Through hands-on practice we learn to embody the richness and sacredness of Ayurvedic body therapies.

The Ayurvedic Institute’s Panchakarma Hands-On Practicum is an immersive, in-depth training where students learn to provide hands-on Ayurvedic body therapies that go beyond the technical elements of the procedures and into the space of moment-to-moment awareness.

Panchakarma Technician Program — Hands-on Ayurvedic Body Therapies

Even though this is not the year for travel, we offer you a synopsis of what the past training has been like with the descriptions from our 2019 courses.

We will NOT be offering these programs in the Fall season of 2020 for the safety of all: students, staff and clients. We encourage you to stay safe and take care of each other. We will keep you posted as our programs come to fruition.

The Ayurvedic Institute’s Panchakarma Therapist Training is an immersive, in-depth training offered at The Vasanta Institute of Ayurveda in Pune, India. In this training, you’ll learn about panchakarma from a traditional perspective, informed by Vasant Lad’s decades of experience, adapted for the modern context. In these studies, students learn to administer the Ayurvedic therapies that are part of a panchakarma protocol. During the training, you will administer treatments to panchakarma clients, supporting them during their process, while you learn along Vasant Lad and other support faculty.
This program offers the opportunity to experience the profound effect of Ayurvedic body therapies. As students in this program you will not only administer treatments to panchakarma clients, but to one another. It is the therapies that are the true teachers of this program; it is through them that the essence of Ayurveda is able to offer its wisdom and love.

As a therapist, we hold sacred space for transformation and healing to occur.

Being of service in a healing capacity offers an enormous opportunity for self-reflection, personal healing and professional growth. The program is designed to support students in gaining competency to perform Ayurvedic body therapies for the purpose of shodhana (cleansing measures) and shamana (palliative measure), and to support and help deliver panchakarma treatment program designed by an Ayurvedic Doctor or Ayurvedic Practitioner.
Panchakarma is such a beautiful teacher; all of the therapies have their own lessons.

—Monica S.

What to Expect

This program offers the opportunity to experience the profound effect of Ayurvedic body therapies. As students in this program you will not only administer treatments to panchakarma clients, but to one another. It is the therapies that are the true teachers of this program; it is through them that the essence of Ayurveda is able to offer its wisdom and love.

Join us in India for a one-of-a-kind small group, immersion training to uncover what the ancient therapies of Panchakarma have to teach you.

This program was created with Western standards in mind. While at the Vasanta Institue of Ayurveda, your needs for living an Ayurvedic lifestyle will be provided. Quality drinking water, fresh vegetarian meals, green space, and emotional and academic support are provided so you can focus all of your attention on your learning and transformation.
Certificate of Completion for contact hours is provided based on a participant’s attendance of all hours of class. The 2019 program was eligible for 28 PACE TIA credits from the National Ayurvedic Medical Association.
This program was created with Western standards in mind. While at the Vasanta Institue of Ayurveda, your needs for living an Ayurvedic lifestyle will be provided. Quality drinking water, fresh vegetarian meals, green space, and emotional and academic support are provided so you can focus all of your attention on your learning and transformation.

The Vasanta Institute of Ayurveda, East of Pune

Participants train at the new Vasanta Institute of Ayurveda. The center is about a one-hour drive from Pune, India near Uruli Kanchan. This program is offered by The Ayurvedic Institute, Albuquerque, NM, USA in collaboration with The Vasanta Institute of Ayurveda, Pune, India

Training in India FAQs

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. 

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. 

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.