Frequently Asked Questions
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What is the seminar content?

You can learn general seminar content on our website. Upon registration, a syllabus is mailed to you. You may also request a syllabus from our main office, (505) 291-9698, Extension 0.


Are CEUs available?

All participants are eligible for a certificate of completion if they meet the full attendance requirements. Attendance at the Friday evening session is required.

Seminar, Webinar and Intensive Schedules
What is the daily schedule for seminars, webinars and intensives?

Weekend Seminars

Friday night 7 – 9 pm
Saturday 10 am – 6 pm
Sunday 10 am – 4 pm


Week-long Intensives

Friday night 7 – 9 pm
Saturday through Thursday 10 am – 6 pm



Friday night 7 – 9 pm
Saturday day 10 am – 1 pm

Registration and Tuition
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When can I register for upcoming seminars?

We usually begin accepting registrations for the next year's programs the first Monday in October.

What is the seminar tuition?

Standard tuition for weekend seminars, webinars and week-long summer intensives is posted on our website. A few seminars have an increased tuition due to the cost of providing additional instructional staff or materials. Our website states this information for individual seminars. Payment in full is due at the time of registration.

How do I register?

Call our main office, (505) 291-9698, Extension 0. Payment in full is due at the time of registration.

Are there any pre-requisites?

Pre-requisites are stated on our website as needed.

How many people participate in a seminar?

We accept a maximum number of participants for each seminar, which varies according to the classroom capacity for seminar practicums.

How soon should I register to assure I get a place in a seminar?

As soon as you decide to participate. Our seminars fill quickly. It is very disappointing to call to register, only to learn the seminar is already filled.

Will I receive confirmation?

Yes. Upon registration and full payment of tuition we will mail you a confirmation, receipt, seminar syllabus, and participant information.


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Are there discounts?

The following discounts apply:
Institute Members: 10%
Senior Citizens: 10%
Institute graduates: 10%
Current full time Institute students: 20%

For information on membership, click here or contact our office, (505) 291-9698, Extension 0.

Do you offer Early Bird discounts?

No. Early Bird discounts are not offered. Participants prefer to purchase an Institute membership, which offers, for a full year, the same 10% discount on all seminars, as well as on products purchased, and receipt of our quarterly journal Ayurveda Today.

Can I use my discount to purchase seminars for friends and family?

Memberships apply to all those in the household.  If a discounted individual wishes to pay tuition for another person, that tuition will be full price, unless that person can be verified by our current records as being qualified for the discount.



What is your refund policy?

Your paid tuition, minus a $50 cancellation charge, will be refunded only if your cancellation is received one month (28 days) prior to the workshop start date and in the form of the original payment.

After the allowed 28 days, 50% is returned and 50% is retained by the Ayurvedic Institute.


Institute Location

Where is the Institute located?

Click here for directions and address information.


Signing In

When I arrive, where do I sign in for seminars?

Proceed directly to the specified classroom to sign in. Plan to arrive 30 minutes prior to the start time of the seminar. If you need to pay tuition (rare) come to our main office at 11311 Menaul Blvd NE and enter the far west door marked Office.



Do you provide housing?  

No. We do provide a resource list of local housing options. This includes rooms in people’s homes as well as motels, residence inns, and bed & breakfasts. We do not make recommendations or referrals. You are personally responsible to choose your own accommodations.

Is there housing within walking distance?

Yes. Our housing resources include a limited number of rooms in local homes that are within walking distance. A few local motels offer a free shuttle service. These are noted on our housing/motel resource lists.


Rental Cars and Transportation

How do I find a rental car?

Most rental car companies are represented at the Albuquerque airport.

Enterprise car rentals offers our seminar participants a discount; however it is advised that you compare this discounted price with other car rental agency prices, or Enterprise’s current specials.

To apply with Enterprise, go online to To get the corporate rate, use our Source No: 3403127. The Password for their website is “Ayu”. 


Does Albuquerque have public transportation?

