Vatatapika Kayakalpa Certificate Course
Kayakalpa’s history reaches back to sages renowned for their youthful longevity and supernatural powers, the Siddha yogis of India, circa 3000 B.C. Of the two ancient medical systems of India the Siddha system is the oldest. Its wisdom was first transferred from the god Shiva to his wife Parvati, and from her to the Siddhas, who practiced Kayakalpa as a a sacred science to attain Siddhi(mystical powers). Kayakalpa is described in Siddha and Ayurveda medical literature as the ultimate fountain of youth, vitality longevity, higher consciousness and as a means to reach the crown of Indian spiritual practice – Jivan Mukti, liberation within life itself.
There were two types of Kayakalpa: The first method, Kutipraveshika (from “Kuti” or cottage and “Praveshika” or dwelling within), was a profound experience primarily undergone by advanced Yogic practitioners and those who had the immense discipline needed to complete the treatment. During a process which lasted from 45 to 90 days, in a process of therapeutic austerity, secluded in a three layered womb-like cottage protected from air and sunlight, the aspirant received special herbal-mineral elixirs. They were sustained by small amounts of a carefully selected nourishment, and entered subtle states of consciousness that allowed them to rejuvenate completely.
The second method of rejuvenation, Vatatapika (from the Sanskrit “Vata” or air and “Tapika” or sunlight), was gentler and allowed the person to engage in the normal activities of everyday life. It was historically given to royalty who could not abandon their duties of state. In the past 1600 years, the technique of Kayakalpa became fragmented and currently in disuse in its entirety in India. It remains as a legend in the psyche of the modern Indian.
This program offers a unique opportunity of in-depth study to understand and apply Kayakalpa
therapeutic modalities to achieve supreme health, beauty and longevity. Students will be
certified Kayakalpa Vatatapika practitioners based on successful completion of both written and practical exams.
The 9 month Certificate course is divided into 6 month practice and three month theory.
- Study of Individual Nature and Imbalance
- Urine and Pulse reading
- Preparation of Therapeutic materials & their Application
- Purification of Eleven Organs
- Kalpas or Herbal-mineral Compounds
- Management of Vital Energy
Study of Individual Nature and Imbalance
Study of the different constitutions and their nature ( prakriti) and imbalances (vikriti) based on 27 different criteria, including physical characteristics, as well as psychological attributes.
Urine & Pulse Reading
Study of the different types of pulse associated with different constitution as well as the reading & analysis of oil drop patterns in urine for different constitutions.
Preparation of Therapeutic Materials & their Application
Preparation various therapeutic materials including: nasal drops (nasya), herbal-mineral exfoliating & nourishing paste (alepa), head drops ( dhara-kalpa), therapeutic oil filled cap ( sirobasti), ear drops (karna purna), therapeutic herbal-mineral enema (basti), herbal douche (uttar basti), herbal emetics (vaman kalpa)
Purification of Eleven Organs
Study of the various modes to purify the organ of consciousness (the brain-mind), the organs of knowledge, i.e the senses (eyes, ears, nose tongue and skin) and the organs of action (kidney, lungs, liver, heart, colon)
Study of the composition, types, preparation, (anupan) vehicle and administration, dosage, contraindications and therapeutic uses of various kalpas.
Selection of tastes according to nature & designing dietary guidelines. Detailed study of culinary herbs, spices and other items used in kitchen pharmacopeia.
Management of energy
Detailed study of breathing techniques to ignite, unite and exalt the vital energy known as kundalini.
All applicants must submit a resume of their educational qualifications and professional experience. Prior knowledge of holistic health is not mandatory, but is a plus. Minimum requirements are a high school degree or its equivalent. Applicants must provide two color or black & white photographs and copy of valid ID.
Minimum Attendance Requirements
In order to complete the Vatatapika Certificate Course within the prescribed time frame students must complete a minimum of 500 hours of practical training and pass all theory and practical exams.
Registration and Program Fees
Registration fees are $108.00. Program fees are $300.00 per month for the 9 month duration of the program. Registration fees should be submitted along with application materials.
Work Study Scholarships
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