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Bachelor’s Specialization in Ayurveda Wellness & Integrative Healthonline or on-campus

What is Maharishi AyurVeda?

Ayurveda food samplesWe teach the Maharishi AyurVedaSM health system – the modern, scientific revival of complete Ayurveda. Maharishi AyurVeda includes balancing the deepest value of mind – consciousness, which is the basis of balancing the body. It incorporates all aspects of mind, body, behavior, and environment in a scientific framework.


What will I learn?

Professor Paul Morehead with studentOur program integrates modern medicine and science with the natural approach of Ayurveda — and teaches you how to use them together to create optimal health.

In the BA program, you’ll learn the basics of a range of natural therapeutic techniques, including:

  • Optimal diet and routine for different individuals
  • Beneficial herbal supplements for specific imbalances and organ systems
  • Traditional purification therapies
  • Principles of biological rhythms and their effects on health

Ayurvedic pulse diagnosis

Ayurveda food samples

You’ll be trained extensively in the art of Maharishi AyurVeda Pulse Diagnosis. Taking the pulse enlivens the connection between mind and body, consciousness, and matter. Furthermore, the procedure of taking the pulse produces a balancing effect on the mind and body. You’ll learn how to read the pulse and detect imbalances early, before they manifest as symptoms of a disease; how to determine where imbalances are; and how to restore balance.

What is Ayurveda?

logo “Ayurvedic medicine (also called Ayurveda) is one of the world’s oldest medical systems. It originated in India and has evolved there over thousands of years. In the United States, Ayurvedic medicine is considered a complementary health approach.”

Is Ayurveda effective?

logo“Ayurveda can have positive effects when used as a complementary therapy in combination with standard, conventional medical care.”

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Ayurveda undergraduate admissions counselorsYour admissions counselor will provide you with all the details of becoming a student, including connecting you with program faculty when you have questions. International students may connect with their admissions counselor through our contact form.

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Degree requirements

To graduate with a Specialization in Ayurveda Wellness & Integrative Health, students must complete:

  • required courses for the Bachelor of Applied Arts & Sciences or any other bachelor’s degree program you choose.
  • 32 additional credits of Ayurveda Wellness & Integrative Health courses

