COURSE 01: HIAAYU1 – Foundations of Ayurvedic Medicine

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Diploma of Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultation HLT52615

Welcome Message from Shanti Gowans,
CEO Health Institute Australasia

Welcome aboard…

As we look around the world today, we could find ourselves thinking a great deal about a lost art…the art of living. Day by day, modern life takes your wellness away.

Many things blossom karmically for us in our lives, providing us with great feedback. What you can do as an antidote to challenges and obstacles, clearing the way ahead, is to engage in the wisdom practices of Ayurveda and yoga for yourself.

There is so much activity in the world, some of it very distasteful. People are suffering from devastating diseases and loneliness and are falling by the wayside as a result of war, drugs, gambling and pestilence. Peace and harmony are so wanted, so needed. If we want to rise out of this apparent chaos, we must change our own circumstances and move to another level of being, and then be available to help others. But this message is to reassure you: nature offers the answer. Don’t despair. As with all mistakes, all is not lost if we don’t lose the lesson.

The founding visions from Yoga, Ayurveda, and Meditation, have transformed the holistic philosophy of wellbeing into my work and my writing. These have been amongst my best friends as I have moved along the path of life. They have lifted me up and supported me, and each step has provided me with a deeper knowing, arising from wisdom. 

These teachings, together with my publications, have sprung in great part from rich and sacred associations with people and situations all over the world: saints, sages, yogis, rishis, the old, the young, the person with a hungry mind who has sought a new and better way to regain or maintain their health, and from life itself.

I feel truly blessed to invite you to share some time with me, in the healing heartland of Australia, which I now call home. Here, I look forward to you being involved with and engaged in continuing to nurture the essence and brand of our special piece of paradise.

Having been in the field of Yoga and Ayurveda for decades now, it has been more than a job. It’s been my calling… my sacred journey… and pure joy. I believe in the wisdom practices of Ayurveda and Yoga, and this belief continues to grow with every new student and practitioner I meet.

It is to this end, and in honour of all those who have served me along the way, that I share my life and my endeavours with you now.

All that I have learnt, I would like to share with you now. I trust that you will understand how invaluable this is to you because ignorance comes at a high price.

I wish you a very warm welcome, on this occasion of your first level of training in Ayurveda. It is my hope, that through this work, we will be good friends for life.

Ayurveda is unique, and different from any other path or system of healing that I know. It is widely accepted by the medical profession and the general public alike. Yoga provides its practitioners with many incredible tools to help balance your mind and body everyday. Meditation helps promote mental clarity and wellbeing. Pranayama, the conscious, deliberate regulation of the breath, assists in moving the body from high alert (the sympathetic nervous system) to a more grounded state of calmness (the parasympathetic nervous system). Many other complementary disciplines, have ‘borrowed’, ‘learnt’, and ‘cross-pollinated’ from many aspects of Yoga and Ayurveda, thereby paying them the ultimate compliment.

Getting healthier is a consequence of eating right, moving right, breathing right and thinking right. Through your studies, you will learn how to do this, and become clearer, stronger, and healthier, by meeting your unique needs. You will then be able to share this with others. Be strong. You will meet people with bodies to fix, minds to quieten, broken spirits that need mending, and lives that need healing. You will spend many precious hours teaching them how to address their problems, and not just mask their symptoms.

The intermediate objective is to overcome self-sabotage, dissolve mental impurities and clear the mind for Self-realisation. Currently, who you think you are, arises from the thoughts you have about yourself. You are not a thought or the object of any consciousness. You are the subjective consciousness itself. Only when you truly know who you are, and realise your uniqueness, will you know what is possible. It is your vantage point that you’re stuck in. In the bigger picture, you are a totally determined being.

Ayurveda and Yoga are a lifetime experience … and through them, you’ll discover the experience of a lifetime. For progress on such a holistic (i.e. holy) path, regular spiritual practice, sadhana, is essential. Learners require time for sadhana, in order to maintain their equilibrium and inspiration.

Be a leader

Martin Luther King said, “I have a dream.” Leaders are people who are in pursuit of a dream. They’re risk-takers, who don’t suffer from self-consciousness. They excite others about their vision, make it their mission, and encourage others to join them. As a true leader, you must come to accept that what others think about you is not really in the scheme of things, if you want to take on the world and make life the way it ought to be. Follow your dreams.

Your spiritual health lies in your ability to live in harmony with the external universe. Your mental health is dependent upon your ability to live in harmony with yourself. Your mental condition has both a physical and social impact. You are the guardian and custodian of this planet. Your own survival depends upon not disturbing the fragile balance between nature and living organisms. You must prevent wanton destruction and return to the equilibrium of nature. If you cut down a tree for your own use, plant another. Reduce your carbon footprint. Ensure the purity of water by not polluting the waterways and ocean, directly or indirectly. Ensure that the air and space are not poisoned, by your thoughts, words, or deeds.

