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3rd Annual Ayurvedic Workshop - Rishikesh, India 2018

  • 9-day course: Herbology and Dietary Treatments of Ayurveda, Nov. 18th to 26th.


By Viadya Khabir supported by Dr. Vikram Chauhan (MD-Ayurveda) and Dr. Amit Raj.

 Held at Maa Yoga Ashram, Laxman Jhula, Rishikesh, India. 

Sponsored by Planet Ayurveda, India.


  * No prior training or knowledge of Ayurveda is required.


Presenter and Organizer 

Khabir Southwick, Ayurveda Practitioneris an international Ayurvedic health-care practitioner, master herbalist and public educator of natural health-care.  For over 22 years, Khabir has helped thousands of people to naturally overcome a wide range of health conditions with Ayurvedic dietary changes, India and western herbal medicine and traditional home remedies.  Khabir formulates and provides his own herbal teas and Ayurvedic formulas to address most health conditions.  When in Ojai, Khabir maintains his health-care practice with local, national and international clients.  He has provided hundreds of classes and workshops in Southern California including Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Ventura, Oxnard, Santa Barbara, Carpinteria, Montecito and Goleta; and internationally in France, Morocco, the UAE and India.  He regularly travels to the UAE to meet clients and conduct workshops.  He also travels regularly to India for person study, these Ayurveda courses and detoxification (panchakarma) retreats which he leads. 

About workshops

These intensive workshops are presented for those who are interested in, studying or actively practicing [clinical] Ayurvedic health-care.  "This teaching format is for those who want an authentic and substantive hands-on training in Ayurvedic health-care (kayachikitsa) that can be used in clinical practice.  Most courses on Ayurveda are unclear about clinical applications, overly detailed or just too academic.  For those who don't know Sanskrit traditional courses on Ayurveda can also be confusing.  The goal of these workshops is to help [western] students and practitioners of Ayurveda to better grasp the functional and clinical applications of Ayurveda.  The classes are straightforward and clear without much Sanskrit terminology or references to ancient texts."

"Being a small group and eating together provides an excellent environment for questions and open discussion.  With pancha karma available and prominent Ayurveda Doctors speaking to us,  each workshop is a deep immersion in Ayurveda ."  Khabir

Certificate Course in Ayurveda

Khabir Southwick, in collaboration with Dr. Vikram Chauhan, Planet Ayurveda and Maa Yoga Ashram is pleased to provide this formal certificate course of study in Ayurvedic Health-care. This course endeavors to provide a comprehensive and authentic professional education for the health professional seeking to incorporate Ayurvedic medical principles into their self-care regimen or existing practice in caring for others.

The Course in Ayurveda is comprised of three workshops 1) Fundamentals and Physiology, 2) diagnosis, 3) Herbology and Dietary Treatments in addition to substantial home study. Upon the completion of each course a CERTIFICATE OF ACHIEVEMENT will be provided. Upon the completion of all three courses a certificate as an AYURVEDIC HEALTH CONSULTANT issued by Planet Ayurveda and signed by Khabir, Dr. Vikram Chauhan and Dr. Amrit Raj in behalf or Maa Yoga Ashram.  


Herbology and Dietary Treatments of Ayurveda 

- Nov. 18th to the 26th, 2018

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Note: This is an advanced class that requires an excellent knowledge of the fundamentals of Ayurveda including the knowledge the tridoshic system, sub doshas, gunas, dhatus, srotomsi, agni, ojas and ama and other essential aspects of ayurvedic anatomy and functionality of the body according to Ayurveda.  Basic knowledge and experience of Ayurvedic diagnosis by observation, questioning and touching is also required.  It is highly recommended to take the first two courses before attending this course unless prior knowledge and experience exist. 

Course Outline:

Part 1: Using food as medicine (ahara chikitsa)

  • Balancing Vata with food and eating habits
  • Balancing Pitta with food and eating habits
  • Balancing Kapha with food and eating habits
  • Variations for kapha-vata, pitta vata, kapha-pitta, etc

Part 2: Principles of Ayurveda Pharmacology (drava guna)

  • Type of herbal substances (dravyas)
  • The 20 gunas (qualities of herbal substances)
  • Tastes and energetics of herbal substances: rasas, vipak, veeya, prabhav
  • Actions of herbal substances: Karma

Part 3: Treatments for imbalances of dosha, dhatu, mala (Shamana Chikitsa)

Specific herbs to balance:

  • Prana, udana, apana, samana, vyana vayu (vata)
  • Panchaka, ranjanka, bhrajaka, sadhaka, alochoka pitta 
  • Kledaka, avalambaka, bodhaka, tarpaka, shlesshaka khapa
  • Manda, tikshan, vishama and sama agni
  • Prana, tejas and ojas 

Dietary and herbal treatments for: 

  • The respiratory system (prana vaha sroto)
  • The digestive system (anna vahu sroto) 
  • The water system (Ambu sroto) 
  • Conditions of the lymph (rasa sroto & dhatu)
  • conditions of the blood-liver-speen (rakta sroto & dhatu)
  • Conditions of the muscles (mamsa sroto & dhatu)
  • Conditions of fat tissue (meda sroto & dhatu)
  • Conditions of the joints and bones (ashti sroto & dhatu) 
  • Conditions of the nervous system (meja sroto & dhatu) 
  • Conditions of the reproductive system male/female (shukra/Artava sroto & dhatu) 
  • The colon (purisha sroto)
  • The sweat glands (sveda sroto)
  • The urinary system (Mutra sroto) 


US$750 for the 9-day workshop

Includes breakfast, dinner, accommodation for 8 nights, certification for 6o hours of study, 35 hours of small group training and discussion by Khabir twice a day.   Price includes a private "cottage" with an attached bathroom, 1 evening dinner on the first day and breakfast on the last day. The course also includes an herbal shopping tours, herbal teas for 7 days, handouts, room cleaning service, lectures by guest speakers, access to Pancha Karma treatments at reduced rates, close-by shopping and musical entertainment some nights.  