Courses for this specialization may include

    This course presents the history and basic principles of aromatherapy, and its application in Maharishi AyurVeda. Topics include: the chemistry and therapeutic properties of aromatic molecules; detailed descriptions of the chemical structure and properties of essential oils and hydrosols, their therapeutic effects on physiological and emotional states, and their effect on the three doshas; and indications for common ailments. In this course students will learn how to select appropriate essential oils and hydrosols for well-being in accord with the principles of Maharishi AyurVeda Aromatherapy. Includes public speaking presentations and labs. Lab fee: $25; Materials fee: $15.
    Yoga is one of the 40 aspects of the Veda and Vedic Literature representing the unifying quality of consciousness. According to Maharishi, Yoga provides technologies to unfold the experience of the unified level of consciousness or Transcendental Consciousness. The theoretical part of this unique course presents the knowledge of Yoga as unity and provides an understanding of the specific effects of Yoga Asanas on the mind and body, physiology, and consciousness. Proper practice of Yoga Asanas – another aspect of this course – provides students with the experience of deep relaxation, stress release, and expansion in the direction of unbounded pure consciousness. This course includes public speaking exercises on the effects of Yoga Asanas on specific mental and physical health conditions, and the readings of Maharishi’s commentaries to the Bhagavad-Gita as the essence of Vedic knowledge and the discipline of Yoga. Materials fee: $10 (4 credits)
    This course is designed for students interested in holistic and complementary health, and the integration of traditional and modern health practices. This course introduces the principles of Maharishi AyurVeda Pulse Assessment Technique (Nadi Vigyan), and explores its relationship to physiological functions, immunity, and impediments to balance. Through a combination of lectures, applied practice, and group discussions, students learn how to use this technique to promote optimal health and well-being. Topics covered will include Ayurvedic anatomy and physiology, correlations to conventional sciences, and the use of this technique to identify the six stages of prevention (pathogenesis – Shat Kriya Kal).
    This course delves into balancing the body’s internal ecosystem through the Ayurvedic perspective on diet, digestion, and nutrition (Agni Vigyan), linking consciousness to the principles and function of digestive system. Students learn about the importance of maintaining a balanced digestive fire (Agni) that supports individualized needs to enliven wellbeing. Topics will include the Ayurvedic understanding of the digestive process, assessment of digestive system balance and imbalances, their causes, and practical lifestyle and dietary recommendations for maintaining a healthy digestive system. The connection between digestive and other systems of the body is explored including how to address imbalances. By the end of this course, students have a comprehensive understanding of how to apply this knowledge in their own lives for optimal health and wellness.
    This is the first course of a two-course series exploring the terminology, structure, function, and interdependence of the human body systems, as well as introducing relevant medical terminology. This course provides an understanding of how the body’s structure and function maintains balance and a healthy state. Topics include: homeostasis, feedback control, skeletal muscular system, blood, cardiovascular system, immune system, and digestive system. Relevant current scientific research results are discussed, as appropriate. Students will get an opportunity to explore how human physiology is a replica of natural law as expressed in the ancient Vedic Literature discovered by Tony Nader, MD, PhD. (4 credits)
    What action in life is best for your personal development – your “Dharma”? How does this relate to family, social, and global responsibilities? How do we make the right decisions for ourselves and others, and act in a way that is enjoyable, not stressful and exhausting? This course studies timeless questions and dilemmas such as these, discussed in the Bhagavad-Gita — using as a guide Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s translation of and commentary on chapters one to six. (4 credits)
    In this course, students study Maharishi’s commentary on the Bhagavad-Gītā, which provides a systematic exposition of the development of human consciousness, its relationship to knowledge, and its application to improve the quality of individual and collective life. This course covers all six chapters. (4 credits)
    This is the second course of the two-course series of Human Anatomy and Physiology. The focus will be on the endocrine system and divisions of the nervous system, and how they control other organ systems of the body and maintain homeostasis. Topics include: respiratory system, endocrine system, reproductive system, nervous system, and excretory system. Relevant current scientific research results are discussed, as appropriate. Students will get an opportunity to explore how human physiology is a replica of natural law as expressed in the ancient Vedic Literature discovered by Tony Nader, MD, PhD. (4 credits)

Featured faculty

natasha durand

Natasha Durand

natasha durand

Hello! I am Natasha Durand, the Director of the Online BA in Ayurveda Wellness & Integrative Health. With my background in program development, leadership, and Ayurvedic wellness education, I am devoted to contributing to organizations that prioritize holistic health and innovative approaches to well-being, which is why I chose MIU for my education and later, my career. My expertise lies in academic leadership, curriculum design, and community engagement, allowing me to drive forward the mission of consciousness-based education with both proficiency and passion. I am currently pursuing a PhD in Physiology and Health, building upon my foundational knowledge gained from an MS in Maharishi AyurVeda & Integrative Medicine from MIU, and a BS in Psychology from the University of Vermont.

My career journey has encompassed many diverse roles which all have helped me develop my leadership and organizational skills. My path stated in the United States Air Force where I honed my leadership and technical skills, earning recognition for outstanding performance and contributions to mission success. There, I found I had a passion for working with people. I volunteered my time as the “Booster Club” President where I worked to maintain the wellbeing and morale of soldiers and their families through times of high deployments. To better serve the people around me, I became certified as a Sexual Assault Victim’s Advocate and Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention counselor. This later led me to serve as a Suicide Prevention and Crisis Intervention Counselor at the Vermont National Guard, providing crucial support on the suicide hotline and ensuring the safety and well-being of soldiers, veterans, and their families. I wanted to be able to do more for those in need and this drove me to pursue higher education which is what brought me to MIU.

Upon graduating from the MS in Maharishi Ayurveda and Integrative Health program, I was hired as a developer and instructor of the Life and Wellness Coaching Track at the same institution, I crafted and delivered a comprehensive curriculum focusing on holistic development, empowering students with practical skills in wellness coaching. Later, I was promoted to Assistant Program Director and then Program Director of the BA Ayurvedic Wellness and Integrative Health Program. Here I have had the honor to pick up the torch of fostering an inclusive educational environment that highlights the unique qualities of each of our students.

