The training offered at Hamsa Ayurveda was created by Hamsa Ayurveda’s founder, Monica Yearwood, after numerous requests to offer certifications in ayurveda. Monica’s focus on the therapeutic, spiritual, mental and emotional benefits of Ayurvedic healing led her to develop ‘Hamsa Healer’ as its own modality. Hamsa Ayurveda is now the only school anywhere that offers not only a full repertoire of Ayurvedic healing, but an in-depth understanding of the energetic effects of each technique along with emotional release practices, aromatherapy, meditation, massage therapy, cleansing, rejuvenation, herbal medicine and sound healing. Hamsa Ayurveda is intent on assisting students to realize their own intuition and healership; a path that travels beyond the scope of technique and textbook that is offered by most educational bodies.
We offer professional certification in coursework approved by the NCBTMB (coming soon) for continuing education in massage. Upon completion of 8 weekend intensives you will receive certification as a ‘Hamsa Healer Ayurvedic Therapist,’ and be able to confidently perform ayurvedic massage and treatments. Our Ayurvedic Practitioner Certification Course will be launching fall of 2017.
Ayurvedic Apprenticeship Program
2-4 Positions Accepted Yearly
Ayurvedic apprentices have been specifically chosen to support Monica’s intention to develop ayurvedic programs and training for the immediate community and beyond. In addition, apprentices receive access to Hamsa Ayurveda’s full line of training and certification programs at no cost. Apprentices are chosen for their skills, interests, personality, and potential. If you are selected for an apprenticeship program with Monica, you will be provided with the unique opportunity to receive training in ayurveda (herbaology, anatomy, massage, assessment) in private monthly training programs with Monica, as well as access to all courses and certification programs offered at Hamsa Ayurveda. We look for specific qualities in our apprentices, and we take the positions offered very seriously. Apprentices must be self-driven, responsible and motivated. Apprenticeship programs are 1-year in length, but may be renewed at the conclusion of the year. Click here for details and to apply and be considered for an interview.
ABOUT AYURVEDIC MASSAGE & BODY WORK TRAINING AT HAMSA AYURVEDA
Hamsa Ayurveda’s classes are structured as weekend intensive workshops. Our workshops are like a private retreat were students practice meditation, engage in self-exploration practices and share organic/vegan lunch provided by our team. We are not looking to certify technicians, rather, we guide our students to realize themselves as healers. Our program intensives emphasize personal development and application so that students can observe the teachings directly through their own experience.
Students can begin professionally offering what they learn each weekend, however, students must take all of the courses in offered to earn a certificate as a “Hamsa Healer Body Therapist” from Hamsa Ayurveda.
- Each intensive has a component in theory, application, and herbal requirements.
- We currently offer one level of certification in ayurvedic massage and body therapies called ‘Hamsa Healer Body Therapist’ and it is recognized by the NCBTMB (coming soon).
THE WEEKEND INTENSIVES
AYURVEDIC ANATOMY & MASSAGE
Traditional Ayurvedic Massage and Anatomy
An in-depth certification training that covers the essentials of Ayurvedic Anatomy and Massage for practitioners. Upon successful completion, you will receive a 20-hour certificate (NCBTMB approved for continuing education).
This transformational weekend intensive is a steppingstone into the rest of ayurvedic body work and treatments. There are no prerequisites for this course. Students are accepted without any prior bodywork training. It is strongly advised to take this course if you plan on studying any of the body therapy treatment intensives offered in our program. This intensive is a deep dive into ayurvedic anatomy and massage where you will also learn lifestyle skills for yourself and future students and clients. Learn more and register here.
THE SEVEN GATES
Shirodhara, Netra Tarpana, Nasya & Home Therapies
In this weekend intensive you will learn ayurvedic treatments for the neck up. This includes home therapies such as herbal eyewash, and breathing practices that you can do yourself or teach to your clients. Ancient purification therapies such as netra tarpana (eye purification) and nasya (sinus cleansing) work to open and clear the pathways in the body and mind. You will learn both of these over the weekend intensive. In addition, you will learn a powerful therapy for the nervous system called shirodhara where warm medicinal oils are poured over the third eye. Learn more and register here.
TASTE & ESSENCE
A Weekend Intensive for Udvartana & The Lymphatic System
In this weekend intensive you will learn udvartana — a treatment for the lymphatic system that helps to regulate blood circulation and flush excess fat from the body. You will also learn about the function of the lymphatic system, which is according to ayurveda, one of the first and most important areas of the body to address to restore balance. Learn more and register here.
A Weekend Intensive for Sound Healing
All over the world we find traditions of sacred sound transmitted through instruments, gestures, specific words or phrases that can induce different states of consciousness and healing. Such traditions occur in religion, mysticism, yoga, shamanism, and almost every known spiritual path. In this weekend intensive you will experience and explore the profound intricacies of sound, and how you can use it to produce healing for yourself and others. Coming soon.
A Weekend Intensive for Pinda Swedana
In this weekend intensive you will learn pinda swedana— a rejuvenation treatment for the nervous system and muscles. Pinda means bolus or ball. It refers to the herbs that are wrapped in soft linens that are heated and applied to the body using specific strokes. Swedana means to sweat. It refers to the heating nature of the therapy, and its direct ability to expel toxins from the tissues. Coming soon.
A Weekend Intensive for Essential Oils
The term “essential oil” is a contraction of the original “quintessential oil.” This stems from the Aristotelian idea that matter is composed of four elements, namely, fire, air, earth, and water. The fifth element, or quintessence, was then considered to be spirit or life force. Distillation and evaporation were thought to be processes of removing the spirit from the plant and this is also reflected in our language since the term “spirits” is used to describe distilled alcoholic beverages such as brandy, whiskey, and eau de vie. The last of these again shows reference to the concept of removing the life force from the plant. Nowadays, of course, we know that, far from being spirit, essential oils are physical in nature and composed of complex mixtures of chemicals that have a profound influence on physiology and mental state. In this weekend intensive, you will learn about essential oils and their use in ayurvedic medicine. Coming soon.
A Weekend Intensive for Natural Skincare & Beautification Rituals
Ayurveda teaches that external beauty is a natural byproduct of internal health. And, it offers beautifying rituals that align the self with nature. In this weekend intensive you will learn how to identify the health and wellbeing of the skin from an ayurvedic perspective. You will learn which foods and dietary practices can identify common problems (eczema, rosacea, hormonal imbalance, acne, chronic dryness and premature aging). You will learn 3-ayurvedic facial protocols and how to use ayurvedic beautifying aids such as the kansa wand and ubtan. This Coming soon.
SUPPORT AND HEART
A Weekend Intensive for Low Back and the Heart
The low back corresponds to the kidneys, the hips and our emotional experience of being supported in this life. Chronic back issues often have strong psychosomatic influences that are addressed through treating excess vata dosha. The treatments that nurture, nourish, warm and provide security can help release deep tissue tension and chronic spasm. The heart is the seat of consciousness in ayurveda. It is the origin of ojas in the body. Ojas is our immunity, sustenance and sap which gets depleted when we are under chronic stress or post-trauma. In this weekend intensive you will learn protocols to help the low back and the heart. Basti is a damn made of dough that is built around the low back or the heart and filled with medicated oils to nourish the area. Ginger hip wrap helps to relive the hips and abdomen. Bala root and shatavari help to restore vitality and endurance. Coming soon.