From its inception Ayurveda has demonstrated the profound relationship between our minds and our digestive systems.

The Ayurvedic approach to physiology directly connects the nervous system to the gut, as for example revealing how our sense of taste connects with the emotions we feel.

Though not long ago modern scientists would have found this view exotic at best, recent modern discoveries about the gut/brain relationship have unveiled important similarities with Ayurveda at a time when both mental ill-health and neurological disease have become leading causes of disability worldwide. We now know that how we relate to our personal “microbiome” could help to unlock keys to our mental health.

Our human genetic make-up may have remained relatively stable over the last century but the microbiome has experienced tremendous change thanks to dramatic shifts in agriculture, diet, lifestyle, and medical care. Many of the health-promoting practices and remedies that Ayurveda offers accord with scientifically validated ways of promoting improved mood, memory, and cognition, which makes Ayurveda a uniquely elegant and practical context for understanding how gut and brain work together. In this course, part two of our discussion on the topic, we will discuss the relationship between Ayurveda and the microbiome and specifically the gut/brain axis.

Through lectures, slides, guided reflections and practices, we will help you to expand your knowledge of the gut/brain axis and how Ayurvedic practices can help to enrich the connection between gut and brain.

You will also get access to extras, like suggested reading, info about foods that promote gut/brain health, and a private Facebook group.

This course is designed to add to the discussion in part one of Ayurveda and the Microbiome (see below), but it can also be taken as a stand alone focused on the gut/brain axis.

Here's what students of this course are saying:

"As always Dr Svoboda and Dr Scott deliver a high-end, extremely enjoyable teaching experience. Both doctors have a way of explaining every concept and every detail in such depth that the subject becomes quite fascinating and very easy to grasp and then use in one’s daily practice."

~Vanessa G.

"Taking this course really changed my approach to staying healthy. While I've practiced Ayurveda for a long time, I never really grasped that my living microbiome were very crucial to my optimal health and immune response—that I need to keep them happy, well-fed, and balanced... There are so many important details and helpful suggestions discussed in this leading edge course."

~Mark C.

**For answers to Frequently Asked Questions, scroll to the bottom of the page.

This course includes:
  • 7 hours of class
  • Instant lifetime access to all the videos in the course & all content is downloadable
  • Access to future General Q&As with Dr. Svoboda to ask questions

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Meet Your Teachers: Dr. Robert Svoboda

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 FacebookYouTube and Instagram.

Meet Your Teachers: Scott Blossom L.Ac.

Scott Blossom is a Traditional Chinese Medical practitioner, Yoga teacher & Ayurvedic Consultant.

He has been practicing yoga since 1990 and teaching since 1997, his primary teachers have been Shandor Remete (Sundernath), the founder of Shadow Yoga, & Dr. Robert Svoboda, Ayurvedic physician and scholar.

In 2011 he founded Doctor, a site dedicated to Ayurvedic education & nutrition.


Do I have to take Part 1 in order to benefit from Part 2?

No! they stand alone. Part one is a great overview, part two is specifically about mental health through the lens of the gut / brain axis.

How long will I have access to these recordings?

You will have lifetime access and can watch them as many times as you want.

Is this course primarily for Ayurvedic practitioners?

No! This course is for anyone with an interest in Ayurveda, and tried and true ways to deal with our mental health, as well as the most cutting edge science on the topic. It will help practitioners go deeper, and will give individuals more tools to use in their day-to-day life.

Do you give NAMA credits?

We haven’t officially signed up with NAMA to give credits, but if you reach out to them they may honor it. You will get a certificate upon completing the course.

Will there be subtitles or transcripts?

Unfortunately we won't be providing transcripts and there won't be subtitles, but there are slides you can download and the courses are recorded so you will be able to review them as many times as you want.