My Ashram Life- An Experience to Treasure


By Vishakha Moghe


Just when I was beginning to feel stagnated in life and definitely needed to learn and upgrade my knowledge to be a better practitioner, I met a divinely humble personality about 8 months ago. Lovingly called Joshi Kaka because if there’s something he has to offer to the ones who have an encounter with him, it’s an abundance of love, affection and alacrity. After my first meeting with him, I knew I’d found my next motive in life. It was to visit his ashram and expose myself to an aspect of life some of us can only dream of experiencing.

My journey to “Om Swami Samarth Sadhana Kendra” began in July 2016. Situated about 20 minutes before Shrivardhan in the Konkan region, this ashram is located in the middle of a dense jungle.

A beautiful view of the ashram at sunrise

The ashram premises have plants, shrubs and trees of medicinal importance spread across many acres. Overlooking the Sahyadri Hills, every corner of the ashram has an interesting story to narrate.

The beauty that this place is during rains
The beauty that this place is during rains

No wonder I felt an immediate sense of belonging and calmness take over my mind after setting foot in the ashram. The aura and vibes of the place are something else.

The ashram was founded over fifteen years ago by Param Pujya Kakaji. It is a powerful sanctum of peace, meditation and serenity. The trees and plants that grow here are no ordinary trees. They are yogis in disguise; they’ve been grown using techniques like Cosmic Healing and Mantra Shashtra (Science of Sacred Sounds). How else can you think of having rare trees being able to sustain themselves in a climate that is a complete opposite of what they actually require to survive?

Nakshatra Garden- Trees with powerful healing aura
Nakshatra Garden- Trees with powerful healing aura

That’s the power of Mantra Shashtra. Trees are powerhouses of energy, not only because they provide oxygen to living creatures for their survival, but because they are the ones holding the planet together. If we understand sooner that THEY aren’t here because of US, WE are here because of THEM; we really can save our planet and some of its resources for our future generations!

The varieties of Ayurvedic medicinal plants here left me in awe. After getting to know the number, it was nothing less than surprising. A whopping 4000 medicinal plants including their varieties and everything being taken care of single-handedly during initial years! Some of the herbs and trees that I’ve been studying about are Pippali (Piper longum), Haritaki (Terminalia chebula) , Bibhitaki (Terminalia bellirica), Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Rudraksha (Elaeocarpus Ganitrus Roxb), Vasa (Adhatoda vasica) and many more.

Pippali (Piper longum) A herb having anti-cough, digestive and anti-asthmatic properties.
Pippali (Piper longum) A herb having anti-cough, digestive and anti-asthmatic properties.

What amazes me is just how effective these herbs are; even a mild dose is capable of giving you your desired results! What else can a doctor ask for?

We’ve all heard that trees have feelings too, but really, that’s not it! I don’t think any of us take measures to live this fact. There is a wide range of scientific evidence showing time spent near trees and woods can benefit humans by reducing hypertension, stress and anxiety. Every tree has its own characteristics and nature, just like humans do. Some of us are short-tempered, impatient while others are calm, composed and always in a balanced state of mind. Trees possess such traits too. It is not very easy to befriend a tree and especially a tree that has been grown with Mantra Shastra because then, the tree too is highly educated, it has been taught to behave in a particular way and it exactly knows what’s happening around it. Another fascinating fact is that every tree has its own aura. An aura is an actual energy field that exists around things. There are special instruments that measure and display the aura of an object or a human. These trees very well determine the aura of a person from a distance and that decides if they want you to get near them or not! If it doesn’t like you, it’ll make sure you don’t get near it.

There have been several tests on aura analysis. Sitting under the trees to meditate or simply sitting down silently for about 20 minutes to half an hour has led to a healthy drop in the blood pressure of individuals with elevated blood pressure. A before and after has been done to determine this aspect. Also, the aura of a lot of individuals has been found to have changed from red (negative) to green (positive).

Cosmic Healing sessions in progress
Cosmic Healing sessions in progress




Cosmic Healing Session II
Cosmic Healing Session II


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More Sessions

Several people have benefitted from Cosmic Healing and the auras of people before, during and after the process show drastic differences. It is so alarming that so many of us are in a negative mental state and desperately need healing! I personally experienced a feeling of calmness and light-headedness after meditating under the mango tree, the aura of which I happen to share. I could feel a connection being established after spending an hour under the tree for over 7-8 days regularly and the feeling is utterly indescribable!

Pujya Kakaji has groomed these trees right since they were saplings, Mantra chikitsa was then performed and then they were planted. He has also performed Cosmic Healing on the trees during their growing phase. Imagine the kind of bonding he has with the trees! The trees literally whisper into his ears when he is around them. They communicate and convey to him their problems, if any.

Pujya Kakaji doing what he loves best
Pujya Kakaji doing what he loves best

Today, after eight months of constant learning and observation, the way I look at trees and the entire cosmos has completely changed. The amount of affection I showered on these plants and trees got doubled while I was getting it back from them. I found real friends in their form and my emotional needs were met with. It is difficult to put in words what I feel for these trees.

Red Jamuns
Red Jamuns


I planted some kisses and this is what I got in return :)
I planted some kisses and this is what I got in return 🙂

It’s time we realized that it is not some superpower that’ll save us from miseries, it is these elements of nature! Can we vow to plant at least one tree and take care of it till it grows and is capable of sustaining itself? I don’t think it is an unachievable task for as far as we are headstrong about our intentions, everything just falls in place.

“What we are doing to the forests of the world is but a mirror reflection of what we are doing to ourselves and to one another.”
Chris Maser, Forest Primeval: The Natural History of an Ancient Forest



About The Author


Vishakha is an Ayurvedic practitioner, yoga counselor and a passionate traveler. She lays emphasis on living a healthy life by nourishing the body and mind with wholesome and natural food, meditation and yogic techniques. An Indian at heart, she aims at propagating the goodness of the Indian culture across the seven seas and stimulating thoughts by creating a hunger for knowledge.







