Ashtanga Hridayam

The Keys to Balanced Doshas and Vitality

The Ashtanga Hridayam, the “Heart or Essence of all the Eight Branches of Ayurveda,” is one of the fundamental ancient root texts of Ayurveda. Today, the Ashtanga Hridayam continues to serve as a root source for Ayurvedic philosophy and protocol, providing clear guidelines in all aspects of health.

As an Ayurveda student, practitioner or enthusiast, you know how important it is to use the authentic teachings of the ancient Vedic texts. During this course you will be carefully guided in order to gain a comprehensive understanding of the content of this text.

This segment of the Ashtanga Hridayam series will begin looking at Rasas, or six tastes – their elemental makeup, function in the mind-body system and how to apply them in daily life. We’ll then study the relationship of the primary energy systems in the mind-body system: the three Doshas, Dhatus (tissues), Malas (wastes) and Ojas (vitality). You’ll learn about their properties and functions, how their dysfunction contributes to imbalances and ill health, as well as best practices for maintaining their balance for optimal well-being.


Who should take this course

No Prerequisite

This course is open to all students, be it your first time studying Ayurveda or if you are a practicing professional!

  • Ayurvedic enthusiasts may build a strong foundation for authentic Ayurvedic study
  • Ayurvedic students can deepen their knowledge
  • Ayurvedic professionals will become truly outstanding in the field!


Learning Objectives

  • Uncover the deepest meaning behind the Ayurvedic principles as outlined in the root ancient text by Vedic scholar, Dr. Vaidya Jayarajan
  • Experience the richness and healing power of the ancient Sanskrit verses
  • Build an authentic foundation of traditional Ayurvedic knowledge
  • The six tastes: origins, functions in the mind-body plus taste attributes of common natural ingredients
  • Understand the influence of Doshas, Dhatus (tissues) and Malas (wastes) on the mind-body
  • Learn the problems caused by imbalanced Doshas and how they are best managed
  • Discover the concept of Ojas (vitality) and its relationship with health



Program Details

Part 8 – Winter  2019 Session Dates

Feb 13, 20, 27
Mar 6, 13, 20, 27
Apr 3, 10, 17, 24
May 1, 8, 15, 22



Chapter 10 – Rasabhediyam

  • Origins of the six tastes and their elemental qualities from nature
  • Functions of all six tastes on the mind-body systems
  • Various groups of tastes, general properties of tastes and exceptions
  • Principles of applying the tastes for balanced health using common natural ingredients and taste combinations


Chapter 11 – Doshadivijnaniyam

  • The influence of Doshas, Dhatus (tissues) and Malas (wastes) on the mind-body in their balanced, increased and depleted state
  • Principles of Dosha, Dhatu and Mala management
  • The concept of Ojas (vitality) and its increased or depleted state


Chapter 12 – Doshabhedīyam

  • Subclassification of Doshas
  • The function and dysfunction of Doshas
  • How the combination of Doshas influences health


Chapter 13 – Doshopakramanīyam

Management of imbalances caused by Dosha imbalances



Meet the Instructor

Meet Dr. Vaidya Jayarajan Kodikannath (BSc, BAMS), Ayurvedic scholar and clinician


Previous Class Recordings

Visit the earlier chapters of the Ashtanga Hridayam

Please note: It is not required to complete previous parts of the Ashtanga Hridayam series to join an upcoming class; students are welcome to pop into the series at any time. NAMA PACE credits are not available for students who study archived class recording materials for this course.


Parts 1-6 – $75 each
The Quest for Longevity: Foundational Principles of Ayurveda
Daily Regimen for Health and Longevity
Seasonal Regimen and Guidelines for Disease Prevention
Ayurvedic Principles of Nutrition
Properties of Food Ingredients & Healing Herbs
Natural Medicinal Ingredients, Food Combining & Preserving


Part 7 – $150
Dietary Guidelines and the Impact of Foods on the Mind-Body

Save 50% on Part 7 if purchased when you sign up for the upcoming live class!


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Dr Jay’s words are like sitting in a Gurukul, listening to an Upanishad, from a Rishi. They are so inspiring. So blessed.


Dr. Jay is able to breathe in an incredible liveliness into any the classroom experience. What I really enjoy about his classes is his unique ability to show the same subject matter from many different angles: if you don’t see the subject from one side (due to your own particular way of perceiving things), he will find a way to illuminate for you from the other side.


Dr. J is a true Vaidya. What makes him an especially effective teacher is that he takes great effort to bridge the obvious cultural divide that exists between India an North America. It’s tough, but he does it with ease!