Science of Healthy Living & Healthy Aging (AYUR - 17ANCI000)

July 1 2017 1:00 am
Phone: 425-896-6717
Professional & General Public $ 415.00
Bastyr/NIAOM Alumni $ 375.00
Full-time Student $ 315.00
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Ayureda is philosophy of health, medicine and living which was founded in India about 3,000 BC. It is still the primary health system of India, and quickly gaining acceptance and popularity worldwide. Explore the foundations, core principles and vocabulary of the Ayurveda approach to living, and how it can be incorporated into your health practice or personal life. The class is the first class of a new non-credit certificate program, Ayurvedic Health Advisor. However, anyone interested in learning about Ayurveda is welcome to the course. The Ayurvedic Health Advisor program is 610 hours, and upon completion one can incorporate your new knowledge into your current health practice in order to better serve your clients. The Introduction to Ayurveda was originally held at Bastyr University Nov 6-8, 2015. Instructor: Vivek Shanbhag. (20 CEUs)

Description: Learn about the historical periods of Ayurveda, the foundational texts and their authors, and prominent schools of thought. Starting with an overview of the origins and development of Ayurveda from the Vedic period to modern time, we will discuss the Samkhya philosophy of life science. We will apply special focus on the principle of the individual constitution – the three doshas. According to Ayurvedic philosophy, the three doshas are the energetic principles that govern our physical, psychological and emotional wellbeing. Class discussions will also address the Ayurvedic principle of living in harmony with nature and the environment.

This class is part of a non-credit program offered by Bastyr’s Certificate, Community and Continuing Education Department. To read about the program's course sequence, requirements and fees, click here.

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Define and discuss at least four of the major areas of Samkhya philosophy
  • Define the five elements and their qualities
  • Identify at least five major timeline points in the history of Ayurveda
  • Define and explain the Ayurvedic definition of life
  • List the three doshas and define the physical, psychological and emotional elements of each
  • Describe the role of doshas in the Ayurvedic tradition
  • Discuss the concepts of health and disease through the lens of the Ayurvedic tradition

Supplemental text: Ayurveda Science of Self Healing by Vasant Lad which is available for purchase at Bastyr's bookstore. 

Eligible for 20 CEUs, PDAs, CMEs, CPEUs, and/or CEs for the following professions:

ND (except those licensed in CA)
Eligibility Pending: ND (licensed in OR)
MD & PA - Category II CMEs (those licensed in WA)
ARNP & RN (licensed in WA)
LMFT, LMHC, LICSW & PsyD (licensed in WA)
LMP (licensed in WA)
Eligibility Pending: LMP NCBTMB CEs
PT & OT (licensed in WA)
Eligibility Pending: LAc - NCCAOM PDAs
Eligibility Pending: LAc (licensed in CA)
Eligibility Pending: RD - ADA CPEU

Dr. Vivek Shanbhag, ND, MD-Ayurveda, BAMS, CYEd

Dr. Shanbhag is a naturopathic doctor, ayurvedic expert, professor and best-selling author. He is the founder and director of the Natural Medicine Clinic, Academy & Wellness Spa which has two clinics in the San Francisco Bay Area. Dr. Shanbhag specializes in integrating Ayurveda, naturopathic medicine and yoga to treat acute and chronic diseases.

For more than 30 years, he has successfully run various Ayurveda institutions in India and the U.S. He was founder and director for 17 years of AYU Academy & Clinic, Seattle. In 2006 he sold this successful institution to Kerala Ayurveda. During 1991-96, he was chairman of the Ayurveda Department of Bastyr University. During 1985-88 he was head of the Ayurvedic Research Institute, Pune.

Dr. Shanbhag is currently on the faculty of Bastyr University, MMI Ayurveda College, Kerala Ayurveda Academy and Vedika Global. He is the best-seller author of Beginner’s Intro to Ayurveda by Keats Publishing. In 1988 he was awarded the prestigious I.I.M. Gold Medal for his MD-Ayurveda research thesis. In 2010 and again in 2013, he won International Awards for Excellence in Ayurvedic Teaching and Practice. He has also been a sought-after keynote speaker at national and international conferences in the fields of Ayurveda, naturopathic medicine, yoga, wellness and nutrition.