Ashtanga Hridayam

Panchakarma & Detoxification from Preparation to Practice

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 17, 18 and 19 of the text. You’ll learn the clinical applications for detoxification procedures including Svedana (sudation), Vamana (emesis therapy), Virechana (purgation therapy) and Vasti (enema therapies). Learning from an Ayurvedic master clinician, you’ll explore the root text’s guidance on 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!


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 purification procedures Svedana (sudation), Vamana (emesis therapy), Virechana (purgation therapy) and Vasti (enema therapies)
  • Learn their indications, contraindications, classification, and incorporation of these procedures in clinical practice


Program Details



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)


Chapter 18 – Vamanavirechanavidhi

Principles and practice of emesis and purgation therapies
7 sessions

  • Indications and contraindications of Vamana (emesis therapy)
  • Indications and contraindications of Virechana (purgation therapy)
  • Procedure of Vamana
  • Post-Vamana recuperation
  • Procedure of Virechana
  • Post-Virechana recuperation
  • Benefits of Shodhana


Chapter 19 – Vastividhi

Principles and practice of therapeutic enema
5 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


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 1-8 – $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
Part 9 – The Doshas & Disease Management


Part 10 – $150
Part 10 – Healing Ingredient Classification, Oleation & Sudation
Save 50% if you enroll in the upcoming session! Enroll in Part 11 beginning September 2, 2020 and receive the Part 10 recording for $75