I. ABOUT AYURVEDA
Ayurveda means “the science of life”. It is an ancient wellness system that focuses on the complete person which includes the body, mind, and spirit. Ayurveda looks at wellness not as “the absence of disease”, but instead, when all bodily tissues, organs, systems, and functions are acting together in a way which enables optimal health despite the presence of potential illness causing influences. Ayurveda teaches us that by balancing the various mind-body functions, the natural intelligence of the body will automatically bring itself to wellness.
Ayurveda recognizes that each person has a unique mind-body constitution. Ayurveda identifies an individual’s mind-body constitution, determines where imbalances may exist, and provides education, guidance, and options for helping the individual nourish, stimulate, and balance vital energy to bring about their own improvements in health and wellness. Ayurvedic practices focus on clearing disturbances and balancing metabolic and energetic patterns that support constitutional resilience. It is the individual’s correct implementation of the right Ayurvedic practices that brings about balance and wellness.
Ayurveda is not licensed as a medical discipline or practice in any state or other jurisdiction in the United States. Ayurveda is complimentary to and supportive of traditional western medicine, and as practiced in the United States, does not replace medical diagnosis, treatment, or prescribing.
Even though Ayurvedic physicians practice Ayurvedic medicine in India, they are not licensed to practice medicine in the United States. When we refer to a physician from India as a “doctor”, we acknowledge the physician’s academic attainment, not his or her license to practice medicine in the United States.
AyurPrana is a community that has come together to simplify the path to overall health and wellness. AyurPrana brings time-tested, well-established, mind-body-spirit practices directly to you in your own home. AyurPrana understands that health and wellness is not a one-size-fits-all pill, and it believes in the power of personalized services that promote inner healing and overall well-being. Together, we will revolutionize the way the world looks at health.
AyurPrana provides a variety of on-line services, including:
- Ayurvedic consultations
- Ayurvedic diet and lifestyle counseling and education
- Group and private yoga, meditation, and pranayama classes
AyurPrana can also connect you to a practitioner for body work treatments, including marma, oil therapies, massage, reiki, and color therapy.
For more information about AyurPrana and its offerings, contact AyurPrana at firstname.lastname@example.org
III. OUR 9-Day GUIDED HOME CLEANSE
A. Nature and Expected Results
AyurPrana’s 9-Day Guided Home Cleanse (the “Home Cleanse”) is intended to provide educational information and community support to individuals interested in participating in a self-administered Ayurvedic seasonal cleanse. During the Home Cleanse, you will receive information and instruction concerning Ayurvedic cleansing practices and diet and lifestyle choices, yoga, meditation, and pranayama. According to Ayurveda, a cleanse at each seasonal turn removes accumulated toxins and energies, restoring equilibrium to the body, mind, and spirit.
You may experience certain negative effects during the Home Cleanse, such as mood changes, energy level fluctuations, lethargy at times, headaches, constipation, loose stools, and/or decrease or increase in hunger. Due to physical activities associated with the Home Cleanse, health risks may include (without limitation) transient dizziness, fainting, nausea, muscle cramping, musculoskeletal injury, sprains and strains, heart attack, stroke, or sudden death. By accepting the terms of this General Information and Terms of Service document (the “Agreement”), you affirm that you are in good physical condition, have medical approval to engage in the Home Cleanse, and do not suffer from any known disability or condition which would prevent or otherwise limit your participation in Home Cleanse. CHILDREN (AGE 17 OR YOUNGER), ADULTS AGE 65 OR OLDER, PREGNANT WOMEN, WOMEN WHO ARE NURSING/BREAST FEEDING, INDIVIDUALS WITH DIET RESTRICTIONS, AND INDIVIDUALS RECOVERING FROM AN ILLNESS, INFECTION, OR SURGERY, ARE ADVISED NOT TO PARTICIPATE IN THE HOME CLEANSE.
You are responsible for monitoring your wellbeing during the Home Cleanse, and you are encouraged to modify the cleanse as needed for your personal wellbeing. You will choose which activities you wish to incorporate into your daily routine, and which activities you wish to forgo or modify. For example, you may wish to adjust your food intake, internal oleation, and physical exercise (yoga, pranayama, etc.) to a level appropriate for you.
