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MARCH 2024 - FEBRUARY 2025


Open Space Yoga is VERY excited to announce Mary Bastien will be teaching Dr. David Frawley’s American Institute of vedic Studies ‘ Ayurvedic 500 hours Course. A joint certification from Open Space Yoga and Dr. David Frawley's American Institute of Vedic Studies. This comprehensive program outlines the main aspects of Ayurvedic theory, diagnosis and practice via the study of Ayurvedic anatomy and psychology, Ayurvedic herbs, diet and life-style, Ayurvedic purification and rejuvenation and the advanced practices of Ayurveda yoga asana, pranamaya, mantra and meditation. If you are looking to become a certified Ayurvedic Life-Style Consultant, this is your chance to complete the course here in Hawaii.

We now offer Zoom live for this course.

All sessions will be recorded as well. 

Why Ayurveda?

Ayurveda is spreading rapidly in popularity worldwide. The main model of Ayurvedic practice is that of an “Ayurvedic Wellness consultant” or “Ayurvedic Life-style consultant.” Over the past twenty five years, American Institute of Vedic Studies have offered their course in the foundations of Ayurveda and Ayurvedic life-consultancy training to over five thousand people and in six different languages worldwide, including as the basis of longer Ayurvedic training programs in several countries.

Ayurvedic Life-Style Consultant

This comprehensive course outlines Ayurvedic anatomy and physiology, constitution for body and mind, diagnosis, nutrition, herbs, aromas, yoga, Ayurvedic psychology, spiritual methods and much more. It follows the approach of Dr. David Frawley’s important book, Ayurvedic Healing, lauded by noted author Dr. Deepak Chopra as a “modern classic of Ayurveda.” Dr. Frawley is one of the most honored teachers of Ayurveda and Vedic studies worldwide over the last thirty years. The course has been used as textbook material by longer Ayurvedic training programs taught over the past twenty-five years. It grants you certification with us as an “Ayurvedic Life-Style Consultant.” More than five thousand students worldwide have taken this program.

Mary Bastien(Shubha Sarasvati) will be teaching this course under David Frawley, David Frawley is not teaching the course but all course material is written and directed by Vamadevji (David Frawley)

Ayurvedic Healing Course 

Gain a solid understanding of the principles of Ayurveda including Doshas, Gunas, Ayurvedic Cosmology, and detailed Ayurvedic Anatomy & Physiology.

~ Become qualified to give an individualized Constitutional Analysis and facilitate an effective Ayurvedic Consultation.

~ Understand the Constitutional factors behind any client disease condition.

~ Learn patient Diagnosis and Examination via pulse, tongue and observation.

~ Advise clients on Ayurvedic Treatment Methods;  diet and herbs,life-style recommendations.

~ Study Advanced Treatment Methods ; aromatherapy , Mantras, Yoga Psychology & Ayurvedic Counseling, Pranayama, Meditation and Yoga Asana.


$3500 (payment plan offered) 

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The course is based on Vedacharya David Frawley’s classical books:

• Ayurvedic Healing: A Comprehensive Guide

• The Yoga of HerbsYoga and Ayurveda: Self-Healing and Self-Realization

• Ayurveda, Nature’s Medicine

• Ayurveda and the Mind: The Healing of Consciousness


The 500 hour course includes 200 hours of personal instruction and mentoring facilitated by Vamadevaji’s student

Mary (Shubha) Bastien along with 300 hours of home study.

Live Zoom Meets Tuesday10 -1pm, Wednesday 9-12pm 


Course Includes:

Four special course booklets written by David Frawley, over 650 pages.

Instructional Zoom Classes: – 200 Hours 

Prana Meditations and Personal Sadhana Support

Fee does NOT include:

• Ayurvedic Healing: A Comprehensive Guide – Vedacharya David Frawley

• Yoga of Herbs – Vedacharya David Frawley with Dr. Vasant Lad

• Yoga and Ayurveda: Self-Healing and Self-Realization – Vedacharya David Frawley

• Ayurveda and the Mind: The Healing of Consciousness – Vedacharya David Frawley

• Ayurveda, Nature’s Medicine – Vedacharya David Frawley with Dr. Subhash Ranade

• Yogini: Unfolding the Goddess Within – Yogini Shambhavi

• Yogini Bhava Shakti Mantras CD – by Yogini Shambhavi



MARCH 2024-FEB 2025


March 2024 5,6,12,19,20,26 

April 3,9,16, 23, 24,30

May 1, 7, 14,15,21,28

June 4,5,11,12,18,19

July 16,17,23,24,30,31

August 13,14,2,21,27,28

September 3,4,17,18,24,25

October 1,2,22,23,29,30

November 6,12,13,19,26,27

December 3,4,10,11,17,18

January 2025 7,8,14,15,28,29

February 4,5,11,12,25,26


American Institute of Vedic Studies - Ayurvedic Healing Course Syllabus



Introduction to the Course and how to use it. Historical, Spiritual Background, Vedic and Yogic Science Ayurvedic Cosmology, the Twenty Four Tattvas, Samkhya, the Five Elements

The Three Gunas, Karma, Goals of Life, Basic Principles of Ayurvedic Thought

Ayurvedic Anatomy and Physiology in Detail

The Biological Humors of Vata, Pitta and Kapha - elements, qualities, actions, sites, and aggravation The Twenty Attributes -

humors, elements, gunas.

