Articles on Ayurveda

  • AYURVEDIC LIFE REGIMENS: Your Key to Complete Well-being

    From Dr. David Frawley’s Classic text AYURVEDIC HEALING Sattvic Living All human beings should follow a sattvic or pure life‑style that gives peace and clarity of mind. The remedial measures in Ayurveda are generally of a sattvic (harmonious) nature. Physical purity includes pure diet, with raw or freshly cooked vegetarian food, pure air and water, […]

  • Chopra Center Articles By Vamadeva

    Various important articles reflecting Vamadeva’s teachings relative to the Primordial Sound Mantra Teacher Training at the Chopra Center University of which Vamadeva and Shambhavi are the main instructors for the advanced program. Mantra & Concentration Using Shakti Mantras to Enhance Your Primordial Sound Mantra Practice Soma, the Bliss Principle in Vedic Knowledge – Part 1 […]

  • Yoga and Ayurveda

    By Vamadeva Shastri (David Frawley) Yoga and Ayurveda are vast topics, particularly when one considers both their traditional and modern developments, and the great variety of topics and practices that each can cover. Yoga is not just asanas and Ayurveda is not just herbs, however important these may be! They cover the whole of life. […]

  • Agni and Soma and Ayurvedic Alchemy

    The following article is authored by Pavan Kanwar, an advanced student of Vamadeva. He can be reached at and even has a Website. One of the important images of the Rig Veda is Agni (the sacred fire) as the guide leading us to immorality (Amrita) through the sacrifice of Soma or the mystic nectar […]

  • The Gunas, Attributes of Life

    The following article is authored by Yogi Baba Prem (Tom Beal) Veda Visharada CYI, C.ay, The Sanskrit word “guna” means attribute. These “attributes” serve as a powerful indicator and formulator of the physical principles of the earth. The concept of guna, is one of the more important teachings from India. These attributes provide […]

  • The Secret of the Soma Plant

    Note: the following article is based upon Vamadeva’s extensive study of Vedic texts in the original Sanskrit and his work with Ayurveda and herbs. Soma is a great deity, cosmic power and spiritual principle in Vedic thought. It also had its counterpart in the plant kingdom. There has been a long search for the identity […]

  • Secrets of the Five Pranas

    Following article by David Frawley adopted from his book Yoga and Ayurveda: Self-Healing and Self-realization All that exists in the three heavens rests in the control of Prana. As a mother her children, oh Prana, protect us and give us splendor and wisdom. – Prashna Upanishad II.13 To change something we must alter the energy […]

  • Agni Ayurveda

    The following David Frawley (Pandit Vamadeva Shastri) is taken from his book Yoga and the Sacred Fire: Self-Realization and PlanetaryTransformation (Lotus Press) The role of fire is well known in traditional systems of medicine, which use the great elements of nature for healing purposes. However, one system in particular is built around a profound understanding […]

  • The Ayurvedic Effects of Asana Practice

    From the book Yoga for Your Type by David Frawley and Sandra Kozak (Lotus Press) According to the philosophy of Yoga, the physical body is a manifestation of consciousness. It is a crystallization of karmic (behavioral) patterns created by the mind. The key to working with the body, therefore, is to understand the consciousness behind […]

  • Marma Points and the Practice of Yoga

    From the book Ayurveda and Marma Therapy by Frawley, Ranade and Lele (Lotus Press) Marmas and Pratyahara: Marmas as Control Points The main aspect of Yoga practice that actively considers the use of marmas is the practice of Pratyahara, which is the fifth branch of Yoga. Pratyahara mediates between the outer factors of Yoga, which […]

  • The Three Gunas: How to Balance Your Consciousness

    By David Frawley (Vamadeva Shastri) We live in a magical universe filled with great forces of life and death, creation and destruction. Divine powers can be found everywhere to lift us into a greater peace and understanding. But undivine forces are also ever present, working to lure us down further into confusion and attachment. Truth […]

  • Ayurveda and the Mind: An Overview

    By David Frawley (Vamadeva Shastri) Ayurveda is inherently a psychological as much as it is a physical system of medicine. Its scope of practice includes both physical (sharirika) and mental (manasika) diseases. Therefore, we cannot really understand Ayurveda without looking at its view of the mind and consciousness. The examination of the mind and psychological […]

  • Vayu Rahasya: The Secret of Vayu

    The following article by David Frawley (aka Pandit Vamadeva Shastry) was first published by Tattvaloka. The magazine of Sringeri Shankaracharya Math, the oldest and most respected of the Shankara monastic centers in India, representing the great tradition of Advaita Vedanta. Frawley has written many articles for the magazine over the years and been closely connected […]