APS Year 2

Ayurveda as Preventive Medicine

Understanding imbalance: a year of exploring disease and how to approach imbalance in an ayurvedic way.

Main overview

In the second APS year, the curriculum continues around the basic principles of ayurveda with an emphasis on ayurvedic nutrition, massage and yoga. The student slowly develops tools to become an ayurvedic health counsellor in these fields. Students continue to expand their database of simple ayurvedic herbs and remedies. There will be additional focus on the qualities required of an ayurveda and healing counsellor so as to evaluate and advise clients. Students will start to work with practical cases and real clients. Students will continue to dive into basic classes in western anatomy and physiology, bridging western medical concepts to the ayurvedic basic principles.

Working with imbalance

You will receive many practical tips and guidelines to help you live your life in a more ayurvedic way and how to apply your knowledge in assisting and supporting others, especially when there is an imbalance. We will continue to approach you as a future Ayurveda Practitioner, preparing you to become an all-round advisor in the field of prevention. Prevention means: ‘Treating and curing diseases before they appear’ which is key in ayurveda and carried out particularly with a healthy lifestyle, daily routine, nutrition, and exercise (including yoga).

More therapy-oriented

The practical modules this year aim to deepen your understanding of the basic principles of ayurvedic nutrition and how to apply these in consultations. This will be done with both study cases and live clients in class. You will be taught more about ayurvedic massage, including some advanced techniques. In the ayurvedic yoga module, you will continue to explore practice and psychology. Learning how to guide clients and yoga students.

Additional modules 

You will be introduced to a number of home remedies and to ayurvedic herbology in special modules on this subject. Consisting of theory and practice: preparing some of your own remedies on the spot. The residential module Year II will be about assessment principles: Rogi and Roga Pariksha. Learning how to interpret and understand classical ayurvedic texts is once again an important aspect of your studies. This will be supported by the video classes with online teachings from the Ashtanga Hridayam Samhita. This includes chanting ayurvedic sutras and expanding your understanding of basic Sanskrit terminology used in ayurveda. You will continue ‘Collect and Learn’ with home study assignments on herbology and diseases. Now also with a little more complex disorders. In order to expand your database on ayurvedic herbs and increase your own home pharmacy.