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About Durgadas

Durgadas (Rodney) Lingham is a Yoga and Ayurveda Teacher, Ayurvedic Practitioner, Veda Kovid and author of seventeen books on Ayurveda, Yoga and other Vedic sciences and director of the Academy of Traditional Ayurveda and Arogya Ayurvedic Health Ltd in New Zealand. He comes from a traditional Vedic lineage deriving from Northern India and is a student of Acharya David Frawley in Vedic sciences.
  • Reclaim Your Energetic Body
    Misunderstandings of the Modern Chakra-Healing Movements

    While the ancient Upanishads and the Vedas mention chakras, they are not simply seven, but are twenty-one in their total number of the greater Hindu Yoga system. Those working with the seven chakra system are hence neophytes...

    • Posted February 20, 2017
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  • meditation
    Yogic Psychology and the Effects of Meditation

    Meditation has become almost a special “science” and “technique” in itself today, but few realize what actual benefits they are having. Many talk about states of consciousness, however, traditionally speaking, to attain them takes lifetimes of intense...

    • Posted February 13, 2017
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  • karma
    Karma and the Spiritual Background of Yoga and Ayurveda

    “On the completion of his training, the psyche of Brahma or the Sages enter into him (The Vaidya or Ayurvedic Physician) according to knowledge” – Charaka Samhita Chikitsasthana, I.4.53 “Whatever offense we might have given to the...

    • Posted February 9, 2017
    • 1
  • ayurvedic examination
    Understanding Ayurvedic Examination: Beyond the “Dosha Quiz”

    Many people today taking Ayurvedic constitutional quizzes in books or online and feel that these give an “accurate” model of their so-called “dosha type” and sometimes get confused when going to a Practitioner and it differs. Some...

    • Posted January 28, 2017
    • 2
  • pratyahara
    Pratyahara and Mastering the Senses

    Pratyahara (withdrawal of the senses) is one of the most important limbs of Yoga but often one of the least understood. Yoga requires that the mind must be focused and drawn within, with the fire of vairagya...

    • Posted January 13, 2017
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  • dharana
    Cultivating Dharana: The Key to Meditation and Health

    Among the eight limbs of Yoga, dharana or concentration is one of the higher limbs that precedes dhyana or meditation. Yet today, several Yoga teachers and their students do not develop proper dharana and instead go straight...

    • Posted January 6, 2017
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  • three pranayamas
    Three Pranayamas and their Ayurvedic / Psychological Effects

    Pranayamas, or yogic breathing techniques, have effects upon the doshas in the body. Vata – Wind, Pitta – Bile and Kapha – Phlegm. Pranayamas also have specific effects on the mind, as per the four levels of...

    • Posted December 25, 2016
    • 1
  • New Age Ayurveda
    New Age Ayurveda vs Classical Ayurveda

    Panchakarma New Age Ayurveda looks at employing palliative (shamana) techniques for Panchakarma (the five detoxification actions in Ayurveda) and primarily Spa therapies alone. Traditional Ayurveda employs specific and detailed methods of Panchakarma beyond palliative care for treating...

    • Posted June 28, 2016
    • 1
  • sri yantra
    Go Beyond the Dosha: a Trayodashi (Thirteen-fold) Constitutional System

    The three biological doshas (literally: defects), often described as humors and used in the system of Ayurveda, are dual combinations of the great elements: Vata (ether and air), Pitta (fire and water) and Kapha (water and earth). Such don’t always provide refinement relative to the Prakriti or...

    • Posted January 4, 2016
    • 4
  • Katsushika Hokusai - Photo: Brooklyn Museum
    Changing Winds: How They Affect Your Dosha

    Wind is often characterised by Vata-dosha in Ayurveda, itself being composed of both akasha (space/ether) and vayu (wind/air). Various types of wind generally aggravate vata, owing to wind’s subtle nature. The three biological humors in Ayurveda or doshas...

    • Posted October 28, 2015
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