To enjoy spiritual rewards and to be fit and healthy, you need to eat well, according to your unique constitution. Your body and mind need the best food, and your appetite, digestion, metabolism, and elimination to be functioning optimally, in order for them to provide you with the nutrition you require. The food you consume, becomes your appearance, your mode of expression and has a vital influence on your state of mind and happiness.

I know that we’re friends now. I welcome you to our sangha as a member of our Yoga and Ayurvedic family and ‘tribe’. I am both a friend and mentor to you. I trust that you’ll keep in touch. You will be the standard-bearers of this amazing teaching. I have given you the best material that I am able to give, a good clear, basic knowledge for those of you who will teach after me, so that you can carry on this work in a skilful manner. My personal vision is Living Peace. My mission has been to take this peace and healing from heart to heart, door to door, and shore to shore. It is up to you to apply the teachings in a way that will serve to uplift human beings physically, mentally, and spiritually. Let your vision include everyone to create raving fans, from the original telephone enquiry to the end-use client. I invite you to share this vision, so that we can continue together to evolve Health Institute Australasia’s offering of Shanti Yoga and Ayurveda into the world’s largest provider of wellbeing.

Good luck with your studies.

With my radiant blessings and namaste,



Your Course

Greetings and a warm-hearted welcome to you, as you enter this new chapter of your life.

We are incredibly delighted to embark on this exciting new journey together, and it is our great honour to celebrate new and exciting adventures with you.

You will continue to be inspired by meeting and working with some of the most amazing teachers, healers, staff and volunteers as you build such wonderful relationships with both new and familiar faces through this next chapter of your wonderful life.

We look forward to continuing your wellness journey as we continue to deliver bespoke experiences that you will love and obtain great benefits from.



Diploma of Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultation HLT52615

Total number of units = 18


HLTAYV001             Develop Ayurvedic practice
HLTAYV002             Make Ayurvedic lifestyle assessments
HLTAYV003             Provide Ayurvedic bodywork therapies
HLTAYV004             Provide Ayurvedic lifestyle advice
HLTAYV005             Provide advice on Ayurvedic nutrition

Each of the Core Ayurvedic units has an Assessment Plan which your trainer will revise with you.

In Course 12 you will be doing the practical component of conducting Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultations and assessment will take place at that time.

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The units in the Health Training Package are part of the hierarchy and pre-requisites before practicum. This is because the subject matter from these (listed below) must be incorporated into the practicals, as they are the underpinning Training Standards (in their various contexts) for the practicum. The sooner you complete these, the sooner you can embark on the practicum.

1.            HLTAAP002 – Confirm physical health status

2.            HLTWHS004 – Manage work health and safety

3.            HLTINF004 – Manage the prevention and control of infection

4.            HLTMSG010 – Assess client massage needs 

5.            CHCDIV001 – Work with diverse people

6.            CHCCOM006 – Establish and manage client relationships 

7.            CHCLEG003 – Manage legal and ethical compliance 

8.            CHCCCS001 – Address the needs of people with chronic disease

9.            CHCMHS001 – Work with people with mental health issues

10.        CHCCCS038 – Facilitate the empowerment of people receiving support 

11.        CHCPRP003 – Reflect on and improve own professional practice

12.        BSBESB401 – Research and develop business plans

13.        HLTAID011 – Provide first aid



You will be required to travel to HIA to do your practical training, which includes; massage, kati basti, shirodhara and conducting Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultations.

  • 3 day practical training – Abyhanga (massage) Gold Coast campus (includes common unit performance tasks)
  • 3 day practical training – Kati basti and Shirodhara Gold Coast campus (includes common unit performance tasks)
  • 7 day retreat – Nirvana Wellbeing retreat
  • 7 day practicum – Gold Coast campus – Ayurvedic consultations/treatments/assessment



Health Institute Australasia delivers the 5 core Ayurvedic units of competency, which are:
HLTAYV001, HLTAYV002, HLTAYV003, HLTAYV004, HLTAYV005, in 12 Courses, outlined below.

COURSE 1 HIAAYU1 – Foundations of Ayurveda. $1550
HLTAYV001. Develop Ayurvedic practice.
HLTAYV002. Make Ayurvedic lifestyle assessments
HLTAYV003. Provide Ayurvedic bodywork therapies.
HLTAYV004. Provide Ayurvedic lifestyle advice.
HLTAYV005. Provide advice on Ayurvedic nutrition.

COURSE 2 HIAAYU2 – Historical and Philosophical background of Ayurveda. $1550
HLTAYV001. Develop Ayurvedic practice.
HLTAYV004. Provide Ayurvedic lifestyle advice.

