The Vedas are the most ancient texts of wisdom that have been miraculously and largely preserved in their original form. The scriptures were maintained in their original language and the essence was not lost in translation.
The Ashtanga Hridayam (The 8-Fold Path to the Heart of Ayurveda) is one of the foundational Vedic texts of Ayurveda, and perhaps the most comprehensive, as its author Vagbhata (AD 550-600), sought to compile the wisdom of the older texts (Samhitas) in Ayurveda that came before it.
In the last 100 years, translations and commentaries on the original scriptures have allowed the world to get a glimpse into Ayurveda. While this is great, some of the original principles are lost in the myriad practices and prescriptions.
Studying the scriptures is highly recommended in order to deepen one's understanding of Ayurveda. The scriptures offer the most refined teachings, and out of the three main Samhitas, Ashtanga Hridayam is the most relevant to our times.
This 6-part, 20-hour, Ashtanga Hridayam course is Part 1 in a series. In Part 1 we will dive into the most fundamental chapters of the texts, a lens through which a lot of the popular Ayurvedic information available online today can be evaluated.
This guided study will give you confidence. With the knowledge of the scriptures, a practitioner is able to practice with a stronger philosophical foundation and can refer back to the scriptures when faced with conflicting information.
This course is ideal for students and practitioners that already have a basic understanding of Ayurveda and seek to deepen their study.
Part 2 of the course focuses on food substances and nutrition. You can purchase Parts 1 & 2 as a bundle below.
Chapters Covered in Part 1
Ayushkamiya - The Desire for Longevity
Dinacharya - The Daily Regimen
Rutucharya - The Seasonal Regimen
Doshadi Vijnana - Science of the Doshas
Doshabhediya - Classification of Doshas
Your course fees include PDFs of the slides deck with sutras from the Ashtanga Hridayam translated with commentary.
We highly recommend buying a hard copy of the text with commentary in English as well (the sutras in these texts are often not translated). The following English-language texts are recommended:
Raised in Mumbai by my grandfather who was an Ayurvedic Healer, the principles of Ayurveda are deeply etched into my psyche. They have become and intuitive and natural part of my lifestyle. I started studying some of the Eastern Shashtras at a young age and have continued to study Ayurveda formally from the ancient texts of Carak Samhita and Ashtang Hrudayam at Shubham Ayurveda. Having developed a deep understanding of the authentic principles, I seek to apply them to our modern day lifestyle, food and diseases.
The course reinforced and deepened my current self-care practices. Nidhi's teaching style made difficult concepts much easier to digest. Her personal anecdotes made the course material come alive. Furthermore, Nidhi was very generous in fully answering any questions. I would recommend this course to anyone who has a serious interest in Ayurveda. As someone who loves language, the course reinforced my belief that if someone wants to truly understand a subject, then one must go to original sources and texts. After taking the course, I now understand how most of the West's Ayurvedic knowledge in books, web sites, etc., barely scratches the surface of the richness of Ayurveda teachings. Nidhi introduced me to a deeper appreciation for Indian culture than I ever knew before. For these many reasons, I consider this course as a life-changing experience.
I have more awareness and understanding of Ayurveda since doing the course. I loved how well Nidhi navigated the interactions. She was very responsive to our questions without losing focus on what she was teaching. I recommend this course as I believe Nidhi is an incredible teacher and human. I am looking forward to the next session.