Ayurveda Basics
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Ayurveda Basics

Make better lifestyle and food choices with the "Age Old Wisdom" of Ayurveda, yoga's sister science.
4.6 (74 ratings)
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519 students enrolled
Created by Janet M Perez
Last updated 1/2016
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  • 8 hours on-demand video
  • 4 Supplemental Resources
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What Will I Learn?
  • The goal of this course is to provide students with a solid foundation in Ayurveda.
  • The goal is for the student to be able to make better food choices based on their individual and unique Doshic Constitution.
  • In this course you will learn:
  • The 5 Element Theory
  • The 3 Gunas (Three States of Mind)
  • The 3 Doshas (Vata, Pitta, and Kapha)
  • The 6 Tastes of Food
  • The 3 Categories of Food
  • What is your Dosha?
  • How to use a Neti Pot
  • How to facilitate a Bowel Movement
  • How to use a Tongue Cleaner
  • and much much more
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  • There are no special materials or prerequisite knowledge required for this course.
  • Just a willingness to learn and have an intuitive and "open-mind".

This course is designed for students of all kinds whose main desire is to focus on preventative health care. It is no secret that in these modern times, we have deviated slightly from a holistic perspective. What does that mean? That we have forgotten that we are all interconnected beings, not only with other humans, but with nature itself. What happens in nature, happens in us. We are the five elements. Learn what those five elements have to do with your health.

This topic and many more may be found in this course. Most people are looking for a way to lose weight and find their original weight; that is as a result of an imbalance. In this course you will also find a very thorough assessment so that you may better get to your perfect state of balance and discover in which area(s) you are out of balance.

This course is a comprehensive compilation of the most fundamental and basic topics of Ayurveda. Yet, don't be fooled that because it is a foundational course it is not powerful! The exact topics that you are about to learn are the ones that have kept me healthy for the past eight years without having to visit a doctor. I no longer suffer from any ailments that would blow up into a full manifestation of dis"ease".

Ayurveda is yoga's sister science, and they both act as an integrative system for healing, bringing awareness to your consciousness, and transformation to all levels of your existence. This is no small matter. The time has come to expand your horizons and explore what other methods of prevention have to offer. Invest in your most valuable commodity - your health.

Who is the target audience?
  • The course is intended for anyone who wants to learn the Basic Laws of Nature in order to have better health. No specific level of knowledge or experience is needed. Anyone is invited to partake in this course. Individuals who are willing to take some extra effort in their own health education and be willing to change some "old patterns" will benefit most from this course.
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Curriculum For This Course
72 Lectures
3 Lectures 06:44

I applaud your choice to have made an investment in yourself and to take the "Road Less Traveled". You will be pleasantly surprised to discover how powerful Ayurveda really is and its essential teachings. And this is only the beginning!

Preview 02:04

Why did I start teaching Ayurveda? What led me to this obscure and unchartered path of Ayurveda? It must have been something very transformative and unexpected to have had such a powerful influence in my life.

Preview 02:00

Get a general sense of what each section and lecture entails.

Preview 02:40
What is Ayurveda?
5 Lectures 13:19

Learn the genesis of this incredible study: its "rise" and "fall"…and "rise" again.

History of Ayurveda

Why even study Ayurveda? What differentiates this study with the more popular models of health care (Western/Allopathic and Traditional Chinese Medicine)?

Difference between Western, Chinese, and Ayurveda

What is the literal meaning of the word Ayurveda and what is the main idea?

What is Ayurveda?

Every person in this world will have a dominant area in which they feel drawn to; nevertheless, they will have experiences in all 4 areas. Find out what are these 4 universal goals.

The 4 Goals in Life

Ojas? Find out what this word means and what are the 3 Pillars of Health. If you take into account these 3 pillars, you will live long and prosper.

Ojas and 3 Pillars of Health
Your Mind
7 Lectures 57:46

Ayurveda is "whole-istic", it takes into account the concept that we have a soul and how it inter-relates to you body and mind?

Mind, Body, and Soul

The 3 Gunas are the 3 States of Mind. Your mind/brain is the CPU (Central Processing Unit) of your entire body. Your mind is like the "filter" where EVERYTHING passes through. In what condition is your mind?

The 3 Gunas

As human beings incarnated in skin and flesh, we are under the illusion that (that) is all we are. Therefore, we are "wrapped up" in 5 Envelopes of Illusion that lead us to think that we are just our body, or our mind. Find out more.

The 5 Sheaths (Koshas)

Our mind is so powerful, yet, we have no idea how our most precious subtle organ really functions. In this lecture you will become aware of the 3 areas of the subtle mind.

The 3 Mind Phases

How exactly does your mind function? The more we know how it works, the less we will suffer.

How your Mind Functions

Mind control may only be obtained by controlling your breath. Your breath is the direct link to your mind. Learn 3 types of breathing techniques.

Breath Control

Concentration is key in leading a happier and more prosperous life. What are the 5 states in which your mind exists?

