Ashtanga Hridayam

The Doshas and Disease Management

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 the Doshas, or three humours, beginning with their properties and functions in the mind-body. Studying the impact of Dosha combinations and imbalances, we will begin looking at the management of disease.


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 locations, functions and dysfunctions of the Doshas
  • Comprehend the influence of Doshas on health and how to manage their imbalances
  • Calibrating the use of nourishing and depleting disease management techniques


Program Details

Part 9 – Fall  2019 Session Dates

Sep 4, 11, 18, 25

Oct 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Nov 6, 13, 27

Dec 4, 11, 18




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


Chapter 14 – Dvividhopakramanīyam

  • Classification of disease management methodologies
  • Managing diseases of accumulation and stagnation
  • Managing diseases of depletion and degeneration
  • Complications of excessive reductive protocols


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 1-7 – $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
Dietary Guidelines and the Impact of Foods on the Mind-Body


Part 8 – $150
The Keys to Balanced Doshas and Vitality

Save 50% on Part 8 if purchased when you sign up for the upcoming live class!

For registration assistance or to purchase Ashtanga Hridayam class recordings, contact Student Support
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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!