600 Hour Ayurveda Counselor Program

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Soul of Yoga and Dancing Shiva Present

This integral certification program is focused on the prevention of health-related issues and the promotion of ayus or longevity through a balanced and healthy life. The course seeks to improve the mind-body relationship through the wisdom of Ayurveda and its themes of seasonal synchronicity (ritucharya), detoxification (panchakarma) and with a strong emphasis on psychology (manasa shastra). The program also holds to a sound foundation of therapeutics combined with spirituality as found in the traditional form of Ayurveda taught in India. The ACP provides a well-rounded educational experience in the Ayurvedic fundamental principles that embrace counseling, therapeutics, and lifestyle.

Today, more and more yoga teachers are looking to expand their teaching skills beyond just postural practices and thus, this program was designed to help bridge the mind-body relationship, which is often from commercial yoga asana training programs.

The ACP also provides alternative health practitioners a broader approach to healing through Ayurvedic lifestyle enhancement principles. ACP follows an energy-based approach to health and wellness that is designed to integrate well with any methodology of healing.

Additionally the course includes an overview of the core principles of Joytish (Vedic Astrology) as applied toward Ayurvedic therapeutics.


Yogi, mystic, and practitioner of Ayurveda, Mas has become one of the most influential yoga and Ayurveda teachers in the world and offers unique certification training programs throughout the USA, Mexico, Asia, and India. Mas enjoys teaching integral yoga classes, offering health and wellness lectures and giving workshops that embrace core Ayurvedic principles. His work is primarily influenced by the lineage-based traditions of India, with prominence to the teachings of Yogananda and Sivananda. In 2014 he appeared in the triumphant film “Awake, The Life Of Yogananda” and as an Ayurvedic practitioner, he maintains an active international counseling practice that includes yoga and Vedic astrology. He is the founder/director of Dancing Shiva Yoga Ayurveda, an international non-profit educational organization and center based in Southern California.


Johanna is a Yoga and Ayurveda teacher based in Los Angeles, California. She is trained at the 200-hour level from the Center for Yoga/Yoga Works and at the 500-hour level from Dancing Shiva Yoga and Ayurveda. She also carries certification from the American Institute of Vedic Studies as a Yoga and Ayurveda Therapist. In addition, Johanna is also a certified Pancha Karma therapist having completed training and clinical internship at Dancing Shiva Yoga and Ayurveda. Johanna has a BA in Religious Studies and Asian Studies, and a MA degree in Asian Studies. She is a student of Sanskrit and jyotish and has studied at LMU translating devotional Tamil Alwar poetry.


One of the foremost experts on Ayurveda. He is a leading academician and physician in the field of Ayurveda and an author of countless books on Ayurveda, Yoga, diet and much more. These books have been published in Marathi, Hindi, Malayalam, English, French, Czechoslovakian, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish languages. He has worked as Prof. and Head, Dept. of Interdisciplinary School of Ayurveda and Prof. and Head, Dept. of Ayurveda Pune University and Principal of Ashtang
Ayurveda College, Pune, India. Dr. Ranade has been a faculty member of Dancing Shiva since the inaugural year and has served on our advisory board. He and his wife Dr. Sunanda Ranade founded the International Academy of Ayurveda (IAA), which hosts the Dancing Shiva programs in India. The Ranade’s have worked closely with Mas Vidal on numerous educational projects both in the USA and India.


Is a classically trained Ayurvedic physician and a gold medalist from prestigious Pune University. A Rig Vedic Bramhin by tradition and an
accomplished Clinician by training adds tremendous value to his clients and students alike. He is an insightful Medical Astrologer and Vedic Counselor. He worked with His Holiness Maharishi Mahesh Yogi for over 10 years. During these years he and his wife Dr. Manisha, traveled extensively all around the world, teaching Ayurvedic Medicine, Jyotish, designing courses & curriculums, directing Ayurvedic Clinics and
helping design new Ayurvedic formulations. He was the Chairman for Maharishi College of Vedic Medicine, a Professor at Maharishi University of Management and the Medical Director, at the Raj Pancha-Karma center in Fairfield IA. He is an insightful Medical Astrologer and Vedic Counselor and motivational speaker, presenting Ayurvedic Wisdom and sharing stage with Deepak Chopra, Tony Robbins, Wayne Dyer and many other leaders in the field.


Manisha graduated from Pune University, India with a Bachelors degree in Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery. She is also trained at the Indian College of Naturopathy and qualified as a Yoga Instructor from the renowned Kaivalyadham University in India. Dr. Manisha has been teaching Ayurveda, yoga for more than 10 years. She specializes in women and infant health, skin care and natural beauty treatments. She offers regular workshops on Ayurvedic nutrition and cooking, Panchakarma and Herbology.


A well recognized teacher and practitioner of Ayurveda, since 1984. She has served as a Board of Director for the California Association of Ayurvedic Medicine. As a graduate of the Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque, NM with Dr. Vasant Lad, and Clayton College of Natural
Healing, Vijaya has also studied with several Indian Vaidyas in the U.S. and India. Vijaya’s teachings and services are offered throughout the US and abroad including Ayurveda, Pulse Diagnosis, PanchaKarma (ayurvedic rejuvenation).


A licensed Ayurvedic Doctor (BAMS) in India and Nepal from a prestigious MGR Medical University at Coimbatore, India. Dr. Ram also
holds a Certificate as a Master Herbalist from GCNM, USA. In addition, Dr. Ram teaches Yoga for your body type as well as for specific mind/body imbalances. Dr. Ram headed a Panchakarma (traditional Ayurvedic cleansing programs) Center at Ayurveda Retreat in India and worked side by side with Allopathic Doctors, before coming to the United States. As a Partner with the Healing Gardens of Ayurveda,
Dr. Ram has helped build and sustain a growing community of people passionate about the value of Ayurvedic Medicine.


A professional astrologer who holds a doctorate degree in Counseling Psychology. For more than twenty five years, Dennis has studied both Eastern and Western techniques of astrology. Dennis teaches workshops on Vedic Astrology and Transpersonal Psychology throughout the world. He is the author of The Nakshatras: The Lunar Mansions of Vedic Astrology, which is published by Lotus Press.