The Wellness Ambassador Program

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A Message from Our Founder

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About the Program


True to ancient Ayurvedic source texts (often neglected in modern programs), The Ancient Way's 3-Year Wellness Ambassador Program is led by our founder Ananta, with support from her team of teachers, 100% online. This unique program, offered in partnership with Yoga Center Amherst, is rooted in Ayurveda, and draws upon other aligned holistic health modalities. It is perfect for anyone seeking to really live and embody the ancient wisdom of how to be well, in all ways: physically, emotionally and spiritually, as a foundation for sharing this profound wellness wisdom with your community. This program prepares you to share ancient wellness practices with your community (family, friends, clients and students) and to take an exam to become a Certified Ayurveda Health Counselor down the road to become a full fledged Ayurvedic healer.

As Seen In


What You Will Learn



For Body, Mind, Soul

  • Design Your Day, the Ayurveda Way: a Designer Daily Lifestyle for Health, Happiness and Immune Resilience

  • Ancient Spiritual Rituals to Rock Your Mornings


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The Ayurveda Way

  • Spring Cleaning and Renewal, from the Inside-Out

  • Spice Up Your Life: an Ayurvedic Cooking Class to Energize Your Way to Wellness this Spring

  • Spring Detox, the Ayurveda Way

  • The Art of Sparkling Smiles: an Ancient Oral Health Care Protocol

  • Handcrafted Authentically Ayurvedic Thai Curry Cooking Class


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Peacefully, Like a Baby

  • Breathe Peacefully: Ancient Ayurvedic Wisdom for Respiratory Health

  • Ayurveda's Ancient Exercise Rx to Build Your Strength and Stamina and Prevent Burnout

  • Meet Ayurveda's Fiery Fivesome Spices: Your Friends for Happy Lungs, Digestion and Weight Loss

  • What Element Are You: The 5 Great Elements of Ayurveda and What They Mean for Your Wellbeing

  • Sleep Like a Baby: Ayurveda's Ancient Insomnia Toolbox



An Ancient Restorative Summer Health Rx

  • Rest, Relax, Rejuvenate: Ayurveda's Summer Health Rx

  • Stay Hydrated and Healthy: an Ayurvedic Cooking Class to Help You Find Balance this Summer

  • Crowning Glory: Care for Your Hair, the Ayurveda Way

  • The Spiritual Healing Powers of Flowers in Ancient Wisdom Traditions

  • The Power of Prana (Life Force) and How You Can Build It for Overall Wellbeing



An Ancient Approach to Self-Love

  • Care for Your 5 Senses, the Ancient Way

  • Love at First Sight - the Ancient Art & Science of Color Therapy

  • Rejuvenate Your Spirit, Reenergize Your Body and Recharge Your Mind with the Ancient Art of Bathing

  • Ancient Ayurvedic Secrets for Radiant, Glowing Skin

  • The Sacred Art of Eating

  • The Emotional World of the 6 Tastes

  • Sacred Mantras and a Sound Bath to Rejuvenate Your Soul


Yoga with a View

And Understanding Ayurveda's Unique Health Perspective

  • The Ayurvedic Theory of Creation: Elements, Doshas and Bodily Tissues

  • The Ayurvedic Anatomy: Sacred Bodily Channels and Systems

  • Balancing Vata Dosha (the Airy Force of Movement) with Flora, Fauna, Food and Yoga

  • Balancing Pitta Dosha (the Fiery Force of Transformation) with Flora, Fauna, Food and Yoga

  • Balancing Kapha Dosha (the Grounded Force of Stability) with Flora, Fauna, Food and Yoga


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Between Staying Cool, Calm and Collected & Feeling Fired Up

  • Stay Cool, Calm, Collected: Ancient Ayurvedic Wisdom for Autumn

  • Cool as a Cucumber: an Ayurvedic Cooking Class to Keep Calm this Fall

  • Your (Digestive) Fire of Transformation

  • Your Home Herbal Apothecary: Heal with Everyday Ayurvedic Kitchen & Special Garden Herbs for Fall


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Giving Birth to the Best Version of Yourself 

