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Courses in Ayurveda


Ayurveda Online


Tarik Dervish and  Dr. Cathy Mae Karelse




Welcome to the world of Ayurveda!


A fascinating system of healing, Ayurveda dates back thousands of years. It shares a common language with and is a close relative of Yoga. Both are gifts from India. Commonly translated as the ‘science of life’ or ‘living well’, Ayurveda offers a deep appreciation of the fundamental components of living holistically in accordance with the principles of nature.


Our unique online programme is for anyone interested in the basic principles and power of Ayurveda and its application in today’s world. The programme combines the very best elements of online training including videos, webinars and pre-recorded lectures that you can watch again and again.


Our course will offer insight into your life by making holistic connections between how you live and how you feel. There will be ample opportunity to introduce changes that generate good health by bringing to light the daily routines, thought patterns and activities that are working for you but more importantly, those that no longer serve you. We will teach you effective time-tested techniques that will make you see yourself in a whole new way.


Personal and Professional


The programme can be used for both personal and professional development.


Yoga Practitioners will be able to adapt their own practices in accordance with Ayurvedic principles which address seasonal and lifestyle changes.


Yoga teachers will be able to apply these principles to course and lesson plans. You will gain insight into differences among your students reflected in the ways they practice so that you are better positioned to support them.


Entry requirements

  1. Due to constant references to Yoga, applicants need at least 6 months experience of Yoga practices (including Asana and Pranayama).
  2. A good level of English is important to participate and undertake course tasks.
  3. Membership of the British Wheel of Yoga is desirable but you can always join as a guest member if you prefer not to join the BWY community.


The full course is accredited by the British Wheel of Yoga. In order to receive a Certificate, you must complete all the online assignments.


The full course counts for 60 CPD hours.


Yoga Therapy

Our blended programme also constitutes a key module in the upcoming Yoga Therapy Diploma run by Integrated Yoga Therapy so if you are thinking about going to study Yoga Therapy with us, you are also investing into your professional future by doing this training programme.

Course Content

The Ayurveda Online Course is divided into seven modules of learning. Here are the key themes you will cover:

  • What is good health? What is your Ayurvedic constitution? What are the conditions that challenge well being?
  • The five elemental forces and the three doshas: Vata, Pitta and Kapha
  • Agni: Your metabolic power
  • Ama: the nature of toxicity
  • Kriyakala: the six stages of disease
  • Kitchen pharmacy and Lifestyle: How to live well using food and herbs
  • Yoga practice with an ayurvedic approach including Marma (sensitive zones)
  • Pacifying and purifying: When to cleanse and how to adapt to seasons
  • Daily and seasonal routines
  • Ayurvedic anatomy and physiology
  • Yoga with an ayurvedic approach


What we offer:


  • Every Module will be introduced with guidance about how to work through materials
  • Each Module will be accompanied by PDFs, slide presentations with voice-over, videos, quizzes and special practices to embed learning
  • You will be able to download all course materials and keep webinar recordings.


Assessment and Evaluation


At the end of each teaching segment, online worksheets will be provided for revision and preparation for subsequent sessions. A few hours are required between sessions to get the most out of the programme.



Quizzes can be fun and motivating so we use them to help you revise themes from previous sessions and recap difficult topics. These allow us to gauge your comprehension and will guide Q&A and the planning of subsequent sessions. These will take place during the live webinars.


The Online Course Vlog

During the online programme, you will be invited to upload a 7-minute Vlog detailing what changes you have made to your daily life as a result of the training. This Vlog may be viewed by your peers and you will receive tutor feedback. We will address the key issues that arise from the exercise in the live weekend.



A full course evaluation will help us assess your experience and improve delivery for future students.


Course Certification

A BWY Ayurveda in Action Module Certificate will be awarded following successful completion of all the online modules and attendance of the live training weekend.



This course has been designed to allow you to various progression pathways.

