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Perfect Health: Ayurvedic Lifestyle Online Certification Program Syllabus

The Perfect Health: Ayurvedic Lifestyle Online Teacher Training is an intensive immersion into the ancient teachings of Ayurveda, as translated by Dr. Deepak Chopra and Dr. David Simon. 

Continuing on from the Perfect Health Enrichment program, the Perfect Health Certification Program will include in-depth sessions that will enable you to become a certified Perfect Health: Ayurvedic Lifestyle instructor.

During the program, you will experience a deep immersion in Ayurveda and Vedanta, a timeless philosophy for living in balance and moving from constriction to expansion. 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.

Starting the Teacher Training

The teacher training will begin on the scheduled start dates. Once the teacher training begins, participants will have access to the online course, and each session will open on a scheduled date. Participants will then log into the sessions remotely as they are opened throughout the duration of the course. Enrolled participants will have lifetime access to the online course content. A full description of each session and its scheduled open date will be provided at the start of the teacher training.

Required Reading

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. 

Supplemental Reading List

  • The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, by Deepak Chopra, M.D.
  • The Healing Self by Deepak Chopra, M.D. and Rudolf E. Tanzi, Ph.D.
  • The Wisdom of Healing, by David Simon, M.D.
  • Free to Love, Free to Heal, by David Simon, M.D.
  • Change Your Schedule, Change Your Life by Dr. Suhas Kshirsagar
  • Ayurveda: A Quick Reference Handbook, by Manisha Kshirsagar and Ana Cristina Magno
  • Ayurveda and the Mind, by Dr. David Frawley
  • Nonviolent Communication, by Marshall Rosenberg

Please note: Additional books may be added to this list. Participants will be notified of the additional books. The content in these books will be explained, referenced, and discussed during the Certification Program. We suggest purchasing these books in written and/or audio formats. The required reading is not included in the Certification Program fee.

Requirements for Certificate of Completion

  • Daily practice of the Primordial Sound Meditation technique. 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. It is recommended that participants begin upon enrollment and prior to the start of the scheduled training.
  • Daily practice of Ayurvedic principles.
  • Attendance at the Chopra Center’s six-day Perfect Health retreat and/or completion of the Perfect Health Self-Paced Online Course. The Chopra Center’s Perfect Health Online Course is included with enrollment. We recommend participants begin the online course upon enrollment and before the start of the scheduled training.
  • Participate in and complete each required online session within the online teacher training.
  • Participate in scheduled live Q&A calls (participate live and/or listen to recordings).
  • Participate in conference calls/lectures online or via phone with assigned groups and teacher training faculty (live and/or listen to recordings).
  • Complete online testing and achieve a 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 retreat and/or completion of the included Perfect Health Online Course and participation in the Enrichment Program and Certification Program. All required testing must be successfully completed.

Testing Requirements

  • Complete all lessons in the Certification Program, which includes watching all the videos, reading all the books and materials, 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 Program. 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 (see Basic Technical Requirements below).


Completing the commitments listed below will require an average of six to seven hours a week, not including your daily Primordial Sound Meditation practice and Ayurvedic practices, which are also required. Throughout the duration of the teacher training, participants will need to commit time to the following:

  • Read required books.
  • Read all written content within each session, including resources.
  • Listen to audio content.
  • View video content.
  • Complete the Daily Practices for each session.
  • Participate in community forum discussions.
  • Attend and participate in live Q&A calls for each session (live and/or listen to recording).
  • Meet with assigned, interactive discussion groups via video conferencing during scheduled times (live and/or listen to recording).
  • Integrate information and practices.
  • Prepare verbal presentations for lessons.
  • Practice teaching presentations before scheduled evaluation and feedback sessions.
  • Prepare for the online tests.

Community Discussion Forums

At the start of the scheduled teacher training, there will be community forums for participants to interact with each other and communicate with Chopra Center staff and instructors. These forums are a way to create community among all the participants worldwide. The community forums will be open and active only for the duration of the scheduled dates of the Certification Program. The community forums will not be moderated after the official end of the Certification Program

Facebook Groups

Registration in the Certification Program grants you access to a closed-group Facebook community of your fellow teachers in training. A link to the Facebook group page will be included in the registration confirmation email, and participants can join before the scheduled start date of the program. We encourage participants to connect with instructors and one another through these groups.

Participant Groups

Participants will be divided into groups and will have an assigned teacher training faculty member who is a Chopra Center certified instructor. The teacher training faculty member will facilitate groups and answer participant questions. The groups are highly interactive and will discuss the content of the sessions. The participant groups will interact via online conferencing using video and/or phone. Group sessions are recorded and can be accessed online after each of the scheduled sessions. Additional details regarding scheduled times and conference instructions will be provided via email before the start of the teacher training.

Live Q&A Calls

Each session in the training will include one to two live Q&A calls. The live Q&A calls are an opportunity for participants to ask the primary educators teaching a session questions about the content within that session. Participants will be asked to post questions in the community forum before each of the scheduled live calls. The live Q&A calls are generally scheduled on a specific weekday at 10 am (Pacific time). However, please note that live Q&A calls may be scheduled at other times and days. A schedule with the teleconference instructions will be provided via email before the start of the teacher training. Live calls are recorded and can be accessed online after each of the scheduled calls.

Basic Technical Requirements

The basic equipment needed for the online course is a computer or mobile device, internet access, microphone, speakers, and web camera. The live Q&A calls can also be accessed by phone.

Note: Information on the syllabus is subject to change.

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