Q. Why was the Perfect Health Online Teacher Training created?
A. The Perfect Health: Ayurvedic Lifestyle teacher training certification program is the Chopra Center’s foundational teacher training in the principles and practices of Ayurveda and mind-body health. For more than 15 years, participants from throughout the world have traveled to the Chopra Center to attend this renowned program and share these transformational teachings with their own communities. We wanted to make this program available in an online format so that as many people as possible can easily experience the benefits of Ayurveda and integrative health care. We remain dedicated to supporting a global audience at the highest possible level, and maintaining our role as a recognized leader in the field of mind-body medicine.
Q. What is the Perfect Health Online Teacher Training?
A. Established by Chopra Center co-founders, Deepak Chopra M.D. and David Simon, M.D., the Perfect Health certification program is an intensive immersion in Ayurveda and Vedanta, a timeless philosophy for living in balance and moving from constriction to expansion.
The training is comprised of sessions that include video, audio, and written materials; Q&A webinars with instructors; guided meditations; yoga and pranayama practices; reflection questions; student frequently asked questions; downloadable resources; interactive groups; and community discussion forums for participants to interact with each other and with instructors.
During the course, you will cultivate your own daily practices as you learn how to share the wisdom and practical tools of Ayurveda with your community. As a certified instructor, you will be qualified to teach the beautifully designed five-lesson process of the Chopra Center’s signature Perfect Health program, which leads people sequentially through the foundation and practical application of mind-body health and Ayurveda. You will be able to set up, market, and teach sessions and classes in a manner and frequency that works with your schedule.
The course is divided into two tracks: the Enrichment Track, for those participants who want to deepen their understanding of Ayurveda but who do not want to complete the requirements and the testing and evaluations required to become a certified instructor; and the Certification Track, which includes the Enrichment Track and additional in-depth sessions that will enable you to become a certified Perfect Health: Ayurvedic Lifestyle instructor.
Q. Are there any requirements for the Perfect Health Online Teacher Training?
A. The only requirement for participating in the Enrichment Track is that you have an established Primordial Sound Meditation practice. To get the most out of the program, we ask that you commit to meditating with your Primordial Sound mantra twice a day upon enrollment in the Enrichment Track. The Chopra Center’s Online, Primordial Sound Meditation OnDemand Course is included and participants will have access to the OnDemand course upon completion of enrollment (application complete and tuition paid in full). It is recommended participants begin upon enrollment and prior to the start of the scheduled training.
Participants who choose to become certified instructors also need to establish a twice-daily practice of the Primordial Sound Meditation technique upon enrollment of the scheduled teacher training. Participants need to start reading the required books and create time in their schedules to participate in Ayurvedic practices and stay engaged during the scheduled course. In addition, those becoming certified instructors are required to attend the Chopra Center’s Perfect Health live 6-day program within 12 months of starting the online teacher training. Special package pricing is available for anyone who has not already attended a Perfect Health program and needs to as part of their teacher training enrollment.
Q. What is included in the Enrichment Track?
A. The Enrichment Track is comprised of multiple sessions. Through the Enrichment Track, participants will learn about the origins and principles of Ayurveda, mind-body constitutions, Ayurvedic nutrition and herbs, detoxification, emotional well-being, basic anatomy and physiology, breathing techniques, mindful movement, aromatherapy, philosophy, meditation, and Sanskrit study. Participants will also explore scientific research on mind-body medicine and learn how to use and benefit from the practices of Ayurveda in their daily lives. The online course includes guided meditations, yoga and pranayama practices, reflection questions, student frequently asked questions, resources, and live Q&A calls. Each session includes content in video, audio, and/or written formats.
Q. How long is the Enrichment Track?
A. The Enrichment Track begins September 26, 2018, and is approximately a five-month course.
Q. When will the sessions in the Enrichment Track be released?
A. The sessions will be released periodically during the scheduled course. The complete schedule of session release dates will be published soon.
Q. What is included in the Certification Track?
A. In the Certification Track, participants will continue on from the Enrichment Track and learn how to teach the Chopra Center’s signature Perfect Health classes. The topics covered in the Certification Track include advanced Ayurvedic content, philosophy, and techniques; Ayurvedic pathology; vastu; chakras; Sanskrit study; the art of teaching; public-speaking skills; methods for facilitating group classes, workshops, retreats, and one-on-one consultations; teaching to specialty groups; and marketing and business best practices. Certification Track participants will also take part in exclusive live webinars with Advisory Board members and have access to certified instructor resources and benefits. Participants will be tested and evaluated on their knowledge of the lesson content and group presentations. Sessions will include guided meditations, yoga and advanced pranayama practices, reflection questions, student frequently asked questions, interactive groups, resources, and live Q&A calls. Each session includes content in video, audio, and/or written formats.
