Ayurveda Program

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Next Enrollment Date: Sept 20th, 2014! 1 weekend per month!

This advanced, comprehensive form of Life Coaching is a 21-month program that meets in person and/or via webinar 1 weekend per month from noon-6pm and every Thursday night from 6-9pm, starting Sept 20, 2014. 

Nestled on the lovely and historic Newport, RI harborside among sailboats and sea gulls, S.A.M.A. merges ancient wisdom with modern science, reuniting massage, Ayurveda, and yoga. We are a NAMA (National Ayurveda Medical Association) Reviewed School, approved for operation 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 leading Ayurvedic medical doctors and health authorities from around the world. Our mission is to awaken the innate power of self-healing and share the science of Ayurveda with the world.

Ayurvedic Health Counseling enables clients to take their health into their hands, identify their unique constitutions and goals, and embark on a radically transformative journey into a happier, healthier and more fulfilling life.

For more information on the program, call 401-845-8950

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

Study at Home:  Live Webinar Options or In-Person Classroom!

SAMA is an approved education provider for the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB), so by taking classes at SAMA, you earn college credits towards a bachelor’s degree at Sienna Heights University Online program in massage therapy. Board Certification from NCBTMB is recognized as the equivalent of 33 College Credits toward a Bachelor of Applied Science Degree in Massage Therapy. Oakbrook Terrace, IL. For the first time, Board Certificants will be awarded college credit toward a degree.  Effective immediately, Siena Heights University will recognize Board Certification as valued at 33 of the 120 total credits required to earn a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Massage Therapy. 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. 

Karyn I am so amazed that I am able to study with SAMA.  It’s magic to me, life and heartbeat and breath and faith all flowing seamlessly in streams within my consciousness, opening and pushing me beyond my traditional theories of medicine to higher levels of healing. I am grateful. Mother Teresa once said, “The miracle is not that we do this work.  The miracle is that we love to do this work.”    Aloha nui mahalo   -Molly
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Next Enrollment Date: Sept 20th, 2014. Graduation June 26th, 2016. Summers off.  Classes will be held in Newport, RI on the first Saturday and Sunday of each month from Noon-6pm. (Webinar options available) Remaining classes for the Registered Health Counselor Program will be at home via webinar on every Thursday night from 6pm-9:30pm. At an additional cost, students will have an option to “minor” in one or more of the various module electives listed below during the Registered Health Counselor Program.
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Webinar students are required to attend the program in person twice per year: Sept 20/21, 2014 & May 21/22, 2016.
One of the Most Affordable Ayurveda Programs in the Country! Flexible Payment Options Available. No Reasonable Finance Plan Refused.
Call or email for more information about tuition. If you want to study Ayurveda affordably, SAMA is the place for you!
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Books and supplies cost approximately $200-$300 spread out. All students have the option to be assigned a private mentor once per week over the phone or email at an extra $20/hour or students can purchase 10 hours prepaid at $180.
  • 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.

time magVisit the webpage where students will take exams and have access to the Ayurvedic SAMA media library!

Sample Exam Questions

How much homework will there be? Students are required to read two chapters per month and take an exam. Each chapter has an online exam that accompanies it. Each exam is about 25 multiple choice questions and is auto-corrected immediately. It is “Open-book-honor-system”, so release all your exam phobias!  Easy! Very occasionally we require students to short projects, for example, to create a sample Jyotish (Vedic Astrology) chart for a friend, family member or client. Click here to view a sample project here.

National Exam: Students will be prepared to pass the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA) Exam by the end of the program in order to be considered Registered Ayurvedic Health Counselors with NAMA.

Internship Requirements: During the final year, students are required to do 25 unsupervised consultations first, just to get their feet wet and build confidence. For this, students only need supply the name and date of their 25 clients, but SAMA is asking students to also provide prakruti/vikruti of each client. This can be with friends, family, strangers, colleagues or anyone interested. When that is complete, students are required to do 25 supervised consultations where students are required to participate and intern with one of SAMA faculty toward the end of the program.  Or students have an option to find a local NAMA-approved Ayurvedic Counselor to act as a mentor to oversee their consultations. SAMA is requiring all students to bring in one client to class and do a guided-consultation in front of the group and instructor. All students must be present for internship, including webinar students. Prerequisites for entrance into the program.

“Health is equilibrium of the dhatus. Health is happiness, disease is unhappiness.”   Charaka Samhita Su 9/3

Program Level 1: (Amethyst program) Registered Ayurvedic Health Counselor Program. 605 hours. The first weekend of each month:  Saturday & Sunday. No classes offered in the summer. Classes run from Noon-6pm. See the schedule below. Curriculum is based on Dr. Vasant Lad’s First Text Book. *Electives are offered in the evenings from 7pm-9pm and can be done at home.

Click Here For Information on SAMA’s Ayurveda Clinician Program Level 2

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4 Easy Steps to Enroll:

Step 1: Call us to ask any questions or set up an interview and see the school.  401-845-8950

Step 2:  SAMA Ayurveda Level 1 Program Application   Send this to SAMA 128 Long Wharf Newport, RI 02840 along with your $50 fee (checks payable to Karyn Chabot) or scan and attach it to an email to us and call us to pay the application fee with a credit card.

Step 3: Wait for us to contact you regarding acceptance into our program.

Step 4:  Make your online payment here.   If you plan to pay in full, call us with your credit card or send a check payable to Karyn Chabot 128 Long Wharf Newport, RI 02840.

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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.

Bundle Discounts:

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Karyn Chabot D.Ay, MS, LMT, RYT

Receive a 5% discount for every class you register for at once or choose from our program bundles below!!

