More news about upcoming SVA Pulse and Marma Course

In response to popular requests, the monthly payment plan is back on. You may now choose to pay on a monthly basis instead of upfront if you want to join Vaidya’s e-course.

 Since we are bringing back this option, we are  extending the registration date – at the rate of $1665 – until the end of the month, that’s July 31, 2014.

If you are still undecided, consider this – would you like to be able to help loved ones with common daily imbalances, such as:

  •         indigestion
  •         sleeplessness
  •         acidity
  •         fatigue
  •         bad dreams
  •         low bone tissue
  •         low muscle tissue
  •         migraines

Learning how to detect such daily ailments through touching the pulse will guide you to give the proper remedy. This course has been designed for all – whether you are a stay-home mom (or dad!) and are interested in improving your personal health or that of your loved ones; or whether you are a professional health expert and are looking to add an essential assessment tool to your existing skills.

For example, what will be the pulse of an individual experiencing indigestion? In ayurvedic terms, you would have to answer the following questions:

  • what dosha is high;
  • how is the rhythm?
  • What about the volume?
  • And the speed?
  • Which dhatu-s or tissues are affected?
  • And what kind of  effect is present in terms of the guna-s or properties.

Through this e-course with Vaidya you will learn that if someone is experiencing indigestion, then you will notice that their kapha dosha is high, specifically the kapha subdosha that governs the stomach, kledaka kapha. You will see Kledaka kapha in rasa dhatu, or the very first tissue or layer when you press your fingers on the pulse. Rasa dhatu will carry ama or heaviness due to partially indigested food. So the first layer will feel suppressed, cold, heavy. The first subdosha that you will hear will be kledak kapha. Pachak pitta, the pitta subdosha that governs the stomach, will appear less prominent. Another subdosha that will be active because of kledak kapha will be samana vata, or the vata subdosha that governs the stomach area. All three subdosha-s govern the stomach: kledak to lubricate and moisten, pachak to breakdown and process, and samana to churn and move the food. When someone eats very heavy food item or eats when stressed out, or eats and watches TV, then digestion is impaired, kledak increases, pachak decreases, and samana increases. You will be able to read this in the pulse on the very first layer, the rasa dhatu layer.  When Samana vata goes high, then it moves out of its designated area, it can either go up and then udana vata which is in the chest goes high giving sudden chest pains, or causes the person to burp; or samana vata goes down and interferes with apana vata, causing gas and bloating.

You will also learn all the fundamentals of Ayurveda the way they are taught in the ayurvedic sutra-s and the SV lineage – clear, practical, to the point.

Knoweldge is all about experience, and with this course, you can make this most precious knowledge of Ayurveda a daily practical experience in your life and those of the ones you are called upon to help.

If you have already signed-up for the course, you will already have received an invitation to join the course forum, along with the details for the inaugural class launch.
The course will launch next Friday July 18th, 2014, at 6:15am, via phone conference. This first session will last only 30-45 minutes during which Vaidya Mishra will recite vedic chants and inaugurate the course. All course material will be available for registered students by July 16th, 2014.

If you have more questions, please do not hesitate to call or email us:
1.818.709.1005 or

SVA Pulse and Marma E-Course excerpts from chapter One:

“It is true that learning Ayurvedic pulse assessment is not necessarily an easy task; it is very subtle. (…)

But based on the great success of professionals who have diligently applied themselves to master this ancient skill] Vaidya has recently given a great deal of thought as to how to teach this course in a more step-by-step, in-depth fashion. His goal is to provide the opportunity whereby students could learn the foundation of his lineage’s SV Ayurveda directly from the sutras, learn the principles of pulse assessment and marma therapy which they could then practice at home with friends and family, as well as to provide them with the opportunity to ask questions and discuss their experiences in detail. In this way, the course could be presented over a longer time period, allowing for each student to read the lesson, watch it on the web or DVD, study at his or her own pace, digest the material, ask questions on the on-line forum, discuss the material, listen to Vaidya’s one-hour monthly lecture of the subject matter – and be able to do this within the timeframe that he or she has available. (…)

