FOUNDATIONS OF ĀYURVEDA PART II

fullsizerender2ONLINE COURSE CO-TAUGHT BY DR. ROBERT SVOBODA AND DR. CLAUDIA WELCH

This multi-media course includes more than 50 hours of video presented by Dr. Welch and Dr. Svoboda, accompanying handouts, end of lesson quizzes, a final exam, and a course certificate. Foundations of Āyurveda Part II explores Āyurvedic perspectives on how our bodies and minds are structured, organized, nourished and operate, and how to cultivate diagnostic ability. We pick up where Foundations of Āyurveda Part I left off, applying the language and and concepts we learned there in practical, tangible ways. Foundations of Āyurveda Part II provides an in-depth exploration of the intermediate principles of Āyurveda, such that both students new to, and practiced in Āyurveda can find them enlivened, expanded, or reinforced.

If you are able to fully understand and digest this course, together with Foundations of Āyurveda Part I, they are comparable to a semester of Āyurvedic in-person training and provide a comprehensive, strong foundation in the principles of Āyurveda. Completion of both courses prepares students to incorporate subtle concepts and practices of Āyurveda into a yoga practice, an established medical practice, or to go on to learn to apply them clinically. Once you have completed this course, you are welcome to contact us for further educational and training options.

While a couple decades ago, it was hard to find any information on Āyurveda in the West at all, today we face a different challenge. There are so many  Āyurvedic educational resources that it can be daunting to find ones we trust to be accurate, authentic, and well-organized. It took years for Drs. Svoboda and Welch to obtain, assimilate, practice, and organize this knowledge in a manner that the Western mind may readily grasp. The potency of this course lies in its enlivened, organized, concise delivery of in-depth, authentic information and knowledge, based in rich experience.

Dr. Claudia Welch and Dr. Robert Svoboda combined have more than half a century of practicing and teaching Āyurveda. They have taught introductory, advanced, and clinical material. They have taught students with no prior knowledge of Āyurveda as well as advanced students and practitioners. They have taught students with no prior medical training and have taught MDs. In this course, they present material that is essential for anyone who chooses to pursue more advanced Āyurvedic studies. And you can learn at home, in your pajamas if you like, on your own schedule, without the disruptive physical, emotional and financial costs of traveling elsewhere to study.

You can begin this course any time you wish and take up to a year to complete it. You can complete the course on its own, or combined with our private or group tutoring. To get the most out of it you will need to take your time.

IS THIS THE RIGHT COURSE FOR ME?

This course may be a good option for you if:

  •  you have completed Foundations of Āyurveda Part I— or equivalent education– and  want to continue in-depth study of Āyurveda. This is an intensive course and, as with Foundations I, to get the most out of it you will need to take your time. Here is a quote from a student who took Foundations of Ayurveda Part II live, on its value to her:

I was new to Āyurveda [before taking Foundations of Āyurveda Part 1] and [in Foundations of Āyurveda Part II] things are really solidifying because there’s more application…. Before it was the basic concepts, but [in Part II] we’re talking about how they work in the different channels and different dhātus, [etc. ] so for me that solidifies what we learned [in Foundations I] because it’s the application where I can begin to really begin to grasp things rather just being ideas and concepts. So I really appreciate that.” -Student of Foundations of Āyurveda I & II

