In the winter of 2009 I headed to Asia to study Ayurvedic massage in India for a month in the southern state of Kerala.
India, more specifically Kerala, is becoming a mecca for people who want to learn Ayurvedic massage and medicine. Kerala is a beautiful southern tropical state, filled with beautiful back waters, coconut trees and extremely friendly and kind people. Kerala is beautiful and learning is such an environment is a plus!
I chose one of the most respected schools I could find in Kannur The school of Ayurveda and Panchakarma. My teachers, Sapna and Rajesh were 2 young ayurvedic doctors who decided to dedicate their lives teaching foreign students. Their curriculum seemed interesting and the prices were appealing.
We had 8 full hours of classes, daily, 4 hours of theory classes in the morning and 4 hours practice classes during the afternoon. When you study Ayurvedic massage in India, you’ll learn much more than when you’re taking a course back home. You’ll immerse in the culture, traditions and will have a much deeper understanding of the Ayurvedic massage and medicine context.
The class had about 16 students, on high season which is a good number. We became good friends and practised a lot on each other during our free time. All students decided to be placed within shared apartments provided by the by the school for a monthly rent. The apartments were very comfy, simple and modern.
During my stay the rent was quite affordable, I paid 50€ a month, sharing with another person with all the amenities included. Unfortunately, on the next month, they doubled the prices.
I was pleasantly surprised with the quality of both the theoretical and the practical classes. The teachers were used to explain very complex theories in a very simple way, easy for everyone to understand.