Ayurvedic Studies Programs
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.
ASP1 and ASP2 are designed as comprehensive training programs to prepare you to graduate as an Ayurvedic professional within a particular scope of practice. ASP1 students graduate as certified Ayurvedic Health Counselors and ASP2 students graduate as certified Ayurvedic Practitioners. Our curriculum meets the educational competencies established by the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA) and graduates are eligible to sit for the respective certification exams of the NAMA Certification Board. The Ayurvedic Institute is a National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA) member school.
Our programs are academically rigorous. Each program is a full-time, in-person 9-month training that begins in September with a required orientation and completes in June with graduation. The school year is divided into three trimesters. Each week you can expect to be in class for 25 - 30 hours, with additional hours spent outside of class for studying and homework. his school year commences with a mandatory orientation that begins on September 11, 2019 for ASP1 and on September 13, 2019 for ASP2.
Orientation. We begin the year with a required orientation for both ASP1 and ASP2. Orientation prepares you for the year to come, acclimates you to the ASP culture and builds community with your cohort. It is an incredible time to strengthen relationships with those we will spend the academic year with and a highlight of the year.
- ASP1 orientation begins September 11, 2019
- ASP2 orientation begins September 13, 2019
By choosing to study here, you will have the unique opportunity to learn with Vasant Lad, world-renowned teacher and consummate practitioner of Ayurveda, and the rest of our distinguished faculty.
We have a busy clinic on campus that is open to the public where students can gain training, practice and mentorship post-ASP2 through our graduate internship programs.
Hands-on panchakarma and shodhana training programs at a post-graduate level are offered in collaboration with the Vasanta Institute of Ayurveda in Pune, India.
- ASP Level 1
- ASP Level 2
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.
The application of Ayurveda begins with an assessment of an individual’s constitution and their current experience of health. You’ll learn to read the pulse, facial lines, tongue, nails, eyes, with other forms of observation and hands-on assessment techniques. You’ll learn how to ask specific questions during a consultation to gain an understanding of an individual’s constitution, current imbalance, digestion, elimination, sleep, stress, mental emotional state, and other factors that impact a client’s overall health and well-being.
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 mid-September through mid-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.
Please see our Academic Catalog for full descriptions of all courses.
Ayurvedic Studies Program, Level 2
The second year of the Ayurvedic Studies Program builds upon ASP1 with an emphasis on increasing depth and breadth of knowledge and application in a clinical setting. Graduates are competent in a scope of practice that includes being able to assess an individual’s unique constitution and elements of physiological imbalance according to dosha, agni, ama, gati, and srotas. Graduates of ASP2 are able to create recommendations using dietary, lifestyle and contemplative practices along with customized herbal protocols and Ayurvedic treatments to encourage healing and a lifestyle in balance with nature. They will also be able to work with other healthcare professionals to develop recommendations and implement treatments for clients with established pathologies.
ASP2 trains you within the professional scope of practice as an Ayurvedic Practitioner. Through ASP2 you build upon your understanding as an Ayurvedic Health Counselor to expand the depth and breadth of your knowledge, application, and clinical practice.
In ASP2 you gain a more thorough understanding of Ayurvedic theory with emphasis on how imbalance develops, root cause, contributing factors, disease process, and treatment. This understanding integrates an Ayurvedic and western perspective. During ASP2 you refine your ability to understand the nature of imbalance as it manifests within an individual through developing the use of known clinical assessment techniques and learning additional techniques.
ASP2 expands the treatment methods available to you in practice. You build upon the understanding of food as medicine to learn how to use Ayurvedic herbs in clinical practice and to build customized herbals formulas for clients. You’ll learn various hands-on body therapy treatments and expand your use of yoga practices like pranayama (breathing techniques), mantra (chanting), and mudra (specific arrangements of the hands).
ASP2 is oriented towards clinical experience. All your learning becomes grounded in clinical application during your weekly shifts
in clinic, supporting Vasant Lad in clinical practice, and grand rounds to review cases with senior practitioners. ASP2 is a comprehensive
training program with classroom and supervised clinic time.
Please see our Academic Catalog for full descriptions of all courses.
Feeling the pulse is an art. Awareness should be passive and one should let that awareness act upon the mind… to use a machine as a diagnostic tool is alright to quantify perception, but to qualify perception requires the sensitivity of the human fingers. Use the tips of the fingers to feel the nature or gati of the pulse and bear in mind the three basic pulses.
– Vasant Lad, BAM&S, MASc