About the Ayurvedic Institute

Let Ayurveda Change Your Whole Life

Become Healthy, Happy and Balanced
Enjoy Life to Its Fullest
Maximize Your Own Unique Potential
through the Secrets of this Ancient Science


Ayurveda, the science of life, has brought true health and wellness to millions of individuals throughout the ages with simple changes in daily living practices. Incorporating just a few of these proven methods into your lifestyle can bring about radical changes in your life.

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This ancient art of healing has been practiced continuously for over 5,000 years. The principles of many natural healing systems now familiar in the West, such as Homeopathy and Polarity Therapy, have their roots in Ayurveda. Ayurvedic practices restore the balance and harmony of the individual, resulting in self-healing, good health and longevity.

Our Purpose

The Ayurvedic Institute is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that teaches the principles and practices of Ayurveda, the ancient science of life. We provide authentic education in a supportive environment that encourages the integration of Ayurveda by individuals into their daily living and by health care professionals into their clinical practices.

Educational Philosophy

Ayurveda is a healing art and a science. Descending from Charaka, Sushruta, and Vagbhata, it is one of apprenticeship in which the student learns from the teacher, who shares knowledge and experiences to assist the student in developing a conceptual framework and fundamental working knowledge.

The Ayurvedic Institute reflects the teaching traditions of ancient India. This tradition emphasizes the oral transmission of knowledge by being present with the teacher. It is taught, as the Vedic tradition emphasizes, with practical examples and stories, keeping the integral aspects of the body, mind, and spiritual components intact. It requires soul searching, faith, and trust without proof or guarantee. In its traditional form, the student is expected to trust the teacher to present the subjects in the manner the teacher feels are appropriate.

For each of us to develop as practitioners, experiencing this tradition and all its components helps to expand our inner awareness.


The integration of Ayurveda with modern medicine, yoga, Jyotish (Vedic astrology), other healing disciplines, and the individual Self to bring about total health, awareness, and harmony.
It is the dream of Vasant Lad and the goal of the Ayurvedic Institute to be able to offer a complete program of Ayurvedic study. This program would be similar in content to that taught in the traditional Ayurvedic colleges in India.


The Ayurvedic Institute was founded in 1984 in Santa Fe, New Mexico, as a 501(c)(3) educational, non-profit corporation. The Articles of Incorporation, By-Laws and Board meeting minutes are open to inspection by any interested person with sufficient advance notice. The Institute is governed by a Board of Directors and corporate officers, whose directives are carried out by Institute staff members.

Board Members

Vasant Lad, BAMS, MASc
Ayurvedic Physician
Chairman of the Board

Sharon Scaltrito

Dr. Michael Stone, DC, DABCI

Susan (Radhe) Pfau
Board Member

Harish Raichada
Board Member


"Ayurveda is beyond beginning and ending. A science of eternal healing, it is compared to a vast ocean, and studying Ayurveda to swimming across. A true teacher can teach one how to swim, but the swimming is up to the student; …it is a lifelong journey."

Charaka Samhita
Chapter Thirty



The Ayurvedic Institute
At this location since 1986, The Ayurvedic Institute is in the foothills of northeast Albuquerque with a view of the beautiful Sandia Mountains. Our three buildings total over 12,500 square feet. The primary building at 11311 Menaul Blvd NE is a passive solar structure, housing the administrative offices, the bookstore, the herb department, the downstairs library, lounge and student kitchen and the main classroom of approximately 1,200 square feet, accommodating up to 60 students.

The Panchakarma Department located adjacent to the main office provides the traditional cleansing therapies of Ayurveda for up to 10 clients per week. Our second building at 11401 Menaul Blvd NE houses our student clinic, education department, and publishing department. The third building is our newest addition located at 11405 Menaul Blvd NE that houses our new classroom, Ayuryoga studio, and seminar locations.

Our facilities include:
Administrative Offices
Herb Department
Retail Store providing Ayurvedic lifestyle products, books, tapes, etc.
Two large classrooms, accommodating up to 80 students
Panchakarma Department, servicing up to 10 clients per week
Large Ayuryoga® studio
Publishing Department
Instructor Offices
Permanent staff of approximately 50 people


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