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.

Admissions & Application

Admission Criteria and Policy

Our Ayurvedic Studies Programs are a journey of transformative learning. A lot of care goes into all aspects of the programs—including the design, policies and curriculum. This alone is not enough to make them transformative. The transformation comes from how you show up and engage with it. We have found that being a successful ASP1 or ASP2 student at The Ayurvedic Institute requires great commitment. For example, as talked about in our Educational Philosophy, it requires humility, non-judgement, teamwork, trustworthiness, truthfulness, clarity of perception, self-inquiry, optimism, enthusiasm, discipline, compassion, love, and surrendering to what is. It requires:

  • Dedication, openness and trust
  • A willingness to explore, question, analyze and integrate what you are learning and feedback you are receiving with an open mind
  • Rigorous study habits, openness to deep learning, hands-on exploration and practice, extensive reading, memorizing, reflection, writing, and testing
  • The desire and ability to work with others and on your own 
  • An ability to clearly express ideas and knowledge in written and oral formats
  • Attention to how we are together (for example, what stories we are telling ourselves and each other, how we are treating each other, etc.) and how we are helping create more clarity, compassion, collaboration, respect and well-being
  • A commitment to following policies, regulations, and laws
  • Recognizing that what we often think of as failure is the first step towards success, it helps to be able to laugh and enjoy the fascinating lessons and learning as they unfold — even if those lessons aren’t always fun or easy on the ego

Throughout the application process, we are looking for indicators that you can be successful in the program, including in the examples we have given here. The admissions process includes an interview that can be held from a distance or in person.

The Ayurvedic Institute does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, color, sexual orientation, gender identity or its expression, disability, religion, age, veteran status, or national or ethnic origin. We reserve the right to deny admission to any applicant for any reason other than those stated above. 

For both ASP1 and ASP2 programs, once the maximum number of students has been accepted, subsequent conditionally approved applicants are placed on a waiting list.  All applicants must hold a high school diploma, GED, or meet alternative test requirements.

All applicants must also be fluent in verbal and written English. We do not provide tutoring or special allowances for differences in English language capacity.

Application Procedure

All applicants for these programs must submit a completed application packet.

  • Ayurvedic Studies Program 1 (ASP1). 
  • Ayurvedic Studies Program 2 (ASP2). (Enrollment for this program is full.)
  • Pune Panchakarma Therapist Training Program
  • Pune Gurukula Clinical Program

The applications can be downloaded from our website links below. You can also request applications from the Student Services Coordinator at (505) 291-9698, extension 126, or studentservices@ayurveda.com.

Note: To use any of these forms, download the applicable form to your computer and save it on your computer. Close your browser. Open Adobe Acrobat and then open the form that is saved on your computer. Fill out the form and save the completed form on your computer. You may email the completed form to Student Services, with any other required documents.

Additional Information

Veterans Affairs Benefits

The Ayurvedic Studies Programs, Levels 1 and 2, are approved for eligible persons to receive benefits from the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). These benefits are available only to certificate track students. These students are required to abide by both VA and The Ayurvedic Institute policies as detailed in our Academic Catalog and Student Handbook.

Contact the VA’s regional processing office directly at 888-442-4551 to discuss your benefits. As part of your application packet, we will need your certificate of eligibility (COE) and transcripts from all previously attended post-secondary schools and trainings including your joint service transcript.

International Students

We recommend international students go to Study in the States and contact your local consulate to inquire about the wait time to set up an M-1 visa appointment, as appointment schedules vary from country to country. We cannot guarantee that all government approvals will be completed in time for a student to participate in the program. Our experience with this process is “the earlier you begin, the better.” Earlier allows you to have more time for planning and preparing to be here. To process your application, we will need a copy of your passport and proof of funds covering your school and living expenses, dated no more than 60 days prior to your application date. See our I-20 Request Form (posted on our website) for more details.

