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AYU Academy | Jessica Vellela

Jessica Vellela

Born, raised and educated in Boston, MA, Jessica Vellela spent nearly eight years in India to become the first American-born woman to graduate as an Ayurveda Acharya (Ayurvedic Physician) and practice independently in India. Graduating at the top of her final year class with the Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery degree (Ayurveda Acharya) in 2012, she immediately opened and managed her own Pañchakarma center in India at Turtle Bay Resorts in southwest Karnataka state.

For two years, she received patients from all over the world for traditional Pañchakarma, educational programs, Rasāyana (regeneration and restoration) and outpatient care. Working closely with the local community, she personally trained five Pañchakarma therapists and employed additional support staff. Due to unfortunate and unexpected events at the resort, she decided to close the center and return to the US to pursue her professional career. In 2014 and 2015, she attempted to recreate a traditional Pañchakarma center in the peaceful foothills of North Carolina, but quickly realized that the Āyurvedic infrastructure in a rural location was too challenging. While living in Southern California in 2016, she taught clinical classes and managed clients at the Southern California University of Health Sciences in the Āyurveda Department.

With this unique combination of skills and perspective, Jessica trains professional Āyurvedic students in the depth of knowledge that has been missing in Western Āyurvedic education. She prepares students for success and advancement of American Āyurveda in the coming decades. Jessica is currently a primary instructor at ĀYU Academy.


1st American-born woman to become an Ayurvedic Physician and practice independently in India

10+ Academic publications including the 6-volume textbook series, Foundations of Ayurveda

16+ Years of practice, teaching and study of Ayurveda with hundreds of students and patients from over a dozen countries


" Don't miss the opportunity to learn from Jessica. The info she shares is accessible, gentle and easy to incorporate into life. I should know. She helped me out of a month of sickness in two weeks. Now I feel better than I have in over 10 years."
Workshop Participant, 2014
North Carolina, US
" I have learned more in my first two months at ĀYU Academy than I did in a year and a half of study at my previous school. I am not just regurgitating the material, but thinking and contemplating what I am learning. "
AYU Academy student, 2021
Studied Ayurveda for 10 years in the US


Jessica has been practicing and teaching Āyurveda for general and professional audiences since 2011 and now works diligently to establish American Āyurveda in the US founded on classical core principles and modernized for clinical practice today.

Dr. Jessica Vellela's Publications

Essentials of Professional Ayurveda (Foundations of Ayurveda)

An introduction to Traditional Ayurvedic Medicine (TAM), its definitions, history, current use and standards of training and practice. A review of the legal landscape for professional practice in the US

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Core principles & the human body in Āyurveda (Foundations of Ayurveda)

Every effort has been made to create a valuable academic resource that aids Western students in learning Traditional Ayurvedic Medicine (TAM), but the current version is by no means perfect.

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Principles of Holistic Living in Āyurveda (Foundations of Ayurveda)

This volume Includes, 1.An introduction to the multifactor, classical assessment framework for measuring health. 2. Detailed reviews of classical references for the main assessment factors.

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