S.A.M.A. is a school where ancient wisdom meets modern medicine and where massage, Ayurveda and yoga re-unite. We are nestled on the historic, lovely Newport, RI harbor side among the sailboats and sea gulls. Come as a disciple, leave as a guru! SAMA is National Ayurveda Medical Association (NAMA)-Reviewed school and approved to operate in the state of RI under the RI Board of Governors for Higher Education. Founded in 1999 as Sacred Stone School, our board of directors includes the leading Ayurvedic medical doctors and health authorities from around the world. Our mission is to help enliven the power of self-healing and unveil the mystical secrets of Ayurveda to the world. Ayurveda Health Counseling empowers clients and assists with motivation. It helps to identify their goals and unique constitutions, develop plans, strive for achievement, and continue on their path to self-improvement.
“The doctor of the future will give no medicine but will interest hers/his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease“ – Thomas A. Edison
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Ayur: Life Veda: Wisdom – Ayurveda offers a system of natural and spontaneous self-healing called Swabhâoparamvâda. The human body has the inherent and unique capacity to defend itself against diseases and heal itself. The role of medicine is to assist nature in this process. Ayurveda is the ancient, sister science to Yoga and the medical philosophy of healing from India. It is recognized by the World Health Organization as one of the three top medical systems in the world.
Tuition: $7,350 financed or $7,000 paid in full (save $717.50 in tuition and finance charges!) or 6 installments of $1,225 (plus a 5% finance fee) during this 21-month program (two of these months are summer break). Books and supplies cost approximately $200-$300 spread out.
Required Initial Deposit: $1,225 due before April 1st, 2014. Save $100 if you make a deposit of $1,125 before Jan. 1st, 2014.
- Total Hours of Education: 605
- Core Curriculum Hours: 400
- Peripheral Curriculum Hours: 155
- Clinical Internship Hours: 25 hours with a client (unsupervised) and 25 hours in supervised case management on campus.
Installment Agreement at SAMA:
- Auto-deduct credit card 6 times over the period of 21-months in the amount of $1,225 plus a 5% finance fee or send a Paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org when due.
- There is an extra charge of $20 each month if students wish to write personal checks.
- There is a late fee of $3/day.
- There is 5% finance charge.
- No tuition refunds.
- We expect students to commit to the full program within the first 30 days by signing a student tuition loan agreement.
- Students may opt transfer out of the program and into the next enrollment at a $108 transfer fee. The previous student tuition loan agreement will transfer with the students as well.
Become a Registered Yoga Teacher! As part of the Ayurvedic Level 1 curriculum, students will have the opportunity to meet many of the prerequisites to become a Yoga Teacher approved by the Yoga Alliance. More info & Register
(current!) Registered Ayurveda Health Counselor Topaz Level 1 Enrollment: Oct 4th, 2012- June 7th, 2014. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, & Sundays of the first week of each month. Summers off. 10-5pm. 605 hours in total for Level One. Scroll down to see the class calendar.
(upcoming!) Registered Ayurveda Health Counselor Amethyst Level 1 Enrollment: Starts April 21, 2014. Twenty-one months. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursday’s of the third week of each month. Summers off. 10-5pm. 605 hours in total for Level One. Visit the schedule here.
Level Two Enrollment: TBA
Visit the webpage where students will take exams and have access to the Ayurvedic SAMA library
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How much homework will there be? Students are required to read two chapters per month. Each chapter has an online exam that accompanies it. Each exam is about 25 multiple choice questions and is auto-corrected immediately. There will be some weeks where students may be required to do additional homestudy work that may take about 1-2 hours per week, and some weeks where there is no extra homestudy at all. During the final year, students are required to do 25 unsupervised Ayurvedic Health Consultations and 25 supervised Ayurvedic Health Consultations. SAMA will help supply students with appropriate clients. On-campus students will be required to do the 25 supervised Ayurvedic Health Consultations directly at SAMA. Webinar students will be required to spend 1 week in Newport to participate in the supervised internship. Clients will be encouraged to give gratuities to the students.
Prerequisites for entrance into the program.
“Health is equilibrium of the dhatus. Health is happiness, disease is
unhappiness.” Charaka Samhita Su 9/3
1. Program Level 1: (For both Topaz & Amethyst programs) Registered Ayurvedic Health Counselor 21-Month Program. 605 hours. The first extended weekend of each month: Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday or Mon, Tue, Wed and Thursday of approximately the 3rd week of each month. No classes offered in the summer. Classes run from 10am-5pm. See the schedule below. Curriculum is based on Dr. Vasant Lad’s First Text Book. *Electives are offered in the evenings from 7pm-9pm.
