Diploma of Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultation

Ayurvedian is an Australian Government approved delivery site for Health Institute Australasia (HIA). The HIA is formed in 1972 and working tirelessly since then in the field of Ayurveda education in Australia. The Diploma of Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultation (Accredited Course Code HLT 52615, CRICOS code 0100555) from the Health Institute Australasia is a 600-hour Government Accredited, CRICOS Approved Course. This course is designed for health seekers and is the foundational study course for Ayurvedic practitioners.

On successful completion of this course, you will have skills in Ayurvedic diagnosis and be adept in Ayurvedic relaxation massage, lifestyle and preventative health care guidance, Ayurvedic nutrition, and the use of potent herbs and oils.

Start Dates



  • To be confirmed
Our location
The campuses are located on the following two locations

(A) Beautiful Gold Coast of Australia, with proximity to shops, beaches, libraries and other facilities.

(B) Vibrant and world’s most liveable city Melbourne, in one of its most happening corridors.

Course Details
Qualification Diploma of Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant
CRICOS Course Code 0100555
VET National Code HLT 52615
Delivery mode On-campus full-time or by correspondence
(correspondence option is available for both domestic students and international students).
Duration 52 weeks
Hours 600
Dates See tab for “Start Dates, Timetable & Fees” above
Awarded by Health Institute Australasia
Pre-requisites None
Fee Click here for forms, fees and policies
Entry requirements IELTS score 5.5 is required for international students

Our Diploma of Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultation course is designed to equip you with a firm understanding of Ayurvedic principles and their practical application in health care. On successful completion, you will be adept at Ayurvedic diagnosis, Ayurvedic relaxation massage, lifestyle and preventative health care guidance, Ayurvedic nutrition, and the use of potent herbs and oils.

This 600 hour course is designed for health seekers and is the foundational study for practitioners. Participants will be able to apply all principles in their daily life and practitioners can incorporate the content into their practice easily.

At the completion of the course, you will receive a Diploma as an Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant. This qualification is from the Australian Government accredited Health Training Package and is CRICOS approved. The Health Institute Australasia has been running the course for over 12 years.

Subjects include:-

Understanding the true nature of your mind and body
Proceedings of the cosmos, wisdom of the ages
Discovering your Ayurvedic body type
Defining the Ayurvedic body
Ayurvedic Psychology
Symptomatology and Disease
Ayurvedic Nutrition & Eating Right without Dieting
Ayurvedic Herbology and Materia Medica
Virilification, Rejuvenation and longevity (rasvaj)
Creating health through balance (SVRIT)
Practical Tools for Health, Personal Development and Stress Management
Revitalisation through Ayurvedic massage

… and includes actual experiential practices.

Study by Correspondence
The Diploma of Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultation is available via distance for both domestic students and international students who wish to gain an Australian qualification.

If you elect to study by correspondence, and you are a domestic student, you will be required to do some components of the course on campus such as Ayurvedic cooking, massage etc. However, the majority of your units can be completed via distance education with the facilities of online training, Skype tutorials, resource materials, homework and assignments.

The flexibility of correspondence allows you to start at any time. Correspondence can take advantage of our private 1-1 Skype tutorials with our lecturers (optional); these can be arranged at a mutually suitable time, 30 minutes once a month for a duration of 10 months. The duration of correspondence study is a minimum of 1 year and maximum of 1.5 years; this depends on how quickly you wish to complete your qualification.

Read more on our Distance Learning Ayurveda (by Correspondence) page.


What is included in this foundational course?
Ayurvedic Course Units

Study Units Delivery
HLTAYV001 Develop Ayurvedic practice
HLTAYV002 Make Ayurvedic lifestyle assessments
HLTAYV003 Provide Ayurvedic bodywork therapies
HLTAYV004 Provide Ayurvedic lifestyle advice
HLTAYV005 Provide advice on Ayurvedic nutrition
HLTINF004 Manage the prevention and control of infection Online
CHCCOM006 Establish and manage client relationships Online
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people Online
CHCLEG003 Manage legal and ethical compliance Online
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice Online
HLTAAP002 Confirm physical health status Online
HLTWHS004 Manage work health and safety Online
HLTAID003 Provide first aid. This unit to be completed externally. Not included in course fees. External
BSBSMB404 Undertake small business planning Online
CHCAGE001 Facilitate the empowerment of older people Online
CHCCCS001 Address the needs of people with chronic disease Online
CHCDIS007 Facilitate the empowerment of people with disability Online
CHCMHS001 Work with people with mental health issues Online

Understanding the true nature of your mind and body

(Foundations of Ayurvedic medicine, fundamentals and history, AVAT, AYPHIL)
Overview and introduction to the unchanging nature of Ayurvedic science, with an experiential understanding of its utility as a healing science.