  • you are already familiar with the learning outcomes for this course. It may still be quite beneficial to review topics you are not completely comfortable with or gain new perspectives and insights. You can do this by either taking the full course, or individual lessons. We have had students who had graduated from some very fine two-year, in-person institutes and schools of Āyurveda and still reported benefit and deepening of knowledge from taking this course. Dr. Svoboda and Dr. Welch explore traditional and unique ways of approaching this material that even some seasoned practitioners find useful. Here are some quotes from students who took this course when it was taped, live, after attending various, reputable 2-year schools and institutes of Ayurveda:“I [graduated from a reputable 2-year-long school of Āyurveda]…and it was overwhelming. I thought I got it but then when I [took Foundations of Āyurveda Part I] and we learned everything we were taught [in that course], it started to click into place for me. And this time [taking Foundations of Āyurveda Part II]… doing the srotāṃsi —I didn’t quite get it [before]—I didn’t take that into my practice because I was afraid I didn’t really grasp it, but its coming into place now, and its so amazing! There’s so much more detail and its really helping me grasp it…I’m getting it now, which is so fabulous!” -Student of Foundations of Āyurveda I & II“I [graduated from a reputable 2-year school of Āyurveda] with a sense of things but I didn’t necessarily have them integrated into myself. [Foundations of Āyurveda I & II] are really helping me to take it more into the intuition of my body and my mind than just strictly rote learning. It’s a really good thing to reintegrate the information.” -Student of Foundations of Āyurveda I & II“[This course] is helpful. [In my previous training in a reputable 2-year institute of Āyurveda] we did have to …know the mūla, mārga and mukhas [of the srotāṃsi] by heart–that was part of our curriculum—but I think what’s really particularly nice is how much time [in Foundations of Āyurveda Part II] we take to explore the different avenues and, for me, there’s a lot of questions or places I get to explore: Even just knowing, for example ..that there are a lot of srotāṃsi —these are just 13 of them.  Exploring and playing with the concepts –which I think that you two [Dr. Svoboda and Dr. Welch] are particularly strong at…taking the basics but allowing it to expand and go beyond that. That’s what I really appreciate. So thank you.” –Student of Foundations of Āyurveda II

If you are more interested in improving your own personal health and daily practices than in studying Āyurveda more extensively, Dr. Welch’s Healthier Hormones course might be a better starting point – whether you are a man or a woman.

COURSE STRUCTURE

This online course consists of seven lessons, each containing one or more videos of Dr. Welch and Dr. Svoboda lecturing, a lesson handout, sometimes additional reading, and an end of lesson quiz. At the end of all seven lessons, there is a final exam. There is also a course discussion forum where you can discuss your learning with fellow students.

Lesson 1 – Introduction: Cultivating Subtle Perception

  1. Orient ourselves to where we are and through what terrain we will navigate in this Intermediate course
  2. Be introduced to the Daoist concept of neiguan, and explore how it relates to diagnosis
  3. Consider the importance of learning the language and concepts of Āyurveda in cultivating neiguan

Lesson 2 – Āyurvedic Anatomy & Physiology; Agni (Part II): 13 Types of Agni

  1. List the thirteen main types of agni (digestive and transformational fires)
    1. Briefly review the functions of jahara agni and it’s sites: stomach (ST) & small intestine (SI)
    2. bhūta agnis (one for each element: nabhasa/ ākāśa =ether, vāyu=air, tejas=fire, āpas=water, pthvī =earth
    3. The seven dhātu agnis
  2. Be introduced to the concepts of pithara, pīlu, kloma & jatru agnis and other lesser-known agnis

Lesson 3 – Āyurvedic Anatomy & Physiology; The Dūyas: Dhātus & Malas

Dhātus

  1. List the sapta dhātus (seven bodily tissues) in English and Sanskrit
  2. Understand the main functions of the 7 dhātus
  3. Memorize and understand the definition of the sapta (7) dhātus, their associated upadhātus (secondary tissues) and malas (wastes)
  4. Recognize signs, symptoms and possible causes of vitiated dhātus
  5. Recognize symptoms associated with the entry of each doa into each dhātu
  6. Recognize the signs and clinical significance of dhātu sāra
  7. Understand the role of agni in the transformation of raw elements (tattvas or bhūtas) into āhāra rasaāhārarasa into first rasa dhātu and then, successively, the rest of the dhātus
  8. Understand the concept of dhātu vddhi, dhātu kaya and dhātu duṣṭi and why they develop
  9. Memorize and understand The Three laws of Nutrition as related to dhātu formation

Malas

  1. List the three malas: urine, feces & sweat

Lesson 4 – Āyurvedic Anatomy & Physiology: Physical Srotāṃsi

Bāhya Srotāṃsi

  1. Be able to list the nine bāhya srotāṃsi shared by men and women
  2. Be able to list the 3 bāhya srotāṃsi unique to women

