DINacharya is pleased to announce
Classes began March/April 2018, led by a board-certified, licensed MD with senior yoga teachers and vaidyas with clinical experience. Focusing on quality of instruction, the course aims for students to achieve competence in integrating Ayurvedic wellness practically into their lives upon graduation.
Venues for 2018: mid-town Manhattan, downtown Toronto, Pasadena/Los Angeles
Please contact dinacharyaNYC@gmail.com directly for information and admission.
2018 Ayurveda Wellness Coach certification for health & wellness professionals
What will life look like when you apply the ayurvedic principles of doshas, dhatus, agni and prana, to understand balance of the body and mind? Watch the transformation in strength of the body’s tissues, digestive fire, and how you develop practices that augment health. For example, vata types generally benefit their overactive body-minds with gentle grounding poses, foods, and routines, while kapha types are encouraged to move their overly-grounded bodies with more vigorous and disciplined practices to tone their muscles and increase inner fire.
The aim of this course is to train and certify graduates to competently use Ayurveda in their own lives as an example for their clients, guiding them with practices that will ground their health and aid people with mild imbalances. The authentic teachings of ayurveda are combined with practical instruction on CIM (complementary and integrative medicine), guidance on setting up a professional practice, and self-care.
Started in 2007, this 530-hour training in Ayurveda was created for people seeking excellence. It integrates the science of Ayurveda, which includes ancient concepts and practices of nutrition, herbs, pharmacy, lifestyle, and detoxification - alongside hatha yoga āsana, prānayama, meditation and knowledge of self - with today’s world of modern medical concepts and the practice of your wellness/health profession. The DINacharya Institute has been successfully teaching the Ayurveda Wellness Coach (Level 1) and Ayurveda Health Coach (Level 2) training programs in Manhattan with journeys to India to integrate ancient and modern self-care. Over 220 hours of guided instruction, plus experientials, a personal guru, online video-based homework, as well as module-based homework and self-care homework provide each student confidence in using ayurveda as first-line self-care and wellness. It is specially designed for health professionals looking to integrate Ayurveda and Yoga into their clinical practice.
DINacharya supports a dedicated group-learning experience in an environment of mutual respect. It is specifically designed for healthcare practitioners ready for evolution of their practices to include healing, science, and greater awareness, especially those with health care degrees and/or existing yoga certifications. Students with other clinical experience and demonstrated interest in yoga will be considered individually. Admission to the course is by application and mutual agreement only. Trainees will be applying Ayurvedic principles and practices to their own lives as well as to those of their family, friends and students.
160 = 20 x 8 hours – classroom hours : 8:30a-6:00p Sat + Sun, 8 weekend training modules
30 = 30 self-planned flexible hours with personal guru for 8 months
40 = 5 self-planned flexible hours per month of self-chosen yoga classroom practice with instruction
30 = 30 hours of weekly one-hour study teleconferences over 8 months on a weekday evening
20 = 20 self-planned flexible hours of Ayurveda-related audios/videos to assist in learning
80 = 10 self-planned flexible hours per month of personal private yoga practice
10 = 10 hours of online homework for a self-chosen project of focus
20 = 20 self-planned flexible hours with online discussion group and written coursework
15 = hours of self-chosen yoga/Ayurveda conference attendance
1 = 1 self-chosen film watch
25 = 2 hours background reading + 1 hour self-assessment homeworks per module
90 = 30 minutes daily tracking dinacharya rituals for at least 3 months
10 = 2 x 5 hours for two formal assessments (open-notes quizzes)
530 = TOTAL Hours of Training
Students must complete all components of the training, including 8 full weekend core DIN modules, self-chosen yoga classes, self-determined online homework and written coursework, self-chosen yoga/Ayurveda conference attendance, as well as self-assessments and two formal quizzes. Students may attend yoga classes with affiliated studios and any classes at DIN Los Angeles/PranaMandir Yoga, DIN Toronto/CAISH, or DIN Manhattan. Certificates of Attendance are issued for visitors attending successfully completed modules. Those who complete requirements will receive certification as a DINacharya Ayurvedic Wellness Coach.
Homework for each weekend will be given and evaluated to assess your level of proficiency and integration of material. There is an open-book final exam and in-class yoga exam. Self-evaluation quizzes will be provided in the Ayurvedic portion for proficiency assessment. Teaching practicums are an essential part of the yoga portion.
• a meticulously-prepared course syllabus provided for each weekend
• longitudinal study with one assigned guru based on student goals
• free attendance at selected CAISH seminars, DIN Los Angeles, DIN Manhattan, or PranaMandir Yoga
• gift-bag – surprise Ayurveda and yoga goodies with each weekend module
• (10) two-hour Friday evening sangraha or film nights
• mentorship to encourage you to begin your own daily practice of awareness, balance and healthful living
• guidance in exploring the world of resources freely available for continued self-study of Ayurveda
Included, with full course payment
• One-hour teleconferences on applied topics. To individualize education, DINacharya will present periodic teleconferences on topics of interest to ayurveda and yoga students. We will be able to access international speakers using the teleconference, and we hope many of you will make this part of your community events.
