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Ayurveda massage & therapy course Rishikesh, India

This course is designed for those who wish to study the science of Ayurvedic therapies, and embrace this alternative option for helping to heal themselves and others. The complete course runs over a 5-week period for a total of 250 hours, but you can study as little or as much, depending on the time you have available, i.e. 1, 2, 3, 4 or the full 5 weeks.

Everyone is welcome to join this course – it is a fundamental course to build up your knowledge and practical application on Ayurveda therapy.  It is useful for both those simply want to complete this for their own personal interest and wellbeing, or for those wishing to become a therapist.


Week 1

Introduction to the theory and practice of Ayurvedic massage.  During this week you will cover techniques of massage for relaxing and rejuvenating the whole body. 

Week 2

Learning the marma point massage (learning how to work with specific energy points of the body which help to balance the energy system and open energy blockages). 

Week 3

Studying different therapies such as Shirodhara, Kati Vasti, Janu Vasti etc., for the healing of various disorders and stress relief. 

Week 4

Addition of further therapies – such as how to prepare and apply a Patra Potli apply it, etc. – for the healing of various disorders. 

Week 5

Studying the different body constitutions and preparing appropriate Ayurvedic diets and therapies for the different body-types, so that you can inspire others to adopt a healthy lifestyle.  All the different treatments learned under guidance in the previous weeks are refined during this week. 


The 5-week course can be extended for a further two weeks for the purpose of improving your newly acquired skills by practicing on clients and gaining work experience.  The Centre will provide a letter of confirmation of the work-experience hours gained in this way. 

Note:  Each week of this course is self-contained so you can join at any time or complete the full five weeks.  However, in order to achieve the overall skills required to be a therapist, you will need to complete the full 5-week course.  


  1. Learning each day with the teacher – 1-1.5 contact hours
  2. A minimum of 1 contact hour per day is required
  3. The Centre will provide the recipient of the treatments – or you can practice upon our friends or associates


Self-study time is allocated each day.

  1. Study the notes and practice whatever you can on yourself – or on others if possible
  2. Study the suggested books recommended by the teacher
  3. At least 30 non-contact hours of practice on others is required – and a review from the recipient – for certification to be awarded.

This schedule is a sample only and is subject to modifications according to circumstances and the understanding of the students.

7:30 am - 9:30 am
 Hatha yoga – asana, pranayama, samyak kriya, yoga nidra
9:30 am - 10:00 am
 Breakfast in silence
10:30 am - 12:30 pm
 Practice and discussions on Ayurveda therapy and demonstrations
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
 Free time – study time, journaling and preparation of assignments
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
 Non-contact hours – practice what has been learned on a daily basis
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
 Free time – self-study and rest
6:45 pm - 7:30 pm
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
 Kirtan / satsang /silent meditation 

Attendance at all classes is compulsory.

The Vedic Yoga Centre’s Ayurvedic Massage & Therapy Course includes:

  1. All tuition.
  2. Daily hatha yoga/kriya and meditation class.
  3. Evening kirtan and satsang.
  4. Certificate of Achievement from the Vedic Yoga Centre once you have successfully completed the Course.  Since there is no official international Ayurvedic association, the Certificate offered is provided only at the discretion of the Ayurvedic teachers from the Vedic Yoga Centre. These teachers hold Diplomas from certified Ayurvedic hospitals and have gained extensive work experience under the guidance of senior hospital staff.
  5. Certification requirements include:                                                                                                                                                                     a. completion of any two weeks out of the five, and                                                                                                                                 b. evidence of proficiency.                                                                                        
  6. Accommodation in modern rooms at the Vedic Yoga Centre, each with an attached bathroom.  You will have a separate room or shared room, either standard or deluxe, according to your request or availability of rooms.  
  7. Three Ayurvedic meals per day.
  8. Use of the Centre’s Wi-Fi.
  9. The opportunity to transform your life and become a part of a Vedic yoga community comprised of students from around the world.
  10. Individual consultation and guidance from teachers to help you customise your therapy and its application, find inspiration, and make lifestyle choices which heal and empower you at every level.

The prices do not include airfare, transfers to and from the Centre, tips, any excursions during the course, or personal items.

This course is available all year round. 
Please contact us at to confirm suitable dates for your stay in India.


A non-refundable deposit of US$300 is required to book this Course.

Standard Room:    US$3,000 per person
Deluxe Room:         US$3,300 per person


Standard Room:    US$650 per person
Deluxe Room:         US$850 per person

All deposits are non-refundable but can be used at a later date or for another program.  For more information about refunds and cancellations, please follow this link:

Arrival for the Course

All students must be present on the evening before their Course starts.


Email a copy of your flight details, passport and visa to:  Then complete the Application Form by following the Apply Now link, which includes payment of your deposit.

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