NOTHING ASSOCIATED WITH THE HOME CLEANSE IS INTENDED AS MEDICAL ADVICE OR TO REPLACE DISCUSSIONS WITH YOUR PHYSICIAN. IF YOU ARE ON MEDICATION, OR HAVE BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH ANY MEDICAL CONDITION, YOU SHOULD CONSULT YOUR PHYSICIAN PRIOR TO BEGINNING THE HOME CLEANSE. IF YOU HAVE A MEDICAL CONCERN RELATED TO THE HOME CLEANSE, IMMEDIATELY CONSULT YOUR PHYSICIAN. IF YOU EXPERIENCE ANY ADVERSE REACTION IN CONNECTION WITH THE HOME CLEANSE, IMMEDIATELY DISCONTINUE THE SUBSTANCE OR ACTIVITY CAUSING THE REACTION, AND CONSULT YOUR PHYSICIAN.
B. Program Description
Once you are registered for the Home Cleanse, you are eligible to participate in the following activities (the “Cleanse Activities”):
1. A “kick-off” webinar (currently scheduled for October 18, 2021), during which AyurPrana will explain the Ayurvedic practice of cleansing and how you can personally complete a cleanse in the comfort of your own home;
2. During each day of the cleanse (currently scheduled for October 25, 2021 through November 3, 2021)
a. an online meeting through Facebook Live during which AyurPrana will provide instruction and answer questions concerning the Home Cleanse, and
b. access to daily content through AyurPrana’s AyurLean online portal, which will include guided meditation, yoga, cleanse instruction, and journaling topics; and
3. The ability, during the kick-off webinar and daily online meetings, and through online chat, to ask AyurPrana cleanse related questions.
You will also be able to download infographics, checklists, and easy-to-follow instructional sheets to assist you with your cleanse (the “Cleanse Materials”). The kick-off webinar, and daily online meetings, will be recorded. You will have access to the recordings for a period of 30 days following the last day of your cleanse. You may download the Cleanse Materials at any time during this period.
If you are located within the continental United States, you will also receive a cleanse kit from Banyan Botanicals (the “Cleanse Kit”), which currently includes the following products*:
Basmati Rice (3.15 lb bag) (2)
Yellow Mung Dal (1.65 lb bag) (2)
Pitta Massage Oil (12 oz)
Blood Cleanse Tablets (500mg/90 tablets)
Kitchari Spice Mix (3.5 oz bag) (2)
Nasya Oil (1 fl oz)
Organic Ghee (7.5 oz jar)
Bitter Ghee (7.5 oz jar)
Basti Bags (3)
Detox Digest Tea (6 oz)
Triphala Tablets (500 mg/90 tablets)
Castor Oil (4 fl oz)
Dashamula Powder (3 oz)
Mahanarayan oil (4oz)
Guduchi Powder (2.89 oz)
CCF Tea - Joyful Heart (6 oz)
Shakti Prana (7.5 oz)
*Banyan Botanicals may make substitutions for any unavailable items.
C. Program Fee
The fee for the Home Cleanse is $499 (USD) for customers located within the continental United States. The fee for customers located outside of the continental United States is $349, and does not include any charge for the Cleanse Kit. The fee for the Home Cleanse must be paid in full at the time you register for the Program.
IV. CANCELLATIONS AND TERMINATIONS
You may cancel your registration for the Home Cleanse by sending a request for cancellation to email@example.com at least 72 hours prior to the first day of the Home Cleanse. The Home Cleanse is scheduled to begin with the kick-off webinar on October 22, 2021. Therefore, any cancellation request must be received by midnight on October 19, 2021. If AyurPrana receives your request prior to shipment of the Cleanse Kit, AyurPrana will refund the full amount you paid for the Home Cleanse. If the Cleanse Kit was shipped prior to AyurPrana’s receipt of your notice of cancellation, you will receive a refund equal to the full amount you paid for the Home Cleanse minus $200 for the cost of the Cleanse Kit. To obtain a refund for the cost of the Cleanse Kit, you must return the Cleanse Kit to Banyan Botanicals within 90 days of purchase. More information on Banyan Botanicals’ return policy can be found at www.banyanbotanicals.com.
Although it does not expect to do so, AyurPrana may at any time, and for any reason, in its sole discretion, cancel or reschedule the Home Cleanse, or any of the Cleanse Activities. If AyurPrana cancels the Home Cleanse prior to shipment of the Cleanse Kit, you will receive a full refund of the amount you paid for the Home Cleanse. If the Cleanse Kit was shipped prior to AyurPrana’s cancellation of the Home Cleanse, you will receive a refund equal to the full amount you paid for the Home Cleanse minus $200 for the cost of the Cleanse Kit. You may obtain a refund from Banyan Botanicals for the cost of the Cleanse Kit as indicated in the previous paragraph.
