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4th Annual Ayurvedic Workshop - Rishikesh, India 2019

Part of Khabir's certificate Ayurvedic Health Counselor (AHC) & Ayurvedic Practitioner (AP) Programs

7-day workshop:

150 hour Diagnosing Methods and Skills of Ayurveda Workshop

Nov. 15th - 21st


By Vaidya Khabir Southwick, supported by Dr. Vikram Chauhan (MD-Ayurveda) and Dr. Amit Raj.

Video introduction: 

 Held at Maa Yoga Ashram, Laxman Jhula, Rishikesh, India. 

Sponsored by Planet Ayurveda, India.


  * No prior training or knowledge of Ayurveda is required.

Khabir's certificate Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant (ALC) & Ayurvedic Practitioner (AP) Programs

The complete program comprises two 7-day workshops in Rishikesh, India, two 8 day advanced workshops in Kerala, extensive home study, case-study internship and the reading of five textbooks. These intensive workshops are presented for those who are interested in, studying or actively practicing [clinical] Ayurvedic health-care.  

"This teaching format is for those who want an authentic and substantive hands-on training in Ayurvedic health-care (kayachikitsa) to be applied in clinical practice.  Most courses on Ayurveda are more focused on theory than clinical application, or too academic and detailed, requiring understanding of Sanskrit terminology.   The goal of these workshops is to help [western] students and practitioners of Ayurveda to better grasp the functional and clinical applications of Ayurveda.  The classes are straightforward and clear without much Sanskrit terminology."  Khabir 

Certificate of Achievement 

Upon the successful completion of the workshop a CERTIFICATE OF ACHIEVEMENT for the course, Diagnosing Methods & Skills of Ayurveda,  will be provided by Planet Ayurveda and signed by Vaidya Khabir Southwick, Dr. Vikram Chauhan and Dr. Rakesh Argwal on behalf or Maa Yoga Ashram.  The instructors and sponsors are pleased to provide this formal certificate course of study in Ayurvedic Healthcare. This course endeavors to provide a comprehensive and authentic, professional education for the health practitioner seeking to incorporate Ayurvedic medical principles into their existing practice, and those looking to enter the field of traditional Ayurvedic healthcare.  A personalized certificate will be presented on the closing day for graduates.*

Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant (ALC) 

Upon the successful completion of the 3rd course, with the approval of the instructor(s), students will receive a personalized certificate as a qualified Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant (ALC) for 500 hours of study. This certificate along with a recommendation letter from one of the instructors will qualify the student to apply for membership as an Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant (ALC) with the Association of Ayurvedic Professionals of North America (AAPNA).

Diagnostic Methods and Skills of Ayurveda

- Nov. 15th to the 21st, 2019

Requirements: Before taking this workshop the student should have a thorough understanding of the fundamentals of Ayurveda, including knowledge the tri-doshic system, sub-doshas, gunas (qualities), dhatus (tissues), srotomsi (systems), agni (digestive fire & power of transformation), ojas (immunity, vitality and inner strength) and ama (toxins and undigested food/waste)--as well as other essential aspects of anatomy and functionality of the body as per Ayurveda.  It is highly recommended to take the first course before attending this course unless strong prior knowledge of the Ayurvedic fundamentals exists. 

* Textbook and prior reading required:  Pathology & Diagnosis in Ayurveda by Vaidya Atreya Smith (Amazon)

Overview: This course covers the three modes of diagnosis as per Ayurveda: Observation of the skin, eyes, shape & tongue (Darshana) ; touching the skin and organs and reading the pulse ( Sparshana) ; & questioning skills of the patient (Prashana). 

Course objective:

  • The objective of this course is give the student the practical knowledge and hands-on experience in a wide range of diagnostic skills and methods since accurate diagnosis skills are required to effectively to treat any disease, even within ourselves. 

