Ayurveda Foundation Program Level 1

The Ayurveda Foundation Program Level 1 is a 12-day immersion into the Ayurveda wellness arts. Devanadi is honored to be an affiliate school with the Sevanti Institute since 2016.

Upcoming Ayurveda Foundation Level 1 Programs

Program Overview

This program is ideal for self-healing, family care, and helping those closest to us in our communities. The program is open to everyone and may be taken as a stepping stone to the Sevanti Institute Level 2 & Level 3 advanced programs or alone. Students will begin the process by focusing on healing themselves and the people closest to them. This is based on the premise that we must know how to heal ourselves before we can heal others. Level 1 also serves as an overview, allowing students to see how Ayurveda works in both theory and practice before committing to the Level 2 Advanced Ayurveda Program.

Devanadi Founder and Director, Tanya Boigenzahn, is a grad of this program, and has assisted the elective option: Sevanti Journey to India Retreat in 2018. You may Contact Us to learn more about Tanya’s experience or attend a FREE Info Session.

Open to All

Level 1 Ayurveda Foundation Programs are open to all as a lifestyle immersion into the Ayurvedic view of life, health, and healing. Learn the fundamentals of Ayurveda wellness for life, for family, friends and community. Open to anyone interested in a living practice of Ayurveda and a long, healthy life.

4 Core Modules

4 Core Modules: AWC 1-4 (120 hrs) are live programs taught by AWCP faculty; taught over two 6-day sessions (12 days) in the classroom environment hosted by RYS Yoga Schools such as Devanadi Yoga.

2 Elective Modules

2 Elective Modules: AWC 5 & 6 (80 hrs) are optional programs; AWC 5 is a personal Ayurvedic journal and report used as a guide in self-care; AWC 6 is an annual tour to lush and jungled Kerala in south India to experience one of the deepest Ayurveda traditions in all of India.
Students will learn the foundation skills of conducting traditional Ayurveda assessments, assessing both doshic constitution (prakriti) as well as conditional or symptomatic doshic imbalances (vikriti) of fellow students and volunteer guest clients.

Students will acquire invaluable insights and practical skills needed for an enlightened, effective, and very personalized self-care and for the care of those around us.

a few of the topics Covered

  • The principles of Ayurvedic theory, anatomy, physiology, and keys to personal wellness
  • Personal healing insights needed on your journey to balance; healing ourselves is the first step to healing others
  • Level 1 skills to conduct a basic Ayurvedic assessment, prescribe personalize diets, and the lifestyle routines needed to restore health and balance
  • The assessment skills needed to accurately assess doshic constitutional types and offer preventative health guidelines
  • A deeper understanding of the doshas, subdoshas, body constitution, and constitutional types
  • Introductory pulse reading for reading your own pulse and fellow students
  • Ayurveda and digestive health, how to assess imbalances of digestion, how to heal chronic imbalances of the digestive system
  • Dinacharya daily routines such as self massage with warm oils (abhyanga) and seasonal cleanses with kitchari
  • Beginner level Ayurvedic herbology; initiate the path to becoming an herbalist
  • Rasayana: rejuvenation methods to slow the aging process, aid in recovery from illness, and improve stress management
  • Traditional healing mantras for physical and mental wellbeing
  • See module descriptions below for more detailed course topics

Level 1 Core Modules

The Level 1 Core Modules are essential principles of Ayurveda wellness that may be applied to oneself for self-care (swasthavritta), or to guide family or community. These topics are the keys to a balanced life and an initial stepping stone to a professional career as an Ayurveda Wellness Counselor.

Level 1 Core Modules introduce the information offered in Level 2, but at an introductory level. Sevanti Institute wants all students to be introduced to the depth of the Ayurvedic vision and to the workings of an Ayurveda Wellness Counselor while leaving greater depths of professional training to the Level 2 program.

Level 1 Core Modules are required for Level 1 completion and are a prerequisite for admission to the Level 2 Advanced Ayurveda Program.

