This is part one of a 60 hour course on Ayurvedic herbs and spices.
Do you feel frustrated by Ayurveda because you lack and understanding of its herbs and how they work in the body? Do you get confused by conflicting teachings about Ayurveda? Do you seek practical knowledge of the human body according to Ayurveda and how to keep it in a state of balance?
Until this course, Vaidya Mishra has focused primarily on the vibrational aspects of Ayurveda (prana - soma, agni and marut, mantras, etc.). Now will begin the study of the physical materials (dravyas) used in Ayurveda.
Vaidya Mishra's specialty is to go back to the original Sanskrit texts and explain word by word the practical wisdom contained there. You will gain confidence from this this knowledge because it is not a modern teacher's opinion or interpretation, but is rooted in the ancient shastras (or texts). You will not find translations of the sanskrit verses, but you will learn the actual Sanskrit itself. In this way, Vaidya Mishra connects you to the source of Ayurvedic teaching.
In this course you will learn a complete understanding of the body, the tissues, the doshas. And you will learn how some of the most important Ayurvedic herbs and spices and vegetables affect the state of balance in the body. With this framework of knowledge you will be able to start using the herbs and spices just as a child begins to put words together to form meaningful sentences.
The knowledge of dravya guna (pharmacopoeia) is the grammar of Ayurveda. You must learn the qualities of each herb to be successful in creating health through Ayurveda.
In this first section of the course you will get an overview of what dravya (Ayurvedic materia medica) is. You will review and go more deeply into the doshas (vata, pitta, kapha), sub-doshas, dhatus (tissues) and shrotas (channels) of the body. You will also learn the 20 gunas (qualities) used to describe the dravyas (herbs), as well as the rasas (tastes), viryas (potencies), vipakas (after effects), and prabhavas (special properties) used to describe the various herbs in the remainder of the course.
This section of the course is more theoretical than the remaining sections and it provides the basis for understanding all of the herbs listed in the other sections.
When you download the zip file for this section of the course (and unzip it using a free unzip program like 7-Zip), you will find PDF files (which can be opened with the free Adobe Reader) and MP3 audio files (which can be played on any MP3 player such as iPod or iTunes). You can listen to the audio alone, but for the first time through (at least), we recommend that you follow along with the PDF documents to make sure that all of the concepts are clear. The PDFs sometimes contain visual diagrams in addition to the Sanksrit verses.
We recommend reviewing, and re-listening to these files many times so that the heart begins to recognize and own the knowledge. These MP3 files are especially good to put on your MP3 player and listen in the car. Just as it is easy to remember songs you hear over and over on the radio, you will find that the knowledge in these lectures will stick to you with no effort when you hear them over and over. You will also find that your understanding of the material deepens each time you hear them.
This product and statements have not been evaluated by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) and are not intended to be used to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. All of the information above is intended for educational purposes only and may not be used to replace or compliment medical advice.