Diploma of Ayurvedic Studies

 Starting 23rd January 2021

Please call/email for your application form. 

Our Diploma of Ayurvedic studies trains students in the use of Ayurveda as a health care modality. As part of this diploma students will learn 9 Ayurvedic therapies, be able to provide Ayurvedic lifestyle and dietary advice, dispense a range of Ayurvedic herbs and formulations and be qualified to treat clients using Ayurvedic protocol.

As part of this course participants will also implement Ayurvedic self care regimens, learn some meditation and Yoga techniques, study anatomy & physiology from an Ayurvedic perspective, learn about professional conduct and business awareness and complete supervised clinical training. 

On completion of this course, participants will be fully equipped to practice as an Ayurvedic Massage therapist & Lifestyle Consultant.

This diploma course is a part time course conducted over 18 months at Satmya Natural Medicine & Learning Centre, Killaloe, Co. Clare


Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive a Diploma in Ayurvedic Studies. This will entitle you to successfully apply for indemnity insurance and enable you to practice Ayurvedic therapies and lifestyle consultations to the public.

Class Times


Registration Fee/Deposit

A registration fee/deposit is required to hold a place on the course. The registration is non refundable with the exception of a course not commencing.


Written and verbal fluency in English are a requirement for this course.

Participants must be 21 or over.


Anatomy and Physiology ITEC Level 3, QQI level 5 or equivalent.


Satmya Natural Medicine & Learning Centre, 3 Royal Parade, Killaloe, Co Clare.


Email:   Tel. 061 622751

Course Dates: 23rd January 2021

Days/Times:    Sat/Sun 10-5pm

Delivery methods: on site lectures, course notes, handouts, workbooks, practical demonstrations, hands-on learning and supervised clinical practice.

Student Clinic: students must complete 200 hours of student clinic over the 2 years

Examination: There will be continuous assessment throughout the course with monthly quizzes & practical assessment. All units of this course will be examined at the completion of the course with both written and practical examinations.

Duration: 18 Months

Reg/Deposit: € 900 (non refundable)

Total Fee: €5200 (early bird available until September 30th 2020)

Image: As part of this Diploma students will learn about common Irish Herbs and how to use them Ayurvedically. They will also learn basic medicine making from both an Ayurvedic & Western Herbalism approach.  

The Diploma of Ayurvedic Studies course will cover the following topics:

  • Introduction to Ayurveda
  • Definition of Ayurveda
  • Unique features of Ayurveda
  • Aims of Ayurveda
  • The concept of health according to Ayurveda
  • History and philosophy of Ayurveda
  • Branches of Ayurveda
  • The Pancha Mahabhuta concept
  • Tridosha theory (Vital energies)
  • Concept of Saptha dhatus (Body tissues)
  • Concept of Malas (Waste products)
  • Concept of Agni (Digestive fire)
  • concept of Ama (Toxins)
  • Concepts of Koshas (GIT)
  • Concept of Prakruti (Body type)
  • Concept of Vikruti (Imbalance)
  • Concept of Srotas
  • Ayurvedic diet & nutrition
  • Purva Karma (Preparatory process for Panchakarma)
  • Snehana and Swedana karma
  • Abhyanga (Ayurveda full body oleation/massage)
  • Shiro-abhyanga (Head Massage)
  • Mukha Abhyanga (Face massage)
  • Swedana Karma (Steam therapies)
  • Karana Purana (Massage & oil therapy for the ears)
  • Nabhi Vijnanam (Naval Pulse correction)
  • Mukha Ubtan (Ayurvedic Facial)
  • Nasya (Nasal treatment)
  • Katti Basti (Lower Back Treatment with oil)
  • Shirodhara (Stream of Oil on Forehead)
  • Ayurvedic detoxification (Panchakarma therapy) (benefits of Vamana, Virechana, Basti & Nasya will be discussed)
  • Shad Upakarmas & Shatkriyas
  • Dosha Management
  • Disease formation according to Ayurveda
  • Ayurvedic herbs & formulations
  • Common Irish Herbal medicines and their Ayurvedic uses (New for 2018)
  • The Marma points
  • Ayurvedic Diagnostics – uses, benefits & application
  • Properties & uses of various oils and herbs for topical application
  • Nidana (Etiology of Disease)
  • Atyayik chikitsa (Emergency care)
  • Unmada (Insanity)
  • Jwara (Fever)
  • Grahani Vikaras (Digestive conditions)
  • Stri Roga (Female Disorders)
  • Vajikarana (Fertility Treatment)
  • Rasayana (Tonics)
  • Case Taking & Clinical skills
  • Communication in the workplace
  • Health and safety in the workplace
  • Clinical studies & application of therapies
  • Anatomy & Physiology from an Ayurvedic perspective
  • Professional Conduct & business awareness
  • Introduction to Vedic astrology

