FOUNDATIONS OF ĀYURVEDA PART I

FOUNDATIONS OF ĀYURVEDA PART I

Dr. Robert Svoboda and Dr. Claudia Welch AI at a lecture

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

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This multi-media course includes more than 50 hours of video presented by Dr. Svoboda and Dr. Welch, accompanying handouts, end of lesson quizzes and a course certificate. We conduct an in-depth exploration of the language and foundational principles and concepts of Āyurveda.

If you are able to fully understand and digest this course, together with Foundations of Āyurveda Part II, they are comparable to a semester of Āyurvedic in-person training. Together they provide a comprehensive, strong foundation in the principles of Āyurveda, sufficient to prepare students to incorporate more subtle Āyurveda concepts and practices into a yoga practice, an established medical practice, or to go on to pursue clinical study in Āyurveda.

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.

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.

If you have already studied Āyurveda and would just like to review certain subjects, consider taking just the parts of this course that you would like to review. All sections are available as stand-alone lessons. (Just please note that each of those stand-alone lessons is taken out of the context of the entire course, so may contain references to material presented earlier or later in the course).

IS THIS THE RIGHT COURSE FOR ME?

This course may be a good option for you if:

  •  you are new to Āyurveda and looking to begin an in-depth study of it. Possibly you are considering eventually working with patients or adding Āyurveda to your already existing health-care practice. This is an intensive course.
  • you want to take Foundations of Āyurveda Part II. Foundations of Āyurveda Part I, or comparable education, is a prerequisite for the Foundations of Āyurveda Part II course, also taught by Dr. Welch and Dr. Svoboda.
  • you are already familiar with the learning outcomes for this course but are interested to gain new perspectives and insights on or review topics with which you are not completely comfortable. 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 entire course and its sequel, “Foundations of Āyurveda Part II.” 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 both this course, and Part II after attending various, reputable 2-year schools and institutes of Āyurveda:“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 & IIIf 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 11 lessons, each containing one or more videos of Dr. Welch and Dr. Svoboda teaching, a lesson handout and an end of lesson quiz. There is also a course discussion forum where you can discuss your learning with fellow students. (Kindly note that this course used to be named, “Advanced Introduction to Beginning Āyurveda.“)

Lesson 1 – Introduction

Learning Objectives:

1. Know and understand the definition of Āyurveda.

2. Know the definition of dinacaryā

3. Know and have an introductory understanding of how exercise, falling in love, focus, rest, and eating well can all be used to support learning new information.

Lesson 2 – Philosophy of Āyurveda: 4 Aims & Stages of Life, & Sāṃkhya Philosophy

Learning Objectives:

1. Have an introductory understanding of the philosophical foundation of Āyurveda, including the 4 Aims and Stages of Life (dharmaarthakāmamokṣa/brahmacaryāgṛhasthavanavāsa or vānaprasthasaṃnyāsa

2. List and have an introductory understanding of the main elements of sāṃkhya philosophy: (avyaktipuruṣaprakṛtimahadbuddhiahaṃkārasattva: 5 sense faculties + 5 faculties of action + mind; rajastamas: 5 tanmātras—sound/śabda, touch/sparśa, form/rūpa, taste/rasa, odor/gandha associated with the 5 elements/mahābhūtas—space/ākāśa, air/vāyu, fire/agni, water/āpas and earth/pṛthvī).

Lesson 3 – The 5 Elements & 20 Guṇas

Learning Objectives:

1. List and have an introductory understanding of the 5 elements/mahābhūtas—space/ākāśa, air/vāyu, fire/agni, water/āpas and earth/pṛthvī).

2. List the 10 pairs of guṇas, in English and Sanskrit.

Lesson 4 – Tridoṣic Theory

Learning Objectives:

1. Be familiar with tridoṣic theory: Have an introductory understanding of the relationship between microcosmic and macrocosmic relationship between the triadic octaves of reality: anilasūryasoma vs. prāṇatejasojas, vs. vātapittakapha–tridoṣic theory.