My experience also extends to managing successful annual conventions at SC Horror Convention. Alongside my husband, we work to bring a family friendly and inclusive weekend full of fun. Working alongside local artists, vendors, businesses, and nonprofit/charity organizations such as the Trevor Project, we have helped to gather a community of people who all share a love of pop culture and all things spooky. We also use this platform to promote anti-bullying and consent messages to help make our community, and the wider world, a better and safer place.

On my “days off”, I like to spend time with my husband, children, pets, and plants in my garden.

michael olmstead

Michael Olmstead

michael olmstead

Dr. Michael Olmstead has been professionally involved in health care for over 50 years, with an educational background in Anatomy & Physiology, Neuroanatomy, Histology, Microbiology, Embryology, Biochemistry, Organic & Inorganic Chemistry, and Physics. He also has a strong understanding of alternative health modalities, including certifications in Maharishi Ayurveda, Cranial Sacral (a branch of Osteopathy), and Maharishi Marma Therapies. He holds a Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree with Honors and has completed hundreds of hours of continuing professional development courses. He is licensed to practice in New Zealand, California, Iowa, the Pacific Islands, and is eligible by credential in 46 US States.

Cost & Aid for bachelor’s degree, 2024-25

    US On-Campus Undergraduate

    This estimate is based on one year for a typical on-campus Federal Pell Grant recipient (represents 80% of our onsite undergraduates). File your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and then contact our financial aid office for questions on variables.

    Annual Cost and Typical Financial Aid
    Tuition and fees$16,530
    Housing (single room) and meals$7,400
    Grants and Scholarship (typical)-$14,400
    Net cost per year$9,530
    Federal student loans-$9,530
    Your payment$0

    Additional Financial Aid Information

      $2,400 Federal Work Study is available toward your estimated $4,800 out of pocket costs.
      Scholarship from MIU described above consists of the Federal Pell Grant and the Federal Supplemental Education Grant and is based on (1) full-time enrollment and (2) financial need based on expected FAFSA outcome.
      Repayment begins after your enrollment ends. Unique repayment plans are available such as income-based, Public Service Loan Forgiveness, and deferments based on low income or unemployment.

      There are a variety of money-saving tax benefits to assist in reducing the cost of education expenses. More about education tax benefits.
      Veterans should contact the VA for information on Veterans Education Benefits. Veterans eligible for BAH monthly benefits: The VA utilizes a scale of credits per block of courses; therefore, the VA sometimes pays part-time benefits for an individual month while the university delivers full-time federal aid for an entire semester. Our Veterans Certifying Official is our Director of Financial Aid.

    Loan Repayment Options

      Payments are a fixed amount that ensures your loans are paid off within 10 years (within 10 to 30 years for Consolidation Loans).
      Payments may be fixed or graduated and will ensure that your loans are paid off within 25 years.
      Payments are lower at first and then increase, usually every two years, and are for an amount that will ensure your loans are paid off within 10 years (within 10 to 30 years for Consolidation Loans).
      Your monthly payments will be either 10 or 15 percent of discretionary income (depending on when you received your first loans), but never more than you would have paid under the 10-year Standard Repayment Plan.
      Payments are recalculated each year and are based on your updated income, family size, and the total amount of your Direct Loans. Any outstanding balance will be forgiven if you haven’t repaid your loan in full after 25 years.
      Your monthly payment is based on annual income, but your loan will be paid in full within 15 years.

    Tuition, other fees, scholarships, and financial policies are subject to change prior to the entry date. For more information, contact us at finaid@miu.edu for a quick reply — normally one business day — or see more about financial aid.

    US Online Undergraduate

    This estimate is based on one year for a typical online Federal Pell Grant recipient (represents 70% of our online undergraduates). File your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and then contact our financial aid office for questions on variables.

    Annual Cost and Typical Financial Aid
    Tuition and fees$16,190
    Grants and scholarship (typical)-$11,400
    Net cost per year$4,790
    Federal student loan-$4,790
    Your payment$0

    Part time online enrollment is available. Tuition is $600 per credit with normal load of 9-11 credits. Federal student loans are available and the federal Pell Grant is proportional to the credit load.

