Academic Catalog 2001 - 2002 Academic Year Table of Contents About The Ayurvedic Institute .................................................................... 1 Ayurveda Mission Educational Philosophy Goals Organization Board Members The Ayurvedic Institute Academic Programs ......................................................................................... 3 The Ayurvedic Studies Program The Gurukula Program The Pune, India Program The Jyotish Courses The Ayurvedic Correspondence Course Seminars and Intensives Faculty Admission and Registration ...................................................................... 14 Equal Opportunity Policy Admission Policy Admission Requirements Application Procedure Foreign Student Information Accreditation, Recognition Tuition and Fees .............................................................................................15 Registration, Payment and Refund Policies Discount Policies Financial Aid, Work-study Veterans Administration Benefits Program Tuition and Fees Academic Policies ...........................................................................................17 Examinations, Grading and Certificates Student Records Attendance and Course Requirements Auditing Student Conduct Student Complaints Student Services ............................................................................................19 Student Assistance, Special Services Housing Estimated Student Expenses Life in Albuquerque Employment Opportunities About the Ayurvedic Institute Ayurveda Ayurveda is a Sanskrit word that means ―the science of life.‖ It is an ancient art of healing that has been practiced continuously throughout India for over 5,000 years. Ayurveda is probably the oldest authentically recorded healing science in existence today and includes yoga philosophy and integration of the body, mind and consciousness. The principles of many natural healing systems now familiar in the West, such as Homeopathy and Polarity Therapy, have their roots in Ayurveda. Ayurveda looks at every person as a unique individual. It seeks to understand and to correct imbalances and to restore the innate intelligence and harmony of the person. It gives us the insight to understand individual constitution and to create balance within and around us. Mission The mission of the Ayurvedic Institute is to teach Ayurveda, the science of life, utilizing a traditional Vedic approach including the sister disciplines of Sanskrit, Yoga and Jyotisha. The teaching style is from an oral tradition, and one of apprenticeship, in which the student learns with the teacher who shares knowledge and experiences that assist the student in developing a conceptual framework and fundamental working knowledge of Ayurveda. Our aim is to expose the student to Ayurvedic principles and practices that, when integrated into the lifestyle, bring peace and balance to the body, mind and soul. The traditional Vedic style utilized is based on personal growth through spirituality. The Institute is committed to providing an environment in which the student can find the freedom to learn and make choices that promote self healing and bring the individual into balance with the universe in which he or she lives. Educational Philosophy “A wise person desiring to become a physician should first examine the system being taught, its authenticity, completeness and applicability. Thereafter, one should examine the teacher. The teacher should possess a deep understanding of the theoretical and practical aspects of the science, have extensive experience in practice, be skillful, friendly, pure, compassionate, fatherly to students, and capable of infusing understanding. Having decided, approached the teacher with respect and been accepted, a student should engage in study seriously; wake up early, finish morning routines and spiritual practices; pay respect to saints, sages, preceptors, elders, the teacher and all beings. The student should then make efforts to comprehend, clearly express, and discuss the knowledge by studying the information already acquired, entering deeply in contemplation in order to completely understand the meaning and the applications...‖ -Charaka Samhita, Vimanasthanam, Chapter Eight Ayurveda is both a healing art and science. As much as is practical in the West, The Ayurvedic Institute reflects the teaching traditions of ancient India. This tradition emphasizes being present with the teacher and the oral transmission of knowledge. It is taught with the integral aspects of the body, mind and spiritual components intact, along with practical examples and stories. This kind of relationship is unusual for Westerners. It usually requires soul searching, faith and trust without proof or guarantee. In its traditional form, the student is expected to trust the teacher as to what, when and how to teach the subjects the teacher feels are appropriate. For each of us to develop as healers, experiencing this tradition and all its components helps us to expand our inner awareness. While this model may be something we aspire to, it can be demanding and difficult for many to accept in practice. It can also be incredibly rewarding, often in retrospect. The Vedic tradition emphasizes being present with the teacher and the transmission of knowledge orally. Students in the West are more accustomed to learning visually. Practically, we encourage students to give as much attention to the teacher as possible and as little to your note taking as you are comfortable with. Although personalized lecture notes are an important vehicle for learning and integration, students might want to review and add to their notes outside of the actual lecture. “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, Sutrasthana, Chapter Thirty Goals It is the dream of Dr. Lad and the goal of The Ayurvedic Institute to be able to offer a complete program of Ayurvedic study. This program will be similar in content to that taught in the traditional Ayurvedic colleges in India. Dr. Lad began teaching Ayurveda in this country over 20 years ago. Interest in Ayurveda is noticeably increasing. The challenge that confronts the Institute is to anticipate this new demand and expand our offerings in a way that stays within the financial obligations of the Institute, serves the needs of new students and moves the Institute towards the eventual goal of an Ayurvedic college. Organization 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 Dr. Vasant Lad, MASc. Rick Knott, Attorney Sharon Scaltrito Dr. Michael Stone, DC Ayurvedic Physician Vice-Chairman of the Board RN, BSN, MBA Chiropractor Chairman of the Board Vice-President Secretary President Treasurer 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 two buildings total 9,500 square feet. The primary building at 11311 Menaul Blvd. NE is a brick and metal, passive solar structure. Suites A and B hold the Administrative Offices, the Herb Department and the downstairs classroom. Suite C contains the main classroom and is approximately 1,200 square feet accommodating up to 60 students. The Panchakarma Department, located in Suites D and E, provides the traditional cleansing therapies of Ayurveda for up to 10 clients per week. Our recently acquired, second building next door houses a new yoga studio and additional office space. Academic Programs The Ayurvedic Studies Program The 2001-2002 Ayurvedic Studies Program consists of 720 to 735 hours of classroom time, depending upon the electives chosen. It is divided into three, 10-week quarters. The school year begins on October 8 with a mandatory week of orientation. The first quarter begins October 15 and continues until December 21, with a two week Christmas/New Year’s break. The second quarter extends from January 7 through March 15 followed by a one week spring break. The third quarter begins March 25 and ends May 31, followed by two weeks of oral exams with graduation ceremonies on Friday evening, June 14. A series of videotape lectures by Dr. Lad is presented in the first quarter of the Ayurvedic Studies Program. Dr. Lad’s advanced Gurukula students will teach the Ayurvedic curriculum along with the video programs. This portion of the Ayurvedic Studies Program is a time of intensive study. Students will acquire a firm foundation in Ayurveda, Sanskrit, AYURYOGA, and anatomy and physiology enabling Dr. Lad to teach in more depth and to greater student comprehension in the second and third quarters. Attendance of the full 31 weeks is required to receive a certificate of completion. The Ayurvedic Studies Program is the foundation of the educational programs offered at the Institute. It is designed as a thorough introduction to the medical science of Ayurveda for lay persons and medical