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Charaka School of Ayurveda (CSA)

We offer two principal courses at CSA:

Course I: It is the basic course called Junior Ayurveda Assistant (JAA) offered in India and in Germany, as well as through distant learning programme.

This course includes fundamentals of Ayurveda and training in the living tradition of Ayurveda. Theoretical and practical aspects of this course are taught in three blocks with total of 300 hours.

Course II: Advanced Course is called Senior Ayurveda Assistant (SAA) and is offered exclusively in India in Our Himalayan Centre.

 This course will include Ayurvedic pharmacology, preparation of the remedies, practice of Saptakarma and an integral way of healing minor ailments. Course I is mandatory for doing this course. This has also a total of 300 hours. It requires four weeks of stay in our Himalayan Centre and a written assignment.


Syllabus for Course I: The Junior Ayurveda Assistant (JAA)

This course is designed to impart the fundamentals of Ayurveda along with its practical aspects in day-to-day life. It is meant to prepare students to become consultants in Ayurveda lifestyle and nutrition, to enable them to do different kinds of massages and benefiting from therapeutic Ayurvedic yoga. There will be an examination at the end of each semester and a certificate will be awarded to successful candidates.

Following is the teaching programme for JAA, along with practical training:

·        History of Ayurveda along with its evolution through 5000 years

·        Ayurveda and its practice in our times

·        Ayurvedic principles of cosmic unity and oneness of the body with the cosmos

·        The seven dimensions of being__ vata, pitta, kapha, rajas, sattva, tamas and the principal energy or the cause of being

·        Fundamental human constitution or prakriti

·        Ayurvedic diagnostic methods: stool, urine, body temperature, pulse, skin and so on.

·        Outer and inner cleaning practices of the body (panchakarma)

·        Detoxification of the body

·        Ayurvedic multidimensional therapy

·        Rasa theory and its application in nutrition and drug

·        Ayurvedic principles of nutrition

·        Ayurvedic cooking

·        Ayurvedic therapeutic yoga

·        Ayurvedic abdominal massage as diagnosis and therapy

·        Ayurvedic whole body massage and marma therapy

·        Pain-relieving therapeutic external measures

·        Preparation of some Ayurvedic remedies

·        Ayurvedic psychology and its application in healing

·        Ayurvedic spiritual therapy and its application in healing


Specific details about JAA

This course is meant to enable you to imbibe all practical aspects of Ayurveda in your life, experience them and enhance your living quality. Unlike the other courses offered these days in Europe, the present course is not cluttered with theoretical details and big Sanskrit names of Ayurvedic preparations, but is meant to teach you the very simple and practical side of Ayurveda for putting in practice in daily life to maintain health and harmony. Each day of teaching will inspire you to experience diverse dimensions of Ayurveda. By the end of the course, you are trained in such a way that you will be able to help others with what we call in India, the grandmother’s tradition of Ayurveda.

Education in three major blocks

·        The education for JAA is imparted in three major half yearly blocks of eight days each.

·        Each block is followed by Internet monthly sessions.

·        You are supposed to submit the monthly progress report of your homework that includes various Ayurvedic practices, as well as your questions regarding the difficulties you encounter during this time.

·        All the questions and answers from every student will be sent to all of you to enhance the understanding of various Ayurvedic concepts.

·        Each month you are given homework and you are asked questions that you are supposed to respond the following month.  



The courses take place in spring (May-June) and autumn (September to October) in Europe and In November and March in our Himalayan Centre.



There are total three examinations.

·        The first examination takes place in the beginning of the second block.

·        The second examination takes place at the beginning of the third block

·        The third examination takes place at the end of the third block. It includes also a dissertation that is submitted within three months of this block.


The first two examinations require one hour each and you are supposed to give short answers to 15 questions. The third examination is an oral examination and it needs 15 minutes for each student. Dissertation is a part of the third examination.



Successful students will be awarded a certificate of Junior Ayurveda Assistant (JAA) from Charaka School of Ayurveda (CSA).

Teacher: Doctor Vinod Verma will teach the entire course herself. The education is based upon traditional methods of Guru-shishya.

 Language: English, German or French 

Books: There are nineteen books written by Dr. Verma and they are also available in German language. Some of these books serve as textbooks for CSA courses.


For the first and second semesters, you need the following textbooks:

1.  Ayurveda, A Way of Life

2.  Ayurveda for Inner Harmony: Nutrition, Sexual Energy and Healing.

3.  Ayurvedic Food Culture and Recipes

4.  Yoga: A Natural Way of Being

5.  Programming Your Life with Ayurveda

For the third semester:

·        Stress Free Work with Yoga and Ayurveda

·        Patanjali and Ayurvedic Yoga