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Vaidya Atreya Smith, BSc MA

Director of the Institute, teacher

Author of fifteen books on the healing arts of India, including five text books for Western students of Ayurveda Atreya brings over 32 years of clinical experience to his school, teaching and, of course, his patients.

There is a great need to adapt Ayurveda to our individual environments and situations in the Western world while remaining true to the system. The failure to adapt Ayurveda to your local culture will result in mediocre, mixed results, or even failure. If you live in a desert environment like Arizona or North Africa then the same advise you read will need to be adapted differently in Montana or Northern Europe. The primary lesson that I am learning from years of practicing Ayurveda is to use intelligence in understanding the reasons behind any therapy or treatment. It is now more than 32 years since I began to work professionally with people in the healing arts. Due to this experience I have developed a series of textbooks called "Ayurvedic Medicine for Westerners".

My teaching of Ayurveda professionally in Europe since 1996 has been based on my experience as a practicing Vaidya (doctor). Of course I read and study the Ayurvedic classics, mainly Caraka, and of course I have been introduced to many Ayurvedic concepts through the writings of Dr Lad, Dr Svoboda and Dr Frawley. However, I was lucky enough to be living in India when their books came out and I was already using Ayurvedic medicines to treat problems without really knowing much about the system. Thus, my whole approach to teaching is practical and based on personal experience - you do not get much second hand information from me. I have my current practice side by side with my school and I remain faithful to the traditional application of Ayurveda in both my practice and in my teaching. If you want an experienced teacher that has thousands of clinical cases in their memory while answering your questions, look no further. Why students choose to study with people who only have theoretical knowledge is really beyond me. Ayurveda is first and foremost a practical system of medicine. See my full CV here.


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