Ashtanga Hridayam

Panchakarma and Cleansing Procedures

The Ashtanga Hridayam, the “Heart or Essence of all the Eight Branches of Ayurveda,” is one of the primary 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 series, you will be guided through the Ashtanga Hridayam by Vaidya. Jayarajan Kodikannath word-by-word, illuminating the deepest aspects of the Ayurvedic principles. Chanting the slokas together, you’ll experience the richness of the beautiful ancient verse and feel the healing vibration of the words – the heart of Ayurveda! If you are new to Ayurveda, this course will set a stellar foundation for your studies. If you have already commenced your studies in Ayurveda, journeying into the root text will allow you to immerse yourself further and become truly outstanding in the field.

This segment of the Ashtanga Hridayam series will cover chapters 19, 20, 21, 22 and 23 of the text. You’ll learn the clinical applications for Panchakarma cleansing procedures, Vasti and Nasya. This part also will cover the indications, contraindications, classification, preparation and practice of Dhumapana, Gandusha, Kabalagraha, Mukhalepa, Aschyotana and Anjana procedures and their clinical application.


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!


Learning Objectives

  • Uncover the deepest meaning behind the Ayurvedic principles as outlined in the root ancient text
  • Experience the richness and healing power of the ancient Sanskrit verses
  • Build an authentic foundation of traditional Ayurvedic knowledge
  • Study clinical applications for Panchakarma cleansing procedures, Vasti and Nasya
  • Learn indications, contraindications, classification, preparation and practice of Dhumapana, Gandusha, Kabalagraha, Mukhalepa, Aschyotana and Anjana procedures and their clinical application


Program Details



Chapter 19 – Vastividhi

Principles and practice of therapeutic enema
3 sessions

  • Indications and contraindications of Vasti (enema therapies)
  • Preparation and procedure of Anuvasana
  • After care of Anuvasana
  • Preparation and procedure of Asthapana
  • Different types of Asthapana Vastis
  • Preparation and procedure of Uttaravasti


Chapter 20 – Nasyavidhi

Principles and practice of nasal administration 
4 sessions

  • Importance of Nasysa
  • Classification of Nasya
  • Preparation and Practice of Nasya
  • Contraindications of Nasya
  • Time for conducting Nasya for various purposes
  • Preparation and Procedure of Nasya
  • Preparation of Anu Thailam for Nasya


Chapter 21 – Dhumapanavidhi

Principles and practice of smoke therapy
3 sessions

  • Importance of Dhumapana
  • Classification and contraindications of Dhumapana
  • Time for conducting Dhumapana for various purposes
  • Preparation and practice of Dhumapana
  • Ingredients used for Dhumapana
  • Preparation of Dhumavarti for Dhumapana


Chapter 22 – Gandushadividhi

Principles and practice of therapeutic mouth rinses
4 sessions

  • Classification of Gandusha
  • Preparation and practice of Gandusha
  • Practice of Kabalagraha
  • Practice of Pratisarana
  • Practice of Mukhalepa
  • Ingredients for Mukhalepa
  • Concept of Murdha Thaila
  • Preparation and practice of Shirovasti
  • Concept of Karna Purana


Chapter 23 – Aschyotananjanavidhi

Principles and practice of eye drops and collyriums
1 session

  • Importance of Aschyotana
  • Classification of Aschyotana
  • Preparation and practice of Aschyotana
  • Importance of Anjana
  • Classification of Anjana
  • Preparation and practice of Anjana
  • Contraindications of Anjana


Meet the Instructor

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



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!



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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 1-10 – $75 each
Part 1 – The Quest for Longevity: Foundational Principles of Ayurveda


Part 2 – Daily Regimen for Health and Longevity


Part 3 – Seasonal Regimen and Guidelines for Disease Prevention


Part 4 – Ayurvedic Principles of Nutrition


Part 5 – Properties of Food Ingredients & Healing Herbs

Coming soon! Please stay tuned


Part 6 – Natural Medicinal Ingredients, Food Combining & Preserving

Coming soon! Please stay tuned


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


Part 8 – The Keys to Balanced Doshas and Vitality


Part 9 – The Doshas & Disease Management


Part 10 – Healing Ingredient Classification, Oleation & Sudation


Part 11 – $150
Part 11 – Panchakarma & Detoxification from Preparation to Practice
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