Updated July 2012
AYURVEDIC BODYWORK TECHNICIAN (ABT) CERTIFICATION PROGRAM
"Ayurvedic healing is an art, that is transmitted from the teacher to the devotional student - open to let the love flow
from the heart into the hands." - Chinnamasta
Chinnamasta is for the first time sharing the secret and traditional ayurvedic bodywork treatments and
ayurvedic & yogic healing techniques in a group setting, that have been transmitted to her by her teachers Kiran Vyas, Vaidyas Baba
Kanhai Mishra, Baba Biharilal and Baba Rathod.
SCOPE OF THE TRAINING
This is a highly practical program suitable for all students with a passion for ayurveda and yoga. The scope of this training is to enable
trainees to give personalized ayurvedic body treatments that heal body, mind and spirit. The treatments result in deep relaxation,
reduce pain, nurture and initiate release of that which is no longer beneficial. You will develop skills to guide people one to one with
"hands on" sessions as well as develop a personalized retreat program for your client that includes treatments, nutrition, mentoring in life
style and relaxation of the body and mind. The ideal environment for this work is yoga and ayurveda centers, ashram, holistic health centers,
private office setting and a holistic hospice.
This training is for all students with a passion for healing through ayurveda and yoga. Being committed to a regular yoga practice is helpful.
The training is as well beneficial for people working in the holistic field as nurses looking to expand their view. Many students start
with offering the treatments within a family setting as well as implementing the life style recommendations and ayurvedic meals within their
own lives. From there they grow and experience what is their unique way of serving others in a working environment.
Certification consists of 153 hours class hours over 18 training days - meeting for 3 sessions of 6 days, 750 hours of non-contact hours,
12 days of apprenticeship with Chinnamasta and 5 days of receiving an personalized ayurvedic retreat. The full certification program spans
about 24 months.
153 class hours include
• 72 hours hands on ayurvedic bodywork
• 38 hours nutrition and cooking classes
• 18 hours of yoga sadhana and dinacharya (life style rituals)
• 25 hours of ayurveda theory & basic anatomy
750 non-contact hours include
• 400 hours of hands on practice
• 150 hours ayurveda and anatomy study
• 125 hours cooking
• 75 hours yoga sadhana and dinacharya
LEVEL 1 - 6 days of the ABT certification training
During this level 1 program you will learn all the tools needed to give several ayurvedic treatments like self massage, back massage,
hand massage, abhyanga, kansu, mandala of the belly, breast massage, massage of face and nose as well as preparing several basic ayurvedic
meals, and implementing basic life style changes within your own daily life. You may follow this level 1 independently and end your
ayurvedic training here.
A period of at least 6 months of practice at home is recommended before entering to the LEVEL 2 of this Ayurvedic Bodywork Technician (ABT)
LEVEL 2 - 6 days of the ABT certification training
You will repeat, demonstrate and be mentored in how to deepen the learned techniques during level 1. New treatments are introduced
such as Pagatchampi - a strong massage of the legs to release stress, improve the movements of the joints elevate the flow of prana,
Sphinx massage, Sapta stithi- 7 position massage, fetus pose massage, AUM massage with feet as well as Yogic bodywork release techniques
for hips, sacrum and shoulders - that do not respond to Structural Yoga Therapy and hands on Joint Free bodywork for weak/ chronically
ill people. We will prepare and share all meals and you will learn how to personalize life style changes and nutrition with recommendations
that are given for each student within the group.
LEVEL 3 - 6 days of the ABT certification training
Treatments taught are focused on several 4 hands massage techniques and treatments such as udvartana (chick pea flower/spices),
pichauli (massage with 1 quart of warmed sesame oil), shastishalipindsweda (rice and milk), cold body packs. As well as shirochampi
(head massage), basti (enema), swedana, nasya, kadi basti (local external application of "oil bath" mud and castor packing.
As a group we will go through some cleansing ayurvedic procedures that will be adapted to your current situation. The nutrition, dinacharya
and yogic sadhana will be adapted to this profoundly cleansing initiation.
