600 Hour Ayurveda Counselor Program2019-04-30T14:21:44-07:00

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.

Course Details

Foundations of Ayurveda Prerequisite

July 11-14, 2019 (50 Hours)

50 Hours
Feb 9-12, 2019 or July 11-14, 2019

(Foundations of Ayurveda not required to register but required for completion of the ACP course)

More Information-July

Ayurveda Counselor Studies

Part 1 & 2 (400 Hours)

Part One: Four 4-day on-site sessions (160 Hours)

Part Two: Interactive Home Studies (240 Hours)

  • Online Classes
  • Reading material, home study, and special workshops
  • Special Assignments

India Ayurveda Immersion

Part 3 (150 Hours)

150 Hours
January 13-26, 2020

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2019 Schedule (Start at any time)

Part 1

4 Day Immersions (In Person)*:

Module A ~ April 18-21, 2019
Module B ~ June 27-30, 2019
Module C ~ August 15-18, 2019
Module D ~ October 17-20, 2019

*Modules do not need to be taken in consecutive order ~ start at any time

Part 2

Interactive Home Studies (240 Hours):

Online Classes

Core Curriculum ~ 1st 4 Weds of the Month 5-7pm

Self-Care Regimen ~ 1st & 3rd Tues of the Month 5-7pm

Reading material, home study, and special workshops

Special Assignments

Part 3

15 Day India Ayurveda Immersion

January 13-26, 2020

This 15-day intensive takes place at our affiliate Institute in Pune, India. For several years the Dancing Shiva School has established a close affiliation with the fully accredited International Academy of Ayurveda (IAA). ACP students will experience the unique opportunity of participating in specialized classes given by Mas Vidal and the faculty of the institute. The material covered in the classes includes expansive (more advanced & in depth) coverage of the material listed in the main curriculum. The main difference gained from participating in studies in India is substantial. Firstly, to study at an Indian Ayurvedic institute is unique to our affiliation with IAA, as this is not commonly permitted at Indian institutes. As international students you receive the direct cultural experience, classes given by an Indian faculty, experience of observing actual patient cases (encounters) in an ayurvedic clinic and access to an extensive library and dedicated departments for each main topic of Ayurvedic education.

Note: Both phases one and two of the course are required for completion of a total of 600 hours of certified study.

Note: The India Immersion can also be purchased a la carte for those interested in visiting India, experiencing Ayurveda’s healing treatments and enjoying time in a serene country environment. Click here for more information.

I feel so fortunate to have the opportunity to study Yoga and Ayurveda with Mas Vidal. This experience has provided a much deeper and meaningful practice in every aspect of my life. His own experience and example of the yogic lifestyle is refreshingly honest and inspiring. I would recommend the study program to anyone wishing to learn Ayurveda, yoga and the integral wisdom of the Vedas.

Tracy Mandryk

As a graduate of the Mas Vidal’s Dancing Shiva programs it has been so insightful and life-changing learning Ayurveda. Integrating the ancient knowledge of the Vedas into my daily life has been very healing and nourishing to my body, mind, and spirit.

Cecilia Romero

I have had the opportunity to learn integral Yoga and Ayurveda under the tutelage of Mas Vidal and it has brought a new sense of enlightenment into my life. Learning the essence of the ancient Vedas and how profoundly they tie into daily life is absolutely fascinating. Although ancient, these teachings are so relevant to today’s day and age and through with his many years of life study, the wisdom dances with mindfulness that he taught me to entwine with my newly discovered awareness.

Kirsten McLaughlin

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Registration, Financial Aid and Certifications


  • Foundation of Ayurveda Course A la carte ~ $950 ($100 Early Bird Discount may apply)
  • Part 1 & 2 & Foundations course ~ $5400
    • Discounts: $250 Paid in Full or $250 Previous grads of min of 100Hr training with Dancing Shiva or Soul of Yoga
    • $850 discount if 50 hour Foundations course previously taken
  • Part 3 ~ $3250 for shared accommodation (two-per room) and $3650 for private accommodations. (Airfare & ground transportation are a separate cost)

Registration Process

  1. Read and review the course catalog and all its details prior to registering.
  2. Complete registration form online
  3. Phone Interview with Dancing Shiva Program Coordinator
  4. Accepted registrants will be contacted by Kei Colby, Asst Director of SOY to arrange tuition payment.


Required Reading

Note: Some sections from these texts will be required reading and will be assigned as homework or supplemental reading by our faculty. Required books are listed red text.

  • Text Book of Ayurveda: Volumes 1 & 2 by Dr. Vasant Lad
  • Vedic Counseling by David Frawley & Suhas Kshirsagar
  • Yoga & Ayurveda by David Frawley
  • Ayurvedic Healing by David Frawley
  • Sun, Moon and Earth by Mas Vidal
  • Natures Medicine by David Frawley and Subhash Ranade
  • Yoga and Vedic Astrology by Sam Geppi
  • Ayurveda: A Quick Reference Handbook by Manisha Kshirsagar
  • Ayurvedic Nutrition and Cooking by Sunanda Ranade
  • Enchanting Beauty: Ancient Secrets to Inner, Outer & Lasting Beauty by Manisha Kshirsagar


  • Prior education in basic anatomy and physiology however it is not required for enrollment.
  • We also recommend having completed some basic yoga certifications or even the Dancing Shiva 200 hour Yoga and Ayurveda online program. Although this is not required to register for this program, it will be very helpful and can be taken in tandem with the Ayurveda Counselor Program if you prefer.


Once you have completed the requirements for the program (including attending the India studies portion) you will receive a certificate of completion for 600 hours. This certification will allow you to register with the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA ) at the Ayurvedic Counselor level after completing and passing their examination.

ACP hours can also be applied as continuing education credits with Yoga Alliance (YA)

For Additional Program Questions please fill out the form below or email info@dancingshiva.com.

Financial Aid

The Soul Institute offers payment plans for Part 1 & 2 only. A 25% non-refundable deposit is required. The balance, plus an 8% service fee, will be placed on your account. Monthly auto-payments will be drawn using a Visa or MasterCard.

Questions? Email Kei Colby below.

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