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The Ayurvedic Institute

Academic Catalog 2016-2017

the Path to Balance

T H E AY U R V E D I C I N S T I T U T E

a path to health and happiness

Ayurveda is beyond beginning and ending. A science of eternal healing, it is compared to


a vast ocean, and studying Ayurveda to swimming across. A true teacher can teach one
how to swim, but the swimming is up to the student; it is a lifelong journey.
-Charaka Samhita, Sutrasthana, Chapter Thirty

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Welcome to The Ayurvedic Institute.


I personally deeply appreciate you coming here to learn Ayurveda.
Ayurveda is a way of life and an art of living in harmony with the
natural environment and daily relationships with one another.
Life is divine. Our life is a good teacher and our daily life is our good
friend. Within this lifetime, we learn a lot about ourselves. That
learning is holy and will open the door to divine love.
This is a time to remain together, share together, and keep the heart
open. Through that openness, awareness will act. Let awareness
resolve all the problems of life.
There is a divine healer in you. This program will help to unfold that
healer in you. I wish you all the best in your journey of learning and
look forward to seeing you soon. Let us walk together, share together
and explore the truth divine within our hearts.

VASANT LAD, BAM&S, MASC


PRESIDENT

TABLE OF CONTENTS
1

ABOUT THE AYURVEDIC INSTITUTE

Vision Statement

Mission

About our School and our Educational Philosophy

Organization and Board Members

Our Albuquerque Campus

WHO STUDIES AT THE AYURVEDIC INSTITUTE?

WAYS TO STUDY AT THE AYURVEDIC INSTITUTE

CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS, INTRODUCTORY

COURSES, CONTINUING EDUCATION AND

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

AYURVEDIC STUDIES CERTIFICATE PROGRAM

AYURVEDIC STUDIES PROGRAM, LEVEL 1

12 AYURVEDIC STUDIES PROGRAM, LEVEL 2


DHARMA Living life with clarity of perception and


action, to be true to lifes purpose.
ARTHA Sufficient resources to fulfill our dharma.
KAMA Surrendering to what is, through the
fulfillment of the positive needs of life so we can
go beyond desire.
MOKSHA Perfect freedom, self-realization,
enlightenment (to be a light to oneself), to remain
in a state of choiceless, passive awareness,
moment-to-moment, in our daily life.

Living in Harmony with Others

16 GRADUATE CLINICAL INTERNSHIP


THE FOUR PILLARS OF LIFE


THE PATHWAY TO SELF-REALIZATION

AND CLINICAL RESIDENCY PROGRAM

17 ASP ADMISSIONS AND REGISTRATION

Health is the supreme foundation for achieving


the four pillars of life. (Dharmartha kama

mokshanam, arogyam mulam uttamam.) Those

Veterans Affairs Benefits

International Students

2016-2017 ASP 1 and 2 Tuition and Fees

faith in the teachings of Ayurveda. (Ayuh

Licensing and Credentials

kamayamanena dharmartha sukha sadhanam,

Work-study Program

Full-time Student Benefits

Ayurvedopadesheshu vidheyah paramadarah.)

desirous of a healthy life should put profound

20 ASP FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


22 LIFE IN ALBUQUERQUE FOR ASP STUDENTS

Transition to Albuquerque

Weather

Points of Interest

Housing

Getting Around in Albuquerque

Gunas of the High Desert

Preparing Yourself

SoHam Breathing Meditation

26 PANCHAKARMA THERAPY TRAINING AND


GURUKULA CLINICAL PROGRAM IN PUNE, INDIA

28 INTRODUCTORY COURSES, CONTINUING


EDUCATION AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Weekend Seminars and Week-long Intensives

Distance Learning Programs

Ayuryoga Optional Courses

Additional Alumni Opportunities

32 INTRODUCTORY COURSES, CONTINUING


EDUCATION, PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FAQS

33 OTHER AYURVEDIC INSTITUTE RESOURCES


AND DEPARTMENTS

Library, Herbs, Panchakarma, The Ayurvedic Press,

Store and Membership

THE AYURVEDIC INSTITUTE adheres to the highest standards of excellence


in education, providing comprehensive, high quality programs in Ayurvedic
studies.
11311 Menaul Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87192-1445
tl 505 291-9698 fx 505 294-7572
www.ayurveda.com
The Ayurvedic Institute was founded in 1984 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit
educational New Mexico corporation and licensed by the State
of New Mexico as a private post-secondary school in 1994.
Copyright 2016, The Ayurvedic Institute. All Rights Reserved. No part of
this catalog or its contents, in part or whole, may be reproduced without
the written consent of The Ayurvedic Institute. All information in this
catalog is subject to change without prior notice and does not constitute
an agreement between The Ayurvedic Institute and the student.
Cover photo, top: All Rights Reserved. Used with permission from
Untitled Dr. Lad Documentary, directed by Jeremy Frindel, Substratum
Films, 2016.

Letter from the Dean


Welcome! We are pleased to be able to offer you this Academic Catalog as an introductory glimpse into our school and programs. The Ayurvedic Institute has been sharing the
authentic knowledge and wisdom of Ayurveda with the western world for over 32 years now.
Every member of our community our founder Vasant Lad, students enrolled in our fulltime certificate programs, seminars, intensives, online courses, and our intensive programs in
Pune, India, our Administrator, Wynn Werner, our faculty, staff, clients, and board members
is integral to creating a very special learning journey that is both academically rigorous and
supportive of self-inquiry.
In Ayurveda, we highlight that life is relationship. Nothing is separate from anything else;
the season may impact our state of mind or a food eaten alone may have a different effect in
our body than when eaten in other combinations. One implication of this is that our choices
matter. They matter because it is all indivisible. The Ayurvedic Institute is a very special
place in which to learn and practice with awareness, supporting the quality of our day-to-day
choices and the blossoming of wisdom. We all benefit from these intentions. We welcome
you to join us in the conversations, practices, and programs that support this profound,
sacred, and rigorous work!

DR. ERIN KREEGER, PhD


D E A N O F E D U C AT I O N

FOLLOW YOUR PATH TO BALANCE

Ayurveda
Ayurveda is an ancient art of healing that has been practiced continuously
throughout India for over 5,000 years. It is considered the oldest authentically recorded healing
science in existence today and includes yoga philosophy and integration of the body, mind and consciousness. The principles of many natural healing systems now familiar in the West, such as Homeopathy and
Polarity Therapy, have their roots in Ayurveda. Ayurveda looks at every person as a unique individual. It
seeks to understand and to correct imbalances and to restore the innate intelligence and harmony of the
person. It gives insight to understanding individual constitution and to create balance within.

VISION STATEMENT

TO FACILITATE THE RE-EMERGENCE OF AYURVEDA AND


ITS INTEGRATION WITH ALL ASPECTS OF EXISTENCE.

MISSION

The mission of the Ayurvedic Institute is to teach

ABOUT OUR SCHOOL AND OUR


EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY

Ayurveda, the science of life, utilizing a traditional Vedic

According to Charaka (Su.1:46), the mind, the soul and

approach including the sister disciplines of Sanskrit,

the body form the tripod of life. Likewise, the tripod

Yoga and Jyotisha. We create a supportive environment

of our educational programs is formed by engaging

that encourages individuals to integrate Ayurveda into

the mind in rigorous academic study with practical

their daily living as we train health care professionals to

training, expanding the consciousness with meditation

integrate Ayurveda into their clinical practices. Our aim

and the practice of moment-to-moment awareness,

is to expose the student to Ayurvedic principles and prac-

and balancing the body with proper Ayurvedic diet

tices that, when integrated into the lifestyle, bring peace

and lifestyle. In this pursuit, we apply basic principles

and balance to the body, mind and soul. The traditional

of Ayurveda to address imbalance (vikruti) and return

Vedic style utilized is based on personal growth through

to our unique, foundational state (prakruti). Through

spirituality. The Ayurvedic Institute is committed to

the diverse practice and embodiment of Ayurveda, we

providing an environment in which the student can find

teach the path of balance and bliss for body, mind, and

the freedom to learn and make choices that promote self-

consciousness and ultimately offer that peace back to the

healing and bring the individual into balance with the

universe. Our programs are intensive training grounds

universe in which he or she lives.

for sophisticated, responsible healers to blossom.

Whether you are beginning your journey with Ayurveda or

forms the field in which personal transformation can and often

deepening your existing practice, we welcome all of you for this

does take place.

divine yajna, the sacrifice, where we offer our hearts, our time,
even our prana, the breath, in this sacred work. Your contribu-

ORGANIZATION

tions are beautiful; your presence is a gift. We all work together,

The Ayurvedic Institute was founded in 1984 in Santa Fe, New

share, and explore together the same truth of Ayurveda. As a

Mexico, as a 501(c) (3) educational, non-profit corporation.

whole, we embrace this way of life; of living in harmony with

The Articles of Incorporation, By-Laws and Board meeting

nature, with each other and with the environment in our daily

minutes are open to inspection by any interested person with

living. As we dive deeply into Ayurveda and into the traditions

sufficient advance notice. The Institute is governed by a Board

in which it is rooted, at the same time engaging with western

of Directors and corporate officers, whose directives are carried

concepts, we allow for the expansion of our inner awareness and

out by Institute staff members.

for the remembrance of truth. If you decide to join us, you will

BOARD MEMBERS

be entering into a journey of intensive learning, relationship,


spirit, and academic rigor that can be truly transformational.
The Ayurvedic Institutes educational philosophy and learning
model differs from many western educational institutions. Our
school reflects the teaching traditions of ancient India. These
traditions emphasize the oral transmission of knowledge by
being present with the teacher. It is taught, as the Vedic traditions emphasize, with practical examples and stories, including
recitation and memorization of ancient Ayurvedic sutras or
verses. These sutras, chanted in Sanskrit, help to preserve the
foundations and integrity of Ayurveda. Students are taught
and engaged in practices grounded in a householder lineage
that, integrated into their lifestyle, facilitate choices promoting
self-healing and bringing about peace and balance. This journey
requires soul searching, faith and trust without proof or guarantee.
Studying here is an immersive journey. In its traditional

Vasant Lad, BAM&S, MASc Chairman of the Board, President


Sharon Scaltrito, RN, BSN, MBA Secretary
Dr. Michael Stone, DC, Chiropractor Treasurer
Harish Raichada Board Member

ADMINISTRATORS

VASANT LAD, BAM&S, MASc,


AYURVEDIC PHYSICIAN AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Vasant Lad brings a wealth of classroom and practical experience to the United States. A native of India, he served for
three years as Medical Director of the Ayurveda Hospital in
Pune, India. He was Professor of Clinical Medicine at the
Pune University College of Ayurvedic Medicine for 15 years.
He holds a Bachelors of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery
(BAM&S) degree from the University of Pune and a Masters
of Ayurvedic Science (MASc) degree from Tilak Ayurved
Mahavidyalaya. Vasant Lads academic and practical training
include the study of Allopathy (Western medicine) and surgery

form, the student is expected to trust the teacher to present

as well as traditional Ayurveda.

the subjects in the manner the teacher feels are appropriate.

