Ashtanga Hridayam

Natural Medicinal Ingredients, Food Combining & Preserving

Live Streamed with Dr. Jayarajan Kodikannath

February 21-May 30, 2018 - 15 Wednesday evenings from 6-7:30pm Pacific

Approved PACE program by NAMA: 18 AHC, 20 AP/AD credits



Study the ancient principles of nutrition - straight from the source

Ashtanga Hridayam, the “Heart or Essence of all the Eight Branches of Ayurveda,” is one of the fundamental ancient root texts of Ayurveda. It is written in a poetic form with beautiful Sanskrit verse, making it easier for a student to remember important subjects in a concise form. Today the Ashtanga Hridayam continues to serve as a root source for Ayurvedic philosophy and protocol, providing clear guidelines in all aspects of health, including nutrition. 


As an Ayurveda student, practitioner or enthusiast, you know how important it is to use the authentic teachings of the ancient Vedic texts, though acquiring this information can seem like a daunting task. In this course, you will be guided through the Ashtanga Hridayam by Dr. Jayarajan Kodikannath word-by-word, illuminating the deepest aspects of the Ayurvedic principles. Chanting the slokas together, you'll experience the richness of the beautiful ancient verse and feel the healing vibration of the words - the heart of Ayurveda! If you are new to Ayurveda, this course will set a stellar foundation for your studies. If you have already commenced your studies in Ayurveda, journeying into the root text will allow you to immerse yourself further and become truly outstanding in the field.


Course format 

The Ashtanga Hridayam series is offered in 15 session segments progressing through the text chapter-by-chapter. Students are welcome to join any part of the series with no prerequisite, and the recordings of previous segments are available (see below for more details on purchasing recordings).


Learning objectives

In the next session, studying Chapters 6, 7 and 8 of the text, you’ll learn about:

  • Natural medicinal ingredients
  • Protection of food and how to identify toxicities
  • Incompatible foods and food combinations
  • Dietary guidelines



Meet the Instructor, Dr. Jayarajan Kodikannath




Please note tuition is due at time of registration.


$325 KAA Students & Alumni 
$370 General Public



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Visit the earlier chapters of the Ashtanga Hridayam

Watch the archived class recordings for previous chapters!

It is not required to complete previous parts of the Ashtanga Hridayam season. Students are welcome to pop into the series at any time.

Please note: NAMA PACE credits are not available for students who study archived class recording materials for this course.


Part 1: The Quest for Longevity: Foundational Principles of Ayurveda - $75


Part 2: Daily Regimen for Health and Longevity - $75


Part 3: Seasonal Regimen and Guidelines for Disease Prevention - $75


Part 4: Ayurvedic Principles of Nutrition - $75


Part 5: Properties of Food Ingredients & Healing Herbs  - $150

Save an additional 50% on Part 5 if purchased when you sign up for the upcoming live class!


To purchase Ashtanga Hridayam class recordings: