Ayurvedic Studies Programs (ASP)
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.
Ayurveda states that the purpose of life is to realize our true nature, and to express this in one’s daily life. The Ayurvedic Studies Programs (ASP) integrate the practical, philosophical, and spiritual insight of Ayurveda into professional training programs that support you in becoming an Ayurvedic professional capable of serving others in realizing their true nature and the expression of it in their daily life.
Ayurveda is the science of self-healing. Here, we recognize, that in order to support others in their healing, we must authentically engage in our own. As a student at The Ayurvedic Institute you will be asked to engage in self-inquiry, grow in your understanding of self through an Ayurvedic perspective, and apply what you are learning to your own life. It is a program that will transform who you are, support you in realizing your true nature, and help you express that nature in the world.
Study In Person or Online
Our full-time Ayurvedic Studies Programs (ASP1 & ASP2) will be available for both in person and a partially online study in the Fall of 2022!
Study to become an Ayurvedic Health Counselor (ASP1) and an Ayurvedic Practitioner (ASP2) from the comfort of your own space for a portion of the program (there will be a minimum in person requirement for all programs).
What’s the difference between online and in person study?
Not much! All classes will be live-streamed and students will have the ability to ask questions, observe best practices, and be a part of the larger student community. The standard cost of tuition includes materials that will be sent to your home and our online students will be required to visit the campus in Asheville to attend a portion of their classes in person. See details here
Our online study experience mimics the classroom – so your faculty will guide you through hands-on applications where necessary, while offering feedback remotely. We will also take a novel approach to some portions of the clinical training through this system and will share more on this during the application process.
A note about online attendance
Just like any school or college course, it is important for prospective students hoping to study online to know that you will be required to attend the live-stream of all classes. Unfortunately, classes will not be recorded. This is to keep the integrity of our training and ensure important questions can be addressed in the immediacy of the class itself.
If you are interested in studying online please begin your application process and when you speak with an admissions counselor you can indicate your interest in online study.
- ASP Level 1: a minimum of 180 hours must be attended in person in Asheville, NC.
- ASP Level 2: a minimum of 360 hours must be attended in person in Asheville, NC.
- See the details of the classes and date requirements for the in person component at the campus in Asheville here.
Ayurvedic Studies Program, Level 1
The Ayurvedic Studies Program, Level 1 (ASP1), is the foundation of the educational programs offered at The Ayurvedic Institute. Students acquire a thorough understanding of the principles and practices of Ayurvedic diet and lifestyle, Sanskrit, Ayuryoga, anatomy and physiology, and client relationships. ASP1 is also considered a time to increase self-awareness, self-nurturance, community building, and rigorous study of Ayurvedic knowledge and practices. In each week of this program, an estimated 50-60 hours is dedicated to lecture, class, study, and practice including applied application outside of the classroom.
Please Note: this program is available for both in person and online study
There are two ways to participate in ASP1
1. Ayurvedic Studies Program Level 1
ASP1 trains you to have the ability to assess and address general imbalance within the constitutional framework of the Ayurvedic paradigm.
Ayurveda is unparalleled in its ability to give specific recommendations appropriate for the individual. As a student in our Level 1 Program, you will give diet and lifestyle recommendations to support your clients move towards greater health and well-being.
You will learn the foundational theory of Ayurveda, practice assessment techniques, apply these in practical hands-on ways with extensive feedback from faculty, and acquire a diverse repertoire of simple and profound recommendations to support your clients.
2. Audit Track
This is intended for students focused on their own personal enrichment and who are not looking to develop a professional practice of Ayurveda. Audit Track students take all of the same classes as the Professional Track students. Audit Track students are under the same standards and guidelines for attendance. They do not receive assessments; for example, they do not take exams or receive grades.
Our ASP1 program runs from September through June. Our classes are designed to complement and build upon each other and are the place where you and your classmates will learn both with and from each other. To foster continuity and community there is a set curriculum and schedule everyone follows.