Course Date:

11th Nov 2018 – 4th Dec 2018
9th Dec 2018 – 2nd Jan 2019
3rd March 2019 – 27th March 2019


24 days


Cozy Nook North-Palolem beach,
On the River Bank,
Canacona ,South Goa-403702

About the Course

Ayurveda is a 5,000-year-old system of natural healing that has its origins in the Vedic culture of India. Although suppressed during years of foreign occupation, Ayurveda has been enjoying a major resurgence in both its native land and throughout the world. Tibetan medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine both have their roots in Ayurveda. Early Greek medicine also embraced many concepts originally described in the classical ayurvedic medical texts dating back several thousands of years.
More than a mere system of treating illness, Ayurveda is a science of life (Ayur = life, Veda = science or knowledge). It offers a body of wisdom designed to help people stay vital while realizing their full human potential. Providing guidelines on ideal daily and seasonal routines, diet, behavior and the proper use of our senses, Ayurveda reminds us that health is the balanced and dynamic integration between our environment, body, mind, and spirit.


Recognizing that human beings are part of nature, Ayurveda describes three fundamental energies that govern our inner and outer environments: movement, transformation, and structure. Known in Sanskrit as Vata (Wind), Pitta (Fire), and Kapha (Earth), these primary forces are responsible for the characteristics of our mind and body.

Body Types  

Each of us has a unique proportion of these three forces that shapes our nature. If Vata is dominant in our Ayurvedic Consultation system, we tend to be thin, light, enthusiastic, energetic, and changeable. If Pitta predominates in our nature, we tend to be intense, intelligent, and goal-oriented and we have a strong appetite for life. When Kapha prevails, we tend to be easy-going, methodical, and nurturing. Although each of us has all three forces, most people have one or two elements that predominate.
For each element, there is a balanced and imbalance expression. When Vata is balanced, a person is lively and creative, but when there is too much movement in the system, a person tends to experience anxiety, insomnia, dry skin, constipation, and difficulty focusing. When Pitta is functioning in a balanced manner, a person is warm, friendly, disciplined, a good leader, and a good speaker. When Pitta is out of balance, a person tends to be compulsive and irritable and may suffer from indigestion or an inflammatory condition. When Kapha is balanced, a person is sweet, supportive, and stable but when Kapha is out of balance, a person may experience sluggishness, weight gain, and sinus congestion.

Traditionally Kerala Ayurveda has been taught as a transmission of experiential knowledge. This is the reason Ishtaa imparts real knowledge rather than theoretical book knowledge. Isthaa fosters an open communication and dialogues between teacher and students which in the past was called Guru-Shishya parampara; the flow of knowledge from one generation to the next.The full spectrum experiential approach to teaching Ayurveda is unique to the Isthaa curriculum. You will not find it in any other school.

Course Details

The 4-weeks course for Ayurveda has been prepared by well qualified and experienced Kerala teachers and professionals involved in the field of Ayurveda and Panchakarma, with a strong academic and healing background. The aim of the course is to provide authentic, meaningful and practical knowledge about the various practices and massage therapies of Kerala Ayurveda.


  1. Ayurveda: An Introduction
  2. How is Ayurveda defined
  3. The characteristics of Ayurveda
  4. Objectives of Ayurveda
  5. Ayurveda: A glimpse at its history
  6. Different divisions under Ayurveda
  7. The ‘five classical elements’ concept (Pancha Maha Bhuta)
  8. The ‘Vital Energies’ concept (Tridosha)
  9. The ‘Seven Body Tissues’ concept (Saptha Dhatus)
  10. The concept of Waste Products (Mala)
  11. The concept of Digestive Fire (Agni)
  12. The theory of Alimentary Tract (Koshtas)
  13. The different Body Types (Deha Prakruti)
  14. The preparation of Panchakarma (Poorva karma)
  15. Introduction to Oleation (Sneha Karma)
    1. External Oleation (Abhyanga)
    2. Head Oleation (Shiro Abhyanga)
    3. Face Oleation (Mukha Abhyanga)
  16. Sudation Therapy (Sweda Karma)
    1. Using Warm Poultice (Upanaha Sweda)
    2. Using Herbal Steam Bags (Ushma Sweda)
    3. Using Steam (Drava Sweda)
    4. Other Sudation Therapies without using fire
    5. Advantages of Sudation Therapy
    6. Post therapy plan
  17. Fomentation Therapy (Tapa Sweda)
  18. Five Therapeutic measures of Ayurveda (Panchakarma Therapy)
    1. Emesis Therapy (Vamana)
    2. Purgation Therapy (Virechana)
    3. Enema Therapy (Vasti)
    4. Nasal Therapy (Nasya)
    5. Blood Letting Therapy (Rekta Moksha)
  19. Theory of Kalari Massage (Traditional Indian Sports Massage)
  20. The importance and methodology of Pulse Diagnosis
  21. Characteristics and uses of various herbal oils in Ayurveda Therapy


  1. LEPAM ( herbal paste massage)
  2. PIZHICHIL ( lukewarm oil massage)
  3. ABHYANGA (Ayurvedic Massage for full body with oil)
  4. KALARI MASSAGE (Traditional Indian Sports Massage)
    1. Using Oil
    2. Using Medicated Milk
  6. Massage with warm bags and Harbal Oils
    1. CHOORNA SWEDAM (Using Herbal Powders)
    2. ELAKIZHI (Using Herbal Leaves)
    3. NAVARAKIZHI (Using Herbal Rice)
  7. UDHWARTHANA (Dry Massage with Herbal Powders used for obesity)
  8. KAYASEKA (Oil Bathing )
  9. Various local treatments
    1. KATIVASTI For backache
    2. GREEVA VASTI For neck pain
    3. JANUVASTI For knee pain
  10. NASYA (Nasal Medication for cleansing the head)
  12.  VAMANAM

Why study at Isthaa?

As one of the most premium Kerala Ayurveda Institutes in the country, we provide the most specialized and professional healing courses. We strive to provide one-on-one sessions with our Kerala qualified teachers as well as a peaceful and supportive studying and working environment for our students to learn.
With our years of experience in this field, Isthaa provides all the necessary tools and techniques to our students to equip them for their bright future ahead. Our course and institute is recognized by the ‘Government of India’and ‘International Ayurveda Academy Kerala’ and each student, on the completion of their course, will receive a certificate from our institute approved by the Government of India.
Our course provides an additional advantage as it provides not just theoretical and practical session on Ayurveda, but also medicinal preparations and Ayurveda cooking class with comprehensive training that develops your communication and client management skills, along with making our students self-aware and self-observant of the knowledge they receive during the course.

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