A Beginners Guide to Ayurveda

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Introduction to The Beginner’s Guide

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!

Lesson 1. Part 1: Getting To Know Ayurveda

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.

Lesson 1. Part 3: The Three Gunas

In this lesson we explore the three different types of energy that pervade the universe, called the gunas. According to Samkhya philosophy (the foundation of Ayurvedic and yogic wisdom), everything in creation is composed of three gunas called sattva, rajas and tamas.

Lesson 1. Part 4: The Three Doshas

Take a look at vata, pitta and kapha – what are they and how are they created? Discover how the doshas are the three primary life forces responsible for all functions in body and mind and how together they make up our individual constitutions.

Lesson 1. Part 5: The 20 Qualities

An introduction to the twenty qualities, which are core to our descriptions of the doshas and tastes for example, but also in helping to understand our relationship with the world around us.

Lesson 2. Part 1: Discovering Your Constitution

In this lesson we move onto a discussion of our constitution in more detail.  We will get to know vata, pitta and kapha a little better and will hopefully be able to recognise aspects of them in ourselves. Each of us is made up of all five elements and all three doshas in varying proportions.

Lesson 3. Part 1: Digestive Fire – Agni

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!

Lesson 4. Part 1: Understanding Ama

Now we are going to take a look at how our agni can be affected adversely by our diet and lifestyle and cause the accumulation of ama – toxins in the gut. We will have a look at the role of toxicity or ama in the development of health problems.

Lesson 5. Part 1: Understanding Metabolism

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.

Lesson 5. Part 2: Srotas and Ojas

In this lesson we are 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.

Lesson 6. Part 1: The Importance of Taste

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.

Lesson 6. Part 2: More about Taste

In this section we look at taste and our emotions, the relationship between the doshas and taste, the functions and effects of taste and the energies of taste.

Lesson 7. Part 1: Balancing The Doshas

This is probably the part of the course you have been waiting for, balancing the doshas!  Learn how to take the first step towards balancing your doshas – where do you start?

Lesson 7. Part 2: Balancing Vata

This part of the lesson is specifically about vata imbalances with general advice, massage tips, diet, herbs and recipes to keep vata in balance.

Lesson 7. Part 3: Balancing Pitta

This part of the lesson is specifically about pitta imbalances with general advice, massage tips, diet, herbs and recipes to keep pitta in balance.

Lesson 7. Part 4: Balancing Kapha

This part of the lesson is specifically about kapha imbalances with general advice, massage tips, diet, herbs and recipes to keep kapha in balance.

Lesson 8. Part 1: A Guide to Ayurvedic Detoxification

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.

Lesson 9. Part 1: Keeping Yourself Healthy

In this final lesson of the course we are going to bring together everything that we have studied in this course so far and then – the most important part – help you to put these principles into action to improve your health and wellbeing!

Lesson 9. Part 2: Rasayana – Ayurvedic Rejuvenation

In this lesson we take a look at maintaining your ojas, how they are depleted and how you can enhance them. We look at agni and ojas, and the place of rejuvenating foods, rasayana herbs and meditation in maintaining good ojas.

Congratulations!

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