Beginning in 1979, he has traveled throughout the United

We expect students not only to be open and learning in the


classroom but also to have a deep commitment to practicing
Ayurveda in day-to-day life; practicing with love, compassion,
non-judgment, and openness in every context. We believe that
true learning and owning the knowledge comes from self experience, living and practicing what is taught and it is this that

States sharing his knowledge of Ayurveda. In 1984 he came to


Albuquerque as Director, principal instructor and founder of
The Ayurvedic Institute. Vasant Lad is the author of numerous
books and respected throughout the world for his knowledge of
Ayurveda. Vasant Lad is the author of 11 books on Ayurveda
as well as hundreds of articles and other writings. With over

The immersive experience of studying at The Ayurvedic Institute brought with it not only knowledge of a
vast healing tradition but a profound transformation on a personal level. Working closely for two years with
classmates, faculty, and clients under the guidance of Vasant Lad is an opportunity to open both the mind
and the heart, and to begin to develop the qualities of a healer in the truest sense of the word.

500,000 copies of his books in print in the USA, his work has

levels. He teaches sessions on legalities around the practice of

been translated into more than 20 languages.

Ayurveda and the use of Ayurvedic products in the United

ERIN KREEGER, MA, PhD

States.

Dr. Kreeger is our Dean of Education. She has a Masters

OUR ALBUQUERQUE CAMPUS

Degree and Doctorate in organizational leadership and develop-

At this location since 1986, The Ayurvedic Institute is located

ment from Fielding Graduate University and Tilburg Univer-

in the foothills of bustling urban Albuquerque, allowing us to

sity in the Netherlands. Informed by Ayurveda, her specific

learn and practice the day-to-day Ayurveda we hope to share

focus has been on well-being in our organizations and public

with our clients. Our three buildings total more than 12,500

institutions. Most of her career has focused on leading and

square feet.

supporting not-for-profit organizations and educational institutions in creating and living into generative, health supporting
possibilities. She has had the joy of experiencing a wide variety
of approaches to well-being through living in many cultures
including the Netherlands, Thailand, Norway, Australia, the
West Indies, Canada and the United States. Dr. Kreeger is
passionate about The Ayurvedic Institute and what we are all
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Uma J., ASP 1 & 2 Graduate

creating together.
WYNN WERNER

The primary building is a passive solar structure, housing the


administrative offices, the bookstore, the herb department, our
two libraries, lounge and student kitchen, and the main classroom of approximately 1,200 square feet. The Panchakarma
Department, adjacent to the main office, provides the traditional cleansing therapies of Ayurveda for clients who come
from around the world for healing.
Our second building houses our Education Department, The
Ayurvedic Press, and the Ayurvedic Center for Healing, Life

Wynn is the Administrator of The Ayurvedic Institute. He is

and Longevity. Open to the public, this one-of-a-kind clinic is

responsible to the Board of Directors for the general operation

equipped with clinic rooms for consultations and treatments, a

of the Institute and oversees all of its departments and facili-

Grand Rounds room, and a reception area.

ties, assuring that the Institute fulfills its mission, purposes,


and goals. A graduate of the 1991 Ayurvedic Studies Program,
Wynn was invited by Vasant Lad to administer the growing
Institution and has continued to assist the Board of Directors in guiding it as Ayurveda has expanded into the western
world. Wynn is a founding board member of NAMA (National
Ayurvedic Medical Association). He represents the Institute
on Ayurvedic matters at the state, national, and international

The third building contains both a large classroom and an


Ayuryoga studio. In each building there are altar spaces and
shrines with ghee lamps and incense honoring the many faces
of The Divine. All of our classrooms and administrative buildings are equipped with tea stations and Ayurvedic healing teas
(many are Vasant Lads formulas).

A wise person desiring to become a physician should first examine the system being taught, its
authenticity, completeness and applicability. Thereafter, one should examine the teacher. The teacher
should possess a deep understanding of the theoretical and practical aspects of the science, have extensive
experience in practice, be skillful, friendly, pure, compassionate, fatherly to students, and capable of
infusing understanding. Having decided, approached the teacher with respect and been accepted, a student
should engage in study seriously; wake up early, finish morning routines and spiritual practices; pay respect
to saints, sages, preceptors, elders, the teacher and all beings. The student should then make efforts to
comprehend, clearly express, and discuss the knowledge by studying the information already acquired,
entering deeply in contemplation in order to completely understand the meaning and the applications. . .
-Charaka Samhita, Vimanasthanam, Chapter Eight

WHO STUDIES AT THE AYURVEDIC


INSTITUTE?

When education and spiritual development coincide, the reason


for study may be obscured until after the lessons are learned.

We are a diverse community of people who are committed

Answering your hearts call to Ayurveda is something we honor

to learning and living Ayurveda. Our continuing education

with the most academically rigorous and immersive Ayurvedic

and professional development students come from all over the

program available in the United States the purpose of your

world and participate in short on-campus programs, intensive

education, like any other, may take time to reveal itself. We

multi-week programs, or online distance education courses.

welcome you to meet us here!

Some of them are looking for introductions to Ayurveda and

WAYS TO STUDY AT THE AYURVEDIC


INSTITUTE

others are experienced practitioners continuing to develop,


refresh or expand their scope of practice. Our full-time certificate students have often made substantial life changes in order
to study here! They have come here having practiced as medical
doctors, career military professionals, farmers, IT professionals,
yoga teachers, chiropractors, cooks, herbalists, nurses, philoso-

There are many ways to study at The Ayurvedic Institute.


A helpful way to think about it might be in two different
containers: a full-time certificate program and introductory
continuing education or professional development courses.

phers, business executives, lawyers, accountants, teachers,

Our full-time certificate program takes place at our Albu-

mothers, fathers, daughters, and sons. Our students come from

querque campus. It consists of three ten-week trimesters over

a number of different states and countries and range in age

a nine month academic year. There is the option to attend for

from recent high school graduates to those in their 70s and 80s.

one or two academic years depending on how you want to

This school is authorized under Federal law to enroll nonim-

apply your learning. There are also additional Graduate Intern-

migrant students and we charge the same tuition for students

ship opportunities in our on campus clinic. Our introductory,

coming from abroad as do for those who live locally. We also

continuing education and advanced professional development

honor VA benefits for veterans and their dependents and, again,

programs include a variety of ways to learn Ayurveda. For

charge the same tuition whether people are using VA benefits

example, there are courses conducted online so people can

or not. Our students are as varied as Ayurveda itself and are

study from a distance, on-campus seminars and intensives,

connected by a sincere commitment to learning authentic

which take place on campus for a weekend or a week at a time,

Ayurveda and the willingness to engage in a transformative

and our six to eight week residential programs at our facility in

personal and professional journey.

Pune, India.

Certificate Programs, Introductory Courses, Continuing


Education and Professional Development
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Ayurvedic Practitioner Certification


Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant Certification
Multi-week Panchakarma Therapist Training in Pune, India
Multi-week practitioner intensive in Pune, India
Week-long intensives
Weekend seminars and webinars
Introductory courses taught online

ASP

AYURVEDIC STUDIES CERTIFICATE PROGRAM

The Ayurvedic Institute is the oldest Ayurvedic school in the

encourage students to co-create social opportunities together

Unites States and is highly-respected around the world. Steeped

and to apply what they learn in class to all aspects of their lives

in Vedic tradition, our Ayurvedic Studies Program (ASP),

from their diets and daily routines to their relationships and

now in its 32nd year, is a full-time immersive journey into

interactions with others. It is a journey that has the support of

Ayurveda. Our ASP1 graduates (first year students) graduate as

a fabulous, very committed faculty, staff, and student body. The

certified Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultants and our ASP2 grad-

complete immersion into Ayurveda combined with hard work

uates (second year students) graduate as certified Ayurvedic

and community-mindedness allows for deep assimilation of the

Health Practitioners, having completed a significant number

knowledge of Ayurveda into the mind, body, and spirit.

of supervised clinical hours in our on-campus clinic. Graduates of ASP2 have the option of participating in our Graduate

ASP1 and ASP2 run concurrently from October to June

Clinical Internship. By choosing to study here, you will have

of each year. The academic year is divided into three,

the unique opportunity to learn with Vasant Lad, BAM&S,

10-week trimesters, each followed by a break. This school

MASc, world-renowned scholar and consummate practitioner

year commences with a mandatory orientation that begins

of Ayurveda, and the rest of our distinguished faculty.

on October 3, 2016 for ASP1 and on October 6 for ASP2.


