There are many ways through which one can obtain Ayurvedic training; online classes, seminars, weekend workshops, etc as well as graduate and undergraduate programs. The necessities and system followed for Ayurvedic training schools vary according to the country you are in. Within the U.S, these regulations even vary state by state. However, there is a highly structured system for Ayurvedic medicine, perhaps because it is this country that this form of medicine was developed in. Students in India can pursue a doctorate in Ayurvedic Medicine.
This form of medicine was first discovered almost 5000 years ago and it claims to be a holistic answer to health and spiritual satisfaction. By following the practices of diet management, lifestyle adoption, meditation and other smaller rituals like massages, etc you can balance your bides bioenergies i.e. your metabolism, your motion and your growth. In other words, you may balance your ‘pitta’, ‘vata’ and ‘kapha’.
In India, you will get a very thorough education in Ayurvedic medicine with extensive course work in herbal medicine and nutrition. You can even find classes for spiritual exercises, massages and yoga. In addition, more conventional topics such as psychology and biology are also taught along with these courses. It is advised that if you wish to pursue higher studies in this field, then you may also learn all about biophysics, biofeedback, healing oils and abnormal psychology. Just like in normal medicine, even in Ayurvedic studies students must gain some practical experience after their graduation so that they are able to pursue post grad education. You will be able to find several reputable Indian schools that provide ayurvedic education. You can find out all about them through recommendation by your practitioner or through ayurvedic associations.
On the other hand there are countries like the U.S.A where there is no well set up regulation system for ayurvedic medicine. However there are recognized standards and a code of ethics for practitioners to follow. All these regulations have been set up by the U.S National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA) but participation for interested people is entirely voluntary. It is through this organization that students can find out more about the process of education and training. Once the appropriate guidelines have been followed and graduates have fulfilled their educational standards, they may join NAMA.
You may also get trained in Ayurvedic medicine online. Via internet you will have to follow a specifically set course based on prescribed text books with the assistance of correspondence and other online content. You will be tested online as well. However, the drawback is that it doesn’t offer any practical experience which is why most renowned Ayurvedic Associations do not accept this form of training. Students may also receive training through seminars or weekend classes. Institutes like the California College of Ayurveda offer a complete training program to students spanning over 24 weekends. There may be additional seminars and weekend programs that allow focusing on a particular field of advance studies in Ayurveda such as in massage training, yoga, etc.