Vedic Counseling Certification

Vedic Counseling – Part 1

taught by Dr. Suhas Kshirsagar, MD (Ayur-India), BAMS

Course description

Deepen your understanding of Vedic Sciences: Learn the basics of Ayurveda, Yoga, Jyotish, Vaastu and Vedanta. Gain skills in integration and application of Vedic Sciences for a comprehensive approach to your life and/or your holistic health practice.

What can you do with this training?

As a Vedic Counselor you will gain the skills to:

  • Identify a broad and clear picture of one’s life in order to provide effective counseling to all the “real life” challenges
  • Create realistic goals and a timeline to avoid crises and maximize returns on “efforts”
  • Provide clients with a user friendly and applicable template of Vedic solutions for Physical and Emotional Health
  • Synchronize cosmic forces of destiny and free will for enlightened living
  • Build trust and faith in your ability to assist your client’s healing process, and your client’s ability to heal themselves
  • Acquire respect and trust from your client’s
  • Receive NAMA continuing education credits – 18 AHC credits, 38 AHP/AD credits

What will be included in the course?

In this course you will:

  • Deepen your understanding of Vedic Sciences
  • Learn the basics of Ayurveda, Yoga, Jyotish, Vaastu & Vedanta
  • Gain skills in integration and application Vedic Sciences for a comprehensive approach
  • Learn Western and Eastern Counseling approaches
  • Use The Art & Science of Vedic Counseling as a guide and course manual
  • Learn the subtleties of the client-practitioner relationship
  • Study the Yoga Sutra’s of Patanjali, Charaka Samhita & Parashara
  • Explore case studies and a complete workbook assignments

Dr. Suhas  Kshirsagar, MD (Ayur-India), BAMS
Dr. Suhas Kshirsagar, MD (Ayur-India), BAMS
With other leading experts: Yogacharya Ellen Grace O’Brian, Dr. Sheila Patel, Manisha Kshirsagar, Michael Mastro and Brent BecVar.

Dr. Suhas Kshirsagar is a classically trained Ayurvedic physician and a gold medalist from prestigious Pune University. A Rig Vedic Bramhin by tradition and an accomplished Clinician by training adds tremendous value to his clients and students alike. He is an insightful Medical Astrologer and Vedic Counselor.

He worked with His Holiness Maharishi Mahesh Yogi for over 10 years. During these years he and his wife Dr. Manisha, traveled extensively all around the world, teaching Ayurvedic Medicine, Jyotish, designing courses & curriculums, directing Ayurvedic Clinics and helping design new Ayurvedic formulations. He was the Chairman for Maharishi College of Vedic Medicine, a Professor at Maharishi University of Management and the Medical Director, at the Raj Pancha-Karma center in Fairfield IA.

He is a motivational speaker, presenting Ayurvedic Wisdom and sharing stage with Deepak Chopra, Tony Robbins, Wayne Dyer and many other leaders in the field.

He currently leads an Ayurvedic Clinic offering Pancha Karma, Diet and Lifestyle consultations, Vedic Astrology, Vedic Counseling, Medical dietology and herbal medicine. He currently teaches the “Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor” and “Ayurvedic Wellness Practitioner” programs to over 200 students, at different locations in United States.

Yogacharya Ellen Grace O’Brian 

Yogacharya Ellen Grace O’Brian is a western woman who teaches the riches of Indian philosophy in a fully accessible and inspiring way for newcomers and longtime practitioners alike. Ordained by Roy Eugene Davis, a direct disciple of Paramahansa Yogananda, she has been teaching and leading retreats for over three decades.

She is a poet, teacher, writer, and the spiritual director of Center for Spiritual Enlightenment—a Kriya Yoga Meditation Center with headquarters in San Jose, California. She teaches nationally and internationally and has received several community service awards, including the 2015 Mahatma Gandhi Award for the Promotion of Religious Pluralism.

Sheila Patel, MD

Dr. Sheila Patel is the Chopra Center’s Medical Director and a board-certified family physician who is passionate about bringing holistic healing practices into the Western medical system. She earned her M.D. at the University of Wisconsin Medical School and completed her residency in family medicine at the Ventura County Medical Center in Southern California. For more than a decade, she practiced full-spectrum family medicine, from prenatal care and deliveries to ER coverage and primary care for all ages.

At the Chopra Center, Dr. Patel offers integrative medical consultations that combine the best in conventional medicine with the wisdom of Ayurveda. She also teaches at the Chopra Center’s 6-day and 10-day Perfect Health programs, and is certified as an instructor of Ayurveda, yoga, and meditation.

Dr. Manisha Kshirsagar

Dr. Manisha, BAMS, LMT, DYA (India), is an accomplished Ayurvedic Physician and is teaching and practicing ayurvedic medicine in the west for over two decades. She is a Certified Yoga Teacher, Licensed Esthetician and specializes in Clinical Nutrition. She offers regular workshops on Ayurvedic Cooking, Skin and Beauty, Panchakarma therapies and Ayurvedic Herbology.

She is an assistant professor at Maharishi University and a faculty at various Ayurvedic Schools. She is the author of the award winning book ,”Ayurveda: A Quick Reference handbook”. She is the Co-Director at “Ayurvedic Healing” an Integrative Wellness Clinic in Santa Cruz, California.