Many of our students have the opportunity to serve in our

In Ayurveda, body, mind and consciousness work together in

seminars and weekend intensives in a work-study arrangement

maintaining balance; they are simply viewed as different facets

or simply to participate at reduced cost; some of those oppor-

of ones being. To learn balance requires an understanding of

tunities take place in June and July. The Ayurvedic Institute is

that integration. As such, our Ayurvedic Studies Program is

a National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA) member

designed to support our students in their own self-healing so

school and has been recognized as providing professional

they can support others in theirs. Our students often say that

training at the professional membership level. Our Ayurvedic

they have experienced powerful growth and transformation not

Studies Program, Levels 1 and 2, meet the requirements of the

only from an academic and professional training perspective,

Ayurvedic Health Counselor and Ayurvedic Practitioner levels

but also on a deeply personal level. The program is academi-

respectively.

cally rigorous and the number of hours students spend inside


and outside the classroom far exceed a traditional university

We have a busy clinic on campus that is open to the public

load. This is an intensive, sacred learning journey that simul-

where students can gain training, practice and mentorship post-

taneously includes chanting, pujas, flash cards, study groups,

ASP2 through our graduate internship programs. In addition,

memorization, and both written and oral examinations. We

we have unique continuing education opportunities for alumni.

ASP1

AYURVEDIC STUDIES PROGRAM, LEVEL 1

The Ayurvedic Studies Program, Level 1 (ASP1), is the foundation of the educational programs offered at The Ayurvedic
Institute. Students acquire a thorough understanding of the
principles and practices of Ayurvedic diet and lifestyle, Sanskrit,
Ayuryoga, Anatomy and Physiology, and client relationships.
ASP1 is also considered a time to increase self-awareness,
self-nurturance, community building, and rigorous study
of Ayurvedic knowledge and practices. In each week of this
program, an estimated 50-60 hours is dedicated to lecture, class,
study, and practice.

dance but are exempt from taking the quizzes and exams. Upon
graduation, these students receive a Certificate of Personal Track
Completion.

There are two ways to participate in ASP1: Certificate of


Completion Track or Personal Track.

Our ASP1 Program runs from October through June with electives being offered over the summer. Our classes are designed to
complement and build upon each other and are the place where
you and your fellow classmates will learn both with and from
each other. To foster both this continuity and community, there
is a set curriculum and schedule everyone follows.

1 CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION

On the Certificate Track, graduating students leave with


a certificate as an Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant. ASP1s
curriculum is recognized by the National Ayurvedic Medical
Association. ASP1 meets competencies required for professional
membership at the Ayurvedic Health Counselor level. ASP1s
scope of practice is focused on assessing a generally healthy
persons constitution and basic imbalances of dosha, agni, ma
and dhtu. Students will be able to create recommendations to
address these imbalances using dietary, lifestyle and contemplative practices to encourage a lifestyle of balance. Students
will also be able to recognize when to refer to either a licensed
medical professional or a higher-level Ayurvedic practitioner for
more advanced work including herbal formulations.

2 PERSONAL TRACK

This is intended for students focused on their own personal


enrichment and who are not looking to develop a professional
practice of Ayurveda. Personal Track students take all of the
same classes as the Certificate Track students with the exception of classes oriented towards seeing clients. Personal Track
students are under the same standards and guidelines for atten-

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM THE SCHEDULE FOR ASP1

ASP1 includes lectures, breakout sessions, an emphasis on practice exercises, client evaluations, and oral and written examinations. Students earn 720 total hours of classroom time. Plus we
anticipate approximately 720 hours of study, homework, and
self-practice.

EXAMPLES OF ASP1 COURSES


AYURVEDIC LECTURES

This course is amazing in its depth and breadth! It is the foundation for ASP1. Through lecture with some accompanying
exercises and practicum, students are provided with a thorough
examination of the philosophy, principles, and practices of
Ayurveda, presented directly from Vasant Lads knowledge and
textbooks.
The first trimester includes a series of videotaped lectures by
Vasant Lad facilitated by our faculty. In the second and third
Meditation should flow in every walk of life and in every aspect
of our relationships. If we meditate for half an hour and then
spend the rest of the time judging, criticizing, evaluating, and
creating conflict with others, that is not spirituality. Spirituality
is awareness in action.
It is individuality flowering into totality.


The program is phenomenal as it compresses what
could be lifetimes into two years of intensive study.
Mahadev L., Faculty

trimesters, Vasant Lad teaches in person his extensive understanding of the ancient texts as well as lessons drawn from his
many years of experience as an Ayurvedic physician. Topics
range from philosophy and Ayurvedic theory to Ayurvedic
physiology, health, and balance to basic principles of Ayurvedic
management, which includes students presenting cases to Vasant
Lad and the class, then receiving feedback.
PRINCIPLES OF AYURVEDIC NUTRITION WITH
SPECIAL REFERENCE TO THE KITCHEN PHARMACY

Ayurveda offers a logical approach for determining a correct


diet based upon an individuals constitution an approach that
is often quite different from the current Western definition of a
balanced diet. In this course, students look at food, food selection, food combining, use of spices and seasonings and healthy
eating practices through an Ayurvedic lens, and develop ways to
incorporate this into their personal and professional practices.
In the third trimester, students begin learning the fundamentals
of Ayurvedic herbalism with a strong focus on the medicinal
properties of culinary herbs and spices including their qualities,
actions, effects, and applications.
AYURYOGA FOR INDIVIDUAL HEALTH & HEALING

Ayurveda accepts and incorporates the Shad Darshan, the six


systems of Indian philosophy or ways of understanding life. One
of these philosophies is yoga which means union the union
of the lower self with the higher self, atman with paramtman.
Traditionally, Ayurveda and yoga were practiced together.
Both uphold the four aims of life as the highest achievements.
Together they enhance each other and the healing of mind,
body and consciousness while contributing to self-development,
self-realization and overall well-being.
This course is designed to help support your relationships,
integration of knowledge and overall well-being with a focus
on what will assist you in this program in terms of day-to-day
practices. It considers many aspects of classical yoga including a

THE VALUE OF SELF-INQUIRY


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nakta dinni me ynti katha bhtasya saprati,
dukha bh na bhavatyeva nitya sannihita
smti.
Those who, day and night, moment to moment, ask
themselves, How do I spend my time? How do I act toward
other beings?, are always present, always aware, always
remembering, and are not a part of the misery and pain
(ofthe world).

focus on lifestyle principles, practices and ethical disciplines


like the yamas (austerities) and niyamas (observances), the
yogic branches of karma (action) yoga, bhakti (devotion)
yoga and jana (knowledge) yoga, breathing techniques
(prnyma), meditation and mudra. It is not a course on
sana though there will be some guided sana in the course.
By the end of the course, in addition to your own knowledge
gained and personal practice, you will be able to guide clients
through meditation practices. Those interested in teaching
Ayuryoga to clients are encouraged to continue their education with our Ayuryoga Teacher Training elective.
AYURVEDIC PRINCIPLES IN DAILY LIFE

This course first supports students with the transformational


process of integrating Ayurvedic philosophy, diet, and lifestyle
into their own lives and then, building upon their expanding
skills and knowledge, provides an integrative, hands-on
approach to advancing their clinical skills, including rapport,
assessment, findings and recommendations, and basic pulse
assessment, in preparation for seeing clients.
LEARNING SANSKRIT THROUGH STRAS,
SHASTRAS AND SANDHIS

The language of Ayurveda is Sanskrit, and for thousands of


years the knowledge of Ayurveda has been passed down in
the form of stras or small phrases. In the inquiring minds of
students, stras bring hidden knowledge to consciousness and
therefore hold an important place in our curriculum. First
year students begin a relationship with this sacred language by
learning the Sanskrit alphabet, reading and writing using the
Devanagari script, and memorizing foundational Ayurvedic
vocabulary and stras. This course includes basic Sanskrit
grammar such as the declension of nouns and conjugation

of verbs in preparation for being able to read and analyze the


classic texts of Ayurveda in ASP2.
LANGUAGE AND LANDSCAPE OF THE BODY

Throughout our program students learn how to use the rays


of knowledge to screen the internal organs through external
observation of the body. This course offers a foundation for that
knowledge providing a framework of western anatomy, physiology, and medical terminology necessary to support students
in the Ayurvedic Studies Program especially in Vasant Lads
classes. This knowledge also helps student improve communication with clients and other practitioners in the health field in
important and exciting ways.
INTERPERSONAL AND CLIENT COMMUNICATION

According to Ayurveda, every individual is a total, unique


expression of consciousness, a living book, and profound
healing and transformation is possible when we read that book.
In this course, students learn interpersonal communication
skills that assist them in compassionately, professionally and
ethically communicating with each other and with clients.
Students will observe professional Ayurvedic practitioners
during class time to gain a wide perspective on the process of
both questioning and conveying diet and lifestyle concepts and
practices to clients.
INTRODUCTION TO CLINICAL CONSULTATIONS

Bringing together the theory, communication and assessment


skills gained throughout the first two trimesters, students
work together in teams under the guidance of our professional
clinical supervisors to begin seeing clients and making diet and
lifestyle recommendations at our on-campus Ayurvedic Center
for Healing, Life and Longevity.
AYURYOGA TEACHER TRAINING
(ELECTIVE COURSE)

This Yoga Teacher Training elective is for full-time ASP1


students who want to integrate yoga and Ayurveda, and for
students who are existing yoga teachers looking to expand

their scope of practice in a way that incorporates what


they are learning about Ayurveda. Building upon the
courses offered during ASP1, this elective course focuses
on working with clients in a way that is tailored from an
Ayurvedic perspective. This Yoga Teacher Training blends
classical sana, prnyma, mudra, and meditation practices following Ayurvedic principles. An Ayuryoga Teacher
can make recommendations based on the prakruti/vikruti
paradigm, season, etc. This course is an additional fee.
Please visit our website for more details.