professionals. The program is likely to be a challenge for the layperson. While a background in anatomy and physiology, biology, and medical terminology are quite helpful, the required anatomy and physiology course work supports the layperson’s comprehension. Additionally, there are many Sanskrit terms and new concepts in this program. The first quarter covers basic principles and concepts. The second quarter addresses Ayurvedic philosophy, nutrition, the causes and progress of imbalance and disease and client assessment. The third quarter examines Ayurvedic management, treatment and rejuvenation. Ayurvedic Studies I Introduction to Theory Orientation/Vedic Philosophy. Brief introduction to Sankhya theory and the gunas as an expression of consciousness; Dinacharya (daily routine); Gunas (universal attributes) and doshic theory (functional principles in biologic systems). Vata dosha (the air principle), its subtypes, and the effects when increased and decreased. Pitta dosha (the fire principle), its subtypes, and the effects when increased and decreased. Kapha dosha (the earth principle), its subtypes, and the effects when increased and decreased. Prakruti (balance). Vikruti (imbalance). The concept of Agni, its subtypes, and the six tastes and the process of digestion. Introduction to Dhatus, (bodily tissues); Introduction to the seven dhatus and transformation of the dhatus: rasa (plasma), rakta (blood), mamsa (muscle), meda (fat), asthi (bone), majja (nerve) and shukra/artava (reproductive) tissues. Introduction to the functional and subtle systems of the body; the concept of Srotas, the functional systems of the body, ojas, tejas and prana (the subtle refined essences of the tissues), and spirituality in daily life and the aims of life: dharma, artha, kama and moksha. Ayurvedic Studies II Introduction to Philosophy and Theory Sankhya philosophy and shad darshan, (six philosophies of life). The Ayurvedic concept of health: Prakruti (physical constitution) and Vikruti (disorders), Manas Prakruti (mental constitution) and Manas Vikruti (mental disorders). Ayurvedic Nutrition Nutrition and the Functional Relationship between Srotas and Dhatus: prana (air), ambu (water) and anna (food) vaha srotas, rasa (plasma), rakta (blood), mamsa (muscle), meda (fat), asthi (bone), majja (nervous) and shukra/artava (reproductive) vaha srotas, sweda (sweat), mutra (urine) and purisha (feces) vaha srotas, mano (mind) vaha srotas, and ojas, tejas and prana (the subtle refined essences of the tissues). Digestion and assimilation, agni (jathar agni, bhuta agni, dhatu agni, cellular agni), rasa (taste), virya (energy), vipak (post-digestive effect), and prabhava. Ayurvedic Pathogenesis and Etiology Nidana-Panchakam, nidanam (etiology), purva-rupa (prodromal symptoms), rupa (cardinal signs and symptoms), upashay (suitability), samprapti (pathogenesis), and dosha gati. Introduction to Ayurvedic Assessment Trividha pariksha (methods of acquiring information), academic, direct perception and inference, prashna (questioning), darshan (observation), sparshan (tactile perception). Ashtavidha pariksha (eight-fold examination), nadi (pulse), jihva (tongue), shabda (voice), sparsha (palpation), drig (eyes), akruti (form), mutra (urine), mala (feces). Marmas (Ayurvedic energy points). Ayurvedic Studies III Introduction to Ayurvedic Management Chikitsa (managing disorders utilizing various methods). Sapta shamanam (seven palliative measures). Shodhan (panchakarma cleansing measures), purvakarma, pradhanakarma (panchakarma), paschyatkarma, rasayana. General management of vata. General management of pitta. General management of kapha. Rugna patrakam (client assessment form). Diseases with examples of nidana (etiology), samprapti (pathology), and chikitsa (treatment). Practicum and individual case study. General Class Information The 2001–2002 Ayurvedic Studies Program consists of approximately 735 contact hours and requires a commitment of dedicated study on the student’s part. With 22 to 26.5 hours per week in class, quarterly test requirements, studying and some outside assignments, students find themselves becoming fully engrossed in study throughout the entire year. Many new concepts, which sometimes require major shifts in typical ways of thinking for most westerners, are presented in the short space of nine months. Most students find that to integrate these new concepts requires much time spent in patient study outside of class. Classes are offered Monday through Friday in the mornings, afternoons and evenings. Hard-working students have found that it is possible to work part-time while doing this, but the time they are able to give to anything other than study, class, and work is very limited. The current schedule allows for Ayurvedic Studies students to design their individual class schedules so that they can work in the mornings and Gurukula students can work in the afternoons and evenings. There are additional yoga classes offered on Saturdays. Occasionally there are classes scheduled on Saturdays and Sundays for special events. The Ayurvedic Studies Certificate program this year is divided into a core curriculum and electives. Required core curriculum classes consist of approximately 670 class hours and include Ayurveda, Sanskrit, Anatomy and Physiology, and Yoga. There are an additional 50 to 65 class hours of electives required in the Certificate program. These may be made up from Yoga, Herbology, Ayurvedic Ancient texts and Meditation. The tuition covers the core curriculum and the 50 to 65 hours of electives. If a student wishes to take more than 65 hours of electives, there will be additional tuition fees. If a student chooses the Jyotish Foundation Course to satisfy the electives requirement, the Certificate program tuition will make a contribution of $534 towards the price of the Jyotish course. The hours of this course fulfill all of the elective requirements and no additional elective courses may be taken without incurring additional tuition costs. Part of the purpose of Orientation Week is for the students to evaluate and choose their course electives. There are a few books and texts that are required for the program that are available in our bookstore. The costs for these books are in addition to your tuition. Examples of these are anatomy and physiology and yoga. Depending upon electives chosen, the cost for these required books is $300 to $400. Other books are nice to have but we do not require them to be purchased, such as the Ayurvedic classic texts. These are available in our student library, although they may not be removed from the building. The 2001–2002 academic year begins on Monday night, October 8 at 6:00 PM. This first week is in addition to the regular 30 weeks of classes and will provide you with essential information about the school, instructors, course times, requirements, expectations, and options. The class times for this week are in the evenings from 6:00 to 9:00 only, in order to leave students the days to get settled in. Staff will be available during the daytime for any questions. Ayurvedic Studies Program Course Calendar Ayur vedi c Stud ies I, Fall 2001 October 8 Orientation October 15 First day of class November 22-25 Thanksgiving break December 17 Take-home exam distributed December 21 Last day of class Dec. 22 - Jan. 6 Winter Break January 7 Take-home exam due Ayur vedi c Stud ies II, Win ter 2002 January 7 First day of class March 8 Take-home exam distributed (ASP II, Winter 2002 continued) March 15 Last day of class March 16 - 24 Spring Break March 25 Take-home exam due Ayurvedic Studies III, Spring 2002 March 25 First day of class May 17 Take-home exam distributed May 27 Institute closed for holiday; no classes May 31 Take-home exam due May 31 Last day of class June 3 - 14 Oral exams June 14 Evening graduation Class Times 1st Quarter 2nd Quarter 3rd Quarter Anatomy and Physiology Course Information The material presented in the Anatomy and Physiology (A & P) course is a foundation for the Ayurvedic Studies Program (ASP) classes. Dr. Lad presents many technical and medical terms in his evening classes, and so it is important that all students are aware of and understand the material presented in the Anatomy and Physiology course. All Ayurvedic Studies Program students who are working toward a certificate are required to pass the exams given in the A & P course. However, any student who has a working knowledge of Anatomy and Physiology may apply for exemption from attendance of class. This working knowledge may be evidenced by 1) professional work in the field as a physician; 2) a college level course in Anatomy & Physiology taken within the last two years or 3) other related knowledge or experience. If you feel you are