Course cost does not include meals or accommodation. For more details please call or email.



Doug is the main teacher on the Diploma of Ayurvedic studies.

Doug is an Ayurvedic practitioner & Teacher. He has  been teaching and practicing Ayurveda since 2005. He is passionate about all areas of Ayurveda and really enjoys sharing this knowledge. He studied classical Ayurveda for four years in Australia under Prof. Jason Chandler, a highly respected Vaidyacharya (Ayurvedic Doctor & Teacher). Jason taught him the value in following the sacred teachings of the classical texts & gave him a very rounded Ayurvedic education. Doug hopes to pass this wisdom on to his students.


Guest lecturer – Irish herbs from an Ayurvedic perspective

Yvette is the  Naturopath and co-owner of Satmya. She completed a 4 year full time  Naturopathy degree in ACNT & UNE in Australia.  She also went to India to further her Homeopathy studies and attended a postgraduate course at the Bengal Allen College of Homeopathy, Calcutta. Upon completion of her studies in 2005, she was awarded Naturopathy student of the year by Phytomedicine & ACNT.

Gary O’Toole – Vedic Astrologer & Ayurvedic Lifestyle Counsellor 

Guest lecturer – Vedic astrology

Gary has studied Jyotish (Vedic astrology) for over 20 years. He previously trained in counselling and has studied Ayurveda with the American Institute of Vedic Studies, through which he was granted the title ‘Ayurvedic Lifestyle Counsellor’.

He is a member of the British Association of Vedic Astrology and lectures at their annual conference. He offers Vedic astrology consultations online and in Galway; including astrological remedial measures that are easily incorporated into a busy life. He is the author of Cosmic Bodies: The Ayurvedic Astrology Guide to Health & Well-Being. His website is timelineastrology.com.

Julie Hyde RYT 200, Dip. Ayur
Guest Lecturer – Yoga & Ayurvedic Self care
Julie Hyde is an RYT 200 hour Hatha Yoga Teacher with YTTC Dublin and holds a Diploma in Restorative Yoga and Sports Yoga. 
Julie’s classes are designed to create space and strength within the body, focus the mind and provide greater vitality.

Testimonials (from other professional courses)

“It was a wonderful course – the content was fascinating, the teacher was fantastic and the place itself was really welcoming -very positive energy. I have loved learning here. Thank you” (participant Shiro-Abhyanga Diploma)

“This is my second visit to Satmya & I love the venue, the informative & welcoming staff, the delicious food and the content of the course. Very Educational, very holistic. – I’d thoroughly recommend it!” (participant Ayurveda for Health practitioners)

”Hello all, Satmya is welcoming & vast amount of education to be nourished from. As a shamanic practitioner & herbal student. Ayurveda is radically traditional medicine that I recommend anyone to learn or experience. With love Macha” (participant Ayurveda for Health practitioners)

Doug has a very effective teaching style and made the course interesting & practical. Linda (participant Ayurveda for Health practitioners)

“A great introduction to Ayurveda and one that will allow me to incorporate aspects in my own natural health clinic”.  Ashleigh, (participant Ayurveda for Health practitioners)

Super 2 days, presentations easy to understand & practical and makes me feel that I can include these Ayurvedic principals in my daily life. I will definitely be back. Carmel (participant Ayurveda for Health practitioners)