Philosophy

Dr. Joshi began traveling to North America in 1989 to help propagate Ayurveda in the West. When he first came to the U.S. he was impressed with the desire of people living outside of India to learn more about Ayurveda, and how to incorporate it to improve their overall health and well being. As he witnessed the interest level, he realized that front line Ambassadors of Ayurveda were needed to help assist the general public in developing their own wellness plans. Ultimately for Ayurveda to become established in the West it would be necessary for Westerners to become Ayurvedic Practitioners.

In 1997 Dr. Joshi was invited to South Africa to help establish the first licensing program for Ayurvedic practitioners outside of India. With the founding of SAAMA, the South African Ayurvedic Medical Association, Dr. Joshi successfully trained 45 health care providers as Ayurvedic practitioners, many who are still practicing today. This experience encouraged him to develop a more extensive program for foreign practitioners of Ayurveda. In 2001, Dr. Joshi was approached by Kavikulaguru Kalidas Sanskrit University to launch the first-ever accredited training program for foreign practitioners - Ayurvedic Sadhana Padavika.

After careful planning, the Vinayak Ayurveda and Panchakarma Research Foundation was established in 2002. The goal of the Foundation is to train prospective students to become qualified Ayurvedic practitioners dedicated to bringing Ayurveda to the world. This program is not designed to train Ayurvedic Physicians, that training requires a minimum of 5 years of study in a fully accredited Ayurvedic College. Dr. Joshi feels that it is crucial for Ayurveda to become established in the West and that this program will be an initial step towards accomplishing that goal. The theoretical and practical aspects of Ayurveda will be taught in the traditional way it has been taught for centuries. The Vinayak Ayurveda and Panchakarma Research Foundation seeks individuals who have a keen enthusiasm for Ayurveda and who want to share this ancient knowledge with the world.

Students are be expected to have some previous education in Ayurvedic principles. The nature of Dr. Joshi' s teachings will be in the Vedic tradition, and students will have a close personal relationship with the teacher. Dr. Joshi wants individuals who will promise to work with great dedication at their studies, so that they may become successful Ayurvedic Practitioners. In light of this relationship, students will have to be approved by him to participate in this program. Upon graduation they will be supported by the Vinayak Ayurveda and Panchakarma Research Foundation to develop a strong practice as they share Ayurveda in their communities.