Foundations of Āyurveda Part I, Lesson 11 – How Doṣas Provoke Each Other & How to Restore Health Through Śamana and Dinacaryā

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In this 6.8-hour lesson, we explore the intricate and complicated relationships that can occur between the doṣas and how we might begin to restore balance when the doṣas become disturbed.

Regarding this particular course, you should know it is one excerpted section (Lesson 11) 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. Please be advised: This lesson–Lesson 11–especially draws on many topics that we went into in the previous 10 lessons and so may especially feel incomplete on its own…because it is. For a while we didn’t even offer this lesson as a stand-alone class because of this but, in the final analysis, we decided to offer it because some of you wanted very much like to specifically review some of the things we discuss here.

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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For a little taste of what to expect before you sign up, here is a little introduction to Dr. Welch & Dr. Svoboda, recorded at the taping of this course.


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. Understand how the doṣas “push” or provoke each other.

2. Define śamana.

3. List and describe the sapta (7) śamana (doṣa-palliative) techniques: (thirst, wind bath, sun bath, dīpana, pācana, hunger, exercise).

4. Be familiar with the basic components of dinacaryā.

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