On Nov 20, 2005, at 5:20 PM, bdadvaitin wrote:

> Hello, I'm a new member.  Was a first year student at MIU back
> in 19750-1976.  Also lived in Fairfield for a couple of years
> around 1982-1984. Only name I recognize so far is Dana Sawyer.
> Where is he now? And what a change in Charlie Lutes.  Last time
> I met him was at the Cambridge TM center.  Is he on the inside or
> outside the TMO?  I am considering a career change and want to join
> the preventative health field.  Would like to pursue ayurveda training
> long distance.  Can anyone offer some insight on this for me? JGD

I took Robbie Svoboda's correspondence course years ago--and back  
then there was little else. Of course it only gave you theory. For  
clinical knowledge you had to attend classes at the Ayurvedic Institute.

Now you have many more options, but most will involve hands on study.  
I think the best program I have heard of is at Bastyr in Seattle.  
They actually have a set up with Ayurvedic colleges in India so you  
can do some practicum in India. Dave Matthew's wife recently  
graduated from there IIRC.

There is also, from what I have heard, some excellent (perhaps the  
best) Ayurvedic teaching coming from Vaidya Mishra--but as far as I  
know he offers no correspondence courses.

There is also a four year Tibetan Medicine program in Mass.

The problem with Ayurvedic certification in this country is that last  
I heard you cannot get reimbursement from insurance companies-- 
Chinese medicine is the only modality which would allow that.



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