This ancient art of healing has been practiced
continuously for over 5,000 years. The principles of many
natural healing systems now familiar in the West, such as
Homeopathy and Polarity Therapy, have their roots in Ayurveda.
Ayurvedic practices restore the balance and harmony of the
individual, resulting in self-healing, good health and longevity.
The Ayurvedic Institute is a non-profit
501(c)3 organization that teaches the principles and practices
of Ayurveda, the ancient science of life. We provide authentic
education in a supportive environment that encourages the
integration of Ayurveda by individuals into their daily living
and by health care professionals into their clinical practices.
Ayurveda is a healing art and a science. Descending from Charaka, Sushruta, and Vagbhata, it is one of apprenticeship in which the student learns from the teacher, who shares knowledge and experiences to assist the student in developing a conceptual framework and fundamental working knowledge.
The Ayurvedic Institute reflects the teaching traditions of ancient India. This tradition emphasizes the oral transmission of knowledge by being present with the teacher. It is taught, as the Vedic tradition emphasizes, with practical examples and stories, keeping the integral aspects of the body, mind, and spiritual components intact. It requires soul searching, faith, and trust without proof or guarantee. In its traditional form, the student is expected to trust the teacher to present the subjects in the manner the teacher feels are appropriate.
For each of us to develop as practitioners, experiencing this tradition and all its components helps to expand our inner awareness.
integration of Ayurveda with modern medicine, yoga, Jyotish
(Vedic astrology), other healing disciplines, and the individual
Self to bring about total health, awareness, and harmony.
is the dream of Vasant Lad and the goal of the Ayurvedic Institute
to be able to offer a complete program of Ayurvedic study.
This program would be similar in content to that taught in
the traditional Ayurvedic colleges in India.
The Ayurvedic Institute was founded in
1984 in Santa Fe, New Mexico, as a 501(c)(3) educational,
non-profit corporation. The Articles of Incorporation, By-Laws
and Board meeting minutes are open to inspection by any interested
person with sufficient advance notice. The Institute is governed
by a Board of Directors and corporate officers, whose directives
are carried out by Institute staff members.
Vasant Lad, BAMS, MASc
Chairman of the Board
RN, BSN, MBA
Dr. Michael Stone, DC, DABCI
Susan (Radhe) Pfau
"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."
The Ayurvedic Institute
At this location since 1986, The Ayurvedic Institute is in the foothills of northeast Albuquerque with a view of the beautiful Sandia Mountains. Our three buildings total over 12,500 square feet. The primary building at 11311 Menaul Blvd NE is a passive solar structure, housing the administrative offices, the bookstore, the herb department, the downstairs library, lounge and student kitchen and the main classroom of approximately 1,200 square feet, accommodating up to 60 students.
The Panchakarma Department located adjacent to the main office provides the traditional cleansing therapies of Ayurveda for up to 10 clients per week. Our second building at 11401 Menaul Blvd NE houses our student clinic, education department, and publishing department. The third building is our newest addition located at 11405 Menaul Blvd NE that houses our new classroom, Ayuryoga studio, and seminar locations.
Our facilities include:
Store providing Ayurvedic lifestyle products, books, tapes,
large classrooms, accommodating up to 80 students
Department, servicing up to 10 clients per week
staff of approximately 50 people