COURSE 3 HIAAYU3 – Defining the Ayurvedic Body. $1550
HLTAYV001. Develop Ayurvedic practice.
HLTAYV002. Make Ayurvedic lifestyle assessments
HLTAYV004. Provide Ayurvedic lifestyle advice.
HLTAYV005. Provide advice on Ayurvedic nutrition.

COURSE 4 HIAAYU4 – Determining Constitution. (Prakruti) $1550
HLTAYV001. Develop Ayurvedic practice.
HLTAYV002. Make Ayurvedic lifestyle assessments.
HLTAYV004. Provide Ayurvedic lifestyle advice.
HLTAYV005. Provide advice on Ayurvedic nutrition.

COURSE 5 – HIAAYU5 – Ayurvedic Pharmacology. Herbs. (Aushadi) $2550
HLTAYV001. Develop Ayurvedic practice.
HLTAYV002. Make Ayurvedic lifestyle assessments
HLTAYV003. Provide Ayurvedic bodywork therapies.
HLTAYV004. Provide Ayurvedic lifestyle advice.
HLTAYV005. Provide advice on Ayurvedic nutrition.

COURSE 6 – HIAAYU6 – Ayurvedic Nutrition. (Ahaar) $1550
HLTAYV001. Develop Ayurvedic practice.
HLTAYV002. Make Ayurvedic lifestyle assessments
HLTAYV005. Provide advice on Ayurvedic nutrition.

COURSE 7 – HIAAYU7 – Concept of Health and Disease in Ayurveda. (Swasthya Siddhanta) $1550
HLTAYV001. Develop Ayurvedic practice.
HLTAYV002. Make Ayurvedic lifestyle assessments
HLTAYV004. Provide Ayurvedic lifestyle advice.

COURSE 8 – HIAAYU8 – Longevity, Rejuvenation, Virility. (Rasayana and Vajikarana) $1550
HLTAYV001. Develop Ayurvedic practice.
HLTAYV002. Make Ayurvedic lifestyle assessments
HLTAYV004. Provide Ayurvedic lifestyle advice
HLTAYV005. Provide advice on Ayurvedic nutrition.

COURSE 9 – HIAAYU9 – Ayurvedic Massage therapy. (Abyhanga) PRACTICUM $2995
HLTAYV001. Develop Ayurvedic practice.
HLTAYV002. Make Ayurvedic lifestyle assessments.
HLTAYV003. Provide Ayurvedic bodywork therapies.

COURSE 10 – HIAAYU10 – Allied Ayurvedic Bodywork therapies. (Shirodhara & Katibasti)  $1550

HLTAYV001. Develop Ayurvedic practice.
HLTAYV002. Make Ayurvedic lifestyle assessments.
HLTAYV003. Provide Ayurvedic bodywork therapies.

COURSE 11 – HIAAYU11 – Stress Management and Self Care.  PRACTICUM $1550
HLTAYV001. Develop Ayurvedic practice.
HLTAYV002. Make Ayurvedic lifestyle assessments
HLTAYV004. Provide Ayurvedic lifestyle advice.
HLTAYV005. Provide advice on Ayurvedic nutrition.

COURSE 12 – HIAAYU12 – Provide Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultation. PRACTICUM $1550
HLTAYV001. Develop Ayurvedic practice.
HLTAYV002. Make Ayurvedic lifestyle assessments.
HLTAYV003. Provide Ayurvedic bodywork therapies.
HLTAYV004. Provide Ayurvedic lifestyle advice.
HLTAYV005. Provide advice on Ayurvedic nutrition.



Each of the 12 Courses has Lessons with associated Topics that the student will need to complete before the next course can be commenced.
On completion of each course you are required to complete assessment requirements, which you then upload.
Please note, you will need to be graded and approved as competent before you can continue to the next level.



  • 12 Course exams
  • 50 Herb exams (or quizzes in Learn Dash)
  • 1 Herb chart (inclusive of 50 herbs)
  • 12 Course Assignments
  • 100 Pulses
  • 10 Prakrutis
  • 5 Core Ayurvedic unit assessments (conducting consultations and treatments)
  • 25 Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultations (inclusive of all paperwork, including final recommendations)
  • 3 Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultations – Assessments
  • 25 Massages
  • 3 Massage assessment
  • 1 Kati Basti assessment
  • 1 Shirodhara assessment
  • 12 Common Units (including Knowledge Questions and Performance Tasks)
  • Current First Aid certificate – HLTAID011 – Provide First Aid



