Ashtanga Hridayam

Part 17: Marmas, Injury Management and Dreams


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

(Recommended for serious Ayurvedic students)


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 the definition of Marmas, their locations and and importance
  • Learn how to evaluate Marma health and injury
  • Explore the clinical relationship between dreams and disease


Program Details

Part 17 of Ashtanga Hridayam begins with the 4th chapter of Sareerasthana – Marma Vibhaga. It covers what are Marmas, the 107 Marmas and their locations, as well as clinical management of Marma injuries.


Sareerastahana – Chapter 4 – Marma Vibhagam

Vital Points-107 marmas, their classification, location, clinical outcome of marma injuries and their management (8 sessions)

  • 107 Marmas and their distribution over the body
  • Each Marma, its location and outcome of its injury
  • Classification of Marmas based on the type of tissue on which they are situated
  • Importance of Marmas
  • Complication of Marma injuries
  • Prognosis of Marma injuries: marmas with injury causing instant death, Marmas with injury causing death over a period of time, Marmas with injury causing disability, Marmas with removal of impacted foreign body causing instant death and marmas with injury causing tremendous pain
  • The size of each Marma
  • Principles of Marma injury management


Sareerastahana – Chapter 5 – Vikriti Vijnaniyam 

Indicators of prognosis and fatal signs (7 sessions)

  • Importance of knowing prognosis of a disease and fatal signs
  • Indicators of poor prognosis
  • Altered sensory perceptions indicating poor prognosis
  • Dreams and indicators from the nature on the incurability of diseases


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


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