2. List the times of day and age associated with each doṣa.

3. List the elements associated with each doṣa and each of the 6 tastes.

Lesson 5 – Vāta: The Mobile Force, Corresponding Sites & Subtypes

Learning Objectives:

1. List the guṇas (qualities) of vāta.

2. Know the main sites of vāta accumulation in the body.

3. List the main functions of vāta.

4. Know the general causes of vāta imbalance.

5. Know the 5 subtypes of vāta and their main sites, functions and directions of their movements (for vāta).

6. Know the main therapeutic site for vāta.

Lesson 6 – Pitta: The Transformational Force, Corresponding Sites & Subtypes

Learning Objectives:

1. List the guṇas (qualities) of pitta.

2. Know the main sites of pitta accumulation in the body.

3. List the main functions of pitta.

4. Know the general causes of pitta imbalance.

5. Know the 5 subtypes of pitta and their main sites, and functions.

6. Know the main therapeutic site for pitta.

Lesson 7 – Kapha: The Stabilizing Force, Corresponding Sites & Subtypes

Learning Objectives:

1. List the guṇas (qualities) of kapha.

2. Know the main sites of kapha accumulation in the body.

3. List the main functions of kapha.

4. Know the general causes of kapha imbalance.

5. Know the 5 subtypes of kapha and their main sites, and functions.

6. Know the main therapeutic site for kapha.

Lesson 8 – Prakṛti: Your Ayurvedic Constitution

Learning Objectives:

1. Know and understand the meaning of prakṛti and the 7 main categories of prakṛti.

2. Be able to determine probable physical prakṛti.

3. Be able to list etiological factors that affect prakṛti.

Lesson 9 – Vikṛti: Current Condition

Learning Objectives:

1. Be able to define vikṛti.

2. Be able to determine probable vikṛti.

3. Be able to list etiological factors that affect vikṛti.

Lesson 10 – Agni & Āma

Learning Objectives:

1. Define agni.

2. List the qualities and functions of agni.

3. List at least 10 signs of healthy agni.

4. List at least 10 indications that agni is impaired.

5. Name the 4 clinical classifications of agni and understand their probable physiological effects.

6. Define āma and understand how it is formed.

7. List possible causes of āma formation, symptoms associated with the presence of āma and possible remedies.

Lesson 11 – A Look at How Doṣas can Aggravate Each Other; Gentle Pacification Techniques; Dinacaryā

Learning Objectives:

1. Understand how the doṣas “push” or provoke each other.

2. Define śamana.

3. List and describe the sapta (7) śamana (doṣa-palliative) techniques: (thirst, wind bath, sun bath, dīpanapācana, hunger, exercise).

4. Be familiar with the basic components of dinacaryā.

Lesson 1 – Introduction

Learning Objectives:

1. Know and understand the definition of Āyurveda.

2. Know the definition of dinacaryā

3. Know and have an introductory understanding of how exercise, falling in love, focus, rest, and eating well can all be used to support learning new information.

Lesson 2 – Philosophy of Āyurveda: 4 Aims & Stages of Life, & Sāṃkhya Philosophy

Learning Objectives:

1. Have an introductory understanding of the philosophical foundation of Āyurveda, including the 4 Aims and Stages of Life (dharmaarthakāmamokṣa/brahmacaryāgṛhasthavanavāsa or vānaprasthasaṃnyāsa

2. List and have an introductory understanding of the main elements of sāṃkhya philosophy: (avyaktipuruṣaprakṛtimahadbuddhiahaṃkārasattva: 5 sense faculties + 5 faculties of action + mind; rajastamas: 5 tanmātras—sound/śabda, touch/sparśa, form/rūpa, taste/rasa, odor/gandha associated with the 5 elements/mahābhūtas—space/ākāśa, air/vāyu, fire/agni, water/āpas and earth/pṛthvī).

Lesson 3 – The 5 Elements & 20 Guṇas

Learning Objectives:

1. List and have an introductory understanding of the 5 elements/mahābhūtas—space/ākāśa, air/vāyu, fire/agni, water/āpas and earth/pṛthvī).