  • The Navratri (9-Goddess) Spiritual Journey of Giving Birth to Your True Self

  • Channelling Your Energy Spiritually to Build Immunity and Fertility

  • Stay Strong and Healthy Throughout and After Pregnancy, the Ancient Way

  • Ayurveda's Integrated Map of Physical, Mental and Spiritual Wellbeing



And Build Your Health for the Year Ahead this Winter

  • Eat, Drink and Be Merry: Ayurveda's Winter Wonderland Protocol

  • Eat Dessert First: an Ayurvedic Baked Goods Cooking Class

  • A Joyful Ayurvedic Holiday Meal Cooking Class

  • Pizza, Pastas and More: an Ayurvedic Italian Food Immersion

  • An Ayurvedic Approach to Gourmet Indian Food



for the Year Ahead this Winter

  • The Art and Science of Ayurveda's Seasonal Lifestyle for Health, Happiness and Immune Resilience

  • Your Home Herbal Apothecary: Heal with Everyday Ayurvedic Kitchen & Special Garden Herbs for Winter

  • An Ayurvedic Cooking Class to Build Your Health for the Whole Year Ahead this Winter

  • Lead an Immunity-Building Lifestyle

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What This Program Will Empower You To Do:

  • Apply the deep ancient wisdom of Ayurveda in simple, everyday ways you can apply it to your modern lifestyle and needs

  • Immerse yourself in ancient wisdom, rituals and practices to strengthen your physical, mental and spiritual wellness as your foundation to share with others

  • Share ancient wellness practices with your community: family, friends, clients, students

  • Prepare you to take an exam to become a Certified Ayurveda Health Counselor down the road through the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA), the Association of Ayurvedic Professionals of North America (AAPNA) and/or THE WELL (a modern integrative wellness club headquartered in NYC

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1-Year Wellness Ambassador


$1,995 Recommended Rate (payment plans and pay from the heart is also available)

  • 138 Classroom Hours (live classes + Weekly Office Hours Q & A)

  • 162 Practical Application Hours (to make the wisdom your own)

  • Regular self-assessment assignments (to support your theoretical understanding and application of practices in the lab of your life)

  • Personalized attention from instructors, who offer feedback on self-assessment assignments

  • Quarterly 30-minute 1-1 personal consult with Ananta

  • Community WhatsApp group with practice reminders, to ask questions as you apply the wisdom to your life and connect

  • Accountability partner assigned to further support your growth in your personal practice of what you learn and foster friendship

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Ayurveda Essentials for Spring, Sleep & Respiratory Health


$495 Recommended Rate (payment plans and pay from the heart is also available)

  • 24 Classroom Hours (live classes + Weekly Office Hours Q & A)

  • 26 Practical Application Hours (to make the wisdom your own)

  • Regular self-assessment assignments (to support your theoretical understanding and application of practices in the lab of your life)

  • Personalized attention from instructors, who offer feedback on self-assessment assignments

  • Accountability partner assigned to further support your growth in your personal practice of what you learn and foster friendship

About the Instructors


Founder, CEO, Ayurveda Practitioner, Yoga Instructor


Ananta Ripa Ajmera is author of the award-winning book "The Ayurveda Way: 108 Practices from the World’s Oldest Healing System for Better Sleep, Less Stress, Optimal Digestion, and More" (Storey Publishing, 2017). She serves as Director of Ayurveda at THE WELL, a modern wellness club that brings together master doctors and healers for a more balanced you. Ananta has taught Ayurveda and Yoga trainings at IBM, Stanford School of Medicine’s Health Improvement Program, California Department of Public Health, across California Probation Departments, ABC News, New York Insight Meditation Society, NYU, SFSU and more. She has spoken at the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA), Columbia Business School, UC Zellerback Hall, the invite-only Social Innovation Summit for Fortune 500 executives, government leaders, and top social entrepreneurs and Silicon Valley's Health Technology Forum at Stanford University.


Spiritual Mind and Body Counselor, Educator, Writer


Maria is an experienced crisis counselor and for the last 30 years has drawn upon her diverse healing modalities to train medical doctors in the art of holistic healing. Maria has trained in wide breadth of complementary medicine practices, including Spiritual and Ancestral plant medicine, Curanderismo, Homeopathy, Aromatherapy, Ayurveda, Vedic psychology and Reiki. She is also a certified Kundalini Yoga and Meditation instructor and a Pre and Postnatal Yoga instructor. Maria is trained in the healing and harmonious building principles of Baubiologie and Vaastu Shastra, and has designed the interiorss for elementary and high schools, businesses and residences. She is currently working on the design for a sacred retreat center.


Holistic Wellness Educator, Yoga Instructor, Scholar

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Mitch Hall (PhD) draws upon over 40 years of experience, education and advocacy work for human rights, peace, and the environment. He has decades of experience with Yoga, Tai Chi, Qigong, contemporary somatic modalities, and meditation. He is a member of two scholarly associations, the Task Force on Indigenous Psychology and the Nonkilling Psychology Research Committee and has coauthored book chapters in these fields. Dr. Hall's publications have included reviews, papers on peace psychology, nonviolence, holistic health and wellness, children’s rights, booklets, a coauthored book, edited books (psychology, health, spirituality, poetry), translations, and more. The Indian Board of Alternative Medicines, in Kolkata, honored Mitch with a PhD (h.c.) in Alternative Medicines.  His master’s degree in Sociology is from the University of Chicago, and his bachelor’s in Religion is from Columbia University. He has been a speaker in peace psychology symposiums and annual meetings of the American Psychological Association, and presented at the 12th International Conference on Violence, Abuse, and Trauma. 


Holistic and Energy Healer


Esther Rodriguez Brown is a Holistic Healer with over 20 years of experience working with survivors of all kinds of trauma. Her MA in Psychology with emphasis in trauma give her the knowledge to understand body, mind, and behavioral responses to traumatic events from our past that can affect us during our daily life. Her education in the holistic and energy healing arts along with her innate intuition provide her with a unique approach to unlock your full potential to heal. She is a Reiki practitioner, sound healer, Ayurvedic Health counselor, Yoga and meditation teacher, and energy healer. Esther is a fearless advocate and activist of self-love and self-care.

About the Program Structure


This program is offered in partnership with Yoga Center Amherst. 

Timing: All individual classes will take place on SATURDAYS live and online through Zoom at:

  • 10am-12pm EST

  • 7-9am PST 

  • 8:30-10:30pm IST

  • 3-5pm GMT 

  • 5-7pm CET


Individual Class Recommended Rate: $45 for each session (if you don't purchase a discounted program package), but all sessions are pay from your heart (no one turned away for lack of funds)

Recordings: All sessions are recorded, so you can benefit from them at your own timing if you can't make it live for any (or even all) of the live classes

Office Hours: Will happen every week on Wednesdays @ 10AM EST and offer a chance to ask questions 

DatesSaturday, February 20th, 2021 through Saturday, January 24th, 2022 (we will skip Saturday, November 27th, 2021 for Thanksgiving and Saturday, December 25th, 2021 for Christmas)

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What Students Are Saying


"The techniques are simple. They really work. It’s amazing. Very simple, but the results are good. I was surprised. Eating the warm foods. Adding the ghee, not a lot for me. Not combining the wrong foods together really works. I didn’t realize how much that affected my digestion or that it was even an issue until I started taking this class. 


Oiling the head, ears, and feet. That really helps with sleep. You go into such a nice, deep sleep, but when you wake up, you don’t feel groggy or out of it or tired. You just really feel refreshed.


The waking up early was a process. I was doing it every 15 minutes and can see how it makes a difference, and how when you sleep past 6am, you’re sluggish and don’t have a lot of energy. And just all the stuff with elimination, not eating the salads. Everything like that helps. 


Thank you for all your help. The way you guys talked, your voice was so soothing. It really made us feel comfortable and at ease and we loved how you brought in all the different types of foods. It’s amazing. Really, really simple things, but they really work. It’s natural medicine. The class information, cooking demos, and recipes were great."


"Best course ever. Loved all the ancient healing concepts and principles that were presented for my modern life. This course will not only help me in my daily life, but in my work life. I loved that this was a very interactive course. The instructors were awesome, so knowledgeable, peaceful, calming and helpful."


"Amazing in-depth information presented. Ananta for sure was a master in her teachings and provided so many resources that I will use in the future. The course had excellent information and tools I can apply in everyday life."