Abhyantara Srotāṃsi

  1. Be able to list and understand (as much as we can) the accepted mūla, mārga and mukha of the 13 abhyantara srotāṃsi shared by men and women
  2. Be able to list the 3 abhyantara srotāṃsi unique to women (1 ārtavavāhasrotas & 2 stanyavāhasrotāṃsi)
  3. Recognize signs, symptoms, and possible causes of vitiated srotāṃsi
  4. Understand the four states of disturbed flow of srotāṃsi

Lesson 5 – Āyurvedic Anatomy & Physiology of the Mind

Manovāhasrotas

  1. Be able to list and understand (as much as we can) the mūla, mārga and mukha of the manovāhasrotas—the channel system of the mind
  2. Recognize signs, symptoms, and possible causes of vitiated manovāhasrotas
  3. Understand how we might be able to influence the manovāhasrotas
  4. Have an introductory understanding of the associations with the iā and pigala channels

Sattva, Rajas, Tamas, Ojas, Tejas, Prāṇa & Śakti

  1. Review sattva, rajas, tamas ojas, tejas, & prāa in the context of mental health
  2. Have a basic understanding of the concept of śakti related to mental health

Kośas

  1. Have an introductory understanding of the kośas in the context of mental health

Lesson 6 – Dravya, Karma, Vipāka, Prabhāva & Review of Rasa & Vīrya

  1. List and understand the ṣad rasa (6 tastes), vīrya (energetics), vipāka (post-digestive effect), and prabhāva(special effects) of dravya (substances)
  2. Have a general understanding of the relative strength of rasavīryavipāka, and prabhāva

Lesson 7 – Saṃprāpti

  1. Have a basic understanding of the six stages of saṃprāpti (pathogenesis) (good to know both the Sanskrit and English names of the stages)
  2. Be introduced to the concept of rūgna bala roga bala
  3. Have an understanding of when and why śamana (gentle doṣa-palliative procedures) or śodhana (forcible expulsion of doa from the body) is indicated in treatment in the different stages of saṃprāpti

Recommended Books: 

  • Volume 1 Textbook of Āyurveda, Fundamental Principles, by Dr. Vasant Lad, M.A.Sc. (Note about page numbers and chapter names: In 2010, this book went through a revision in format. Despite the resulting changes to page numbers, chapter numbers and titles, Dr. Lad’s book was not printed as a new edition. We refer to the page and chapter numbers and chapter titles as they appear in the 2010 revision. If you have an older copy (older versions don’t have “Volume 1” printed on the side of the book) the correct page number generally occurs a few pages later than the 2010 version. You can also use the index to find the corresponding page number/s).
  • Volume 2 Textbook of Āyurveda, A Complete Guide to Clinical Assessment, by Dr. Vasant Lad, M.A.Sc.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

By the end of this course, if you have kept up with the memorization and study needed to assimilate what is taught, you will be familiar with the following principles:

  • The thirteen types of agni (digestive and transformational fires)
  • The seven dhātus (bodily tissues), and their associated upadhātus (secondary tissues) and malas (wastes)
  • The main functions of the seven dhātus
  • The fundamentals of how each dhātu is created, nourished and transformed
  • Symptoms associated with the entry of each doṣa into each dhātu
  • The srotāṃsi (physiological channels) of the body and mind
  • The signs and symptoms of vitiated srotāṃsi and possible causes of vitiation
  • Ayurvedic psychology: understanding various perspectives on how the mind and body affect each other
  • Rasa (taste), vīrya (energetics), vipāka (post-digestive effect), and prabhāva (special effects) of dravya (substances)
  • The six stages of saṃprāpti (pathogenesis)
  • The difference between śamana (gentle doṣa-palliative procedures) and śodhana (forcible expulsion of doṣa from the body) in the resolution of disorders

For answers to many questions about the details of this course, how to receive NAMA credit for them, etc. please see the FAQ section on this page.

HOW CAN I REGISTER?

If this course looks like a good fit for you, you can read more and sign up here on Dr. Claudia Welch’s website.

In the meantime, thank you for your interest in Ayurveda.