The Ayurvedic Studies Studies Certificate Program

Our Ayurvedic Studies Program is 1500 hours of total classroom time.

The Ayurvedic Institute is the oldest Ayurvedic school in the Unites States and is highly-respected around the world. Steeped in Vedic tradition, our Ayurvedic Studies Program (ASP), now in its 32nd year, is a full-time immersive journey into Ayurveda. Our ASP1 graduates (first year students) graduate as certified Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultants and our ASP2 graduates (second year students) graduate as certified Ayurvedic Health Practitioners, having completed a significant number of supervised clinical hours in our on-campus clinic. Graduates of ASP2 have the option of participating in our Graduate Clinical Internship. By choosing to study here, you will have the unique opportunity to learn with Vasant Lad, BAM&S, MASc, world-renowned scholar and consummate practitioner of Ayurveda, and the rest of our distinguished faculty.

In Ayurveda, body, mind and consciousness work together in maintaining balance; they are simply viewed as different facets of one’s being. To learn balance requires an understanding of that integration. As such, our Ayurvedic Studies Program is designed to support our students in their own self-healing so they can support others in theirs. Our students often say that they have experienced powerful growth and transformation,


not only from an academic and professional training perspective, but also on a deeply personal level. The program is academically rigorous and the number of hours students spend inside and outside the classroom far exceed a traditional university load. This is an intensive, sacred learning journey that simultaneously includes chanting, pujas, flash cards, study groups, memorization, and both written and oral examinations. We encourage students to co-create social opportunities together and to apply what they learn in class to all aspects of their lives from their diets and daily routines to their relationships and interactions with others. It is a journey that has the support of a fabulous, very committed faculty, staff, and student body. The complete immersion into Ayurveda combined with hard work and community-mindedness allows for deep assimilation of the knowledge of Ayurveda into the mind, body, and spirit.

ASP1 and ASP2 run concurrently from October to June of each year. The academic year is divided into three, 10-week trimesters, each followed by a break. This school year commences with a mandatory orientation that begins on October 3, 2016 for ASP1 and on October 6 for ASP2. Many of our students have the opportunity to serve in our seminars and weekend intensives in a work-study arrangement or simply to participate at reduced cost; some of those opportunities take place in June and July. The Ayurvedic Institute is a National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA) member school and has been recognized as providing professional training at the professional membership level. Our Ayurvedic Studies Program, Levels 1 and 2, meet the requirements of the Ayurvedic Health Counselor and Ayurvedic Practitioner levels respectively.

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. In addition, we have unique continuing education opportunities for alumni.

Who Studies at The Ayurvedic Institute?

We are a diverse community of people who are committed to learning and living Ayurveda. Our continuing education and professional development students come from all over the world and participate in short on-campus programs, intensive multi-week programs, or online distance education courses. Some of them are looking for introductions to Ayurveda and others are experienced practitioners continuing to develop, refresh or expand their scope of practice. Our full-time certificate students have often made substantial life changes in order to study here! They have come here having practiced as medical doctors, career military professionals, farmers, IT professionals, yoga teachers, chiropractors, cooks, herbalists, nurses, philosophers, business executives, lawyers, accountants,


teachers, mothers, fathers, daughters, and sons. Our students come from a number of different states and countries and range in age from recent high school graduates to those in their 70s and 80s. This school is authorized under Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant students and we charge the same tuition for students coming from abroad as do for those who live locally. We also honor VA benefits for veterans and their dependents and, again, charge the same tuition whether people are using VA benefits or not. Our students are as varied as Ayurveda itself and are connected by a sincere commitment to learning authentic Ayurveda and the willingness to engage in a transformative personal and professional journey.


The immersive experience of studying at The Ayurvedic Institute brought with it not only knowledge of a vast healing tradition but a profound transformation on a personal level. Working closely for two years with classmates, faculty, and clients under the guidance of Vasant Lad is an opportunity to open both the mind and the heart, and to begin to develop the qualities of a healer in the truest sense of the word.

~ Uma J., ASP 1 & 2 Graduate

Ayurvedic Studies Program Academic Year Calendar

Ways to Study at The Ayurvedic Institute

There are many ways to study at The Ayurvedic Institute. A helpful way to think about it might be in two different containers: a full-time certificate program and introductory continuing education or professional development courses.

Our full-time certificate program takes place at our Albuquerque campus. It consists of three ten-week trimesters over a nine month academic year. There is the option to attend for one or two academic years depending on how you want to apply your learning. There are also additional Graduate Internship opportunities in our on campus clinic.

  Our introductory, continuing education and advanced professional development programs include a variety of ways to learn Ayurveda. For example, there are courses conducted online so people can study from a distance, on-campus seminars and intensives, which take place on campus for a weekend or a week at a time, and our six to eight week residential programs at our facility in Pune, India.
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