Courses / Degree Requirements for the Online BA in Ayurveda Wellness General requirements STC 108 Science and Technology of Consciousness This course introduces students to three fundamental sources of knowledge that can be used together to evaluate any idea: personal experience, scientific reasoning, and traditional wisdom. On the basis of evidence from all three sources, a new consciousness-based framework is introduced as a new way of viewing the world and addressing its challenges. (6 credits) FOR 431 Higher States of Consciousness This course explores the unfoldment of higher states of human consciousness — the full realization of your own limitless potential — as described by Maharishi and as experienced naturally and spontaneously by Transcendental Meditation practitioners and by people throughout history. The course examines the experiences belonging to each state, the developmental processes that culture each state, pertinent research, and practical outcomes of these experiences in daily life, thereby providing an overview of the range of possible experiences on the way to full enlightenment. This course is question- and discussion-driven, with an emphasis on connecting this understanding of higher states to your own experiences. This course is a General Education graduation requirement for all students (see MVS 202 as an alternative). (2 credits) Prerequisite: FOR 103 or PH 101. PH 101 Physiology Is Consciousness The course will explore the new paradigm in science that the “Physiology is Consciousness.” Current concepts of mind and body will be understood in terms of this new paradigm. This course will present our facts of brain structure and function in light of Maharishi Vedic Science and the discovery of Veda and the Vedic Literature in human physiology done by Tony Nader, MD, PhD. We will examine how our brain constructs reality at every moment and how the experience of unboundedness – the Self of every individual – can transform our physiology and awaken the total creative potential of the brain in enlightenment, which is the birthright of every human being. Includes public speaking presentations on course topics. Materials fee: $10 (4 credits) Prerequisite: STC 108 PHYS 110 Foundations of Physics and Consciousness This course gives a deep and non-mathematical understanding of the differences between classical and quantum physics. It explains the meaning and mechanics of unification and symmetry, and the main concepts of unified quantum field theories and superstring theory. It shows that at the basis of the universe lies a completely unified field, a self-interacting entity from which all particles and forces arise through the process of spontaneous symmetry breaking. The course gives students experience and understanding of the interconnectedness between the laws of physics, the universe, and themselves. (4 credits) Critical and Creative Thinking Seminar Choose either: FA 204 CCTS: Quest for Self Knowledge — Students explore their own quest for self-knowledge in the light of the wisdom shared in great stories, focusing on mythology and modern movies. Drawing upon the insights of scholars of myth like Joseph Campbell, students identify the universal stages of the quest archetype: the hero or heroine’s journey as they evolve to higher states of awareness. Students culture critical thinking skills by analyzing ancient and modern worldviews, theories of consciousness and their applications, mythic stories, and their own life. In the culminating course project, students create and perform their own mythic stories reflecting their personal vision and the transformation of consciousness. Topics include: the power of myth, archetypal characters and events, the inspiration of ancient myths, adapting ancient stories to modern contexts, and plot structure. Textbook and materials fee: $30 (4 credits) Prerequisites: STC 108, taken during students’ first semester, or consent of the Department faculty (4 credits) MC-W250 CCTS: Power of the Word — In this course, students will be introduced to persuasive communication. Methods of evaluating and responding to arguments will be covered. Students will learn the fundamentals of effective speech, writing and presentation, and examine those fundamentals in the contexts of storytelling, activism, advertising, and business. (4 credits) The following courses may be met through transfer credit: FOR 103 Health-Related Fitness This course presents the latest knowledge from Western science and the Maharishi Consciousness-Based Health Care program concerning the optimum daily routine for establishing the foundation for lifelong excellent health and growing enlightenment. The major focus is on the details of the ideal routine of sleep, diet, exercise, meaningful activity, recreation, and the importance of the regular experience of pure consciousness for optimum health and evolution. This course combines