My life from here will not only intricately


involve Ayurveda, it will be Ayurveda. There
is no other path for me. I see myself opening
a private practice, writing and continuing
to open to the Divines will for me. In being
here I have found my true calling in lifeI
can sincerely say that being able to share
the wisdom of Ayurveda and be a part of
this living lineage of sacred knowledge has
been the greatest joy and utmost honor to
me. What I am learning most from this
program is, simply put, what true health
is. I am learning how to take care of myself
and hence others, how to see the pattern of
dis-ease and how to radically change that
through Ayurvedic protocol. Im learning
what it means to be fully human, perfectly
imperfect, vulnerable, and ever-changing
according to the Divine plan.

Richard P., ASP1 Student

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ASP2

AYURVEDIC STUDIES PROGRAM, LEVEL 2

The second year of the Ayurvedic Studies Program builds upon


ASP1 with an emphasis on increasing depth and breadth of
knowledge and application in a clinical setting. Graduates of
ASP2 leave with a Certificate of Ayurvedic Practitioner. ASP2s
curriculum is recognized by the National Ayurvedic Medical
Association. ASP2 meet competencies required for professional
membership at the Ayurvedic Practitioner level. Graduates
are competent in a scope of practice that includes being able
to assess an individuals unique constitution and elements of
physiological imbalance according to dosha, agni, ma, gati,
and srotas. Graduates of ASP2 are able to create recommendations using dietary, lifestyle and contemplative practices along
with herbal protocols and Ayurvedic treatments that include
external basti, lepa and marma therapy to encourage healing
and a lifestyle in balance with nature. Graduates of ASP2
also understand the need to refer to either a licensed medical
professional or a higher level Ayurvedic practitioner for more
advanced work including a refined understanding of the disease
and advanced herbal, cleansing or treatment protocols.
ASP2 includes lectures, breakout sessions, and an emphasis
on practical exercises and supervised clinical consultations.
Students earn 780 total hours of classroom and supervised
clinical consultation time in class and in our on-campus
clinic. Classes and clinical rotations are typically scheduled
for Monday through Saturday. In addition to class and clinic
hours, we anticipate approximately 780 hours of study groups,
homework, self-practice, and study.
Our ASP2 Program runs from October through June with
electives being offered over the summer. Our courses and clinic
rotations are designed to complement and build upon each
other. To foster both continuity and community, there is a set
curriculum and schedule that everyone follows. Classes are
concurrent with practicing in the student clinic.

EXAMPLES OF ASP2 COURSES

GURUKULA: VASANT LAD CLIENT CONSULTATIONS


AND LECTURES

In this amazing, client-centered course, students observe Vasant


Lad consulting with pachakarma (PK) clients to learn the art
and science behind his assessments, findings, and recommendations. Vasant Lad personally teaches based on his extensive
understanding of the ancient texts as well as his many years
of experience as an Ayurvedic physician. He works with each
client uniquely, applying his knowledge and experience in each
consultation, and follows these consultations with lecture and
practice.
THE ART OF ND VIJNAM

For an Ayurvedic practitioner, pulse opens the doors of deeper


perception. In this course students deepen their clinical understanding of the qualities and layers of the pulse through lecture,
hands-on practicum, and consistent practice outside of the
classroom.
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SUSHRUTAS DEFINITION OF HEALTH





. .

sama do samgni ca sama dhtu mala kriy,


prasanntmendriya man svastha ityabhidhyate. (38)

Su. S. 15
The one who is established in Self, who has balanced doshas,
balanced agni, properly formed dhatus, proper elimination of
malas, properly functioning bodily processes, and whose mind,
soul, and senses are full of bliss, is called a healthy person.

ASP2 has been such a wonderful year for me


because I love the application of knowledge
to real life. We are getting more exposure
to clients this year through the clinic,
pachakarma with Vasant Lad, and with
case studies presented in several classes. We
are learning to see the interconnectedness
of doshas, dhtus, and srotas and how to
follow the thread in each individual. I am
completely inspired by all that I am learning!

Betsy B., ASP2 Student

CLASSICAL TEXTS: READING AND INTERPRETATION

This course introduces the major and minor classical texts of


Ayurveda. Students will become familiar with the organization and division of classical Ayurvedic literature, the major
resources and proclivities of the dominant texts, and the unique
perspectives of their respective authors. In addition, this course
will introduce students to the classical methods of inquiry and
understanding with reference to clinical application.
DRAVYA GUNA SHSTRA

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Drawing from both classic and modern sources, students are


exposed to the correct, appropriate, effective, safe, ethical and
legal use of a selection of Ayurvedic herbs, including their
qualities, actions, effects, applications, indications, contra-indications, toxicity and proper dosage. Students also learn essential
processes of preparation and survey a wide variety of traditional
and modern formulations and compounds.
CLINICAL EXAMINATION OF SROTMSI

from classical texts, as well as the oral transmission of stras


through chanting.
SHAMANA THERAPIES

This course offers hands-on practicum in treatment and assessment modalities with an emphasis on shamana, therapeutic
techniques that involve gently palliating the doshas in clients.
Students learn a variety of therapies including lepas, external
bastis and shirodhra, many of which can be further practiced
with clients in our on campus Ayurvedic Center for Healing,
Life and Longevity. Students are also introduced to a limited
number of pachakarma therapies.
MARMA CHIKITS AS A PATH TO INNER PHARMACY

Marmni, vital energy points on the body, are valuable tools


in both the assessment and management of imbalances in the
body, mind, and consciousness. Through a combination of
lecture and guided, hands-on practicum students learn how
to incorporate marma chikits (therapy) into their Ayurvedic
practice.
AYURVEDIC CASE STUDIES

In this course, the instructor presents a range of case studies.


These case studies exemplify aspects of various diseases and
disease differentiation. Though this course, students will refine
their ability to have a discriminating eye while reviewing cases
prior to their consultation, as well as refining how they are able
to listen to the client and their concerns. Students will gain a
more refined ability to follow the thread of imbalance through
an Ayurvedic lens, allowing them greater specificity and insight
into the recommendations for that person.
INTEGRATED APPROACH TO AYURVEDIC
PATHOPHYSIOLOGY

This course will focus on developing the art of perception in


the student practitioner while exploring and practicing the
methodical assessment techniques of dhtus (tissues) and srotas
(bodily channels) utilized in our on-campus Ayurvedic Center
of Health, Healing and Longevity.

This course is an introduction to classical pathologies from an


Ayurvedic perspective, supplemented by discussions about allopathic models of disease and standard of care for the selected
imbalances.

CHANTING SANSKRIT STRAS

This course explores the physiological, mental and emotional


changes that accompany the natural cycles of human life,
with an emphasis on female reproductive health and childrens
medicine.

Building on the reading, writing and grammar competency


gained in ASP1, this course will continue to foster Sanskrit
reading and comprehension skills and impart practical methodologies for memorization of essential Ayurvedic stras. Class
time is divided between the reading and translation of passages

AYURVEDIC LIFE CYCLES

INTRODUCTION TO AYURVEDIC JYOTISH

This course is an introduction to Jyotisha (Vedic astrology) as


a tool for indicating a persons constitution and health from
an Ayurvedic perspective. This ten-week course is meant to
provide students with a basic familiarity of the North Indian
astrological chart so that they can refer clients to professional
Jyotish consultants for more in-depth evaluation.
AYURYOGA FOR CLIENTS HEALTH AND HEALING

Second year students build upon the foundation established in


first year with continued exploration of yoga philosophy and
guided practices. Students explore the many different styles of
yoga they may encounter when working with clients and why
its helpful to know about them. They will also expand their
scope of practice to include teaching prnyma as part of a
larger Ayurvedic protocol that helps clients establish balance,
improve digestion and ease specific conditions covered elsewhere in the second year clinical curriculum. Those interested in teaching Ayuryoga sana to clients are encouraged to
continue their education with our elective Ayuryoga Teacher
Training program.
STUDENT CLINIC

Student clinic consists of supervised Ayurvedic consultations


and teaches the correct application of Ayurvedic principles
with the ability to establish trust, credibility, and rapport with
the client. Students progressively apply the principles and skills
learned in other courses, gaining confidence in their Ayurvedic
lifestyle consultations. They develop the ability to manage
multiple factors such as initial examination, report of findings,
recommendations and follow up. All clinic sessions include
grand rounds where clinical staff facilitates group discussion for
a more in-depth understanding of cases.
AYURYOGA TEACHER TRAINING
(ELECTIVE COURSE)

This Yoga Teacher Training is optional for full-time students


of ASP2. It builds upon the Ayuryoga Teacher Training in
ASP1 and their ASP2 curriculum. This elective course includes
further practice, assignments, and instruction in Ayuryoga,
focused on working with Ayuryoga clients in a clinical setting.
This yoga teacher training blends classical sana (postures) and
sequences, prnyma, mudra, and meditation recommendations with protocols tailored to their prakruti, vikruti, season,
etc. This course is an additional fee. Please visit our website for
more details.

