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What the world of Ayurveda needs today is a place for people who love learning basic concepts of Ayurveda to go deeper and access the original sources of teachings. Many cannot travel to India. Many cannot find guidance into authentic sources of knowledge. Few can find good Ayurvedic physicians, or do not yet know how to assess them. 

The idea for DIN Master Classes was born.

Founded in 2007, the DINacharya Institute can now bring its large reservoir of resources with an open heart to people worldwide through the video classroom.

In talking with the gurus who serve our students and the many wonderful vaidyas encountered over the past years, we found many who love to teach and want exposure and training to uplift Ayurveda in the education system in India.  

We are creating an amazing community of international students who meet online weekly and take the vision of Global Ayurveda forward. Our common goal is to raise the professional quality of teachings, to be accountable to student-focused learning experiences, more aligned to true study and competence, and to share resources ethically to make the teachings useful, memorable, and unforgettable.

Come swim with us at The DINacharya Institute in the ocean of timeless wisdom that is Ayurveda!
Announcing .... a yearlong study of Rasa Shastra online with world-class experts....!

DIN 325: Rasa-shastra Master Classes 

DATE: every Thursday, from Wednesday, January 2, 2019*
*beginning date subject to some flexibility unless class is enrolled

TIME: starts UTC 1:00pm --> end ~3:00pm (= 8a-10am EST, 6:30p-8:30p IST)
  Find your time zone:  https://www.timeanddate.com/time/map/

LOCATION: The DINacharya classroom via zoom software* access 
through a connected computer or smartphone with a strong internet connection.
 Classes are hosted by The DINacharya Institute, New York, NY, USA
*The link will be sent to you after acceptance to the class.

FEE: USD$50/class = $650/quarter (13 classes - January 2 - March 27, 2019)
*India-based students will pay Rs.350 per class OR Rs.4500/quarter

Enrolled students receive access to video and audio recordings of each session as well as handouts and resources to enhance learning.
Readings and resources will guide study, with review classes as needed.

​STUDENTS: Students will be vetted using a brief application to ensure understanding of basic terms of Ayurveda, ability to converse in English, affinity for learning chemistry, geology, Sanskrt and the basic disciplines required to digest the material, as well as competence in learning amid a group of international students. The application for the course can be found here very soon!

FACULTY: ​Led by Prof. Vd. Chandra Bhushan Jha and moderated by Dr. Bhaswati Bhattacharya, this class will be taught by 5-7 extraordinary faculty who will be trained and vetted for international teaching ability to culturally-diverse students.. 

These Master Teachers will introduce westerners to the science of bhasmas, beginning with the basics and moving into intermediate levels of understanding metals and herbominerals, ... and how theyare made into medicine. Teachers are being trained on Zoom use, interviewed for ability to convey Rasa Shastra to an international audience, content expertise, communication skills in English. 

COURSE ACADEMIC DIRECTOR: Chandra Bhushan Jha MD PhD 
COURSE ACADEMIC CO-DIRECTOR: Sudhaldev Mohapatra MD PhD
COURSE ADMINISTRATIVE DIRECTOR: Bhaswati Bhattacharya MD PhD 
COURSE COORDINATOR: Chitra Eder LMT

*SEND YOUR APPLICATION to dinacharyanyc@gmail.com

Help us build the Master Class community by distributing this flyer to your Ayurveda friends and colleagues!
When Vd. Satyajith Kadkol is not in the forests of Karnataka exploring the energy of trees and spending time with his guru or conducting health camps with his wife Gayatri, he is working as a social entrepreneur of Ayurveda. Vd. Satyajith has been practicing Ayurveda since he founded Sparsh Ayurveda during his first year of BAMS training, to ensure he received clinical training throughout his studies. By age 30, he had created his own group of companies specializing in IT and Ayurveda, building apps purchased by the Ministry of AYUSH and creating projects to connect elders and ancient wisdom with the modern world. Vd. Satyajith loves teaching conversational Sanskrt and has completed an MD-Ayu in Panchakarma. He practices Ayurveda in a center tailored to international patients seeking to learn while healing, cushioned in a forest of trees near the sea in Udupi.


Enjoy this excerpt of one of our new Master Teachers, Vd. Satyajith Kadkol of Udupi, teaching about preenaNam, the prime function of rasa-dhatu.  AH.Su.11.4.


