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Distance Learning Ayurveda

Distance Learning Ayurveda

Online Ayurveda Training in Australia


You can do Online Ayurveda Training  by distance learning in Australia. The Health Institute Australasia is a Government registered training organisation (RTO), located on the Gold Coast in Queensland. We offer Diploma of Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultation by Distance Education to domestic (Australian) students and international students who wish to obtain an Australian Government recognised qualification.

Diploma of Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultation  from the Health Institute Australasia is a 600-hour Government Accredited Course (Accredited Course Code HLT 52615, CRICOS code 0100555). This course is designed for health seekers and is the foundational study course for Ayurvedic practitioners.

You will be required to do some components of the course on campus such as Ayurvedic cooking, massage etc. However, the majority of your units can be completed via distance education with the facilities of on-line training, optional Skype tutorials, resource materials, homework and assignments.

This qualification covers the skills needed to be an Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant. An Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant provides advice and assistance on living according to ayurvedic principles. This qualification does not cover ayurvedic remedial or therapeutic care.

– Quote: ANTA (Australian National Training Authority)

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Benefits of Distance Learning

Our Ayurveda training courses are government accredited, so your qualifications will be recognized Australia-wide and beyond.
Your online course syllabus is identical to the course studied on campus.
  • Off campus
    Our distance education is via online tutorials and also by correspondence – via text books, CDs and video
  • Practical experience
    For domestic students, some minimal on-campus attendance is required. Your on-campus practical experience can be concentrated into one visit to our beautiful facilities, reducing your fares and time away from home. See below for details.
  • Skype (optional) 
    Tune in and be part of the classroom learning, group discussions, questions and answers.
  • Private 1-1 tuition
    You will receive private one-on-one tuition with the Health Institute Australasia’s Ayurvedic lecturer: 30 minutes once a month for 12 months. Please note, over and above this duration will incur private tuition fees @ $75 per hour.
  • Same fees and syllabus.
    The syllabus and fees are exactly the same as studies on campus
  • Keep your job. Start anytime
    With home study, you can save time, start any time you choose, and retain your current job and lifestyle
  • Self-paced
    With distance learning, you can learn at your own pace with no classroom competition, and have ample time for completion.
  • Time Effective
    With home study, you save time. You can start when you like, and study where and when you want, fitting your studies around your job and lifestyle, freeing up the time you would normally spend in travelling to and from classes.

Starting Date and Duration of Course

Course duration:
The duration of your Diploma of Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultation by correspondence is a a maximum of 18 months for the Diploma course, and another 18 months maximum for the Advanced Diploma; the actual duration depends on how quickly you wish to complete your qualification.

In this distance-learning course, there is no fixed starting date, no requirement for class attendance, you can study at your own pace and you have the flexibility to extend your completion after the 1st year for an additional 2 years.

Full tutorial support is offered through the length of your study. You can start straight away if you choose.

Our location

Our campus is located on the beautiful Gold Coast of Australia, with proximity to shops, beaches, libraries and other facilities.

Course Details

Qualification Diploma of Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant
CRICOS Course Code 0100555
VET National Code HLT 52615
Delivery mode By correspondence.
Duration Correspondence: Between 52 weeks to 78 weeks
Hours 600
Dates Distance Education students can start at any time.
Awarded by Health Institute Australasia
Pre-requisites None
Fee Click here for forms, fees and policies
Entry requirements None.

Our Diploma of Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultation course is designed to equip you with a firm understanding of Ayurvedic principles and their practical application in health care. On successful completion, you will be adept at Ayurvedic diagnosis, Ayurvedic relaxation massage, lifestyle and preventative health care guidance, Ayurvedic nutrition, and the use of potent herbs and oils.

This 600-hour course is designed for health seekers and is the foundational study for practitioners. Participants will be able to apply all principles in their daily life and practitioners can incorporate the content into their practice easily.

At the completion of the course, you will receive a Diploma as an Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant. This qualification is from the Australian Government accredited Health Training Package. The Health Institute Australasia has been running the course for over 15 years.