  1. If you are thinking of training to become a yoga teacher with us, then this is an ideal foundation course for helping you integrate ayurvedic principles into your yoga teaching. Our teacher training courses run every year, please enquire.
  2.  Should you already be a Yoga Teacher, you might be thinking about training to become a Yoga Therapist. This Module is an essential foundation for training to practise yoga therapy with us. Please enquire.


Please note that you will not be qualified to practice Ayurveda or Yoga Therapy on others after this course. It is designed as a Foundation for professional courses in Ayurveda and Yoga Therapy or for Personal development only.


However, your family and friends and students will benefit from your new insights and remedial toolkit! For more information on progression routes in Ayurveda see the website for the Ayurvedic Professionals Association (www.apa.uk.com).

Aims, objectives and outcomes


The Programme aims to:

  1. Present a structured guide to the basic principles and applications of Ayurveda with special reference to yoga
  2. Provide yoga teachers and students sufficient insight into the fundamentals of Ayurveda to allow them to incorporate these into their yoga programmes, both personal and taught;
  3. Encourage yoga practitioners to consider personal dietary and lifestyle adjustments in accordance with Ayurveda and to equip all practitioners with enhanced self-understanding;
  4. Equip yoga teachers to understand their students from an Ayurvedic perspective through applying a basic Ayurvedic approach;
  5. Utilize yogic practices with greater insight from Ayurveda to restore balance.


By the end of the Programme, participants should be able to:

  1. Understand and apply basic Ayurvedic principles
  2. Appreciate the complexity of reading an individual both in balance and out of balance at the levels of bodily and mental constitutions
  3. Apply Ayurvedic principles to help restore balance
  4. Enhance own yoga training or those of students by integrating Ayurvedic perspectives on health restoration and maintenance
  5. Have a more informed understanding of themselves and their particular dispositions to move into and out of balance, as well as an understanding of how to restore harmony.


By the end of course, participants will have:

  1. Advanced their understandings of themselves, enhancing self-study and reflection through content and the very process of learning.
  2. Learnt about the practicalities of applying Ayurvedic principles and, in the process, come to appreciate the complexities of taking account of many variables in considering diet and lifestyle.
  3. Considered the interplay of yoga and Ayurveda giving expression to this in their consideration of their yoga programmes.


The Module will cover:

  1. Philosophical roots of Ayurveda
  2. The Panchamahabhutas (5 great elements)
  3. The three Doshas (Vata, Pitta and Kapha)
  4. Dinacharya and Ritucharya : the seasonal and daily routines recommended by Ayurveda
  5. Key concepts of Agni, Aama, Prakruti and Vikruti and Ojas
  6. The 7 dhatus (tissues)
  7. Theories of digestion and nutrition
  8. Ayurvedic detoxification and Shatkarmas
  9. Prakruti (Personal constitution) and Vikruti
  10. Key Marma points


Programme Details


Ayurveda in Action Online: EARLY BIRD RATE OF £437 (plus £60 BWY registration fee)= £497 till midnight on SUNDAY 14TH MARCH 2021



Live Webinar dates

Thursday March 25th 2021 (Induction and Introduction to Module 1)

Thursday April 15th (Q&A on Module 1)

Thursday May 6th (Q&A on Module 2)

Thursday May 20th(Q&A on Module 3)

Thursday June 10th (Q&A on Module 4)

Thursday June 24th(Q&A on Modules 5)

Thursday July 15th (Q&A on Modules 6 )

Thursday July 29th (Q&A on Module 7 and Evaluation)


If you are unable to make the live webinars, you will have the opportunity to access and download the recordings for a whole six months from the start of the course.


BWY Accreditation

The course is BWY accredited and is currently run entirely online until the current restrictions are lifted. You need to be a BWY member or a guest member (£10) to attend the course.

We have trained countless BWY Yoga teachers who have gone on to integrate Ayurvedic principles into their own classes. As previously stated, you need to go through the whole programme to gain a certificate from the BWY which you can proudly frame and show off to your students. If you are not already a member, you can join for just £34 a year. If you prefer not to join, then you are allowed to have a guest membership for this course only. You can easily become a member via www.bwy.org.uk and there are many other benefits to joining the BWY community which is one of the biggest and best yoga communities in the UK.


