How Can I Study Ayurveda – A Guide to Self-Study & Courses

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How can I study Ayurveda?

1. Self-Study and Books2. Mentorship of an Ayurvedic Practitioner3. Professional Degree in Ayurveda4. Short Term Courses in Ayurveda5. Wrapping Up How Can I Study Ayurveda

How Can I Study Ayurveda – A Guide to Self-Study & Courses

Looking to learn Ayurveda? This ancient healthcare practice is getting more popular around the world. And not just as alternative medicine from India, but as a field of study.

The West has also embraced Ayurvedic techniques over the last 10 years. Now, curious tourists and students want to study this practice.

If you are wondering ‘how can I study Ayurveda’ or want to learn more about the centuries-old practice many follow, keep on reading. We will break down how you can study this practice in India and the different options ahead.

These options have been included based on interest levels and other lifestyle curbs.

Self-Study & Books

The first place to start is right from the source. For in-depth knowledge of Ayurveda, there is no better place to turn to. If you are a student wondering how to study Ayurveda at home, start with the classic texts.

The original Sanskrit texts like the Charaka Samhita, Sushruta Samhita, and Ashtanga Hridaya are a must to get a basic understanding of Ayurveda’s philosophy. Free translations can be found easily online.

Along with the history of Ayurveda, these texts have details on fighting diseases, seasonal practices, daily practices, types of doshas, etc.

How Can I Study Ayurveda - Caraka Samhita

Mentorship of an Ayurvedic Practitioner

If you are more advanced, shadowing an Ayurveda Vaidya (seasoned Ayurvedic doctor) is also a great option to hone your skills.

Learning from an Ayurvedic doctor’s experience is another way to build practical training. These days, you will also find training centers and institutions run by trained Vaidyas.

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Professional Degree in Ayurveda

Long-time practitioners of Ayurveda often suggest formal training is the best way to begin its study.

Many other Ayurvedic colleges in India offer long and short-term courses. These include diploma courses, degree courses as well as Certificate courses in Ayurvedic Science.

For Indians, the most traditional route for Ayurvedic studies is to go for a Bachelor’s of Ayurvedic Medicine & Surgery (BAMS). Other colleges also offer supporting degrees. These range from pre-Ayurvedic courses to certificate courses in Ayurvedic medicine.

For this degree program, you will have to give the All India Pre-Medical/Pre-Dental Entrance Exam. You must have studied Physics, Chemistry, Biology (and sometimes, Sanskrit) in your 12th grade.

“If you don’t have a couple of months to spare, short-term courses in ayurveda at a Professional Ayurveda School are your best bet”

Gagori Mitra

Apart from this, some private colleges also have their own entrance exams for the BAMS program.

There are specializations within Ayurveda itself. Some of these include Internal Medicine – Kaya Chikitsa, Paediatrics – Bala Chikitsa, Surgery- Shalya Chikitsa, Psychiatry – Graha Chikitsa, Ear/Nose/Throat – Urdhvanga Chikitsa, etc.

Study Ayurveda - Short Term Courses in Ayurveda

Short Term Courses in Ayurveda

In case you do not have a few months to spare, short-term courses in Ayurveda at yoga centers are your best bet.

These are much more practical rather than going deep into the philosophies. The faculty often includes experienced Ayurvedic doctors and practitioners with years of experience.

These are best for those who want to dive deeper into the world of Ayurveda but are crunched for time. If you are new to Ayurveda and looking to learn practical techniques, this option should work for you.

At the Aithein Healing School here in Goa, we offer courses, workshops, and retreats in Ayurveda, Massage & Bodywork. 

Check out our courses here.

Our Ayurveda Massage course is for students who want to delve into Ayurvedic practices. You will also be taught about the Ayurveda diet (know more here) and do hands-on Ayurveda therapies.

We also have a Marma Points Massage course. It is perfect if you want to learn about releasing physical and emotional toxins through the marma massage. Learn more about it here.

Our Healing courses include learning the aithein healing massage and sound healing. Whether you are looking to bring people together through the experience of gentle touch or sound therapy, we have got something to fit the bill.

Wrapping Up How Can I Study Ayurveda

As you embark on your Ayurvedic journey, remember that the path you choose today could lead to a lifetime of transformative healing and wellness. Just like the ancient sages who passed down this wisdom, you too have the chance to become a steward of holistic health in the modern world.

Want to know more about our courses mentioned above? Don’t forget to check them out here. We also offer meditation retreats so you can unwind with friends or fellow travellers.

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About the Author: Gagori Mitra

As the co-founder of Aithein, Gagori is a highly experienced and practiced Bodywork expert. For her, the connection of the body, its senses, mind and soul is a way of life. She imparts her knowledge and philosophy with a deep understanding and through her personal experience over the years.


  1. SNEH PRABHA August 22, 2023 at 7:24 am

    Kya Ayurved me koi diploma course h jo distance learning ho ?????

  2. Aithein Admin August 22, 2023 at 11:58 am

    If you check online, you might find some distance learning courses.
    That said, one needs to find an authentic hands-on class to have a true experience of Ayurveda

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  4. Gaurav Desai October 18, 2023 at 9:12 am

    Hello, Thank you for this post. As an Ayurvedic doctor, I feel this is a great mode to spread Ayurvedic knowledge to people

  5. Preeti March 21, 2024 at 3:18 pm

    Want to learn ayurveda

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