2. List the 10 pairs of guṇas, in English and Sanskrit.

Lesson 4 – Tridoṣic Theory

Learning Objectives:

1. Be familiar with tridoṣic theory: Have an introductory understanding of the relationship between microcosmic and macrocosmic relationship between the triadic octaves of reality: anilasūryasoma vs. prāṇatejasojas, vs. vātapittakapha–tridoṣic theory.

2. List the times of day and age associated with each doṣa.

3. List the elements associated with each doṣa and each of the 6 tastes.

Lesson 5 – Vāta: The Mobile Force, Corresponding Sites & Subtypes

Learning Objectives:

1. List the guṇas (qualities) of vāta.

2. Know the main sites of vāta accumulation in the body.

3. List the main functions of vāta.

4. Know the general causes of vāta imbalance.

5. Know the 5 subtypes of vāta and their main sites, functions and directions of their movements (for vāta).

6. Know the main therapeutic site for vāta.

Lesson 6 – Pitta: The Transformational Force, Corresponding Sites & Subtypes

Learning Objectives:

1. List the guṇas (qualities) of pitta.

2. Know the main sites of pitta accumulation in the body.

3. List the main functions of pitta.

4. Know the general causes of pitta imbalance.

5. Know the 5 subtypes of pitta and their main sites, and functions.

6. Know the main therapeutic site for pitta.

Lesson 7 – Kapha: The Stabilizing Force, Corresponding Sites & Subtypes

Learning Objectives:

1. List the guṇas (qualities) of kapha.

2. Know the main sites of kapha accumulation in the body.

3. List the main functions of kapha.

4. Know the general causes of kapha imbalance.

5. Know the 5 subtypes of kapha and their main sites, and functions.

6. Know the main therapeutic site for kapha.

Lesson 8 – Prakṛti: Your Ayurvedic Constitution

Learning Objectives:

1. Know and understand the meaning of prakṛti and the 7 main categories of prakṛti.

2. Be able to determine probable physical prakṛti.

3. Be able to list etiological factors that affect prakṛti.

Lesson 9 – Vikṛti: Current Condition

Learning Objectives:

1. Be able to define vikṛti.

2. Be able to determine probable vikṛti.

3. Be able to list etiological factors that affect vikṛti.

Lesson 10 – Agni & Āma

Learning Objectives:

1. Define agni.

2. List the qualities and functions of agni.

3. List at least 10 signs of healthy agni.

4. List at least 10 indications that agni is impaired.

5. Name the 4 clinical classifications of agni and understand their probable physiological effects.

6. Define āma and understand how it is formed.

7. List possible causes of āma formation, symptoms associated with the presence of āma and possible remedies.

Lesson 11 – A Look at How Doṣas can Aggravate Each Other; Gentle Pacification Techniques; Dinacaryā

Learning Objectives:

1. Understand how the doṣas “push” or provoke each other.

2. Define śamana.

3. List and describe the sapta (7) śamana (doṣa-palliative) techniques: (thirst, wind bath, sun bath, dīpanapācana, hunger, exercise).

4. Be familiar with the basic components of dinacaryā.

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 salient points of the philosophies that pervade Āyurveda, including the four aims and stages of life and sāṃkhya philosophy.
  • The five tattvas or mahābhūtas (elements)
  • The twenty guṇas (qualities)
  • The three doṣas
  • The fifteen subdoṣas
  • Causes of disorder in the doṣas and subdoṣas
  • Possible options to resolve the disorders
  • Understanding and determining prakṛti (your Āyurvedic constitution)
  • Understanding, determining, and resolving vikṛti (your current condition)
  • Agni—the digestive fire
  • Āma—morbid material in the body: how it arises and can be resolved
  • Śamana: Gentle ways to restore balance to health
  • Dinacaryā: Healthy daily routines
  • Khavaiguṇya – Defective spaces in the body

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.

Dr. Claudia Welch and Dr. Robert Svoboda with a crowd of people

Photos: Dr. Svoboda and Dr. Welch teaching together at The Ayurvedic Institute, by Jeremy Frindel

FOUNDATIONS OF AYURVEDA PART II

Online Course Co-taught by Dr. Robert Svoboda and Dr. Claudia Welch

Now Available Here.