Elements of Ayurveda Podcast

Elements of Ayurveda Podcast

The Elements of Ayurveda Podcast empowers you to take charge of your health and wellbeing! Ayurveda is the ancient healing tradition of India and translates to ‘Wisdom of Life’. Ayurveda teaches us how to live in tune with nature and our unique mind/body type in order to maintain balance and prevent dis-ease. It's a vast science, giving us guidelines on every aspect of our life. Ayurveda is the manual to life that most of us never received! Connect with Colette on her website elementshealingandwellbeing.


June 1, 2023 12 mins

In this solo episode Colette continues her series on the srotas or channels of the body and focuses on majja vaha srotas, which is the channel carrying nutrition for the bone marrow and nerve tissue. 

The passage of this channel is the nervous system (the central, peripheral, sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system), the brain and the cavities of the bon...

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Dr. Akil Palanisamy is a Harvard-trained physician who practices integrative medicine, blending his conventional medical expertise with holistic approaches including functional medicine and Ayurveda. 

Dr. Akil is a widely known speaker, educator and author of The Paleovedic Diet: A Complete Program to Burn Fat, Increase Energy, and Reverse Disease which we discussed in episode #138. In this episode we're...

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In this solo episode, Colette continues her series on the srotas or channels of the body. If you’re unfamiliar with the Ayurvedic wisdom on the channels of the body, check out the first episode in this series #272 titled, The Food Channel & The Srotas where she does an introduction to the srotas.

Colette focuses on ashti vaha srotas in this episode. Asthi dhatu is our bone tissue and asthi vaha srotas is...

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Dr. Bhaswati Bhattacharya is a licensed, board-certified physician-scientist and Fulbright Scholar with a focus on the wisdom and science of authentic medicines such as Ayurveda. 

In this episode I chat with Dr. Bhaswati about a recent article she wrote titled, Better Living Beyond Chemistry. In this article Dr. Bhaswati writes about how modern science, looking through the lens of chemistry, has a reductionist approach to medicine....

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In this solo episode Colette continues her series on the srotas or channels of the body. Meda vaha srotas are the channels carrying nutrients for the fat tissue. She discusses the following:

  • The function, root, passage and opening of meda vaha srotas.
  • The subdoshas governing this channel.
  • The signs and symptoms of aggravation of meda vaha srotas, which includes
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Dr. Sujatha Kekada is the Head Physician and Co-Founder of AmrtaSiddhi Ayurvedic Clinic in Ubud, Bali. She is a certified Ayurvedic Doctor (B.A.M.S) with a degree from Rajiv Gandhi University, Karnataka, India. Dr. Sujatha’s profound understanding of Ayurvedic Medicine and her deep love for plants is the basis for her exceptional ability to diagnose the root causes of diseases and to find effective remedies.

In this episode Colette...

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Vaidya Jayarajan Kodikannath represents a lineage of Ayurveda Practitioners from Kerala, India. He is the CEO and Academy Director of Kerala Ayurveda (USA) and is the President of NAMA the National Ayurveda Medical Associat...

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Dr. Wendie Trubow is a functional medicine gynecologist. Through her struggles with mold and metal toxicity, Celiac disease, and other health issues, she has developed a deep sense of compassion and expertise for what her patients are facing. Dr. Wendie is the co-author of Dirty Girl: Ditch the Toxins, Look Great, and Feel Freaking Amazing.

Colette chats with Dr. Wendie about her new book and they discus...

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In this solo episode, Colette continues her series on the srotas or channels of the body. If you’re unfamiliar with the channels of the body, I recommend listening to the first episode in this series #272 titled, The Food Channel & The Srotas.

Colette focuses on mamsa vaha srotas in this episode. Mamsa dhatu is our muscle tissue and mamsa vaha srotas are the channels carrying nutrients for the muscle tis...

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Jackie Christensen, Ph.D., is an internationally recognized educator in natural health, herbology, and Ayurveda. She serves as a faculty member for many prestigious colleges, including Mount Madonna Institute. Jackie is a Master Herbalist and in this episode, Colette chats with Jackie about the following:

  • Herbology 101.
  • Jackie's persona...
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In this solo episode, Colette continues her series on the srotas or channels of the body and she focuses on rakta vaha srotas. 

Rakta is the second tissue formed in the processing of our food. Rakta is our red blood cells and rakta vaha srotas are the channels involved in the production and transportation of blood which includes the red bloods cells, the heart, liver, spleen, bone marrow and arteries. Read more

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Karo was introduced to Ayurveda in the 1990's in Germany and now living in New York she continues her journey with Ayurveda. She shares this journey of healing and studying Ayurveda and how it has shaped her life. We discuss the following:

  • How Karo discovered Ayurveda.
  • Her healing journey.
  • How Ayurveda reconnected her with nature.
  • The life lessons learned with Ayurveda.
  • Her continuing Ayurvedic studies.


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Rasa Vaha Srotas are the channels carrying rasa which is the first tissue produced from the elemental juice formed from our digested food. Rasa vaha srotas includes the plasma, the fluid portion of the blood in the cardiovascular system and the lymphatic system.

In this episode Colette details the many functions of this plasma carrying channel in the body including; the transport of nutrients and respira...

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Ayurveda teaches us that we are a part of nature and not separate from it. We are made up of the same 5 elements as nature or the panchamahabhoutas as they’re called in Sanskrit; space, air, fire, water and earth. Our unique dosha ratio of Vata, Pitta and Kapha in our individual constitution determines the energies and qualities in our body.

Each season will result in a shift in the 5 panchmahabhoutas de...

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Colette continues her series on the channels (srotas) of the body. This is the third episode in this series:

  1. In episode #272 she did an introduction to the channels of the body and in that episode she focused on the first input channel, anna vaha srotas (the food channel).
  2. In episode #274 she focused on the second input channel, prana vaha srotas (the respiratory channel).

In t...

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Kamalesh Ginger Hooven is interim Provost of Mount Madonna Institute, where she is the Director of the Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy program.

Kamalesh returns to the podcast to discuss the energy of prana, our vital life force energy and pranayama, breathing practices. This is a great follow up to the previous podcast episode #274 The Respiratory System (Prana Vaha Srotas) w...

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In episode #272 Colette did an introduction to the srotas or channels of the body and in that episode she focused on the anna vaha srotas, the food carrying channels. She explained the journey from the intake of food at the mouth through to the small intestine, explaining the doshas and subdoshas involved along the way and their role in transforming food into energy.

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Divya Alter is a certified nutritional consultant, educator, and chef in the Shaka Vansiya Ayurveda tradition. Divya and her husband Prentiss founded Divya’s Kitchen, a plant-based restaurant in New York City that reimagines classic dishes through an Ayurvedic lens.

Divya’s brand has since expanded to include a line of plant-based retail food products, educational videos and two books. She is the author ...

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The Srotas are channels in the body through which the doshas of Vata, Pitta and Kapha move. There are many types of srotas in the body from the subtle energetic channels called nadis to the largest channel in the body, maha srotas, the gastrointestinal tract.

In this episode Colette explains the main channels of the body and she focuses on anna vaha srotas, the food channel. She details what happens when we eat and th...

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Colette takes questions from the Elements of Ayurveda Podcast community and she answers the following questions:

  1. Ayurvedic view on intermittent fasting or time restricted eating and which dosha would benefit the most/least?
  2. My family has been suffering with coughs and congestion since early Autumn, what are some natural Ayurvedic tips to help relieve these symptoms and what could be the root cause?

    • Vata typ...
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