Bonus: For 2 days, Nov. 27th and 28th, Dr. Vikram will teach about the herbal products of Planet Ayurveda and provide a wholesale discount code to purchase Planet Ayurveda products as a practitioner in his Chandigarh clinic.  Chandigarh, apox 5 hours from Rishikesh by taxi.  Khabir will arrange transportation on the 26th to Chandigarh. Dr. Vikram will provide accommodation and his course for only $50 per person, each day payable to Dr. Vikram directly.  (If you plan to attend then it is best to fly in and out of Chandigarh). 

* Bring extra money for a yoga class in the morning, Pancha Karma treatments, private consultations with respected India ayurveda doctors, herbal products, indian clothes and gifts.  Transportation can be arranged from New Delhi, Chandigarh or Dehradun, India by taxi (6 hours, 5 hours or 1.5 hours respectively).

* Textbook Treatment Approaches in Ayurveda is an additional $35 


Pay $150 deposit (Balance is due before September 1st, 2018)

Pay $650 and SAVE $100 before May 30th. 



Vegetarian Ayurvedic meals will be provided in Maa Yoga Ashram a beautiful private ashram close to the ganges river in Laxman Jhula area, Rishikesh India.  *Breakfast, dinner and teas are included in the cost of the workshop. 


Dr. Vikram Chauhan BAMS, MD (AYURVEDA) well-known Ayurvedic doctor with a large clinic in Chandigarh, India, and owner of Planet Ayurveda worldwide distributor of quality Ayurvedic products.


Dr. Munni Lal Maurya 
of HEMADRI AYURVEDA CENTER in Rishikesh will be our guest speaker.

* More speakers to be announced.

"Another wonderful Ayurveda workshop at Khabir's! Everyone would benefit from this well organized workshop . . . .  Thank you Khabir for sharing your amazing knowledge."  Ilse Oliver, Ventura, CA

SCHEDULE for workshop

OPENING - 1st day: Evening program

  • 6:00 pm Dinner
  • Introduction to the course - 7:00 pm by Khabir
  • Question and answer session

* Puja ceremony on the morning of the first day


  • 7:30 Yoga class (available)
  • 9:00 Breakfast (included) 
  • 10:00 am - 1:00 pm class with Khabir (with a 30-minute break)
  • 1:00 pm Lunch (not included, free time)
  • 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm - Free time
  • 4:30 to 6:30 class with Khabir
  • 7:00 pm Dinner (included) 
  • Evening events, guest speakers and music. 


  • 9:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00 am - 1:00 Providing individual certificates to each participant; closing words from Khabir and hosts. 

Teachings are based on classical teachings and not westernized but simplified without much use of sanskrit except for essential words.


 Video Testimonials from 2017


 * Panchakarma, massage, private consultations and other treatments sold separately by Maa Yoga Ashram and associates of Khabir.

Limited to 12 participants - Register ASAP.



The beautiful and peaceful Maa Yoga Ashram, Rishikesh India 




"Khabir has a wealth of knowledge and experience in Ayurveda to cement the textbook learning" Robert Linson, El Dorado, CA, USA

"Thanks your Khabir for teaching us in a clear and practical "western" style about such a subtle eastern science" Corinne, France
"I found Khabir's method and choice of supportive material thorough and expansive. I look forward to learning more from Khabir in the future." Benard Bennett, Austin Texas, USA
"I am extremely excited for this year's class [in 2017 because] the 2016 class was a great experience and loved everything we learned. . ."  Deysi Mir, San Luis Obispo, CA, USA
"The Ayurveda course [in 2016] was exceptional. " Sanjana, Rajaskraran, Ojai, CA.




Tours of India and extra days in Rishikesh can be arranged. Ayurvedic treatments like Ayurvedic Massage/abhyanga, Shirodhara, panchakarma (vamana, verecharna, basti, nasya and rakta moksha) and herbal products can be purchased from the sponsors at a discounted rate. *

Does not include:

  • Personal travel costs to India and health insurance.
  • Cost of Visa (Please apply in advance it is very easy). For a 10 year multiple entry visa go here (recommended).  For just a 30 day on-time visa go here.
  • Travel from the airport to Rishikesh but can be arranged for about $120 paid in India (see below).

Cancellation and Refund Policy:

$150 deposit is Non-Refundable. Balance due by September 1st 2018.  (Your payment of the deposit for the workshop signifies your agreement with this policy.)

For updates and informal RSVP see the Facebook page here.


Khabir at 805-308-3480 for more information.


For a recommended travel agent to purchase tickets call AAKASH TRAVEL at 310-806-2923. They specialize in discounted tickets to India. Shahdeen is aware of this tour and can make recommendations for what flights are best and can book your ticket. 

**Travel arrangements and tickets can be provided by Aakash Tours, Los Angeles.




Part 4: Detoxification and Purification (Pancha Karma) - Body Work and Steam Therapy (Snehana-Swedhana), Shirodhara (Mind Therapy), Rakta Moksha (Blood Letting), Basti (Enemas), Therapeutic Vomiting (Vamana). Rejuvenation and Tonification Protocols and Treatments.

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