MScA Course Descriptions

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Course Descriptions – Required Courses

GSA540E – Vocabulary of Ayurveda –Divine Language

Enhances memory, intellectual performance, understanding of classic texts

  • Classic Ayurvedic texts are written in Sanskrit. Authentic English translations of Ayurvedic classics have augmented universal outreach of Ayurveda.
  • This course covers overview of basic grammar in the context of selected studies of Ayurveda, Ayurvedic words, their meaning, correlating within selected Ayurvedic verse Competencies -Appraise the Sanskrit language and its compatibility in context of selected Ayurvedic verses Demonstrate writing, reading, translation and pronunciation in context of some selected Ayurvedic Sanskrit words, verses and passages.
  • Exhibit recitation of some selected Ayurvedic verses in their melodious precise rhythm.

Outcome: Behavior Change, Communication & Collaboration

GSA541E – Tridosha–Sound Framework for Diagnosis and Treatment

Appraise and integrate with the ancient wisdom.  Tridosha: Vata, Pitta and Kapha (also known as bio-energies in the Ayurvedic tradition).

  • Tridosha in the context of health and management of health and formation of body type
  • Illustrates the relation of Tridosha with the formation, progression and treatment of disease
  • Emphasis will be placed on the relationship of Tridosha with food, digestion, age, seasons, emotions and spiritual aspects
  • Competencies–determine most prominent Dosha in an individual, based on physical and emotional attributes; recognize potential areas for research on Tridosha.
  • Demonstrate health assessment and diagnostic skills in the context of Tridosha.
  • Distinguish the application of treatments based on the theory of Tridosha.

Outcome: Nutritional assessment, counseling, behavior change, recipe development, meal planning

GSA530E – Panchakarma-Ayurvedic Detoxification, Cleansing of Body & Mind

Hands-on learning

  • Learn through an overview of types, basic concepts, contra-indications, indications, philosophy, preparatory process for Panchakarma therapy; rejuvenation, prevention and treatment.
  • Apply personalized massage, massage with dry herbal powder, hot pack, Nasya (nasal drops) oil-pooling techniques for lower back & neck, therapeutic purging.
  • Describe basic concepts, philosophy, indications and contraindications for Panchakarma. Demonstrate specific Panchakarma from the above-mentioned modalities.

Outcome: Nutrition Therapy, counseling, behavior change, cooking pedagogy.

GSA542E – Ayurvedic Nutrition–Nutrition Starts Before Birth

Nutrition to body, mind, intellect and soul

  • Explains the fundamental principles and perspective of Ayurvedic nutrition, digestion; relation of Tridosha with digestion; importance, art and power of mindful eating
  • Ayurvedic classification of foods; preventative nutrition, therapeutic diets, cooking, and effect of food on the mind, body and spirit; provides hands-on experience in Ayurvedic cooking competencies; differentiate foods by to their Ayurvedic classification, by preparation methods of therapeutic foods
  • Correlate the root cause of disease and associated symptoms with food, adverse effects of food combinations
  • Develop personalized diet plans for disease prevention and health

Outcome: Behavior change, cooking pedagogy, recipe development, meal planning nutritional assessment, therapy, and counseling

GSA545E – Philosophy of Ayurveda –Holistic Approach

Wisdom of Healthy Living

  • Overview of Ayurveda’s central philosophical considerations, including its objectives, Pancha-mahabhuta (five basic elements); the theory of Tridosha (three functional bio-energies); Manas prakriti (constitution based on the doshas of mind); and the three pillars holding life and health. An introduction to Dhatu (body tissue); Malas (body wastes); Gunas (universal qualities of matter); Agni (biogenic fire essential for transformation); tastes; Ayurvedic holistic approach & views on balanced health,disease and treatments. The mission of Ayurvedic practice and practitioners is also premeditated in this course.
  • Competencies–Appraise Ayurveda’s holistic approach, basic considerations, three pillars of health
  • Elucidate the importance of the Ayurvedic views of health, disease and conservation of health

Outcome: Nutrition assessment, counseling, behavior change, recipe development, meal planning.

