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Varṇa: Shifting Colour over the Course of a Lifetime with Drs. Ramkumar & Welch


The word varṇa is commonly translates as, “caste” --a translation that does not do justice to the context in which it was originally used in Vedic scriptures. While today we understand that this concept can be understood to be inherited by birth and used by one group to oppress another, there is a different point of view (to which we subscribe) for which we can find support in the śāstras. In this view, we all may contain or embody each of the 4 varṇas in the course of our lives and experiences, depending on what we are focusing on, our intentions, and spending our time on at any given point in our lives. There is also the idea, which we appreciate, that we are all born in with tamasic (baser) tendencies but, through our actions, we can evolve into a more sattvic (pure) mode of being. From this point of view, we do not inherit a high status—but that is the birthright for all of us, and attainable through self-purification.

Exploring Vāyu (movement of life force), Bhāva (emotion) and Rasa (flavor) Through Performance


In these two sessions, Drs. Ramkumar & Welch are joined by Kapila Venu ji, a practitioner of Kutiyattam (“Koodiyattam”), – one of the oldest living theatre traditions in the world. She has studied multiple Indian art and dance and theater forms, including Mohiniyattam dance. Kapila ji joins us to talk about the role and connection of vāyu, bhāva (emotion) and rasa (flavor). In these art forms, vāyu represents the movement of the life force through the body and mind, and is a medium through which to explore emotion and demonstrate the scope of human experience. We plan to discuss the differences between and nuances of prāṇa and vāyu; bhāva and rasa; how traditional performance practices weave these threads together, and the role they play in mental health.

Healing Sound Retreat: Chanting, Kirtan & Vocal Rāga; A Satsangam LLC Event

Vaidyagrama, an Ayurveda Healing Village 15(1) Rottikaranur Road, Thirumalayampalayam Post,, Madukkarai via Coimbatore, Tamilnadu, India

Featuring Shantala Sriramaiah, Nina Rao and Dr. Shubham Kulkarni Yoga with Rose Baudin & Scott Blossom Special guests Dr. Robert Svoboda, Dr. Ramkumar, Dr. Claudia Welch, and others Organized by  Punarnava Trust and Hosted by Vaidyagrama Sound, in the form of drumming, chanting, recitation, repetition...

Bhāva & Bhāvana: Inner and Outer Expression of Emotion


Simran Lal joins Drs. Ramkumar & Welch in this Vedic Threads session to talk about bhāva and bhāvana. One could say that bhāva and bhāvana is what makes this world go round.  Everything in this manifested world begins with a thought; Everything is a manifestation of our intentions. Bhāva is one’s inner world - intentions, feelings, desires; and bhāvana is the outer expression of those - in what we say, how we express ourselves, how we conduct ourselves in society.  Yogis advise us to align our bhāva with our bhāvana (what in modern day parlance is what we call ‘authenticity’), and to make them śuddha (pure).  Our persistent thoughts and the way we perceive the world shape us.  To refine them (make them śuddha) is the birthright, and the highest aim of each of us.

New: Women’s Health & Hormones online course taught by Dr. Welch, with an innovative approach to understanding women’s hormones and health conditions. Designed for everybody, regardless of medical background, from MDs to professionals of Ayurveda or TCM, to anyone interested in women’s health.