eligible for exemption and you do not wish to attend the class or complete the self-study course, you may request a waiver application from the instructor. If approved, it will waive your attendance and written exam requirements but you will still be responsible for the level of knowledge taught in this course. Some elements of this course work are covered during the oral exam. Every student may want to consider taking the A & P course, even as review. Sanskrit The vast and profound literature of the ancient Indian culture is recorded in the Sanskrit language. Sanskrit at the Ayurvedic Institute is taught with the aim of preparing the student to gain personal access to the classical literature of Ayurveda and Vedic studies. Certificate students of the Ayurvedic Studies and Gurukula Programs are required to attend and successfully complete the Sanskrit course and are tested at the end of the year to assess their learning. It is essential that students spend some time each day outside of class studying and reviewing material presented in class so as to develop the study habits so crucial to learning this beautifully subtle and orderly language. Presentation of the language is systematic and cumulative. Moving ahead requires mastering the fundamentals step-by-step at a pace that is challenging and stimulating to the mind. Most students find themselves being drawn into the study of Sanskrit as their growing concentration and clarity of mind allows them to enter into the body and spirit of the original texts. Proficiency in Sanskrit is essential when the student chooses to pursue advanced study at the Ayurvedic Institute. Yoga The purpose of the AYURYOGA Course is to enrich the understanding of Ayurveda through the practice of Hatha Yoga, and to understand the effects that yoga has upon doshic imbalance. The course is designed to assist and inspire those wishing to develop a home practice, and enhance and deepen the understanding of those who are already accomplished yogis and yoginis. The classes will cover Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation) and Chandra Namaskar (Moon Salutation), approximately thirty basic asanas (postures), various levels of pranayama (breathing practices), restorative postures and dhyana (meditation). Special Course classes for learning about vata, pitta and kapha with respect to yoga are taught as well as other aspects of Ayurveda as they relate to and are found in yoga. Introduction to the Yoga Sutras of Patañjali, mudras (symbols) and bandhas (locks) are also taught. Students are required to attend the course classes and one yoga practice class per week, and will be tested at the end of the year for both their intellectual and practical understanding of Yoga. Day Monday 10 - 11:30 am Sanskrit1 Sanskrita 1 - 3 pm A & P Class A & P Class A & P Class 3:30 - 5 pm Sanskrit Sanskrit Sanskrit 6:00 8 or 9 pm2 Introduction to Ayurveda Introduction to Ayurveda Introduction to Ayurveda Tuesday 10 am 12 pm Yoga Course Classa 1 2:30 pm Yoga Sutras Ancient Texts 1c 3 - 5 pm Yoga Course Class Yoga Teacher Training3 Yoga Teacher Trainingc 6:00 8 or 9 pm Introduction to Ayurveda Introduction to Ayurveda Introduction to Ayurveda Wednesday 10 am 12 pm Sanskrita Sanskrita 1 - 3 pm Sanskrit Sanskrit Sanskrit 6 8 or 9 pm Introduction to Ayurveda Introduction to Ayurveda Introduction to Ayurveda Thursday 10 am 12 pm Yoga Course Classa 1 2:30 pm Meditationc Ayurvedic Herbologyc Ayurvedic Herbologyc 3 - 5 pm Yoga Course Class Yoga Teacher Training Yoga Therapeutics 6:00 8 or 9 pm Herbal Preparationsb Introduction to Ayurveda Introduction to Ayurveda Friday 8 - 9:30 am Ancient Texts 2c 10 am 12 pm Sanskrita Sanskrita 1 2:30 pm Review Session Review Session Review Session 3 - 5 pm Sanskrit Sanskrit Sanskrit Ayurvedic Studies Program Weekly Calendar, October 16 through June 1, 2002 The Gurukula Program The Gurukula Program offers an opportunity for students to continue their Ayurvedic studies. It was developed in response to Dr. Lad’s wish to teach advanced students, as well as students’ wishes to continue their education in Ayurveda. Over the years, it continues to develop into a more formal academic program with a certificate option that has some fairly rigorous requirements for completion. However, the main objective of this program is simply to allow students to spend more time with Dr. Lad once they complete the Ayurvedic Studies Program. In this program, Dr. Lad makes a commitment to individually selected students to teach what he has learned in 30 years of teaching and clinical practice. In return, he requires a commitment on the part of the serious, dedicated student to learn, present and practice Ayurveda in a manner consistent with the principles and practices of Dr. Lad and the Ayurvedic Institute. As in the traditional form of this relationship, our Gurukula students are expected to trust Dr. Lad as to what, when and how to teach the subjects that he feels are appropriate. Therefore, although we offer specific academic courses in this program, Dr. Lad is not obligated to teach anything except what he feels is appropriate for the students’ level of academic, ethical, and spiritual understanding. Dr. Lad and the Institute do not consider this lightly, and neither should the prospective student. The prospective student should also understand that the time that Dr. Lad can devote to this program is limited. 1 When Sanskrit and/or Yoga Course Classes are offered twice on the same day, students may attend either class. However, they must attend at least one of each class. 2 In the first quarter, Introduction to Ayurveda is from 6 to 8 pm, Monday - Wednesday, and Herbal Preparations is from 6 to 8 pm on Thurs day. In the second and third quarters, Introduction to Ayurveda is from 6 to 9 pm, Monday - Thursday. 3 These classes are elective classes and attendance of these depends on which elective track each student chooses. To be considered for the Gurukula Program, there is a strong set of prerequisites. These are a thorough understanding and working knowledge of the material in the Ayurvedic Studies Program, of human anatomy and physiology, and a solid understanding of the material presented in the Sanskrit course. Part of being a Gurukula student includes working with traditional Ayurvedic texts. There is a formal application and an oral entrance examination, where Dr. Lad and his staff determine whether the student has the basic prerequisites. A student, even if he or she possesses the basic prerequisite knowledge, is not automatically accepted into the program, nor does graduation from the Ayurvedic Studies Program automatically entitle one to be accepted. Each prospective student is individually considered. The Gurukula Program offers a Certificate of Completion. There are two components to receiving a Certificate of Completion. 1) Regular required attendance of the following classes: Dr. Lad’s morning classes Monday through Thursday, the two advanced Sanskrit classes each week, the two Gurukula yoga classes each week and a course that directly examines the ancient Ayurvedic texts and 2) an oral examination with Dr. Lad and Institute staff at the end of the year. Successful completion of both these components results in a certificate of completion. Although it is possible for a student to pass the oral exam after only one year of Gurukula, it more commonly requires two years of study. It is still possible for students of the Gurukula Program to audit Dr. Lad’s morning classes. No certificate of completion is available to auditing students. If you are interested in this program, please contact us for the most recent information. Gurukula Program Course Calendar Gurukula, Winter-Spring 2002 January 7 First day of class March 15Last day of class March 16 - 24Spring Break March 25Class Resumes May 31Last day of class June 3 - 14Oral Exams June 14Evening Graduation The Pune, India Programs We are pleased to announce that Dr. Lad and the Institute have initiated a course of advanced study in Dr. Lad’s home city of Pune, India. The first program began in November 1999. The next course takes place in the Fall of 2001 from November 5 through December 13 with a few of Dr. Lad’s advanced students. Attendance of the Fall 2001 program is by invitation only. If you are interested in this, please contact the Institute for details. We do not offer a certificate program in India yet but intend to have an extensive academic program there in the years to come. Fund raising plans are underway to purchase land and begin construction of an Ayurvedic Center including educational and clinical facilities in this area of India. The Jyotish Courses The Ayurvedic Institute is proud to offer a series of Jyotish classes taught by world-renowned Jyotishi, Hart deFouw. Jyotish is a Sanskrit term that freely translates as ―the study of Light‖—a reference to a systematized knowledge of the astronomical principles that govern our solar system and of their effect on our existence. These effects may be objective and gross, such as the Sun's effects on the seasons and the Moon's influence on the tides; they may also be subjective and subtle, as the inspiration provided by the sight of a beautiful Moon. In fact, the sages of ancient India declared the cosmic influences to be so pervasively powerful in shaping and reflecting our lives that they proclaimed by understanding the cosmic influences our collective and individual life journey becomes illumined. Jyotish thus became an accredited means for helping to find our way through the labyrinth of the human experience. These seers of old stopped nothing short of suggesting that Jyotish is a way of diagnosing collective and individual karma. In this context, Varahamihira—a famous scholar who lived in India some 14 centuries ago—said of Jyotish, ―Just as the night without lights or lamps is totally blind, and as the sky without the Sun is dark, so will even a king grope in life in the dark like a blind man, if he is not guided by a good practitioner of Jyotish.