Have a Happy Spring

By Vishakha Moghe


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One of the biggest changes as winter comes to an end is the rising temperature and the increasing body heat that follows. The transition from winter to spring and spring to summer is one of the most interesting and important one.  Spring is said to be the season in which Kapha dosha dominates in our body. As the accumulated snow begins to melt with the rising heat, the accumulated Ama (undigested food) in the body also begins to slowly liquefy. The increased Kapha too that melts, clogs the ‘Srotas’ (micro circulatory channels) in the body. This leads to a lot of Ama-related diseases which are a result of diminished Jatharagni (digestive fire).

Winter is the healthiest season of the year owing to the favorable weather conditions. The cold usually keeps the Pitta dosha in control thus preventing Pitta-related disorders. The Kapha dosha begins to accumulate in the body with the increasing cold without causing too many problems. The aggravated Vata however, causes Vataja Vikara like Joint and Muscular pain, Dry Skin and Arthritis. As spring arrives, all the winter-related disorders come under control and the diseases caused by liquefying Kapha take over. The most common spring problems are allergies, rhinitis, sinusitis, indigestion, asthma, cold and cough.

Spring Allergies
Spring Allergies

Annually, millions of people fall prey to seasonal allergies or seasonal allergic rhinitis which is most common with the onset of spring. People cannot enjoy spring due to constant sneezing and sniffling. Fortunately, Ayurvedic scriptures already have a mention of the solution to all such problems. It is brilliant, how carefully this science was designed ages back bringing forth the most intricate details that hold relevance even in today’s age.

As per Ayurveda, the duration from mid March to mid May constitutes the Vasant Ritu or Spring season. The body’s natural tendency is to flush out the toxins by liquefying the Kapha. Hence, we must assist in helping the body get rid of the toxins by taking measures that can keep us healthy and happy for a long time. When spring sets in, Ayurveda advises certain lifestyle modifications that can keep the seasonal ailments in check.


1. Honey should become an integral part of our daily routine. It should be consumed early in the morning on an empty stomach as it helps in controlling Kapha dosha.


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2. Kick start your mornings by performing Jalaneti with moderately warm, saline water. This clears the nasal passages and sinuses and further prevents accumulation of mucus.

3. Oil massage followed by Udvartan (dry powder massage) with Chandan, Aguru ensures protection of the skin from Kapha-related skin disorders. It also improves the immunity by strengthening the body.

4. Asava, Arishta (Ayurvedic self-generating alcoholic preparations), Sidhu, Mardvik should be consumed on a daily basis in moderate quantity. It’s best to consume them during the Kapha time which is from 6 am to 10 am. People who have a hot constitution should consume them in limits and with caution.

5. Grains that have been stored for a long period of time should be consumed. The older they get, the richer and lighter they are to digest. Intake of Jowar (Hordeum vulgare) and Barley also has been proved to improve immunity.

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6. Moderate to heavy exercise is advisable for those with good strength. Exercise helps the body to get rid of excess Kapha dosha and it also eliminates toxins from the skin through sweat.

7. Sipping on warm water occasionally throughout the day is highly recommended as this helps the body digest excess Ama and Kapha.

8. Day sleep is strictly contraindicated as this could lead to an increased Kapha dosha, thus leading to further aggravation of Kapha.

9. Vasant ritu is the season for periodic body cleansing as the body’s natural tendency is to do so. Ayurveda recommends body cleansing during Vasant in the form of Vaman (Emesis) or induced vomiting under expert supervision to eliminate body toxins. The other procedures to be performed are Dhumapana (Herbal Smoking), Gandusha (Oil Pulling) and Nasya (Nasal oil therapy), all under an Ayurvedic practitioner’s guidance.

10. Generous use of spices like dry and fresh ginger, turmeric, garlic, onions that can help digest Ama should be made.

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With some wise modifications in diet and lifestyle, everyone can dream of living a disease-free spring.

Ayurvedafinder wishes all its readers a “Happy Spring”!



About The Author


dsc_0440-11Vishakha is an Ayurvedic practitioner, yoga counselor and a passionate traveler. She lays emphasis on living a healthy life by nourishing the body and mind with wholesome and natural food, meditation and yogic techniques. An Indian at heart, she aims at propagating the goodness of the Indian culture across the seven seas and stimulating thoughts by creating a hunger for knowledge.

The Importance of Vata

By Bindi Shah


I came into practicing and teaching meditation through my interest in Vayu and how this element affects our everyday life. I learned during my Ayurveda studies that there is a major force which governs our mind and therefore our body. This major force is called Vayu, or the vital function of life. The great sage, Acharya Charaka, likened Vayu to God, so great did he see its importance to the world.

Importance of Vayu in Charak Samhita.
Importance of Vayu in Charak Samhita.

Vayu can be translated from the Sanskrit to mean ‘movement’. In the natural world Vayu is present in the flow of rivers, burning of fire, rain, movement of the planets and stars, the formation of clouds, the growth of plants and the climate. An imbalanced Vayu leads to fierce winds, earthquakes, natural disasters, and climatic changes.

Effects of Vata in Nature
Effects of Vata in Nature

In the individual, Vayu is the binding force behind the dhatus, the structural form of the body; it stimulates the agni, the digestive fire; it expels the waste products of the body; it is responsible for the sense organs and for the happiness and energy of the person. The Vayu in the body is known as Vata and an increase or imbalanced vata does not make a happy person. Too much vata in the person can lead to a reduction in strength of the body; an irregular appetite and digestion; a feeling of being unrooted and not stable; depression, anxiety, fear and general mental instability.

There are four ways in which this state of Vata can be balanced.

1. Changing the quality of food taken.

2. Purvakarma therapies of oleation (oil therapies).

3. Undertaking a regime of yoga and pranayama (breathing techniques).

4. Meditation and adopting a positive outlook of life.

The qualities of vayu or vata are dry, cold, and light. This means that the quality of food we intake should be less dry and cold foods, such as salads and we should eat more more warming foods, such as soups.

Nourishing, Warm Foods
Nourishing, Warm Foods

Purvakarma therapies in the form of oil therapies should be regularly taken in a person where the Vata has become imbalanced. The main oil therapy in Ayurveda is Abhyanga, or the full body oil application. Warm oil is applied to the body and downward strokes given. The qualities of oil are unctuous and warm so the opposite of dry and cold. These qualities along with the downward stokes, which move the  Vata away from the mind and towards the feet therefore grounding the person, effectively balance the Vata. In fact the oil therapies are so effective that the person can feel the benefits of the decrease in Vata after the first treatment.