“The first day, I was rushing, so I felt a little anxiety. Just listening to your voice was so soothing that it really calmed me down. I really liked that. That was the first thing. I’ve been trying the warm water in the morning and I must say it does help with elimination. Within 15 minutes, I feel like I have to use the restroom, so I’ve been doing that every day and it’s really working.

I’m one of those who have to eat every two or three hours and I’ve noticed that I make my lunch the biggest meal of my day now. I’m not going to bed with a full stomach, feeling bloated and uncomfortable and unable to sleep. I think that’s really helped.

I love the oiling. I even tried it with my children. Now they like it just for a massage, but they’re like this aches and pains. I use it and they love it and I had my husband try it and he said that it actually does work to help calm your body down, especially if you had a rough day at work. I really find that to be really effective.

And not eating leftovers. I was a big queen of eating leftovers, like give me that and I’ll eat it for 2-3 days and I don’t really do that anymore. I think that’s really helped my stomach. I suffer from a lot of inflammation due to food allergies and since I cut down on that, it’s really, really helped."


“What I’ve been trying is waking up early in the morning. That’s really helpful because it helps me balance throughout the day. I don’t feel as stressed or rushed as I used to. It gives me more time to cook breakfast for my daughter and spend more time with her, so that’s helpful. The oiling I was doing after and now I do it before my shower. I can see the difference in my skin and the relaxation aspect of it. I think being in touch with your body and massaging it is really helpful. I like yoga, so I do some of the yoga practices before I go to sleep. Sometimes, when I wake up earlier, I do my yoga routine in the morning before I start my day, so that’s very relaxing and helpful. The sitting after eating - I’ve tried that and it’s helpful for elimination. I do the warm water and the warm food. I don’t eat leftovers. I enjoyed the class. I learned a lot. I have a curious mind and once you started explaining, I understood the process, so that was helpful. Thank you.”


“I love this class. It was great. You’re very soothing and the way you taught the class was very relaxing, no pressure, and the hour went by so fast. But the more I learned in these classes, the more I want to know, so I hope it continues, because I would really love to come back. I loved the spiced milk recipe. It was delicious and I still make it. I learned a lot that is very contrary to what we’ve learned growing up in our western culture.


When you don’t mess with food, when you eat it naturally, it’s actually so much better for you. So that’s what we’re learning. There’s a lot we change in the western culture and we find out 20 years later that it’s not good for you. Thank you very much for the class. I loved it.

The course was excellent and whetted my appetite to learn more! I wish this class was ongoing. The more I learned, the more I realized what I don’t know, and the more questions I had."


“One of the things I really took away from the training was the exercise where you look at your hands and remind yourself that your energy, your power, everything is in your control. It really focuses the locus of control on you versus other people. If something bad happens, you can look at yourself like how can I control this? How can I make it better? You empower yourself if there was something bad. I thought that was so amazing. I do that every morning now. I wake up and sometimes my eyes are not even open, but I can see my hands, and I’m just empowering myself, and it really feels really good, so thank you.”


“I think the ability of the instructors to adjust the course really makes this a 10. I really like the way you adjust the course based on the feedback from students. The most valuable things I learned in this class were the buzzing bee and the ability to have more peace and balance in my life. Thank you for an excellent class. Your patience, smiles, and positive glows are contagious."


“I’ve got a lot to do and there’s a lot of detail. That gets me wound up sometimes. I put into practice the buzzing bee a number of times. It was really helpful to bring a sense of calm and focus into that with this. Our office is downtown, but I went outside one time there, where we we have a locked area where I felt safe closing my eyes and taking in some sunshine. While I was doing the buzzing bee, I thought about, ‘okay, clear your mind, think about what you have to do, one task at a time.’ It was like the world stood still for a little bit.

I’ve been practicing the mantra about the hands. It has been a very good start to the day, to think, okay, I got a lot to do, but all it takes is one thought, and that one thought can lead to these great things. Turn those thoughts into action and you can reap a destiny. I really enjoyed that. Thank you for going above and beyond.  The samples your brought us are appreciated. Love the alternative ideas regarding diet, medicine, and meditation.”


“The most valuable things I have learned are a better/healthier way to eat and the benefits of many of the spices used in the preparation of the food. A really good class. A lot of information that is sometimes in conflict with the way and diet we have consumed for years.  However, when you know better you should try and do better!  Thank you.”