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Ayurvedic Studies Programs

The Ayurvedic Institute:
Leading Ayurveda school in the West

The Ayurvedic Institute is a school committed to providing the highest quality training programs to support its students in becoming competent and confident Ayurvedic clinicians and practitioners. The Ayurvedic Institute is a highly respected school whose mission is to ‘heal all beings through Ayurveda’. 

It is known that many and most paths of Ayurveda lead back to Vasant Lad, BAM&S, MASc and his school, The Ayurvedic Institute. We have now graduated over 40 classes of Level 1, 2, and 3. Over the years, thousands of students have passed through its classrooms and gone on to spread the healing message of Ayurveda all over the world.

Whether you’re looking to deepen your knowledge as a means to support your own healing or you’re interested in an Ayurveda Certification, we would love to be a part of your journey!

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Your Journey Starts Here: The Ayurvedic Studies Programs


Full-Time & Part-Time programs available that grant an Ayurvedic Health Counselor certificate


Full-Time program that grants an Ayurvedic Practitioner certificate


A two-year Full-Time program that grants an Ayurvedic Doctorate certificate

Take Classes Online & In-Person

Learning Mediums

All of our programs are conducted in a live-study and live-lecture format. What does this mean? Well, all of our classes are synchronous. This means that there are no pre-recorded classes or self-paced study options. Our programs are offered both in a fully in-person setting or a hybrid setting.

In-Person Studies:

You’re choosing to be present in the class with your teachers and classmates. This is the most traditional method of learning and education. Be present with the material, community, and campus! Our classes are packed with hands-on engagement opportunities. 

Hybrid Studies:

You’re choosing to still be present in the class with your teachers and classmates, but just virtually. You’ll login from your computer at home and engage via a video platform. This route is great for those who are not able to transition to Asheville for an extended period of time. Please note that all individuals looking to study in a hybrid format must complete a required set of in-person classroom hours. These hours are predetermined by the Education Team and are available via an Admissions Counselor.

Full-Time and Part-Time Trainings

Our first level is offered in both full-time and part-time formats. We understand that not everyone can take 1-2 years off from life and commit to a full-time program. 

All of our classes for all 3 levels run Monday-Friday anywhere from 8am-6pm ET. 

If you choose: 

  • Full-Time Studies: your studies will last from September-June for a 10-month period following the above class schedule. 
  • Part-Time Studies: your studies will be spread out over 2 years. You get to choose which classes you take in which year. The classes will still take place at the same time as the standard classes on the class schedule for ASP1 . 

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Get Your Ayurvedic Practitioner Certification With Us

The Ayurvedic Institute gives its students the unique opportunity to learn directly with world-renowned teacher and practitioner of Ayurveda, Vasant Lad, BAMS, MA&Sc. Vasant Lad is the director and principal instructor for all program offerings. Having founded The Ayurvedic Institute over four decades ago, his uniquely compassionate vision continues to shape the educational philosophy, program offerings, and curriculum. All of the other teachers and faculty members at the school have studied under Vasant Lad and are devoted to preserving his lineage.

By choosing to study with us, you will gain a depth of knowledge of the Science of Life that our program affords. We encourage our students to manage their other responsibilities such as work and family life, so that they are able to dedicate this significant time and attention to their studies and make the most of this amazing time in their lives!

Honoring the traditional roots of Ayurveda​

Our school preserves the traditional aspects of Ayurveda, while making it applicable to our modern-day context. Students find moments of grounding and centering before each class, Sanskrit is taught to all students, and we start and end class with Sanskrit chants to honor this Divine Knowledge and Wisdom. 

Learning, living and walking together on the path of Ayurveda​

We love our students! Studying and living closely with other students will enable you to truly embody the principles of Ayurveda whilst also building a community that will continue to guide and support you well beyond the duration of the course. Every year, we welcome many beautiful souls from across the world and watch beautiful relationships form, with powerful experiences of the discovery of Ayurveda and personal growth at their core.

Study in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains

The Ayurvedic Institute is located in Asheville, North Carolina; a beautiful and vibrant town. Nestled in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, opportunities to be immersed in nature abound. The great elements at the core of Ayurveda are beautifully represented here with pure mountain air, clear water in the many creeks, rivers and waterfalls as well as lush vegetation and fertile soil. Within an hour’s drive of Asheville, you’ll find world class hiking, with the Mountains to Sea trail and Appalachian trail passing directly through town as well as many lakes, mountains and biking options nearby.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Ayurvedic Institute is now located in Asheville, North Carolina. Nestled in the Blue Ridge and Appalachian mountains, the environment promotes the Ayurvedic healing principles at the heart of our curriculum. Students enjoy the thriving, creative culture of this beautiful town as well as the ample opportunities to be immersed in nature.

Our school runs on a trimesterly schedule from September through June.

Yes! We offer a range of payment plans for our students and some partial scholarships and grants. Please visit our student resources page for more information.

Start your application

Applications are due on August 10. But why wait? Apply now and start your journey

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