Basics of Ayurvedic Nutrition - Self Study Online Course

Learn the principles of Ayurvedic nutrition and become an expert in using food as medicine

  • A Fresh Model: that allows you to practice and apply authentic Ayurveda by syncing with the seasons and timing your activities right 

  • Simple but rich diet and lifestyle: Anu lays out the Ayurvedic diet and lifestyle into an easy and fun everyday practice without complicated food lists and doshas to think about. 

  • No obscure terminology: The metaphors of Ayurveda are translated into easily comprehensible language

This course will dive deep into understanding the food dynamics and how to use food, spices and herbs as medicine. You will also learn how to safely abstain from food for healing purposes with small intermittent fasting routines. 

The learning journey focuses on understanding the role of feelings provided by inherent qualities (gunas) in nutrition and the spectrum of effects that link taste to what is commonly referred to in Ayurveda as “dosha”. 

In 4 modules and over 20 presentations to watch, listen and read this program is a perfect foundation to start living the authentic ayurvedic way. 

What is Ayurvedic Nutrition, and how can it help?

What is the ideal diet for humans? Are we meat eaters or vegetarians? Is there one ideal diet for all?

Ayurveda can answer these questions and give guidance on how to build an individual diet on a general framework of cyclic living. Whether carnivore, omnivore or herbivore, the Ayurvedic principles of nutrition can be applied to any diet. 

Whatever the dietary preference, Ayurveda aims at building healthy tissue, increasing vitality and resilience and the priceless self-sufficient knowledge of utilising food as preventative medicine. On the flipside, it also gives insights into understanding what, and equally importantly when, food has the potential of becoming toxic and harmful.

Ayurvedic Diets

What is special about Ayurvedic Nutrition? 

The observations and guidance on the principles of Ayurvedic nutrition are based on specific and personal needs. These will cover, amongst other areas, dietary rotation, meal timing and small intermittent fasting schedules, the use of seasonally fresh ingredients and portion regulation. The program will provide an exciting dietary experience raising awareness about food energetics and, last but not least, understand the primary role of digestion, or agni, in determining nutritional value of food

How much does our Basics of Ayurvedic Nutrition course cost?


Gain immediate access to all material and be in charge of your learning hours. 


The Three Pillars of our Program

Our course content is based on the five main pillars below that are designed in a specific way to help our clients to solve the biggest problems in their diet and lifestyle:

  1. The nature and origins of Ayurveda

  2. The basic concepts of Ayurveda

  3. Ayurvedic Diet and Lifestyle

kitchari, Healthy Ayurvedic recipe Jivita Ayurveda Kensal Rise


Lectures: Nature and origin of Ayurveda; What is Ayurveda; Ayurvedic healing – Self-regulation; Diet, Food and Nourishment; Energy medicine – Pranic healing

Lectures: Panchamahabhutas – Five basic elements; Introduction to Attributes and Tastes (gunas and rasas); Introduction to Doshas – Bio-energies; Cycles of Life; Introduction to Agni – Digestive and metabolic fire

Lectures: Seasonal, Organic and Local; Simple and Slow eating; Timing of Meals; 10 Good Habits of Eating; 10 Bad Habits of Eating; Food Combining

Lectures: The Three Pillars of Health; The Role of Beliefs; Sleep and Stress; Exercise; Weight management; Imbalance and Recovery

About Your Teacher

Anu is the founder of Jivita Academy of Ayurveda and author of Ayurveda Detox: How To Cleanse, Balance and Revitalise Your Body.

She has been involved in education in Finland already when studying in the university of Helsinki in the Nineties. The real passion for teaching was inspired by her turn of career from language studies to Ayurveda. 

Trained in clinical Ayurveda, Anu released soon that to get results with clients they needed fundamental education on basic healthy living. Ayurveda is mainly about self-care and most of the times clients need help in understanding what is in their power to do.

Having started teaching in a yoga teacher training school called Yoga London in 2010 she developed her interest in education and launched Jivita Academy of Ayurveda to respond to the high demand of quality courses with hands-on approach for therapists and nutritionists.