AyurPrana reserves the right, at any time, to terminate your ability to participate in the Home Cleanse and any Cleanse Activity, if AyurPrana determines, in its sole discretion, you have acted in, or have threatened to act in, an offensive of otherwise inappropriate manner. AyurPrana also reserves the right, in its sole discretion, and for any reason, to at any time edit, delete, or restrict or terminate access to, any of its recorded content.
V. INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
A copyright and all other proprietary rights in the Home Cleanse and its content, including (without limitation), software, audio, video, text and photographs (the “Content”) rests with AyurPrana or its licensors. All rights in the Content not expressly granted herein are reserved. Any use of the Content, including (without limitation), distribution, reproduction, modification, display, or transmission, without the prior written consent of AyurPrana, is strictly prohibited. All copyright and other proprietary notices shall be retained on all reproductions.
VI. GENERAL DISCLAIMER
AYURPRANA MAKES NO PROMISE OF BENEFITS, CLAIM OF CURE, OR GUARANTEE OF RESULTS TO BE ACHIEVED IN CONNECTION WITH ANY OF ITS SERVICES OR PRODUCTS. DO NOT DISREGARD MEDICAL ADVICE OR DELAY IN SEEKING IT BECAUSE OF ANY SERVICE, PRODUCT, MATERIAL, OR OTHER INFORMATION, PROVIDED BY OR THROUGH AYURPRANA. CONSULT WITH A LICENSED HEALTHCARE PRACTITIONER BEFORE ALTERING OR DISCONTINUING ANY MEDICATION, TREATMENT, OR CARE, OR STARTING ANY DIET, EXERCISE, OR SUPPLEMENTATION PROGRAM, OR IF YOU HAVE, OR SUSPECT YOU MAY HAVE, A HEALTH CONDITION THAT REQUIRES MEDICAL ATTENTION. ALL SERVICES AND PRODUCTS PROVIDED BY OR THROUGH AYURPRANA ARE PROVIDED “AS IS” AND WITHOUT ANY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING (WITHOUT LIMITATION) WARRANTIES OF RELIABILITY, USEFULNESS, MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, OR NONINFRINGEMENT.
VII. COMPLEMENTARY SERVICES
The services provided by AyurPrana and its practitioners are complementary to, and not a substitute for, health care services provided by health care practitioners licensed by the State of New Mexico, or another state or jurisdiction in the United States. Although some of AyurPrana’s practitioners may be licensed to practice medicine or other forms of health care, they do not, through AyurPrana, provide medical care, or any other form of healthcare which requires a professional license in New Mexico or any other state or jurisdiction in the United States, and AyurPrana does not provide such services.
VIII. OUR AYURVEDIC PRACTITIONERS
A list of AyurPrana’s practitioners is attached to, and incorporated as part of, this Agreement. AyurPrana may update this list at any time. If you have a previously scheduled appointment or activity that is impacted by a change to AyurPrana’s list of practitioners, AyurPrana will notify you of the change.
IX. PROHIBITED ACTIVITIES
Neither AyurPrana nor its practitioners shall engage in any of the following activities, which are prohibited under New Mexico law: perform surgery on an individual; set fractures on an individual; administer x-ray radiation to an individual; prescribe or dispense dangerous drugs or controlled substances to an individual; directly manipulate the joints or spine of an individual; physically invade the body except for the use of non-prescription topical creams, oils, salves, ointments, tinctures or any other preparations that may penetrate the skin without causing harm; make a recommendation to discontinue current medical treatment prescribed by a licensed health care practitioner; make a specific conventional medical diagnosis; have sexual contact with a current client or former client within one year of rendering service; falsely advertise or provide false information in certain informational documents provided to clients; illegally use dangerous drugs or controlled substances; reveal confidential information of a patient without the patient’s written consent; engage in fee splitting or kickbacks for referrals; refer to the practitioner’s self as a licensed doctor or physician or other occupational title pursuant to Chapter 61 NMSA 1978; or perform massage therapy on an individual pursuant to the Massage Therapy Practice Act.