Most of the programs were designed such that they don’t overlap with other programs, but call us or check the calendar to be sure.

  • 1 Program:  5% off 
  • 2 Programs: 10% off 
  • 3 Programs: 15% off 
  • 4 Programs: 20% off 
  • 5 Programs: 25% off 
  • 6 Programs: 30% off 
  • Call Karyn or one of our staff at 401-845-8950 to purchase a bundle and to determine if you qualify for additional discounts or scholarships

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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

In Ayurveda , the Vaidyas (Ayurvedic Doctors)  who deserve to treat people are known as ” Bhishak “. Here are the essential criteria for ” Bhishak ” mentioned in scientific treatises (Ashtangasangraha):
1. Abhedyah : Unconquerable in scientific debates 
2. Anudhathah: Steadfast 
3. Sunrithah: Speaks the truth
4. Priyadarshanah: Pleasant looking 
5. Bahushruthah: Having read many scientific scriptures and constantly interact with scholars
6. Kalavedi: Possess knowledge of accurate time regarding the state and stage of the disease as well as the time of administration of medicine
7. Jnathagranthah: Possess knowledge of medical treatments
8. Arthashasthravith – Knowledge of accurate meaning and intention of scientific scriptures
9. Rogino puthravat samupaacharet: Treat the patients as own children
10. Gurunaa samujnathah: Approved for practice by her/his Guru
The patient who desires to live must leave such physicians who are devoid of the above qualities of “Bhishak”and whose sole purpose is to sells treatment/healing for money. With such physicians, death is imminent for patients.
“I am always be inspired by the eminent and selfless ancient scientists cum clinicians of Ayurveda!” Karyn Chabot

Core Curriculum:

  • 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)
  • Yoga
  • 5 Sense Therapies (diet, herbs, aromas, sound, touch, color)

Peripheral Subjects:

  • Western anatomy & physiology
  • Sanskrit
  • Jyotish
  • Vastu Shastra
  • Yoga Therapy

Click here for the schedule for the Sept 20th, 2014-2016 Amethyst Ayurveda Program Level 1! (SAMA reserves the right to make changes, so please check weekly)
Webinar students are required to attend the program in person twice per year: Sept 20/21, 2014 & May 21/22, 201

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 to SAMA Education Director Kimberly Santos. *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.  Sample Yoga Log.

GradingGrading Breakdown: All exams are open-book and about 25-30 multiple-choice questions per chapter and are open-book and multiple choice using a pass/fail grading system. Students are not allowed to be behind by more than 3 exams. Should this happen, we will reconsider your enrollment status together.  Students are allowed to miss 3 of the 19 sessions, but are required to do make up work. Any absences beyond 3 will bring your grade down. Students are allowed to be 3 days late with submission. Beyond that each late day will be points against your grade. Evening audio/video requirements are experienced in the privacy of your home at your own pace. Students are required to prepare a paragraph on the favorite part of their monthly evening audio/video assignments and submit it to the class liaison by the last day of the following session. All students must graduate with at least 75%. 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.

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Other Program Options at SAMA:

Ayurveda Spa Technician Program Certification Sept 14th, 2014-March 22, 2015 (mostly 1 weekend/mo) 110 hours

Yoga Teacher Training Program Certification  Oct 26th, 2014-May 15, 2016 (1-2 Sundays/mo) 200 hours

Licensed Massage Therapy Program  (The Newport Massage School at SAMA) Jan 3, 2015- Jan 30th, 2016 (2 weekends/mo & 3 evenings/week) 750 hours

Ayurvedic Herbology & Nutrition Certification Nov 9th, 2014 – June 14th, 2015 (Two Sunday Evenings/mo 6:00-9:30pm) 40 hours

Ayurveda Level 2 Health Clinician Nov. 9th, 2014- June 14th, 2015 – plus Independent Study (1 weekend/mo, Two Sunday Evenings/mo & 7 days in Vedic City, IA) -Ayurvedic Herbology & Nutrition & Spa Technician Certification Required-

Masters in Osteopathy: Self-Paced Online
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“I have studied on my own for years without ever being able to meet my teachers in person, reading from Dr. Vasant Lad, Dr. David Frawley, Dr. Robert Svoboda, Pratima Raichur, Harish Johari, Sebastioan Pole, Mother Maya Tiwari, Dr. Subhash Ranade, Ronnie Gale Dreyer, Paramahansa Yogananda, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, and am so grateful to Karyn Chabot Guruji for creating Seaside Academy of Massage and Ayurveda with teachers as beloved as Mike Dick Master Teacher for pulse, Barbara Cook the Sanskrit Goddess, Gauri (Jennifer DeRochers the Jyotista), Sonnia Massoco the Guru of Herbs, Richard Eidson from MUM and others from whom our class has been able to learn and with many of whom I continue to study.  Karyn Guruji has done this amazing feat with precious little funding and no full time staff, just her genuine love of Ayurveda and the grace of her teachers (foremost Dr. Vasant Lad) and their teachers.  To whomever reads this in NAMA: please be aware that Karyn’s love of Ayurveda is the grace which she bestows on all of us, her students, and it is rare and wonderful, opening us to bring this healing art to the rest of the world.  She is a true gift!”  Molly

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. Notations 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.

Operating Legally SAMA was granted permission in 2012 for exemption and is legally operating in the state of Rhode Island by the Rhode Board of Higher Education. Our school is bonded and insured. Please visit our credentials page for details on what organizations were are approved by and affiliated with.

Refund Policy: Sorry no refunds after the first 30 days of the program. Prior to that, we offer a pro-rated refund, not including the $50 application fee or a $108 transaction fee. 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.