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Study at the oldest Ayurvedic school in the US

Study at the oldest Ayurvedic School in the US

Admissions

Now accepting applications for the 2023-24 school year. Due August 10, 2023

Over 35 Years of History

The Ayurvedic Institute was founded in Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1984 by Vasant Lad (BAMS, MASc) as a non-profit. The Institute was previously based in the high desert country of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and moved to Asheville, North Carolina, in the fall of 2022 – to a new wellness campus in the heart of the city.

We Teach You How To Practice Ayurveda

Our Education Programs draw students from around the world and from many professions and backgrounds. Students repeatedly express how transformational their time here is, highlighting the authenticity and depth of our offerings and the care and expertise of our faculty led by Vasant Lad, with his more than 40 years of experience. Whether students are here for a weekend or our two-year program, their experience is one of unfolding awareness and self-healing that supports them in their personal lives and professional practices.

Our Programs

Highly respected around the world, The Ayurvedic Institute has been teaching Ayurveda since 1984. Steeped in Vedic tradition, our Ayurvedic Studies Programs (ASP), now in their 35th year, are full-time immersive journeys into Ayurveda.

Our Programs

Highly respected around the world, The Ayurvedic Institute has been teaching Ayurveda since 1984. Steeped in Vedic tradition, our Ayurvedic Studies Programs (ASP), now in their 35th year, are full-time immersive journeys into Ayurveda.

What is Ayurveda?

Ayurveda is a 5,000 year-old lifestyle science that promotes proactive and preemptive approaches to personal health and wellness

Originating in the Indus Valley, what is now modern-day India, Ayurveda is a science of self-healing, and encompasses diet and nutrition, lifestyle, meditation, postures, breathing exercises and medical herbs along with cleansing and rejuvenation programs for healing body, mind, and spirit. It is truly a holistic approach to wellness and as a lifestyle medicine it works! There’s a reason it has survived for 5,000 across generations, and we’re part of this generation’s movement to translate this ancient science into today’s living and pass on this knowledge to future generations.

You are part of the cosmos and the cosmos is part of you

According to Ayurveda, everything in the cosmos is reflected and mirrored in the microcosm of the human being. The universe is composed of five elements: ether, air, fire, water, and earth. These five elements combine in varying proportions to create the three doshas: Vata, the principle of movement, Pitta, the principle of transformation, and Kapha, the principle of cohesion or building block material. These elements and doshas that comprise the macrocosm also make up our individual constitutions. The purpose of Ayurveda is to bring balance to these doshas and elements amidst the changing times of day, seasons, and phases of our lives, in order to promote and maintain quality and longevity of life. Optimal health isn’t found in a pill or an herbal compound – it’s rooted in our day to day routines and choices – how we eat, breathe, move, sleep, interact, and connect with one another. It is a dynamic way of living in tune with nature and our own unique constitution.

Upcoming Admissions Webinars

Learn more about The Ayurvedic Institute with our monthly admissions webinars. Meet with our Director of Admissions, Nishita Shah, and various special guests as they discuss topics ranging from student life to career development. 

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January 31, 2023
Guest: Mitesh Raichada, Executive Vice President of The Ayurvedic Institute
Theme: Community & Culture

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February 21, 2023
Guest: Sneha Raichada, Dean of Education and Campus Director
Theme: Curriculum, Rigor, Standards

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March 14, 2023
Guest: Shannon Kelly, AP
Theme: Campus Life

Visit our Campus!

Book your place on a tour and come visit our campus in Asheville, North Carolina – where you can meet our admissions team, current students, and faculty!

Visit our Campus!

Book your place on a tour and come visit our campus in Asheville, North Carolina – where you can meet our admissions team, current students, and faculty!

Founded by World-renowned Ayurvedic Physician, Author, Teacher, and Visionary

Study under Vasant Lad (BAM&S MASc), Director of the Ayurvedic Institute

A dream, to heal all beings through Ayurveda

Vasant Lad’s passion for Ayurveda and his compassion for people have led to him becoming one of the most highly celebrated Ayurvedic Physicians, authors, and teachers in the world.

Vasant Lad predates the yoga and wellness boom, coming to the United States to teach Ayurveda in 1982 – and starting The Ayurvedic Institute in 1984. He is recognized by his associates and friends, such as Deepak Chopra and Sadguru, as playing a key role in the resurgence of Ayurveda, not just here in the West but back in his native India too.

Vasant Lad’s approach to Ayurvedic training synthesizes Western medical research with ancient Ayurvedic knowledge and insight. His gentle disposition, coupled with his academically inclined intellect and rigorous approach to training and practice means that every student who studies with Vasant Lad, comes away feeling as if they have spent time with a true master of the healing arts.

Upcoming Webinars

Upcoming Webinars

Vastu Principles and Remedy

Feb 25, 2023
With Vasant Lad, BAM&S, MASc

Ayurveda and neuroscience

March 18, 2023
With Vasant Lad, BAM&S, MASc

Medical Jyotish

April 22, 2023
With Vasant Lad, BAM&S, MASc

“Dr. Lad opened my eyes to the wisdom of Ayurveda and the potential it has to help people proactively manage their health and well-being. Being in his presence on a regular basis was illuminating and transformative. My time at the Ayurvedic Institute was instrumental in my own healing process and has deeply inspired my work in service to the ever-growing Ayurvedic community.”
– Keven Casey, Co-Founder of Banyan Botanicals
“Dr. Lad opened my eyes to the wisdom of Ayurveda and the potential it has to help people proactively manage their health and well-being. Being in his presence on a regular basis was illuminating and transformative. My time at the Ayurvedic Institute was instrumental in my own healing process and has deeply inspired my work in service to the ever-growing Ayurvedic community.”
– Keven Casey, Co-Founder of Banyan Botanicals

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