An introduction to the ancient and current Indian science of ayurvedic medicine. Chapters on history, basic principles, food, pathology and diagnosis are included. Ayurveda is essentially herbalist, very ancient and very thorough. This book is relatively jargon-free and is based on core ancient Indian texts.
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"Dr. Svoboda literally embodies the wisdom of Ayurveda. He is a spiritual seeker and practitioner of the highest order and lives in that most rare of worlds...one that exists in perfect balance, here mystical and medical become one."
Krishna Das, spiritual vocalist in the bhakti yoga tradition, creator of five CDs including Breath of the Heart, Pilgrim Heart, and Door of Faith, which bring to the West his unique approach to the practice of devotional chanting.
"This book is probably the best of its kind on the market. Ayurveda is one of the best systems for self-healing and the author does not just present an authentic introduction to Ayurveda, but also gives the keys to understand its application in our lives. I recommend it to all my students."
Dr. Swami Shankardevananda, a pioneer in the field of yoga therapy, author of several notable texts on yoga therapy, Australian medical practitioner and international lecturer.
"In this book Dr. Svoboda has beautifully explained the history of Ayurveda, its basic principles and applications in our daily lives. Following these will help to expand the scope of your life, including your mental and physical health as well as longevity. Reflecting Dr. Svoboda’s Eastern and Western integrative approach to Ayurveda, this book is a practical guide for the student and layperson alike."
Vasant Lad, B.A.M.S., M.A.Sc., Ayurvedic Physician, author of Ayurveda: The Science of Self-Healing, Textbook of Ayurveda, and many others as well as an internationally known teacher, lecturer and founder of The Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico.About the Author:
Robert E. Svoboda is the first Westerner ever to graduate from a college of Ayurveda and be licensed to practice Ayurveda in India. During and after his formal Ayurvedic training his mentor, the Aghori Vimalananda, tutored him in Ayurveda, Yoga, Jyotish, Tantra and other forms of classical Indian lore. After moving to India in 1973, he lived there for more than a decade. Since 1985 he has continued to spend many months of each year there and in other lands. The author of a dozen books, he serves as Adjunct Faculty for the Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque and for Bastyr University in Seattle.
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