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Introduction to Ayurveda

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This flipbook contains a short movie and slideshow of nearly 600 slides

that form the basis of my presentation:

Introduction to Ayurveda

a 10-day course on Ayurveda that I have given in the United States and India. 

In the course, each slide is 'unpacked' just like a sutra, 

commented on by the teacher

and strung together like beads on a mala.

Over 7-10 days

I offer a wide-ranging commentary


the fundamental principles, concepts

and practices of the Ayurvedic tradition as well as its

philosophical-scientific basis in

Sankhya-Yoga tradition.


I composed this slideshow-movie-presentation over the past nineteen years

and have used it for Yoga Teacher Training courses in the United States

as well as classes in Ayurveda for the general public in India.


For all of this

I am thankful to my Ayurveda Vaidya (Teacher),
Dr. Sunil Joshi, 
for sharing this ancient Vedic Vidya with me

during my studies at Kalidas Sanskrit University in Nagpur, India in 2004.

My emphasis in Ayurveda is not the vast range of therapies

that have been developed over thousands of years,

even though they make up an important and valuable part

of the Ayurvedic tradition.

My focus is

to share the simple, profound Ayurvedic principles and knowledge

of proper diet and lifestyle, (Ahar and Vihar), that varies for every person, where they live, time of day, season of the year and stage of life; the implementation of which prevents future sickness and corrects present imbalances; 

In the process, I will always attempt to communicate the

Vedic Wisdom that has given birth

to so much of what we know today;  in medicine, surgery, herbs, minerals,

yoga asanas, Vastu, Marma, physics, music, architecture,

mythology, philosophy and religion.

Ayurveda is a 'different' approach

(from western medicine)

to the law of karma

seeking first, foremost and always to remove cause and restore health

rather than treat or remove symptoms (and call that 'health').


In accord with the Yoga Sutras:

'The Suffering that has not yet come can be avoided'

('Heyam Dukham Anagatam'- Yoga Sutra 2.16) . . . and how to do that

is what I seek to offer.

The vast majority of symptoms 

I have found in the westerners who have come to me,

can be and usually are removed or palliated by proper diet and lifestyle.


"The man who believes that 'nature cures 'would not sell

any 'cure' to the patient.

He teaches him the right way of living in the home.

This system would not only cure him of his particular ailment,

but also save him from falling ill in the future.

 Natural healing is thus a way of life, not a course of treatment."

-- Mahatma Gandhi

This accords with the great wisdom of Ayurveda,

rooted in the 'Sanatana Dharma' (Eternal Truth) of the ancient Vedic tradition

and that is what I seek to share with this - Introductory course on Ayurveda.

If you are interested in having me present this consideration,

please contact me:


Peter Malakoff

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