Ashtanga Hridaya

Ashtanga Hridayam is an ancient lifestyle manual and medical text that sums up the teachings of Ayurveda, the Indian Science of Life. It was written by Vagbhata a Vedic from Kashmir in about the 6th century AD.

There were earlier masterpieces on Ayurveda (Charaka Samhita and the Sushruta Samhita) but Vagbhata - whose name means 'Warrior with Words' - found them very elaborate and difficult to study.

He decided to collect and present their essence in 7120 easily understood Sanskrit verses (Sutras), which could be memorised (relatively) easily by doctors. When they encountered a medical issue, they could remember and recite the relevant Sutra, and use it to help their patient.

Ashtanga in Sanskrit means ‘eight components’ and refers to the eight sections of Ayurveda. General medicine, Paediatrics, Psychiatry, Ear-Nose-&-Throat, Surgery, Toxicology, Geriatrics and Aphrodisiac therapy.

According to Vagbhata, 85% of diseases can be cured without a doctor; only 15% of diseases require a doctor. 

Vagbhata as he may have looked.

(Click the image to download Ashtanga Hridiya section 1 of 3)

Vagbhata as he may have looked.

(Click the image to download Ashtanga Hridiya section 1 of 3)

Ashtanga Hridaya Download part one of Astanga Hridaya and start studying Ayurveda now. 1.88 MB

Jack Stafford's new album of songs inspired by Ashtanga Hridayam

Ashtanga Hridaya is massive. Thankfully Vagbhata wrote it in order of importance. The first Sutra is the most important one. The first chapter is the most essential. So I have written songs based on the first four chapters only.

My songs emphasise the prevention that Vagbhata preached. Prevention is the best cure. The daily and seasonal regimes are the key to this.

Ashtanga Hridaya - The Album

Jack Stafford, Ayurvedic Troubadour

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  1. 1 The Forgiveness Song 05:33
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  2. 2 Vikruti 03:57
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  3. 3 Ayurveda Lifestyle Blues 04:53
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  4. 4 Rhapsody For Vata 02:07
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  5. 5 Kapha Cantata 02:05
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  6. 6 The Rules (Dinacharya) 03:07
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  7. 7 Snigdha 01:24
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  8. 8 You Are The Ayurvedic Average (balance With Opposites) 02:50
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  9. 9 Panchakarma 03:30
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  10. 10 Talking Diabetes 03:51
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  11. 11 Agni Vs. Ama 03:07
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  12. 12 Son Of The Sum (Adharaneeya Vega- The 14 Urges) 02:19
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  13. 13 Crimes Against Wisdom 02:09
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  14. 14 Why Are You Running? (Like Increases Like) 02:06
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  15. 15 Lord Of The Doshas (The 6 Tastes) 04:35
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  16. 16 The Opposite Of Vata 03:41
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  17. 17 We're All Completely Screwed 04:14
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In the summer of 2018 Jack will be promoting Ayurveda at the following festivals:

Stockholm Yoga and Dance Festival

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The Ballet Academy Birger Jarlsgatan 70 102 39 Stockholm, Sweden

A weekend filled with Yoga, Dance, Meditation, Lectures, Wellness Bazaar, Live music and Dj Club. www.yodafestival.se/en

Bali Spirit Festival

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Ubud, Bali

I'm delighted to be teaching at the 2019 Balispiritfest in magical Bali! Join me for 7 days and 8 nights of yoga, music, dance, healing and sacred celebration as we nourish our souls and enlighten our minds through this incredible energy-charged event! Book your tickets here: www.balispiritfestival.com/tickets