Ayurveda diploma courses are widely available, both classroom-based and online, for people who want to gain in-depth knowledge and understanding of Ayurveda and Panchakarma. Ayurveda is Indian in origin with a long history rooted in Vedic India some 5000 years ago, making it the oldest system of health and wellbeing know to human kind. More recently, Ayurveda has gained in popularity throughout the UK as a leader in complimentary and alternative medical systems. With the increasing interest among alternative therapists and medical practitioners, diplomas have proliferated. So, what should a quality syllabus look like from a good diploma course?
Firstly, check that any diploma in Ayurveda that you are interested in covers the full range of Ayurvedic practices. Courses in specific areas such as Ayurvedic massage and a diploma in Ayurvedic medical science are readily available but they do not cover the full spectrum of what Ayurveda is and as such the student never really grasps the full potential Ayurveda has to offer. Ayurveda courses in Ayurveda should cover a full range of subjects that allow students to gain the knowledge and understanding needed to fully implement the system. A good Ayurveda course should provide the history and context of the discipline, including knowledge of the Panchamahabhutas (the five structural elements of the universe). It should cover the ‘Astanga of Ayurveda’, which is the division of the system into eight limbs or branches. These Important central concepts should be understood thoroughly. Equally as important is the knowledge of the Tridoshas, which are the three functional elements of Vata, Pihta, and Kapha. The course you select should explore the qualities and functions of each of these elements and how they affect and influence our state of balance or imbalance. The Deha Prakruti – which describes the individual constitution of a person and how this connects with the Tridosha concept.
A good diploma Ayurveda course should cover other central precepts such as the Sapta Dhatus, (seven tissue) that exist within our bodies, the Koshta or digestive tract and the different states of Agni (digestive fire). As well as a practical body of knowledge, Ayurveda diploma courses need to cover the application of these principles. They should include the steps used in Rogi Pareeksha, the examination of patients, and Roga Pareeksha, the diagnosis. They also need to train participants in the application of the many and varied treatments available to Ayurvedic practitioners. This should include how to design and implement Dina Chariya (treatment regimens), and Ritu Chariya, which is the design of regimens that take into account the changing seasons. Diploma courses also need to look at many other areas such as medicinal properties of Dravya or individual herbs, Dravya Guna Vunan (Ayurvedic Pharmacology), Panchakarma (detoxification treatments), different types of massage such as Shiroabhyanga (head massage) and Abhyanga (body Massage). While this is not an exhaustive list of treatments, it should give you an idea of the breadth of study necessary to gain meaningful understanding of Ayurveda. Finally, look for a diploma course that is tutored by an Ayurvedic Doctor trained and experienced in India, as this is the best way to gain a true understanding of Ayurveda. For a diploma course that ticks all the boxes, look no further than G I V E - Gaia Institute of Vedic Education.
At G I V E - Gaia Institute of Vedic Education, we are proud to offer our online Ayurveda diploma to those in the UK and the rest of the English speaking world, who would like to gain an in-depth knowledge of Ayurveda including therapists and alternative practitioners. Our courses are delivered online utilising the best webinar/virtual classroom software and easy to follow LMS (learning Management System). For further details or to enrol today on our life changing diploma course, please visit http://vedic.institute or email email@example.com with any questions. We hope our diploma course will assist those who enrol to achieve and maintain a state of physical, mental and spiritual happiness & fulfilment.