The Ayurvedic Institute
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.
Vasant Lad is the visionary behind AyurPrana: it serves his and the Ayurvedic Institute’s vision of spreading Ayurveda across the globe. AyurPrana is an expansion of Vasant Lad’s mission, and the Ayurvedic Institute and AyurPrana work together to provide access to the teachings and benefits of Ayurveda to everyone–whether internationally, locally, or online.
The Ayurvedic Institute reflects the teaching traditions of ancient India. This tradition gives emphasis to 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.
The 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.
It 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.