Course 1 has 10 lessons to complete

LESSON 1.01         Introduction to the Science of Life (AYURVEDA)
Topic 1.1.1                  Introduction to Ayurveda
Topic 1.1.2                  Definition of Ayurveda
Topic 1.1.3                  History of Ayurveda
Topic 1.1.4                  Features of Ayurveda

LESSON 1.02              Purpose and aims of Ayurveda
Topic 1.2.1                  Purpose of Ayurveda
Topic 1.2.2                  Aims of Ayurveda

LESSON 1.03              Central Principles of Ayurveda
Topic 1.3.1                  The 5 Basic Elements (pancha mahabhootas)
Topic 1.3.2                  Constitutional types (doshas)
Topic 1.3.3                  Constitution (prakruti)
Topic 1.3.4                  The 3 prime qualities (gunas)
Topic 1.3.5                  The Digestive Fire (agni)
Topic 1.3.6                  The Seven Body Tissues (sapta dhatus)
Topic 1.3.7                  Life Force (prana)
Topic 1.3.8                  Spiritual Beings

LESSON 1.04              What is life (ayus)
Topic 1.4.1                  Definition of life (ayus)
Topic 1.4.2                  Types of Life
Topic 1.4.3                  Life Span (Ayu pramana)
Topic 1.4.4                  Stages of Life

LESSON 1.05              The body in Ayurveda (sharira)
Topic 1.5.1                  Body (sharira)
Topic 1.5.2                  The Self (atman)
Topic 1.5.3                  The Senses (indriyas)
Topic 1.5.4                  The Mind (manas)

LESSON 1.06              Spirituality, the life-centre of Indian culture
Topic 1.6.1                  Indian civilisation
Topic 1.6.2                  Indian Philosophy
Topic 1.6.3                  Vedic philosophy and references to Ayurveda
Topic 1.6.4                  Freedom (moksha)
Topic 1.6.5                  Indian philosophy (advaita etc.)

LESSON 1.07              Eight limbs of Ayurveda (Astanga Ayurveda)
Topic 1.7.01                  Outline of the 8 limbs in Ayuveda
Topic 1.7.02                  Internal medicine (kaya chikitsa)
Topic 1.7.03                  Surgery (shalya tantra)
Topic 1.7.04                  Paediatrics and Gynaecology ( kaumara bhritya tantra)
Topic 1.7.05                  Psychiatry (bhuta vidya)
Topic 1.7.06                  Ear, nose, throat and eye (shalakya tantra)
Topic 1.7.07                  Toxicology (Agada or visha tantra)
Topic 1.7.08                  Geriatrics, rejuvenation, immunity, anti-aging, (rasayana tantra)
Topic 1.7.09                  Sexology, eugenics and aphrodisiac therapy enhancing sexual power (vajikarana)
Topic 1.7.10                 16 specialities of Ayurveda

LESSON 1.08              The 50 principles of Ayurveda
Topic 1.8.1                  The 50 principles of Ayurveda

LESSON 1.09              The 10 Pairs of Opposites
Topics 1.9.01                Introduction to the 20 Properties (gunas)
Topics 1.9.02               Heavy (guru)                           Light (Laghu)
Topics 1.9.03               Slow (Manda)                        Sharp (Tikshna)
Topics 1.9.04               Cold (Shita)                           Hot (Ushna)
Topics 1.9.05               Oily (Snigdha)                      Dry (Ruksha)
Topics 1.9.06               Slimy (Shlakshna)               Rough (Khara)
Topics 1.9.07               Dense (Sandra,)                   Liquid (Drava)
Topics 1.9.08               Soft (Mrudu)                       Hard (Kathina)
Topics 1.9.09               Static (Sthira)                     Mobile (Chala)
Topics 1.9.10               Subtle (Sookshma)             Gross (Sthula)
Topics 1.9.11              (Pichchila)/Cloudy (Avila) Clear (Vishada)

LESSON 1.10         Assessment – COURSE 1: HIAAYU1

Topic 1.10.1              Audio Lecture 1 – Dr. Swapnil BAMS
Topic 1.10.2             Assignment
Topic 1.10.3             Exam




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SHANTI GOWANS is a renowned Yogi, International spiritual teacher and living master. Trained from childhood in the ancient techniques, she is a master of the traditional wisdom and techniques of Yoga, as well as in the system of philosophy and psychology on which such techniques are based. Born in India, and educated in both the Eastern and Western traditions, Shantiji has lived in Australia since 1972, when she established The Shanti Niketan Yoga Centre in Melbourne. In 1995, The Shanti Yoga Meditation Institute was established on the Gold Coast (Australia) where Shantiji currently lives and formally teaches a community of students. She is listed in The World’s Who’s Who of Yoga, and the World’s Who’s Who of Women. Her message is simple. “Everyone can live with joy. Everyone can experience peace. Everyone can be healthy.”

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