Student Clinic

Ayurveda recognizes that each person has a unique mind-body constitution. The Ayurvedic student consultation process identifies the various components of an individual’s constitution, determines imbalances, and provides education, guidance, and options for helping the individual to regain balance and improve their health and wellness.

The purpose of the Student Clinic is to provide the student with the experience of conducting Ayurvedic consultations. The process provides a learning opportunity for both the student and


the client. Each client of the Student Clinic will be seen by a Student Consultant, under the supervision of a qualified Clinic Supervisor. All Student Practitioners in the clinic are enrolled in good standing at the Ayurvedic Institute Level 2.

The Ayurvedic Institute’s Student Clinic is open seasonally each year. Appointments for Student Consultations are available from November through the end of May. Scheduling of appointments begins in October. Consultations are by appointment only.

What is a Student Consultation?

This consists of three steps:

  1. Assessment – This includes a discussion of client concerns, reasons for the visit and the client’s health history. The Student Consultant will conduct an assessment of signs and symptoms of imbalance. Then the student and the client will discuss what the client is willing to and able to do to achieve their stated healthcare goals.
  1. Findings – The student will analyze the assessment results and compile information to determine the client’s basic Ayurvedic constitution, the current state of imbalance, and the causative factor(s) involved.
  1. Recommendations – The student will review their assessment and findings, and develop recommendations based on the client’s unique needs, healthcare goals, and current state of imbalance. This information is then reviewed with their Clinic Supervisor. The outcome of the supervision is the approved recommendations that are subsequently discussed with the client. These recommendations may include information and instruction on diet and eating habits, lifestyle, yoga/exercise, meditation, breathing practices, and other health improvement practices, as appropriate. The client and the Student Consultant will refine the recommendations into a protocol that the client can realistically implement to achieve their healthcare goals.

These three general steps are conducted within a 2-hour session.

Follow-up Consultations

After the initial consultation, it is recommended that clients return for at least one follow-up consultation. Follow-up appointments are encouraged as it allows time for the client to follow their recommendations, return with new


insights and observations, and delve deeper into creating balance. The Practitioner may adjust and add to current recommendations or address new health concerns. Follow-up consultations are one hour in length.


General Public

Initial Consultation (2 hours) $20

Follow-up Consultation (1 hour) $15


Student (with ID) and Senior (60+)

Initial Consultation (2 hours) $15

Follow-up Consultation (1 hour) $10


Most clients can be seen for a follow-up appointment if the duration of time between appointments is 12 months or less; if greater than 12 months, or with significant change in health status, clients will be scheduled for an initial consultation.

Cancellations: We request that all cancellations are made within 48 hours of the scheduled appointment. Failure to cancel within 24 hours will result in a $20 cancellation fee to be charged to your credit card on file.

  Upon scheduling an appointment, the Clinic Coordinator will record your credit card information in a secured file (if this is not possible, we will accept pre-payment of an appointment). This card would only be charged in the event of failure to cancel an appointment within 24 hours.

Schedule Your Appointment

Are you ready to schedule your appointment? The Clinic Coordinator, Mari Pfingston-Bigelow, is ready to answer any questions you may have and take you through the scheduling process.
Contact her at (505) 291-9698, Extension 131 or by email clinic(at)

Or you may download the application package here as a PDF document.

You will need the free Acrobat Download from Adobe to view and print the application form.


Part A of the application is for your information and for you to keep.

Part B needs to be filled out completely, signed and dated where applicable. Then mail, fax (505-294-7572), or drop it off at the Main Office of the Ayurvedic Institute. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 9 am to 6 pm.


Please Note: The Student Clinic is not an emergency medical facility nor does it include medical diagnosis or medical treatment and is not a substitute for medical care. Ayurveda is currently considered a form of complementary and alternative medicine in the United States. It is not licensed by the state of New Mexico as a medical discipline or practice. All services and treatments provided are complementary or alternative to health care services provided by health care practitioners currently licensed by the state of New Mexico. Ayurveda is complementary to and supportive of traditional western medicine as practiced in the United States.

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