Welcome to the Beginner’s Guide to Ayurveda! At the beginning of the course you will be introduced to essential Ayurvedic concepts and principles, and as you move on through the lessons you will build on these concepts until you can see clearly how they are all connected. Enjoy!
In this lesson we are going to take a brief look at the underlying principals of Ayurveda. Starting with its philosophical viewpoint, then looking at the building blocks of creation, then the three main energies directing the universe and finally an introduction to the Ayurvedic perspective on constitutions.
This lesson introduces the concept of the digestive fire, known as agni, which is a central theme in Ayurveda. We are going to start with how Ayurveda classifies the different types of agni, the stages of digestion and their relationships to the doshas and then we will look at how best to keep your digestive fires burning!
In this lesson we are going to look at how the food we eat is converted not only into the tissues that make up the structure of the body known as the dhatus, but it is also into our energy, vitality, immunity, fertility, longevity and joie de vivre which in Ayurveda we call ojas. We are also going to look at the channels, which are called the srotas, that carry the nutrients to and the waste products away from the tissues and so maintain a healthy flow throughout the body.
In this lesson we take a look at how understanding the effect each of the six tastes has on mind and body and the balance of our doshas, means that food and herbs can be chosen according to the needs of each individual person, so they can be a more effective and valuable tool for the prevention and treatment of imbalance and disease.
In this lesson we are going to look at what is involved in Ayurvedic detoxification, when are the best times to do a detox and what we hope to achieve before moving on to the three phases of the detoxification process. Once you have digested this lesson we hope that you will confident enough to practice some simple detox measures at home when you need to.