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SAMA Online Ayurvedic Program Launches in October

The planet does not need more successful people. The planet desperately needs more peacemakers, healers, restorers, story-tellers and lovers of all kinds.” Daili Lama

With anxiety, stress and autoimmune diseases on the rise in our culture today, there is a strong need for qualified integrative body-mind-spirit counselors, therapists and medical experts. Without the time, money or desire to become doctors or psychiatrics, many are turning to the healing arts. One such healing art is Ayurveda, and with celebrities like Dr. Oz, Oprah and Yogi Cameron touting persuasive testimonials to the power of ayurveda, it is fast becoming a household word creating a demand for local, qualified registered ayurvedic health counselors.

Beginning in October, this comprehensive ancient form of life coaching, which includes training in yoga, massage, medical astrology, metaphysics and spirit/energy medicine, can be learned online in the comfort of one’s home, affordably and under one year at the Sacred Stone Academy of Massage and Ayurveda (S.A.M.A.) Online Program. This is a 650-hour program including homework, weekly webinars, internship and independent study hours. Classes meet every Thursday online from 6 to 9 p.m., starting in the fall, and 11 Monday nights online from 6 to 9 p.m., starting in the spring.

The synchronous live webinars can be recorded in case students miss a live session. It is, however, preferred that students attend live as much as possible for the greatest benefit. There is a four-day, on-campus requirement in person on campus in Newport for the internship to meet the 25 supervised client visit requirement by the National Ayurvedic Medical Association. There are options to fulfill the internship locally as well, or transfer credits from other accredited schools and opt out. 

A free, online Q & A session about the upcoming program will take place at 7 p.m., August 19. Email [email protected] to receive a email invitation with a link to the online meeting. Also, one lucky person can enroll for free in exchange for working as the class liaison remotely. To apply, send a resume to [email protected].

Ayurveda is the time-proven body-mind-spirit science of longevity and digestion and is recognized by Atlanta’s World Health Organization as one of the three top medical systems in the world. It has been practiced in India for more than 5,000 years and is the sister science to yoga, while currently finding its place in Ivy League universities across the country such as Harvard. Ayurveda understands disease is not spontaneously procured; it is always produced. It is acquired by a lifestyle that is not aligned with the laws of nature.

For a new direction, career path, or to simply learn how to heal oneself and family, consider studying Ayurveda and make a difference, one person at a time.

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