Subjects include:-

  • Understanding the true nature of your mind and body
  • Proceedings of the cosmos, wisdom of the ages
  • Discovering your Ayurvedic body type
  • Defining the Ayurvedic body
  • Ayurvedic Psychology
  • Symptomatology and Disease
  • Ayurvedic Nutrition & Eating Right without Dieting
  • Ayurvedic Herbology and Materia Medica
  • Virilification, Rejuvenation and longevity (rasvaj)
  • Creating health through balance (SVRIT)
  • Practical Tools for Health, Personal Development and Stress Management
  • Revitalisation through Ayurvedic massage

… and includes actual experiential practices.



Ayurvedic Course Units

There are 18 units of competency for the Diploma of Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultation. 13 are core to this qualification, of which 5 are specialist Ayurvedic studies, and there are 5 electives we deliver, as outlined below.

HLTAYV001 Develop Ayurvedic practice  Online
HLTAYV002 Make Ayurvedic lifestyle assessments  Online
HLTAYV003 Provide Ayurvedic bodywork therapies  Online
HLTAYV004 Provide Ayurvedic lifestyle advice  Online
HLTAYV005 Provide advice on Ayurvedic nutrition  Online
HLTINF004 Manage the prevention and control of infection Online
CHCCOM006 Establish and manage client relationships Online
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people Online
CHCLEG003 Manage legal and ethical compliance Online
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice Online
HLTAAP002 Confirm physical health status Online
HLTWHS004 Manage work health and safety Online
HLTAID011 Provide first aid
BSBSMB404 Undertake small business planning Online
CHCAGE001 Facilitate the empowerment of older people Online
CHCCCS001 Address the needs of people with chronic disease Online
CHCDIS007 Facilitate the empowerment of people with disability Online
CHCMHS001 Work with people with mental health issues Online


(Foundations of Ayurvedic medicine, fundamentals and history, AVAT, AYPHIL)
Overview and introduction to the unchanging nature of Ayurvedic science, with an experiential understanding of its utility as a healing science.

  • The science (veda) of life (ayur)
  • Origins and history (ithias) of Ayurveda and the philosophies of India
  • Evolution of Ayurveda (avataran)
  • Philosophy of Ayurveda
  • Sanskrit and illustrate its calligraphy (practicum)

(Basic principles of Ayurveda AYUPRIN)
Ayurveda recognises that whatever is present in the universe, is also being presented in the human body:
a. Central principles
– Creation theory: History and background concerning the origin of life and consciousness
– Macrocosm and microcosm
– Five great elements, panchamahabhootas
– Three qualities, gunas
– Three biological principles, doshas
b. Classical principles and practices
c. Relationship of Ayurveda to holistic health, mental health; life mission and success.


(Constitutional analysis AYUPRKTI)
Students are introduced to the concept of the three doshas and how Ayurveda conceives the body-mind in health and disease.
a. Nature (prakruti)
b. Ayurvedic Body types


Sharira: Snatomy and physiology (SHAR)

  • Healthy Body – Western A&P TBA
  • Ayurvedic Anatomy & Physiology I
    – Knowledge that how the tridosha (vata, pitta, kapha) work in our body
    – the assessments of body types;
    – understanding the physiology related to the sub-doshas.
    – how to correlate qualities, functions and places of dosha in our body.
  • Ayurvedic Anatomy & Physiology 2
    – The sub-doshas of Vata, Pitta and Kapha that function within our body.
    – Detailed understanding of prakruti and vikruti (essential and present condition).
    – Assessment of doshic imbalances.
    – Determination of subsequent methods to rectify imbalances.
    – Clinical understanding of seven tissues (dhatus).
    – Metabolic function of dhatus and their affect on well-being.
  • Ayurvedic Physiology 3
    – Working knowledge of channels (srotas) and their role in health and disease.
    – The role of agni in clinical physiology and pathology.
    – Knowledge of what is ama and how it takes form in our body
    – Factors responsible for causing physical and mental ama.