The 5 Steps to Concentration
Yoga and Karma
5 Lectures 53:43

Even though it is advisable that you practice as many yoga postures as you usually do within your own practice, yet is good to know what poses are most beneficial for your particular type of doshic constitution.

Yoga for Your Ayurvedic Type

Does it ever appear that you keep repeating the same patterns - over and over? What is that phenomena all about?

The Wheel of Karma

Karma as everyone knows is your actions and its consequences. Yet, not everyone knows that your karma is subdivided into 4 parts. Find out what each subdivision of karma means.

The 4 Types of Karmas

In order to reach Self-Realization and get to know yourSelf, it is advisable that you learn what each of these 4 paths has to offer. Neither of the paths is better than the rest; a balanced practice of all the paths will lead to a balanced and better life overall.

The 4 Paths of Yoga

The 8 Limbs of Yoga are also known as Ashtanga Yoga (Ashta=8 and Anga=Limbs), Hatha Yoga, and Raja Yoga (The King of Yogas).

Preview 18:20
12 Lectures 40:38

Learn what are the 5 elements in Ayurveda - the Panchamahabhuta (Pancha = 5, Maha = Great, and Bhuta = Elements). How does knowing the qualities of each element affect you? This is one of the MOST important lectures in Ayurveda!

The 5 Element Theory

Dosha is the basis of the entire teachings of Ayurveda. Learn what the actual word means.

What does Dosha mean?

Learn the qualities and attributes of the Vata dosha and how those attributes will affect you.

The Vata Dosha

The Pitta Dosha

Learn the qualities and attributes of the Kapha dosha and how those attributes will affect you.

The Kapha Dosha

Each dosha has one primary role. It is crucial that you understand what are the functions of the doshas.

Role of the Doshas

Each stage in our life is dominated by a particular dosha. You will find it extremely interesting and beneficial to know, especially if you have adolescent children. You'll understand why they have so much acne.

Doshas and the Stages of Life

Doshas and the Time of Day

Learn the difference between that these terms mean. Understanding the difference between Prakruti and Vikruti will help you have a better understanding of how to take the Dosha Assessment that follows. Most people have no idea how to truly take the Dosha Assessment and do not have enough education to know what they are doing. The Dosha Assessments are so popular online, yet they don't explain this very important concept.

Prakruti v.s. Vikruti

For your greatest benefit, take the time to take the assessment twice. Once for a life history analysis (Prakruti), and then for a present doshic state (Vikruti). Download the Dosha Assessment found in the Lecture Files.

What is my Dosha?

In Ayurveda the 7 Dhatus are the tissues which make up the body.

The 7 Dhatus

Ayurveda's practical healing system.

Digestion and Food
5 Lectures 32:13

Digestion truly is the "key" to health in Ayurveda. The Sanskrit term for digestive fire is Agni. Learn how to increase your agni.

Agni - The Key to Health

Learning which foods have which tastes will greatly enhance the food choices you make. Remember that not all food is "medicine" for everyone.

The 6 Tastes of Food

An in depth look at how your digestion works. Learn how each of the 6 tastes affects your actual digestion and what part do they play in how you digest food. Remember that digestion is the "key" to good health.

How does your Digestion work?

The 3 categories of food is the most popular way to figure out what foods are good for your particular doshic constitution.

The 3 Categories of Food

After you learned what the 3 states of mind are, now learn which foods better enable you to enhance each state of mind. Eating a Sattvic Diet is essential for better living.

Preview 02:17
8 Lectures 01:14:14

According to Ayurveda, there are causes of disease that we as Westerners are not accustomed to thinking about. Yet if we heed this knowledge, you will find after years and years of living (such as I, close to 50 years old) that there is so much wisdom in this topic. Great knowledge to pass on to your offspring.

The 3 Causes of Disease

If all you ever did was live your life in accordance with the "Laws of Nature", you would better your health by at least 80%. By incorporating only 2-3 laws every year, you will notice how much healthier you will feel, and look!

Crimes to Nature

Learn the 5 Vata Subdoshas (Apana Vayu, Udana Vayu, Prana Vayu, Vyana Vayu, and Samana Vayu) and what diseases arise when Vata is out of balance in your body. This knowledge will better enable you to make changes in your lifestyle so that you may alleviate the symptoms early on.

Vata Diseases

Learn the 5 Pitta Subdoshas (Bhrajaka Pitta, Alochaka Pitta, Pachaka Pitta, Ranjaka Pitta, and Sadhaka Pitta) and what diseases arise when Pitta is out of balance in your body. This knowledge will better enable you to make changes in your lifestyle early on so that you may alleviate related symptoms.

Pitta Diseases

Learn the 5 Kapha Subdoshas (Kledaka Kapha, Shleshaka Kapha, Avalambaka Kapha, Bodhaka Kapha, and Tarpaka Kapha) and what diseases arise when Kapha is out of balance in your body. This knowledge will better enable you to make changes in your lifestyle early on so that you may alleviate related symptoms.