The Five subtypes of Vata, Pitta and Kapha (subdoshas)

Prana, Tejas and Ojas - the Three Vital Essences

The Seven Tissues (Dhatus), actions, interrelationship, excess and deficiency states, sara condition The Seven Kalas

The Three Waste Materials and their conditions

Agni (digestive fire) and its four states

The Fourteen Channel Systems (srotamsi) of the Body, their functions and conditions Ayurvedic View of the Organs

and their relationship to the Doshas


Constitutional Analysis (Mind-body types) - examining all factors of bodily structure, metabolism, disease tendency and psychology

Mental Nature according to Three Gunas and Three Doshas

Disease and the Movement of Time, Climate and Environmental factors

The Six Stages of Disease in Ayurveda, classification and prognosis of disease

Examination of Disease

Aggravated states of the Doshas, Sama and Nirama conditions

Humors and Tissues in the Disease Process, the movement of the Doshas through the Dhatus Diagnosis and

Patient Examination: Differential Diagnosis of Disease Syndromes

Methods of pulse, tongue, abdomen, questioning and observation

Yoga and Ayurvedic Psychology, Spiritual Principles of Ayurveda

The Functions of the Mind and our Greater Consciousness

The System of Raja Yoga, Ashtanga, the Eight Limbs of Yoga

Examination of the Subtle Body, Chakras, and Nadis

Yoga Asanas and Ayurveda



The Science of the Six Tastes

Treatment through the Five Elements

Dietary Therapy, principles, outline of Ayurvedic Diet

Oils, Condiments and Spices

Ayurvedic Herbalism

Herbs for Digestion and Elimination

Ayurvedic Therapeutic Measures: Palliation (Shamana) and Purification (Shodhana) Pancha Karma,

Tonification and Rejuvenation (Rasayana)

Ayurvedic Treatment of Disease



Subtle Healing Modalities of Ayurveda Aroma Therapy and list of aromatic oils Color Therapy

Gem Therapy

Mantras and their therapeutic application

Yoga Psychology and Ayurvedic Counseling: healing the mind and emotional nature

Patterns of Doshic Accumulation: through the skin, breath, digestion, sensation, emotion and thought

Detailed Herbal Treatment through the Tissues and Channel Systems

Detailed Herbal Treatment through the Subdoshas

The Science of Prana and Pranic Healing, Treatment of Prana, Nasya, Pranayama

Integral Treatment of Prana, Tejas and Ojas

Meditation and Ayurveda, prescribing meditation by Constitution

Summary of Integral Healing System of Ayurveda

Testing and Student-Mentor Interaction

The course material contains 45 lessons. At the end of each lesson there are study questions and practical exercises in order to guide the student in his or her study of Ayurveda. Completed study questions will be reviewed and graded by course mentor. 

The course material has four detailed final exams at the end of each of the four course booklets. Student must forward their completed exams to Mary for grading. Certification is awarded upon successful completion of all 4 exams along with participation in the Zoom 200 contacts hours.


Course Author:The course is authored by Dr. David Frawley (Pandit Vamadeva Shastri), uses his books on Ayurveda, and represents his approach, adapting Ayurveda to the modern world without losing its traditional foundation. Vamadeva’s books on Ayurveda and Vedic knowledge are among the most extensive available today. Vamadeva teaches Ayurveda along with modern dietary considerations and the use of both Western and traditional Ayurvedic herbs. He integrates Ayurveda with the practice of Yoga and meditation and the spiritual approach of the Vedas. He is regarded as one of the senior “Ayurvedacharyas” or master teachers of Ayurveda in the world today. He has a D.Litt in Yoga and Vedic Studies from S-VYASA and a special Padma Bhushan award from the government of India.



Vamadeva  has worked and taught with leading Ayurvedic doctors and experts including Deepak Chopra, Vasant Lad, Sunil Joshi, Suhas Kshirsagar, Subhash Ranade, Avinash Lele, David Simon, John Douillard, and Jose Rugue. He has been specially honored for his contribution to Ayurveda by the National Ayurvedic Medical Association of the United States (NAMA) and the Association of Ayurveda Practitioners of North America (AAPNA) and is a Master Educator for the Chopra Center University. His work is highly regarded in India and his books are widely translated in European languages. He is an advisor for Kerala Ayurveda, the California College of Ayurveda, NAMA and AAPNA. He also works with Sivananda for Yoga and Ayurveda trainings.


Mary Bastien (Shubha Sarasvati)  will be teaching this course under David Frawley, David Frawley is not teaching the course but all course material is written and directed by Vamadevji (David Frawley)

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