The third main way in which Vata can be balanced is by undertaking a practice of yoga and pranayama. The ancient science of yoga goes hand in hand with the teachings of Ayurveda. Yoga asanas or postures work deeply with the breath of the person thus directly with the prana or vital life-force of the person. Each posture focuses on the breath to come into or come out of the posture, and this helps the person control their breathing. By deep breathing we are automatically relaxing the body and balancing our prana or the Vata which has become increased.

A simple breathing technique or pranayama is deep breathing with a longer exhalation than inhalation. This is excellent to relax the body and great to do before any stressful situations, such as job interviews or exams.

Sit as relaxed as possible and start to listen to the breath. Then inhale to a count of five and exhale to a longer count of ten. Do not worry if your exhalation seems too short to begin with and you cannot last the full count of ten. This will improve the more you practise and the main objective is to exhale longer than you inhale so even if you reach seven or eight counts, that is fine.

Another essential life breathing exercise which can be learnt by anyone and the effects felt almost immediately is Nadi-Sudhi.

Again try and sit in a relaxed state, and start to listen to your breath. Inhale deeply through the left nostril by closing the right, then close the left nostril and exhale the air out of the right. Then inhale from the right nostril and exhale out of the left. This is one round. The first stage of Nadi-Sudhi is not to worry how long you are inhaling or exhaling but to just inhale and exhale to your maximum capacity.

Both of these two breathing techniques will decrease Vata and help bring about calm.

The fourth way to balance Vata in the body is by Meditation. In my opinion this ancient art in your daily routine, will allow you to bring more joy into your life. Meditation works by changing the mindset of the person. Being in the moment, allowing positive thoughts in, expressing gratitude are all aspects of a meditative practice and will help you grow and maintain a positive outlook.

In combination these four techniques of eating differently, oil therapies, yoga and meditation can greatly benefit the vayu by regulating it and not letting it become imbalanced. This will in turn balance the mind and thus the body.  In our overly busy and rushed world, we all need to decrease our increased Vata. Try one of the methods today, your body and mind will love you for it.


About the Author



Bindi’s journey to her soul offerings started in 2001 with a visit to an Ayurveda retreat in India. After discovering how good it felt to receive deep natural health-care and what a difference this made to her life, she embarked on a course in India to learn more of this ancient art. The year-long study in India included theory from the ancient scriptures, learning the poetic language of Sanskrit, Vedic-astrology, Yoga, Meditation and Herbs. It was an amazing experience and on returning to London, she set up her business helping people with the knowledge she had gained. Bindi has wonderful soul offerings in her online school and is writing her first book based on life coaching techniques which have helped her and her clients.


Eat Your Way To A Healthy Body And A Sound Mind


By Vishakha Moghe

“The only species that becomes nutritionally deficient is the human species. And we do so because we’ve completely lost touch with the inner wisdom of our bodies.”

Ayurveda has this wonderful way of explaining how we as human beings are unique from every other human being on the planet. This applies to the Prakruti (body constitution), the mental makeup and the eating habits. Eating does not mean feeding your body to sustain it; eating is an art and one must master it.  How often do we carefully pick what we eat and concentrate on how our body assimilates it? Hardly ever! And that’s exactly where our problems begin.

Intelligent food is that which is full of “Prana”(life), energy and strength. It has the power to influence your consciousness and thoughts. At the same time, food brings anger, happiness and contentment depending on the way it is cooked and on the vibrations of the person who cooks it. The quality of food literally affects your mind, body and your thoughts. When you are aware of the qualities of foods you eat, you are being a conscious and a wise eater.  But with all the chaos going on in our heads, we miss out on these simple pleasures of life.

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How to be a Wise Eater?

1. Love the regional food- Food is life, it is the source of energy and it is an entity that has been wisely created by nature. Foods that are whole, unadulterated and that grow in your own region have the highest nutritive value and are intelligent in nature. Traditionally, Indians used to eat a fair amount of Bajra (Pearl Millet), Jowar (Sorghum) and Ragi (Finger Millet). These foods were packed with health, antioxidants and nutrition. We need to revive our love for traditional foods which is the only way we can save our future generations from hoards of allergies, nutrition deficiencies and other health problems.

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2. Include all six tastes in your meal- When your body craves unhealthy food, it’s because your body isn’t getting its dose of all the six tastes namely- Sweet, Sour, Salty, Pungent, Bitter and Astringent. So it’s important that we include foods that fall under each category. Also, you should always begin your meal with something sweet and then eat the other foods one-by- one in the above mentioned order.

3. Minimize restaurant eating- No matter how much a restaurant claims to use safe ingredients and healthy cooking measures, restaurant food can be far from safe and healthy. Most of the time, we are unaware of the source of the ingredients esp. when the foods are animal-based. The kind of cooking oils used, the nature of the ingredients whether they are freshly bought or have been stored in the freezer for a long time is unknown to us. It’s always a better option to eat freshly cooked home food.

4. Avoid stale foods- Foods that are cooked in the morning can be eaten at night but foods that have been cooked at night shouldn’t be eaten in the morning since they turn stale due to night’s tamasik Also, the nutrients in the food die out. Stale food increases acid secretion that in turn worsens diseases like hyperacidity, digestive disorders and other ama-related disorders.

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5. Eat the five main Sattvik foods in their natural, organic form when possible- Milk, Ghee, Honey, Fruit, Almonds. Milk is revered in Ayurvedic philosophy as a complete food.

6. Avoid eating canned and frozen foods- Every living food is full of Prana when it’s fresh. Food that has been frozen or preserved is devoid of prana. How much prana is present in a particular food is dependent on the length of time it has been frozen. As a rule of thumb, if your food hasn’t seen sunlight in a while, it’s best to reduce your consumption of that food or eliminate it from your diet altogether.

So many of us complain about our lack of energy, increased sluggishness and exhaustion; this is where the energy actually starts to manifest. Feed your body and mind with natural, prana-rich foods that have the power to entirely change the way you think and look at your body. Not only that, start maintaining a routine and sticking to it whole-heartedly. Eating is a sacred act of filling your body with good energy and life. The love, joy and happiness you feel while cooking it will bring the energy back into your life.

So vow to start eating your way to a healthy body and a sound mind!




