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Certificate Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant & Ayurvedic Practitioner Programs

4th Annual

Ayurvedic Training Workshops, India 2019.

Learn Ayurveda in Rishikesh & Fort Kochi, Kerala, India margin-right

Ayurveda, “Science of Life,” is the planet's oldest health-care system with historical roots in ancient India dating back thousands of years ago.  The study and practice of Ayurveda is steadily regaining popularity in India and flourishing worldwide in different forms. This continuous growth of Ayurveda comes from a greater respect for the sophistication and effectiveness of the Ayurvedic approach to natural health-care.   Unbeknown to most people outside India, this ancient system has detailed the pathologies of most diseases and outlines very precise, intricate and effective treatments.  

These workshops are for those who want continuing education credits in Ayurveda to support their existing health-care practice or those who what to be certified to practice [clinical] Ayurveda in the West.

Video introduction

The four workshops in India as well as pre-workshop self-study and case-study internships, support two Ayurveda Programs:  Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant (ALC) & Ayurvedic Practitioner (AP).  The purpose and intention of these programs are to help fulfill a growing need for skilled and professional Ayurvedic practitioners, to address the plethora of health issues in modern society.  This year, the 4th year, the first two workshops will be held in the magical city of Rishikesh in North India, while the third and fourth workshops will be in Fort Kochi, Kerala, South India--the home of Ayurveda. 

Organized and instructed by Vaidya Khabir Southwick, supported by Dr. Vikram Chauhan of Planet Ayurveda,  Dr. Arun Ambu Kakkathara of Kerala Ayurveda Vaidyasala, and assisted by Dr. Rakesh Argwal and Dr. Amrit Raj of Maa Yoga Ashram in Rishikesh.   Note: These workshops are not insulated in the countryside or the jungle, but in small, charming cities; Rishikesh and Fort Kochi, with rich culture, lots of friendly people and great sightseeing and shopping!

The schedule for 2019:

After completing the requirements for the first 3 workshops you will receive a Certificate of Completion for 500 hours, bearing the title Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant (ALC) by Khabir Southwick a Registered Professional Ayurvedic Continuing Education (PACE) Provider by the Association of Ayurvedic Professionals of North America (AAPNA).

After completing the first three workshops, the 4th workshop and additional study requirements, you will receive a Certificate of Completion for 1,000 hours, bearing the title Ayurvedic Practitioner (AP) by Khabir Southwick a Registered Professional Ayurvedic Continuing Education (PACE) Provider by the Association of Ayurvedic Professionals of North America (AAPNA).

* Along with a recommendation letter from Khabir, these certificates will enable the student to register with the Association of Ayurvedic Professionals of North America (AAPNA) and other Ayurvedic Associations i.e, NAMA, CAAM, as an Ayurvedic Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant (ALC), Ayurvedic Practitioner (AP) or other designated titles.  These training programs are based on the guidelines of the World Health Organization (WHO) Benchmarks for training in traditional / complementary and alternative medicine: benchmarks for training in Ayurveda & Government of India, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Department of Ayurveda, Yoga, Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy (AYUSH), New Delhi, India. (Reference Number: D.O. NO. 480 /Adviser (Ayurveda) / 2009, May 1st, 2009).


  * No prior training or knowledge of Ayurveda is required.

Attendance is very limited. Prior students are encouraged to register asap.  Early bird discount is for the first 5 persons registered for each group. 

Travel details

Terms and conditions

Presenter and Organizer 

Khabir Southwick, an Ayurvedic Practitioner, is an internationally recognized Ayurvedic practitioner of north Indian school of thought, a master herbalist and public educator of natural health-care, whole food nutrition, and Ayurveda.  For over 25 years, Khabir has helped thousands of people to naturally overcome a wide range of health conditions with Ayurvedic dietary changes, herbal medicine, traditional home remedies and lots of motivation.   Khabir does not use or purchase any products but chooses to formulate and make his own herbal teas and Ayurvedic formulas to maintain the highest level of quality and follow in the traditional ways of Ayurveda. When in Ojai, Khabir maintains his Ayurvedic practice with local, national and international clients.  He has provided hundreds of classes and workshops worldwide in multiple cities in Southern California, France, Morocco, the UAE, and India.  He also travels regularly to India for personal study, these Ayurveda courses and detoxification (panchakarma) retreats which he leads. (details).