Step Three: Register by paying $350.00 which is immediately due upon acceptance.
Required Books: Dr. Vasant Lad’s Text Book on Ayurveda Principles 1 & 2 which we sell at SAMA’s bookstore, The Sanskrit Book by Barbara Cook which is not available to the public–only to SAMA students, Ayurvedic Medicine by Sebastian Pole that can be bought at amazon.
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Testimonial: “What a wonderful experience all students had during Karyn’s visit to our BlissBlissBliss Spa. From the fundamentals of Ayurveda to the full demonstration of Abyanga, Karna Purna, Nasya, and Shirodara Karyn led us on a beautiful, profound, insightful journey. Karyn was like a positive version of pandora’s box. Open the lid and information keeps flowing. We are still basking in the warmth of her personality, her integrity and honesty in her teachings and the love she shared in this beautiful craft. We can’t wait to have her come back next year.” Elizabeth Halliday-Reynolds Owner and LMT at BlissBlissBliss Morgantown, WV
- Sankhya Philosophy (Sankhya Darshana)
- 5 Elements (Panchamahabhuta Siddhanta)
- 3 Doshas (Tridosha Siddhanta)
- Ayurvedic Anatomy & Physiology (Sharira Rachana & Kriya Sharira)
- Prana, Tejas & Ojas
- 6 Tastes (Shadrasa)
- Daily Regimen (Dinacharya)
- Seasons (Ritucharya)
- Digestion & Diet (Agni Vyavahara & Ahara Vijnana)
- Herbology (Dravyaguna Vijnana)
- Pathology (Nidan & Vikriti Vijnana)
- Disease Management (Kaya Chikitsa)
- Diagnostics (Rogi Roga Pariksha)
- Assessment/Evaluation (Atur Parikshan / Parichay)
- Ayurvedic Psychology (Manovijnana & Manasaroga)
- Panchakarma Theory (Panchakarma Chikitsa)
- 5 Sense Therapies (diet, herbs, aromas, sound, touch, color)
- Western anatomy & physiology
- Vastu Shastra
- Yoga Therapy
The Schedule for the Current 2012-2014 Topaz Ayurveda Program is Below:
SAMA reserves the right to amend the calendar ~
Topaz Semester Three
Sept 5-6, 2013
Chapter 1 of Dr. Lad’s Textbook #2: ~ Nidana Panchakam ~ The Five Clinical Barometers
Chapter 2 ~ Samprapti ~ The Disease Process ~ Hydration Principles Related to Vata & Science of Creative Intelligence with Professor Richard Eidson & Karyn Chabot ~ Student teaching yoga at 10am on Sept 5th and at 4pm on Sept 6th. (no webinar available for yoga classes in Sept)
Sept 7, 2013
Pulse Diagnosis with Michael Dick (from the Ayurvedic Institute) Student teaching yoga at 9am.
Sept 8. 2013
Guru Kula (Internship with Michael Dick) Student teaching yoga at 9am.
Evenings: Developing Intuition Through the Pulse – 2 of 2 (Vasant Lad)
Oct 3-6, 2013
Chapter 3 ~ Vyadhi ~ Disease: levels, classifications, localized, structural, signs/symptoms, prognosis with Michael Dick. Student teaching yoga at 10am.
Chapter 5 ~ Ashtavidha Pariksha ~ Eight Methods of Clinical Examination with Michael Dick. Student teaching yoga at 10am.
Chapter 4 ~ Trividha Pariksha ~ Three Categories of Clinical Examination & Pulse & Tongue Review and Student Clinic with Karyn & Michael. Student teaching yoga at 10am.
Evenings: Yoga, Ayurveda & The Management of Auto-Immune Disease (series of 2 on DVD)
Oct 31-Nov 2, 2013
Chapter 6 ~ Rugna Patrakam ~ The Client Assessment Form with Amita Banerjee.
Chapter 7 ~ The Prakruti-Vikruti Paradigm ~ Constitutional Assessment with Amita Banerjee
Chapter 3 ~ Vyadhi ~ Disease with Amita Banerjee
Nov 3, 2013
Review with Karyn. Bring your questions! Student teaching yoga at 10am.
Evenings: Communicating the Value of Ayurveda – (Series of 2 on DVD)
Dec 5, 2013
Medical Jyotish review of homework assignments from Spring with Karyn Chabot. Student teaching yoga at 10am.
