Students of Ayurveda - Frequently Asked Questions
1) I want to study to become an Ayurvedic professional. Where do I start?
We know it’s important to students to attend a reputable school. We recommend researching programs that meet NAMA’s educational standards. NAMA‐recognized programs have been reviewed and acknowledged as providing professional training in line with the national standards developed by the Standards Committee and approved by the Board of Directors. The Standards Committee is comprised of experienced Ayurvedic educators, doctors and practitioners in the United States.
2) How do I find a NAMA-approved Ayurveda program?
Listings of NAMA‐approved Ayurvedic Health Counselor, Ayurvedic Practitioner and Ayurvedic Doctor training programs are provided on NAMA’s website. You may gather further information about the programs by contacting the schools directly.
Programs recognized by NAMA:
3) If I attend a program that is not NAMA-approved, may I still join NAMA as a professional member after I graduate?
Graduates of Ayurveda training programs that have not been reviewed by NAMA and do not have a listing with NAMA as a professional program at the Counselor, Practitioner or Doctor level may still apply to become a NAMA professional member. However, the applicant’s training must still meet NAMA’s educational standards, and the applicant and school must provide the required supporting documentation to verify that these educational standards have been met.
Visit the 'Resources' section of NAMA's website to review the educational competencies. NAMA’s professional membership application also provides a list of requirements. Regardless of where you complete your training, it must include the appropriate number of supervised patient encounters.
4) Are approved online training programs available? Which is better, an online or on-site school?
NAMA‐approved training programs include both on-site and online programs. Choosing a school is a very personal decision. Please contact the schools directly to discuss the benefits of their particular programs.
When making a decision about which school to attend some factors to consider include overall life responsibilities, finances and learning style. In‐person training may not be feasible for everyone, therefore online schools are a viable alternative and can be less disruptive to your life. On the other hand, some may find it difficult to remain engaged in an online program. Several schools offer a combination of online and on-site training.
5) What is the difference between an Ayurvedic Health Counselor and an Ayurvedic Practitioner?
Ayurvedic Health Counselors and Ayurvedic Practitioners both practice preventive health care and health promotion, using diet and lifestyle. However, the Ayurvedic Practitioner is a professional with additional training in pathology and disease management beyond that of the Ayurvedic Health Counselor. Read Scope of Practice for the Ayurvedic Profession for further details.
6) How much does an Ayurvedic Health Counselor program cost? Ayurvedic Practitioner program?
Program costs vary by school, program and geographic location. Contact the schools directly to inquire.
7) What is the average salary of an Ayurvedic Health Counselor, Ayurvedic Practitioner and Ayurvedic Doctor?
Ayurveda as a profession in the United States is in its infancy, so professionals in the field are pioneers often creating their own businesses and jobs in Ayurveda. There is no data available on average salary.
8) What are some examples of careers that people go into after completing Ayurveda training?
Ayurvedic professionals start full‐time or part‐time practices; educate and train future practitioners; or work as researchers, authors, or product formulators.
Many Ayurvedic professionals also supplement their Ayurvedic careers with related health professions, such as massage, yoga teaching or health coaching, and various types of consulting. Ayurvedic professionals who are licensed health practitioners, such as medical doctors, nurses, and dieticians often choose to incorporate their Ayurveda studies into their primary health profession.
9) Why should I become a NAMA student member?
Learn about membership benefits.
10) How do I become a NAMA student member?
Student membership is open to students enrolled in a full‐time state‐approved academic educational program and are supportive of the mission, purpose and goals of NAMA. Membership costs only $25 per year. Learn more about how to apply here.
11) I am a licensed naturopathic doctor, acupuncturist or chiropractor. Do I need to graduate from an Ayurveda program in order to practice Ayurveda with my patients?
Although Ayurveda has some commonalities with other healing modalities, Ayurveda is a specific science and practice unto itself. In order to become a professional member of NAMA, applicants with credentials from other health professions still must meet NAMA’s educational competencies and receive training in Ayurveda that meets the association’s standards.
12) I am a registered yoga teacher. Do I need to graduate from an Ayurveda program in order to counsel my students on Ayurveda? Can I practice Ayurveda with my clients?
In order to be approved as a NAMA professional member, which requires a high level of ethical, educational and professional standards, yoga teachers interested in become a NAMA professional member and receiving the recognition as an Ayurvedic professional must complete training that meets NAMA's educational standards.
13) Why should I become a NAMA student member once I enroll in an Ayurveda training program?
As a NAMA student member, you will enjoy various member benefits, including access to members‐only communications with the latest updates on the Ayurvedic profession in the U.S., opportunities to volunteer on the NAMA Student Work Group, member discounts on Ayurvedic products and the national NAMA conference, and more! Learn more and apply for membership.
14) If I attend a program that is not NAMA approved, may I still join NAMA as a student member?
Yes, have your school submit the Confirmation of Student Status form.