X. CHARGES / PAYMENT
Payment is required in advance of any service or product provided by or through AyurPrana. You may pay using a debit or credit card, or any other form of payment accepted by AyurPrana. Interest on all unpaid amounts shall accrue at a rate of one and one-half percent (1.5%) per month, or the highest interest rate allowable by law, whichever is lower. You are responsible for all costs and expenses related to collection of any amounts due, including (without limitation) any collection agency fees, court costs and attorney’s fees. You have a right to, and we will provide you, reasonable notice of changes in AyurPrana’s services or the charges for such services.
XI. PRIVACY / INFORMATION AND RECORDS
Your privacy is very important to AyurPrana. It has physical, electronic, and organizational safeguards in place to protect all your information, records, and transactions (your “Records”) from being disclosed without your prior authorization. Your Records are confidential unless the release of your Records is authorized in writing by you or otherwise provided by law. If AyurPrana is required by law to disclose information about you, AyurPrana will attempt to give you advance notice, and we will disclose only the information that is required to be disclosed by law. You have the right to be allowed access to your Records and written information from those Records. You have a right to complete and current information concerning any practitioner assessment and any recommended service or product to be provided by AyurPrana, including the expected duration of any such service or product. You have the right to a coordinated transfer of your Records when there will be a change in the provider of your complementary and alternative services.
If AyurPrana, in good faith, believes disclosure or release of your Records is necessary to prevent or lessen a serious and imminent threat to the health or safety of a person or the public, it may disclose and/or release the Records to the extent necessary to prevent or minimize such harm. It shall be presumed that AyurPrana acted in good faith if its belief was based upon its actual knowledge or in reliance on a credible representation by a person with apparent knowledge or authority.
XII. RECORDINGS AND BROADCASTS
You understand, acknowledge, and agree that certain Cleanse Activities are open to the public and may be photographed, videotaped, webcast, or otherwise recorded and broadcast by or for AyurPrana or third parties. I further understand and agree that my image, and anything I say or submit as a result of my participation in the Home Cleanse may be recorded, broadcast, and posted online indefinitely. You hereby irrevocably grant to the AyurPrana the unrestricted, non-exclusive, and assignable right to use your name, photograph, image, likeness, voice, and biographical information obtained as a result of your participation in the Home Cleanse, for purposes of advertising, trade, or publicity, in any manner, medium, or forum anywhere, in perpetuity, without compensation, and without prior notification to you. You, and any person or entity acting on your behalf, are prohibited from recording (digitally, electronically, or otherwise) any of the Cleanse Activities, and any of your communications with AyurPrana or any of its practitioners. However, you are welcome to take written notes during any of the Cleanse Activities.
XIII. WAIVER AND RELEASE
YOU UNDERSTAND, ACKNOWLEDGE, AND AGREE YOU ARE PARTICIPATING IN THE HOME CLEANSE AT YOUR OWN RISK. YOU UNDERSTAND THE RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH YOUR PARTICIPATION IN THE HOME CLEANSE, INCLUDING RISK OF PHYSICAL INJURY (UP TO AND INCLUDING DEATH), PSYCHOLOGICAL INJURY, PAIN, SUFFERING, ILLNESS, DISFIGUREMENT, DISABILITY, AND ECONOMIC LOSS. YOU ALSO UNDERSTAND THESE INJURIES AND OUTCOMES MAY ARISE FROM YOUR OWN, OR OTHER’S, ACTIONS, INACTIONS, OR NEGLIGENCE, OR THE CONDITIONS OR LOCATION OF THE CLEANSE ACTIVITIES. YOU HEREBY KNOWINGLY AND VOLUNTARILY ACCEPT AND ASSUME RESPONSIBILITY TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW FOR EACH OF THE AFOREMENTIONED RISKS, AND ALL OTHER RISKS AND DANGERS THAT COULD ARISE FROM, OR WHICH ARE RELATED IN ANY WAY TO, THE HOME CLEANSE, WHETHER SUCH RISKS ARE KNOWN OR UNKNOWN, OR FORESEEABLE OR UNFORESEEABLE, AND INCLUDING RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH TRAVEL TO OR FROM ANY LOCATION (BY AIR, TRAIN, MOTOR VEHICLE, OR OTHERWISE).
TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, YOU HEREBY RELEASE FROM LIABILITY AND WAIVE YOUR RIGHT TO SUE AYURPRANA AND ITS DIRECTORS, OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES, VOLUNTEERS, AGENTS, REPRESENTATIVES, CONTRACTORS AND INSURERS (THE “RELEASED PARTIES”) FOR ANY AND ALL CLAIMS, ACTIONS, PROCEDURES, COSTS, EXPENSES, DAMAGES, LIABILITIES, AND CAUSES OF ACTION OF ANY KIND OR NATURE WHATSOEVER (KNOWN OR UNKNOWN, FORESEEABLE OR UNFORESEEABLE, AND INCLUDING ATTORNEY’S FEES), ARISING FROM OR RELATED IN ANY WAY TO THE HOME CLEANSE, OR ANY OTHER SERVICE OR PRODUCT PROVIDED BY AYURPRANA (“CLAIMS”). THIS WAIVER AND RELEASE (THE “WAIVER”) INCLUDES CLAIMS RELATED TO THE NEGLIGENCE, FAULT, OR CONDUCT OF ONE OR MORE OF THE RELEASED PARTIES, CLAIMS INVOLVING PHYSICAL INJURY (UP TO AND INCLUDING DEATH), PSYCHOLOGICAL INJURY, PAIN, SUFFERING, ILLNESS, DISFIGUREMENT, DISABILITY, OR ECONOMIC LOSS, AND CLAIMS INVOLVING TRAVEL TO OR FROM ANY LOCATION (BY AIR, TRAIN, MOTOR VEHICLE, OR OTHERWISE). YOU HEREBY AGREE TO INDEMNIFY, DEFEND (WITH COUNSEL ACCEPTABLE TO AYURPRANA), AND HOLD THE RELEASED PARTIES HARMLESS FROM ANY AND ALL CLAIMS RESULTING FROM OR ATTRIBUTABLE TO ANY ACT OR OMISSION OF YOURS WITHIN THE SCOPE OF THIS WAIVER.
IF YOU ARE A CALIFORNIA RESIDENT, YOU EXPRESSLY WAIVE THE PROTECTION OF SECTION 1542 OF THE CALIFORNIA CIVIL CODE, AND EXPRESSLY WAIVE AND RELEASE ANY RIGHTS OR BENEFITS THEREUNDER. SECTION 1552 OF THE CALIFORNIA CIVIL CODE STATES: “A GENERAL RELEASE DOES NOT EXTEND TO CLAIMS THAT THE CREDITOR OR RELEASING PARTY DOES NOT KNOW OR SUSPECT TO EXIST IN HIS OR HER FAVOR AT THE TIME OF EXECUTING THE RELEASE AND THAT, IF KNOWN BY HIM OR HER, WOULD HAVE MATERIALLY AFFECTED HIS OR HER SETTLEMENT WITH THE DEBTOR OR RELEASED PARTY.”
Complaints against AyurPrana or any of its practitioners may be filed with the New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department. The Department’s contact information is listed below:
New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department
2550 Cerrillos Rd.,
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505
Phone: (505) 476-4500
XV. DISPUTE RESOLUTION
If a dispute arises from or relates in any way to the Home Cleanse or any other service or product provided by or through AyurPrana, or any conduct on the part of AyurPrana or any of its representatives, and if the dispute cannot be settled through direct discussions, you agree to endeavor first to settle the dispute by mediation administered by the American Arbitration Association under its Commercial Mediation Procedures before resorting to arbitration. You further agree that any controversy or claim remaining unresolved after direct discussion and mediation with AyurPrana, shall be settled by arbitration administered by the American Arbitration Association in accordance with its Commercial Arbitration Rules, and judgment on the award rendered by the arbitrator(s) may be entered in any court having jurisdiction thereof. Claims shall be heard by a single arbitrator, unless the claim amount exceeds $500,000, in which case the dispute shall be heard by a panel of three arbitrators. The arbitration shall be governed by the laws of the State of New Mexico, and the place of arbitration shall be Albuquerque, New Mexico. To the fullest extent allowable by law, this Agreement, and all matters related in any way to this Agreement, the Home Cleanse, or any other service or product provided by or through AyurPrana, shall be governed by, interpreted under, and construed and enforced in accordance with the laws of the state of New Mexico, without giving effect to any comity or conflict of laws principles. The arbitration will be based on the submission of documents and there shall be no in-person or oral hearing. The arbitrator(s) will have no authority to award punitive or other damages not measured by the prevailing party's actual damages, except as may be required by statute. The arbitrator(s) shall not award consequential damages in any arbitration initiated under this section. Any award in an arbitration initiated under this section shall be limited to monetary damages and shall include no injunction or direction to any party other than the direction to pay a monetary amount. Each party shall bear its own costs and expenses and an equal share of the arbitrator and administrative fees of arbitration. Except as may be required by law, neither a party nor an arbitrator may disclose the existence, content, or results of any arbitration hereunder without the prior written consent of both parties. TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT ALLOWABLE BY LAW, YOU HEREBY WAIVE YOUR RIGHT TO A JURY TRIAL IN CONNECTION WITH ANY SUIT, ACTION OR PROCEEDING WHICH ARISES FROM OR RELATES IN ANY WAY TO THE HOME CLEANSE, OR ANY OTHER SERVICE OR PRODUCT PROVIDED BY OR THROUGH AYURPRANA, OR ANY CONDUCT ON THE PART OF AYURPRANA OR ANY OF ITS REPRESENTATIVES.
