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Ayurveda Correspondence Course

Flexible, affordable, high academic quality ...

The New Jersey Institute of Ayurveda (NJIA)  offers an independent-study based educational program for individuals who wish to augment their knowledge of Ayurveda, the 6,000 year old healing tradition of India.

This distance learning program consists of a series of self-study courses in the basic and clinical sciences designed to afford the highest quality of education and training, for individuals who desire to understand the fundamentals of this ancient healing art or who wish to take a larger measure of responsibility for their own or their family's health care.

Areas of instruction in the program include Ayurvedic concepts in anatomy and physiology; history and traditions of Ayurveda; pathology; theory and practice; botanical medicine; physical diagnosis; constitutional analysis; nutrition and food theory; preventive medicine, psychology and counseling, and hygienic practices, among other disciplines.

The NJIA curriculum is  intended to facilitate a well-rounded awareness of the many facets of this ancient science in both its theoretical and applied facets and in adapting its time-tested modalities to meet the needs and interests of contemporary health care consumers.

The distinction awarded graduates of the program (involving an estimated 12 months of study) is the Diploma in Ayurveda. 

The New Jersey Institute of Ayurveda (NJIA) aims to provide a high quality education at a reasonable and modest cost, in a fashion designed to meet the educational needs of mature learners with maximum flexibility. The program, an independent study/distance learning format course, grew out of the residential classroom program offered at Montclair's  Starseed Center for Yoga & Wellness from 2003 until 2007.  Both programs were comprised of a series of courses in the basic and clinical sciences designed to afford the highest quality of education.

Modules of instruction include:

* Foundations of Ayurveda (45-65 hours)

* Subtle Therapies (15-20 hours)

* Ayurvedic Diagnosis (25-35 hours)

* Ayurvedic Nutrition (25-35 hours)

* Ayurvedic Herbalism (80-95 hours)

* Ayurvedic Management of Common Disorders (22-35 hours)

* Pathophysiology (16-20 Hours)

* Panchakarma Therapy (12-15 Hours)

* Ayurvedic Psychology (20-25 Hours)

* Ayurveda & Womens Issues (20 hours)

* Ayurveda Practice: Law & Ethics (15 hours)

In addition to required coursework, a Diploma Project is required prior to graduation.  Estimated study hours for the completion of the program total between 285 and 380 (exclusive of Diploma Project).

Are you a motivated student with a strong interest in the healing arts? Applicants must be over 18 years of age and high school graduates. A higher education and/or education, training or experience in the healing arts are preferred.

Ready to apply? Along with a completed application, please submit a brief (i.e., 1000-2000 word) essay detailing your interest in ayurveda, as well as a letter of recommendation from a current or former teacher or from someone who can assess the likelihood of your success in the program. Upon receipt and evaluation of the application, we will notify you of your admission to the program. Tuition for the program is $1,008.00, and is payable via cash, check or money order payable to the instructor. All texts and curricular materials are included in the tuition cost. For detailed information or for an application for admission, please call (862) 823-1767.

Note: If you are interested in preparing to enter the profession of Ayurveda or to train as an Ayurvedic Practitioner or Ayurvedic Health Consultant through residential or classroom training,  please visit one of the websites of the schools listed here:

Sai Ayurvedic College (Miami, Florida)

BVI School of Ayurveda (Kalamazoo, Michigan)

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