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.

Pune Training Programs

2019 Pune Gurukula Program

Begins November 2 through December 12, 2019 (6 Weeks)

    Advanced Clinical Pathology with Advanced Clinical Practice

    The Ayurvedic Institute’s Gurukula Program is an opportunity for you to dive deeply into this ancient science to advance your current understanding of Ayurveda. You’ll have lecture time in class with Vasant Lad and our other experienced faculty to cover theory and develop practical skills. You’ll apply what you learn in clinic as you support Vasant Lad in his client consultations, prepare formulas, and otherwise help in running the community clinic.

    Gurukula is as an intimate, immersive, residential program hosted at the Vasanta Institute of Ayurveda in Pune, India, in collaboration with The Ayurvedic Institute. With a small cohort of students, you’ll live an Ayurvedic lifestyle in community, practicing together to live into the teachings of Ayurveda in your daily routine, diet, lifestyle, and relationships.

    Join us in India for a one-of-a-kind small group, immersion training that will change your life.

    This all-inclusive residential program was created with Western standards in mind. From the moment you are picked up from the airport all of your needs for living an Ayurvedic lifestyle are provided. Quality drinking water, fresh vegetarian meals, local transportation, green space, yoga classes, and emotional and academic support are provided so you can focus all of your attention on your learning and transformation. Total cost of tuition, room and board, pick-up/drop off at the Mumbai or Pune airport is $6,399 USD.

    Early Bird Discount is $1,000. Apply by July 22, 2019.
    • Tuition is $6,399
    • Program dates are November 2 - December 12, 2019

    Certificate of Completion for contact hours is provided based on a participant’s attendance of all hours of class.

    Eligible for 28 PACE TIA credits from the National Ayurvedic Medical Association.

    What to Expect
    Live Ayurveda
    • Enhance your personal daily routine with support such as Ayuryoga® classes, pranayama (breathing exercises), and agni hotra (fire ceremony)
    • Build community with others who are passionate about Ayurveda and creating well-being in the world
    • Experience the transformative power of India at Vasant Lad’s Vasanta Institute of Ayurveda in Pune, India
    Learn Ayurveda
    • Academic classes facilitate diving deeper into the age-old medical theory
    • Observe Vasant Lad in his professional clinic
    • Practice clinical skills in class and community clinic
    Love Ayurveda
    • Give and receive the powerful benefits of marma therapy
    • Give and receive through selfless service and participate in running a community clinic
    What our Students Say

    It is an enormous opportunity to dive deep within oneself and learn. It is a tremendous luxury to be taken care of in all levels so we have the time to study, observe, learn, be in class, and practice. All of our teachers have supported us so very much every single day. I am deeply and humbly grateful for this chance.

    — Susana J-M., Gurukula Alumni

    The Gurukula Program was six weeks of pure magic. Being in the presence of a real guru like Dr. Lad teaching you life lessons is priceless. His lectures about meditation, awareness, and philosophy were my favorite topics. He would light up so brightly, filling the room with his amazing presence. I also loved every moment spent in the clinic with him. To watch Dr. Lad work closely with his patients, giving them the care and attention they each need, was educational. I learned much about myself, Ayurveda, India, healing, and humility. I’ll carry these teachings in my heart forever and hope to be able to carry the torch of Ayurveda. Ayurveda is my life’s calling, and Dr. Lad helped me see the light. I am forever grateful.

    — Zohreh S., Gurukula Alumni

    How to Apply for This Transformative Program
    We look forward to talking with you in more detail about this unique program.

    To learn more or set-up an interview, contact our Admissions Team at (505) 291-9698, Ext. 130 or send an email. Online application is here. The Ayurvedic Institute reserves the right to change curriculum as needed.

    Training in India FAQs
    I’ve never been to India before. Will you help me arrive to the center?

    Yes! The staff at VIOA will come pick you up from the Mumbai or Pune airports and drive you to the VIOA campus. Contact the Admissions Team for travel tips and to coordinate your arrival. 

    What is the schedule like?

    You’ll begin the day with time for your morning routine, with an optional shared practice of Ayuryoga®, pranayama (breathing practices), meditation, and/or ritual most mornings. You’ll then have breakfast, a morning class session followed by a break for lunch. In the afternoon you’ll have a class lecture, practicum, or clinic shift, ending in time for dinner. Some evenings you’ll go into the city of Pune to support Vasant Lad in his clinic there. You’ll have the weekends free. The daily schedule at VIOA varies slightly program to program. 

    Will I have the opportunity to see India while I am there?

    While there, you’ll have the opportunity to go on excursions together to visit local temples, join in festivities and celebrations, enjoy the markets, etc. Aside from organized activities, you have the weekends free to rest, relax, travel, and explore.

    Who attends these programs? How big is the class size?

    People come from all over the world to study with Vasant Lad in India, from all different backgrounds and experience of Ayurveda. Class size is limited to 16 people to create an intimate, close knit community.

    The Vasanta Institute of Ayurveda, East of Pune

    Participants of the Pune Gurukula Program reside at the new Vasanta Institute of Ayurveda. The center is about a one-hour drive from Pune, India near Uruli Kanchan. It accommodates 16 students, in double-occupancy rooms. Each room has a private bathroom that is shared with a roommate.

    This program is offered by The Ayurvedic Institute, Albuquerque, NM, USA in collaboration with The Vasanta Institute of Ayurveda, Pune, India.