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.

Vasanta Institute of Ayurveda

  • Introduction
  • Training Programs
  • Pune City Clinic
  • Panchakarma in India

Welcome to Vasant Lad's Vasanta Institute
of Ayurveda (VIOA) center.

Completed in 2013, this 10,000 square foot facility has an administration building, classroom, library, pharmacy, clinical examination room, kitchen, and dining room.

There is a separate panchakarma two-room treatment facility with individual bathrooms and panchakarma residential building as well as a student dormitory with 10 double-occupancy rooms, each with individual bathrooms.

The beautiful center is located east of Pune in the agricultural countryside. The entire facility has been built to Western standards of drinking water, bathroom design, and all around Western building architecture.


All students, panchakarma clients, and residential staff reside at the center. Students are expected to find their way to the center from their point of arrival in India. Once at the center, all residential and dining needs as well as local transportation necessary for the programs are provided. Optional trips to local points of interest are often planned on weekends and those who wish to participate will need to pay separately for the transportation and expenses of these trips.

Students stay in the student dormitory, which has two floors with five double-occupancy rooms on each floor. Each room has its own private western style bathroom with shower, sink, and toilet. Each room has two beds, two locking wardrobe cabinets, and two desks.

The water system is designed similar to a small rural system in the United States and provides the same quality of water.

Reverse Osmosis water is available in the dining room. If your digestive system is especially sensitive, we recommend you purchase and use one of the newer ultraviolet light "Steri-Pens" for your drinking water. These cost about $75 and are available at most outdoor and travel stores in the USA.

The center has solar heated hot water. Linens are provided. There is no heating or cooling, but for most of the year, temperatures should be mild. Check your favorite website for weather conditions for when you expect to be there.

Artist's Drawing of Vasanta Institute of Ayurveda

vioa artist rendering

Vasanta Institute of Ayurveda Site Plans

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2019 Residential Panchakarma Hands-On Practicum

July 27 - September 6 OR September 14 - October 25

6 Week Hands-on Immersion Program in Pune India

Through hands-on practice we learn to embody the richness and sacredness of Ayurvedic body therapies.

The Ayurvedic Institute’s Residential Panchakarma Hands-On Practicum is an immersive, in-depth residential training where students learn to provide hands-on Ayurvedic body therapies that go beyond the technical elements of the procedures and into the space of moment-to-moment awareness.

2019 Pune Gurukula Program

Begins November 2 through December 12, 2019 (6 Weeks)

Residential Gurukula

6 week Gurukula Immersion Program in Pune, India

Advanced Clinical Pathology with Advanced Clinical Practice

The Ayurvedic Institute’s Gurukula Program is an opportunity for you to dive deeply into this ancient science to advance your current understanding of Ayurveda. You’ll have lecture time in class with Vasant Lad and our other experienced faculty to cover theory and develop practical skills. You’ll apply what you learn in clinic as you support Vasant Lad in his client consultations, prepare formulas, and otherwise help in running the community clinic

Fundamentals of Gurukula

Nov. 18-28, 2019 OR Dec. 2-12, 2019 (2 Weeks)

Fundamentals of Gurukula

Spend 2 Weeks Learning Ayurveda with Vasant Lad, BAM&S, MASc, Ayurvedic Physician

Partake in an invaluable opportunity to study authentic Ayurveda with Vasant Lad, MASc, Ayurvedic Physician, in his home town of Pune, India. Spend Monday through Thursdays at the Vasanta Institute of Ayurveda (VIOA), attending Vasant Lad’s morning lecture and participating in grand rounds in the afternoons as well as observing Vasant Lad as he works with clients from the VIOA neighborhood.

Vasant Lad's Clinic in Pune, India

As a physician in India, Vasant Lad, BAM&S, MASc, maintains an Ayurvedic medical clinic in Pune called Pranav Clinic. He is in Pune from August through December each year and sees clients during that time.

The Pranav Clinic is usually open Monday through Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. The telephone is only answered during operating hours. The clinic may be closed because of travel or holiday.

In general, the clinic is in operation from August through December. Vasant Lad does travel in October each year.