Q. How long will it take me to complete the Certification course?
A. It will take approximately eight months to complete the Enrichment Track and the Certification Track that follows.
Q. How long is each session in the Enrichment and Certification Tracks and what are my commitments?
A. While everyone will learn and integrate the teachings at their own individual pace, it will typically take anywhere from two to six hours to complete each session. An average of six to seven hours a week, in addition to your daily Primordial Sound Meditation practice and Ayurvedic practices, is required to complete the commitments of reading required books and written content within each session, listening to audio content, watching video content, completing daily practices for each session, answering reflection questions, participating in community discussion forums, participating in Q&A live calls for each session, participating in the optional Facebook Group, participating in the interactive groups, integrating information and practices, preparing for evaluations and testing in the Certification Track and reviewing additional resources within the online course.
Q. What happens if I miss a session release during the online course?
A. Once a session is released, you will be able to access it at any time.
Q. What are the required books for the course?
A. Participants must purchase the following books before the start of the teacher training. We encourage participants to begin the required reading as soon as they enroll.
- Perfect Health, by Deepak Chopra, M.D.
- The Wisdom of Healing, by David Simon, M.D.
- The Chopra Center Herbal Handbook, by Deepak Chopra, M.D. and David Simon, M.D.
- The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, by Deepak Chopra, M.D.
- Ayurveda and the Mind, by Dr. David Frawley
- Ayurveda: A Quick Reference Handbook, by Manisha Kshirsagar and Ana Cristina Magno
- Nonviolent Communication, by Marshall Rosenberg
- Free to Love, Free to Heal, by David Simon, M.D.
- Anatomy & Physiology for Dummies, by Donna Rae Siegfried
Please note: Additional books will be added to this list. Participants will be notified about the additional books. The content in these books will be explained, referenced, and discussed during both the Enrichment and Certification tracks. We suggest purchasing these books in written and/or audio formats. The required reading is not included in the teacher training tuition.
Q. Who are the main educators teaching this online course?
A. Throughout the Perfect Health Online Teacher Training, you will receive instruction from world-renowned experts in mind-body medicine, Ayurveda, meditation, and yoga, including:
- Deepak Chopra, M.D., F.A.C.P. – Co-founder of the Chopra Center for Wellbeing
- Sheila Patel, M.D. – Chopra Center Medical Director and Educator
- Suhas Kshirsagar, B.A.M.S., M.D. (Ayurveda)
- Valencia Porter, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.N. – Chopra Center Director of Integrative Medicine and Educator
- Mona Saint, M.D., M.P.H. – Chopra Center Educator
- Roger Gabriel – Chopra Center Educator
- Eddie Stern – Instructor of yoga asana, pranayama, and philosophy
- Manjula Nadarajah – Chopra Center Educator
- Teresa Long – Chopra Center Educator and Director of Certifications
The course is also taught and led by other Chopra Center educators and certified instructors.
Q. Is there opportunity for participants to interact with Chopra Center educators during the course?
A. Participants will receive exclusive access to live Q&A calls with Chopra Center educators and course instructors throughout the program. These calls offer participants real-time support, additional guidance, and the opportunity to hear them answer questions in a group setting. The course also includes a Community Forum where participants can share their experiences and connect with other like-minded students in the course. There will be a discussion thread in the Community Forum where participants can post any questions they want to ask the educators during the live calls.
Q. When are the live Q&A calls?
A. There are one to two live Q&A calls with the primary educators and instructors to support participant learning in each session. Live calls are 60 to 90 minutes. The schedule and information on how to call in is posted in the Live Call section, and an email will be sent out before each scheduled live call.
Q. How do the live calls work?
A. You will receive call-in details via email before each scheduled live Q&A call. Please submit your questions for the instructors prior to the scheduled calls, via the Community Forum. This is an interactive training, and participants will also be able to ask questions during the calls.
Q. If I cannot make the live calls, can I listen to them at a later time?
A. Yes! The live calls are recorded and if you are unable to make the live calls, you will be able to access them in Live Calls section of the course. Please allow 24–48 hours for the recorded calls to be posted.