Khabir Southwick is a Registered Professional Ayurvedic Continuing Education (PACE) Provider by the Association of Ayurvedic Professionals of North America (AAPNA) and is qualified to issue certificates of completion for each workshop and provide certificates as an Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant (ALC),  Ayurvedic Health Consultant (AHC), Ayurvedic Practitioner (AP) enabling the student to register with AAPNA and other Ayurvedic Associations and obtain continuing education credits from such organization accepting AAPNA PACE provider courses.

About the Programs

These intensive workshops are about learning the skills necessary to practice Ayurveda in a clinical environment based on traditional Ayurvedic principles (Charaka & Samhita), methodologies of treatment (kayachikitsa) as per Northern India, Ayurvedic herbology (dravyaguna) and Ayurvedic pharmacology (Bhaisajya Kalpanaa). Note: The northern Indian approach is almost entirely herbal compared with the southern or Kerala approach where abhyanga, the use of oils, sweating therapies, Shirodhara and panchakarma are the main methods of treatment.  Thus, these workshops do not cover these physical forms of treatment or any form of bodywork, since a purely herbal and dietary approach is sufficient if the practitioner is skilled.  The approach of being an Ayurvedic herbalist and dietitian without physically working with a patient works well in western countries and is easier from a licencing and private practice point of view. 

"This teaching format is in the traditional teacher-student approach or gurukul in India for those who want hands-on training in Ayurvedic health-care (kayachikitsa) by experienced Ayurvedic Doctors and Vaidya.   Most courses on Ayurveda are more focused on theory than clinical application, or too academic, with references to original sanskrit texts requiring an understanding of Sanskrit terminology. The goal of these workshops is to help [western] students and practitioners of Ayurveda to better grasp the functional and clinical applications of Ayurveda and provide a model of private practice that can be used in the West. 

Each full day, there are 5 hours of small group teaching with 3 hours in the morning and 2 hours in the late afternoon. The classes are straightforward and clear without much Sanskrit terminology using modern english textbooks by Vasant Lad,  Atreya Smith and others. 

"Being a small group and eating together provides an excellent environment for questions and open discussion.  With panchakarma and prominent guest speakers each workshop is a deep immersion in Ayurveda."  Khabir

Certificate Courses in Ayurveda

Khabir Southwick, in collaboration with Dr. Vikram Chauhan of Planet Ayurveda, Dr. Rekesh of Maa Yoga Ashram and Dr. Ambu of Kerala Ayurveda Vaidyasala are pleased to present these four workshops for practitioners of Ayurvedic health-care. 


  1.  Fundamentals and Physiology of Ayurveda (7-days, Rishikesh)
  2.  Diagnosis methods and Skills of Ayurveda (7-days, Rishikesh)
  3.  Herbology and Dietary Treatments of Ayurveda (8-days, Fort Kochi, Kerala)
  4.  Herbal Pharmacology and Traditional Formulas of Ayurveda (8-days, Fort Kochi, Kerala)

In addition to the substantial home study, 5 books are required reading to complete all four courses. 


Dr. Vikram Chauhan BAMS, MD (AYURVEDA) a well-known Ayurvedic doctor with a large and busy clinic in Chandigarh, India; owner of Planet Ayurveda - worldwide distributor of high-quality Ayurvedic products. Dr. Vikram is a highly experienced Ayurvedic doctor who had great success in treating many advanced health conditions with his herbal products.  He and Khabir designed the original course together, and his expertise in clinical Ayurvedic practice adds to the value of the courses.

