Recognized as one of the leading Ayurveda Schools and Ayurvedic Health Spas outside of India.
Recognized as one of the leading Ayurveda Schools and Ayurvedic Health Spas outside of India.

The Ayurvedic Institute

The Ayurvedic Institute was founded in Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1984 by Vasant Lad, BAM&S, MASc, Ayurvedic Physician. Since 1986, we have been based in the high desert country of Albuquerque, New Mexico at the foot of the Sandia Mountains.

At the Ayurvedic Institute, we teach traditional Ayurvedic Medicine and provide ancient Indian therapies to help heal and maintain the quality and longevity of life. As a science of self-healing, Ayurveda encompasses diet and nutrition, lifestyle, meditation, postures, breathing exercises and medical herbs along with cleansing and rejuvenation programs for healing body, mind, and spirit.

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 Panchakarma Programs further the mission of the Institute by providing the traditional cleansing therapies of Ayurveda accompanied by diet and lifestyle recommendations and support for clients. The preparation period and methods in advance of panchakarma can provide a fulcrum point for personal transformation. By following post-panchakarma recommendations and adopting of lifestyle changes and practices, the client can embark upon a healthier and more balanced life.

Our store and online shopping provide Ayurvedic and Western herbs, audio and video tapes from our programs, books, incense, specialty foods, and a variety of Ayurvedic and other products.

Our Purpose

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.

Educational Philosophy

Ayurveda is a healing art and a science. Descending from Charaka, Sushruta, and Vagbhata, it is one of apprenticeship in which the student learns from the teacher, who shares knowledge and experiences to assist the student in developing a conceptual framework and fundamental working knowledge.

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.


The Ayurvedic Institute was founded in 1984 in Santa Fe, New Mexico, as a 501(c)(3) educational, non-profit corporation. The Articles of Incorporation, By-Laws and Board meeting minutes are open to inspection by any interested person with sufficient advance notice. The Institute is governed by a Board of Directors and corporate officers, whose directives are carried out by Institute staff members.

Board Members

Vasant Lad,

Ayurvedic Physician
Chairman of the Board

Sharon Scaltrito

Dr. Michael Stone,


Harish Raichada
Board Member

Our Facility

At this location since 1986, The Ayurvedic Institute is in the foothills of northeast Albuquerque with a view of the beautiful Sandia Mountains. Our three buildings total over 12,500 square feet. The primary building at 11311 Menaul Blvd NE is a passive solar structure, housing the administrative offices, the bookstore, the herb department, the downstairs library, lounge and student kitchen, the Panchakarma Department, and the main classroom of approximately 1,200 square feet, which accommodates up to 60 students.

The Panchakarma Department located adjacent to the main office provides the traditional cleansing therapies of Ayurveda for up to 8 clients per week. Our second building at 11401 Menaul Blvd NE houses our student clinic, education department, and publishing department. The third building is our newest addition located at 11405 Menaul Blvd NE that houses our new classroom, Ayuryoga studio, and seminar locations.

Our Facilities Include:

  • Administrative Offices
  • Herb Department
  • Retail Store provides Ayurvedic lifestyle products, books, tapes, etc.
  • Two large classrooms, accommodating up to 80 students
  • Panchakarma Department, servicing up to 8 clients per week
  • Large Ayuryoga® studio
  • Publishing Department
  • Instructor Offices
  • Permanent staff of approximately 50 people