8:00 am-1:00 pm and 3:00 pm-6:30 pm
COMPLETION OF THE AYURVEDIC BODYWORK TECHNICIAN CERTIFICATION TRAINING
In order to finish this certification program the 3 levels of training need to be completed, consisting of 18 days of hands on training
in a group setting with Chinnamasta. All students start with the initial level 1 of 6 days. Those who wish to go deeper and are committed,
continue with level 2 and 3. In between the group meetings of Level 1, 2 and 3 you study and practice all the techniques at home to become
confident, skilful and sensitive to the needs of the individual as well as implementing the life style, nutritional and mental changes
in your personal daily life. Chinnamasta will test your skills every time you come back for additional training with hands on performance.
A written exam is a part of the certification as well as a final hands on exam. The student should engage in receiving a personalized
ayurvedic week retreat given by Chinnamasta to have the full experience of a retreat before they are working as an apprentice in a
Finally, the student should engage in at least 12 days of apprenticeship with Chinnamasta in a retreat setting. It is highly
recommended during the 2-year certification program to engage in regular personal mentoring sessions with Chinnamasta in person and/
or through video call to guide you in your personal evolution and life challenges and to receive treatments.
MASTER CLASSES HEALING THROUGH YOGA, AYURVEDA AND TANTRA
When we look deeper at people who come with issues that appear to be Structural, Ayurvedic or Tantric we see the
multidimensional nature of their need to heal. So the fullness of one to one work is revealed not by the assessment that they present
but rather the complexity of interwoven hidden paterns, life style and karmic issues.
We are offering weekend Master Classes of healing for the advanced and committed students who have been
studying with Chinnamasta and Mukunda for over a period of 3 or more years and who regularly engage in private sessions with them.
During the classes secrets of healing are shared through the shared sadhana, hands on demonstrations of healing and Q&A.
The flow of the class is spontaneous to allow Shakti to arise and give guidance to what is longing to be revealed.
Email Chinnamasta directly to enquire if these classes are suitable for you.
Dates for these Master Classes are found on the Workshops page.
TWO-YEAR SPIRITUAL MENTORING PROGRAM
There are times in life that we are faced with difficulties, not knowing what to do, where to go. The key is to
connect you to your True Self, in order to make choices that are uplifting. Sadhana is the way to the True Self and if you have
lost this connection then spiritual practice is incomplete and you will feel suffering without guidance. All questions and their
resolutions are found by looking within. When the mind is agitated, the problems of life appear bigger and insurmountable. When the
mind is serene, challenging questions become a field for insights and spiritual growth.
This program is for those who already are committed to a regular sadhana and have experience in working one to one with clients
and wish to deepen their skills of mentoring clients on multi dimensional levels.
The student makes a 2-year commitment to this program and is dedicated to having a monthly personal mentoring session with Chinnamasta
or Mukunda in person or through a Skype/video call. You will be guided in your personal sadhana, lifestyle and in how to deal with
current life challenges. You will be receiving lessons that will lead to reflection and insight in how to lead a life that is
supporting you in your evolution and helps you to move closer to the Self and move away from those actions that are no longer beneficial.
You will learn how to adapt and neutralize the imbalances on physical, emotional and mental level that prevent you from experiencing
harmony in life.
The student meets at least once a year in person during one of the week retreat programs that Mukunda and Chinnamasta offer or meet for a
personalized one to one ayurveda retreat week.
You can enter this program at any time of the year, but only after a personal interview and approval of
Chinnamasta or Mukunda. It is highly recommended during this 2-year commitment to focus on your personal evolution and sadhana as
a doorway to deeper understanding and experience of how to serve and mentor others in future.
If you are interested in this program, please contact Chinnamasta directly through email or phone.
You pay monthly for your mentoring sessions with Chinnamasta or Mukunda. The costs for the week retreat programs vary depending
upon what program you choose, for more information go to the Workshops page or ask Chinnamasta personally what program she would
recommend for you to follow.