Foundations of Āyurveda Part I, Lesson 10 – Agni (Part I) & Āma

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While we were introduced to agni–the fire element–in Lessons 2 and 3 and, to its role, along with the water element, in pitta in Lessons 4 and 6, in this 2.8-hour lesson, we begin to explore its many and vital functions within the body outside of the context of pitta.

Regarding this particular course, you should know it is one excerpted section (Lesson 10) of our Foundations of Āyurveda Part I course. We are offering each section of that course as a stand-alone section–like this one–so that people can explore just one topic of interest but, if it seems a little out of context standing alone, it is because it is indeed out of context. But we feel the information presented will be valuable nonetheless.

If you would like more information on this course than what you’ll find on this page, whether it is approved for NAMA credits, etc., kindly peruse the home page–including the FAQs– for  Foundations of Āyurveda Part I.

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If you are more interested in improving your own personal health and daily practices than in studying Āyurveda more extensively, Dr. Welch’s Women’s Health & Hormones: Hormonal Balance & Stagnation Part I online, self paced course might be a better starting point – whether you are a man or a woman.

If, however, you have taken that already, or wish to focus on or go further into the Āyurvedic perspective and teachings on life and health, then Foundations of Āyurveda Part I might be a good option for you. That course is a prerequisite for Foundations of Āyurveda Part II, also taught by Dr. Welch and Dr. Svoboda.

This particular course you are considering is one section of Foundations of Āyurveda Part I, and could be good for you if you already have studied Āyurveda and just want to brush up on this one topic.


By the end of this course, if you have kept up with the memorization and study needed to assimilate what is taught, you will have achieved the following:

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.

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