• Advance invitations to additional panchakarma, cooking, and specialized workshops, lectures by visiting professors, and retreats
• Opportunity to attend Level 2 DINacharya/Ayurvedic weekends
• Invitations to journeys to India for intensives, panchakarma, or medical tourism
• Participation as patient at clinical internship sites
DINacharya (Level 1) Ayurvedic Yoga Training
USD $5000 / CAD $4200 (subsidized by CAISH). Payment options are available.
Weekend modules form the backbone of the course, providing 20 intense hours of training Saturday and Sunday for health professionals. Attendance is required for certification. Some weekend schedules may vary slightly on consensus of all attendees. Certificates of Attendance will be issued for successfully completed modules.
Saturday + Sunday--8:30-12:30, 2:00-6:30, with working lunch 12:30-2:00
Ayurvedic Weekend Modules
An application fee of $50 is payable to DIN for enrollment processing and initial materials.
Bhaswati Bhattacharya, BA (Neuroscience, UPenn), MA (Pharmacology, Columbia), MPH(International Public Health, Harvard), MD (Family Medicine, Community & Preventive Medicine, USA), HHC (Institute of Integrative Nutrition, Teachers College, Columbia University), Certified Ayurveda Practitioner (NAMA), PhD (Ayurveda-BHU,India)
As Director of the DINacharya Institute, Dr. Bhattacharya creates programs and courses that provide patients with the healing they seek by focusing on students that want to incorporate holistic healing into their clinical practice. The trainings emphasize practical training and practical application using authentic Ayurveda.
Practicing holistic family medicine in New York since 1998, and serving as Clinical Assistant Professor at Weill-Cornell Medical College since 2003, Bhaswati has been traveling between Manhattan and Benaras since a 2013 Fulbright teaching/research award and her subsequent work to complete a PhD in Ayurveda. As the former Director of Research and Director of the Division of Complementary & Alternative Medicines at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center in inner-city Brooklyn, she has decades of experience providing clinical care to underserved patients and teaching integrative medicine around the world. She is a certified Holistic Health Counselor and certified Ayurvedic Practitioner (NAMA), as well as board-certified in holistic medicine (DABIHM) and preventive medicine (ABMS).
For 20+ years, she has integrated the use of yoga, nutrition, herbal medicine, mind-body medicine, homeopathy, aromatherapy, and Ayurveda into her practice. Her work has been featured in a Discovery Channel documentary called Healers: Journey into Ayurveda. Her best-selling book Everyday Ayurveda was published by Penguin Random House in 2015.
DIN 2018 Manhattan
Weekend 1a. Sat, March 31, 2018
Weekend 1b. Sat, May 12, 2018
Weekend 2. Sat+Sun June 16-17, 2018
Weekend 3. Sat+Sun July 14-15, 2018
Weekend 4. Sat+Sun July 28-29, 2018
Weekend 5. Sat+Sun August 4-5, 2018
Weekend 6. Sat+Sun August 18-19, 2018
Weekend 7. Sat+Sun August 25-26, 2018
Weekend 8. Sat+Sun September 8-9, 2018
EXPERIENTIAL & CLINICAL TRAINING
An optional journey to India with Dr. Bhattacharya is planned annually, either between November and March or during the August summer holiday. If you are interested in a detoxification and panchakarma intenstive with travel-study, contact us.
The clinical private practice in holistic family medicine run by Dr. Bhaswati Bhattacharya allows for clinical training and exposure by students on a case-by-case basis. Visit www.drbhaswati.com for details.
DIN 2018 LA/Pasadena
Weekend 1. March 24-25, 2018
Weekend 2. April 7-8, 2018
Weekend 3. June 9-10, 2018
Weekend 4. June 30-July 1, 2018
Weekend 5. August 11-12, 2018
Weekend 6. September 15-16, 2018
Weekend 7. September 29-30, 2018
Weekend 8. October 20-21, 2018
DIN 2018 Toronto
Weekend 1. April 28-29, 2018
Weekend 2. May 5-6, 2018
Weekend 3. May 26-27, 2018
Weekend 4. June 2-3, 2018
Weekend 5. June 23-24, 2018
Weekend 6. September 1-2, 2018
Weekend 7. September 22-23, 2018
Weekend 8. October 6-7, 2018
DIN 101: Introduction to Ayurveda: Philosophy, Cosmology and Holistic Lifestyle Counseling
DIN 201: Introduction to Yoga and Ayurveda I
DIN 102a: Ayurvedic Psychology, Mind-Body Medicine and Emotional Grounding
DIN 108a: Introduction to Sanskrit: Pronunciation, Devanagri, and Roots
DIN 202: Yoga and Ayurveda II
DIN 103a: Ayurvedic Anatomy and Physiology
DIN 901: DIN Guru-Shishya
DIN 102b: Ayurvedic Psychology, Mind-Body Medicine and Emotional Grounding
DIN 103b: Ayurvedic Anatomy and Physiology
DIN 204a: Ayurvedic Yoga I
DIN 604: DIN Guru-Shishya
The first module grounds the student with terminology and philosophical underpinnings needed for the basic understanding of ayurveda in the context of holistic lifestyle. Yoga concepts is reviewed and experienced. An overview of the entire course and its exciting contents provide opportunity to explore the group’s intentions and self-direction. A lesson plan with competency-based emphasis is provided. Dosha, dhatu, shad darshan, and the scope of Ayurveda are covered. Basic concepts in CIM1 and the role of ayurveda in the biomedical landscape address concerns and practicalities of the modern world.
