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650 Hour Online Yoga & Ayurvedic Health Coach Training
Our holistic health coaching curriculum is designed to help you counsel individuals to make better lifestyle choices when it comes to lifestyle, finding balance and de-stressing. Our program is holistic in nature—it considers the mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of health along with the physical body. The program draws lifestyle, exercise, mediation and nutrition concepts from yoga, Ayurveda and Western medicine. Upon graduation students can register for board registration with the American Association of Drugless Practitioners (AADP).
Our approach: our program is non-dogmatic –it DOES NOT focus on one particular approach (e.g. vegan, raw, etc); rather we focus on several important considerations to help you counsel your clients as a health coach in ways that meets their philosophy on food, spirituality, the environment and cultural demands. The concepts include:
- Using the latest evidence-based information to guide choices. Even some “holistic” techniques are unproven and are guided by sensationalism (e.g. that red meat rots in the stomach)
- Understand trends and knowing when to change your opinion when research and latest news provides new insights into current theory
- A foundation of eating, centered around local, whole foods eaten in season
- Reducing consumption of genetically modified foods (GMOs)
- The importance of nutrition WITH physical activity and mind-body practices
- Understanding how to read research, analyze research design and discover errors and biases in conclusions (who funded the study? sample size?)
- Learning where to find non-biased information from non-profits, peer reviewed journals and sources without connections to some government agencies, product companies and big agribusiness/food manufacturers
- Educating consumers in a particularly challenging environment of conflicting information (e.g. high fat vs. low fat theories, dairy vs. no dairy, meat vs. vegetarianism, hot yoga vs. power yoga)
- Learning to navigate the cons of Western medicine and pharma business (e.g. the cholesterol myth)
- How to find balance and improve health for those with chronic conditions
650 Hour Online Yoga & Ayurvedic Health Coaching Curriculum
- 60 Hour Yoga Basics
- Intro to yoga theory and practice of postures, nutrition, lifestyle and breathing techniques. Can be waived if RYT 200 or greater or hold 80+ hours teaching yoga/meditation)
- 20 Hour Sacred Breath Meditation*
- Explore yoga and mindfulness meditation techniques for personal use and teaching practice
- 120 Hour Functional and Systems Anatomy
- Explore systems anatomy covering the nervous, respiratory, digestive, circulatory, reproductive, immune, muscular, and skeletal. Functional anatomy explores muscles, joint actions and nervous system details for movement.
- 60 Hour Ayurveda: The Science of Life, Intro to Ayurveda
- An intro course into the philosophy of balance through diet, lifestyle and simple home remedies
- 120 Hour Basic and Yoga/Ayurvedic Nutrition I and II
- Learn the yoga diet for prana, Ayurvedic herbalism and the basic science of nutrients their chemistry, role in diet, weight control, physical activity, life cycle and disease prevention and sports performance.
- 60 Hour Pathology + 60 Hour Nutrition & Ayurveda for Health Conditions
- Explore lifestyle modifications for those with health-related conditions including allergies, arthritis, digestive disorders, diabetes, stroke, cancer, high cholesterol and blood pressure, obesity and Parkinson’s.
- 60 Hour Lifestyle Coaching
- A behavior modification course with broad context to help you help others find solutions to their wellness needs.
- 60 Hour Business and Ethics
- A practical course to help you write a business plan for your new holistic, coaching endeavor and navigate the regulatory environment.
Frequently Asked Questions about the Online Holistic Nutrition Certification
- Is your program purely Yoga/Ayurvedic nutrition or does it venture into vegan, Paleo or other diet regimes? Our program is non-dogmatic and helps you consult with individuals based on their individual needs, their culture, the environment and their mental, emotional, financial and physical well-being. So if your client connects to being a vegan, you can help them along that path.
- Do you offer financial aid? We are not a Title IV institutions that participates in Federal Financial Aid programs. We do offer internal work study scholarships and MUA scholarships. Details and how to apply are included in the school catalog.
- What are the practice parameters of a Yoga & Ayurvedic coach? You should consult your local jurisdiction for details. Since the program could employ nutrition as a part of wellness coaching, we suggest you check your state’s requirements on nutrition scope of practice at http://www.nutritionadvocacy.org/
- Do I have a time limit to complete the program? No.
- Does tuition cover books? No, books are estimated at $650 depending on if you buy books new or used.
- What if I need help during the program? Your instructor will be there with office hours by appointment to meet by phone, Skype, or Join.me web conferencing.
- Is the program completely online? Yes, students interact with EDU 2.0, a learning management system, to complete assignments, interact with other students, access multimedia and take exams.
- How might I help future clients? You might help people do kitchen makeovers, grocery store shopping, educate on wellness topics, help them find better schedules and routines and find solutions to stress.
Online Holistic Nutrition, Coaching & Ayurveda Links
- Weston A. Price Foundation: a nonprofit, tax-exempt nutrition education foundation that delivers nutrition education, research and policy analysis
- Coconut Resource Center: is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to educating the public and medical community about the many benefits of coconut and palm products.
- Himalaya-Ayurvedic products, research and herb finder
- The New York Times Fitness and Nutrition: Recipes, health tracking tools, articles, research roundups.
- Science Daily: Nutrition research summaries and daily news roundup
- The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM): the Federal Government’s lead agency for scientific research on the diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not generally considered part of conventional medicine.
- MedlinePlus Dietary Supplements: trusted nutritinal information on dietary supplements.
- The Wellbeing Journal: publishes cogent news about natural alternative and complementary medicine, including holistic nutrition for cancer, heart disease, arthritis, diabetes, Alzheimers
- Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition: open access journal focusing on the acute and chronic effects of sports nutrition and supplementation strategies on body composition, physical performance and metabolism.
- The Open Nutrition Journal: peer-reviewed, open access nutrition journal
- Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism: peer-reviewed, open access nutrition journal that publishes original research articles, review articles, and clinical studies in all areas of nutrition and metabolism.
- Natural News: is a non-profit collection of public education websites covering holistic nutrition topics that empower individuals to make positive changes in their health, environmental sensitivity, consumer choices and informed skepticism
- Whats on my food?: an online food database of known toxins and carcinogens to education and protect people and the environment.
- Orthonut: Daily news on nutrition and healthy living in easy-to-digest formats
- National Association of Nutritional Professionals (NANP): The NANP is a non-profit business league representing and advocating on behalf holistic nutrition certification training programs and professionals. NANP members are nutrition professionals working in a variety of settings who are recognized for their knowledge and expertise in the area of whole foods nutrition and the safe and effective use of dietary supplements.
- Consumer Lab: independent test of nutrition products, claims and reviews
- The Nutrition Portal: extensive online nutrition portal of resources and nutrition information
- Non-GMO Project: a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and building non-GMO products and sources and educating consumers.
- Cornucopia: The Cornucopia Institute engages in educational activities supporting the ecological principles and economic wisdom underlying sustainable and organic agriculture.
- Mercola: A source of natural health news.
- Food and Water Watch: A non-profit dedicated to ensuring that the food, water and fish we consume is safe, accessible and sustainably produced.