The science (veda) of life (ayur)
Origins and history (ithias) of Ayurveda and the philosophies of India
Evolution of Ayurveda (avataran)
Philosophy of Ayurveda
Sanskrit and illustrate its calligraphy (practicum)

Proceedings of the cosmos, wisdom of the ages

(Basic principles of Ayurveda AYUPRIN)
Ayurveda recognises that whatever is present in the universe, is also being presented in the human body:
a. Central principles
– Creation theory: History and background concerning the origin of life and consciousness
– Macrocosm and microcosm
– Five great elements, panchamahabhootas
– Three qualities, gunas
– Three biological principles, doshas
b. Classical principles and practices
c. Relationship of Ayurveda to holistic health, mental health; life mission and success.
Discovering your Ayurvedic body type

(Constitutional analysis AYUPRKTI)
Students are introduced to the concept of the three doshas and how Ayurveda conceives the body-mind in health and disease.
a. Nature (prakruti)
b. Ayurvedic Body types
Defining the Ayurvedic body

Sharira: Snatomy and physiology (SHAR)

Healthy Body – Western A&P TBA
Ayurvedic Anatomy & Physiology I
– Knowledge that how the tridosha (vata, pitta, kapha) work in our body
– the assessments of body types;
– understanding the physiology related to the sub-doshas.
– how to correlate qualities, functions and places of dosha in our body.
Ayurvedic Anatomy & Physiology 2
– The sub-doshas of Vata, Pitta and Kapha that function within our body.
– Detailed understanding of prakruti and vikruti (essential and present condition).
– Assessment of doshic imbalances.
– Determination of subsequent methods to rectify imbalances.
– Clinical understanding of seven tissues (dhatus).
– Metabolic function of dhatus and their affect on well-being.
Ayurvedic Physiology 3
– Working knowledge of channels (srotas) and their role in health and disease.
– The role of agni in clinical physiology and pathology.
– Knowledge of what is ama and how it takes form in our body
– Factors responsible for causing physical and mental ama.

Ayurvedic Psychology

Ayurvedic and Yogic approaches in working with the mind.
Co-requisites: Yoga and Meditation
Symptomatology and Disease

Students are more deeply grounded in how Ayurveda conceives the body-mind in health and disease and taken through the process of:

Understanding the fundamentals and nature of health and disease
Ayurvedic Clinical Diagnosis
Ayurvedic Clinical Pathology
Pulse Diagnosis

Ayurvedic Nutrition & Eating Right without Dieting

Aahar: Ayur Nutrition & Clinical Nutrition (AHR)

Ayurvedic and Western views on Nutrition. AHR-1
Introduction to nutrition. Understanding ayurvedic and western food fundamentals and eating for health.
Diet and Constitution AHR-2
– Eating for Health.
– The energetics of different types of food and recipes which then can selected after taking into account an individual’s diet and constitution.
Ayurvedic Kitchen Herbs. AHR-3
– The use of medicinal fruits, vegetables and the study of 22 commonly available Ayurvedic kitchen herbs
– Their application in a clinical setting to bring about balance to the mind-body.
Ayurvedic Cooking for Nutrition
Practicum. AHR-4
The knowledge and skills to prepare Ayurvedic sattvic meals, recipes for different seasons and the significance of Ayurvedic cooking in Ayurvedic psychology, yoga and meditation sciences.
Food and Mood AHR-5
– Food and subtle energy.
– Diet, mind and yoga.
Ayurvedic Cinical Nutrition.
Food as medicine.
Treatment of various diseases and disorders using food articles as medicine. AHR-6

Ayurvedic Herbology and Materia Medica

Herbs are nature’s healing gift to human kind and have been used for their maintenance and curative purposes throughout history by almost all the cultures of our world.
– Ayurvedic Materia Medica I: Introduction to Ayurvedic medicine.
– Ayurvedic Materia Medica II: Anupana, & Herb preparation and usage in different conditions.
– Ayurvedic Materia Medica III: Detailed study of tailam (medicated oil) and ghritam
(medicated ghee) and their preparation and selection for different conditions.
– Ayurvedic Herbology & Pharmacy
Virilification, Rejuvenation and longevity (rasvaj)

Health, Longevity and the Disease process
Ayurvedic rejuvenation therapies (rasayana) RASVAJ-1
Virilification and Aphrodisiacs (vajikaran) RASVAJ-2
Introduction to the five physiological detoxification & purification processes, the 5 actions (Panchakarma therapy)

Creating health through balance (SVRIT)

Ayurvedic Psychology and Spirituality 1 – non-physical aspects of ayus (life) that play a critical role in physical and mental health and enhance our consciousness.
Ayurvedic Psychology & Spirituality II – Three gunas, antahkarana (mind, ego, intellect and consciousness) and life supporting diet, aahara, lifestyle, vihara and conduct, achara.
Ayurvedic Psychology & Spirituality III – The psychological development of the Ayurvedic lifestyle consultant. This period will include un-supervised clinical work wherein students will be required to continue with the therapies that they learnt in their practicum and complete a number of case studies for each therapy at their own location.