The second module begins with underlying assumptions and foundations of Sankhya and Nyaya philosophy, including terminology, epistemology and ontology that underlie the way Ayurveda conceptualizes disease. An introduction to Sanskrit helps English speakers open their awareness to the ancient sacred concepts such as adhyatmika. The concepts of mind in East and West interface with Ayurveda’s understanding of the body-mind. This module introduces the concepts of dosha, dhatu, upadhatu, mala, srotas, prakruti and compares ayurvedic physiology with biomedical concepts of physiology, biochemistry and anatomy. Assessment of each student’s dominant doshas and constitution is done. Guru-mentors will be assigned.
DIN 105: Ayurvedic Approach to Nutrition and Foods - Introduction to Swasth Vritta 2
DIN 427: Cooking with Ayurvedic Spices
DIN 203a: Yoga and Ayurveda III
The third module continues with the concepts of dosha, dhatu-upadhatu, agni/ama, mala, srotas, prakruti and compares modern vs. ayurvedic physiology with ayurvedic concepts of body-mind. Tejas-Ojas-Prana-Manas will be discussed. An experiential format teaches the essential combination of anatomy-physiology-mind using yoga as an exemplary medical science to competently grasp human structure and function. Mentors will be assigned.
The concepts of physiology and the creation of tissues of the body are expanded by exploring how metabolism works and falls into balance or imbalance in different bodies. Nutrition planning, food groups according to ayurveda, and stages of digestion are covered. Samana-vayu, the movement of the gut is explored with yoga asanas and pranayama. Modern nutritional concepts are contrasted with Ayurveda. Recipes are optimized for students as they experiment with the kitchen as chemistry and energy.
DIN 106: Dravya Guna: Introduction to Ayurvedic Herbology I
DIN 600: DIN Course Project
The importance of spices and 20 commonly used herbs are discussed. Basic botany is emphasized, along with access to quality herbs, how to prepare different formulations for different conditions with different vehicles, administration of herbs in different forms, and how to know what to use and when not to use particular herbs. Students taste and receive herb samples for experimentation with family and friends.
DIN 401: Patient-Centered Care: Clinical Encounter/Ethics/Counseling
Roga Nidan is the ayurvedic approach to pathology and diagnosis. This module will introduce clinical concepts for understanding how to distinguish between sick and not sick, urgent vs. emergent, and healthy variant vs. diseased. Students will learn how to appropriately refer clients and how to detail observed pathology. Experientials take students through diagnosis using pulse, tongue and urine. Options for clinical practicum will be distributed.
DIN 107: Dinacharya/Ritucharya - Introduction to Swasth Vritta 1
DIN 203b: Yoga and Ayurveda III
DIN 600: DIN Course Project
The daily routine and the rituals for each season are intimately connected with the tides of doshas that occur in Nature. Changes in metabolism and physiology and how they affect different body types are discussed. The circadian, lunar and solar rhythms and the Ayurvedic calendar are tailored for each student to experience. The importance of particular yoga asanas and pranayama in cycles of the day and season are experienced. Modern lifestyle realities are contrasted with Ayurveda, discussing solutions for re-synchronizing with Nature. Course projects will be evaluated and shared.
DIN 401: Introduction to Panchakarma: Ayurvedic Detoxification
DIN 108b: Introduction to Sanskrit: Pronunciation, Devanagri, and Roots
DIN 500: Ayurveda in the Context of CAM Practice in Canada
The unique role of detoxification therapies is optimized in Ayurveda. Basic concepts are introduced, including shodana, purvakarma, snehana, swedana, pradhanakarma, paschatkarma, rasayana, vajikarana. The pancha (5) karmas (procedures) are described visually. The upakarmas are introduced through video and through experiential. Detoxification of body and mind are detailed.
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2018 DINacharya programs are supported by: CAISH, PranaMandir Yoga, GoodMedicineWorks., Sadaika (Udupi, Karnataka), the Ojo Villa (Goa), Ayurveda Rituals, Ayurvedic Touch, and the generous donation of students and workshop attendees. Thank you for making these trainings possible!
for more information, please contact
The DINacharya Institute
Dr. Bhaswati Bhattacharya, MPH, MD, PhD
via +1 212 645 6745, or at dinacharyaNYC@gmail.com