San Diego College of Ayurveda, California is a registered school with Yoga Alliance, International Association of Yoga Therapists and National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA).We offer recognized certificate and diplomas in Ayurvedic Medicine, Yoga Therapy and Yoga Teacher Training.

We are an International college with workshops in Thailand, Vancourver, USA and India offered at different times. Our purpose is to teach the community and individual the ancient principles and practices of Ayurveda and its Sister Philosophies to reduce stress, eat a healthier organic plant based diet, and adopt body and mind wellness practices in their daily lives.

San Diego College of Ayurveda is an online, distant learning, Institute offering a Blended Learning of Ayurvedic Medicine Courses through Virtual Online Classes, Webcasts, Webinars, Forums as well as once a month ONSITE classes at our location in Escondido for Practitioner courses.

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Courses for USA Residents
Students from USA have to follow the NAMA (National Ayurvedic Medical Association) mandated Ayurveda Counselor curriculum for 600 Hours and Ayurveda Practitioner for 1000-1500 hours in order to qualify for the recognition from NAMA.

About us

The college was established by Husband and Wife team, Dr Monica B Groover (Manjulali Dasi), and, Pandit Atul Krishna Das. Both wanted to establish an affordable, online college, based on Samkhya as well as Vedantic principles. The team wanted to make Ayurvedic education affordable by using Open Source Learning Management like Moodle.

SDCOA instructional design team created small chunks of experiential, case based learning courses, that could be applied and integrated with any holistic health. Readymade Ayurvedic Daily Regimen, Diet and Ahara Protocols for Vata, Pitta and Kapha issues, as well as Herb Plans are suggested.

The team sought to establish an 'online' but HIGHLY Interactive program with LIVE classes at a very affordable price.

SDCOA (San Diego College of Ayurveda) was first established for offering smaller online courses, for holistic health professionals. However, it moved on and has organically grown bigger, and, one of the best distant learning Ayurveda course providers in U.S. and Canada.

SDCOA is affordable, interactive, flexible and offer experiential learning programs. SDCOA, also, offers intensive online courses, 500 Hour Ayurveda Practitioner course, and, advanced professional training program for the study of Ayurveda via distant learning as well as Interactive LIVE classes conducted via WEBEX LEARNING PLATFORM.

There are VIRTUAL live classes few times a week at a VIRTUAL CLASSROOM LOCATION. Students and Instructor may, interact, video share presentations. Students see the teacher use whiteboard, attempt quizzes - ask questions. All like in a REAL classroom, and, in REAL TIME. However, all the students and teachers are logging in from home, in front of a computer.

Students also have the option to log in through iphone, ipad, blackberry, Android.

SDCOA offers a comprehensive curriculum, with two levels of programs leading to certification as a Ayurvedic Wellness Practitioner. Our Ayurveda school offers a variety of shorter length workshops and seminars, and trains students to incorporate holistic Ayurvedic Herbs, Ayurvedic Dietitics and Nutrition protocols as well as Ayurvedic Panchakarma therapies with their current practices. Our students are physical therapists, R.N's, Western Medical Doctors, Western Herbalists, Yoga Teachers, Reiki Teachers, Homeopathic Doctors to name a few.

SDCOA believes in keeping the 'online' class number very small. The teacher student ratio is 1 per 6 students.

New students get assigned Student coaches. (Students that have completed the course, and doing internship or externship).

The training is personalized, and experiential. We are dedicated to providing the high quality education and health care in the field of Ayurveda - at a fraction of a price.

Compare our prices to any other school in United States. We offer our courses at $5 per Credit Hour.

Although, SDCOA does not accept any federal funding or give out loans - we offer flexible payment options.

And, the student saves on travel cost.

If the student misses a 'class', the live classes are recorded. Make up Classes are also available.


"I thought an Online college, meant, it would be mostly distant learning at my own pace. However, I am surprised how INTERACTIVE and Dynamic the course is. With 3 classes a week, plus, online access to student forums, virtual resources, peer reviews, case studies, it is by far the best learning experience I have ever had. And, I have a Masters Degree already" - Student, San Diego College of Ayurveda

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