Kapha Diseases

At the time your disease has manifested and Western Medicine has diagnosed it and given it a name, you are in the 5th Stage of Disease. Since Ayurveda is a preventative medical system, it is recommended that you have knowledge of what the earlier four stages are in order to prevent getting to the 5th stage.

The 6 Stages of Disease

One of the most common "modern diseases" also known as the "Rich Man's Disease".

Diabetes Type 2


High Blood Pressure
Daily Routines
6 Lectures 16:41

Tips for conditioning your body for a morning bowel movement, especially in the morning so that you will have a more "productive" day.

Facilitate a Bowel Movement

Brushing your teeth is not enough to rid your tongue (and mouth) of pestering bacteria. It is extremely advisable that you get into the habit of cleaning your tongue at least twice a day.

Tongue Cleaning

This practice is recommended to use at least 2 times a month in order to "enliven" the biggest organ in your body - your skin. It stimulates your entire body and you should do before you do your self-massage (Abhyanga). Buy a brush that has natural bristles, not plastic.

Dry Skin Brushing

Abhyanga is an amazingly powerful practice to perform on a daily basis before you bathe in the morning. This is equivalent to taking care of your furniture and car (when you wax these items to increase their shelf life). Our skin actually absorbs these oils and it is nourished immensely. Massage oils may be purchased at Banyan Botanicals (link below) or at the Ayurvedic Institute (link below).

Abhyanga - Self Massage & Oils

Pranayama is your breathing. It is to increase your awareness. I demonstrate only one of many different styles of pranayama.

Pranayama - Breathing

Use of the Neti Pot is especially advisable during Spring season to decongest your sinus passages. It is very safe to use.

Neti Pot
Basic Western Physiology
18 Lectures 02:24:44

Learn about the body's basic unit - the Cell.


Tissues are called Dhatus in Ayurveda. Take a look at the "Western" perspective of how a tissue does and what it looks like.


This is equivalent to the "Rasa Dhatu" in Ayurveda. The "juice" in our body and it is so full of nutrients.


The Lymphatic System is also associated with the "Rasa Dhatu" in Ayurveda.

Lymphatic System

In Ayurveda it is important to note that Plasma & Blood are 2 separate tissues (Dhatus). Plasma is Rasa Dhatu and Blood (Red Blood Cells) is the Rakta Dhatu.


Learn the Anatomy of your Heart.

The Heart

Learn how your Pulmonary & Systemic Circulation function.

Circulatory System

Learn the route the air you breath takes within your Respiratory System.

Respiratory System

We will take a look at how your stomach functions.

The Stomach

The Gall Bladder & Pancreas

Learn how the Gall Bladder and Pancreas function to chemically and mechanically break down food that leaves the Stomach.

The Small Intestine

Here is where all the "indigestible food" is dried out and prepared to become feces for elimination.

The Large Intestine

The Liver is not only the largest organ of the body, but it has over 250 functions.

The Liver

Learn the basics of how our body rids itself of waste material.

The Urinary System

The Endocrine System is partially related to the Majja Dhatu in Ayurveda. Learn the basics of one of the 2 control systems our body uses to control the functions of the entire body.

The Endocrine System

Learn the Western terminology of how our food is categorized as compared to how Ayurveda views food in terms of the Elements and The 6 Tastes.


Water composes approximately 60-70% in our body. It is important to know how water is "managed" in our body.

The Water in our Body

Metabolism is equivalent to Agni in Ayurveda. It is the system that controls the transformation of food into nutrients in our body.

Final Thoughts and Thank You!
3 Lectures 27:58

This lecture gives a brief overview of where Ayurveda and Yoga fit in to the big scheme of yoga philosophy.

What are the Vedas?

In order to explain the last and final subject of the most important concept, you will listen to an individual who had a "Near Death Experience" and then watch a mini-clip of what the 4th Dimension looks like. This concept is what the new science of Quantum Physics tries to explain. It is a fascinating subject that the Rishis of India explained so perfectly well at least 5,000 years ago when they explained the subject of "Who Am I?"

Who Am I?

Thank you!
About the Instructor
Janet M Perez
4.5 Average rating
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528 Students
4 Courses
Vedic Sciences Instructor

After more than 10 years of witnessing human suffering working as a San Francisco Police Officer, and myself becoming a "victim" of dis"ease", finding an alternative to that lifestyle was not even a question anymore. Courage was my health insurance, and determination my pension plan. I left that life and never looked back. Yet, the most rewarding outcome of my police career was receiving my Basic Instructor Certificate, which I used the last five years to teach leadership to incoming officers at the academy. That amazing experience enabled me to currently lead workshops in Ayurveda.

Yoga, Ayurveda (Indian Medical System), Jyotish (Vedic Astrology), Hasta (Scientific Hand Analysis), and Vastu (Indian Feng Shui) are all passions of mine.

I studied Ayurveda at the California College of Ayurveda and received certification at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm; both in Grass Valley, CA.