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Training in Ayurveda

India, being home to the origination of Ayurveda, has been witnessing increasing demand in health and wellness facilities. This has given a boost to the emergence of various Ayurveda institutions in the country By Archana Sharma

India, being home to the origination of Ayurveda, has been witnessing increasing demand in health and wellness facilities. This has given a boost to the emergence of various Ayurveda institutions in the country By Archana Sharma

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The ancient system of holistic medicine, Ayurveda, meaning the science of life, originated in India over 5,000 years ago and is not just the world’s oldest healthcare system but also a philosophy which encourages healthy lifestyle. It is one of the most popular methods of alternative medicine and has even generated a mass appeal after gaining its popularity in the West.

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Rajesh R Kurup

Believing in the potential for the different verticals of Ayurveda, Rajesh R Kurup, senior manager, business delivery, Kerala Ayurveda (KAL) states, “The methods of cure related to Ayurvedic massages, herbal therapy, yoga and traditional surgery are catching everyone’s imagination very fast and are showing promise to be the next big thing in the medical and wellness industry.” Having a unique advantage to be able to offer something to every class, Kurup believes that the opportunity is vast as it spans through all the possible verticals like yoga centres, Ayurvedic spas and herbal medicines. “Yoga centres are growing at a rate never seen before. Combined with the recent trends of increasing acceptance of natural medication, this accounts for a huge potential for Ayurvedic products,” he adds. KAL, founded in 1945 by late Vaidyan K G K Panicker, a renowned Ayurvedacharya, a doyen in Ayurvedic system, a visionary and a mentor, is presently an integral part of the Katra Group. Backed by advanced technology and highly qualified dedicated staff, the KAL Academy has branches in the US conducting courses across its various centres like Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Fremont, Boston, etc.

The modern definition of health according to World Health Organisation (WHO) is ‘the state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing and not necessarily the absence of disease and infirmity. Kurup believes that unlike various other systems of medicine, like allopathy or homeopathy, Ayurveda is not a system of medicine but a science of life and longevity. “The concept of Ayurveda is based on a combined study of body (sharira), sense organs (indriyas), mind (manas) and soul (atman). Equilibrium of these are related to health and their dysfunction is equated with death. Homeo-stasis of the internal milcu (dhatusamaya), or equilibrium of the various dhatus, is considered essential for absence of disease,” he states.

Different platforms

India is home to few of the best Ayurveda training and healthcare institutes and clinics. “There is a huge demand for Ayurveda training courses in India since the system was developed in India and is more authentic than other parts of the world. KAL Academy receives four-five enquires on a daily basis for various courses from around the globe,” informs Kurup. He also believes that with the new developments and steps which have been announced and will be taken by the ministry of Ayurveda, yoga & naturopathy, unani, siddha and homoeopathy (AYUSH), about the changes in the Ayurveda training curriculum and better facilitation centres for the same, the demand for such courses and facilities is bound to increase.

KAL Academy provides training programmes on Ayurveda and Panchakarma for doctors and others for the different systems of medicine, awareness programmes on Ayurveda and Ayurvedic lifestyle, practical awareness on Ayurvedic massage and in selected Ayurvedic therapies while also providing tailor made programmes from anywhere between three days to a month and a certificate course in Ayurveda therapist for a year. The courses are available for people with minimum eligibility from Secondary School to Bachelor Degree in the Ayurveda Medicine courses. “The academy has more than 1000 alumni across the globe promoting Ayurveda and also conducts government certified courses for therapists,” mentions Kurup.

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Dr Sandeep Madaan

But since Ayurveda is one of the most prominent healthcare systems and provides solutions to various needs, even the demand for learning this trade is diverse. There are many clinics and institutions which provide Ayurveda courses based on the merit of the interested person. According to Dr Sandeep Madaan, senior Ayurveda consultant, Aastha Ayurveda, “We provide certificate courses for beginners as well as inquisitives, baby and mothercare courses through Ayurveda and Ayurveda course in prevention and lifestyle disorder management.” Aiming at providing awareness about the human body and mind, the Aastha Ayurvedic clinic has been in business since 2004 and wishes to propagate awareness and training about Ayurveda and yoga and help in managing chronic lifestyle disorders through an integrated and holistic approach.

Apart from the various private institutions and Ayurveda clinics and training facilitation centres, even the Ministry of Health and Welfare, Government of India, had set up a few apex institutes for training and research in Ayurveda like the National Institute of Ayurveda (NIA) affiliated to the Ministry of AYUSH, which offers undergraduate, postgraduate degrees and diplomas in various Ayurvedic sciences.

Future trends

“Ayurveda training industry has a brilliant future in India as a business proposition due to the ever increasing demand for natural therapies, driven by various factors like stressful working culture, exhaustive lifestyle, the endless quest for peace, the growing ailments with less healthy environment,” states Kurup. He also believes that, “Today Kerala Ayurveda is a major force in healthcare, growing at a spectacular rate, with new clinics, new market strategies, new products, and new cure. Some of KAL’s products are on the verge of being patented.”

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