Dec 6-8, 2013
Chapter 8 ~ Agni and Koshtha Pariksha ~ Assessment of Metabolic Fire and the Digestive Tract with Amita Banerjee.
Chapter 9 ~ Ama ~ Metabolic Waste, The Root Cause of Disease with Amita Banerjee
Evenings: Panel Discussion on Mind, Stress & Psychology
Topaz Semester Four 2014
Review of Chapters 1-9 in Dr Lad’s Textbook II with Karyn Chabot. Student teaching yoga at 10am.
Chapter 10 ~ Dosha Vijnanam ~ Specialized Knowledge of Dosha Disorders with Amita Banerjee.
Chapter 11 ~ Dhatu and Mala Vijnanam ~ Specialized Knowledge of Disorder of the Tissues and Bodily Wastes with Amita Banerjee
Evenings: Yoga, Matters of the Heart – 2 of 2 (Claudia Welch)
Chapter 12 ~ Prana, Tejas, Ojas Vijnanam ~ Specialized Knowledge of Disorders of the Three Bodily Essences with Amita Banerjee.
Chapter 13 ~ Sroto Vijnanam ~ Specialized Knowledge of Disorders of the Bodily Channels with Amita Banerjee
Intro to Transcendental Meditation with Suzanne Hourihan. Student teaching yoga at 10am.
Sanskrit Review & Ayurvedic Nutrition/Cooking taught by Glen Crowther & Barbara Cook.
Evenings: Yoga, Nakshatra Ayurveda (series of 2 on DVD)
Trauma Sensitive Yoga Therapy with Aeriel Arthur MA; RYT, TSY, Adv. Reiki Practitioner. Aeriel will lead the class in a 1 hour yoga session each day.
Review with Karyn. Bring your questions.
Meet Chelynn Tetrealt, graduate from California College of Ayurveda. She will share her experiences and demonstrate her unique style of consulting with clients.
Evenings: Yoga, Obesity, Imminent Danger & Massive Terror (series of 2 on DVD)
Internship (Guru Kula) with Karyn and Dr. Pardeep Sharma Part 1.
Evenings: Yoga, Free to Love Free to Heal (series of 2 on DVD)
May 1-8th This is the only session that requires the student be physically present.
Internship (Guru Kula) with Karyn, Mike Dick and Dr. Pardeep Sharma Part 1.
Evenings: Yoga, Ayurveda Internationally (series of 2 on DVD)
Case Management Discussions: Chikitsa.
Evenings: Yoga, Panel Discussion on Integrated Ayurvedic Medicine, Final Personal Health Evaluations with Instructor
Yoga Requirements: Students should be doing a one 1-hour yoga class in their homes via a DVD or in a classroom setting per week, except while they are menstruating or ill. Student’s yoga experiences (one or two sentences) should be documented in a journal. Journal entries are due at the end of each semester. Exception: If the student is already a Certified Yoga Teacher, the 1-hour yoga class or DVD requirement will be waived. Certified Yoga Teachers need to submit their certificates via scan or fax or hard copy in person.
Example of yoga journal entries:
11/11/13: I enjoyed doing Shiva Rae’s Restorative Yoga DVD today. It helped sooth my lower back pain and gave me some energy to get through my day.
11/25/13: I struggled through Baron Baptiste’s Power Hot Yoga’s DVD today. I was dripping sweat and felt it increased my pitta.
12/5/13: I felt a great sense of peace as I took a yoga class at my local yoga studio. I met many like-minded people and felt a sense of community.
Quiz Policies: Evening audio/video requirements are experienced in the privacy of your home at your own pace. Students are required to prepare a 10 question multiple choice (3 choices) quiz for each evening audio/video assignment and submit it to the class liaison by the last day of the following session. On occasion, there will be a “quiz-swap” amongst students.
Exam Policies: All exams are open-book and about 25-30 multiple-choice questions per chapter. Students are not allowed to be behind by more than 3 exams. Should this happen, we will reconsider your enrollment status together. The required exam/quiz grade for graduation is a C. Tardiness in exam/quiz deadlines brings grades down substantially. Students will have a chance to make up for low grades with extra credit assignments. After passing the online exam, students must click on VIEW RESULTS blue button at the end or lose their work and re-do the exams. Our online education platforms are specially coded to give credits to only those who click VIEW RESULTS.
Our FREE online Ayurvedic media library is available for SAMA students to access anytime!
View the DVD Credits.
