Ayurvedic Studies Programs
The Ayurvedic Institute:
Leading Ayurveda school in the West
The Ayurvedic Institute is a school committed to providing full time training programs to support its students in becoming competent and confident Ayurvedic counselors, practitioners and doctors. Now in its 38th year, the Ayurvedic Institute is a highly respected school whose mission is to to ‘heal all beings through Ayurveda’. Over the years, thousands of students have passed through its classrooms and gone on to spread the healing message of Ayurveda all over the world.
Whether you are looking to deepen your knowledge as a means to support your own healing or are interested in becoming a certified practitioner, we would love to be a part of your journey!
Find in-depth information about our program and instructors in our Academic Catalog.
The Ayurvedic Studies Programs
A one year, full-time program that yields an Ayurvedic Health Counsellor qualification
A one year, full-time program that can be done after completion of ASP1 (or equivalent) that yields an Ayurvedic Practitioner qualification
A two year, full time course that can be entered into upon completion of ASP2 (or equivalent) that yields the Ayurvedic Doctor certification
Study Ayurveda with us
The Ayurvedic Institute gives its students the unique opportunity to learn directly with world-renowned teacher and practitioner of Ayurveda, Vasant Lad, BAMS, MA&Sc. Vasant Lad is the director and principal instructor for all program offerings. Having founded The Ayurvedic Institute almost four decades ago, his uniquely compassionate vision continues to shape the educational philosophy, program offerings, and curriculum. All of the other teachers and faculty members at the school have studied under Vasant Lad and are devoted to preserving his lineage.
All of our programs are full-time and immersive, five days a week, rain or shine! By choosing to study with us you will gain a depth of knowledge of the Science of Life that only such a program affords. We encourage our students to manage their other responsibilities such as work and family life, so that they are able to dedicate this significant time and attention to their studies and make the most of this amazing time in their lives!
Honoring the traditional roots of Ayurveda
Our Vedic classroom set-up honors the traditional roots of Ayurveda with Sanskrit prayers before and after each class, modest dress and etiquette as well as regular pujas and celebrations of important dates in the Vedic calendar.
Learning, living and walking together on the path of Ayurveda
We love our students! Studying and living closely with other students will enable you to truly embody the principles of Ayurveda whilst also building a community that will continue to guide and support you well beyond the duration of the course. Every year, we welcome many beautiful souls from across the world and watch beautiful relationships form, with powerful experiences of the discovery of Ayurveda and personal growth at their core.
Study in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains
The school is located in Asheville, North Carolina; a beautiful and vibrant town. Nestled in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, opportunities to be immersed in nature abound. The great elements at the core of Ayurveda are beautifully represented here with pure mountain air, clear water in the many creeks, rivers and waterfalls as well as lush vegetation and fertile soil. Within an hour’s drive of Asheville, you’ll find world class hiking, with the Mountains to Sea trail and Appalachian trail passing directly through town as well as many lakes, mountains and biking options nearby.
The Ayurvedic Institute finds its home here amongst many other wellness ventures, the town being historically known for its health giving qualities. We share our campus with the Asheville Yoga Center, which offers students of the Ayurvedic Institute discounted rates on both classes and their renowned YTT programs.
Students will be able to find all the amenities of a well-supplied town, with farmers markets, organic groceries and a buzzing restaurant scene.
Known for its lively music and arts scene, galleries and music events are abundant in this town. Whether it’s blues, drumming circles, country or conscious music, you won’t have to work hard to find your jam here. We even have our own affiliated music venue, the Ayurprana Listening Rooms which regularly hosts conscious music and arts events.
For those planning to relocate their families to Asheville, the city is known for its fantastic schools and its very much child-friendly outdoorsy lifestyle. For our beautiful International students, Asheville is highly accessible, with easy connections to New York, Washington and Atlanta International Airports.
Currently, in addition to in-person classes and in a bid to make these teachings even more accessible, we are able to offer ASP1 and ASP2 online for those only able to access the courses remotely. For more information, see our FAQs section.
Beginning your journey with Ayurveda
The Ayurvedic Studies Program, Level 1, is the foundation of the educational programs offered at The Ayurvedic Institute. Alongside a complete curriculum of Ayurvedic knowledge and practices, ASP1 is a time for our students to increase self-awareness, healing, community building, and rigorous study of Ayurvedic knowledge and practices.
Who is this program for?
- Anyone with a desire to dive deep into the world and wisdom of Ayurveda. Previous study of Ayurveda is not necessary, all of the foundations will be covered!
- Existing practitioners or teachers of Yoga and other healthcare and healing modalities that are looking to expand their practice to incorporate Ayurveda.
What subjects will you study?
- Foundational theory and philosophy of Ayurveda
- Ahara (Ayurvedic nutrition)
- Vihara (Ayurvedic lifestyle practices)
- Ayurvedic Darshanam Pariskha (diagnosis of face, tongue and pulse)
- Anatomy and Physiology
- Becoming a clinician and student clinic with members of the public
- Sanskrit and Ayurvedic sutra chanting
Ayurveda is the science of self-healing. Here at the Ayurvedic Institute, 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 your life, support you in realizing your true nature, and help you express that nature in the world.
What happens next?
Upon completion of ASP1, you will be able to practice as an Ayurvedic Health Counselor, working to help your clients find balance through dietary modifications, lifestyle practices, pranayama and using basic herbal products. You will build your toolbox and scope of practice and begin practicing in our student clinic with members of the public so that by the time you graduate, you feel absolutely confident to step out into the world! Many of our ASP1 students wanting to expand their skills choose to continue to ASP2.
Many of our ASP1 students purely want to study Ayurveda to heal themselves and their families. For these students, we offer the Audit Track. Audit Track students will attend all of the same classes, and are under the same standards for attendance as Professional Track students. They do not, however, take assessments or receive grades.
Full Time Education FAQs
The Ayurvedic Institute is now located in Asheville, North Carolina. Nestled in the Blue Ridge and Appalachian mountains, the environment promotes the Ayurvedic healing principles at the heart of our curriculum. Students enjoy the thriving, creative culture of this beautiful town as well as the ample opportunities to be immersed in nature.
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.
Yes! We offer a range of payment plans for our students and some partial scholarships and grants. For more information and how to apply, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our programme is full-time, immersive and academically rigorous. Alongside daily classes, the programs involve homework and reading outside of class. 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. We encourage all of our students to try and find a way to devote all of their time and attention to this programme for the period of their attendance, so that they may best absorb these important teachings, as well as minimize stress and increase their enjoyment of the studies.
We want to make Ayurvedic education accessible to everyone. We offer a range of webinars, immersions and other continuing education through Ayurprana with Vasant Lad and our amazing faculty. Follow this link to explore other ways to learn with us.
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