Living Wisdom: The Foundations of Ayurveda

  • Living Wisdom - The Foundations of Ayurveda

    Living Wisdom: The Foundations of Ayurveda online course

Explore the Amazing World of Ayurveda

Living Wisdom: The Foundations of Ayurveda Course invites you to explore the amazing world of Ayurveda and to be inspired by the philosophy, principles and practical applications of its timeless wisdom. The online format means you can study from anywhere in the world at your own pace. Optional practical workshops with Anne are also available during your period of study.

As Ayurveda’s sister science yoga continues to flourish, the popularity of Ayurveda as a practical and effective complement to our modern healthcare system is fast increasing. An ever-expanding volume of scientific research continues to verify Ayurveda’s extraordinary wisdom and knowledge.

Health, Healing and Longevity

With its emphasis on preventative health, healing and promotion of longevity, Ayurveda is more than a system of medicine; it is a way of life that aims to enhance well-being through the union of physical, emotional and spiritual health.

We have called this course Living Wisdom because although very philosophical, Ayurveda is essentially practical and only really comes alive when you start to live by its wisdom and advice, and experience for yourself its power to transform. It truly is living wisdom.

  • Take your study of Ayurveda to the next level with the Living Wisdom course for £395

Lesson Overview

Lesson 1: The History and Philosophy of Ayurveda

Ayurveda is believed to be the oldest surviving complete system of knowledge in the world. This first lesson will introduce an overiew of the history of Ayurveda as well as the core philosophies and practices of Ayurveda.

Lesson 2: The Role of Meditation

As we begin this transformative study of Ayurveda, we have the opportunity to integrate meditation practice into our daily life. Meditation can be enormously helpful… it can gradually give us the awareness, focus and calm needed to study and absorb all the new material, and also help us open and balance our minds so that we can realise the full potential of the amazing path of Ayurveda.

Lesson 3: The Five Elements

The five elements of ether, air, fire, water and earth (pancha mahabhuta) represent the different qualities or densities of energy. These elements are not seen or measured by Western science, and they are not to be interpreted literally but rather as metaphors which help us to understand the universe.

Lesson 4: The Three Doshas

There are three primary bio-energetic organising principles derived from the five elements, known as doshas. Sometimes they are referred to as humours. They are known as vata, pitta and kapha, and they are present in everybody and everything and determine our constitution.

Lesson 5: Prakruti & Vikruti

According to Ayurveda, the key to health lies in the knowledge and understanding of our basic constitution, (prakruti) and how to keep it in balance through diet and lifestyle. With the knowledge and understanding of how and why we become ill, we can live a way of life that enhances our chances of health and fulfilment.

Lesson 6: Agni – The Vital Role of the Digestive Fire

Essential to our study of Ayurveda is an understanding of the vital role of agni. We will introduce the fundamental concept of agni here and expand upon it throughout the course.

Lesson 7: The Subdoshas

As you begin to go more deeply into the study of the doshas, you will learn that each dosha has five subdoshas. These subdoshas reside in a different place in the body, and are responsible for different vital functions.

Lesson 8: The Seven Tissues and the Srotas

Ayurveda classifies the body’s physical structure into seven tissue layers or dhatus. Dhatu means ‘that which holds or supports’. The dhatus are generally listed from the least to the most complex in structure, and each one is made out of the one that precedes it.

Lesson 9: Ayurveda, the Heart and the Mind

The aim of Ayurveda, as we have studied, is not limited solely to attaining a healthy and vital body; it is a deeply spiritual path to help us experience the awareness of who we truly are.

Lesson 10: Taste and the Healing Power of Food

Food is a great, life-giving medicine; what we eat, when we eat, in what state of mind we eat, all profoundly impact our health and quality of life. Our diet plays a vital role in a healthy lifestyle, and what we eat, digest, as well as absorb is a vital part of maintaining health, preventing disease, and treating imbalances and health problems when they arise.

Lesson 11: Understanding the Constituents of Herbs, Their Actions and Qualities

Herbs from all over the globe can impart their wisdom or intelligence to us, and help balance pranic disturbances that create imbalances and health problems in mind and body; in this way they reconnect or align us with Consciousness, and this is the ultimate aim of Ayurveda.

Lesson 12: A Directory of Ayurvedic Herbs

Get to know the tools of your trade with monographs of 40 amazing Ayurvedic herbs. Each herb is described according to its Ayurvedic classifications, as well as its constituents, actions and indications.

Lesson 13: Health and Harmony Through the Seasons

As we deepen our understanding of Ayurveda, we can begin to see that health is not merely freedom from disease, but more a state of ease and harmony in mind, body and spirit that gives us the ability to fulfil our dreams and responsibilities, our roles and potential in life known as our dharma, and ultimately to experience the happiness and bliss of liberation (moksha).

Lesson 14: Living the Sattvic Way

Living the sattvic way is about consciously learning to enjoy this beautiful, dynamic and fleeting life, and come closer to our true nature as spiritual beings.

Lesson 15: Digestion, Detoxification and the Treatment of Agni

Ayurveda’s teachings on agni can help us to monitor our own digestive fire so that we can regulate and balance it if necessary, and enhance it during periods of detoxification.

