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 (2018)

Jack Stafford, Ayurvedic Troubadour

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In the summer of 2018 Jack will be promoting Ayurveda at the following festivals:

Previous events

Bali Spirit Festival

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Ubud, Bali

I'm delighted to be teaching at the 2020 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:

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.

Heartbeat Festival (CANCELLED)

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Buchenau Castle, Hermann-Lietz-Str. 13

A huge retreat with meditations, yoga, dance, live music and concerts, singing, healing rituals, women and Men's circles, creativity, encounters and more in an old German castle.

Norwegian Yoga Festival

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Nøsasvingen 19, Panoramavegen

Norway's Yogafestival comes to Nøsen for the third year in a row, bringing together many international teachers of Yoga and Buddhism, alongside some of Norway's top yoga instructors, researchers and practitioners.

Harmonic Festival

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Trigance, Var (83)

Harmonic festival offers a relaxed and harmonious world of harmony , mind and soul in harmony with universal values, collective responsibility, sharing and caring. The force of this event is in their ability to gather performing arts, workshops, conferences and music (ambient, downtempo, dub, ethnic ...)

Yoga Connects Festival

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Abbots Ripton, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, PE28 2PH

The British yoga camping event of the year. Enjoy posh camping, music festival, the largest British yoga class. Yoga Connects Festival is all about CONNECTION.

Frog Lotus Yoga Festival

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Suryalila Retreat Centre, Pago de Pajarete, 11650 Villamartin

Fun-filled Yoga Workshops, Yoga Classes, Meditations, Dance, Acro-Yoga, Kirtan and Fabulous Live Music with great artists. Includes master yoga teachers from renowned Frog Lotus Yoga, plus guests.