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.
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.
There are two ways to participate in ASP1
1. Ayurvedic Health Counselor Track
ASP1 trains you within the professional scope of practice of an Ayurvedic Health Counselor. As a Counselor, you have the ability to assess and address general imbalance within the constitutional framework of the Ayurvedic paradigm.
Our goal is to support you in becoming a competent, confident Ayurvedic clinician. 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.
Ayurveda is unparalleled in its ability to give specific, individualized recommendations appropriate for the individual. As an Ayurvedic Health Counselor you will give diet and lifestyle recommendations to support your clients move towards greater health and well-being.
You’ll learn how to work with food as medicine and recommend dietary modifications to adjust what, when, and how a client is eating. You’ll learn the effect of lifestyle, the importance of daily and seasonal routines, and lifestyle recommendations to offer clients including self-care practices, meditation, contemplative exercises, and pranayama (breathing exercises).
ASP1 gives you a thorough understanding of Ayurveda through classroom and supervised clinic time. As the science of life, this insight is applicable to all aspects of our lives. Graduates from ASP1 go into practice as Ayurvedic Health Counselors, pursue additional clinical training, or integrate the wisdom of Ayurveda into their various personal and professional endeavors.
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.