Ashtanga Hridayam

Part 16: Pregnancy Complications, Healthy Development and Expressions of Mind-Body Systems


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.


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
  • Learn about pregnancy complications and their management
  • Study the development of various body systems including tissues, digestion, and circulation
  • Learn how mind-body constitution (Prakriti) and overall health is optimally expressed


Program Details

Part 16 of the Ashtanga Hridayam series begins with chapter 2 of Sareerasthana. It details pregnancy complications including miscarriages, preventative measures for the tendency of miscarriages, stillbirth, and false pregnancy. In chapter 3, the text shifts to the development of life: how body systems grow and express themselves in a healthy state.

Part 16 Topics: Pregnancy Complications and Healthy Development and Expressions of Mind-Body Systems


Sareerastahana- Chapter 2 – Garbhavyapat Sareera

Complications of pregnancy and their management
4 sessions

  • Still birth and its management
  • Miscarriage and its prevention and management
  • False pregnancy


Sareerastahana- Chapter 3 – Angavibhaga Sareera

Body systems and their expressions of healthy state
11 sessions

  • Body systems and their development from various roots
  • Healthy state of body systems
  • Circulation’s structural and functional details
  • Channel systems (Srotases) and their imbalances
  • Digestive and metabolic systems (Agni) and their dynamics
  • Body constitution (Prakriti) variations and their complete expressions
  • Details of optimal physical and mental health and strength


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 and North America. It’s tough, but he does it with ease!


Textbooks and Previous Class Recordings


If you would like to purchase the Ashtanga Hridayam textbooks: click here to learn more

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 1-15 – $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
Part 6 – Natural Medicinal Ingredients, Food Combining & Preserving – COMING SOON
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 – Panchakarma & Detoxification from Preparation to Practice
Part 12 – Panchakarma & Cleansing Procedures
Part 13 – Instruments, Eye Therapies and Bloodletting
Part 14 – Wound Care and Skin Interventions
Part 15 – Reproduction from Preconception to Postnatal Care


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