‖ The current Jyotish curriculum of the Ayurvedic Institute promotes a strong practical foundation in Jyotish through a progression of three modular segments: The Jyotish Foundation Course, The Intermediate Jyotish Course, and The Advanced Jyotish Course. Completion of all three segments prepares a student for specialty subjects of Jyotish and for gaining meaningful individual experience in understanding personal karma, as well as the karma of others. The Jyotish Foundation Course, Intermediate Jyotish Course, and Advanced Jyotish Course may be used to fulfill the elective requirements for the Ayurvedic Studies Program. Keeping in mind that a full degree in Jyotish is currently a formal four year study at one well-known Indian university, these foundation Courses are structured to achieve the most that is possible in each of the three course segments. Although the courses are intense, successful completion only requires diligent reading, active listening, regular completion of review assignments, and focused commitment. Students are encouraged and supported by both teacher and tutors to learn and practice Jyotish to the best of their ability. “One who wishes for prosperity, ought not to reside in a place which does not have a good practitioner of Jyotish.” — Brihat Samhita Jyotish Foundation Course, September 10 - October 3, 2001 The course builds a practical foundation in the subject of Jyotish. Whether you are a novice or experienced astrologer, you will learn systematic and ancient methods of Jyotish that develop and improve your skills of horoscope interpretation. The structure of the course encourages each student to thoroughly grasp the primary methods taught. You will use a comprehensive textbook and an outline of the important elements of Jyotish to assist you in your studies. Regular assignments completed by you and evaluated by the course instructor will enhance your comprehension and your use of elementary Jyotish. Enjoy an excellent opportunity to learn the tools of Jyotish in a friendly, co-operative atmosphere in this popular course. This course is a prerequisite for all other Jyotish courses offered by the Ayurvedic Institute and may be offered at other times during the school year. Intermediate Jyotish Course4 The course provides you with a vast array of important and detailed methods of Jyotish. With the help of textbooks, pre-printed notes, and take-home assignments, you will learn how to interpret insightfully the Yogas, the Divisional Charts, the Nakshatras, and other key principles of classical Jyotish. Discussions of little known but powerful techniques augment the presentation of the traditional methods of Jyotish. The course strikes a balance between the presentation of the detailed theorems of Jyotish and their practical use, encouraging you to enhance and to diversify your ability for horoscope analysis. The skills you take with you from this course will be an orienting compass in the terrain of your future study and use of Jyotish. This course is a prerequisite for the Advanced Jyotish Course offered by the Ayurvedic Institute. Advanced Jyotish Course1 The course accentuates practical horoscope interpretation. The introduction of some new material will help to generate greater fluidity in interpretation, but the main goal of this course is to render the various methods taught in the two prerequisite courses as instinctive as your self-effort and your innate ability allow. An astrological study of the important life themes of education and career, partnership and marriage, finances and wealth, family and children, health, spirituality, and other major themes, will demonstrate the theory and the methods of Jyotish in the context of real life examples and of comprehensive case studies. At the conclusion of this course, you will have walked down the same road that other successful students have taken over the centuries—the high road of insightful horoscope interpretation that has its roots in the thousand year old tradition of Jyotish. The Ayurvedic Correspondence Course This correspondence course by Dr. Robert Svoboda provides a deeper perspective on the material presented in Dr. Lad’s book, Ayurveda, The Science of Self-Healing. It is an introduction not only to Ayurvedic principles and philosophy but to a new way of thinking about health and disease. It covers material similar to the Ayurvedic Studies Program but in much less detail. It can be used with great benefit to prepare for the Ayurvedic Studies Program. The course consists of twelve individual lessons written by Dr. Svoboda. These treat more deeply the fundamental principles and practical application of Ayurveda that are introduced in Dr. Lad’s book. The lessons are: 1. History and Philosophy 7. Therapeutic Theory 2. The Three Doshas 8. Therapeutics of Indigestion 3. The Human Constitution 9. Food 4. Doshas, Dhatus and Malas10. Medicinals 5. Pathology11. Lifestyle and Routine 6. Diagnosis12. Rejuvenation and Virilization. 4 These classes have not yet been scheduled. Please call the office for more information. Study materials with the course include a two-tape lecture series by Dr. Svoboda, a copy of The Hidden Secret of Ayurveda, and a tape of pronunciation of Sanskrit terms. A written examination is required after each section of the three-section course. This exam is corrected to assure the student’s understanding of each lesson and then returned to them. It is strongly recommended that, in order to receive maximum understanding and benefit from the course, the student first read, listen to and understand the book and tapes before proceeding to the lessons and examination questions. The student is allowed one year in which to complete the course. Upon successfully completing the course, the student will receive a certificate of completion. Also available in Spanish. Call our office for more information or visit our website where you can order this course online at www.ayurveda.com/correspondence-course.htm. Seminars & Intensives 2001-2002 Seminars at The Ayurvedic Institute We offer a variety of seminars throughout the school year from Dr. Lad and several other presenters who are experts in their fields of study. Call for the latest information or check our Event Calendar at www.ayurveda.com/calendar.htm. None of the seminars currently offers a certificate of successful completion, however, many offer Continuing Education Credits. Check the specific seminar or call us for more information. We also have audio tapes of many of Dr. Lad’s seminars available for purchase. Call us for a detailed listing of the seminar tapes or order online at www.ayurveda.com/seminars. The weekend seminar programs at the Ayurvedic Institute generally follow a similar schedule. Please inquire about the particulars for any one specific program. The weekend programs begin Friday evening at 7:00 and conclude around 9:00. The Friday evening lecture is free and open to the general public. Saturday, the programs run from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM and from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM. Sunday there is a morning session from 10:00 to Noon and the weekend programs end with the Sunday afternoon session from 2:00 to 4:00 PM. Some of the seminars scheduled at this time are: Jyotish Foundation Course: Hindu/Vedic Astrology September 10 - October 3, 2001 With a NEW FOUR WEEK format! An excellent opportunity to learn the tools of Jyotish in a friendly, co- operative atmosphere. This