both lectures and physical activity labs. (2 credits — may not be repeated for credit) WTG 195 Writing for Professional Development This course prepares students to compose and edit the kinds of writing done in the real world, whether you are a non-profit or for-profit employee, a manager, or an entrepreneur. In addition, students propose a final project for their degree which ties together conceptual frameworks from two or more fields and shows their application to a real-world challenge. Types of writing learned include reflective writing, emails, proposals, position papers, and research papers. Prerequisite: WTG 191 or demonstrated competence in an essay. (4 credits) MATH 130 Quantitative Reasoning Quantitative reasoning is a critical tool in the modern world for analyzing and interpreting quantitative information arising in the context of real-world problems and issues, for example, in financial issues such as budgeting, taxation, loans, investment returns, the effects of inflation, even choosing cell phone plans. Students will develop a repertoire of number-related skills for assessing the reliability of data found in the media and elsewhere and for arriving at their own conclusions from these data. Topics include: estimation, units and conversion, basic geometric concepts, simple descriptive statistics, constructing and interpreting graphs, linear and exponential growth, and ratios and percentages. Students will also develop their ability to calculate and present meaningful information using spreadsheets. (4 credits) Department requirements Students must successfully complete the following 44 credits of coursework. The requirements for Human Anatomy and Physiology may be fulfilled by having completed equivalent undergraduate coursework at an accredited university. PH 251 Basic Principles of Maharishi AyurVeda I Students will learn the unique language of Ayurveda and the basics of the ayurvedic pulse-reading technique in order to lay the foundation for their training as ayurvedic counselors. Topics include: definition of health from the ayurvedic perspective, prevention of diseases, the foundational principles of Ayurveda: Doshas, Agni, Srotas, Dhatus, Malas; Nadi Vigyan and qualities of a balanced pulse. (4 credits) PH 252 Basic Principles of Maharishi AyurVeda II This course provides an in-depth study of the important principles of prevention and treatment in Maharishi AyurVeda. Special attention will be given to the pulse reading as the main diagnostic tool in Maharishi AyurVeda. Students will be enjoying deeper understanding of the pulse and learn other health assessment tools. Topics include: Ayurvedic anatomy and physiology, digestion and metabolism, Ojas and Ama; qualities of an imbalanced pulse, mental health, and Ayurvedic herbology. (4 credits) PH 352 Basic Principles of Maharishi AyurVeda III In this course students will continue to study the Ayurvedic perspective on different aspects of health and disease, and will also be introduced to the key topics such as Ayurvedic internal medicine (Kaya Chikitsa), Yoga Asanas, Ayurvedic rejuvenation therapy (Pancha Karma), Vedic architecture (Sthapatya Veda), Vedic astrology (Jyotish), women’s health, heart health and other specialized mini-courses. The goal of this course is to finalize students’ theoretical understanding and experience of the basic concepts of Maharishi AyurVeda, to prepare them for educational activities in the world and for further practical training in consulting with clients. (4 credits) PH 412 Maharishi AyurVeda Herbology Herbs are a major component of Maharishi AyurVeda used to enliven the inner intelligence of the body and restore balance. After assessing a client, an ayurvedic consultant recommends a variety of healing modalities, including compound or single-form herbal preparations. This course provides the necessary knowledge of ayurvedic herbs and herbal compounds, their qualities and actions in human physiology, as well as their effects in various health conditions. It also familiarizes students with the methods used to prepare herbal compounds. Topics include: an introduction to ayurvedic herbs, their properties, modes of action and uses; compound ayurvedic formulations, their indications and contra-indications; quality control and good manufacturing practices on a small scale. This course includes labs, public speaking presentations and literature review. Lab fee: $50; Material fee: $25 (4 credits) Prerequisites: PH 262 or PH 252; Strongly recommended: PH 430 or PH 352 BIO 265 Human Anatomy and Physiology Human Anatomy and Physiology I is the first of a two-course series exploring the terminology, structure, function, and interdependence of the human body systems, as well as relevant medical terminology. This course provides understanding of how the body’s structure and function maintains balance and homeostasis. The integrated functioning of trillions