  • Weekend 1 - AWC 1: Principles of Ayurveda Wellness | 30 hrs

    Weekend 1 lays the foundation for the entire AWCP program. We will introduce the primary working theories of Ayurveda, particularly the inner teachings of an Ayurvedic lifestyle as a grounding for those living a yogic life. The profound principles of the Vedic 5 Element and Tridosha Theories will be expanded upon and used throughout subsequent courses, so it is crucial that we master them now. Students will be introduced to Ayurvedic anatomy and physiology, the 15 subdoshas, the science of prakriti, our body constitution, the transformative power of agni in digestion and consciousness, how to maintain digestive balance, the seven tissues, the role of ama, or toxins in our health, and ojas, the sacred sap of life and longevity. The intention of this overview course is self knowledge (vidya) and an enlightened self care (swasthavritta). We achieve that through effective self study, yogic and Ayurvedic lifestyle integration, pure sattvic living, living true to ourselves (sadvritta), and the exquisite uniqueness of our own constitutional nature, karmas, and health journey. Wellness begins with self knowledge, new beginnings, and self care. This is the beginning.


  • Weekend 2 - AWC 2: Ayurveda Wellness Methods | 30 hrs

    AWC 2 introduces the powerful and natural methods used by Ayurveda wellness counselors in their work and in self care. These coveted methods are considered routine lifestyle practices in yogic and ayurvedic life. The efficacy of these methods lay in making them authentic, ie customized, to the individual’s unique constitution (prakriti) and condition (vikriti). Here we will focus on the healing modalities that are shared between the ayurveda wellness counselor and client. These include lifestyle counseling, Ayurvedic nutrition, Ayurvedic herbology, the use of culinary spices, topical oil therapies, rejuvenation techniques, subtle therapies, and customized ayurveda cleanses for each client. Each of these methods will be taught again at more advanced levels in Level 2, but we introduce you to them early so that you may begin to integrate them into your life and into the life of your family throughout your educational journey.


  • Weekend 3 - AWC 3: Ayurveda Wellness Assessment | 30 hrs

    The AWC 3 wellness assessment course empowers the student with the skills to see and better understand our imbalances and the imbalances of others. Only then can we heal. Students will begin to learn how to measure each of the dosha’s dynamic movements through the bodymind, what signs and symptoms reflect their presence, and the deduction of doshic patterns. Basic introduction to pulse, tongue and tissue analysis will be covered, as well as an introduction to Ayurveda psychology, the nature of imbalance (vikriti) and Ayurvedic pathology (samprapti), and an introduction to Ayurvedic diagnostics. Here we introduce students to the practical aspects of counseling, particularly how students determine the appropriate method of healing. Students will practice the assessment methods on themselves and other students in small groups. This material is the heart of the assessment skills that generates insights into the workings of life and life force (prana) from the Ayurvedic perspective.

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  • Weekend 4 - AWC 4: Ayurveda Wellness Counseling Practicum | 30 hrs

    The AWC 4 counseling practicum will introduce the initial client intake process and the interpersonal skills used in conducting an Ayurveda wellness assessment. Under the guidance of AWCP practitioner faculty, the group will collectively conduct two traditional Ayurvedic counseling assessments on volunteer clients who will share their lives and health stories. Real time analysis of each client’s condition and health patterns will be demonstrated. Lifestyle, nutrition and other wellness methods will be recommended by the teacher and group. Afterwards, Q&A time will be allowed for each assessment to clarify questions and ambiguities in the assessment process. Rapport building and business management skills will be introduced. Students will complete the module by conducting a traditional Ayurveda assessment on another student in the group.


  • Electives

    Level 1 Ayurveda Foundations Program grads may choose to take any of the Elective Modules below:

Program Teachers

James Bailey

James Bailey

Founder of Sevanti Wellness, third generation physician and Yoga educator.