The Flavor of Life -
6 Tastes of Ayurveda

Nishita Shah

The Flavor of Life - 6 Tastes of Ayurveda

In Ayurveda we are encouraged to be present with ourselves moment to moment, and in doing so we come to be more in tune with what we need. This is especially important during meals, where Ayurveda assigns a much deeper significance to taste than we are accustomed to in the West.

Ayurveda recognizes 6 tastes, each of which has a vital role to play in our physiology, health, and general well-being. The 6 tastes (rasas)- sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent - combine in countless ways to create the incredible diversity of flavors we encounter throughout our lives.

Even the same substance - depending on how it's raised, harvested, its freshness or age, how it's stored, preserved, cooked, and then combined - can taste different. In this way, taste mirrors our experience of life: all the substances we ingest, in all their varied forms, combinations and energetic qualities, affect our whole being.

Tending to the experience of taste helps us to better understand the 6 rasas while cultivating a deeper relationship with each of them. Ayurveda helps us to fully appreciate the variety of flavors we encounter throughout each day because only then can we truly harness our taste’s potential to affect change in our minds and bodies.

What you get in this on-demand course:

  • 6 hours of recorded content
  • Additional videos, handout materials and recipes for supported learning

Lesson Plan

In this course Nishita will dive into Ayurvedic dietary principles and explore how the five elements are blended to make the six tastes and their impact on our doshic constitution, as well as our mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual selves.

Day 1: An Introduction to the 6 Tastes

Day 2: The Tastes of Sweet & Sour

Day 3: The Tastes of Salty & Sweet

Day 4: The Tastes of Bitter & Astringent

Day 5: The Final Integration

Meet the Teacher

Nishita Shah, CAP, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT

Nishita’s first foray into Ayurveda and Yoga began at a young age. Being raised in a traditional Indian household in the middle of the deep South, she was always trying to find a balance and connection between Eastern and Western cultures. Nishita received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham; what she considers to be the true beginning of the path she was about to embark on. After college, her curiosity deepened for these traditional Vedic sciences. She was blessed with the opportunity to study under Vasant Lad, MASc at The Ayurvedic Institute where she completed her formal studies in Ayurveda and Yoga.

Under the tutelage of Vasant Lad, Nishita became both an Ayurvedic Practitioner and an enthusiastic Ayuryoga Instructor. Throughout her career, including during the time she spent in her own private practice prior to joining our team, Nishita’s work has been fueled by a devotion to healing through nutrition and yoga. If you don't see her teaching at AI or AYC or practicing in our clinic, you can probably find her in the kitchen—experimenting and creating the latest recipes for her loved ones.

The Flavor of Life: 6 Tastes of Ayurveda

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