Improving your life using the wisdom of the ages

Practical Tools for Health, Personal Development and Stress Management

Concept of exercise in Ayurveda.
Stress management
Fundamentals of Sanskrit – calligraphy (practicum)
Purification and cleansing therapies
Knowledge and skills to assess cases

Revitalisation through Ayurvedic massage

Principles and fundamental techniques of massage. AYMAS1
Ayurvedic massage principles. ABH1
Relaxation Massage practicum AYMAS1

What you get
Your Diploma of Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant Package Includes:

Inclusive in the fees for this course are the following:

All course materials

All course materials for Modules 1-10, common units, Ayurvedic cooking and Ayurvedic massage modules are included.

  • Course Manuals
  • Contact journal
  • Classes: class attendance for your period of study
    at the Health Institute Australasia as per the timetable + Tutorials
  • Weekly face to face
  • Tutorials.
  • Books
  • CD’s


Your course includes:-

8-day/7 night residential detox retreat (twin-share accommodation, all meals, medicines, lectures and program) in July or January at Nirvana Wellness retreat, Beechmont, Queensland.

Ayurveda is a science that has its roots in ancient Indian culture. It’s simple and extremely practical significance can be adapted to our culture and time. It is the ‘mother of all healing systems’ as it embraces all modalities. We have re-created the most idyllic Ayurvedic retreat, Nirvana Wellness Retreat on 70 acres, where you can attend tutorials, practicum and immersion programs.

Optional Extras
Ayurvedic study tour to India with Shanti Gowans

Ayurvedic study tour to India Students have an annual opportunity to enjoy a cultural experience in India, visit Ayurvedic centres and pharmacies, tour a spice and herb farm and visit Ayurvedic hospitals, yoga retreats, places of pilgrimage and interest.

For tour prices and dates, please enquire at the Health Institute Australasia office or contact us online.

Professional Association Memberships

Graduates from The Health Institute are eligible for membership and encouraged to join professional associations relevant to their modality and location. Annual membership to AAPA is encouraged and necessary for insurance purposes. Australasian Ayurvedic Practitioners Association has various levels of membership:Australasian Ayurvedic Practitioners Association

  1. Ayurvedic Practitioner $85
  2. Ayurvedic Clinical Consultant $55
  3. Ayurvedic Trainee $25
  4. Associate/Friend $25

Contact AAPA’s secretary: Hilary Sullivan
Email: aapa@onthenet.com.au
Website: ayurvedaaustralia.com

Senior First Aid

Senior First Aid is compulsory for graduates who wish to join a professional association such as AAPA for insurance purposes. Students are required to pay for their own first aid course.

At the completion of the course, students receive a Diploma as an Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant. This qualification is from the Australian Government accredited Health Training Package and is CRICOS approved.

This diploma qualifies you to empower your clients to achieve optimum health and well-being through Ayurveda. You will be a qualified Ayurvedic Clinical and Lifestyle Consultant, providing optimum wellness, nutritional advice and relaxation massage

As a worker with this qualification, you may be titled an:-

  • Ayurvedic lifestyle consultant
  • Ayurvedic assistant

This qualification is suited to Australian Apprenticeships pathways

What is Ayurveda?

Ayurveda is the knowledge of life and health. It is Indian naturopathy which stems from the time of the Vedas. It is the oldest and most comprehensive system of medicine invented for humankind. The term Ayurveda means the ‘science of life’.

Nationally and Internationally Recognized Qualifications

Our accredited Ayurveda courses are fully compliant with the Australian Skills Quality Authority. This means that you can be assured of our commitment to the highest quality education available, and that your qualifications are recognised Australia-wide and beyond.

International Students

This course is CRICOS approved so that international students can get a student visa for one year.

Excellent Quality

This accredited Ayurvedic course has been developed in consultation with a wide range of teachers and practitioners of Ayurveda, including representatives of the health care industry and training authorities.

Leading Authority

Our CEO, Shanti Gowans, sat on the advisory board of the Community Services and Health Industry Skills Council as an industry expert in the field of Ayurveda. She is also the president of the AAPA (Australasian Ayurvedic Practitioners Association).

High quality ayurvedic medicine

We provide high quality medicinal products for ayurvedic students to use personally or to recommend to clients. These products are specifically prepared for the Health Institute Australasia.

Nutrition program like no other

We offer a Nutrition program like no other – no cans, packets or frozen foods, not even cans of coconut water. We believe fresh is best, whether it be fresh coconut water or herbs and spices, fresh vegetables, home-made sauces, breads and beverages – all made from scratch.

Ayurvedic retreat

We have our very own Ayurvedic retreat centre only 40 minutes from the main campus which has an amazing 70 acre property for students to learn experientially, enjoy the Ayurvedic gardens, planting, picking & eating delicious organic fresh produce & much more.
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