Since I became unemployed as a tour operator overnight, so to speak, in March 2020, I decided to use this unique opportunity and spend my free time with intensive training in Ayurveda.
The Ayurvedic Clinic “Greens Ayurveda” has been directed by Doctor Asghar since 2000. In addition to Ayurvedic retreats and Panchakarma cures, a wide variety of Ayurveda training courses are also offered here. There are training courses in Ayurvedic nutrition, pharmacy, massages, Pancha Karma cures and applications and beauty programs. The three-month training to become an Ayurveda Lifestyle Consultant covers all of these topics, as well as basic Ayurveda training. I decided to do this training.
I have known Doctor Asghar and Greens Ayurveda for a long time, as I organize Ayurveda cures here myself and some of my guests have already “enjoyed” a Pancha Karma cure here.
Greens Ayurveda is located in northern Kerala only a few hundred meters from the beach. Kerala is considered the country of origin of Ayurveda. In fact, one notices the deep roots to Ayurveda here quite strongly – almost every plant here is an Ayurvedic remedy, the people themselves follow the Ayurvedic daily routine and the Kerala dishes are automatically “Ayurvedic”.
Ayurveda has long captivated me, so I’m all the more pleased that I now had the unique opportunity to learn and live Ayurveda for three months at a time.
Because in addition to my training, I received Ayurvedic treatment myself and did a Pancha Karma cure.
What is Ayurveda?
But what is Ayurveda actually? Of course there is now a lot to read on the Internet and I would therefore like to keep this a little shorter. Ayurveda means “the science of life” and is the more than 5000 year old Indian health system. In Ayurveda it is important to keep the healthy healthy and to heal the sick. This is done with the help of a lifestyle, diet, medicinal herbs, cleansing procedures (Pancha Karma) and body treatments with a lot of oil and natural medicines. According to Ayurveda, one is healthy when one is in balance with oneself and with nature. While Ayurveda is mainly concerned with physical balance, the sister science yoga is an excellent way of establishing our mental balance.
In the next few weeks I would like to take you a little deeper into the secrets of Ayurveda.
Training in Ayurveda in India
But this article is about the Ayurveda training itself.
Ayurveda and yoga are becoming more and more popular in the western world. Many of you have already done a yoga training, maybe even in India and some have even been to India for an Ayurveda cure. Meanwhile there are also some Ayurveda trainings outside of India and it feels like we are being inundated by “Ayurveda Lifestyle Coaches”. But how does an apprenticeship work in India, how do I find the right apprenticeship for me and for whom is this apprenticeship suitable?
Of course, I am not really allowed to generalize here. I am only familiar with the training at Greens Ayurveda. But it wasn’t that easy for me to find a suitable apprenticeship either. If you look on the Internet you will find many offers, but these are often described rather vaguely and you really don’t know what to expect. To be honest, it was similar with Greens Ayurveda. Probably this uncertainty is simply part of the appeal of an apprenticeship in India.
In the end, I was very happy with my choice. This was partly due to the many practical lessons in nutrition, pharmacy and application techniques, and partly to the great location under palm trees and almost directly by the sea, but above all to the nice staff and highly qualified teachers. We received the theory lessons from real Ayurveda doctors, the practical applications were shown to us by the therapists and the pharmacists instructed us in the production of Ayurvedic medicine. Everyone in Greens Ayurveda grew very dear to my heart! If you are doing an apprenticeship in India, you should also be aware that you are in India. The theoretical teaching method is a bit out of date and with a total of four teaching hours a day, the training was very comfortable.
But then there was a lot of time for your own treatments, self-study and, of course, exploring India.
In the three months I learned an incredible amount and could immediately start working as an Ayurveda therapist anywhere. The training in all Ayurvedic treatments was really excellent. I have also learned an incredible amount in the manufacture of medicines and Ayurvedic nutrition and to experience all this knowledge first hand in India itself and in a completely unadulterated way is of course very authentic. After this three-month training you really have everything you need to become an Ayurveda consultant, but of course it cannot be compared with training as an Ayurveda doctor. For this you have to study for 5 ½ years in India!
Of course, it was great to experience Ayurveda on your own body for relatively little money. From theory to practice, so to speak! Not only did I try out a few applications myself, but I also did a whole Pancha Karma cleansing cure and thus not only intensified my training, but also did something for my own health and well-being at the same time.
If you want to dive deeper into Ayurveda, I can really recommend training at Greens Ayurveda.
Which training you want to do, of course, depends on your interests and goals.
The three-month course is very in-depth and the question arises whether you need all Ayurveda therapy applications and the knowledge about the manufacture of the medication.
In addition to this course, there are also two to four-week individual courses in Ayurvedic massage, Marma massage, nutrition, beauty treatments and pharmacy. If you are interested, please contact me so that you can book through Chalo! Travels next to a consultation also gets a small discount.
Otherwise, I offer twice a year a certified continuing education course in Ayurveda for Yoga Teachers in Greens Ayurveda in Kerala and an Ayurveda Center in the Himalayas In this training, you will learn the basics of Ayurveda and how you can apply Ayurveda practically in everyday life, through nutrition and of course yoga classes (group and individual lessons). This training is of course also suitable for non-yoga teachers and for everyone who simply wants to immerse themselves in Ayurveda in connection with yoga.
If you would like to find out a little more about Ayurveda and my time on site, listen to these Podcast episodes.