Vd. Pallavi Gupta received a BAMS in 2009, and then an MD in Siddhantha, basic principles of Ayurveda. She has been working for the past five years as an assistant professor in the sacred town of Tirupati, at the Department of Samhita & Siddhanta of SV Ayurveda Medical College. She is also completing a masters degree in Sanskrit. 

Proficient in Ayurvedic management of skin diseases, gynaecologic issues, and competent in administering panchakarma therapies, Vd. Pallavi is both a clinician and a scholar. She enjoys translating ancient Indian medical manuscripts as part of Indian medical heritage preservation projects. Vd. Pallavi has published 18 scientific papers in international peer-reviewed journals on a variety of scholarly and clinical topics.


In this excerpt, Vd. Pallavi Gupta teaches about the benefits of abhyanga.  AH.Su.2.8.
Born into a traditional Ayurvedic lineage going back four generations and including one of Kerala’s most respected elephant doctors (hasta-vaidya), Professor-Vaidya Pallatheri Nambi Namboodiri grew up with a pet elephant. Spending time in the jungles of Kerala and Meghalaya during his childhood, Vd. Nambi then pursued formal Ayurvedic education to complete a BAMS from Chennai. Immediately after, he became a member of the Nagarjuna Ayurveda Group, specializing in making quality herbal formulations of Ayurveda; he then pursued an MD in Dravya Guna (Ayurvedic Pharmacology) from Hyderabad. 

Prof. Vd. Nambi is now director of the Nagarjuna Ayurveda Centre, the hospital wing in Kochi under the Nagarjuna Ayurveda Group. While maintaining Ayushoveda, his private clinic in Chennai with wife Vd. Madhavi Namboodiri, Vd. Nambi also serves as Head of the Department of Agada Tantra (Poisons and Forensics) at Sairam Ayurveda Medical College where he is full Professor. He also travels extensively around the globe, conducting classes and propagating Ayurveda, including his work as a member of the DIN faculty since 2010. 

Listen here as Vd. Nambi teaches AH.Su.1.7a on the regions of the body that are dominated by vata, pitta, and kapha.
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Born into a Hindu Nambūdiri family of Kerala where ancient sciences have been practiced and preserved for millenia, Vd. Hari Neelakandhan Pallatheri inherited generations of wisdom as he grew up among great sages. From ages 10 to 29, he received traditional Gurukula education using original Sanskrt texts with Sanskrit commentaries to learn tarka śastra/Indian logic, philosophies of sanatana dharmavedanta, religion, and ancient sciences, jyothi śastra/ancient astronomic astrology, yoga shastra with authentic practice, the martial art of kalaripayattu,. He is also a master of Sanskrit grammar and literature/sahitya

In 1984, Vd. Hari entered the iconic 7½ year educational experiment of AVP, a nature-retreat residential BAMS course of Ayurveda College Coimbatore, affiliated with Bharathiar University. Since 1992, he has practiced Ayurveda as a consummate holistic physician, treating over 65,000 patients at AVP or at his own Sudarshanam Center for Ayurveda and Yoga in Coimbatore. He travels throughout the world to teach people how to integrate ancient wisdom into their own lives and makes these branches of ancient Indian wisdom accessible to the larger world.

In this excerpt of AH. Su.1.6, see Vd. Hari with his beloved guduchi vine on his rooftop lounge, as he discusses balanced functional doshas vs. their imbalanced states.  
Born into a traditional Ayurvedic lineage going back four generations and including one of Kerala’s most respected elephant doctors (hasta-vaidya), Professor-Vaidya Pallathery Nambi Namboodiri grew up with a pet elephant. Spending time in the jungles of Kerala and Meghalaya during his childhood, Vd. Nambi then pursued formal Ayurvedic education to complete a BAMS from Chennai. Immediately after, he became a member of the Nagarjuna Ayurveda Group, specializing in making quality herbal formulations of Ayurveda; he then pursued an MD in Dravya Guna (Ayurvedic Pharmacology) from Hyderabad. 