GSA 547E – Foundations of Ayurveda –Constant and Effective

The oldest system of medicine and surgery

  • Examines definition of Ayurveda, significance of history and evolution of this legendary science; impacts of prevailing six philosophies ‘shad darshana’ on the cosmology of Ayurveda; various traditional schools and branches of Ayurveda; globalization and spread of Ayurveda in the West; various activities of World Health Organization and other organizations for promotion of Ayurveda.
  • Information about research, scope of work and opportunities in Ayurveda
  • Competencies–Appraise and define Ayurveda, foundational philosophies Ayurveda
  • Describe and classify Ayurvedic classics.
  • Examine and describe globalization of Ayurveda
  • Recognize potential areas for work opportunities and research in Ayurveda

Outcome: Nutritional assessment, recipe development and meal planning.

GSA546E – Ayurvedic Aesthetics – Care for the “Self”

Enhancement of eternal beauty with wisdom

  • Overview of selected Ayurvedic perspective of human natural beauty that requires optimum health, and selected Ayurvedic techniques for its enrichment.
  • Selected description of hair, nails, skin and complexion with respect to dosha; Ayurvedic diurnal (daily routine) regimen including meditation for personal care for management of eternal beauty, along with herbal health preparations, role of herbs in the management of beauty
  • Competencies–Recognize benefits of Ayurvedic aesthetics for enhancement of personal beauty
  • Elucidate impact of doshas over skin, complexion, hair, nails, body type, diurnal regimen, personalized approach, modalities for the maintenance of beauty
  • Demonstrate and identify Ayurvedic methods of personal beauty management

Outcome: Nutritional assessment and counseling, behavior change.

GSA544E – Ayurvedic Yoga 1 – Integral Yoga with Ayurveda

Life of awareness

  • Examines the selected aspects of philosophy and significance of yoga within the selected context of Ayurveda
  • Selected yogic postures for specific dosha and conditions taught through instructions and selected practices, including, asanas, mantras, mudras, bandhas, breathing techniques and meditation
  • Competencies – Describe the importance of Ayurvedic yoga
  • Elucidate the integration approach of Ayurveda and yoga
  • Explain, demonstrate and identify selected asana, bandha, mudra, and basic breathing techniques
  • Examine the significance of selected asana for the selected meditation

Outcome: Behavior Change, Communication & Collaboration.

GSA543E – Ayurvedic Herbs –Prepare Herbal Products

Therapeutic application

  • Ayurveda utilizes herbs extensively for the maintenance of health and within the modalities of disease treatments.
  • The course will explore the information of varieties of herbal preparations and demonstration of selected herbal preparations, overview of basic principles of Ayurvedic herbs characteristics, including taste, properties, qualities post-digestive effect, energies; study of selected herbs, including information about determining dosage.
  • Competencies–Distinguish varieties of Ayurvedic herbal preparations.
  • Identify the Ayurvedic properties of herbs
  • Be familiar with some Ayurvedic herbal agencies and pharmaceutical companies.
  • Recognize selected herbs.

Outcome: Nutrition therapy, recipe development and meal planning, cooking pedagogy.

GSA572E – Indian Cooking –Traditional, Fast and Healthy

Diversity in Unity

  • Explore the selected aspects and significance of Indian cooking in Ayurveda. This course provides a brief overview of concepts of Tridosha (Vata, Pitta, and Kapha), relation of diets with dosha, along with the wisdom of efficiently cooking maximum Indian dishes in minimum time and effort
  • Selected traditional classic, regional dishes, therapeutic Ayurvedic diets; gluten-free, vegan and low sodium diets in Ayurvedic perspective will also be covered
  • Competencies–Cook, recognize and evaluate varieties of Indian foods with techniques of Indian cooking
  • Implement cooking methods for maximum Indian healthy recipes within minimum time and efforts
  • Identify and select the materials in appropriate proportion from Indian grocery store for specific recipe

Outcome: Nutrition therapy, cooking pedagogy, recipe development and meal planning.