course builds systematically and practically on your basic knowledge of Jyotish. Class days are Mondays through Wednesdays with an optional Thursday study group. Weeks 1 & 3 meet 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM each day and Weeks 2 & 4 meet 1:00 to 4:00 PM. The Thursday study groups always meet 1:00 to 4:00 PM. The cost of the Foundation Course is $1,000 with a $500 deposit required at enrollment. A detailed brochure is available from The Ayurvedic Institute. Weekend Seminars on Ayurveda Dr. Lad generally offers four weekend seminars between January and May each year. The topics vary from year to year. At the time this catalog was printed, the topics and dates had not yet been set. Please call for more information or check our website. The weekend seminars and intensives are offered to everyone who is interested in learning more about Ayurveda. Due to time constraints, many people are not able to or do not wish to take the Ayurvedic Studies Program so the weekend seminars and summer intensives offer an excellent alternative to the full program. Also, many of the Ayurvedic Studies Program students decide to enroll in these seminars while here to enrich their Ayurvedic education. Dr. Lad’s seminars are usually a mixture of some information that is given in the regular Ayurvedic Studies Program and additional information that is not. Summer Intensives Dr. Lad teaches a series of Summer Intensives offered in June and July each year, immediately following the Ayurvedic Studies Program. These programs provide an opportunity for more in-depth study of topics that may have been introduced in the school year. The Intensives begin on Fridays at 7 PM and continue every day through the following Thursday, ending at 6 PM. Participants may enroll for the first three days of the Intensive, that is, the weekend portion, or for the full seven day program. A detailed class schedule is sent to seminar participants upon enrollment. There are between 34 and 36 hours of class time during each seven-day Intensive. Direct contact hours with Dr. Lad constitute about 2/3 of the total class time. Optional AyurYoga™ classes are offered on four mornings of each week. For specific dates and topics, weekly class calendars, and more details, please call our office or check our web site. Continuing Education Credits We now offer Continuing Education Credits (CEU) for all of Dr. Lad’s seminars and intensives as well as for many of the other seminars. These classes are a wonderful opportunity to learn more about Ayurveda while fulfilling your professional requirements. The specific credits offered for each class depend on the topics covered and their application to each discipline. Some of the organizations that have approved past seminars and intensives are: Acupuncturists/Doctors of Oriental Medicine, Chiropractors, Counselors and Therapists, Massage Therapists, and Registered Nurses. Please call for information about seminars in your discipline. Faculty Director — Dr. Vasant Lad, Ayurvedic Physician Dr. Lad brings a wealth of classroom and practical experience to the United States. A native of India, he served for three years as Medical Director of the Ayurveda Hospital in Pune, India. He was Professor of Clinical Medicine at the Pune University College of Ayurvedic Medicine for 15 years. He holds a Bachelor’s of Ayurvedic Medicine & Surgery (BAMS) degree from the University of Pune and a Master’s of Ayurvedic Science (MASc) degree from Tilak Ayurved Mahavidyalaya. Dr. Lad’s academic and practical training include the study of Allopathy (Western medicine) and surgery, as well as traditional Ayurveda. Beginning in 1979, he has traveled throughout the United States sharing his knowledge of Ayurveda. In 1984 he came to Albuquerque as Director, principal instructor and founder of the Ayurvedic Institute. Dr. Lad is the author of several books and is respected throughout the world for his knowledge of Ayurveda. He personally teaches most of the Ayurvedic topics at the Institute. Ma Bhaskarananda Ma Bhaskarananda teaches the first quarter Sanskrit course and a course on Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras for the Ayurvedic Studies Program. Her method of teaching Sanskrit through rhythmic chanting of the alphabet and grammatical paradigms makes learning the language of Ayurveda a great joy for her students. Having studied directly with Sri Brahmananda Saraswati for over 20 years, she received intensive training in Sanskrit as well as in Yoga- Vedanta philosophy and meditation. She brings to the classroom a great deal of knowledge and experience of Vedic traditions. Ma Bhaskarananda has taught ongoing Sanskrit courses at the Ananda Ashram in Monroe, New York and at other centers around the country. In addition, she has been teaching meditation and Yoga Philosophy for over ten years. Barbara Cook Barbara Cook teaches the Sanskrit portion of the second and third quarter Ayurvedic Studies and Gurukula Programs. A 1997 graduate of the Ayurvedic Studies Program and current Gurukula student, Barbara has worked as the Programs Administrator in the Educational Department at the Institute. She also taught at a preparatory school in Santa Fe. Barbara has studied Sanskrit at the Ananda Ashram as well as at the Institute and in Santa Fe. She has done both Sanskrit tutoring and independent study, motivated by her deep love for this ancient language. Hart deFouw, Jyotishi Hart deFouw has been studying and practicing Vedic astrology since 1968. He trained for 15 years with his Indian Vedic astrology teacher, who also introduced him to other components of Indian culture that are relevant to Jyotish. Since 1988, he has traveled worldwide by invitation to give lectures, seminars and consultations. Hart is the co-author of a series of books on Vedic astrology, Light on Life: An Introduction to the Astrology of India and Light on Relationships: The Synastry of Indian Astrology. He is accredited as a teacher of Jyotish by the American Council of Vedic Astrologers (ACVA). He currently devotes much of his time to developing and teaching an expanding curriculum designed to train students of Jyotish at all levels. The rest of his professional life is dedicated to recurring lecture, seminar and private consultation tours to Asia, North America, Australia and Europe. Lynn Childson Lynn Childson teaches the Herbology and Anatomy & Physiology courses for the Ayurvedic Institute. She uniquely combines her love of plants and the natural world with applicable knowledge of the human body. In the formal education system, Lynn has earned a BS in Medical Herbalism as well as a BA in Sociology. She maintains a clinical practice in herbal medicine and holistic health care in Albuquerque, NM where she also works as an herbal pharmacist. Lynn is also currently on staff at the North American College of Botanical Medicine and Scherer’s Institute of Natural Healing. Michael Dick, MA Michael Dick is one of the instructors in Dr. Lad’s first quarter Ayurvedic Studies evening class. He also teaches classes on the ancient Ayurvedic texts including the Charaka Samhita and Ashtanga Hridayam. His Ayurvedic training includes completion of a two year training program in advanced Ayurveda at Cambridge, MA, the Ayurvedic Studies Program, as well as five years in advanced Ayurvedic study (Gurukula) with Dr. Vasant Lad and panchakarma training in Lancaster, MA. Additionally he has studied western herbalism, cranio-sacral therapy, Jyotisha, palmistry, and assessment through the pulse. Michael has been a private Ayurvedic consultant for the past five years. He works to educate others about Ayurveda by lecturing throughout the United States. Cheryl Frey Cheryl Frey is one of the instructors in Dr. Lad’s first quarter Ayurvedic Studies evening class. She graduated from the Ayurvedic Studies program in 2000, is a current Gurukula student and has attended numerous weekend & summer intensive programs at the Institute. She has also worked as the Programs Administrator in the Educational Department at the Institute. Additionally she has studied cranio-sacral therapy, lymph drainage therapy, Jyotish, and palmistry. She is a certified fitness consultant & aerobic instructor, she is also a yoga teacher having training in Kundalini, Anusara, and AyurYoga. Ann Harrison, LMT Ann Harrison, is the director of the AYURYOGA Department at The Ayurvedic Institute. She began studying Hatha Yoga in 1971 and her dedication to and love of yoga has brought her to study various styles of yoga, including Integral, Iyengar, Kripalu, Siddha, Kriya and Kundalini. A 1992 graduate of the Ayurvedic Studies Program and continuing student of Ayurveda, Ann was instrumental in developing the AYURYOGA Course Classes