Why the Balance School of Ayurveda?
Because you’ll learn from the best. This program unites qualified Ayurvedic doctors and clinicians from India, Europe and the USA. Atreya and Dr. Joshi have been practicing Ayurveda for more than 30 years, and are considered worldwide authorities in Ayurveda. Jessica has been practicing and teaching Ayurveda for more than a decade in New Orleans, Thailand, the Philippines, Austria, Scotland and France.
The Balance School of Ayurveda teaches you how to apply this ancient wisdom to your modern life. This program teaches you how to apply and practice Ayurveda to improve your live and those around you.
Who is this program for?
Anyone who wants to take charge of their own health and help others around them.
If you want to take the lazy approach — take a pill and forget about taking action — Ayurveda isn’t right for you.
Becoming an Ayurvedic Counselor is a fantastic way for yoga teachers and other holistic practitioners to broaden their offerings to students.
I firmly believe that traditional medical workers like MDs, nurses and dietitians benefit from this in-depth approach to individualized health. As both a dietitian and an Ayurvedic Practitioner, I’m able to use the skills learned through Ayurveda with a western approach. For example, how to use a person’s tongue to understand digestion, how to look at skin, nails and hair to understand nutritional status. And most importantly, how to take a holistic approach with clients rather than looking at each problem separately. ~Jessica Blanchard
The Balance School of Ayurveda meets the highest standards of educational requirements as defined by National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA). At the completion of the program and the internship, you’ll be qualified to register as an Ayurvedic Counselor.
We will launch the program in the fall of 2018. Until then we will periodically host workshops where you’ll start to discover Ayurveda. Join the email list below and you won’t miss out.
Sign up for our early interest list here.
Jessica Blanchard, RD – Program Director
Jessica began studying Ayurveda in 2003 with Vaidya Atreya Smith in France. She completed her clinical studies in India with Dr. Joshi in 2005.
In 2007 Jessica returned to her native New Orleans and established Balance Yoga and Wellness, where she helps clients and yoga students to adapt Ayurveda to be relevant to the climate of south Louisiana. Jessica is also a Registered Dietitian.
Jessica teaches advanced Ayurveda courses in Europe and Thailand, and as part of the Balance Yoga 200-hour Teacher Training.
Vaidya Atreya Smith
Author of 14 books on the healing arts of India, including five textbooks for Western students of Ayurveda, Atreya brings over 30 years of clinical experience to his teaching and his patients. Atreya specializes in showing Western students of Ayurveda how to adapt this ancient science to their local climate, lifestyle and constitution. His teachings are based on his 23 years of teaching in Europe.
Atreya will teach one module per month online. Atreya serves on the advisory board to the Balance School of Ayurveda.
Read more about Atreya here.
Dr. Sunil Joshi – Faculty and Clinical Studies Director
Sunil Joshi, BAMS, MD (Ayu), is a world renowned Ayurvedic physician from Nagpur, India. He serves on the advisory board of the Chopra Center for Well Being and has spoken at Columbia University, the National College of Naturopathic Medicine, and the National Institutes of Health in Washington DC. Currently, Dr. Joshi is involved in supporting the expansion of Ayurveda throughout North America, and Europe, focusing a majority of his time teaching and practicing at his two primary centers in India and Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Joshi’s full bio and accomplishments here.
Dr. Joshi serves on the advisory board to the Balance School of Ayurveda and will teach one module in New Orleans in 2018. Students completing the Balance program are eligible to spend are eligible to spend three weeks apprenticing clinical studies with Dr. Joshi at his clinic in India.
Sharon Seyna – Faculty
Sharon began her professional wellness career steeped in the pleasure of flavor and fragrance behind a craft cocktail bar. For many years, she worked in the service industry while she also taught yoga.
In 2013, she began to unite the two disparate worlds into her own brand of curiously unique products called Bartanica. She uses her certification as an Ayurvedic Practitioner to demonstrate the intelligence of Ayurveda in her workshops, writing, and business.
Dr. Domnica Fontina, MD
Dr. Sunil Joshi
Vaidya Atreya Smith