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Apply for Audit and Certificate Programs here.
Prerequisites for professional Āyurveda


Assess your readiness.
Are you ready for training in professional Āyurveda?
This free assessment is available for anyone considering a program in professional Āyurveda, at any school. Take this assessment to better understand which factors improve training outcomes.


Prepare for accelerated learning and study.

The SA Certificate Program is the most accelerated Level 1 training for professional Āyurveda outside of India. Students are expected to enter the program with an aptitude for study, memorization, focused attention and consistent self-discipline.
Review the Study Prep page and complete the prerequisites of Essential Sanskrit and the Introduction to professional Āyurveda (AYU-100).
2022 Deadlines

Dec 2021

Jan 2022

Preparatory course AYU-100 - registration open

Jan 2022

SA-2023 - registration open

Jun 30

Last day to apply for 2022-2023 programs 

Jul 05

Last day for Admissions Interviews

Jul 10

Last day to complete registration

Jul 31

Last Sanskrit One Workshop

Aug 7

Last Sanskrit Two Workshop

Aug 14

Last Sanskrit Three Workshop

Aug 24

Semester 1 begins: Welcome and Orientation

Aug 31

First live class
Program Admission at ĀYU Academy


Apply for your preferred program.
Complete the AYU Academy Program Application to begin the enrollment process. Include your contact information and select your desired program. 

Candidates applying to the SA Audit Program will receive a confirmation email and can then proceed to complete their registration and submit payment.


Meet the participation requirements.
  • Gmail address (or compatible account)
  • High-speed internet
  • Equipment that supports real-time audio and video
  • Use of Google Cloud apps (Gmail, Meet, Drive, Calendar, Docs, Sheets)
  • Comfortable with online learning and technology


Schedule your Admissions Interview.
Candidates applying to the SA Audit Program do not need to do an Admissions Interview.

Candidates who are applying for the SA Certificate Program must meet with Jessica Vellela, BAMS for an admissions interview. Be prepared to discuss your educational qualifications, work experience and professional goals.

At the end of the admissions interview, an admissions decision will be made. 
Candidates may reapply in a subsequent year if not accepted. If a final decision cannot be made by the close of the interview, candidates may be requested to demonstrate competency with a small project.
All admissions decisions are final for the application year.
All interviews are conducted online through Google Meet. Candidates meet with Jessica Vellela, BAMS for up to 60 minutes to answer questions related to Āyurvedic theory, clinical practice, anatomy and physiology, related health sciences, Sanskrit, classical literature and relevant topics.
Late shows and no shows without prior notification are considered forfeited interviews.
To schedule an interview, click the button below and pay the $75 interview fee. Then click the Schedule link on the confirmation page to select your interview date and time.

Use the Google Meet link in your calendar invite to join the interview.

The last date for Admissions Interviews for 2022-2023 is July 5, 2022.
Sample questions for Admissions Interview
Questions will generally start at a basic level and go deeper, depending on the candidate's knowledge and presentation. 
Level 1: SA (Āyurvedic Health Coach) Questions
The following questions are used to assess the candidate's current knowledge to guide preparatory study for the SA program. Candidates are not expected to provide detailed answers for these questions during the interview. 
  1. Recite the complete Sanskrit alphabet and explain pronunciation.
  2. Write the complete IAST and ĀYUT transliterated Devanāgarī.
  3. List the doṣhas and describe their functions.
  4. Explain the concept of flavors and tastes.
  5. List the dhātus and explain their functions.
  6. List the malas and explain their functions.
  7. Explain dināchārya and its application.
  8. List the twenty guṇas.
Level 2: PC (Ayurvedic Doctor's Assistant) Questions
The following questions are required knowledge for acceptance into the Level 2 PC Program. Candidates who are unable to provide detailed answers should enroll in Level 1 SA.
  1. Define doṣha and differentiate prākṛta and vaikṛta functions.
  2. Explain agni, its types, prākṛta and vaikṛta states.
  3. Explain āhāra pariṇāma and the formation of dhātu puṣhṭi.
  4. List the names, authors and time periods of at least five classical works.
  5. Define the guṇas of each doṣha with śhlokas.
  6. Explain the siddhāntas of Sāmānya-Viśheṣha and Vṛddhi-Kṣhaya and their inter-dependent relationship.
  7. Dhātu prākṛta lakṣhaṇas śhloka
  8. Sāmānya āma lakṣhaṇas śhloka
  9. Explain the saṃprāpti of jvara.
  10. Explain koṣhṭha to śhākha-gata doṣhas.
  11. Pañcha nidāna, clinical application with examples
  12. Taruṇa jvara chikitsā sūtra and clinical application
  13. Define and differentiate śhamana, śhodhana and bṛmhana.
  14. Daśhavidha laṅghana śhloka and clinical application


Complete your registration.
After a successful Admissions Interview, you will receive a confirmation acceptance email. Complete the instructions in the email to upload your proof of identification, and sign your electronic student enrollment agreement.

Then, complete your payments online from the SA Program page. Students who enroll early and complete the Fall Semester tuition payment will access all of the lectures and can begin studying early.
Essential Sanskrit Workshops


Essential Sanskrit Workshop Series

Pre-requisites: None

Instructor for live classes: Dr. Jessica Vellela, BAMS

: $159 USD / $159 AUD (plus tax)

The Essential Sanskrit Workshop Series is open to all students. No previous education or experience in Sanskrit or Ayurveda is required. Workshops must be completed in order. Students receive a Certificate of Completion after successful completion of each workshop.

All students of Ayurveda who are studying at any school are encouraged to join.

Register and order workbooks to complete 6 hours of self-study prep lessons per workshop prior to live classes.

Live Sanskrit classes are 1 hour per day, four days in a row, held at various times throughout the year.

Registered students can reschedule live class by emailing