Ayurvedic Studies Program, Level 1
The Ayurvedic Studies Program, Level 1 (ASP1), is the foundation of the educational programs offered at The Ayurvedic Institute. Students acquire a thorough understanding of the principles and practices of Ayurvedic diet and lifestyle, Sanskrit, Ayuryoga, anatomy and physiology, and client relationships. ASP1 is also considered a time to increase self-awareness, self-nurturance, community building, and rigorous study of Ayurvedic knowledge and practices. In each week of this program, an estimated 50-60 hours is dedicated to lecture, class, study, and practice including applied application outside of the classroom.
Please Note: this program is available for both in person and online study
There are two ways to participate in ASP1
1. Ayurvedic Studies Program Level 1
ASP1 trains you to have the ability to assess and address general imbalance within the constitutional framework of the Ayurvedic paradigm.
Ayurveda is unparalleled in its ability to give specific recommendations appropriate for the individual. As a student in our Level 1 Program, you will give diet and lifestyle recommendations to support your clients move towards greater health and well-being.
You will learn the foundational theory of Ayurveda, practice assessment techniques, apply these in practical hands-on ways with extensive feedback from faculty, and acquire a diverse repertoire of simple and profound recommendations to support your clients.
2. Audit Track
This is intended for students focused on their own personal enrichment and who are not looking to develop a professional practice of Ayurveda. Audit Track students take all of the same classes as the Professional Track students. Audit Track students are under the same standards and guidelines for attendance. They do not receive assessments; for example, they do not take exams or receive grades.
Our ASP1 program runs from September through June. Our classes are designed to complement and build upon each other and are the place where you and your classmates will learn both with and from each other. To foster continuity and community there is a set curriculum and schedule everyone follows.
Ayurvedic Studies Program, Level 2
The second year of the Ayurvedic Studies Program builds upon ASP1 with an emphasis on increasing depth and breadth of knowledge and application in a clinical setting. Graduates are competent in a scope of practice that includes being able to assess an individual’s unique constitution and elements of physiological imbalance according to dosha, agni, ama, gati, and srotas.
Graduates of ASP2 are able to create recommendations using dietary, lifestyle and contemplative practices along with customized herbal protocols and Ayurvedic treatments to encourage healing and a lifestyle in balance with nature. They will also be able to work with other healthcare professionals to develop recommendations and implement treatments for clients with established pathologies.
Please Note: this program is available for both in person and online study.
2. Audit Track
Through ASP2 you build upon your understanding of ASP1 to expand the depth and breadth of your knowledge, application, and Ayurvedic practice.
IIn ASP2 you gain a more thorough understanding of Ayurvedic theory with emphasis on how imbalance develops, root cause, contributing factors, disease process, and treatment. This understanding is an integrated approach. During ASP2 you refine your ability to understand the nature of imbalance as it manifests within an individual through developing the use of known srotamsi assessment techniques and learning additional techniques.
ASP2 expands the treatment methods available to you in practice. You build upon the understanding of food as medicine to learn how to use Ayurvedic herbs in an Ayurvedic practice and to build customized herbals formulas for clients. You’ll learn various hands-on body therapy treatments and expand your use of yoga practices like pranayama (breathing techniques), mantra (chanting), and mudra (specific arrangements of the hands).
ASP2 is oriented towards daily application of Ayurvedic principles and theory from all paradigms. All your learning becomes grounded in application during your weekly Ayurvedic practicum, observation opportunities with Vasant Lad, MASc, and case reviews with senior practitioners. ASP2 is a comprehensive training program with classroom and supervised practicum time.
Ayurvedic Studies Program, Level 3
ASP3 trains its students to strengthen practical experience through dedicated observation and practice and explore the integrative approach.
Geared towards an experiential learning environment, the student furthers understanding of Ayuryoga® in a clinic setting, learns the nuances of Ayurvedic therapies in a panchakarma setting, and creates personal relationships with herbs through farming and formulations—all of which culminates in their thesis project.
“Feeling the pulse is an art. Awareness should be passive and one should let that awareness act upon the mind… to use a machine as a diagnostic tool is alright to quantify perception, but to qualify perception requires the sensitivity of the human fingers. Use the tips of the fingers to feel the nature or gati of the pulse and bear in mind the three basic pulses.” – Vasant Lad, BAM&S, MASc