Michael Mastro

Michael Mastro is North America’s leading expert of Vastu. For over 40 years, Michael has used Vastu for his clients worldwide to align their home and workspaces. As an architect and developer, Michael has built more than 20 million square feet of mixed-use space and 15,000 homes. He designed and built the first Microsoft building and many buildings for The Boeing Company employing the principles of Vastu. Corporate clients include The World Bank, NASA, Oracle, Microsoft, Amazon, Boeing and Intel.

Michael has been a teacher of yoga and meditation techniques since 1970. He is also a Jyotish astrologer. He gives vastu readings through the Chopra Centers and is a regular presenter on the subject of how to create stress-free living and working environments through Vastu at NAMA (the National Ayurvedic Medical Association Conference).

Brent BecVar, M.S.

Brent BecVar has worked in direct association with Deepak Chopra and the Chopra Organization for more than 22 years and was one of the first certified instructors of both Primordial Sound Meditation and Perfect Health Ayurvedic LifestyleIn 1993 with Dr. Chopra and Dr. David Simon, Brent established and supervised the Sharp Center for Mind Body Medicine Residential Program in Del Mar, California, which later became the Chopra Center for Wellbeing.

With over 30 years experience as a psychotherapist, educator, and Vedic astrologer, Brent has studied with respected Vedic Science masters in the U.S. and India. Brent received a master’s degree in education and psychology from the University of Kentucky. He was trained as a certified yoga instructor by Swami Satchidananda and the Integral Yoga Institute in 1970 and has taught and been immersed in Vedic studies for more than 40 years.


"Vedic Counseling with Dr. Suhas Kshirsagar strongly increased my ability to meet the unique needs of each of my clients as I began to see more clearly the nuances of discomfort and barriers to well-being in their lives. The tools, resources and skills I gained from this coursework has made me a more knowledgeable, more effective and more intuitive guide for my clients on their path to true, lasting well-being. I am deeply appreciative of the expanded understanding of both the counseling process as well as the tools to assist my clients in bring more peace, harmony and well-being into their lives. On behalf of myself and my many clients, thank you Dr. Suhas for this excellent class. I look forward to part two in 2018." —Monica V.

"The material was presented in such an organized and incredibly interesting way that I found myself getting more and more interested in the classes with each topic.  Through out the course something wonderful happened, I have found my own lifestyle improving and becoming healthier and happier...To me that truly is the challenge!  I feel like this process has given me compassion for others trying to change and improve their quality of life.  It is a process.

I am a massage therapist and have been trying to think of ways to incorporate what I have learned, as well as help my clients improve their health and sense of well being.  I recently offered a group detox/cleanse and used your book, "The Hot Belly Diet," as the guiding template, and of course what I had learned in class.  The group had such incredible results.  One woman lost 12 lbs the first 10 days.  She had suffered a chronic cough for over a year and within a week that was gone. Another woman had daily migraines in the morning, and within a few days they were gone.  This really encouraged the group to keep going, and it reinforced for me the power of Ayurveda. " —Anne

"This course wrapped masterly every area of us, humans beings.  I learned subjects absolutely new for me and revolutionary like jyotish. I find this science fascinating, although it is still hard for me to grasp, I continue working and studying from the books and your videos.  All the teachers were superb, and your guidance was impeccable...This course, covers so much about our lives, nothing is left behind... I feel motivated and I am looking forward to work with many clients, to help them and help myself as well.

 It has been an honored to study this course with you and the wonderful staff you have chosen for us. I am deeply grateful for these six months." —Claudia F.

"The Art of Vedic Counseling course catapulted my own personal growth and broadened my healing practice. It is quite a gift to study with Dr. Suhas. His extreme knowledge and insight is conveyed with a passionate dedication. Dr. Suhas weaves the ancient teachings into the realities of our modern day life in a practical way. Through this course, I gained an enthusiasm for Jyotish, a new knowledge of Vastu, and a deeper ability to help others.

 I have been in the healing arts for over 30 years with varying degrees of experience in yoga, Ayurveda, energy healing and bodywork therapies – this course provided clarity, focus and a framework to further develop my journey as a healer.

One of the most valuable aspects of this Vedic Counseling course was the integration of all the teachings under one umbrella. All of the guest speakers are experts in their field. It was a great opportunity to learn from all of them.I look forward to the advanced course."  —Denice Z.

"Thank you! for sharing your deep wisdom of the Vedic Sciences.The Vedic Counseling course was beyond amazing! I gained a ton of knowledge and a better understanding of the different modalities; Vedic Philosophy, Jyotish, Psychology and how to use them with harmony and abundance in our modern lifestyle. This course also gave me the confidence and tools to be a bettert eacher, counselor/practitioner for which I am eternally grateful. Namaste’ and I can’t wait for level 2."  —Batool Merali

Course Curriculum

Lesson 2: Foundations of Vedic Counseling
Lesson 4: Roadmap to Emotional Wellbeing
Lesson 5: Vedic Counseling Model
Lesson 6: Vaastu and Vedic Counseling
Lesson 8: Purusharthas – The Four Aims of Life
Lesson 10: Dharmic Living & Counseling Practice
Lesson 11: Motivational Interviewing
Lesson 12: Enlightened Living

Reviews (2)

Vedic Counseling Part 1

by Angela Fears
Wonderful class, I was able to implement most topics with my clients. A wealth of information to truly impact your counseling methods and skills.

by Reyna Hammerlund
aking this coure was one of the best decision I made. Thank You

Vedic Counseling Part 1

by Angela Fears
Wonderful class, I was able to implement most topics with my clients. A wealth of information to truly impact your counseling methods and skills.

by Reyna Hammerlund
aking this coure was one of the best decision I made. Thank You