and Teacher’s Training programs. These classes are a unique integration between Yoga and Ayurveda. Dr. Robert E. Svoboda, Ayurvedic Physician Dr. Svoboda was the first and one of the few Westerners ever to obtain a degree (BAMS) from a traditional Indian Ayurvedic college. He graduated in 1980 from Tilak Ayurveda Mahavidyalaya in Pune, where Dr. Lad was one of his professors. Since that time he has traveled extensively around the world, lecturing and conducting workshops on Ayurveda. Dr. Svoboda has traveled to more than fifty countries in the world, understands six languages and has authored several books. Dr. Svoboda consults with people privately and usually presents one or two seminars here each year. Donald Van Howten, PIT, VMT, LFT, LMT Donald Van Howten has been a practitioner and teacher in the field of bodywork and personal development for more than 22 years. Associated with the Institute since its founding in 1984, Van is a graduate of the Rocky Mountain Healing Arts Institute and the Postural Integration Institute where he completed the trainer program. Van has developed a unique form of bodywork called ―Life Impressions,‖ influenced by various therapies, including Hakomi body-centered psychotherapy, Ayurveda, cranio-sacral work and Feldenkrais. Van is the founder and current director of Life Impressions Bodywork Institute in Santa Fe, NM. Admission & Registration Equal Opportunity Policy The Ayurvedic Institute does not discriminate in employment, admissions, testing, financial aid or any other practice on the basis of gender, race, nationality, religion, age or disability, in accordance with all applicable federal, state and local laws. Admission Policy We accept applicants who submit completed application packets on a ―first come, first serve‖ basis. Applications are dated upon receipt. Once our classes are filled, applicants who submit completed application packages are placed on a waiting list. The Ayurvedic Institute reserves the right to deny admission to any applicant whom we believe is unable to meet the Student Conduct Guidelines. (See ―Student Conduct‖ section.) Students come to the Institute from all over the world for many different reasons. Some come to study Ayurveda for use in their professional practice, some for self-healing, and others simply desire to study with Dr. Lad. The students who make up the classes also have many different backgrounds. Some are health care professionals, others are just beginning their professional careers, and some students have no health care background at all. To accommodate these differences we offer the Ayurvedic Studies Program, a general overview of the science of Ayurveda, at a level appropriate to all students. This nine month program is rigorous enough to meet the needs of professionals wanting to incorporate Ayurvedic principles into their health care practice yet supportive to those interested in immersing themselves in an Ayurvedic atmosphere to facilitate adopting an Ayurvedic lifestyle. Admission Requirements As required by the New Mexico Commission on Higher Education, all applicants must hold a high school diploma, GED or meet alternative test requirements as set forth by the NMCHE. Although there are no other formal prerequisites for the Ayurvedic Studies Program, some prior knowledge or study of Ayurveda, anatomy and physiology, Sanskrit and other Vedic traditions will greatly enhance the understanding and comprehension of the program material. A few of the seminars assume some prior knowledge of Ayurveda and/or the subject being presented. In some cases, course prerequisites may be waived by the instructor if he or she feels that the prospective student has acquired equivalent knowledge and experience elsewhere. In such cases, this approval needs to be granted during the application and registration process, well in advance of the start of the course. In order to be eligible for the Gurukula Program, a student must be able to demonstrate that she or he has a good understanding of all the material presented in the Ayurvedic Studies certificate Program. This includes knowledge of AYURYOGA™, Anatomy & Physiology, Sanskrit, and Herbology as well as the fundamental concepts of Ayurveda. It is possible to take the Gurukula entrance exam without having obtained a certificate of completion from the Ayurvedic Studies Program, but the same level of knowledge is expected as from an Ayurvedic Studies Program graduate. Application Procedure All applicants for the Ayurvedic Studies Program and the Gurukula Certificate Program must submit a completed application package in order to have a place held for them in class. The full application package includes a completed application form, the signed student agreement, the $150 registration fee and, for foreign students, any documents necessary for us to issue the 1-20 form needed to obtain an M-1 visa. Applications for our programs are accepted year around. Practically speaking, we review and revise the programs at the end of each academic year. Once we do this, final information packages are then mailed to those who have already sent in their applications as well as to those who are newly inquiring. It is common for the class enrollment to reach its capacity before the beginning of the Ayurvedic Studies Program, which begins in October of each year. For those who are definitely interested in attending, it is becoming more and more important to apply early. If you have any questions, call our Programs Administrator or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Foreign Student Information The Immigration and Naturalization Service has approved our programs for attendance by non-immigrant foreign students. There are some requirements that foreign students must meet in order to obtain an M-1 visa from the US consulate in their country. First, they must send us a complete application package. Along with this, they must be able to provide us with documentation that they have the necessary funds to support themselves while attending school. We require that students show they can cover the full expense of tuition and fees as well as $1,000 US for each of the months that they are here, as evidenced by a bank statement or letter from the student’s financial institution. If someone else is sponsoring the student to attend school, that person must provide a letter stating his or her intention to support the student for the duration of the school year, as well as documentation from an employer or financial institution stating his or her ability to do so. All this documentation must be sent to the Ayurvedic Institute for approval. At that point, we complete and send the I-20 form that the foreign student must then take to his or her local US consulate to apply for the M-1 student visa. Please note that the M-1 student visa does not allow the student to work in the United States. Please contact us for a complete information package on this. Accreditation, Recognition The Ayurvedic Institute is organized as a federal, educational, 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. We are recognized and licensed by the State of New Mexico’s Commission on Higher Education as a private post- secondary institution. We are recognized by the Veteran’s Association as a provider of training for students eligible for the Montgomery GI Bill and other educational benefits. We are approved by the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) for attendance by non-immigrant students. We can issue foreign student (I-20) certificates to qualified applicants. The student then presents this to their local embassy in order to obtain an M-1 visa (see above). At this time, the Institute does not have any recognized accreditation nor does it offer any degree programs. A certificate of completion is given to those graduates who successfully complete the full time Ayurvedic Studies Program, the Gurukula Certificate Program, the Ayurvedic Correspondence Course and each of the three foundation Jyotish Courses. Tuition & Fees Registration, Payment & Refund Policies Ayurvedic Studies Program and Gurukula Program Prospective students applying for the Ayurvedic Studies and Gurukula Certificate Programs are required to pay a non-refundable registration fee5, sent with their application package to hold their place in the application process. If the applicant cannot be accepted, this fee will be returned. If the applicant withdraws from the program or the application process, the registration fee may be transferred to another academic program at the Institute, such as a weekend seminar or the correspondence course, as long as the student informs us of his or her intention to withdraw no later than September 8, 2001 for Ayurvedic Studies Program and December 7, 2001 for the Gurukula Program. Tuition prices are set for each school year in the spring of that year. Please be sure you have the correct catalog with the current fee schedule when you are planning to attend school. Once we have received the student’s completed application package (See ―Application Procedure‖ section.), at which time the student is guaranteed a place in the class pending the approval process, the student has 72 hours in which they may withdraw from the class and receive a full refund of all fees that have been paid toward the program. 