  • The Pranav Clinic does NOT take appointments.
  • Patients are seen on a first come, first serve basis.
  • It is a free clinic that operates on a donation basis.
  • Closing/Last Day: Thursday, December 12th 2019.
  • Reopens: August 2020.

Address and Contact Information

Address: Shri Sitaram Apartment, 383 Narayan Peth, Pune, Maharashtra 411030, India

Phone 011-91-202-446-7952 (answered only during business hours)

Directions: The Pranav Clinic is located in the Narayan Peth neighborhood near the Modi Ganapati Temple. It is situated on Tatyasaheb Karandikar Rd nearest the corner of Rashtrabhasha Bhavan Rd. It resides on the 2nd floor of the Shri Sitaram Apartment next door to Monginis Cake Shop. The VIOA website has more details about the Pranav Clinic.

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Panchakarma with Vasant Lad in India

Have you thought about having panchakarma in India? Vasant Lad, BAM&S, MASc, Ayurvedic Physician, is now offering 10-day panchakarma (PK) therapy at his center near Pune, India. This 10-day program is custom-tailored to your current state of health, wellness, and constitutional imbalances. Offered in collaboration with The Ayurvedic Institute, the treatment plans are guided by Vasant Lad and administered by the VIOA staff and PK students training at the VIOA center. Panchakarma is an effective and powerful self-healing process. Clients report significant improvements in their health, wellness, and vitality. You too can experience these benefits.

The Benefits of Panchakarma

Panchakarma (five actions) is a cleansing and rejuvenating program for the body, mind, and consciousness. It is known for its beneficial effects on overall health, wellness, and self-healing. You can benefit in the following ways:

  • Eliminate toxins and toxic conditions from your body and mind.
  • Restore your constitutional balance improving health and wellness.
  • Strengthen your immune system and become more resistant to illness.
  • Reverse the negative effects of stress on your body and mind.
  • Slow the aging process.
  • Enhance your self-reliance, strength, energy, vitality, and mental clarity.
  • Bring about deep relaxation and a sense of well-being.
  • Reduce dependence on drugs and medicine.
  • Implement positive lifestyle changes.

Panchakarma 2019 Dates for 10-Day Healing Sessions

Session One: Sunday, August 11 - Thursday, August 22, 2019

Session Two: Sunday, August 25 - Thursday, September 5, 2019

Session Three: Sunday, September 29 - Thursday, October 10, 2019

Session Four: Sunday, October 13 - Thursday, October 24, 2019

10-Day Healing Panchakarma Therapy Prices

Basic 10-Day Treatment Program is $2,500 USD.

Full Payment (100% of the $2,500 fee) is due when the appointment is scheduled.

The 10-Day Program

PK is customized to the individual and the program can differ according the one’s current state, which is determined at the initial consultation. The 10-day program generally includes the following:

  • Pune City Airport pick up and drop off to VIOA Center.
  • An orientation on Sunday evening before your program begins on Monday.
  • A complete Ayurvedic assessment including a pulse evaluation. Four Vasant Lad, BAM&S, MASc consultations in a classroom setting with a personalized treatment plan provided.
  • Daily Ayurvedic treatments of approximately two hours consisting of: abhyanga (a two-person synchronized oil massage), swedana (individual herbalized sweat therapy), shirodhara (pouring of warm oil to the forehead), udhulana (herbalized dusting of the body).
  • Internal oleation and purgation (virechana).
  • A minimum of one chromo (color) therapy session. Includes additional treatments and services tailored to you and directed by Vasant Lad, MASc.
  • A customized herbal protocol. Includes additional products and herbal remedies tailored to you and directed by Vasant Lad, MASc.
  • Special Ayuryoga® classes that assist in eliminating toxins and doshas, and have a therapeutic and restorative effect on the system.
  • Daily check-ins with your Panchakarma Consultant throughout the session to monitor your cleansing process.
  • A special therapeutic diet of kitchari and herbal teas provided daily to facilitate cleansing and nourishment. All of the food and tea served is from local farmers markets and grain shops.
  • Free attendance at Ayurvedic education classes with Vasant Lad or by his advanced students when Vasant Lad is not available.
  • Comfortable housing at the center conducive to a healing, quiet, and supportive environment.
  • Recommendations for herbal rasayanas (rejuvenatives) for you to take after panchakarma, including a one-week supply of a custom herbal formula for the client.
  • Post-panchakarma health and wellness program for healthy diet, exercise and lifestyle practices.