Vishakha is an Ayurvedic practitioner, yoga counselor and a passionate traveler. She lays emphasis on living a healthy life by nourishing the body and mind with wholesome and natural food, meditation and yogic techniques. An Indian at heart, she aims at propagating the goodness of the Indian culture across the seven seas and stimulating thoughts by creating a hunger for knowledge.

Ayurvedic New Year Resolutions That Will Last

By Vishakha Moghe


The year went by and yet again we are surprised how fast time flies! In the effort to catch up with life’s pace, we compromise on a lot of aspects of our health. By the time the first month of the New Year goes by, the year’s resolutions are already a thing of the past. The bottom line is, we need to set goals that are realistic and achievable. The good news is Ayurveda is full of natural health tips that can totally change your life for good.

The formula for a lasting New Year resolution

The problem begins when we see a resolution as something that ties us up or stops us from doing a thing that we otherwise enjoy doing. To extract the literal meaning of the word “resolve”, we need to get to the root of the word and the true meaning of the word is “to loosen”, “untie” or “release”. Through this lens, a resolution is something that should help you liberate your heartfelt desire free into the world. There needs to be a willingness to achieve your desire rather than sheer willpower.  The idea is to find your true purpose in life and wholeheartedly work towards achieving it.


Easy Tips to Have a Fruitful Year and a Life Ahead Through Ayurveda


1) Realize the true purpose that makes you “surrender”.


Most of the days in life, we are merely running behind temporary and materialistic things that fade away with time.  The energy to pursue them is at the highest level at the very start. When you have the zeal and enthusiasm to stick to a cause till the end, that’s when you’ve really found your purpose. The best way to assess your inner self to realize your goal is to meditate regularly. The word “meditation” as fancy as it may sound is the practice of constantly focusing upon your inner self to unite the body with the senses. The practice of meditation will bring stability, well-being and success in every endeavor.

2) Vow to listen to your body.

Your body is more intelligent than you thought. It talks to us, signals us and naturally heals us. May be we aren’t wise enough to listen when it starts talking to us. When you’ve overeaten it signals you to not eat the next meal before the previous meal is completely digested. When your body needs fluids, it signals you to drink water by inducing thirst. When you suffer from constipation, your body is telling you to drink more fluids and eat fiber-rich diet. The day we patiently listen to our body’s needs, we add more life to our years and more years to our life!

3) Understand the seasonal cycles and their relationship with the body.

The core principle of Ayurveda is that the human body shares an intimate relationship with the universe. Just like the universe is made up of “Panchamahabhoota”, the foundation of the human body too is soundly laid upon the five elements. Changes in the seasons cause bodily changes and it is important that we are aware of them. Ayurvedic scriptures offer an in-depth explanation of the seasonal changes and their impact on the body; how the diet and activity regimen needs to gradually change as the seasons change and what purification therapies can be performed to prevent seasonal ailments.

4) Sleep to your heart’s content.


Unless you’re a yogi, your body cannot tolerate stressful conditions that too with less sleep. It is important to improve the quality of sleep. The golden rule is to sleep during the Kapha time which ends at 10 PM. So ideally, it is important to go to bed before 10 PM so your sleep takes on that deeply restful quality. The activities that induce good sleep include warm oil feet massage, listening to relaxing instrumental music and meditating sitting over the bed. The other important aspect is to avoid using electronic gadgets before bedtime. A good night’s sleep is the first step to waking up cheery and contended.

5) Fight stress and celebrate success when it comes after a lot of hard work.


Making positive changes in your life can never be an easy accomplishment. Staying motivated all the time can get extremely difficult especially during times of crisis. Ayurveda offers us hope in every regard. Stressful times can be fought courageously by self-analysis. Sometimes the causes of stress aren’t as mighty as they might seem. Reanalyzing the problems in this case helps. The regular practice of deep breathing, yoga and abhyanga brings in a lot of changes in our body and mind. Deep breathing helps calm tired nerves and induces mental stability, thereby helping us think with clarity and calmness.

Success that comes after all these struggles ought to be celebrated. By celebrating our successes, we are acknowledging our hard work and rewarding our progress.

Years come and go! The challenge is to keep up with our resolutions no matter what. Ayurveda considers that life is rested upon three pillars namely food, sleep and proper action. Food that should be taken in a timely manner and sleep that is sufficient and timely and then the actions that follow would be life-supporting, evolutionary and progressive. You’ll be surprised to see how your mind works when it is well-fed and well-rested. That way you can take charge of your own life!


Ayurvedafinder wishes its readers a “Happy and A Prosperous New Year”.



dsc_0440-11Vishakha is an Ayurvedic practitioner, yoga counselor and a passionate traveler. She lays emphasis on living a healthy life by nourishing the body and mind with wholesome and natural food, meditation and yogic techniques. An Indian at heart, she aims at propagating the goodness of the Indian culture across the seven seas and stimulating thoughts by creating a hunger for knowledge.


Ritucharya- The Ayurvedic Seasonal Regimen

By Arya Krishna


Ayurveda, the science of life emphasizes both on the preventive and curative aspects of diseases. The basic principle followed is ‘Swasthasyaswaasthyarakshanam, aathurasyavikaaraprashamanam’, which means to maintain the health of healthy, and to cure the diseases of the diseased. In order to maintain a healthy lifestyle Ayurveda advises to follow Dinacharya (daily regimen) and Ritucharya (seasonal regimen).

Ritucharya has been discussed in first few chapters in all the major classics of Ayurveda. The reason being, prevention of disease to maintain health is the first and foremost aim of the holistic science of Ayurveda. Acharya Charaka says “The strength and complexion of the person knowing & practicing the suitable diet and regimen for every season is accordingly enhanced” [Ref Cha.Sa #3]

The year according to Ayurveda is divided in to two Kaala.

  • Adana kaala which constitutes Shishira (Winter) , Vasantha (Spring) and Grishma (Summer)
  • Visarga Kaala which constitutes Varsha (Rainy season), Sharath (Autumn) and Hemantha (Extreme winter)

Because of the nature of the path, both the Sun and wind become very strong, powerful and dry during Adana Kaala. It takes away all the cooling qualities of the earth. Bitter, Astringent and Pungent tastes (Tikta, Kashaya and Katu Rasas) will be more powerful, respectively, in the successive Ritus. Hence Adana Kala is dominated by fire. The strength of people generally decreases during this time.