Course Outline:

Part 1: Diagnosis Methods

  • Questioning skills – Asking about health history, symptoms, diet and digestion (Prashana) Followed by role play practice with other students 
  • Observation skills - Reading the face, nails, eyes, skin and body (Darshana
  • Touching skills - Reading the pulse, skin and organs (Sparshana

Part 2: Diagnosing Dosha, Dhatus (tissues), & Malas (wastes)

  • Diagnosing doshic imbalances: Vata, Pitta, Kapha (Dosha Vriddhi)
  • Understanding the 6 stages of disease (Kriyakala)
  • Diagnosing digestion (Agni)  
  • Diagnosing toxins (Ama) by observing the tongue Followed by role play practice with other students.
  • Analysis of the 3, bodily wastes (Malas)
  • Diagnosing by observation of the skin, nails, face Followed by role play practice with other students. 
  • Analysis of 10 body systems (Srotamsi)
  • Diagnosing by the surface and deep pulse (Nadi Pariksha)  Followed by role play practice with other students. 
  • Understanding the rhythms of the doshas

Part 3: Review and apply knowledge of Ayurvedic diagnosis

  • Each participant will diagnose other students': 
    • Prakruti (original mind-body constitution) and Vikruti (current state of imbalance) and sub-dosha imbalances
    • Agni and Ama
    • Each Dhatu (tissue) and the respective Srotamsi (channels)
    • State of Prana, Tejas and Ojas
    • State of mind based on the gunas: Satwa, Rajas, Tamas.

* Daily pre-reading material is provided the day before each course from the required text book.  Sanskrit words that are important in clinical Ayurveda will be thoroughly explained. 

Teachings are based on classical teachings and not westernized but simplified without much use of sanskrit except for essential words.

Daily Schedule times 


Certificate presentation at end of course 

"Another wonderful Ayurveda workshop at Khabir's! Everyone would benefit from this well organized workshop . . . .  Thank you Khabir for sharing your amazing knowledge."  Ilse Oliver, Ventura, CA 


US$650 for the 7-day workshop

Terms and conditions

Includes dinner, accommodation for 6 nights and a certificate of accomplishment for 150 hours of study (100 hours of guided self-study prior to the course, and 50 hours of intensive study in India).  Price includes a private "cottage" with an attached bathroom (room cleaning & laundry services available), 1 evening dinner on the first day and conclusory breakfast on the last day. The course also includes herbal shopping tours, herbal teas for 7 days, lectures by guest speakers, access to Panchakarma treatments at reduced rates, close-by shopping and musical entertainment some nights.  

* Bring extra money for food, an optional yoga class in the morning, Panchakarma treatments, private consultations with respected India Ayurveda doctors, herbal products, Indian clothes, and gifts. 

*Transportation can be arranged from New Delhi, Chandigarh or Dehradun, India airports by taxi (6 hours, 5 hours or 1.5 hours respectively).


Mail your check ($150 for the deposit or $550 for the complete course at this time) to 226 W. Ojai Ave. 101-177, Ojai, CA 93023 payable to Natural Healing Consultants of Ojai and note which course you're paying for.  Alternatively, we can send an online-printable invoice upon request. 

To pay by credit card or Paypal:

Pay $150 deposit by credit card - Balance is due before September 1st.

Pay $550 - SAVE $100 for the first 5 people to register and pay in full. 

Travel details

Terms and conditions

Presenter and Organizer 

Khabir Southwick, Ayurvedic Practitioner, is an international Ayurvedic health-care practitioner, master herbalist and public educator of natural health-care.  For over 25 years, Khabir has helped thousands of people to naturally overcome a wide range of health conditions with Ayurvedic dietary changes, India and western herbal medicine and traditional home remedies.   When in Ojai, Khabir maintains his health-care practice with local, national and international clients.  He has provided hundreds of classes and workshops in Southern California and internationally in France, Morocco, the UAE and India.  He also travels regularly to India for personal study, these Ayurveda courses and detoxification (panchakarma) retreats which he leads.


Khabir Southwick is a Registered Professional Ayurvedic Continuing Education (PACE) Provider by the Association of Ayurvedic Professionals of North America (AAPNA) who is authorized to issue certificates of completion for each workshop and provide certificates as an Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant (ALC) Ayurvedic Practitioner (AP) enabling the student to register with AAPNA and other Ayurvedic Associations, and obtain continuing education credits from such organization accepting AAPNA PACE provider courses.



Vegetarian dinner will be provided in Maa Yoga Ashram a beautiful private ashram close to the Ganges river in Laxman Jhula area, Rishikesh India.