XVI. ENTIRE AGREEMENT / SEVERABILITY / ELECTRONIC ACCEPTANCE
This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between you and AyurPrana, and supersedes all prior agreements and understandings, oral or written, with respect to the subject matter hereof. If any provision (or portion of a provision) of this Agreement is found to be illegal, invalid, or otherwise unenforceable, the remaining provisions (or portion of a provision) of this Agreement shall not be affected thereby and shall be found to be valid and enforceable to the fullest extent permitted by law. Your electronic acceptance of this Agreement signifies that you have read, understand, acknowledge, and agree to be bound by this Agreement.
XVII. CONTACT INFORMATION
If you have any questions about this Agreement or any service or product offered by or through AyurPrana, please contact AyurPrana at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below is a list of our current practitioners. We may update this list from time to time. If you have a previously scheduled appointment which is impacted by a change to our list of practitioners, we will notify you of the change.
Vasant Lad, BAM&S, MSc
Vasant Lad is a native of India and served for three years as the Medical Director of the Ayurveda Hospital in Pune, India. He was a Professor of Clinical Medicine at the Pune University College of Ayurvedic Medicine for 15 years. He holds a BAMS degree from the University of Pune and a Master’s of Ayurvedic Science (MAsc) degree from Tilay Ayurveda Mahavidyalaya. His academic and practical training include the study of allopathy (Western medicine) and surgery as well as traditional Ayurveda. He traveled to the U.S. in 1979 and started the Ayurvedic Institute in 1984. The author of numerous books, Vasant Lad is respected throughout the world for his knowledge of Ayurveda. His work, which comprises over 500,000 copies of his books in print in the U.S., has been translated into more than 20 languages. Although Vasant Lad is licensed as a Doctor of Ayurvedic Medicine in India and maintains a regular practice in that country, he is not licensed to practice medicine, or any other form of healthcare which requires licensure, by the State of New Mexico, or any other state or jurisdiction in the United States.
Vrinda Devani, MD, FACOG, CAP, RYT-200
As a board-certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist, Vrinda Devani, MD has a passion for women's health and empowering women towards vibrant health and living. She is a believer in unfolding the human body's potential through a blend of complementary and allopathic medicine. Vrinda has been extremely fortunate to study Ayurveda under Dr. Vasant Lad at The Ayurvedic Institute, completing the Ayurvedic Studies Program Levels 1 and 2, and to further her studies in Ayurvedic women's health with travels in Nepal with Dr. Sarita Shrestha. In addition to being a physician and certified Ayurvedic Practitioner, Vrinda also has a love for yoga and is a certified Ayuryoga instructor. She enjoys mentoring and teaching budding practitioners while also practicing integrative medicine in her own private practice. Vrinda has also been recognized as an expert in Ayurvedic women’s health, being invited to speak and write for various prestigious audiences. Although Vrinda is licensed to practice medicine in New Mexico and Texas, she does so through medical practices which are separate and independent from AyurPrana. The services Vrinda provides through AyurPrana are not, and should not be considered to be, medical services, or services that otherwise require a professional health care license in New Mexico or Texas, or any other state or jurisdiction in the United States.
Mitesh Raichada, CAP
Mitesh is a graduate of The Ayurvedic Institute’s Ayurvedic Studies Program Levels 1 and 2, and is an Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant and Ayurvedic Practitioner. He studied at the Tatvagnan Vidyapeet in Bombay, India, which revealed to him the joy of learning and the importance of self-inquiry. He has also had the privilege of studying Jyotish under Hart deFouw. He holds a Reiki Level I Certification. Mitesh brings his great passion and love for Ayurveda, and his compassion and insight in relating to others in the classroom, in the clinic as a Senior Practitioner and supervisor, and in his private practice. Mitesh also has extensive business operations experience and infuses this work with principles from Ayurveda. He is dedicated to creating successful, thriving businesses by integrating wellness models into the core of their operations. Mitesh is not a health care practitioner licensed by the state of New Mexico, or any other state or jurisdiction in the United States.