During Visarga Kala, the Sun releases strength of the people. Here moon is more powerful, earth is cooled down due to clouds, rain and cold wind. Sour, Salt and Sweet (Amla, Lavana and Madhura)  tastes are dominant respectively during the three seasons of this period.

 Hemantha Ritucharya/ Winter Regimen

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Properties of Hemantha Ritu

Mid-November to Mid-January is considered as Hemanta Ritu. Predominant Rasa is Madhura and the predominant Mahabhutas are Prithivi (earth)and Apa (water) . The strength of a person remains on highest grade and vitiated Pitta Dosha gets pacified. Activity of Agni is increased i.e person will have increased digestive fire. Nights will be longer.

Diet and Activity Regimen

Food prepared with wheat flour, black gram products of sugarcane and of milk, food prepared from freshly harvested corn, muscles, fat and edible oils should be used.

Meat of well-nourished animals, meat soup, wine prepared of jaggery can also be included in diet.

Due to increased digestive fire, food predominant in sweet and sour taste and which is heavy for digestion is advised.

Body massage with oils alleviating Vata dosha, exercise, fumigation with Aguru (Aquilaria agallocha) and bathing in hot water is advised during this season.


Shishira Ritucharya

The same diet and regimen of Hemantha Ritu is advised for Shishira Ritu as well. The intensity of cold and dryness will be more in this season.


Vasantha Ritucharya

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Properties of Vasantha Ritu

The approximate duration is mid march to mid may. This is basically considered as flowering season. Vitiation of Kapha dosha occurs during this period. Kashaya will be the predominant rasa. Strength of persons will be medium.

Diet and Activity Regimen

One should take easily digestible foods.

Cereals-Old Barley, Wheat and Rice

Pulses- Lentils, Horse gram

Food items with Kashaya (astringent) , Tikta (bitter) and Katu (pungent) tastes can be used.

Honey should be included in diet. Easily digestible meat can be used.

One can take bath in warm water, can perform mild exercise, can do powder massage during this season. Day sleep is contraindicated during this season.

Panchakarma procedures like Vamana (emesis) and Virechana (purgation) is advised.


Grishma Ritucharya


Properties of Grishma Ritu

Mid-May to Mid-July is considered as Grishma Ritu. This is basically summer season; increased heat decreases the strength of person. Agni of the person remains in mild state. The predominant rasa is Katu (astringent). Kapha dosha gets pacified during this season.

Diet and Activity Regimen

Drink plenty of water, buttermilk etc in this season.

Food which is easily digested should be taken like rice, lentils etc.

Milk intake is ideal in this season.

Wearing light dresses and sleep during day time is advised.

Exercise, sexual indulgence, intake of alcohol should be avoided.

External application of sandalwood paste is ideal during this season, which provides cooling effect to the body.


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Properties of Varsha Ritu

Mid-July to Mid-September is considered as Varsha Ritu. The digestive fire will be weakened and measures should be adopted to increase the activity of digestive fire. The predominant rasa is Amla. Vata dosha gets vitiated and Pitta dosha also increases during this season.

Diet and Activity Regimen

Foods having Amla (sour) and Lavana (salty) rasa can be taken

Cereals- Old grains, Barley, Wheat and Rice

Meat soup can be taken.

Boiled or medicated water should be taken

Hot water for taking body bath after oil application is indicated.

Panchakarma procedure Basti is indicated during this season to alleviate vitiated Vata dosha.

Sleep during day time, sexual indulgence, exposure to cold, rain and wind is contraindicated during this season.



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Properties of Sharath Ritu

Mid-September to Mid-November is considered as Sharath Ritu. The predominant rasa is lavana. The person’s strength remains medium and Vata pacification takes place during this period. Aggravation of Pitta may also happen.

Diet and Activity Regimen

Foods that pacify pitta can be taken.

Wheat, Grams, Sugar etc have to be included in the diet.

Milk, butter, fully ripened sweet fruits like Melon, Grapes, Pears and Mangoes are good. Also, vegetables like Cucumber, Zucchini, Asparagus etc. can be used.

Food should be taken only when feeling properly hungry.

Panchakarma procedures like Virechana (purgation) and Rakthamokshana (bloodletting) are advised during this season.

External application of sandalwood paste is good.

Getting exposed to moonlight is advised during this season.

Exposure to sunlight, day sleep, excessive eating is contraindicated during this season.

Ayurveda systematically describes how the diet & activity of the previous season be gradually discontinued and that of the subsequent season be adapted to avoid diseases due to seasonal changes.  Ayurveda promises a strong, disease-free and healthy life to every individual who devotedly follows the Ritucharya.



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Dr Arya Krishnaarya-krishna

Associate Editor,

American Journal of Ayurveda

Team Member,

Healthconnect 24



Panchakarma- The Ayurvedic Science of Rejuvenation

By Vishakha Moghe


The internet is currently full of articles that talk about Ayurveda as the “Detox Science”. It’s quite disappointing to come across nutrition experts and other Non-Ayurveda people taking this ancient Indian science into their hands and modifying the knowledge to their convenience. Ayurveda, on the other hand, is a very well-researched science with strong roots. The effort of every “authentic Ayurveda practitioner therefore, is to preserve this ancient wealth by not compromising on the basic principles while still carrying on with the research and changing medicines according to the changing times.

“Pancha” means five and “Karma” means treatment or procedures. Panchakarma is not just a “detox science”. It is a whole branch of Ayurveda that precisely explains acute and chronic medical conditions and the procedures that can cure it. These five procedures eliminate accumulated wastes and vitiated doshas out of the body.

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According to Ayurveda, the human body is a network of channels (srotas), both microscopic and macroscopic. The various systems of the body and their functions are aided by these channels. Diseases occur when “Aam” (undigested food matter) gets accumulated and clogs these channels in the body. Chronic diseases are difficult to treat because the toxins are lodged deeply inside these channels and mere medicine consumption is not enough to get rid of them.

Panchakarma therapy can be administered to both healthy and unhealthy people. Panchakarma therapy is also used as a purification therapy to cleanse the body before starting an internal treatment. A diseased body can be compared to a soiled cloth. A soiled cloth cannot pick up color unless it is washed or cleaned. Thus, the body too needs cleansing before a treatment can be started. The cleared channels help medicines to penetrate deeper.