Media Group I
- Ayurveda/Tantra/Yoga – 1 of 4 (David Frawley)
- Ayurveda/Tantra/Yoga – 2 of 4 (David Frawley)
- Ayurveda/Tantra/Yoga – 3 of 4 (David Frawley)
- Ayurveda/Tantra/Yoga – 4 of 4 (David Frawley)
- Disease Management, Ayurveda and Conventional Medicine – 1 of 2 (Keesha Ewers)
- Disease Management, Ayurveda and Conventional Medicine – 2 of 2 (Keesha Ewers)
- Ayurveda Internationally – 1 of 2 (Hilary Garivaltis)
- Ayurveda Internationally – 2 of 2 (Hilary Garivaltis)
- Communicating the Value of Ayurveda – 1 of 2 (Prema Rao)
- Communicating the Value of Ayurveda – 2 of 2 (Prema Rao)
- Matters of the Heart – 1 of 2 (Claudia Welch)
- Matters of the Heart – 2 of 2 (Claudia Welch)
- Introduction to Jyotish (David Frawley)
- Integrating Ayurveda into Clinical Practice – 1 of 3 (David Simon)
- Integrating Ayurveda into Clinical Practice – 2 of 3 (David Simon)
- Integrating Ayurveda into Clinical Practice – 3 of 3 (David Simon)
- Rejuvenation Through Ayurveda (John Douillard)
- Ayurveda: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow, Forever (Bhaswati Bhattacharya)
- Spiritual Roots of Ayurveda: Consciousness (Hari Sharma)
- Pathology of Vata Diseases Panel (Lynnea Villanova)
Media Group II
- Free to Love, Free to Heal – 1 of 2 (David Simon)
- Free to Love, Free to Heal – 2 of 2 (David Simon)
- Mother and Child, Foundation for Life – 1 of 2 (Sarita Shresta)
- Mother and Child, Foundation for Life – 2 of 2 (Sarita Shresta)
- Innovative Techniques in Ayurvedic Self Care Education – 1 of 2 (Amadea Morningstar)
- Innovative Techniques in Ayurvedic Self Care Education – 2 of 2 (Amadea Morningstar)
- Ayurveda and the Management of Auto-Immune Disease – 1 of 2 (Marc Halpern)
- Ayurveda and the Management of Auto-Immune Disease – 2 of 2 (Marc Halpern)
- Obesity, Imminent Danger and Massive Terror – 1 of 2 (Eduardo Cardona-Sanciemento)
- Obesity, Imminent Danger and Massive Terror – 2 of 2 (Eduardo Cardona-Sanciemento)
- Yoga of Recovery – 1 of 2 (Durga O’Neill)
- Yoga of Recovery – 2 of 2 (Durga O’Neill)
- Discussion with Dr. Frawley, Dr. Lad and Dr. Svoboda (Frawley/Lad/Svoboda)
- Raising Healthy Kids and Ayurveda (John Douillard)
- Rejuvenation Through Ayurveda (John Douillard)
- Aromatherapy and Ayurveda (Light Miller)
- Ayurvedic Management of Acne (Vivek Shanbhag)
- Cancer Panel (Various)
- Ayurveda and the Family (John Douillard)
Media Group III
- Tantra and Ayurveda – 1 of 2 (Robert Svoboda)
- Tantra and Ayurveda – 2 of 2 (Robert Svoboda)
- Revitalization of our Biological Pranic Health – 1 of 2 (Sarads Von Sonn)
- Revitalization of our Biological Pranic Health – 2 of 2 (Sarads Von Sonn)
- Shakti as Healer – 1 of 2 (Alakananda Ma)
- Shakti as Healer – 2 of 2 (Alakananda Ma)
- Nakshatra Ayurveda – 1 of 2 (Suhas Kashirsagar)
- Nakshatra Ayurveda – 2 of 2 (Suhas Kashirsagar)
- The Nodes of the Moon and Consciousness – 1 of 2 (Dennis Flaherty)
- The Nodes of the Moon and Consciousness – 2 of 2 (Dennis Flaherty)
- Ayurveda, An Eternal Way to Healing – 1 of 2 (Ramkumar Kutty)
- Ayurveda, An Eternal Way to Healing – 2 of 2 (Ramkumar Kutty)
- Subtle Healing Therapies, Gems and Stones (Karyn Chabot)
- Meditation, Neuroscience and Neurotheology (Martin Wuttke)
- Sounds for Healing, Chanting and Mantras (Shanti Shivani)
- Ayurveda and Jyotisha (Suhas G. Kshirsagar)
- 10 Commitments: Good Intentions Into Great Choices (David Simons)
- Diet, Weight Loss, and Obesity Panel (Various)
- The Mind, Stress and Psychology (Various)
Media Group IV
- Marma Shakti – 1 of 2 (Sascha Kriese)
- Marma Shakti – 2 of 2 (Sascha Kriese)
- Designing Critical Trials to Validate Therapeutic – 1 of 2 (Ram Manohar)
- Designing Critical Trials to Validate Therapeutic – 2 of 2 (Ram Manohar)
- Interactions Btw. Medicinal Herbs and Pharmaceuticals – 1 of 2 (Martha Harkey)
- Interactions Btw. Medicinal Herbs and Pharmaceuticals – 2 of 2 (Martha Harkey)
- Ayurveda and the Global Garden – 1 of 2 (David Crow)
- Ayurveda and the Global Garden – 2 of 2 (David Crow)
- Allopathy and Ayurveda – 1 of 2 (Anne Meneghetti)
- Allopathy and Ayurveda – 2 of 2 (Anne Meneghetti)
