Ashtanga Hridayam

Healing Ingredient Classification, Oleation & Sudation

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 Dr. (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 15, 16 and 17 of the text. You’ll learn the grouping and classification of herbs and natural healing ingredients according to their actions in purification therapies. This part also will cover the concepts and detailed process of oleation  and sudation: their indications, contraindications, classification, and incorporation of these processes in the clinical practice.


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!

  • 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 the classification of herbs and natural ingredient based on therapeutic actions
  • Study purification procedures oleation and sudation


Program Details



Chapter 15 – Shodhanadiganasamgrahaneeyam

Grouping of herbs and healing ingredients based on the therapeutic action
6 sessions

  • The 33 groups of herbs and ingredients based on their therapeutic action including the ingredients used for purification (Panchakarma) protocol and other healing protocols.
  • Grouping of ingredients indicated for Panchakarma – Vamana (therapeutic emesis), Virechana (therapeutic purgation), Vasti (therapeutic enemas), Nasya (therapeutic nasal administration)
  • Grouping of ingredients based on their Dosha pacifying effect- Vata pacifying, Pitta pacifying and Kapha pacifying
  • Grouping of ingredients based on clinical indications


Chapter 16 – Snehavidhi

Principles and practice of oleation
6 sessions

  • Qualities that make the substances unctuous and commonly used Snehas (unctuous material)
  • Indications and contraindications of Snehana (unction)
  • Benefits of ghee, sesame oil, animal fat and their seasonal use
  • Methods of therapeutic administration of Snehas
  • Management of complications of Snehana process


Chapter 17 – Svedavidhi

Principles and practice of sudation
3 sessions

  • Types of Svedana (sudation process)
  • Qualities of Svedana (sudation)
  • Indications and contraindications of Svedana (sudation)
  • Indication of optimal Svedana (sudation)
  • Expressions of excessive Svedana (sudation)


Meet the Instructor

Meet Dr. (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 1-8 – $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
Part 7 – Dietary Guidelines and the Impact of Foods on the Mind-Body
Part 8 – The Keys to Balanced Doshas and Vitality


Parts 9 – $150
Part 9 – The Doshas & Disease Management
Save 50% if you enroll in the upcoming session!
Enroll in Part 10 beginning Feb 19, 2020 and receive the Part 9 recording for $75