The five karma are as follows:

  1. Vamana- Emesis (Vomiting)
  2. Virechana- Purgation (Evacuation of bowels through laxatives)
  3. Niruha Basti- Enema with herbal concoctions
  4. Anuvasana Basti- Enema with medicated oils
  5. Nasya (Nasal drops administration)


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Vamana– Expelling the doshas through the oral route is called Vamana. Before the actual procedure, the vitiated doshas are brought to the stomach by the preparatory methods like regular whole body oil massage followed by a steam bath. This liquefies the doshas and brings them to the stomach which can later be expelled by administering concoctions for vomiting.

Vamana chikitsa is suggested in diseases which mainly involve kapha dosha. Some of the best examples are cough, asthma, skin diseases, sinusitis, and digestion problems.


Virechana– Expelling the doshas through purgation is called Virechana. Virechana is an easier procedure as compared to Vamana. It helps in eliminating toxins from blood, liver and intestines. Virechan chikitsa is suggested in diseases which mainly involve pitta dosha. Some of the examples are fistula, headache, acidity, anemia, jaundice and ascites.


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Basti– Basti karma is expelling body toxins and vitiated doshas by introducing medicated liquids or oils through anus, urethra or vaginal canal. Basti karma is suggested in diseases due to vata dosha. Some of the examples are neuro muscular conditions, joint pain, paralysis, obesity, low back pain, spondylosis and menstrual problems in women. Basti is of two types:

  1. In Anuvasana basti medicated oil is introduced through anus, immediately after the consumption of food. There will be no harm even if medicated oil remains inside colon for a long time. This type of basti nourishes and strengthens the body.
  2. In Niruha basti an enema of herbal decoction is administered on an empty stomach. The decoction should ideally come out within 45 minutes. This expelled decoction usually pulls out the toxins and vitiated doshas from the body and cleanses the body.
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Nasya– The administration of herbal liquids or medicated oils through the nasal route is called nasya. Through this method, the vitiated doshas which are accumulated in the area above the neck are expelled out through the nose and mouth via nasal and oral secretions. There are various ways of administering nasya chikitsa; nasya with medicated oils, squeezed juice of herbs, fine powders of herbs and fumes of medicinal herbs.

The indications for nasya chikitsa are headache, vision problems, migraine, stiff neck, sinusitis, hoarseness of voice, hairfall, graying of hair and nervous system disorders.

Ayurveda has explained how according to changing seasons, the dosha domination in our body changes leading to an array of diseases in that season. Each karma is thus focused on treating a specific disorder related to that specific dosha during that specific season. The sound knowledge of all these aspects of this science gives a practitioner the confidence of curing a lot of diseases which have otherwise been declared “incurable” by other sciences.

What can you expect after these procedures?

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The panchakarma procedures affect the person as a whole. You can notice changes on physical, mental and emotional levels. There will be better perception by the senses and you may also experience a healing crisis. All this is indicative of only one thing; the careful study of every disease condition by the ancient sages and a parallel treatment procedure for the same.

Note: All these procedures need to be conducted under the strict supervision of an Ayurvedic practitioner.


About The Author


Vishakha is an Ayurvedic practitioner, yoga counselor and a passionate traveler. She lays emphasis on living a healthy life by nourishing the body and mind with wholesome and natural food, meditation and yogic techniques. An Indian at heart, she aims at propagating the goodness of the Indian culture across the seven seas and stimulating thoughts by creating a hunger for knowledge.

Ayurvedic Rituals To Follow This Diwali

By Vishakha Moghe


Deepawali (festival of lights), the biggest and brightest of all the Hindu festivals is almost around the corner in India. Indians all over the world heartily celebrate the festival of lights and the celebrations know no bounds.

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Historically, the origin of Diwali, traces back to ancient India, when it was an important harvest festival. All Indian festivals possess high significance with respect to nature’s effects on the body during the specific seasons. Diwali comes in the fall season, when the weather is slowly changing. The days are sunny, yet pleasantly cool and comfortable and nights are slightly chilly, clear and cloudless. The weather is mild, pleasant and refreshing. According to Ayurveda, it is a season in which Vata is slowly taking over the Pitta dosha in nature and so similar changes are seen in the body composition, thus leading to aggravation of Vata dosha and disturbance in the Pitta dosha. The traditions of Diwali focus on pacifying the disturbed Pitta and controlling Vata with various Ayurvedic rituals.

The rituals and their importance:

1. Waking up during Brahma muhurta .

It is the pre-dawn period when the “ Sattva “ (pure, positive energy) is high in nature. Vata governs the hours between 2 am and 6 am. This aids in naturally and easily eliminating the wastes out of the body. Due to the increasingly stressful lifestyle, it is hard to wake up during the early morning hours on a regular basis. It is at least recommended to be awake on Brahma muhurta during the three days of Diwali.

2. Practice of Pranayam 

Practicing pranayam during the early morning hours on the day of Diwali ensures a sound mind and body. The negative frequencies are high in the atmosphere along with the presence of Divine frequencies too. Meditating during times of distress helps the body absorb the positive energy, thus driving out the negativity.

3. Abhyanga (Massage Oil)

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The benefits of an Ayurvedic oil massage aren’t unknown to us. An abhyanga leads to an increase in Sattva guna and decrease in Raja and Tama. The effects usually stay for 4-5 hours. During the days of Diwali, an abhyanga snan reaps 6% more benefits than on other days.

The best Ayurvedic oils that could be used for abhyanga are oils that have been prepared using fragrant Ayurvedic herbs like chandan, ushira, nagarmotha, bala etc.

The fragrant oils have the ability to attract divine frequencies flowing in the atmosphere, thus by massaging, the Divine Principle is attracted in the body and due to the Energy frequencies in the oil the distressing frequencies are obstructed. The other benefits include pacification of Vata dosha, reduction in dryness and stiffness, boost in the functioning of the nervous system and considerable improvement in sleep patterns. The fragrance also helps in balancing Pitta dosha which is in an aggravated form due to the seasonal changes.