5 This registration fee is NOT considered to be part of the tuition fees. Tuition payments for all of the Institute’s programs must be paid in full before the beginning of the program or quarter. To be eligible for a Certificate of Completion in any program, the student must pay the program tuition in full. There are no refunds or adjustments for classes not attended. If a student should withdraw from any of the Institute’s programs or quarters, the Institute retains a portion of the tuition, in addition to the full registration fee, according to the schedule below. Date of withdrawal as a percent of Portion of tuition and fees the enrollment period* for which obligated, that are eligible to be the student was obligated. retained by the Institute. On 1st class day 0% After 1st day; within 10% 10% After 10%; within 25% 50% After 25%; within 50% 75% 50% or thereafter 100% (* Enrollment period means a quarter or other term of instruction which the student has begun and for which the student has agreed to pay the tuition.) Discount Policies The Ayurvedic Institute offers its members and students certain discounts. Full time Ayurvedic Studies Program, Gurukula Certificate and Jyotish Course students, whose fees and tuition are paid in full, are entitled to a 20% discount on products and weekend seminars while enrolled in school. Seniors, members and graduated students receive a 10% discount on products and weekend seminars. This policy is subject to change without notice. Financial Aid, Work-Study The Ayurvedic Institute does not currently offer government-sponsored financial aid. The Institute does offer a limited program of student work-study. These part-time positions are for a few hours each week and include classroom caretaker, janitorial work, etc. Any interested student should contact the Programs Administrator for more information on this program. VA Benefits We are approved by the State of New Mexico Veterans Commission to provide training for veterans under the following Veterans Administration (VA) education benefits: VEAP, Non-Contributory VEAP, Montgomery GI Bill — Active Duty Educational Assistance Program, and Montgomery GI Bill — Selected Reserve Educational Assistance Program. Students receiving VA benefits are required to attend class full-time and to pursue a certificate of completion. Contact us with any questions regarding the application process or your eligibility for VA educational benefits. Ayurvedic Studies and Gurukula Programs Tuition for 2001 -2002 The Ayurvedic Studies Program Registration Fee $150.00 Gurukula Certificate Program Registration Fee (non-refundable)$150.00 (Registration fee is non-refundable and not part of tuition costs.) 1st quarter tuition$2,000.00 1st quarter tuition$1,575 2nd quarter tuition$2,000.00 2nd quarter tuition$1,575 3rd quarter tuition$2,000.00 Auditing Dr. Lad’s classes, one day$35.00 Pune, India Program 6 weeks tuition$1,350 Other Tuition & Fees The Ayurvedic Correspondence Course Seminars, Intensives & Jyotish Programs Lessons and Lectures on Ayurveda Please call for the latest information on these or check our tuition$270.00 website. Generally, there is a detailed brochure available for (Overseas postage is an additional expense.) the Jyotish Courses and the Summer Intensives three to six (For specific details on this course, please call the Institute months prior to the class dates, which are set six months and request the application brochure or check prior. Information on seminar schedules and topics is www.ayurveda.com/cc/index.html.) available throughout the year. Academic Policies Examinations, Grading & Certificates The Ayurvedic Studies Program includes a mid-term and final take-home exam each quarter. At the end of the program, there is an oral examination with Dr. Lad and staff. The Ayurveda portion of the Gurukula Certificate Program does not have quarterly exams but does have a final oral exam. The weekend seminars currently do not have examinations or certificates of completion. All examinations are individually reviewed and returned with the number of points correct out of the total possible. Each student may inquire as to his or her standing in relationship with the rest of the class, but traditional grades are not assigned. The course objectives for Ayurveda, Sanskrit, Anatomy and Physiology, Yoga, and electives are provided at the beginning of the school year. Each student is held accountable for meeting these objectives for these classes. The oral exams are administered during the two weeks following the third quarter. Students who wish to take any exam at another time or those who wish to re-take any exam must pay a $50 fee. At the end of the Certificate Programs, certificates of completion are given to those who successfully complete all of the course work requirements. They are as follows: attendance of all required classes, successful completion of all quizzes and exams for these required classes, and successful completion of the final oral exam. Student Records Students may request a copy of their academic records at any time from the Programs Administrator. Attendance and Course Requirements To be eligible for their certificate, students enrolled in the certificate programs must attend 90% of all the classes held on each subject—that is, Ayurveda, anatomy and physiology, Sanskrit, and Yoga and elective classes—and successfully complete 90% of all the tests, quizzes, and homework given in each class as well as the take-home exams. Auditing It is possible for students to audit the programs offered. There is no reduction in fees for this, but there is no requirement for specific attendance or completion of exams. Student Conduct We welcome each student’s interest and commitment to the study of Ayurveda. In order to be and remain in good standing at the Institute, students are asked to abide by the following standards throughout the course: 1. Students must be punctual for class. PLEASE arrive for the evening classes before 5:50 PM for important announcements. This is a primary method of communicating up-to-date information to students pertaining to changes, events and requirements for class. If you do arrive late and the opening chants have begun, wait until they are finished before entering the classroom. 2. In keeping with traditional Indian and Vedic customs, we ask everyone to remove their shoes before entering the classroom. Also, it is considered disrespectful to present the soles of one’s feet to the teacher, to others in the classroom or to the altar while sitting. 3. Classroom attire shall be modest, neat and clean. In keeping with Vedic tradition, please refrain from wearing short skirts and/or shorts and low-cut, revealing tops to class. 4. Students shall undertake to see that the classroom is tidy. 5. No pets shall be brought into the classroom. Young children and infants are not encouraged in the classroom. 6. Please, no eating during class. No smoking is allowed in the building. We ask that students not bring meat into the building in their foods. 7. It is considered disrespectful to leave the classroom during the closing chants. Please remain seated until they are finished and Dr. Lad has left the room before you get up to go. 8. Students are requested to follow the guidelines for asking questions set by each teacher for their particular class. In Dr. Lad’s classes, he requests students ask only questions related to the topic at hand or to clarify an area about the topic at hand. Dr. Lad needs to rest his voice during the breaks, so please ask him if he wants to address any questions during this time before posing your question. 9. No personal audio or video taping in class. Full-time Ayurvedic Studies Program and Gurukula Certificate Program students, in good standing, may borrow for short periods of time the audio tapes of Dr. Lad’s lectures. 10. No computers, cell phones, or audio pagers may be used in the classroom. These devices are too distracting and disruptive to the other students and the speaker. 