* Dinner and teas are included in the cost of the workshop. 


Dr. Vikram Chauhan BAMS, MD (AYURVEDA) a well-known Ayurvedic doctor with a large and busy clinic in Chandigarh, India; owner of Planet Ayurveda - worldwide distributor of high-quality Ayurvedic products. Dr. Vikram is a highly experienced Ayurvedic doctor who had great success in treating many advanced health conditions with his herbal products.  He and Khabir designed the course together, and his expertise in clinical Ayurvedic practice adds to the value of the certificate.

Testimonial regarding the program by Dr. Vikram, 
India, 2017

"He is an eager learner and he is also a very good teacher.   Not only learner but [he is a] good teacher.  I have seen him teaching in Rishikesh and all the students have very good words for him.  I have seen the teachings myself.  Whatever topics he is teaching, I think they should be taught in all the Ayurveda institutes.  They should be covered by all the Ayurveda institutes, not only in America but also in India.   He is teaching in a very precise way and a very elaborate way at the same time.  That is very much practical knowledge that he is giving to his students.  I wish him very good luck for his future courses."   Dr. Vikram Chauhan, Founder – Planet Ayurveda Products, Planet Ayurveda Clinic, and Krishna Herbal Company, Chandigarh, India. Nov. 2017

Additional written and video testimonials from past participants

Video Testimonials from 2018


Video Testimonials from 2017


More Testimonials

"Khabir is a Master of the herbs!  Even though I was already an Ayurvedic counselor, I have taken three courses in India with Khabir in addition to my studies, to learn from Khabir what I could not have learned from any other course or book studies.  . . . the hands-on practice, his vast knowledge on the subject of Ayurveda and his "life long" experience with the herbs and remedies is what he has to offer to his students and clients alike. This cannot be found in the books.  Khabir is very well respected in the Ayurveda community in India as well and the doctors there treat him like one of them. Khabir is a true Master of the Herbs and he cares.  It is his passion, his life, and his profession. Ayurveda is his Dharma." Ilse Oliver, Ventura, April 2018

"I have learned a great deal about Ayurveda in India form Khabir. I learned from several great Indian doctors one-on-one. Classes started early at breakfast with questioning and reviews then regular topics with tea we continued until lunch break and time to shop. We meet at the ashram for dinner and more teaching that sometimes late into the evening. We also went several times to Herb shops to learn which herbs were the best for each constitution to restore balance. There is a nice graduation ceremony at the Ashram at the completion of each course.  Khabir's assistant Jade was a big help.  In my opinion, this is the best, fastest, and least expensive way of becoming an Ayurvedic Practitioner while having the experience of Indian Culture. I highly recommend it! Sangjay D. Yoga Teacher - Ventura CA, April 2019

"I ventured to India to join up with Khabir and other students and learn about the philosophy of Ayurveda [course #1] as well as an array of diagnostic methods [course #2] and basic principles to help me begin my journey towards healing others. Through Khabir's great guidance and deep wisdom, I gained a much deeper insight into the workings of Ayurveda, and am confident in my progression and knowledge.  If you're looking to be healed or to learn to heal others, look no further than Khabir Southwick :)"  Sean Moran, Ventura, CA, April 2019

"Khabir is an excellent teacher who has helped me to gain a high level of knowledge regarding Ayurveda.  I attended all three of his courses in India.  In all the time I've spent with him, I've found his knowledge to be practical, and highly valuable. He's chosen to focus his teachings on that which is relevant to clinical practice of Ayurvedic herbalism. Under his guidance, I've learned a great deal about Ayurvedic fundamentals and theory, which I've been able to apply to my understanding of the human body and of the world. From his diagnostic courses, I've learned to read the pulse, tongue and body to ascertain the state of toxins, and the state of the doshas. This has been highly valuable to my own self-care, and to my ability to care for those around me. From his teachings and guidance on herbalism, I've learned thoroughly about many herbs and traditional formulas of Ayurveda. This is highly impressive, as there is no way I could have learned this much without a teacher.  Thank you Khabir, for all the effort and energy you put into sharing the wisdom teachings of Ayurveda; for myself and your other devoted students, it is a true gift to have you as our teacher."  Jade Crawford, Ojai, CA April 2019 


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