Testimonial regarding the program by Dr. Vikram,
India, 2017

"He [Khabir] is an eager learner and he is also a very good teacher.   Not only learner but [he is a] good teacher.  I have seen him teaching in Rishikesh and all the students have very good words for him.  I have seen the teachings myself.  Whatever topics he is teaching, I think they should be taught in all the Ayurveda institutes.  They should be covered by all the Ayurveda institutes, not only in America but also in India.   He is teaching in a very precise way and a very elaborate way at the same time.  That is very much practical knowledge that he is giving to his students.  I wish him very good luck for his future courses."   Dr. Vikram Chauhan, Founder – Planet Ayurveda Products, Planet Ayurveda Clinic, and Krishna Herbal Company, Chandigarh, India. Nov. 2017

Video Testimonials from 2018



Video Testimonials from 2017


Flyer of Rishikesh courses

More Testimonials

"Khabir is a Master of the herbs!  Even though I was already an Ayurvedic counselor, I have taken three courses in India with Khabir in addition to my studies, to learn from Khabir what I could not have learned from any other course or book studies.  . . . the hands-on practice, his vast knowledge on the subject of Ayurveda and his "life long" experience with the herbs and remedies is what he has to offer to his students and clients alike. This cannot be found in the books.  Khabir is very well respected in the Ayurveda community in India as well and the doctors there treat him like one of them. Khabir is a true Master of the Herbs and he cares.  It is his passion, his life, and his profession. Ayurveda is his Dharma." Ilse Oliver, Ventura, April 2018

"I have learned a great deal about Ayurveda in India form Khabir. I learned from several great Indian doctors one-on-one. Classes started early at breakfast with questioning and reviews then regular topics with tea we continued until lunch break and time to shop. We meet at the ashram for dinner and more teaching that sometimes late into the evening. We also went several times to Herb shops to learn which herbs were the best for each constitution to restore balance. There is a nice graduation ceremony at the Ashram at the completion of each course.  Khabir's assistant Jade was a big help.  In my opinion, this is the best, fastest, and least expensive way of becoming an Ayurvedic Practitioner while having the experience of Indian Culture. I highly recommend it! Sangjay D. Yoga Teacher - Ventura CA, April 2019

"I ventured to India to join up with Khabir and other students and learn about the philosophy of Ayurveda [course #1] as well as an array of diagnostic methods [course #2] and basic principles to help me begin my journey towards healing others. Through Khabir's great guidance and deep wisdom, I gained a much deeper insight into the workings of Ayurveda, and am confident in my progression and knowledge.  If you're looking to be healed or to learn to heal others, look no further than Khabir Southwick :)"  Sean Moran, Ventura, CA, April 2019

"Khabir is an excellent teacher who has helped me to gain a high level of knowledge regarding Ayurveda.  I attended all three of his courses in India.  In all the time I've spent with him, I've found his knowledge to be practical, and highly valuable. He's chosen to focus his teachings on that which is relevant to clinical practice of Ayurvedic herbalism. Under his guidance, I've learned a great deal about Ayurvedic fundamentals and theory, which I've been able to apply to my understanding of the human body and of the world. From his diagnostic courses, I've learned to read the pulse, tongue and body to ascertain the state of toxins, and the state of the doshas. This has been highly valuable to my own self-care, and to my ability to care for those around me. From his teachings and guidance on herbalism, I've learned thoroughly about many herbs and traditional formulas of Ayurveda. This is highly impressive, as there is no way I could have learned this much without a teacher.  Thank you Khabir, for all the effort and energy you put into sharing the wisdom teachings of Ayurveda; for myself and your other devoted students, it is a true gift to have you as our teacher."  Jade Crawford, Ojai, CA April 2019

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

"Thanks you Khabir for teaching us [in 2016] 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 [in 2016]. 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.

Additional written and video testimonials from past participants

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

Certificate Ayurveda Programme 2019

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Khabir at 805-308-3480 for more information.


                                                                     Pictures of the ashram where the classes are held in Rishikesh. 



The beautiful and peaceful Maa Yoga Ashram, Rishikesh India 

Past graduate class with certificates. 


2018 photos

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