4. Udvartanam (Rubbing Fragrant Powders)

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The practice of rubbing fragrant medicinal powders after an oil massage is called “Udvartan”. Not only is it a part of Ayurvedic daily regimen (Dinacharya), it has been an important ritual during the festival of Diwali. The powder massage is done in the direction opposite to that of the body hair i.e. upward direction.

Vagbhata describes the benefits of this powder massage beautifully in a verse.

उद्वर्तनं कफहरं मेदसः प्रविलापनम्।
स्थिरीकरणम् अङ्गानां त्वक् प्रसादकरं परं॥{अ.हृ.सू.२/१५}
Ref – Ashtanga Hridaya Sutra Sthana Ch.2, verse 15

Udvartan helps in reducing excess Kapha dosha (thus helping in weight loss) and liquefies and mobilizes morbid fat / adipose tissue. It provides stability to the body and rejuvenates the skin, helps the skin get rid of dead cells and restores youth by inducing freshness.

The ubatan is raja-dominant and associated with the absolute Fire element. It thus bestows the body with good energy, apart from curbing other skin-related problems.

5. Snan (Hot Water Bath)

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The best act among all the Diwali rituals is when fragrant warm water (treated with rose petals and natural perfumes) is poured over the body after the abhyanga and udvartan. This warm water bath washes away the excess oil but preserves the essential oils present in the skin, thus keeping the skin moisturized. It restores the glow, revitalizes the skin and cleanses the pores of the skin. A warm water bath post-massage also alleviates body pain and strain of any kind, improves blood circulation and relieves body stiffness.

6. Diwali Faraal (Sweets)

Diwali sweets and snacks are based on Ayurvedic principles too. If one of the ingredients in the sweets is dry in nature, there’s other that counters the effects of the dry ingredients. The sweets and snacks help us in controlling the dryness of the body which is caused by the changing weather. This diet and daily routine isn’t just meant for Diwali days, it is supposed to be followed throughout fall and winter season to stay healthy and balanced.

Ayurveda strongly believes that health cannot be gained without spiritual well-being. Thus, most of the Indian festivals are designed such that all the aspects are taken care of leading to mental, physical and spiritual well-being. With the changing lifestyles, most of these intelligently crafted rituals have been long-forgotten. It’s time we looked back to carefully preserve the traditional wealth passed down to us by our ancestors.

„May light triumph over darkness,

May peace transcend the Earth,

May Ayurveda regain its lost glory,

May the spirit of light illuminate the world. „

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 Shubh Deepawali !!

About the Author


Vishakha is an Ayurvedic practitioner, yoga counselor and a passionate traveler. She lays emphasis on living a healthy life by nourishing the body and mind with wholesome and natural food, meditation and yogic techniques. An Indian at heart, she aims at propagating the goodness of the Indian culture across the seven seas and stimulating thoughts by creating a hunger for knowledge.

Ayurveda’s Gift To The World- Dinacharya

By Vishakha Moghe


If there’s a science that inspires us to live the motto “Rise and Shine” in literal sense, it is undoubtedly India’s traditional system of medicine. The world received a gift thousands of years ago and the gift was in the form of Ayurveda. It is important for every individual to set up a daily regimen for himself.  Such healthy and unique daily practices assure you a healthy and disease-free life. Ayurveda recommends that in order to be holistically healthy we should sync our bodies with the nature’s master cycle to regulate various other rhythms.

Vagbhata in his treatise “Ashtang Hrudaya” has stated that, everyday two cycles pass through our body, each bringing a Vata, Pitta, Kapha dominance. The cycle times are as follows:

First cycle:
6 A.M. to 10 A.M. – Kapha
10 A.M. to 2 P.M. – Pitta
2 P.M. to 6 P.M. – Vata

Second cycle:
6 P.M. to 10 P.M. – Kapha
10 P.M. to 2 A.M. – Pitta
2 A.M to 6 A.M. – Vata

Based on this, we must start our morning and spend our day with an effort to maintain a balance of all the three doshas (humors). When we take the time to invest in our Ayurvedic daily routine, called Dinacharya, we are kick-starting our day in the most powerful way — balanced, ready for anything!

1. Wake Up To Beat The Sun- Utthanam

A healthy individual must wake up at least an hour before sunrise (ideally 2 hours before sunrise). It is the freshest and the purest time of the day with the air having the most “Prana Vayu”. Also, since the Vata dosha is dominant, it is easier for the body to receive the delicate messages that nature sends and to eliminate the wastes out of the body. The mind can easily stay alert and active because Vata is light, active and subtle.

2. Elimination Of Wastes – Mala-Mutra Visarjanam

To cleanse your body systems, it is important to eliminate the wastes and toxins by eliminating them at the right time. Since Vata dosha is quick, waking up in the Vata period ensures smooth and easy defecation.

3. Cleaning The Teeth & Scraping The Tongue – Danta Dhaawan & Jivha Nirlekhanam


Clean the teeth with 12 finger-long straight, crushed root of trees that have astringent, pungent and bitter tastes like Khadir, Neem, Babbul, Karanja. Spit out the juices that are secreted and then scrape your tongue with the other end of the same piece of root by flattening it by chewing. Massage the gums with herbal powders mixed with honey. This ensures clean, sparkling and cavity-free teeth and eliminates mouth odor. It also helps you sharply perceive the taste of consumed food.

4. Use of Collyrium- Anjanam

To protect the eyes by eliminating excess stickiness that is formed due to Kapha and to improve visual power, it is important to apply the preparation of collyrium called Triphalanjan or Souveeranjan in the eyes. These are available in the market or one can easily prepare fresh anjan everyday.

5. Administer Nasal Drops – Nasyam & Dhoomapanam


For nasal and entire upper body cleansing, instilling nasal drops of Anu thailam, Cow ghee or Panchendriya Vardhan thailam after a light facial massage helps in eliminating excess Kapha from the head, nose and throat. This has miraculous effects on the face, hair, shoulders and chest as well. Hence, it helps in preventing wrinkles, grey hair, hair loss and premature ageing. Nasya should be followed by inhalation of medicinal fumes by burning mixture of medicines that help to keep respiratory system disease-free.

 6. Gargling – Gandoosham

Gargling the mouth with warm medicinal oils, decoctions, honey, milk or simply water ensures healthy mouth, strong teeth, gums and lips.