    Additional Financial Aid Information

      The grants and scholarship described above consist of the Federal Pell Grant, the Federal Supplemental Education Grant, and institutional scholarship based on (1) full-time enrollment and (2) financial need determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
      Many companies offer tuition assistance programs to their employees. If you’re currently employed, we encourage you to check on this. If they offer assistance, please contact MIU’s Financial Aid office.
      Federal Student Loans have limits based on lifetime usage, annual limits, and limited to the educational costs for each semester. Here are the annual maximum limits:

      • $5,500 per year for first-year dependent
      • $6,500 per year for second-year dependent
      • $7,500 per year for third, fourth, fifth-year dependent
      • $9,500 per year for first-year independent
      • $10,500 per year for second-year independent
      • $12,500 per year for third, fourth, fifth-year independent
      Federal Student Loan Repayment is postponed as long as you are enrolled at least half-time each semester. If your enrollment drops below half-time, you have a six-month grace period before repayment begins. There are also postponements for low income and unemployment, as well as repayment based on income and Public Service Forgiveness.

      There are a variety of money-saving tax benefits to assist in reducing the cost of education expenses. More about education tax benefits.
      Veterans should contact the VA for information on Veterans Education Benefits. Veterans eligible for BAH monthly benefits: The VA utilizes a scale of credits per block of courses; therefore, the VA sometimes pays part-time benefits for an individual month while the university delivers full-time federal aid for an entire semester. Our Veterans Certifying Official is our Director of Financial Aid.

    Loan Repayment Options

      Payments are a fixed amount that ensures your loans are paid off within 10 years (within 10 to 30 years for Consolidation Loans).
      Payments may be fixed or graduated and will ensure that your loans are paid off within 25 years.
      Payments are lower at first and then increase, usually every two years, and are for an amount that will ensure your loans are paid off within 10 years (within 10 to 30 years for Consolidation Loans).
      Your monthly payments will be either 10 or 15 percent of discretionary income (depending on when you received your first loans), but never more than you would have paid under the 10-year Standard Repayment Plan.
      Payments are recalculated each year and are based on your updated income, family size, and the total amount of your Direct Loans. Any outstanding balance will be forgiven if you haven’t repaid your loan in full after 25 years.
      Your monthly payment is based on annual income, but your loan will be paid in full within 15 years.

    Tuition, other fees, scholarships, and financial policies are subject to change prior to the entry date. For more information, contact us at finaid@miu.edu for a quick reply — normally one business day — or see more about financial aid.

    International On-Campus Undergraduate

    Annual Cost and Typical Financial Aid
    Tuition and fees$16,530
    Housing (single room) and meals$7,400
    Health insurance (estimate)$1,992
    Personal expenses, books, unexpected needs (estimate)$3,500
    Cost Per Year$29,422

    Full-time students may apply for up to $6,000 scholarship based on qualifying level of documented family income. Our undergraduate scholarship application form will be available upon application to the university.


    Tuition, other fees, scholarships, and financial policies are subject to change prior to the entry date.

    International Online Undergraduate

    Typically, online enrollment is two courses at a time (17 credits) or one course at a time (9-11 credits), per semester (two semesters per year).

    Tuition and Fees per Semester
    Full-time (12 or more credits)$8,095
    Fewer than 12 credits$600 per credit


    Tuition, other fees, scholarships, and financial policies are subject to change prior to the entry date.

FAQ

    If you have passed college-level Anatomy & Physiology courses within the past 5 years with a grade B- or higher, then you can have them waived.
    You can choose Ayurveda Wellness & Integrative Health as a specialization in any bachelor’s degree program. You can also choose to major in this subject with the BA in Ayurveda Wellness & Integrative Health.
    You should plan to spend 12-14 hours per week for a 4-credit eight-week course. If you are taking 2 courses during an eight-week period, you should plan to spend 24-28 hours per week reading, creating assignments and discussion forum posts, and studying course materials. The time it takes to complete an online course successfully depends on your willingness to stick to a regular schedule and learn to study effectively, more than on any other factor.
    We accomplish this by using an online learning platform that students find highly engaging. The program also features an extensive collaboration between students and one-on-one interaction between our faculty and each student
    An undergraduate major is a primary field of study during your undergraduate years. This major defines the actual degree and specifies core courses, electives, and the foundational knowledge that you will acquire. An academic specialization is a more concentrated area of courses which you can choose in addition (32 additional credits) to your major field, which may be in the same disciplinary area or something different.

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