- Developing Intuition Through the Pulse – 1 of 2 (Vasant Lad)
- Developing Intuition Through the Pulse – 2 of 2 (Vasant Lad)
- Perinatal Nutrition and Ayurveda (Ysha Martha Oakes)
- An Introduction to Ayurveda (Marc Halpern)
- Integrated Ayurvedic Medicine Practice (Various)
- Prayer Chant (Various)
“The division between conventional and traditional medicine is as artificial as the division between science and nature. They can be woven together in a fashion that meets our physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. This is the foundation upon which integrative medicine is built.”—Tieraona Low Dog, MD
Below are NAMA’s pending standards for categories for titles that can be earned through Ayurvedic education:
Category I: Ayurvedic Health Counselor
Ayurvedic Health Counselors are experts in health promotion and disease prevention (swasthavritta). They utilize the principles of Ayurvedic medicine to create diet and lifestyle (ahaar-vihara)recommendations according to their assessment of the client?s Ayurvedic constitution and imbalances (prakriti & vikriti), state of thedoshas, agni, dhatus, malas, and the mind. After the completion of academic study they have Ayurvedic clinical experience (supervised clinical practice) including a minimum of 35 patient visits 1.
They educate, motivate and counsel clients in order to support them to be successful implementing the principles of Ayurveda into their lives. Ayurvedic Counselors refer clients whose samprapti is beyond the third stage (disease state) to Ayurvedic Practitioners or Ayurvedic Doctors.
Category II: Ayurvedic Practitioner
Ayurvedic Practitioners are experts in managing and treating disease from the Ayurvedic perspective, using Ayurvedic etiology (nidan), pathology (samprapti), diagnosis and management of diseases (kaya chikitsa), in addition to being experts in the prevention of disease and promotion of health (swasthavritta).
After the completion of academic study they have Ayurvedic clinical experience equivalent to a minimum of six months of supervised clinical practice (including a minimum of 50 patient visits 1 in order to acquire and internalize a broad database of clinical experience and make clinical decisions. In addition to diet and lifestyle (ahara-vihara), Ayurvedic Practitioners are experts in the use of herbs as medicine(dravyagunavijnana) and Ayurvedic purification (shodhanachikitsa)and rejuvenative therapies (rasayana). They also understand the basics of conventional pathology.
Category III: Ayurvedic Doctor
Ayurvedic Doctors are experts at understanding disease from both an Ayurvedic and Western perspective and utilizing Ayurvedic methods of treatment. They have the highest level of education, training and competency.
After the completion of academic study they have extensive Ayurvedic clinical experience equivalent to a minimum of one year of supervised clinical practice (including a minimum of 100 patient visits 1 in order to acquire and internalize a broad database of clinical experience in order to make clinical decisions based on experience.
The Ayurvedic Doctor understands pathogenesis and disease prevention and health promotion (swasthavritta) and disease treatment from both an Ayurvedic as well as a Western perspective but only practices from the Ayurvedic perspective using Ayurvedic principles.
Ayurvedic Doctors have a working knowledge of conventional medical pathology, pharmacology and laboratory reports, in order to interface with the conventional medical community and modify the Ayurvedic treatment program accordingly.
Ayurvedic Doctors have a basic knowledge of public health and epidemiology and are informed consumers of medical research. They are able to make significant original contributions to the profession 2.
Requires prerequisite study of Western sciences to be determined.
1 A “patient visit” means a private one on one patient encounter between the intern and the patient with supervisor oversight.
2 Original research or review articles, discussions of controversy, conference teaching, presentation of case studies.
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