Q. Is participation in the Community Forum required?
A. Yes. Participation in the Community Forum is a way to create community and interact with other participants worldwide. These private discussion forums are designed to help you integrate the course content more deeply and to communicate with Chopra Center staff and instructors. We encourage you to ask questions and receive support from others on the same journey. Community Forums will be open and active only for the duration of the scheduled dates of the Enrichment and Certification Tracks. Community Forums will close at the end of each track.
Q. Is there a Facebook group for participants in the online course?
A. Yes, there is an individual Facebook group page for the Enrichment Track participants and for the Certification Track participants. We encourage participants to connect with one another through these groups. However, participation in the Facebook group is optional. When the Enrichment Track begins, participants will receive an email with a link to join the Facebook Enrichment Track group. When the Certification Track begins, those who have enrolled in that track will be invited to that Facebook group.
Q. What equipment will I need to participate in the online course?
A. The basic equipment you will need for the online course is a computer or mobile device, and internet access. To listen to the live calls, you will also need speakers. To ask questions during the live calls, you will need speakers and a microphone. You can access the live calls online and by phone. The participant groups will require a microphone, speakers, and a web camera.
Q. Is the online course mobile-friendly?
A. Yes, you may enjoy the full course experience from a desktop, tablet, or mobile device.
Q. How long will the Enrichment and Certification Tracks be available to me?
A. You will have lifetime access to the tracks in which you enroll.
Q. Can I keep the videos or other materials after the experience is over?
A. There are a number of materials and resources provided with the online experience that you can download and keep for personal use. These include articles, FAQ, exercises, and your responses to reflection questions. The videos and some of the audio embedded in the online experience are watch-only and not available for download.
Q. Will I receive certification for completing the Enrichment Track?
A. Participants enrolled in just the Enrichment Track are taking this course is for their own enrichment and personal development. Certificate of completion is given to those who complete both the Enrichment and the Certification Tracks and all certification requirements.
Q. What are the requirements for certification?
A. Here are the complete requirements to become a certified Perfect Health: Ayurvedic Lifestyle instructor:
- Daily practice of the Primordial Sound Meditation technique upon enrollment of the scheduled teacher training.
- Daily practice of Ayurvedic principles.
- Attend and complete the six-day Perfect Health program as a participant. Participants can have completed the Perfect Health program up to three years before their enrollment in the online teacher training. If they have not yet attended the Perfect Health program, they must attend within 12 months of the scheduled online teacher training. Those who have not yet attended the Perfect Health program are required to enroll at the same time they enroll in the Perfect Health: Ayurveda Online Teacher Training.
- Participate in and complete each required online session within the online teacher training in both the Enrichment Track and the Certification Track.
- Participate in scheduled live Q&A calls (participate live and/or listen to recordings).
- Participate in all conference calls online or via phone with assigned groups and teacher training faculty (live and/or listen to recordings).
- Complete online testing and achieve the passing score. Online testing includes interactive activities, verbal presentations, and answering test questions. See Testing Requirements below for details.
- Certification is official upon satisfactory completion of the Perfect Health program and participation in the Enrichment and Certification Tracks. All required testing must be completed and passed.
- Complete both the Enrichment Track and the Certification Track, which includes watching all the videos, reading all the books and materials, integrating the information, listening to the live calls, and participating in the groups (live and/or listen to recordings).
- Complete and pass online, closed-book tests with a grade of 85% or higher. The online tests are in the form of multiple choice, matching, and true/false questions.
- Complete and pass all verbal presentation evaluations.
Testing outlines will be provided in the online teacher training course as well as before the scheduled start date of the Certification Track. All testing will be conducted via online modalities. The verbal presentation evaluations will be facilitated and completed through video conferencing using a web camera, microphone, and speakers.
Q. Can I receive continuing education credits for this course?
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Q. What is the commitment and refund policy?
A. Perfect Health Online Teacher Training – Enrichment and Certification Track Refund and Cancellation Policy
You may request a refund up to seven days from your date of purchase. Refunds will be honored based upon total tuition paid at time of request less applicable payment plan fees. If you are not satisfied with your purchase for any reason you may cancel up to seven days after the course start date and receive a refund less the non-refundable cancellation fee of $775 and any applicable payment plan fees. Please contact us at email@example.com to request your refund and allow up to 30 days for your refund to be processed. You will retain any bonuses received at registration. There will be no refunds offered on or after the eighth day from program start date. Once a cancellation occurs, access to the course will no longer be available to the enrollee. Changes to scheduled certification course date(s) will result in a $575.00 fee. This fee will apply to each change of certification date(s).