About the Course

What is Ayurveda?


Ayurveda is a 5000 year old, individualized approach to healthcare. It uses the inherent principles of the body to help maintain health in a person by keeping the individual’s body, mind, and spirit in perfect equilibrium with nature.

A comprehensive evaluation is given to each and every individual taking into consideration personal history, family history, personal likes, dislikes, habits and body types, which all help the practitioner to determine the modality of treatment. Treatments can include dietary, lifestyle and herbal recommendations when necessary. Subtle changes in individual’s diet, lifestyle and perspectives have resulted in significant positive changes not only in one’s health and constitution but in the deeper understanding of one’s self and their relation to others.



Your Instructor

Amita Nathwani

Amita Nathwani

Amita is the owner of Surya Health and Wellness, where she practices Ayurvedic medicine and nutrition consulting. Of Indian origin, she received her Ayurvedic education in both India and North America; an experience that has given her a unique perspective that allows her to remain true to the purity of Ayurvedic knowledge while deeply understanding its application in the Western world. She began her education at the Maharishi School of Ayurveda and Sanskrit Studies in Bangalore, India and completed her Bachelors of Ayurveda at the Maharishi International University in Fairfield, IA. She graduated in 2003 with a Master’s degree from the Florida College of Ayurvedic Medicine. With the support of her two teachers, Dr. Hemant Gupta, BAMS, MD and Dr. Shirish Nathwani, MD, she has been practicing Ayurveda since 2004.

Amita works in both traditional and conventional modalities, her speciality being digestive disorders and psychology. She begins with digestion and incorporates diet, lifestyle, and—most importantly—state of mind to gain a greater understanding of the whole person.Important to her approach is recognizing stress, grief, addictions, and relationships as factors affecting health. Through a psycho-spiritual approach, she helps each client come to greater understanding and acceptance of life and all its circumstances in order to facilitate the healing process. Amita’s personal experience with the loss of her spouse at an early age has taken her through a journey of self exploration. It is through this that she is able to provide compassion and understanding to those in need of solace in the uncertainty and impermanence of life.

In addition to her private practice, Amita is adjunct faculty with the Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine Fellowship at Banner Health, University of Arizona and Faculty at the Phoenix Institute of Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture. In her spare time, Amita trains in mixed martial arts, focused specifically in Muay Thai.