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Providing the Highest Quality Ayurvedic Education in the West

We’re excited you’re exploring studies in Ayurveda!

Ayurveda is growing throughout the world as societies look for holistic, natural ways to stay healthy and manage chronic diseases. The California College of Ayurveda began in 1995, and it was the first college to offer professional training programs in Ayurvedic medicine outside of India.

The California College of Ayurveda (CCA) offers the most comprehensive curriculum in the field of Ayurvedic Medicine in the United States. As the first and longest-running state-approved Ayurvedic Education Program in California, CCA is the premier destination for individuals seeking to make a difference in the world through a career in restoring the natural balance of body, mind and spirit with the wisdom of Ayurveda.

In addition to providing students with training in the fundamental principles and practices of Ayurveda, our students study disease management and receive the clinical training necessary to become successful in practice. In order to achieve these goals, our online training Mentorship program is offered via  Live Online and Distance Learning in the convenience of your own home. When you are ready to make Ayurveda your life’s work, CCA can help you turn your Ayurvedic passion into a successful profession.


 

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Our Programs

We Offer Classroom, Live Online & Distance Learning

In addition to providing students with online training in the fundamental principles and practices of Ayurveda, our students study disease management and receive the clinical training necessary to become successful in practice.

Quality Ayurvedic Education is the Foundation of Preparation

At the California College of Ayurveda, you will receive the most extensive training available in the United States.

Our Main Curriculum is Divided into Three Streams:

Ayurvedic Health Counselor

A Solid Foundation in Ayurvedic Theory & Preventative Medicine

An Ayurvedic Health Counselor (AHC) is a specialist in preventative and lifestyle medicine. This important program is the foundation of the practice of ayurvedic medicine and provides you with the tools necessary to support patients in preventing disease and transforming their life toward harmony and health. This program also provides a solid foundation from which to explore the deeper, clinical applications of Ayurveda.
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Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist


Continue Your Studies Learning Clinical Theory and Skills

Becoming a Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist (CAS) is the next step in Ayurvedic practice. This extensive program includes the study of the classical ayurvedic understanding of disease within each system of the body as well as an overview of the Western understanding. At this level, you will gain extensive knowledge of panchakarma and herbal medicine, including herbal formula design, and how to treat existing mild, moderate, or serious diseases.
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Medical Ayurvedic Specialist

Ayurvedic Doctor doing pulse diagnosis

The Highest Level of Clinical Training Available

The Medical Ayurvedic Specialist (MAS) has been approved by the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education. During this extraordinary program, you will be attending classes as well as seeing patients. You will come away with a deep knowledge of Ayurveda and have the ability to integrate aspects of Western medicine into your practice, allowing you to act as a bridge between the two in order to gain a deep understanding of each patient’s condition.More Info »

Distance Learning Program

The College’s Distance Learning Program is a revolutionary program that integrates home schooling, classroom education, and a relationship with a Master Teacher who guides the students’ education. Distance Learning is available up to the beginning of internship, and then continues in the form of field-internship and live online classes. At that time, the student joins with interns from the classroom program.

While the Ayurvedic Health Counselor program can be completed entirely online, higher level education (Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist and Medical Ayurvedic Specialist) training is hybrid and includes an in-person intensive study at the Nevada City campus where students gain hands-on experience in diagnostics and observe consultations. The College can assist students in making local housing arrangements. The fees and credits for each level of the training program are the same as in the classroom programs.

The College’s Distance Learning Program is the preferred format for our international students and those who desire the greatest flexibility in their learning schedule.  The standards for competency in our distance learning program are the same as in our classroom programs.

Workshops & Intensives

In addition to our main curriculum, we offer a variety of seminars & workshops.

 

Ayurvedic Massage & Bliss Therapy

Ayurvedic Massage & Bliss TherapyThis is hands on training taught in a 5 day intensive format. You will learn Abhyanga (ayurvedic massage), Shirodhara (oil treatment), and Svedana (herbal steam treatment). More info »

Yoga Nidra Teacher Training

yoga nidrateacher trainingLearn to teach Yoga Nidra and help others reach new states of conscious awareness with acute perception of both their physical and subtle bodies. More Info »

Ayurvedic Herbal Apprenticeship Program

Ayurvedic Herbal Apprenticeship-This program, offered only at our Nevada City campus, teaches students how to take an herb from seed to medicine. More info »

Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy

Ayurvedic Yoga TherapyStudents will learn the classical approach to Yoga Therapy and how the eight limbs of yoga can be utilized in the healing process. There is an emphasis on asana, pranayama, mudras and bandhas. Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy can be adapted to any tradition or style of yoga practice. 

Panchakarma Specialist

PanchakarmaThis is hands on training taught in a 5 day intensive format. You will learn Abhyanga (ayurvedic massage), Shirodhara (oil treatment), and Svedana (herbal steam treatment). More info » 

Advanced Ayurvedic Body Therapies

BastiThese workshops provide a variety of training in techniques that include marma therapy, facials, and dough dams. More info »

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Testimonials

“My experience with the CCA has provided me with a solid foundation upon which my Ayurvedic career flourishes, and it has also catalyzed deep healing and growth on a personal level. I appreciate that the teachers at the CCA are inspiring, and the entire staff committed the success of their students.” ~ B. I.

 

“I have enjoyed my time at CCA so much. I feel I have transformed some of my old habits by learning about their roots, I have connected with a group of like minded and spirited people, and I am loving everything I’m learning! Ayurvedic theory is so simple, but when applied to the myriad imbalances people have, as they manifest differently in everyone, it becomes very complicated. And it all works, if we apply the principles! I am so grateful for my time here, not to mention the fantastic staff who contribute to the smooth running of the school.” ~ S.M.

“The internship was the most important part for me. It was the part that tied theory to practice.” ~ T.W.

“The California College of Ayurveda has shown me a path to healing myself and the world at large. I am excited and forever grateful for all that I have learned and all the places this knowledge will take me.” ~ S.H.

Each of the teachers had knowledge and experience and offered us a unique perspective in the classroom. Their ability to translate the world into the terms of Ayurveda was amazing and has helped me internalize the concepts.” ~ M.G.