FAQ

General

 What training courses do you offer?

 AIAS offers courses in

 Ayurveda:       Diploma in Clinical Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant (Level 5)

 Early Childhood Education:   National Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 5)

Is AIAS a Registered Organisation?

Yes. AIAS became a Private Training Establishment (PTE) in 2000 offering a nationally recognized qualification in Ayurveda under the New Zealand Qualification Authority. It has recently added a course Early Childhood Education to its academic programme.

Where can I access information on course start dates?

Most courses commence in February, though some courses have rolling enrolments during the year. Information on course starts dates is available in the course costs section of the particular programme.

How do I find out how long it will take me to complete my course?

Full time courses are one year in duration (42 weeks), though some courses in our academic programme are offered on a part time basis. (63 weeks). Information on course starts dates is available in the course costs section of the particular programme.

How much does my course cost?

Information on course costs is available in the course costs section of the particular programme.

Can I get a student loan?

No. At present, AIAS does not have access to the student component funding programme to allow students access to Studylink funding while attending the Institute. However, we have recently lodged an application to access this funding, so hope to be able to offer this to students in the near future.

Will any of my previous knowledge and experience be recognised?

 If you have completed any courses, work experience or clinical practice which is equivalent to the work required in this course, you may be eligible for course credit through our Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Process. This provides a process to assess your skills and knowledge against units of competency within a particular course.

The Institute sets fees and charges for the assessment of R.P.L. Applications, which are available on receipt of an RPL application.

Which courses can I study at home?

The only course available for home study is the Diploma in Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant (Level 5), which is offered through a flexible delivery model, combining regular webinars. However, there is a 2 week practical component that requires attendance at our Auckland Institute in the second year of study.

 

Ayurveda

 

What is Ayurveda?

Ayurveda (pronounced eye-yur-vayda) is the natural health science of India that has been practiced for more than 5,000 years. It is a Sanskrit word that translates as the ‘science or knowledge of life’. It is a system of health care developed through centuries of observation, discussion and meditation which studies all facets of life from infancy through to old age. It is one of the few complimentary medicines that have been recognised by the World Health Organisation.

Ayurveda emphasizes the prevention of disease, rejuvenation of the body and the extension of our life span. The profound promise of Ayurveda is that through changes to diet & lifestyle, not only can we prevent disease but live a long, healthy life in balance and harmony. It provides an integrated approach to the prevention and treatment of illness through lifestyle changes and natural therapies.

Ayurveda, with its holistic focus on health, is the world’s fastest growing complimentary health science. It is now practiced outside of its home in India, in countries as far afield as Holland, Russia, USA, Japan and Australia. The study of Ayurveda holds great appeal for those interested in health studies because it expands the range of health assessment instruments and fills the gaps in therapeutic treatments available in our current health care system.

Until recently, the only study option for students of Ayurveda was the Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine & Surgery (BAMS), a six year degree course only available in India. However, the Australasian Institute of Ayurvedic Studies is pleased to provide the following qualifications for those interested in a career as an Ayurvedic Practitioner.

How does Ayurveda differ from modern medicine?
Modern medicine treats symptomatically rather than looking to the root cause of the problem. This stems from the view that all people are more or less the same. Ayurveda’s special contribution is healing the cause of the symptoms by considering the uniqueness of each patient and by helping each body to heal itself.

Ayurveda has perfected healing treatments and herbal preparations to keep the physical, mental and emotional health of a person in its prime throughout life. It is contrary to the current practice of waiting until symptoms appear before getting medical help or only seeking treatment when a disease manifests.

 

How can I know that my Ayurveda practitioner is competent?

 If your practitioner trained in India, they should have a Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine (BAMS), a 6 year Degree Programme at University Level.

In New Zealand, Ayurveda is regarded as complimentary medicine, so teaching standards are not regulated. However, as a minimum, your practitioner should have either have completed the NZQA approved Diploma in Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant (Level 5).

How do I become an Ayurvedic Doctor?

In India, students complete a Bachelor in Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (B.A.M.S.), a six year degree course that involves study in traditional and contemporary medical subjects ranging from Herbal Medicine to Ayurvedic Surgery and Gerontology. Entry requirements are similar to Medical Faculties at Australian Universities, requiring study in physics, calculus and chemistry at secondary school level.

The syllabus and curriculum of the B.A.M.S. degree is monitored by the Central Council of Indian Medicine (C.C.I.M.), which is also the official body responsible for recognizing all B.A.M.S. degree holders. The public can therefore be assured that when they consult an Ayurvedic Doctor recognised by the C.C.I.M., they are consulting with a reputable and properly trained Ayurvedic professional.

At present, study for a Bachelor in Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery is only available in India.

I practice yoga, but don’t know about Ayurveda. Why should I follow Ayurveda?

Ayurveda and Yoga have been practiced together for thousands of years with the goal of healing body, mind, and consciousness. Generally speaking, Ayurveda deals more with the health of the body, while yoga deals with purifying the mind and consciousness but in reality they complement and embrace each other.

Besides sharing a philosophical foundation, both systems have many similarities in relation to nutrition, diet, hygiene, exercise, as well as spiritual practices. The ancient Rishis of India understood that good health is a great asset on the path toward Self-realization. If the body is neglected it can easily become an obstacle to spiritual practice. Anyone who has practiced meditation for any length of time would agree to how difficult it can be to sit still for long periods of time without feeling discomfort and fatigue. Both yoga and Ayurveda are mutually supportive and offer many ways to prevent and heal various disorders as well as to cleanse and rejuvenate the body.

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