Audit Program Courses

Guests may be approved to attend occasional evening lectures at $60 per lecture. We also offer the option of auditing all of Vasant Lad’s evening lectures and, for ASP alumni, there is the option to audit evening lectures and/or to audit other courses offered in the ASP1 and 2 programs. Please contact the Student Services Coordinator at (505) 291-9698, ext. 126 for more details. Our Student Services Coordinator can assist with these choices, what is involved, and tuition details.

Licensing and Credentials

Operating for more than 34 years, The Ayurvedic Institute is organized as an educational 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. The state of New Mexico’s Higher Education Department has authorized and licensed The Ayurvedic Institute as a private post-secondary institution. This school is authorized under federal law to enroll nonimmigrant students. We are approved to honor VA benefits for veterans and their dependents for ASP1 and ASP2 and charge the same tuition whether people are using VA benefits or not.

Our curriculum meets the educational competencies established by the National Ayurvedic Medical Association, and graduates are eligible to sit for the Ayurvedic Health Counselors and Ayurvedic Practitioner certification exams of the NAMA Certification Board.

Financial Aid and Work-Study

The Ayurvedic Institute does not currently offer government-sponsored financial aid or other loan programs. The Ayurvedic Institute sponsors a small work-study program for which full time students may sign up and work in various opportunities throughout the academic year. These opportunities are designed to serve our on-campus Ayurvedic community. Work- study hours have no cash value and can only be used toward the student’s tuition balance or toward seminars and/or intensives. Work-study credit may not be used for products, herbs, or other services within The Ayurvedic Institute.

Rules and Regulations Pertaining to Academic Progress

Please see the Student Handbook for details on grading, what makes for satisfactory academic progress and graduation requirements.

Questions or complaints?

The Ayurvedic Institute does not discriminate in admissions, testing, financial aid, or any other practice on the basis of gender, nationality, religion, age, or disability, in accordance with all applicable federal, state and local laws.

People who have questions or complaints regarding The Ayurvedic Institute should first seek resolution directly with the party involved. If this does not resolve the issue, they should discuss it with the Dean of Education. If further actions are needed, the Administrator of The Ayurvedic Institute may review the issue. At each point in the process an impartial representative of The Ayurvedic Institute not directly involved with the complaint will participate in finding a resolution. A response will be given to the student between three and ten days from the date of notification of the Dean of Education. If a question or complaint cannot be resolved within The Ayurvedic Institute, the student may contact the New Mexico Higher Education Department (NMHED) at 2044 Galisteo Street, Suite 4, Santa Fe, NM 87505, (505) 476-6500, or online at hed.state.nm.us.

Complaint forms may be obtained from the NMHED at hed.state.nm.us/institutions/complaints.aspx. There will be no adverse action taken against the student for registering a complaint. For more details and a step-by-step process for students, see the Student Handbook or call The Ayurvedic Institute directly.

Full-Time Student Benefits

One way of supporting our full-time ASP1 and ASP2 students is by offering a number of student benefits. For example, students receive a complementary consultation appointment with Vasant Lad, discounts on additional courses, seminars and clinical appointments, products, access to listen to recordings of Vasant Lad class lectures, a one year Ayurvedic Institute membership, and a subscription to our quarterly journal, Ayurveda Today.

Vedic Classroom Etiquette

According to Vasant Lad, “sattva is the pure essence of light, right action, and spiritual purpose. Eating sattvic food, waking up early in the morning when sattvic qualities are most present in nature, and taking in what is sattvic with our five senses are all ways to bring the sattva quality into the mind and experience clarity, love, and compassion.”

Our goal is to co-create a sattvic space for both others and ourselves. Following Vedic tradition, the classroom is a sacred space, a container in which profound learning happens. Within this space, we treat each other and ourselves with respect, kindness, and compassion. We speak honestly and bring forth our best effort. Co-creating a sacred space also includes minimization of distractions, so we observe modest dress, maintain punctuality, and refrain from the use of modern technology during class. This code is not meant to limit individual creativity or freedom, but rather to foster an environment in which profound learning, healing, and transformation can manifest. You can find more information about classroom dress in our Student Handbook.