Ayurvedic and Yogic approaches in working with the mind.
Co-requisites: Yoga and Meditation


Students are more deeply grounded in how Ayurveda conceives the body-mind in health and disease and taken through the process of:

  • Understanding the fundamentals and nature of health and disease
  • Ayurvedic Clinical Diagnosis
  • Ayurvedic Clinical Pathology
  • Pulse Diagnosis

Aahar: Ayur Nutrition & Clinical Nutrition (AHR)

  • Ayurvedic and Western views on Nutrition. AHR-1
    Introduction to nutrition. Understanding ayurvedic and western food fundamentals and eating for health.
  • Diet and Constitution AHR-2
    – Eating for Health.
    – The energetics of different types of food and recipes which then can selected after taking into account an individual’s diet and constitution.
  • Ayurvedic Kitchen Herbs. AHR-3
    – The use of medicinal fruits, vegetables and the study of 22 commonly available Ayurvedic kitchen herbs
    – Their application in a clinical setting to bring about balance to the mind-body.
  • Ayurvedic Cooking for Nutrition
    Practicum. AHR-4
    The knowledge and skills to prepare Ayurvedic sattvic meals, recipes for different seasons and the significance of Ayurvedic cooking in Ayurvedic psychology, yoga and meditation sciences.
  • Food and Mood AHR-5
    – Food and subtle energy.
    – Diet, mind and yoga.
  • Ayurvedic Cinical Nutrition.
    Food as medicine.
    Treatment of various diseases and disorders using food articles as medicine. AHR-6

Herbs are nature’s healing gift to human kind and have been used for their maintenance and curative purposes throughout history by almost all the cultures of our world.
– Ayurvedic Materia Medica I: Introduction to Ayurvedic medicine.
– Ayurvedic Materia Medica II: Anupana, & Herb preparation and usage in different conditions.
– Ayurvedic Materia Medica III: Detailed study of tailam (medicated oil) and ghritam
(medicated ghee) and their preparation and selection for different conditions.
– Ayurvedic Herbology & Pharmacy

  • Health, Longevity and the Disease process
  • Ayurvedic rejuvenation therapies (rasayana) RASVAJ-1
  • Virilification and Aphrodisiacs (vajikaran)  RASVAJ-2
  • Introduction to the five physiological detoxification & purification processes, the 5 actions (Panchakarma therapy)
  • Ayurvedic Psychology and Spirituality 1 – non-physical aspects of ayus (life) that play a critical role in physical and mental health and enhance our consciousness.
  • Ayurvedic Psychology & Spirituality II – Three gunas, antahkarana (mind, ego, intellect and consciousness) and life supporting diet, aahara, lifestyle, vihara and conduct, achara.
  • Ayurvedic Psychology & Spirituality III – The psychological development of the Ayurvedic lifestyle consultant. This period will include un-supervised clinical work wherein students will be required to continue with the therapies that they learnt in their practicum and complete a number of case studies for each therapy at their own location.

Practical Tools for Health, Personal Development and Stress Management

  • Concept of exercise in Ayurveda.
  • Stress management
  • Fundamentals of Sanskrit – calligraphy (practicum)
  • Purification and cleansing therapies
  • Knowledge and skills to assess cases
  • Principles and fundamental techniques of massage. AYMAS1
  • Ayurvedic massage principles. ABH1
  • Relaxation Massage practicum AYMAS1

Campus Attendance Requirements

2 non-residential days for Ayurvedic massage

  • 27, 28 March 2021  OR
  • 11, 12 September 2021


2 non-residential days for shirodhara and kati basti

  • 1, 2 May 2021  OR
  • 16,17 October 2021

2 non-residential days for training and practicum in Consults

Dates to be provided based upon completion of work.

8-day/7-night residential detox retreat at Nirvana Wellness Retreat:

  • 2-11 July 2021 OR
  • 17-26 September 2021 OR
  • 27 December 2021 – 3 January 2022 OR
  • 3–10 January 2022

Homework and assessment


Modules include a list of questions to be submitted by email upon completion of the particular subject.  Upon The Health Institute Australasia receiving your homework our qualified assessors will mark your papers and submit a student report on a competency-based assessment.

You will have Final exams in both the theoretical and practicum components.

You need to keep a tally of your hours in your student contact diary for submission at the end of the course.

What you get

Your Diploma of Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant Package Includes:

Inclusive in the fees for this course are the following:


All course materials for Modules 1-10, common units, Ayurvedic cooking and Ayurvedic massage modules are included.


You need to keep a tally of your hours in your student contact diary for submission at the end of the course.


You will receive clinical practice and training in massage, cooking, ayurvedic analysis/consultancy during your week-long attendance at our Shanti Yoga studio on the Gold Coast.