LIVING IN HARMONY WITH


OTHERS
Ayurveda speaks a great deal about daily and
seasonal routines (dincharya and rutuchary)
and how these should be followed according to
ones prakruti (constitution) and vikruti (current
state). For instance, a vta person should do daily
oil massage and follow a regimen to pacify vta
dosha. The same applies to pitta and kapha types,
who should follow dosha-pacifying regimens. Every
person is different physically, psychologically, and
constitutionally and we often deal with people of
many different cultures, educational backgrounds,
interests, and goals. To understand another person
as he or she is, be humble and compassionate, and
look at that person without judgment or criticism.
We have to live in harmony with nature and with
other people. Listen to everyone with great respect
and love, so that you go to that persons level of
consciousness and understand what he or she is
thinking. Then you can raise your consciousness,
along with the other persons, so that you can help
to bring that person to your level or you can reach
the other persons level.
Yoga talks about the yamas (restraints) and niyamas
(ethical practices). It says not to judge, criticize, or
harm another person. If I hurt or insult someone
else, the harm will come to mebecause I am the
world and the world is me. At least for the sake
of our inner self, we have to live in harmony with
other people. That is only possible when we have
understanding, and when we use our relationships
as a mirror to watch our own reactions. We can
watch our own fear and desires. Living in harmony
with nature (through daily and seasonal regimens) can bring balance between the three doshas,
while living in harmony with other people brings
balance in our relationships. Your life is divine.
Love yourself as you are and have great self-esteem,
never overestimating or underestimating yourself.
Through self-inquiry and self-investigation, one can
achieve self-enlightenment.
~ excerpted from Ayurveda and Spirituality in Daily LIving by
Vasant Lad, MASc, Ayurveda Today, Vol. 17, No 1.

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I want to thank you so much for my consult. You changed my


life! Many unsolved mysteries and the why? of reasons I feel
the way I do, have been solved, with much intelligence and
care. I have been touting your institute to many of my friends
and I am feeling better health-wise already. Little by little.

Pamela B., Client

ASP

GRADUATE CLINICAL INTERNSHIP



AND CLINICAL RESIDENCY PROGRAM

GRADUATE CLINICAL INTERNSHIP


We offer our ASP2 graduates an opportunity to further
their supervised time with clients and expand their scope
of practice in our advanced clinical internships. Our
Ayurvedic Center for Healing, Life, and Longevity is our
on-campus Ayurvedic clinic that is open to the public.
Graduate Interns both observe and follow clients with the
support of a senior practitioner. This program includes
mentorship, client supervision, and grand rounds with
fellow interns. Our Graduate Clinical Internship runs
during each of our three ten-week trimesters; graduates

imbalance paradigms. They will create recommendations


that address a cohesive understanding of the persons
unique imbalance using dietary, lifestyle and contemplative practices along with herbal protocols, cleansing and
Ayurvedic treatments that include external basti, lepa
and marma therapy to encourage healing and a lifestyle
in balance with nature. They will understand the need to
refer to either a licensed medical professional or a higherlevel Ayurvedic practitioner for more advanced work
including a refined understanding of the therapeutic
approach to a given imbalance and advanced herbal,

may opt-in to up to three trimesters. There are approxi-

cleansing or treatment protocols.

mately 12 clinical hours per week plus optional classroom

CLINICAL RESIDENCY PROGRAM

time to audit new classes or re-experience previously


taken courses. The content of Graduate Clinical Internship includes a blending of observation, case discussion,
and one-on-one client consultation. Graduate Interns
work in a clinical team with a professional practitioner
to determine Ayurvedic conclusions as well as treatment
protocols.
The scope of a Graduate Clinical Interns is to assess an
individuals unique constitution and elements of physiological imbalance according to dosha, agni, ma, gati,
srotas, and samprpti with a refined sense of classical

For those who have completed and excelled in the graduate clinical internship, we offer an additional level of
training and practice in our Clinical Residency Program.
Clinical Residency is a paid position and typically lasts an
entire academic year. Residents work with greater independence in the clinic through the academic year with a
mentor to further refine their clinical skills and thinking.
Their work is focused toward following clients through
their healing journey by providing continuity of care and
support. In their role as clinical supervisors, residents
continue to refine their understanding by guiding more
novice students.

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ASP

ASP ADMISSIONS AND REGISTRATION

AYURVEDIC STUDIES PROGRAM


ADMISSIONS

The Ayurvedic Institute does not discriminate in admissions,


testing, or any other practice on the basis of gender, nationality, religion, age, or disability, in accordance with all applicable federal, state and local laws.

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Applications are reviewed chronologically as we receive them.


To help make your planning easier, we have a rolling admissions process, and applicants admitted after we have reached
our capacity will be eligible to be placed on a waiting list.
Acceptance into the program is based upon application review,
transcripts, interview, and responses to essay questions. As
required by the New Mexico Higher Education Department,
all applicants must hold a high school diploma, GED, or meet
alternative test requirements. All applicants must be fluent in
verbal and written English.
To apply, download the application from our website. It
provides step-by-step instructions on what to fill out and
include with your application.

VETERAN AFFAIRS BENEFITS

The Ayurvedic Studies Program, Levels 1 and 2, at The


Ayurvedic Institute are approved by the New Mexico State
Approving Agency for Veterans Education (SAA) for eligible
persons to receive benefits from the US Department of
Veterans Affairs. These benefits are available only to certificate
track students. These students are required to abide by both
VA and Ayurvedic Institute policies as detailed in our academic
catalog and Student Handbook.

Contact the VAs Regional Processing Office directly at 1-888442-4551 to discuss your benefits. As part of your application
packet, we will need your Certificate of Eligibility (COE) and
transcripts from all previously attended schools and trainings
including your Joint Service transcript.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

This school is authorized under Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant students. International students are charged the same
tuition and fees as all other students.
To process your application, we will need a copy of your
passport and proof of funds covering your school and living
expenses, dated 60 days prior to your application date.
If you are accepted into our program, our school will then issue
you an I-20 form in the mail. Upon receiving the I-20 from
us, please pay your SEVIS I-901 fee at www.fmjfee.com. Then
make an M-1 visa appointment at the US consulate, which
may require payment of a visa application fee to the Department of State. Take the I-901 fee receipt, visa application fee
receipt, your I-20, passport, acceptance letter, and financial
documentation to your visa appointment. Visit the website
of the US consulate where your appointment takes place for
a complete list of documents required to take to your visa
appointment.
Our experience with this process is the earlier you begin, the
better. Earlier allows you to have more time for planning and
preparing to be here.

2016-2017 ASP 1 & 2 TUITION AND FEES


AYURVEDIC STUDIES PROGRAM LEVEL 1
CERTIFICATE AND PERSONAL TRACKS

(1st Trimester Tuition $3,900)


(2nd Trimester Tuition $3,900)
(3rd Trimester Tuition $3,900)
Guests may be approved to attend up to two evening lectures
at no cost and at $60 per lecture thereafter. Please contact the
Student Services Coordinator at (505) 291-9698, Ext. 126 for
more details.
AYURVEDIC STUDIES PROGRAM LEVEL 2

(1st Trimester Tuition $4,550)


(2nd Trimester Tuition $4,550)
(3rd Trimester Tuition $4,550)
AUDIT ASP 1 AND 2 PROGRAM COURSES

We offer the option of attending Vasant Lads evening lectures


and, for graduates, other courses offered in the ASP 1 & 2
programs. Our Student Services Coordinator can assist with
these choices, what is involved, and tuition details.

ASP 1 AND 2 TUITION REFUND SCHEDULE


Date of Withdrawal during Enrollment Period

Refundable Tuition

On First Day of Class

100%

End of First Week

90%

End of Second Week

75%

End of Third Week

50%

End of Fourth Week

25%

End of Fifth Week

0%

Enrollment period means a trimester or other term of instruction


which the student has begun and for which the student has agreed
to pay the tuition.

All ASP1 and ASP2 applicants pay a onetime non-refundable


Registration Fee of $100.
Once accepted into the program, students pay a onetime nonrefundable Administrative Fee of $100 plus the listed tuition.

LICENSING AND CREDENTIALS

The oldest Ayurvedic school in the USA, The Ayurvedic


Institute is organized as an educational 501(c)(3) non-profit
corporation.
The State of New Mexicos Higher Education Department has
recognized and licensed The Ayurvedic Institute as a private

post-secondary institution. This school is authorized under


Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant students.
ASP1 and ASP2 graduates meet NAMAs requirements for
professional membership. The Ayurvedic Institute is a National
Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA) member school and
has been recognized as providing professional training at the
professional membership level. Our Ayurvedic Studies Program,
Levels 1 and 2, meet the requirements of the Ayurvedic Health
Counselor and Ayurvedic Practitioner levels respectively. More
information is available at AyurvedaNAMA.org.
The Ayurvedic Institutes ASP1 and ASP2 elective Ayuryoga
Teacher Trainings meet the standards of curriculum developed
by Yoga Alliance (YA). The Ayurvedic Institute is a Registered
Yoga School (RYS) at the 500-hour level.

FINANCIAL AID AND WORK-STUDY

The Ayurvedic Institute does not currently offer governmentsponsored financial aid or other loan programs. The Ayurvedic
Institute sponsors a small work-study program for which full
time students may sign up and work in various opportunities
throughout the academic year. These opportunities are designed
to serve our on-campus Ayurvedic community. Work-study
hours have no cash value and can only be used toward the
students tuition balance or toward seminars and/or intensives.
Work-study credit may not be used for products, herbs, or
other services within the Institute.

QUESTIONS OR COMPLAINTS?

The Ayurvedic Institute does not discriminate in admissions,


testing, financial aid or any other practice on the basis of
gender, nationality, religion, age, or disability, in accordance
with all applicable federal, state and local laws.
People who have questions or complaints regarding the
Ayurvedic Institute should first seek resolution directly with
the party involved. If this does not resolve the issue, they
should discuss it with the Dean of Education. If further actions
are needed, the Administrator of The Ayurvedic Institute
may review the issue. A response will be given to the student
between three and ten days from the date of notification of
the Dean of Education. If a question or complain cannot be
resolved within The Institute, student may contact the New
Mexico Higher Education Department (NMHED) at 2048
Galisteo Street, Santa Fe, NM 87505, (505) 476-6500, or
online at www.hed.state.nm.us. Complaint forms may be
obtained from the NMHED at www.hed.state.nm.us/institutions/complaints.aspx. There will be no adverse action taken
against the student for registering a complaint.