Prof. Vd. Nambi is now director of the Nagarjuna Ayurveda Centre, the hospital wing in Kochi under the Nagarjuna Ayurveda Group. While maintaining Ayushoveda, his private clinic in Chennai with wife Vd. Madhavi Namboodiri, Vd. Nambi also serves as Head of the Department of Agada Tantra (Poisons and Forensics) at Sairam Ayurveda Medical College where he is full Professor. He also travels extensively around the globe, conducting classes and propagating Ayurveda, including his work as a member of the DIN faculty since 2010. 

Listen here as Vd. Nambi teaches AH.Su.1.7a on the regions of the body that are dominated by vata, pitta, and kapha.
DIN 115: Aṣṭāṅga-hṛdayam sloka-by-sloka 


DATE: every Thursday, from August 9, 2018

TIME: starts UTC 1:00pm --> end ~3:00pm (= 9a-11am EDT, 6:30p-9p IST, 6a-8a PDT)
  Find your time zone:  https://www.timeanddate.com/time/map/

LOCATION: The DINacharya classroom via zoom software* access 
through a connected computer or smartphone with a strong internet connection.
 Classes are hosted by The DINacharya Institute, New York, NY, USA
*The link will be sent to you after acceptance to the class.

FEE: USD$5/class OR $50/quarter (13 classes - August 9 - November 1, 2018)
*Scholarships and financial assistance are available as required.
Enrolled students receive access to video and audio recordings of each session as well as handouts and resources to enhance learning.

​STUDENTS: Aspiring Master Students will be vetted using a brief application to ensure understanding of basic terms of Ayurveda, ability to converse in English, affinity for Sanskrt, and competence to learn in a group of international students. The application for the course can be found here until September 15.

FACULTY: Master Teachers are trained on Zoom use, interviewed for content expertise, communication skills in English, trained for international teaching ability to culturally-diverse students, and vetted.

Master Teachers 2018-2019 include Vd. Hari Pallathery, Prof. Vd. Nambi Namboodiri, Vd. Satyajith Kadkol, Prof Ramadas PV.  Vd. Mamta Tiwari,  Vd. Manjiri Nadkarni, Vd. Gaytri Juneja Kalia, Vd. Sharanya Srikumar,  Dr. Wasuki Upadhyay, Vd. Pallavi Gupta, and Vd. Vinayak Dahiwal will serve as facilitators and discussants pending availability.   Sample videos of Master Teachers can be viewed below.

COURSE DIRECTOR: Bhaswati Bhattacharya, MD, PhD 
COURSE CO-DIRECTOR: Chitra Eder LMT

*To join, write to dinacharyanyc@gmail.com

Rasa Shastra is the study of systematic extraction and processing of metals and minerals from ore to produce medicines that restore resilience and fortitude to the body. Use of metals to fortify the body or cure disease originates from Vedic times but was developed greatly and incorporated into ayurvedic mainstream practice by the 8th century CE and has been in continous use for over 1400 years.
Few vaidyas today have not heard of the legendary researcher-clinician-author and vaidya Prof. Chandra Bhushan Jha. His text ​Ayurvediya RasaShastra is the classic Hindi text for all BAMS students in India. With over 46 years of continuous teaching, research and practice, he is a gifted teacher of authentic and unparalleled experience and integrity, having directly taught or examined over 60,000 students.

Unlike his contemporaries, Professor Jha reaches back to ancient modes of Being. Humble, kind and discerning, he toils to guide true students who are authentic in their quest to learn Ayurveda. He connects back to the ancient wisdom and constantly seeks to bridge it with the modern world, working with modern engineers, molecular biologists, metallurgists and chemists, while also seeking communion with Sanskrit professors and archaeologists. He is versatile as a clinician but always an experimentalist and innovator. He is uniquely able to identify bhasmas and the processes by which they should be made. 

Prof Jha received his GAMS basic degree in Ayurveda in Bihar in 1970, his MSAM in 1974 from Gujrat Ayurveda University, and a PhD in Rasa Shastra from BHU in 1990. He has written hundreds of papers, guided dozens of MD and PhD scholars, and served as Dean of the Faculty of Ayurveda from 2011-2014. He is well-versed in classical Indian music, and is a regular practitioner of yoga. His love is making bhasmas on his rooftop, where he has an old-fashioned puta installed.  He is beloved by most faculty in India, as so many have been his students.

Please revisit for an excerpt of Prof Vd. CB Jha teaching us a concept of rasa-shastra.

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