7. Full Body Massage- Abhyangam


None of us are unaware of the benefits of a whole body oil massage. Applying warm medicinal oils according to the body constitution and gently massaging the limbs, joints and feet ensures good blood circulation, strengthens and tightens the skin, reduces fatigue, slows down ageing. A good feet massage is equally healthy for the feet and the eyes, and further helps in treating insomnia by nourishing the senses. Avoid a body massage immediately after meals or in case of fever or body weakness.

 8. Exercise- Vyayamam

Pick your preferred way of exercising. It could be Suryanamaskar, a brisk walk, a swim, yogic postures or breathing exercises. Early morning exercise eliminates laziness, stagnation and sluggishness. It boosts digestion, also digests body fat and leaves you feeling light and energetic. It fills your body with good Prana. It is not to be strenuous. In fact, exercising at one fourth to one half of your capacity is recommended. The rule is to stop when your heart beat begins to be heard rigorously and forehead begins to sweat profusely.

9. Bath- Snanam

After the body cools down a bit post-exercising, head in for a bath or a shower. This helps you to rid the body of oil and dirt. A lukewarm bath is always recommended unless one is facing Pitta disorders or it is the summer season. Snana improves digestion, longevity, energy and keeps the body clean and hygienic. It also rehydrates the skin and fends off fatigue.

All these activities followed by a light and healthy breakfast will kick start your day on a positive note. Finding time to indulge in these daily activities is essential if we are looking to boost our work output and furthermore looking for a longer and quality life.


Ayurvedafinder says, “Your perfect Ayurvedic morning routine is a doorway to a healthy and disease-free life!”


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dsc_0440-11Vishakha is an Ayurvedic practitioner, yoga counselor and a passionate traveler. She lays emphasis on living a healthy life by nourishing the body and mind with wholesome and natural food, meditation and yogic techniques. An Indian at heart, she aims at propagating the goodness of the Indian culture across the seven seas and stimulating thoughts by creating a hunger for knowledge.

What do I need to become an Ayurvedic Doctor?

By Vishakha Moghe

Ayurveda is a Vedic Science which has a distinctive approach towards life. Have ancient Indian scriptures always fascinated you? Have you been awestruck as to how medicine evolved over the years, though the practice and application of basic principles of this age-old science ever remained constant?
The internet is full of articles that explain what Ayurveda is all about. The knowledge is often manipulated to make it all look rosy and promising. Promising, yes! Rosy, not at all times. Very often, people with no background of or exposure to Ayurveda, take the science into their own hands. The problem is that genuine people are the ones full of doubt and the ones with half knowledge fearlessly propagate whatever it is that they know.

What does it take to be a learner of Ayurveda?

1. Patience and Compassion for every being are the obvious ingredients for becoming a good “Vaidya”.

2. One must be ready to set aside the theories of modern science that were previously learnt. A fresh approach and a different perspective are both necessary.

3. Be ready to question every fact. Not everything that is mentioned in the texts is to be assumed as true in the first go. Questioning facts gives you an in-depth clarity about the basics and makes you ready to get in deeper into complex facts.

4. A basic knowledge of the Indian culture and traditions that have an intimate connection with Ayurveda almost always makes you a better (effortless) practitioner because picking up basics becomes easier.

5. Being closely connected with the natural elements that make up the universe will help you unveil the magic of this science.

6. Set your goals. Find a good school. The best place to pursue a career in Ayurveda is undoubtedly India. There are different branches of Ayurveda. The universities and colleges offer various courses ranging from short-term to full-term.

7. Find your “Guru”. You might have all that it takes to be a good vaidya but not finding a Guru to teach you the essence by guiding you makes this journey meaningless. The ancient Indian teaching was based on “Guru-Shishya Parampara” which was the ideal form of learning due to innumerable reasons.


Want to be a full-time learner of Ayurveda?


If you want to pursue a full-time career as an Ayurvedic practitioner, an in-depth study of all the branches is necessary. Various schools and universities in India offer full-time courses in Ayurveda.

Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (BAMS) is an integrated Indian Degree in the medical field. This degree programme is conferred to those students who study the modern medicine and traditional Ayurveda. BAMS (Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery) is the opening degree in Ayurvedic medicine and Surgery.

Course duration: It is a 5 years and 6 months degree program containing a 41/2 year academic session and 1 year compulsory internship training program in the urban hospitals and rural health centers.

Course syllabus: The entire course contains the modern anatomy, principles of medicines, physiology, social and preventive medicines, forensic medicine, principles of surgery, toxicology, ENT, botany and pharmacology.


Looking for short-term courses in Ayurveda?


If you’re not looking for full-time courses, there are various institutes that offer short courses on the basics in this field. What’s even more important is, these short courses “do not make you eligible to practice the ayurvedic medical system full-time”. Ayurveda is a vast science and even after pursuing a 51/2 year graduate degree and a 3 year post-graduate degree one feels the need to learn more. Short-term courses therefore do not make you eligible to be full-time Ayurvedic practitioners. Some of the courses are as mentioned below:

1. Ayurvedic Cosmetology (1 week course) – Introduction to Ayurveda, Fundamentals of Ayurveda, Tridosha and Panchamahabhoota concept. Practicals include Udwartana (powder massage), Mukhalep (face massage and face pack application), Shirobhyang (head massage), Padabhyang (foot massage)

2. Traditional Ayurvedic Massage and Panchakarma Therapy (1 month) – Introduction to basic concepts of Ayurveda including concepts of Panchakarma, concepts of body, mind and soul, Dinacharya, Ratricharya and Rtucharya. Practicals include the knowledge and practice of various ayurvedic massages.

3. Traditional Ayurvedic Massage, Panchakarma Therapy, Identification of Herbs and Preparation of Simple Ayurvedic Medicines.

You may refer to the page to get the necessary details by clicking on the link below.

An Ayurveda graduate undergoes rigorous training before he gets out of school. An additional 3-year training after graduation (M.D. Medicine) gives him an added advantage to enter the clinical world and handle acute and chronic cases. It is not possible to gain this expertise upon learning ayurveda through short-term courses. So in the end it is essential that one understands one’s strengths and limitations while practicing medicine to avoid ethical issues in the future.

We, at Ayurvedafinder recommend you to visit India to learn more about the various courses offered here.


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