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A
FULL-TIME STUDENT BENEFITS

Ayurvedic Institute full-time students enjoy a number of


benefits. Full details are in the Student Handbook. Examples
include:
GG 20% discount in our school store
GG 20% discount on weekend seminars and week-long summer
intensives
GG 20% discount on available lectures and recordings of Vasant
Lad
GG 20% discount on panchakarma treatments and therapies.
GG Access to check out books in our comprehensive Ayurvedic
library
GG A one year Ayurvedic Institute membership and a
subscription to our quarterly journal, Ayurveda Today
GG One consultation appointment with Vasant Lad per year

VEDIC CLASSROOM ETIQUETTE

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According to Vasant Lad, Sattva is the pure essence of light,


right action, and spiritual purpose. Eating sattvic food, waking
up early in the morning when sattvic qualities are most present
in nature, and taking in what is sattvic with our five senses are
all ways to bring the sattva quality into the mind and experience
clarity, love, and compassion.
Our goal is to co-create a sattvic space for both others and
ourselves. Following Vedic tradition, the classroom is a sacred
space, a container in which profound learning happens.
Within this space, we treat each other and ourselves with
respect, kindness, and compassion. We speak honestly
and bring forth our best effort. Co-creating a sacred space
also includes minimization of distractions, so we observe
modest dress, maintain punctuality, and refrain from the use
of modern technology during class. This code is not meant
to limit individual creativity or freedom, but rather to foster
an environment in which profound learning, healing, and
transformation can manifest.
(You can find more information about
classroom dress in our Student Handbook.)

ASP

AYURVEDIC STUDIES CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS



FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Would I fit in at The Ayurvedic Institute?

Our students come from many different states, countries, and


circumstances. They have practiced many professions: physicians, nurses, IT professionals, soldiers, yoga teachers, business
executives, parents, artists, massage therapists, chefs, lawyers
and the list goes on! Students ages range from early 20s to
mid-80s. The one thing the students of our diverse student
body have in common is a sincere desire to learn authentic
Ayurveda.
Going back to school is a big commitment. Is your school
accredited?
The Ayurvedic Institute is the oldest school for studying
Ayurveda in the United States and is one of the most widely
respected schools for studying Ayurveda in the world. We are
licensed by The New Mexico Department of Higher Education (Post-Secondary Institution License Number 108). We
are certified by the US Department of Veteran Affairs and the
US Governments Student and Exchange Visitor Program.
Our Ayurvedic Studies Program meets the National Ayurvedic
Medical Association (NAMA) requirements for professional
membership. We are a Registered Yoga School (RYS) at the
500-hour level with Yoga Alliance.
What if I have already studied Ayurveda in another program?
We frequently admit graduates from other Ayurvedic training
programs into ASP1 and occasionally into ASP2. Our uniquely
immersive and academically rigorous program is unlike any
other, and prior training in Ayurveda serves people well as they
enter our program!
How long is the program?
Our Ayurvedic Studies Program is currently two levels, ASP1
and ASP2, which are three trimesters of 10 weeks each. Expect
to be on campus for nine months for each. ASP1 and ASP2
occur simultaneously, thus students interested in doing ASP1
and ASP2 can complete them in two years. It is also possible
to complete only ASP1 and to apply that information either
to yourself and your family or to operate professionally within
that particular scope of practice. We offer a Graduate Clinical
Internship that extends the clinical education and mentorship

of ASP2 graduates. In response to many requests from graduates who wish to extend their Ayurvedic education even further,
we have plans to offer ASP3 in the near future!
Are there prerequisites for the Ayurvedic Studies Program?
All applicants must have a high school diploma or equivalent.
We also find that a background in western anatomy and physiology and medical terminology help support people in their
time here. So does some background in philosophy, yoga, selfreflective practices, and recent practice with memorization and
creating strong study habits. This is an academically rigorous
program that takes readiness and commitment. We are happy
to recommend some exercises and reading assignments if you
are excited to start preparing now.
How full is the schedule?
Our Ayurvedic Studies Programs are intense and immersive
and, in addition to weekly class projects, journals, creative
assignments and study groups, we have found that our most
successful students are those who read and review material in
the textbooks before and after class lectures. Many students also
find it helpful to prepare for their final oral exam throughout
the academic year by reviewing the study guide on a week-byweek basis. In addition, we expect people to be continuously
practicing with the frameworks, daily routines, and new life
insights to which they are exposed while here, making it a very
full schedule!
I understand the Ayurvedic Institute keeps the spirituality of
Ayurveda intact. Do I have to belong to a specific religion to
attend?
No! Our Ayurvedic Studies Program is academically rigorous
and requires compassion, clarity and trust. To bring these qualities into daily living, we need spirituality, which is an integral
part of Ayurveda. The term spirituality can mean many things
to people and encompasses infinite traditions and practices
that support us along our path. As it is said in the Rig Veda
(Book I, Hymn CLXIV, Verse 46), Ekam sat viprha bahudh
vadanti, that is, Truth is One, though the Sages know it by
many names. We welcome students from every faith and background, and honor the many faces of the divine.

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In addition to Vasant Lad, MASc, who are the faculty?


Our distinguished faculty members have decades of combined
experience in Ayurveda. Many of them are alumni of The
Ayurvedic Institute, and as such have significant time
studying with Vasant Lad. In addition, they bring a wealth
of personal experience and outside education and training.
Please see our websites Faculty page to learn more about our
instructors and clinicians. Theyre fabulous!
What do students do when they graduate?
Ayurvedic Institute alumni go on to do amazing things!
They provide Ayurvedic consultations including using
yoga, nutrition, herbs, and lifestyle in their own clinics or
in partnership with others. Some are published authors of
books on Ayurveda and Ayurvedic nutrition. Others provide
Ayurvedic coaching and training for corporations. Some
provide Ayurvedic seminars to spiritual organizations. Others
have founded very successful Ayurvedic product companies.
Several graduates are massage therapists, herbalists, acupuncturists, chiropractors, MDs, and other healthcare practitioners
who incorporate Ayurveda into their practices. The paths are
as diverse as our students themselves. However they choose to
use their Ayurvedic training, all our alumni leave with invaluable tools of self-healing and a collection of practices that
enrich their lives and the lives of others.

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In addition to an amazing education, are there any special


full-time student benefits?
We actually offer quite a few. For example, one is the amazing
opportunity to have one personal health consultation a year
with Vasant Lad. This is a very special opportunity! People
often come away from these consultations with deep insights,
reassurances, customized herbal formulas, and clearer direction about their health and well-being. There are also opportunities to have follow-up visits in our on-campus clinic. We
offer students significant discounts on products available in

I am a college graduate and have taken many


extra curricular and continuing education
courses in my life, but the program at the
Ayurvedic Institute goes far beyond a cerebral
experience. It literally changes every cell in the
body, thereby changing the mind and ultimately
changing ones life.
- Cory T., ASP 1 & 2 Graduate

our store and discounts and supplemental courses that are not
part of the ASP curriculum (such as seminars and intensives),
access to course recordings, and more. For more details on
student benefits, please see our Student Handbook.
How do people pay for school? Can I work while Im taking
the program?
Our students pay for their education in a variety of ways.
For example, they may save up income from previous jobs,
take out private loans, or use their VA GI Bill benefits. We
have found that Ayurvedic Studies Program students find it
very challenging to work during the school year and we dont
recommend they do. There are many reasons for this which
seem to add up to a unique situation, even for people who are
used to working and going to school at the same time or who
are accustomed to working a tremendous number of hours.
One contributor is the time and energy students are investing
in the program. Students are expected to be on campus five
or more days a week, as well as studying independently,
participating in study groups and working on class projects
with other students. Many of our students change their lives
dramatically to come here and then want to get the most out
of their experience here. This requires a commitment to practicing what they are learning in class, both on and off campus,
and the time to digest what they are learning. All of this takes
intention, energy, and attention. We find that working while
in the program takes away support for this process. Additionally, class schedules are complex and can vary from trimester
to trimester, making a set work schedule a challenge.
That said, we do try to help support students financially by
offering work-study assignments. Work-study opportunities
are available and offered to the entire student body. Workstudy earnings are used as a credit toward tuition fees and
have no cash value. Work-study positions are seen as supplemental in nature; do not expect to cover the cost of tuition
through our work-study opportunities. Many of our students
work over the summer break between academic years.
Who can I contact for more information or to schedule a tour?
We are here to answer all your questions and welcome your
communication! We can tailor a tour to your specific interests
as well. Please call the Student Services Coordinator at (505)
291-9698, Ext. 126 or email studentservices@ayurveda.com
anytime to get the conversation started.

Living

LIFE IN ALBUQUERQUE FOR ASP STUDENTS

TRANSITION TO ALBUQUERQUE

Albuquerque is enjoying an increase in population with the


entry of the film industry to the area as well as more technological jobs. With a metropolitan area population of almost
800,000 residents, Albuquerque ranks as the 32nd largest city
in the USA and is recognized as one of the most diverse cities
in the country. It is home to the University of New Mexico,
National Hispanic Cultural Center, Indian Pueblo Cultural
Center, and Petroglyph National Monument.
Steeped in history, the city of Albuquerque was established
over 300 years ago, but human settlements date back 12,000
years. It is nestled between the towering Sandia Mountains to
the East and ancient volcanoes to the West. In between lies the
Rio Grande River Valley, full of human history and towering
cottonwood and elm trees.
WEATHER

Albuquerques climate is usually sunny and dry, with low


relative humidity. The brilliant sunshine and blue sky defines
the region, averaging nearly 300 days of sun a year with four
distinct seasons! Winters do have cold nights: December and
January daytime temperatures average 40 to 50 Fahrenheit
and the overnight lows drop into the teens and 20s. Spring is
usually windy yet warm and the driest part of the year, while
summer is considered our wettest time of the year. Summer
daytime highs are in the 90s, nights in the 60s to 70s. Most rain
occurs during the summer monsoon season, typically starting in
early July and ending in mid-September. Low humidity and the
afternoon showers moderate the summer heat. Fall welcomes
warm days and cool nights with less rain.