of diverse cells, each with a million chemical reactions per second, gives rise to a healthy, vital human being. Students will study tissues, organs, and organ systems and their role in maintaining health and balance. Tony Nader, MD, PhD discovered that major areas of the physiology are precisely correlated, in structure and function, to the 40 aspects of Veda and the Vedic Literature. The understanding of human physiology as a replica of natural law expressed in the ancient Vedic Literature will be explored in this two-course series. Topics include comprehensive study of the musculoskeletal system, cardiovascular, digestive, and immune systems. Subjects covered in this course include recent discoveries by Nobel Laureates. Lab fee: $25 Prerequisite: BIO 220 or BIO 251 (4 credits) BIO 266 Human Anatomy and Physiology II This is the second course of the two-course series of Human Anatomy and Physiology. In this course, students will study the reproductive, respiratory, nervous, and endocrine organ systems. This course will present an in-depth overview of the organ systems that are major coordinators of homeostasis. 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. Effects of stress on human physiology, body response to stress, and the relationship between stress and lifestyle diseases will also be covered. Subjects covered in this course include recent discoveries by Nobel Laureates. Students will continue exploring how every aspect of the ancient Vedic Literature is mirrored by the human physiology. This course includes public speaking presentations based on the connection between consciousness, Veda, and human anatomy and physiology. Lab fee: $25 Prerequisite: BIO 265 (4 credits) BIO 267 Modern Health Ayurveda Wellness consultants should be competent in understanding and using modern terminology while speaking with their clients and doctors about any health concerns their clients may have. This requires familiarity with the modern medical terminology. This course provides knowledge of common diseases of the major organ systems. Students explore the correlation between approaches to causes, symptoms and treatments used in modern medicine and Ayurveda. Topics include: principles of pathology; signs and symptoms of common diseases; modern medical tests, diagnostic tools, and treatments. (4 credits) Prerequisite: BIO 266 PH 263 Maharishi Yoga Asanas Yoga is one of the 40 aspects of the Veda and Vedic Literature representing 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 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) PH 230 Maharishi AyurVeda Course on Aromatherapy 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 wellbeing in accord with the principles of Maharishi AyurVeda Aromatherapy. Includes public speaking presentations and labs. Lab fee: $25 (4 credits) Prerequisite: PH 260 PH 320 Healthy, Happy Mother and Baby The comprehensive time-tested knowledge of Maharishi AyurVeda provides the basis to give every family the best start. Topics include: preconception guidelines to maximize fertility and fetal health, month-by-month guidelines for pregnancy, strategies to facilitate labor and provide the ideal environment at delivery, and postpartum care guidelines for both parents and newborns to ensure the fullest recuperation for mothers and a healthy beginning for every family. Students who complete this course with grade B or higher receive a certificate. Materials fee: $40 (4 credits) Prerequisites: PH 262, and PH 263; AyurVeda Wellness majors only PH 431 Maharishi AyurVeda Wellness Consultant Practicum During this course, students get practical experience of the knowledge gained in all the previous courses in Maharishi AyurVeda, and build confidence in consulting with clients, family, and friends to guide them to higher levels of health and wellness. In the clinical setting, students take turns leading consultations, and participate in discussions of case studies under the supervision of experts in Maharishi AyurVeda and modern medicine. Each Clinical intensive is 2 weeks long. Students must take a minimum of 4 weeks in order to graduate but are welcome to take more if time allows. (4 credits) Prerequisites: PH 251, PH 252, and PH 352 The course is designed to provide practice of how to advise others in developing a personalized approach to health and wellness based on the principles of Maharishi AyurVeda. Regulations regarding health care practice and professional licensure standards vary by state and country. Course participants should be familiar with the laws of the jurisdiction in which they intend to be active to ensure that the scope of their activities does not violate regulations regarding healthcare practice. Becoming a Maharishi AyurVeda Wellness Consultant does not confer professional licensing status and Maharishi University of Management makes no representations regarding its economic or other value.