- 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 Government’s 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, self-reflective 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-by-week 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 viprāha bahudhā vadanti”, that is, “Truth is One, though the Sages know it by many names”. We welcome students from every faith and back- ground, and honor the many faces of the divine.
- 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 website’s Faculty page to learn more about our instructors and clinicians. They’re 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.
- 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 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 I’m 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 don’t 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. Work-study 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.
Ayurvedic Studies Certificate Programs 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 and those looking for personal enrichment. Visit our Distance Learning page for more details. 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.
- 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 Institute’s 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?
- How do I register for a seminar, webinar, or intensive?
It’s 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 course’s prerequisites before you register or contact our Student Services Coordinator at email@example.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 Association’s (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 firstname.lastname@example.org.