Yes. We have a bus system, but be forewarned that it is slow and busses often do not meet their schedules. Some motels have courtesy vans, and taxis are available. Information is available on the City of Albuquerque’s website. Click on Getting Around ABQ.


Can I get transportation from the airport to the Institute?

Yes. At the airport you can rent a taxi or van. Click on the City of Albuquerque link above.

There is a Shuttle Service as well.


Distance from the Airport

How far is the airport from the Institute?

About 15 miles on the interstate. Approximately a 20 minute drive. If you arrive in Albuquerque at 4–6 pm, the interstate will be busy and very slow with rush hour traffic, so plan additional drive time.


Free Lectures

Do you offer free lectures?

Yes. The Friday night opening lecture for weekend and summer week-long intensives is free to the public, with a few exceptions. Seating is limited, no reservations are required. Friday Night Lectures are first come first served. We recommend arriving 30 minutes early.


Can I buy recordings of your seminars?

Yes. New seminars are recorded on CDs. Repeated seminars are not necessarily newly recorded, but you can purchase recordings of earlier versions. Participants can purchase recordings of any seminar they attended at a discount. For details call our main office, (505) 291-9698, Extension 0.



Can I schedule a consultation with Dr. Lad while at the Institute?

Due to his demanding schedule, Vasant Lad no longer does personal consultations except within the context of our 5-day Panchakarma treatment programs. You may call our clinic before your arrival in Albuquerque (505-291-9698, X131) to schedule a consultation with one of our student, graduate, or professional practitioners, depending on availability. Visit here for more information about panchakarma.


Can I schedule a consultation with another Ayurvedic or Jyotish practitioner while at the Institute?

Yes. You can contact our main office to learn of other options, (505) 291-9698, Extension 0.


Ayurvedic Treatments

Can I have an Ayurvedic treatment while at a seminar?

Possibly. If you are interested in an individual treatment while here, contact our Panchakarma clinic office at (505) 291-9698, Extension 114 for available options. Our clinic is closed on Saturdays and Sundays.


What to Bring

What clothes should I bring?

We have a modest dress code at The Ayurvedic Institute to help foster a respectful and professional classroom environment in which profound learning, healing and transformation can manifest.

In the classroom, tank tops, tops with thin straps and strapless or low cut tops are inappropriate attire, as are low-cut bottoms, shorts, tight-fitting pants, revealing clothing, t-shirts with negative or crude slogans, and hats. Skirts are required to be mid-calf or longer. If you are here for a weeklong Summer Intensive, please bring casual professional wear for our Monday morning clinical session.

Dress in layers. Bring a wrap in case the classroom is chilly and to wear in the evenings or mornings during the summer. Nights can be 20-30 degrees cooler than daytime. Bring a cap or hat if you intend to walk outdoors. Weather can be erratic. Albuquerque is hot in the summer and cold in the winter. Online weather websites provide specifics for the time you will be here. Shoes are removed before entering the classroom so bring shoes that are easy to slip on and off. We request clothing be modest. No shorts or short skirts please.

For summer week-long intensive students: Monday morning sessions will include observing Dr. Lad with a client. Professional dress is requested during this session; no jeans, t-shirts, or tank tops.



Are there vegetarian or vegan restaurants nearby?

Yes. We provide a resource list of vegetarian and vegan restaurants in our area of Albuquerque. These include Indian, Thai, Chinese, eclectic, and other cuisine. A gluten-free Italian restaurant is included. A few are within walking distance; many require a car. Students often car pool.


Vedic Etiquette

Is there any special etiquette required in a Vedic classroom?

Yes. Students remove shoes prior to entering the classroom. Students seated on the floor are requested to not point their feet toward the instructor, the altar or other students. Students are to remain seated at the end of a session, allowing Dr. Lad to exit the room undisturbed. It is considered inappropriate to approach Dr. Lad requesting personal consultation advice or for a Jyotish chart reading unless those are included in that seminar’s curriculum, or to approach him outside the classroom or in the parking lot.


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