11. Students are encouraged to develop their own individual lecture notes. These can and should be used for personal review, study group sessions, etc. Lecture notes may not be copied and distributed or sold to others in whole or in part. 12. Students are welcome to invite guests to their classes but they must first register with the office well in advance of attending. Anyone is allowed to sit in on one class to ―window shop.‖ The classroom has a limited amount of space, so prior approval from the office is necessary. 13. Office hours are between 9:00 AM and 6:00 PM Monday through Friday. Payment of fees, purchase of herbs and all other transactions should be completed before 5:45 PM, as the cashier’s window closes at that time. 14. If an Institute staff member feels that the student’s behavior is not conducive to learning, does not foster a positive learning environment, or is harmful or potentially harmful to the other students, the staff member shall communicate these feelings to the student and allow the student a specified period of time to change his or her behavior. If, after this time, the staff member feels the student has not adequately responded, the staff member and student shall meet with the Administrator to decide upon the student’s future standing at the Institute. Students found in violation of the above may be placed on probation for thirty days. Further violations during this probationary period may result in immediate termination. At the end of the probationary period, if the student has exhibited satisfactory conduct, he or she will be removed from the conduct probation. Depending upon the severity of the initial violation, as determined by the Administrator, the student may be terminated immediately. Students are expected to understand and respect the fact that the Ayurvedic Studies Program and to some extent the other programs reflect the style of sitting with a traditional Indian teacher. The knowledge is taught, primarily orally, with the integral aspects of the body, mind and spiritual components intact. It is common for there to be practical examples, stories, chanting and ceremony as part of the teaching. Student Complaints Students with complaints or grievances regarding the Ayurvedic Institute should first seek to resolve their complaint or grievance directly with the manager of the department involved. If this does not resolve the issue, they should bring it up with the Administrator. The Administrator will assign a manager of the Ayurvedic Institute, who is not directly involved in the area of the complaint, to investigate. This person will respond to the student between three and 10 days from the date of notification to the Administrator and report his/her findings to the Administrator as well. If a complaint or grievance cannot be resolved within the school, the New Mexico Commission on Higher Education (NMCHE) may be contacted at 5301 Central NE, Suite 1500; Albuquerque, NM 87108; phone (505) 841-6611. There will be no adverse action taken against the student for registering the complaint. We welcome all suggestions for improvement. Student Services Student Assistance, Special Services The staff of the Ayurvedic Institute, particularly the Programs Administrator and the Institute Administrator, are available to talk with and assist students in various matters. These include applying to the Institute, questions or problems regarding the course, the status of Ayurveda in the U.S., opportunities and problems with practicing Ayurveda, studying Ayurveda elsewhere, and any other topic or situation a student wishes to discuss, including personal matters. In our sincere effort to make our programs available to all, we will try our best to assist those students with special needs. Housing The Institute does not have student lodging or cooking facilities, but there are many homes, apartments, motels, hotels and restaurants within a few miles. Rental cars, the public bus system, taxis, car pooling, bicycles and walking are all transportation options. It is possible to live without a car in Albuquerque, as there is plenty of housing within walking and biking distance of the Institute as well as health food and grocery stores, a library, and restaurants. However, for those who are accustomed to larger cities with extensive public transportation, the systems in Albuquerque will seem somewhat limited. The office staff can provide assistance to students seeking roommates by putting them in touch with each other. Some students have housing already and need roommates, and others come to town late and are in need of housing. It is approximately a 25 minute drive from the Institute to the Albuquerque airport. Estimated Student Expenses In Albuquerque, it is possible to rent a small austere apartment for about $400 per month, though there are a limited number that are close to the Institute. The average two-bedroom unfurnished apartment costs about $600 per month, and a three-bedroom house is from $750 to $1,000 per month, and up. There are several apartment complexes within walking distance of the Institute. We would be happy to mail our list of available housing to any applicant upon request. Students should be aware that the tuition for the Ayurvedic Studies Program does not include extra seminars that you may want to take, nor does it include the summer intensive courses that occur within the month after school ends. Many foreign students like to use the grace period offered by the student visa (this extends for one month from the last day of school) to attend the summer intensives. Please allow for this extra tuition in planning your budget if you think you might be interested in these courses. Our estimation of $1,000 US per month that needs to be available to you to obtain your visa is just that: an estimation. Please allow for the possibility that this amount may be much higher or lower than you are accustomed to spending in one month. If you have any questions about estimated living expenses, please contact the Programs Administrator or email email@example.com. Life in Albuquerque Albuquerque is at an elevation of 5,000 feet and has a high desert climate. It is not uncommon for it to snow in town a few times a month from November to April. In winter, the air is cold but direct sunlight is often warm. The beautiful Sandia mountain range immediately to the east has snow cover all winter. In fact, there is a small ski resort on the eastern side, approximately 30 minutes drive from the city. The summer temperatures are usually in the 90s but with the low humidity, it does not seem as hot. The summer temperatures also bring frequent afternoon and evening thunderstorms. Santa Fe, with all of its art and culture, is a one-hour drive to the north. Taos is about 3 hours away and southern Colorado is approximately a 5 hour drive to the north. There are various hiking, boating and skiing opportunities available within just a few hours drive. Students without cars should live within walking or biking distance of the Institute because the buses do not run after the evening classes are dismissed. Albuquerque is a sprawling city and students who wish to go downtown, near the University area or to the major shopping malls must plan bus trips within the limited hours of the bus system. It is possible to walk from the Institute’s general area to a variety of grocery stores and restaurants and to a limited number of trails in the Sandia mountain range, but the bus system or a car is needed for access to a wider variety of shopping and recreational locations. Buses generally run from the early morning until around 7:00 PM on weekdays, with more limited hours on weekends for all but the busiest bus lines. In Albuquerque there are many good restaurants, but vegetarians need to select carefully from each restaurant’s menu. The area around the University of New Mexico definitely has a ―university‖ feel and the ―old town‖ areas of Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Taos offer many choices for shopping and sightseeing. Employment Opportunities Albuquerque is the largest city in New Mexico. Probably the biggest employers are the hundreds, if not thousands, of small businesses. There are new light industries like Intel and Honeywell on the west side of town, and Sandia National labs on the south side, next to the Air Force base and the airport. The University of New Mexico has a big influence on jobs, especially around the campus area. If you are from either coast, the wages here will be much less than what you are accustomed to. A small compensating factor is that the cost of living is also less. The pinch comes because the cost of living is not as low as the wage scale is in relation to the coastal areas. On the balancing side, there doesn’t seem to be as much to spend your money on. So, most people find that they can make do with less money.
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