There are additional treatments that may be prescribed.

Terms & Conditions

  • 10-Day PK Program: Full payment is due at the time a VIOA staff member contacts you about your appointment acceptance. This will occur after a determination that panchakarma is indicated (advised) for you.
  • A VIOA staff member will contact you to discuss the payment procedure but major credit cards like Mastercard and Visa are accepted.
  • Your 10-Day PK Program full payment is refundable upon notice of cancellation according to the following payment schedule prior to the first day of your scheduled panchakarma program: 1.) 75% refundable - at least 151+ days (5+ months) 2.) 50% refundable – at least 121 – 150 days (4-5 months), 25% refundable – at least 91 – 120 days (3-4 months), and 0% refundable – at least 90 or less days.
  • Payment in foreign currency may be made by PayPal directly or Mastercard or Visa via PayPal.
  • Payment in Indian Rupees may be made by Indian bank to Indian bank net banking transfer, PayUMoney Net Banking Transfer, and Indian credit / debit cards via PayUMoney services.
  • There will not be charges for additional herbs, products or services per Vasant Lad, MASc’s protocol during the 10 day PK Treatment.
  • The Vasanta Institute of Ayurveda does not accept health insurance.

NOTE: Please do not make your travel arrangements until you have received definite confirmation of your panchakarma program appointment date.

Senior Discount: 10% discount for seniors age 60 and older. (Does not apply to housing.)

Gratuities: Sometimes people ask us if gratuities are appropriate. Gratuities are not expected or necessary for the Western staff, but are always appreciated. Please contact the VIOA administrators if interested. If you would like to give gratuities to the Indian Staff, then VIOA recommends you give a donation to the Center in support of the operations expenses, which includes the Indian staffing benefits.

Optional 1-Day and Multi-Day Panchakarma Treatments

Scheduled through Vasant Lad's Pune Clinic, we offer one or multiple day panchakarma therapy as prescribed by Vasant Lad.

For a consultation and recommendations for panchakarma, please visit Vasant Lad’s Pune Clinic from August 19 to December 12, 2019, on Monday through Thursday from 6 to 8 PM. These offerings are dependent upon VIOA space availability and the panchakarma training program schedule. They are not open for pre-registration. When our PK facility is fully booked with 10-day treatment clients, we do not have the space and staff for the 1-day / Multi-day treatments. Call Rakesh Deogade, India Administrator, (91) 737 858 2086 to inquire further. Contact the USA VIOA administrator to get more information or to set your appointment soon. Douglas Neal, 847 814 4468,

    These programs include:
  • A complete Ayurvedic assessment including a pulse evaluation.
  • Daily Ayurvedic treatments of approximately two hours consisting of: abhyanga (a two-person synchronized oil massage), swedana (individual herbalized sweat therapy), shirodhara (pouring of warm oil to the forehead), udhulana (herbalized dusting of the body).
  • A special therapeutic diet of kitchari and herbal teas provided daily to facilitate cleansing and nourishment.
  • A personalized health and wellness plan for healthy diet, exercise and lifestyle practices.
  • Includes additional treatments and services tailored for you and directed by Vasant Lad, MASc
  • Includes additional products and herbal remedies tailored for you and directed by Vasant Lad, MASc for that day
Other Therapies Offered

These are included in your panchakarma program according to Vasant Lad’s prescribed plan.

  • Therapeutic Massage
  • Color Therapy
  • Netra Basti
  • Specialized Basti Therapies (Single)
  • Shirodhara Treatment
  • Ayurvedic Massage (one therapist)
  • Ayurvedic Massage (two therapists)
1-Day and Multi-Day Panchakarma Therapy Prices

Basic 1-Day Treatment Program is $100 USD per day.

Housing Prices at the VIOA

Single occupancy, private bathroom, dormitory style: $50 USD per Night
Double occupancy (if w/spouse or friend), private bathroom, dormitory style: $70 USD per Night
Housing is included in the price of the 10-Day Program.