How to Apply

Please email me for a student prospectus and application form.


Refund policy

We are able to offer a 100% refund for any cancellations up to 8 weeks before the launch date of the course.

Thereafter, unfortunately, you will lose any monies paid unless another student can be found to replace you.

If we need to cancel the course for any reason, you will be entitled to 100% refund.


Equal opportunities and Reasonable adjustments

For our live training events, we endeavour to use venues that have disability access, but this is not always possible, so we apologise for this. Space in London can be very tricky to secure.

We also welcome students who may need extra support to succeed on our course. Please advise us on your application form and we will see if the support you require is viable.


Set books

The two set books are:


  1. Frawley, David, (1999). Yoga and Ayurveda: self-healing and self-realisation. Wisconsin: Lotus Press.
  2. Lad, Vasant.(1990).  Ayurveda: the science of self-healing: a practical guide. Wisconsin: Lotus Press.


Reading list



Lad, Dr Vasant. (1984) Ayurveda: The Science of Self Healing,Santa Fe, Lotus Press.

Lad, Dr Vasant.(2002) Textbook of Ayurveda: Fundamental principles, Albuquerque, The Ayurvedic Press.
Lad, Dr Vasant.(1997) Ayurvedic cooking for Self Healing, 2nd edition. Albuquerque, The Ayurvedic Press.
Lad, Dr Vasant and Frawley David. (1986) The Yoga of Herbs, Santa Fe, Lotus Press.
Morrison Judith. (1985) The Book of Ayurveda: A Holistic Approach to Health and Longevity. New York. Simon & Schuster Inc.
Svoboda, Robert E. (1992) Ayurveda. Life, Health and Longevity. Penguin: London.
Svoboda, Robert E. (1998) Prakruti: Your Ayurvedic Constitution. 2nd ed. Lotus Press: Twin Lakes.
Sharma, Priyavrat V. editor- translator. Caraka Samhita. 4 vols. Chaukhamba Sanskrit Series Office: Varanasi, India.
Lad, Dr Vasant.(1998) The Complete Book of Ayurvedic Home Remedies. New York: Harmony Books.
Vagbhata. Ashtanga Hridayam, translated by K.R. Srikantha Murthy. 2 vols. Krishnadas Academy: Varanasi, India, 1991-1992
Frawley, David and Kozak, Sandra. (2001) Yoga for your Type. Twin Lakes. Lotus Press.
Frawley, David. (2003) Ayurveda and Marma Therapy. Twin Lakes. Lotus Press.
Frawley, David. (1999) Yoga and Ayurveda. Twin Lakes. Lotus Press.
Bold= particularly recommended for this course


Complaints Procedure

Modular courses

  1. In the unlikely event of a complaint being raised about the content or a tutor on a BWY Modular course, in the first instance, it is desirable that the complainant raise the matter with us the tutors running the course and the matter be resolved at this level.
  2. If this is not possible, or this has been tried to no avail, the matter should be brought to the attention of the Module’s officer, in writing. The Module’s officer will mediate in consultation with the Education Committee Chair. The complainant will be informed of the decision taken and any measures decided upon as soon as possible.
  3. Written records of all data and correspondence involved in the complaint to be retained by the Module’s Officer.


For further course-related enquiries please email Tarik at Tarik@yogawell.co.uk












Here is some feedback from past students:

“A very enjoyable, informative course that included all the basics for future study.” Anita

“I liked the fact that I didn’t have to write a lot of essays!” Irina

“Tarik is an amazing teacher with a wealth of knowledge that he happily shares with everyone. He makes students feel very at ease which creates a great atmosphere for learning.” Susan

“Tarik provided clear guidelines into the world of Ayurveda which I will be able to use in my daily life. It helped me to recognise the early signs of disease which Western medicine doesn’t pay attention to. Thank you so much!” Helena

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