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4th Annual Ayurvedic Workshop - Rishikesh, India 2019

  • 7-day course: Diagnosing Methods and Skills of Ayurveda, Nov. 15th - 21st.


By Vaidya Khabir Southwick, supported by Dr. Vikram Chauhan (MD-Ayurveda) and Dr. Amit Raj.

 Held at Maa Yoga Ashram, Laxman Jhula, Rishikesh, India. 

Sponsored by Planet Ayurveda, India.


  * No prior training or knowledge of Ayurveda is required.

Presenter and Organizer 

Khabir Southwick, Ayurveda Practitioneris an internationally renowned Ayurvedic health-care practitioner, master herbalist and public educator of natural health-care. 

About workshops

These intensive workshops are presented for those who are interested in, studying or actively practicing [clinical] Ayurvedic health-care

Certificate Course in Ayurveda

Upon the completion of the course a CERTIFICATE OF ACHIEVEMENT will be provided issued by Planet Ayurveda and signed by Khabir, Dr. Vikram Chauhan and Dr. Amrit Raj in behalf or Maa Yoga Ashram.

Diagnostic Methods and Skills of Ayurveda

- Nov. 15th to the 21st, 2019

Note: Before taking this workshop you should have a thorough understanding of the fundamentals of Ayurveda, including knowledge the tri-doshic system, sub-doshas, gunas (qualities), dhatus (tissues), srotomsi (systems), agni (digestive fire & power of transformation), ojas (immunity, vitality and inner strength) and ama (toxins and undigested food/waste)--as well as other essential aspects of Ayurvedic anatomy, and functionality of the body as per Ayurveda.  It is highly recommended to take the first course before attending this course unless prior knowledge of the Ayurvedic fundamentals exist. 

Course objective:

  • Developing diagnostic skills through 'questioning, observing and touching.' 

Course Outline:

Part 1: Diagnosis Methods

  • Questioning skills – Asking about health history, symptoms, diet and digestion (Prashana) Followed by role play practice with other students 
  • Observation skills - Reading the face, nails, eyes, skin and body (Darshana
  • Touching skills - Reading the pulse, skin and organs (Sparshana

Part 2: Diagnosing Dosha, Dhatus (tissues), & Malas (wastes)

  • Diagnosing doshic imbalances: Vata, Pitta, Kapha (Dosha Vriddhi)
  • Understanding the 6 stages of disease (Kriyakala)
  • Diagnosing digestion (Agni)  
  • Diagnosing toxins (Ama) by observing the tongue Followed by role play practice with other students 
  • Analysis of the 3, bodily wastes (Malas)
  • Diagnosing by observation of the skin, nails, face Followed by role play practice with other students 
  • Analysis of 10 body systems (Srotamsi)
  • Diagnosing by the surface and deep pulse (Nadi Pariksha)  Followed by role play practice with other students 
  • Understanding the rhythms of the doshas

Part 3: Review and apply knowledge of Ayurvedic diagnosis

  • Each participant will diagnosis other students: 
    • Prakruti (original mind-body constitution) and Vikruti (current state of imbalance) and sub-dosha imbalances
    • Agni and Ama
    • Each Dhatu (tissue) and the respective Srotamsi (channels)
    • State of Prana, Tejas and Ojas
    • State of mind based on the gunas: Satwa, Rajas, Tamas.

* Daily pre-reading material is provided the day before each course from the required text book.  Sanskrit words that are important in clinical Ayurveda will be thoroughly explained. 

Daily Schedule times 


US$650 for the 7-day workshop

Includes dinner for 7 nights, accommodation for 6 nights, certification for 50 hours of study including 30 hours of small group training and lecture & discussion with Khabir twice per day.   Price includes a private "cottage" with an attached bathroom, 1 evening dinner on the first day and breakfast on the last day. The course also includes herbal shopping tours, herbal teas for 7 days, handouts, room cleaning service, lectures by guest speakers, access to Panchakarma treatments at reduced rates, close-by shopping and musical entertainment some nights.  

* Bring extra money for food, an optional yoga class in the morning, Panchakarma treatments, private consultations with respected India Ayurveda doctors, herbal products, Indian clothes and gifts.  Transportation can be arranged from New Delhi, Chandigarh or Dehradun, India airports by taxi (6 hours, 5 hours or 1.5 hours respectively).

* Textbook Pathology & Diagnosis in Ayurveda is an additional $26 (Amazon price without shipping)


Pay $150 deposit (Balance is due before September 1st, 2019)

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Pay $550 and SAVE $100 before May 30th. 

Terms and conditions

Payment signifies accepting of the terms and condtions.   

Additional details


Vegetarian dinner will be provided in Maa Yoga Ashram a beautiful private ashram close to the ganges river in Laxman Jhula area, Rishikesh India.

* Dinner and teas are included in the cost of the workshop. 


Dr. Vikram Chauhan BAMS, MD (AYURVEDA) well-known Ayurvedic doctor with a large clinic in Chandigarh, India, and owner of Planet Ayurveda worldwide distributor of quality Ayurvedic products.


* More speakers to be announced.

"Another wonderful Ayurveda workshop at Khabir's! Everyone would benefit from this well organized workshop . . . .  Thank you Khabir for sharing your amazing knowledge."  Ilse Oliver, Ventura, CA 

Certificate presentation at end of course 

Teachings are based on classical teachings and not westernized but simplified without much use of sanskrit except for essential words.

Video Testimonials from 2018



Video Testimonials from 2017


 * Panchakarma, massage, private consultations and other treatments sold separately by Maa Yoga Ashram and associates of Khabir.

Limited to 12 participants - Register ASAP.



The beautiful and peaceful Maa Yoga Ashram, Rishikesh India 


"Khabir has a wealth of knowledge and experience in Ayurveda to cement the textbook learning" Robert Linson, El Dorado, CA, USA

"Thanks your Khabir for teaching us in a clear and practical "western" style about such a subtle eastern science" Corinne, France
"I found Khabir's method and choice of supportive material thorough and expansive. I look forward to learning more from Khabir in the future." Benard Bennett, Austin Texas, USA
"I am extremely excited for this year's class [in 2017 because] the 2016 class was a great experience and loved everything we learned. . ."  Deysi Mir, San Luis Obispo, CA, USA
"The Ayurveda course [in 2016] was exceptional. " Sanjana, Rajaskraran, Ojai, CA.


Tours of India and extra days in Rishikesh can be arranged.


Ayurvedic treatments like Ayurvedic Massage/abhyanga, Shirodhara, panchakarma (vamana, verecharna, basti, nasya and rakta moksha) and herbal products can be purchased from the sponsors at a discounted rate. *

Does not include:

  • Personal travel costs to India and health insurance.
  • Cost of Visa (Please apply in advance it is very easy). For a 10 year multiple entry visa go here (recommended).  For just a 30 day on-time visa go here.
  • Travel from the airport to Rishikesh but can be arranged for about $120 paid in India (see below).

CONTACT: Khabir at 805-308-3480 for more information.

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