You will receive private one-on-one tuition with the Health Institute Australasia’s Ayurvedic lecturer: 30 minutes once a month for 12 months.  Please note, over and above this duration will incur private tuition fees @ $75 per hour.

+ CD’S:
  1. 1 week of attendance at our Shanti Yoga Gold Coast studio for clinical practice and training in massage, cooking, ayurvedic analysis/consultancy.
  2. + 8-day/7 night residential detox retreat BONUS (twin-share accommodation, all meals, medicines, lectures and program) in July, September, December or January at our Nirvana Wellness Retreat Sanctuary, Beechmont, Queensland, at no extra fee. Please note this is not part of your tuition fees, and attendance is optional. Nevertheless, there will be Ayurvedic lectures, cooking classes and so on, which can contribute to your contact diary attendance hours.

Ayurveda is a science that has its roots in ancient Indian culture. It’s simple and extremely practical significance can be adapted to our culture and time. It is the ‘mother of all healing systems’ as it embraces all modalities.

We have re-created the most idyllic Ayurvedic retreat, Nirvana Wellness Retreat on 70 acres, where you can attend tutorials, practicum and immersion programs.

Optional Extras


Students have an annual opportunity to enjoy a cultural experience in India, visit Ayurvedic centres and pharmacies, tour a spice and herb farm and visit Ayurvedic hospitals, yoga retreats, places of pilgrimage and interest.

For tour prices and dates, please enquire at the Health Institute Australasia office or contact us online.


Graduates from The Health Institute are eligible for membership and encouraged to join professional associations relevant to their modality and location. Annual membership to AAPA is encouraged and necessary for insurance purposes. Australasian Ayurvedic Practitioners Association has various levels of membership:

  1. Ayurvedic Practitioner $85
  2. Ayurvedic Clinical Consultant $55
  3. Ayurvedic Trainee $25
  4. Associate/Friend $25

Contact AAPA’s secretary: Hilary Sullivan
Email: aapa@onthenet.com.au
Website: ayurvedaaustralia.com


Senior First Aid is compulsory for graduates who wish to join a professional association such as AAPA for insurance purposes. For HIA students, Provide First Aid HLTAID003 is included in your course training, and covered by your fees. Please diarise the date to attend.


At the completion of the course, students receive a Diploma as an Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant. This qualification is from the Australian Government accredited Health Training Package.

This diploma qualifies you to empower your clients to achieve optimum health and well-being through Ayurveda. You will be a qualified Ayurvedic Clinical and Lifestyle Consultant, providing optimum wellness, nutritional advice and relaxation massage

As a worker with this qualification, you may be titled an:-

  • Ayurvedic lifestyle consultant
  • Ayurvedic assistant

This qualification is suited to Australian Apprenticeships pathways.

What is Ayurveda?

Ayurveda is the knowledge of life and health. It is Indian naturopathy which stems from the time of the Vedas. It is the oldest and most comprehensive system of medicine invented for humankind. The term Ayurveda means the ‘science of life’.

… Read more about ‘What is Ayurveda’


Our accredited Ayurveda courses are fully compliant with the Australian Skills Quality Authority. This means that you can be assured of our commitment to the highest quality education available, and that your qualifications are recognised Australia-wide and beyond.


This accredited Ayurvedic course has been developed in consultation with a wide range of teachers and practitioners of Ayurveda, including representatives of the health care industry and training authorities.


Our CEO, Shanti Gowans, sits on the advisory board of the Community Services and Health Industry Skills Council as an industry expert in the field of Ayurveda. She is also the president of the AAPA (Australasian Ayurvedic Practitioners Association).


We provide high quality medicinal products for ayurvedic students to use personally or to recommend to clients.  These products are specifically prepared for the Health Institute Australasia.


We offer a Nutrition program like no other – no cans, packets or frozen foods, not even cans of coconut water. We believe fresh is best, whether it be fresh coconut water or herbs and spices, fresh vegetables, home-made sauces, breads and beverages – all made from scratch.


We have our very own Ayurvedic retreat centre only 40 minutes from the main campus which has an amazing 70 acre property for students to learn experientially, enjoy the Ayurvedic gardens, planting, picking & eating delicious organic fresh produce & much more.

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