Sneha Raichada, MPT, CAP, E-RYT-200
Sneha currently serves as the Dean of Education at The Ayurvedic Institute. She started in the healing arts by completing her master’s degree in physical therapy. She graduated from The Ayurvedic Institute’s Ayurvedic Studies Program Levels 1 and 2, as an Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant and Ayurvedic Practitioner. Sneha also spent six months in India furthering her Ayurvedic studies. She is a certified yoga teacher, certified Reiki Master (Level III), and a licensed physical therapist in Texas. Although Sneha is licensed to practice physical therapy in Texas, she is not licensed in any other state, including New Mexico, to practice physical therapy, or any other form of health care that requires licensure. Sneha is passionate about the integration of mind, body, and breath yogic practices. She has practiced meditation since 2000, studied Vipassana meditation, and continually endeavors to know and experience thy Self. Sneha shares her enthusiasm and inspiration about Ayurveda, yoga, and meditation with students and clients at The Ayurvedic Institute, and in her private practice.
Nishita Shah, CAP, E-RYT-200
Nishita’s journey in the study of Ayurveda began when she attended the Ayurvedic Studies Program Level 1. She continued on to complete the Level 2 program as an Ayurvedic Practitioner. Nishita feels blessed that Ayurveda fell into her lap at an opportune time. Prior to her studies at the Ayurvedic Institute, she attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham where she received a Bachelor of Science in psychology. She continues to be fascinated by the ways in which her Ayurvedic studies intersect with the field of psychology. While studying at the Ayurvedic Institute she had the great fortune to learn Ayuryoga with Vasant Lad, BAM&S, MASc. She received a 500-hour Ayuryoga certification and assisted in numerous Yoga Teacher Trainings. Nishita is a member of the faculty of The Ayurvedic Institute. In her private practice, Nishita’s work has been fueled by a passion for nutrition and yoga. Nishita also finds great beauty in language and holds a deep appreciation for Sanskrit as the mother tongue of all other languages. She is thrilled to bring her love and appreciation for these subjects into the classroom at the Ayurvedic Institute. Nishita is not a health care practitioner licensed by the state of New Mexico, or any other state or jurisdiction in the United States.
Shannon Kelly, CAP, E-RYT-200
Shannon graduated from The Ayurvedic Institute’s Ayurvedic Studies Program Levels 1 and 2 as an Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant and an Ayurvedic Practitioner. She served as the Panchakarma Assistant in the Ayurvedic Institute’s Panchakarma Therapist Program at the Vasanta Institute of Ayurveda in Pune, India (“VIOA”), and teaches the Gurukula Program in collaboration with the VIOA. At the Ayurvedic Institute’s clinic in New Mexico, Shannon supervises students and serves as a Senior Practitioner at the clinic. Shannon brings humor and levity to her students, colleagues, and clients. She is not a health care practitioner licensed by the state of New Mexico, or any other state or jurisdiction in the United States.
Dave Yoss, CAP, E-RYT 500
David Yoss is a graduate of The Ayurvedic Institute's Ayurvedic Studies Program, Levels 1 and 2, as well as the Gurukula program in Pune, India. He is an Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant and Ayurvedic Practitioner. Enjoying the study of the different cultures of the world, he graduated from Dartmouth College with a degree in Anthropology.
David has been teaching at the Ayurvedic Institute for more than 5 years and has taught an extensive range of topics there, including Yoga, Nutrition, Sanskrit, Herbology, Herbal Preparations, Lifestyle Practices, and Clinical Practice. He also teaches Yoga and Meditation at Sani Yoga in Albuquerque, New Mexico where he co-leads their Teacher Training Program. He was a Master Teacher at the Tantric Alchemy Institute in Costa Rica, where he co-led their 300-hour Yoga Teacher Training.
David loves to teach, share and help people gain knowledge which can lead to their self-empowerment. He is currently teaching Sanskrit and AyurYoga at the Ayurvedic Institute as well as supervising in the student clinic. He is known to use stories and humorous anecdotes to create an authentic and fun learning environment.