Lesson 16: The Causes and Six Stages of Disease and The Importance of Detoxification

Unique to Ayurveda is the understanding that all diseases pass through the same six stages of disease. At each of the first five levels, the disease process can be halted in its tracks if the right changes in diet and lifestyle are made and herbs are taken to balance the doshas.

Lesson 17: Detoxification for Health and Healing

Just as we regularly take showers, wash our hair, brush our teeth and tend to the outside of our bodies, the internal systems of our body, most importantly our digestive system, benefit from regular cleansing and care.

Lesson 18: The Art of Ayurvedic Assessment

For those who are seeking a healthy lifestyle and to deepen their knowledge of holistic methods of self-care, Ayurveda’s art of assessment is a valuable guide.

Lesson 19: Balancing the Doshas

The unique balance of our doshas give us an invaluable map of our tendencies, vulnerabilities and strengths, helping us to chart our path to health and happiness.

Lesson 20: Balancing Heart and Mind

Understanding how to balance the doshas through diet and lifestyle and using herbs is a wonderful aid to finding harmony in the mind and heart.

Lesson 21: Ojas, Rejuventation and Longevity

The longer we live in a state of optimal health the more opportunity there will be for living in harmony with the natural world and attaining the ultimate aim of Ayurveda – moksha.


The Foundations of Ayurveda Course has been created for those interested in exploring in greater depth the healing wisdom of Ayurveda and learning its practical tools – precious gifts for guiding us to living a healthy and balanced life. Our intent is to share the inspiration, philosophy, concepts, principles and practical applications of this extraordinary path of health.

In Living Wisdom, the essential knowledge of Ayurveda is presented as a structured course for experiential study and also as a reference guide for living a healthy lifestyle, now and throughout the rest of life. No prior knowledge of Ayurveda is required.

The course is suitable for many different groups of people; it offers in-depth study for lay people who want to learn Ayurveda to establish a healthy lifestyle for themselves and their families; it offers a sound foundation for yoga practitioners and teachers, and an opportunity for health professionals including herbalists and nutritionists to integrate its principles of health and longevity into their practice.

Online Learning Course

With over 700 pages of knowledge, beautiful images and audio meditations, the course guides you through the foundations of Ayurveda with a unique emphasis on the incredible world of healing plants, the transformational practice of meditation and living a conscious and balanced life.

The course is clear and easy to follow, laid out in 21 lessons, followed by simple exercises, quizzes, activities and reflections. This design nurtures many learning styles and encourages students to integrate the teachings into their daily lives. There is the option to attend workshops at Anne’s Cotswold home each year (see courses page).

Benefits of the Foundations of Ayurveda Course

  • 700 pages you can download as your reference guide for life
  • Learn to live a healthy and balanced life for yourself and your family
  • Learn in an online format from anywhere in the world on your laptop or device at your own pace
  • Discover tools to develop your spiritual practice
  • Integrate Ayurveda into your yoga practice and teaching
  • Integrate Ayurvedic principles into your current healthcare practice
  • Learn more about Ayurvedic foods and herbs
  • Learn with the support of an online community
  • Explore whether Ayurveda has potential as a future career for you!

Study Requirements

  • Work through all the lessons on the website (approximately 700 pages). This will be approximately 200 hours of study in total
  • Complete all the lesson quizzes and experiential exercises within 18 months

On Completion of Living Wisdom: The Foundations of Ayurveda Course

Once you have read all the material, and completed the experiential exercises and quizzes at the end of each lesson, you will have finished the course. You will be awarded a certificate of completion.

Congratulations! You have had an opportunity to learn and integrate the knowledge of Ayurveda, while enhancing your health and well-being. You have deepened your understanding of your place in the cosmos and opened yourself more fully to the possibility of moksha!

NB This course is not intended to stand alone as a course of study that qualifies you to offer professional services.

And finally...

We hope that the information you’ve found here has answered all your questions and you are ready to enrol now. Just click here and you’ll be taken to the registration page and you can start your course straight away.

Do you still have questions? Have a look at our FAQs page it may give you the information you need.

Would you like to see a free sample of the Living Wisdom course? No problem, follow this link and you can sign up to view one lesson – in full – from the course!

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The Authors

The Foundations of Ayurveda Course was conceived by Anne McIntyre, renowned Ayurvedic practitioner, medical herbalist and author, and created from a collaboration between Anne McIntyre and Gina Mastroluca, Ayurvedic educator and Polarity therapist.

Ayurveda has been life-affirming and life-changing for both of them. They have been deeply inspired to apply this healing wisdom to their own lives and those of their patients over the last few decades. The profound view of Ayurveda inspires them to see themselves in a larger context that includes all living beings, the plants, elements and the entire cosmos, and gives them the framework and tools to transform and sustain their own health and that of their patients and students.

What next...?

  1. Further online study with Western Herbs from an Ayurvedic Perspective course
  2. Practical learning with Ayurvedic Apprenticeship opportunities with Anne in the Cotswolds

Western Herbs from an Ayurvedic Perspective