Foundations of Āyurveda Part I, Lesson 4 – Tridoṣic Theory: The 3 Doṣas & The 6 Tastes

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In this 2.8-hour lesson, we explore the concept of doṣa, a fundamental concept in the study of Āyurveda, and how they are affected by tastes.

Regarding this particular course, you should know it is one excerpted section (Lesson 4) of our complete 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. Be familiar with tridoṣic theory: Have an introductory understanding of the relationship between microcosm and macrocosm between the triad octaves of reality: anila, sūrya, soma vs. prāṇa, tejas, ojas, vs. vāta, pitta, kapha–tridoṣic theory

2. List the times of day and age associated with each doṣa

3. List the elements associated with each doṣa and each of the 6 tastes

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