POINTS OF INTEREST

There are a variety of activities in Albuquerque. Whether you


are taking a hot-air balloon flight over the scenic Rio Grande
Valley, mountain biking in the Sandia Mountains, or strolling
through Old Town, you will find Albuquerque offers a real
breath of fresh air.
Home to over 300 visual arts, music, dance, literary, film,
ethnic and craft organizations, festivals, and associations, Albuquerque also has many museums, galleries, shops, and other
points of interest including the Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway,
Albuquerque Biological Park, Albuquerque Museum of Art and
History, and the Museum of Natural History and Science. The
majority of locally-owned boutiques and fine dining establishments are scattered throughout Downtown, Old Town, Nob
Hill, and ABQ Uptown. Historic Old Town has been the heart
of Albuquerque since the city was founded in 1706. Today, Old
Town is the citys cultural center, with five museums and more
than 100 shops, galleries, and restaurants. ABQ Uptown is an
up and coming location that offers upscale yet relaxed open-air
lifestyle shopping, entertainment, and dining.
Albuquerque has numerous city parks, bike paths, and hiking
areas scattered throughout the metro area. With an extensive
web of safe, paved bike trails throughout the city and a network
of mountain biking trails in the Sandia and Manzano foothills,
Albuquerque consistently ranks as one of the best places to
bike in the nation. Many outdoor enthusiasts also enjoy hiking
in the mountains or along the Rio Grande River on the Bosque
trail.
HOUSING

The Institute does not have student lodging or cooking facilities, but there are many homes, apartments, motels, hotels,
and restaurants within a few miles. There are several apartment

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complexes within walking distance of the Institute. A limited


number of area homes rent an extra bedroom to students of
The Ayurvedic Institute; upon acceptance into ASP, we send
you a housing list with a variety of options.
The Cost of Living Index places Albuquerque at 4.5% below
the USA average for living costs with the only significant variance being for costs of transportation; petroleum costs are low,
but mass transit is not highly available as compared to other
major cities. A polling of our most recent students averaged the
cost of living at around $1,150 a month. When looking at the
cost of living, please consider factoring in conscientious choices
such as organic produce and Ayurvedic lifestyle supplies (oils,
herbs, etc.). Our students are often able to find simple onebedroom living spaces within a short distance of campus for
$400 to $600 a month, and will often find creative solutions

for house sharing, ridesharing, cycling, potlucks, and farmers


market trips.
GETTING AROUND IN ALBUQUERQUE

Rental cars, the public bus system, taxis, Uber, car-pooling,


bicycles, and walking are all transportation options. It is
possible for students to live without a car in Albuquerque, as
there is plenty of housing within walking and biking distance of
the Institute, as well as grocery stores, a library, and restaurants.
However, for those who are accustomed to larger cities with
extensive public transportation, the systems in Albuquerque
will seem quite limited. Buses generally run from the early
morning until around 7 PM on weekdays, with more limited
hours on the weekends. Bus stops are quite close to the Institute.

GUNAS OF THE HIGH DESERT

SOHAM BREATHING MEDITATION

Albuquerque is in elevation one of the highest altitude cities in


the United States. A dormant volcano to the West and mountains to the East border the city. The lowest point in the valley
is still 5,000 feet; at the top of Sandia Peak, the citys Eastdwelling mountain, the elevation is 10,378 feet.

So = Higher consciousness
Ham1 = Individual Self
This divine mantra is constantly occurring through the breath
of every living being. Each time we breathe in, the sound so
goes in, as does the sound ham each time we exhale. Soham
means, I am that, beyond limitation of mind and body: I am
one with the Infinite.

The average yearly rainfall in Albuquerque is 9.5 inches.


This combination of dryness and high altitude can be quite
vta-provoking! Ayurvedically, the gunas of Albuquerque are
predominantly light (laghu), rough (khra), dry (rksha), hard
(kathina), and clear (vishada). The altitude makes Albuquerque
a very etheric, prana-full space as well. For those students
coming who have vta prakruti or whose vikruti includes vta
imbalance, or just people who may have never spent prolonged
time in a very dry and high place, we suggest you consider the
following:
GG Bring or purchase a humidifier
GG Use lip balm, lotion, oil, and nasya oil regularly
GG Dress in layers (high desert can be hot during the day and
cool at night)
GG Stay hydrated
GG Develop a regular meditation practice

PREPARING YOURSELF

1. Inhale from 9 inches away from the nostrils and mentally


say soooo as you inhale. Bring your awareness to the
so as that so goes inward, into the center of the brain and
center of your body, then stops.
2. Stay there for a fraction of a second, then exhale as you feel
and say hammmm throughout the phase of exhalation.
You exhale out of the body and ham dissolves into the
outer space. Just stay there.
3. With this practice, soham will unfold inner beauty, inner
joy, and inner truth. As this practice deepens, continue
to expand this art of paying attention to the gap. The
activities of life are happening at the periphery, the
circumference, but you are deeply rooted in the gap of the
heart. Your whole life becomes a drama, a play, and you are
simply the watcher of the drama. Every moment is then a
moment of peace, love, and joy.

How does one prepare for such a unique immersive educational


experience? The answers are as individual as our students are.
Some begin to familiarize themselves with the concepts and
vocabulary of Ayurveda by reading our textbooks. Others dive
into Sanskrit or brush up on Anatomy and Physiology before
they arrive. Personal practices in meditation and yoga are developed, existing ones strengthened. Some, preparing to transition to the role of a student after years in business, military
service or family life, feel called to slow down their busy daily
schedules well before arriving and take time for self-reflection.
Others come to Albuquerque early in order to explore, settle
in, and adjust to the climate and altitude of the Southwest.
Many attend our weekend seminars as a way to jumpstart the
learning process. Its also possible to take some of our introductory online courses. Choose whatever unique way helps support
your entry into our program with ease and self-confidence.

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1 Soham :: the a is pronounced as the a in about, not the a in cat.

Pune 2016

PANCHAKARMA THERAPY TRAINING



AND GURUKULA CLINICAL PROGRAM

We offer two multi-week, residential programs at

Students in our VIOA immersion programs

our campus in Pune, India, the Vasanta Institute of

have the desire and ability to pursue clinical and

Ayurveda (VIOA). These represent the opportunity

therapeutic knowledge in an experiential immer-

of a lifetime to study with Vasant Lad in his home

sion setting in India. This includes embodying

country. The Pachakarma Therapy Program is an

Ayurvedic daily routines, re-enforcing key foun-

eight-week intensive training focused on becoming

dational principles, and deepening clinical or

a pachakarma therapist. The second program is

therapeutic skills through observation, classes,

a six-week Gurukula-inspired format designed for

practice time, and community service. Students

Ayurvedic practitioners wanting to continue their

who complete these program will be prepared to be

clinical education. In both programs, we have

strong contributors and leaders in their communi-

designed the schedule and setting to encourage

ties as Ayurvedic practitioners or panchakarma

individuals to integrate Ayurveda into their daily

therapists. Please visit our website for more details.

living as well as their professional practices.

EXAMPLES OF WHAT TO EXPECT IN


THESE PROGRAMS

GG Intimate living, lecture and clinical settings


with Vasant Lad and his team in his homeland
of India
GG Support for strengthening your daily routines
including your meditation, mantra, pranayama
and asana practices
GG An opportunity to experience the power of
daily agnihotra
GG Learning about and practicing Ayurvedic
therapies
GG Opportunities to give your time to the center
community and free clinic
GG A personal consultation from Vasant Lad
GG A living environment built to Western
standards

PUNE PROGRAMS
TUITION AND FEES
PANCHAKARMA THERAPY TRAINING
August 29 October 21, 2016
Tuition $5,892
Room and Board $2,100
Administration Fee $100
Total Cost $8,0921

GURUKULA CLINICAL PROGRAM


November 7 December 16, 2016
Tuition $4,340
Room and Board $1,600
Administration Fee $100
Total Cost $6,0402

1 The costs for both programs exclude travel costs to the


center and the non-refundable registration fee of $100.
2 Previous study in Ayurveda is required.

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Ayurvedic

INTRODUCTORY COURSES,

CONTINUING EDUCATION

AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

We are delighted to be able to offer a number of opportunities

are an introduction to each seminar and intenisve. Check our

for introductions to Ayurveda as well as continuing education

website for the recorded versions of these.

and professional development opportunities for people looking


to enhance their existing scope of practice. We offer options

DISTANCE LEARNING COURSES

both in Albuquerque and from a distance.

