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The Ayurvedic Institute

The Ayurvedic Institute was founded in Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1984 by Vasant Lad, BAMS, MASc. Since 1986, the Institute was previously based in the high desert country of Albuquerque, New Mexico at the foot of the Sandia Mountains but moved to Asheville, North Carolina, in the fall of 2022 – to a new wellness campus in the heart of the the city.

At the Ayurvedic Institute, we teach traditional Ayurvedic Medicine to help heal and maintain the quality and longevity of life. As a science of self-healing, Ayurveda encompasses diet and nutrition, lifestyle, meditation, postures, breathing exercises and medical herbs along with cleansing and rejuvenation programs for healing body, mind, and spirit.

Our Education Programs draw students from around the world and from many professions and backgrounds. Students repeatedly express how transformational their time here is, highlighting the authenticity and depth of our offerings and the care and expertise of our faculty led by Vasant Lad, with his more than 40 years of experience. Whether students are here for a weekend or our two-year program, their experience is one of unfolding awareness and self-healing that supports them in their personal lives and professional practices.

Educational Philosophy

At The Ayurvedic Institute, the history, tradition, and wisdom of Āyurveda informs who we are and what we do as a school and as a community. These teachings define our educational philosophy, curriculum, and program design. We practice living the teachings of Āyurveda as we walk, share and explore the truth of Āyurveda together. Our educational philosophy is rooted in our Institute’s Mission of Healing All Beings Through Āyurveda. As an education team, we are committed to Bringing the Art and Science of Āyurveda to Life for our students. We do this in many aspects through the various programs that we offer

The Next Chapter of The Ayurvedic Institute

In the summer of 2022, The Ayurvedic Institute left its home in Albuquerque for a new adventure–one in the magical Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville, North Carolina. 

We are excited to realize Vasant Lad’s dream for a community centered around the principles and practices of Ayurveda. In settling and grounding down into Asheville, our roots have remained the same with our focus being the premiere Ayurvedic school in the world. Our campus hosts multiple classrooms, a beautiful student lounge and library, a new home for our Wellness shop, and an incredible Wellness clinic where our students are able to put their education into practice. 

We look forward to you joining us as we continue the great work of the Ayurvedic Institute!

“I feel such profound gratitude for New Mexico. When I first came to the United States from India in 1979, it was the people of New Mexico who came to me and said, “Please stay and teach us Ayurveda” and the Ayurvedic Institute was born. I love the people of New Mexico and this beautiful land that has been so good to us. But life is change, and now with great excitement, we look to plant the seeds of this next evolution of the Ayurvedic Institute in the mountains of North Carolina!

“I hope you will come visit us next fall in our new home in North Carolina. Come study Ayurveda with us. Come for healing, for growing. We look forward to being together in this beautiful land as we grow this next incarnation of our work.”

~ Vasant Lad BAM&S, MASc, founder and director of the Ayurvedic Institute

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