Ayurveda, Sanskrit for the “Science of Longevity”, is a traditional medical system native to India dating back thousands of years. This course examines the general background, cultural context, philosophy, history, and current practices in Ayurveda. Students develop skills in basic Ayurvedic energetic medicine as it relates to maintaining overall balance by regulating the humours (vata, pitta, and kapha), food and herbs, applying energetic models of taste (rasa), hot/cold (virya), post-digestive qualities (vipaka) and special properties (prabhava). This course is most suitable for students in the first or second semesters of study although it can be taken at any time.
Prerequisites: – – Semester: Winter Credits: 6 Hours: 90