Our Distance Learning courses are an exciting option for

WEEKEND SEMINARS
AND WEEK-LONG INTENSIVES
Vasant Lad, BAM&S, MASc, presents Ayurvedic topics of
interest over a weekend or over a week. They are a mixture of
popular interest and advanced Ayurvedic concepts. He generally offers four weekend seminars between January and May
each year with a wide range of topics. (Please check our website
for more details.) Some recent example topics include mantra

anyone from anywhere to begin their Ayurvedic journey or


to learn more about a particular subject. If your goals include
learning more about yourself and your health, or expanding
your current professional scope of practice, consider studying
the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda with us. These courses can be
tailored to many different schedules and time zones.1 Taught by
our esteemed faculty, these courses include rich conversations in
our class forums as well as videos and reading assignments.

and meditation, Ayurvedic cooking, beauty secrets, palmistry,

We offer a range of topics in our distance learning courses.

weight management, the kitchen pharmacy, pulse practicum,

For example, we have an amazing series of Vasant Lads videos

marma chikitsa practicum, women and childrens health, and

that have powerful depth and breadth to them. Our Ayurvedic

an exploration into the wisdom of the sister sciences of yoga,

Foundations course helps you tailor your own daily life to

pranayama, jyotish, vastu and palmistry, Ayuryoga, Ayurvedic

best support balance. You can learn the sacred language of

bodywork, and Vedic stories. Some of these may also be

Sanskrit and keep your brain healthy. Or increase your knowl-

presented as webinars and all are NAMA CEU approved.

edge of Ayurvedic nutrition including about how to choose

We offer at no charge live streaming, recordings and in-person


attendance of Vasant Lads free Friday evening lectures, which

foods and food combinations that best support your unique


1 Please note that our Online Learning Website is not currently iPad or
Tablet compatible.

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AYURYOGA, CREATED BY VASANT LAD, BAM&S, MASc,


AYURVEDIC PHYSICIAN, OF THE AYURVEDIC INSTITUTE,
IS A UNIQUE BLEND OF CLASSICAL HATHA YOGA, PRANAYAMA,
MUDRA AND MEDITATION PRACTICES TO HARMONIZE
THE MIND, BODY AND SOUL FOLLOWING AYURVEDIC PRINCIPLES.

I was simply amazed by just how true were the

things Vasant Lad could read through the lines


on my palms.

Sapna, past Palmistry Seminar Participant

being. Consider working with yoga tailored from an Ayurvedic

ners, massage and physical therapists, yoga teachers and anyone

perspective to deepen your yoga practice. You can enjoy true

interested in looking at yogic practices through the Ayurvedic

health and wellness with simple changes in daily living prac-

lens of treating each person as an individual may benefit from

tices. Our introduction to Ayurveda, The Ayurvedic Home

these on-campus Ayuryoga Intensives.

Studies Course, can also be taken offline as a traditional correspondence course. See our website for more details.

AYURYOGA OPTIONAL COURSES


Many styles of yoga are flourishing in the West and all bring
wonderful benefits. Ayuryoga is a unique, balancing style
of yoga based upon ones individual constitution. Ayuryoga
emphasizes the unique individual in developing a protocol that
can be used on its own or at the beginning or end of existing
practices from any tradition. We incorporate many aspects of
classical yoga including a focus on sana, prnyma, mudra,
mantra, lifestyle principles and ethical disciplines like the yamas
and niyamas. With an emphasis on promoting harmony in relationship with self and others, Ayuryoga holds the potential to
bring radical transformation of body, mind, and consciousness.

The Ayuryoga Teacher Training Program covers sana,


prnyma, and integrated Ayurvedic techniques within the
scope of practice of the yoga professional as well as Ayurvedic
Practitioners. In addition to Ayuryoga Teacher Training, we
offer related online courses in Ayuryoga, Sanskrit, anatomy
and physiology, Ayurvedic lifestyle practices and nutrition, plus
seminars and intensives covering marma, yoga, and other sister
sciences.
Please visit our website for more information about Ayuryoga
and our many offerings.

ADDITIONAL ALUMNI OPPORTUNITIES


Graduates of our Ayurvedic Studies Program also have the
opportunity to apply for our Graduate Clinical Internship as

The Ayurvedic Institute has been teaching Ayuryoga for more

well as auditing a number of our ASP courses. (details on page

than 20 years! It is an integral part of our Ayurvedic Studies

16) Whether its a new course or one where you want to refresh

Program. We teach Ayuryoga as a support to our students while

or deepen your knowledge, alumni now have the option to

they are in the program. For full-time students of ASP1 and

enroll and fully participate in individual courses. Our Student

ASP2 who plan to use Ayuryoga with clients, we offer Ayuryoga

Services Coordinator can help you decide and apply to audit

Teacher Training as an elective. Please see our Examples of

these great courses.

ASP Classes on pages 7 and 12 for more details. We also offer


Ayuryoga Teacher Training for the public. Ayurvedic practitio-

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Ayurvedic

INTRODUCTORY COURSES,

CONTINUING EDUCATION

AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FAQS

What continuing education do you offer?


We are thrilled to offer a number of opportunities for
continuing education and professional development for experienced practitioners, graduates, and even introductory courses
for those new to Ayurveda. We offer online distance learning
courses that are introductory in nature and supplemental short
courses in the form of NAMA CEU-approved Seminars, Webinars, and Intensives. We also have alumni-specific opportunities
to which people can opt-in. Plus there are our Graduate Internship opportunities and intensive programs for practitioners
and for people wanting to become panchakarma therapists that
run at our campus in Pune, the Vasanta Institute of Ayurveda.
We also offer Ayuryoga Teacher Training in person and some
Ayuryoga topics online.
Can I become certified in Ayurveda from a distance?
While we do offer courses in Ayurveda online, these are considered introductory or supplemental. Our Ayurvedic Studies
Program takes place at The Ayurvedic Institutes Albuquerque
campus and includes classes, clinical observation, and community. This full-time hands-on immersive program takes place
on-campus for approximately 9 months of each year. We do
have students who return to their homes during the summer
months and during breaks in the school year and come back
again in the fall.
What can I expect during a seminar or intensive?
You can expect to learn from Vasant Lad, BAM&S, MASc, and
the Ayurvedic community in gleaning new insights into specific
topics of Ayurveda. (The topics Vasant Lad teaches change
each year, so check our website often for updates and more
information.) You will receive a certificate of completion for
your participation if your tuition is paid and you have attended
100% of the course.

How do I register for online courses?


Fill out your application and pick your classes! For an application visit our website or contact our Student Services Coordinator at studentservices@ayurveda.com or (505) 291-9698,
Ext. 126.
How do I register for a seminar, webinar, or intensive?
Its easy! Pick your seminars from our website and call our main
office to register: (505) 291-9698, Ext. 0. Full payment is due
at the time of registration.
Are there any prerequisites?
For most of our offerings there are no prerequisites, you can
just sign up, but there may be some offerings that do require
particular knowledge or experience or that build upon each
other. Please check our website for information regarding a
particular courses prerequisites before you register or contact
our Student Services Coordinator at studentservices@ayurveda.
com or (505) 291-9698, Ext. 126.
I heard I could become a member and get discounts on seminars,
webinars, and intensives is this true?
Yes! In fact, becoming a member for just $30 or $40 for international addresses gets you a whole year of 10% discounts on
all our seminars, webinars, and intensives PLUS discounts on
products in our store and quarterly issues of Ayurveda Today!
Can I receive CEUS?
Our seminars and intensives are approved by The National
Ayurvedic Medical Associations (NAMA) PACE CEUs. We
also work with many credentialing and professional bodies and
are happy to submit paperwork on your behalf. Please contact
Student Services for more information: (505) 291-9698, Ext.
126 or studentservices@ayurveda.com.

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About

OTHER AYURV E D I C I NSTI TU TE RE SO U RCE S


AN D DE PA RTME NTS

LIBRARY

We have two libraries of classical and academic texts. The upstairs library contains a large collection of classical texts. Our
downstairs library is equipped with study space and computers, and offers many volumes of Ayurvedic and related texts.

HERB DEPARTMENT

The Ayurvedic Institute supplies USDA certified organic products whenever possible, and ensures that all our products are
of the highest quality commercially available. The herb department sells both pre-made products, and blends custom dry
herb formulas for each specific herb order. As much as possible, we deal with suppliers who support sustainable harvesting
of plant products and do not carry plants that are known to be endangered. The Ayurvedic Institute is a member of the
American Herbal Products Association (AHPA).

PANCHAKARMA

The Ayurvedic Institute has been providing Panchakarma therapy since 1997, offering custom-tailored treatments to each
individuals Ayurvedic constitution and imbalances. According to Ayurveda, our natural state is one of health, happiness
and an inner sense of well-being. In a busy, stressful, and toxic world, our physical and mental systems accumulate toxins
causing deterioration in bodily functioning. This eventually weakens our systems, which opens the door for chronic,
degenerative, and non-specific diseases to develop. These can evolve into serious specific diseases, ultimately damaging an
individuals health and wellness. Panchakarma therapies are designed to eliminate toxins and restore balance in the mind,
body, and spirit.

THE AYURVEDIC PRESS

The Ayurvedic Press (TAP) is a division of The Ayurvedic Institute that primarily publishes Vasant Lads books and articles,
the quarterly journal, Ayurveda Today, as well as other traditional Ayurvedic and Vedic works.

STORE
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We offer many Ayurvedic products through our store, including personal care products, malas, puja, and spiritual items, as
well as CDs, videos, and more. Both our on-site store and our online store are open to students and the public.

MEMBERSHIP

The Ayurvedic Institute is a non-profit 501(c)(3) educational corporation. Our purpose is to promote the knowledge of
Ayurveda and we invite your support this effort. Membership supports the aims and objectives of The Ayurvedic Institute.
Membership benefits include:
GG A 10% discount on seminars and intensives. The $30 membership ($40 international) cost is often paid for with a
single seminar discount plus you receive all the other benefits of membership!
GG A subscription to our quarterly newsletter, Ayurveda Today. Our newsletter presents features and articles on Ayurveda
and is an excellent way to continue your education in Ayurveda and to keep up with events at the Ayurvedic Institute.
GG A 10% discount on products, books and tapes in our retail store.

VISIT AYURVEDA.COM FOR MORE DETAILS ON ALL OF OUR SERVICES

life is divine
T H E AY U R V E D I C I N S T I T U T E

The

Ayurvedic
Institute

11311 Menaul Blvd NE


Albuquerque, NM 87112
505 291-9698
www.ayurveda.com

CELEBRATING OUR 32ND YEAR!