Two main courses are offered by the academy at the moment: a 200h intensive training for therapists and a 200h certified online program for Ayurvedic Nutritionists.

Her passion in education is also visible in client work. Anu is passionate about translating ancient wisdom of healing into modern context. She empowers her clients to take charge of their own health by increasing awareness in nutrition based on their individual needs. Incorporating her twenty years of practice and teaching of yoga Anu’s approach to healing is almost unique to anywhere in London or the UK.

Anu has created a community of enthusiasts by teaching that health in its right form brings about joy in life. Healing and recovering in her opinion do not exclude fun and enjoyment but are an extension of balanced and abundant life.

Anu Paavola, founder Jivita Ayurveda

Outcomes of the course

  • Become and expert in natural nutrition 
  • Be able to manage your digestive strength
  • Learn how to manage imbalances of everyday life
  • Understand the role of polarities in healing
  • Know yourself and what is best for you as an individual
  • Potential for healing chronic imbalances
  • Enhance your life experience and chances to experience your full potential

Free On-Demand Workshop

Not quite ready to commit? Check out our free on-demand workshop where you learn to use food as a medicine.

In this training you will learn a fresh model that allows you to practice and apply authentic Ayurveda by syncing with the seasons and timing your activities right.
Anu will lay out the Ayurvedic diet and lifestyle into an easy and fun everyday practice without complicated food lists and doshas to think about. THere’s no obscure terminology and – if you stay to the end – there’s even more more free learning material.

Frequently Asked Questions

Full payment is required at enrolment. Once payment has been processed you will get the login details and can access all the content of the program. 

This program is designed to be a state-of-the-art experience of Ayurveda offered only by Jivita Academy of Ayurveda. The uniqueness of this program is based on Anu’s over a decade long experience in client work creating a thorough understanding of the health needs of the UK urbanites.

Once you start you will have a lifetime access to all the learning material in our portal.

You can join our community of other students in our group calls on Wednesdays in Facebook. Theory matched with real-life cases discussed during these sessions creates an immediate bridge to applied Ayurveda and understanding how to match ancient values with modern life.

The program content is suitable for all levels of learners and there is no initial assessment. Just enrol and start learning. 

People of all backgrounds can benefit from ayurvedic nutrition and how lifestyle impacts our capacity to digest. You do not need any previous experience in Ayurveda to enroll in this course. If you have an open mind, a desire to digest better and improve your overall understanding your individuality in a natural way, this is the path for you.

While ayurvedic nutrition is both a complementary and alternative approach that can be combined with most of the dietary choices, we believe that ayurvedic work is the safest form of healing available as it promotes body’s own ability to heal and rejuvenate, something called self-regulation. To promote self-regulation the bodymind needs to be timely and live seasonally. Stress management, in addition to well-timed daily routines and living according to the seasons, are the three cornerstones of self-regulation.

What may happen, however, is that when you start you feel very motivated and then, after a few days, you abandon all routines and come back to your old habits.

Our programs aim to create consistency in motivation and create ease when ability to carry out daily routines becomes difficult. The transition from one form of nutrition to another is best done gradually with safety, comfort and ease of transition in mind.  

Ayurvedic diet is not so much about what you eat than how and when you eat. On this note, whatever your food preferences are, Ayurveda gives you guidelines on timing of meals, food combinations, importance of seasonality and using food as medicine. Meat eaters and vegans alike, all benefit from the patterns set by nature in order to get the best nutrients they need as individuals. 

Get the Ayurveda Detox book

How To Cleanse, Balance and Revitalise Your Body

Ayurveda Detox Book Anu Paavola

Your course leader Anu is the author of Ayurveda Detox:  How To Cleanse, Balance and Revitalise Your Body, available from Amazon, Waterstones and Blackwell’s. 

Her book will inspire you to try pace your daily and seasonal rhythms in a way that additional detox programs become almost redundant. Ayurvedic living is detoxifying per se and if you haven’t experienced it yet, learn from this book and create a new detox program for yourself that not only cleanses you but teaches you habits of a lifetime. 

Find out more about Anu’s Ayurveda Detox book.

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