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Feb 27, 2020

What you’ll get out of tuning in:

  • What is the history of Ayurveda?
  • What is fascinating about the history of Ayurveda?
  • Where is Ayurveda going into the future? 
  • Did you foresee Ayurveda and Yoga trending like it has?


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Show Highlights:

  • How Ayurveda ‘grew up’ as a response to human urbanization
  • Why humans should be able to ‘know what’s right’ and heal – and why they often don’t
  • The different traditions and lineages of Ayurveda that survive until today
  • How Ayurveda is being used in the West – and what has been overlooked



  • 3:13 “[Ayurvedic] experts got together and they discussed the problems inherent in living in an urban environment – something that we all need to be alert to today.”
  •  7:45 “When you are in one area as any kind of animal, you create a lot of waste products, and if you’re in a city, those wastes tend to accumulate in the city – and if you yourself are in the city, they tend to accumulate in your organism.”
  • 9:52 “As humans became more urbanized, more filled with ama, more toxins, and less connected to the life force, it became necessary for doctors to start directly interacting with humans explaining what was the right thing to eat and the wrong thing to eat, the right kind of behavior and the wrong behavior, and helping them to get rid of this load of toxins … so that the prana can work to heal them.”  
  • 12:13 “It is very possible for anyone to get a reasonable perspective on what’s going on inside them and to feel within yourself whether something in front of you is something you should eat or shouldn’t eat. I’m always a bit dismayed when people become ‘listatarians’ … instead of understanding personally.”
  • 16:27 “People can eat 24 hours a day, the lights are on 24 hours a day, there’s no connection to the normal external cycles that allows your organism to align itself healthfully.”


Favorite Quotes:

  • “The inability of crisis-based medicine to deal with these crises has led to the present situation in the West in which many alternative paradigms compete for the acceptance of scientists and public alike.” -Dr. Robert Svoboda
  • Ayurveda’s materia medica and therapeutic techniques have much more yet to contribute. I maintain, however, that Ayurveda’s most valuable contributions will be made to the new theory that medicine is trying to grow. These contributions will be derived from Ayurveda’s way of seeing the world, its darshana, a vision which will facilitate medicine’s ability to teach people not just how to avoid disease but how to proactively develop and maintain a healthy ‘state.’” -Dr. Robert Svoboda
  • “Modern medicine defines health as the absence of disease, Ayurveda focuses on health as a positive condition that is independent of disease, an active state of being that can be promoted by appropriate behavior. When you can upgrade your health you may find diseases disappearing without ever having been directly addressed. The same Ayurvedic principles that are used to correct yourself when you are out of balance can be used to preserve your balance once it is corrected.” -Dr. Robert Svoboda


Guest Bio:

Dr. Robert 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 he was tutored in Ayurveda, Yoga, Jyotish, Tantra and other forms of classical Indian lore by his mentor, the Aghori Vimalananda. He is the author of over a dozen books and has served as Adjunct Faculty at the Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque, NM, and at Bastyr University in Kenmore, WA. You can find out more about his work at and follow him on Facebook, YouTube and Instagram.