Ayurveda Foundation Certificate Course (AFCC) – 16 hours

The AFCC program is designed to train you to become a Counsellor in the field of ayurveda diet and lifestyle.  According to ayurveda each of us has a unique ayurveda constitution (prakriti) and a “one-solution-fits-all” will not apply for everyone. For example, what is good for a vataprakriti may not necessarily be good for the kapha prakriti. Garlic has excellent healing properties but is not necessarily good for a pitta prakriti type and in fact can cause more harm if consumed by a pitta aggravated persons. All herbs are neither good nor bad, they all are dependent on various factors.

According to ayurveda we are part and parcel of the cosmos and there is a close interrelationship between the human and cosmos (yatha pinde tatha brahmande). ayurveda is a philosophy and a practical science as well that makes it a universal science. Even though it originated in India, its principles are universal and timeless.

This AFCC program prepares you to understand the basic concept of ayurveda, how it views the human body and how you can use the tools to customise lifestyle and nutrition for yourself and your family.

The AFCC is a pre-requisite course for the ayurveda Nutrition Foundation Course (ANFC) program. The AFCC program will set the stage and prepare you to understand the fundamental principles of ayurveda.

At AFCC you will learn the principles of panchamahabuta and the doshas – vata, pitta, kapha. The panchamahabuta, also known as the 5 Great States and dosha  are the building blocks of ayurveda upon which everything else (diet, lifestyle, treatment, herbs, daily and seasonal routine, and so on) rests.

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AFCC Course structure (16 Hours)

AFCC comprises 8 lessons, and each lesson is of 2 hours duration. The 8 lessons are:

1. ayurveda concept of Health

  • Human as seen from the lenses of ayurveda
  • ayurveda definition of health
  • Why ayurveda and yoga are integrated science

2. Brief Overview of ayurveda

  • ayurveda philosophy and classical texts
  • 8 branches of ayurveda (ashtanga ayurveda)
  • Commonly used ayurveda terminologies

3. Fundamental Principles of ayurveda

  • Key to understanding Ayurveda is the panchamahabhuta and dosha
  • 5 Great States (panchamahabhuta)
  • tridosha (vata, pitta, kapha)

4. Ayurveda Constitution Type (prakriti)

  • Overview your true nature ie individual trait (deha prakriti)
  • Overview Imbalance (vikriti)
  • How vikriti is used to bring body back to its prakriti

5. Structures that support the body

  • dhatu – that which supports the body
  • mala – 3 natural by-products
  • srota – channels that transports nutrients
  • ojas – the immunity factor

6. Digestion (agni) and ama

  • 13 types of digestive fire (jatharagni, bhutagni, dhatwagni)
  • ayurveda digestion and dhatu formation
  • ama and disease formation

7. Mind : An Ayurveda Perspective

  • ayurveda Mind wellness (manasa roga)
  • sattva rajas tamas (manasa prakriti)
  • panchabhuta and manasa guna (mind quality)
  • dosha and mind quality (manasa dosha)

8. Routines for Health and Wellness

  • ayurveda and rasayana (rejuvenation)
  • dinacharya (daily routine)

One Q&A session of 1 hour duration will be conducted after every four lessons.

You will be given lesson reviews for self study after each lesson.

Certificate of Attendance : by Ayurveda Association of Singapore (AAOS)

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