Ayurveda Foundation Program Level 1

Ayurveda Foundation Program sevanti

The Ayurveda Foundation Program Level 1 is a 6-day immersion into the Ayurveda wellness arts.

Devanadi is honored to be an affiliate with the Sevanti Institute since 2016.

Join Claire Ragozzino and James Bailey as they team up to present the AWCP Level 1 Ayurveda Foundation Program: open to anyone interested in learning about Ayurveda wellness for self-care and family wellness; taught over three weekends.

Ayurveda Foundation Program Level 1

with James Bailey, DASc, AD, Director and Founder Sevanti Institute & Claire Ragozzino, Sevanti Faculty

When: 3 Weekends: September 23-24, October 7-8, October 28-29, 2023
Time – CENTRAL US: 9:00am – 12:00pm & 1:30pm – 5:00pm (lunch break from 12:00pm – 1:30pm)
Cost $895 (or email to request Monthly Autopay Plan)
Format: Livestream on ZOOM (also recorded)

Note: The SIGN UP BUTTON redirects you to the Sevanti Institute’s website where you will sign up.

james bailey Claire Ragozzino

Program Overview

The Level 1 Ayurveda Foundation Program is an online 6-day immersion into the Ayurveda wellness arts. Level 1 programs are 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.

This program is led by James Bailey, DASc, AD, Director and Founder Sevanti Institute & Claire Ragozzino, Sevanti Faculty.

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.

Who is this training for?

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.

What Will You Learn?

Students will learn traditional Ayurveda’s foundational knowledge and self-care rituals, assessing both the doshic constitution (prakriti) and conditional or symptomatic doshic imbalances (vikriti). Students will acquire invaluable insights and practical skills needed for enlightened, effective, and very personalized self-care and care for those around us.


5 Core Modules: AWC 1-5 (42 hrs) are live programs taught by Sevanti Institute faculty; taught over three weekend sessions (6 days) online as hosted by RYS Yoga Schools such as Devanadi Yoga.


In June 2023, Level 1 was reduced from a 12-day (120-hr) program to a 6-day program (42-hr) introductory program with the intention of reducing the burden of entry into our Level 2 programs.

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 you will learn during your Level 1 studies include:

  • 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
  • Introduction to Ayurvedic nutrition, personalized diets, and the lifestyle routines needed to restore health and balance
  • Introduction to Ayurvedic lifestyles and daily self-care practices
  • A deeper understanding of the doshas, subdoshas, body constitution, and constitutional types
  • Ayurveda and digestive health, how to assess imbalances of digestion, how to heal chronic imbalances of the digestive system
  • Dinacharya’s daily routines such as self-massage with warm oils (abhyanga) and seasonal cleanses with kitchari
  • How Ayurveda can best inform your yoga practice
  • Rasayana: rejuvenation methods to slow the aging process, aid in recovery from illness, and improve stress management
  • How to interpret the doshas in your body
  • See module descriptions below for more detailed course topics


1 Elective Module: AWC 6 (100 hrs) are optional programs; 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. See below.

  • Weekend 1 - AWC 1 & AWC 2

    AWC 1: Principles of Ayurveda Wellness | 7 hrs
    AWC 1 lays the foundation for the entire AWCP program. We will introduce the primary working theories of Ayurveda, including the Panchamahabhutas (5 Elements) and Tridosha (3 Doshas: Vata, Pitta, Kapha). Students will be introduced to Ayurvedic anatomy and physiology, the science of prakriti, our body constitution, the transformative power of Agni in digestion and consciousness, how to maintain digestive balance, 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 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.

    AWC 2: Ahara: Ayurvedic Nutrition | 7 hrs
    AWC 2 introduces nutrition as a healing tool in your healing work. We will cover important Ayurveda nutrition concepts such as the six tastes, reviewing their elements, then learning their qualities, energetics, post-digestive effect, whether they are nourishing or purifying, and how each taste affects the doshas, tissues, waste products, and digestion. Agni and its four states, how to improve or balance, is our core focus. We will discuss foods and food preparation according to dosha, as well as food quality. We will also learn how food preparation affects food energetics and digestion, the benefits of moderate fasting, right hydration, and eating rituals.

  • Weekend 2 - AWC 3 and AWC 4

    AWC 3: Ayurveda Self-Care Rituals | 7 hrs
    AWC 3 introduces the powerful and natural methods used by Ayurveda to awaken awareness and devotion to the body and mind at home, one simple act at a time. These include daily Yoga practice, oral self-care, abhyanga massage and bath, oiling the face, nose, ears, and hair, mantra, herbal allies, essential oils, routine sleep, routine elimination, seasonal routines, and awareness, dietary changes according to season and changes in our doshas, etc. 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). 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.

    AWC 4: Ayurveda and Yoga: The Sister Sciences | 7 hrs
    AWC 4 is an elementary introduction to the relationship between Yoga and Ayurveda. these two disciplines have been known as sister sciences for thousands of years.  Ayurvedic principles have always been applied to the practice and principles of Yoga and yoga therapy-based principles have always been used by the healers of Ayurveda. Similar to Yoga, the Ayurvedic understanding of the nature of the individual, the nature of the imbalance, and the nature of therapies are essential to promote healing and achieve a harmonious state of body and mind with respect to individual consciousness. In this day-long course, we will break down what this means in practical terms, explore how yoga and Ayurveda can work together, and explore historical references and values to their integration.

  • Weekend 3 - AWC 5

    AWC 5: Ayurvedic Self-Care Practicum Weekend with James Bailey | 14 hrs
    AWC 5 is an Ayurveda practical self-assessment weekend that will introduce the application of Ayurveda on a personal level. We will apply the knowledge learned in the first four modules to ourselves and utilize some of the basic assessment skills taught to interpret our physical and mental health needs. You will be introduced to the basic skills used in conducting an Ayurveda wellness assessment. Under the guidance of James Bailey, DASc, AD, the group will collectively conduct a partial traditional Ayurvedic counseling assessment on a volunteer student who will share their life and health stories. Real-time analysis of the student’s condition and health patterns will be evaluated. Lifestyle, nutrition, and other wellness methods will be recommended by the teacher and group. Afterward, Q&A time will be allowed for each student to clarify ambiguities in their self-assessment.

  • 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.