How It Came About
In 2001, the Kavikulaguru Kalidas Sanskrit University in Maharashtra, India, approached Dr. Sunil Joshi, world renowned Ayurvedic Physician and Panchakarma Specialist, to launch the first accredited Ayurvedic Practitioner Training Program for foreign students in India. Dr. Joshi was chosen to establish this program not only because of his 25+ years of clinical experience in Nagpur, India, but because of his in–depth knowledge of applied Ayurveda in conjunction with his experience in the West. Since 1989, Dr. Joshi has traveled throughout North America and Europe providing Ayurvedic counseling to over 10,000 Westerners. This experience has given Dr. Joshi an exceptional understanding of Western culture, lifestyle and environmental considerations. As a science, Ayurveda is universal in scope, and comprehensive in nature; dealing not only with the health of the body, but with the well being of the senses, mind, and spirit. And, though there are foundation courses in Ayurvedic theory offered in the US and in Europe, the University felt that Dr. Joshi's experience made him uniquely qualified to design, organize, and present this ADVANCED course in practical Ayurveda for the West.
Ayurveda in the West
During his travels in the US, Dr. Joshi became aware of a vacuum that needed to be filled. He realized that for the science of Ayurveda to flourish in the West, and indeed throughout the world, there would need to be properly trained Ayurvedic Practitioners widely available. These fulltime, front line Ayurvedic Practitioners would spread the ancient wisdom, and provide counsel in the day to day application of Ayurvedic principles. They could also nourish their home communities by helping their clients develop their own Ayurvedic wellness plans to maintain an ideal state of health.
Dr. Joshi has launched this training program for foreign students so that more Ayurvedic Practitioners will be available throughout the world. This program is NOT designed to train Ayurvedic Physicians (that training requires a minimum of 5 years of study in a fully accredited Ayurvedic College), but will provide students of Ayurveda with the opportunity to receive a diploma as an Ayurvedic Practitioner.
The Vinayak Ayurveda and Panchakarma Research Foundation
The Vinayak Ayurveda and Panchakarma Research Foundation’s primary focus is to promote the true knowledge of Ayurveda as an applied science through the Practitioner Training Program. The Practitioner Training Program will combine Ayurvedic theory with the knowledge of the proper, and practical, use of the various Ayurvedic techniques and herbal preparations. The Practitioner Training program will culminate with written and practical exams under the direction of Dr. Joshi. The successful completion of the program will result in the presentation of a Certificate of Advanced Clinical Study in Ayurveda.
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