“SVA differs in many ways from contemporary Ayurveda, which many of us may have studied previously. Vaidya wants to ensure everyone taking this course understands the foundations of Ayurveda in the same way, so now we are going to delve into some of the basic principles from his lineage of SV Ayurveda. We will learn basic theory directly from the shastras and then we will practice based upon those principles which we have learned. (…)

(…) The meaning of “doshas,” is “always out of balance,” or “in the process of maintaining the body.” They are always in action within the body, so they create imbalance. The doshas have to manage the body and mind, and in that process of managing, it is impossible to keep all of the three doshas in balance. A simple example of this, is when we are stressed; our prana vata has to go out of balance, in order to increase the heart rate, so that it can supply more blood to the brain to meet its demands in this situation. Thus, in the process of managing the body and mind, it becomes necessary for the doshas to go out of balance. Why is that? (…)

This is part of a cycle, which in SV Ayurveda is called the Samprapti Chakra, or cycle of pathogenesis. We will use this example of hunger, and the resulting imbalance of pachaka pitta, to illustrate this model of pathogenesis. (…)

Contemporary Ayurveda does not teach much about the nadis, because it does not emphasize the importance of the prana. However, for us it is very important to understand the nadis, because they are the vibrational channels through which prana is received, carried and delivered throughout the body where it is needed. Nadis are very powerful, because they are run by the element of space, the seed element. (…)

Bhava Mishra is a Mishra from the SVA lineage from the 16th century, who compiled the Bhava Prakash, a text of Ayurvedic knowledge based upon the Charaka Samhita, and his own experience. In this verse, he is describing marma from the SVA lineage perspective: marmani tesu tisthanti pranah khalul: meaning that, “in the marmas, prana lives; prana is established in the marmas.”

FAQs about the Pulse and Marma E-Course

We have been receiving several questions about Vaidya’s upcoming course, here are some helpful answers.

Question: what material does the course exactly entail? – upon registration, each course participant will receive the following:
  • printed material, this is the unpublished textbook of SVA Pulse and Marma put together by Vaidya for the purpose of this course. It will introduce you to the key concepts and terminology that you need to familiarize yourself with as part of your learning process. You are responsible for this material.
  • A 1 hour footage of Vaidya lecturing on the subject of the first chapter or first installment of the pulse course – this will be an electronic link that you will have access to watch on-line anytime for as long as you are registered for the course.
  • A private forum open for all course participants to discuss the ongoing material with each other, as well as ask questions to Vaidya
  • A 1 hour/month live audio and skype conference with Vaidya covering the material of that month.
  • You will be expected to put in approximately a total of at least 10 hours a month towards acquiring the material of the month under discussion.

Question: How many hours will I have completed at the end of the course? 

  • 900 hours (10 hours/month) plus 16 hours (weekend practicum in person attendance) for a total of 916 hours of SVA Pulse and Marma.

Question: When does the course start and when will I receive the course material(s)?

  • The course will be inaugurated on Friday July 18, 2014 at 6:14am (PST).
  • You will receive the first installment of the course notes, along with access to the first hour of video right after registration is closed on July 17. Most material will be sent via email. Snail-mail may be used for exceptions.
  • Thereafter, you will receive the material for each month’s course on the 1st of the month
  • Vaidya will be holding an audio/skype live conference call on the last Saturday of each month – with the exception of December, the conference will be held on December 20, 2014, to allow course participants holiday travel time.

Question: When and where is the practicum going to be held?

  • The practicum will be held on the last weekend of April 2015, the weekend of 24-26.  Arrive by 1:30pm for registration. The Friday session will include registration and a brief gathering. The actual practicum will take place on Saturday and Sunday from 10am-6pm.
  • The practicum will be held in Chatsworth California, at Vaidya Mishra’s Prana Center.

Please note that SVA practitioners Dr. Marianne Teitelbaum and Dr. Douglas Beech will also be part of the course, and they will be sharing their experience and stories and feedback with the group.