Ayurvedic Nutrition

– Agni –


Balanced agni results in happiness, perfect health, and a calm, clear, and loving state of mind.  Individuals with sama agni can generally digest a reasonable quantity of any food in any season without issue, and they tolerate changes in the weather and the seasons quite gracefully.  These individuals enjoy balanced digestion, absorption, and elimination, a surplus of ojas, tejas, and prana, strong immunity, and an abiding sense of contentment and satisfaction, even bliss, in their lives.

Unfortunately, in the modern era, with our highly processed food supply, and our fast-paced, high-stress culture, sama agni is rare.  The vast majority of us will identify with one or more of the other three varieties of agni: those that are impaired in some way. But, do not perceive this as a life-long sentence to suffering.  Rather, it is an invitation to heal. Once we know what forces have disturbed agni, we can much more effectively support its recovery. Even a rather recent or seemingly short-lived imbalance in agni should be tended to. In fact, the earlier an imbalance is detected and addressed, the easier it will be to correct.

In today’s lesson, we are going to discuss the main types of Agni and learn how to move towards a Sama state of Agni.

  1. Listen to the Video Lessons and take notes (they will help you with the Case Study assignment)
  2. Complete the assigned reading
  3. Complete the Workbook
  4. Complete the Challenge Assignment
  5. Complete the Patient Encounter
  6. Share your insights in our Facebook Community


Supported reading:

Textbook of Ayurveda, Vol. 1, by Dr. Vasant Lad, pg. 81-101, 285-286

Textbook of Ayurveda, Vol. 2, by Dr. Vasant Lad, pg. 187-191

Textbook of Ayurveda, Vol. 3, by Dr. Vasant Lad, pg. 70-77, 133, 135


Lesson Downloads:

Challenge Assignment:

According to Ayurveda, good health, longevity, and balanced agni all go hand in hand.  Conversely, most imbalances and diseases can ultimately be traced back to impaired agni.  It’s that simple. Balanced agni is the key to living a long, healthy, and fulfilling life whereas impaired agni is a surefire way to court imbalance, disease, and discontent.  But how do we know if our agni is balanced?

Research and describe what Balanced Agni looks like.  Write a short essay describing Sama Agni and what the importance of having balanced Agni might be.  Email your essay to hello@yogavedainstitute.com with the subject  “Agni Challenge Assignment.”

Case Study:

Reference the provided questionnaire, Agni Assessment form, and determine the variety of agni of your case study.  Then, using the provided {Agni} Ayurvedic Protocols form, make note of treatments that your case study can apply to bring them back to sama agni.  

Email your completed protocol form to hello@yogavedainstitute.com with the subject “Agni Protocol Assignment.”


Agni: Fire, Digestive Fire

Bhuta Agnis: The five elemental agnis in the liver

Dīpana: The action of kindling agni

Dhatu Agnis: The agni component of each dhatu (tissue), located in the membrane that separates one dhatu from another. *Note, there are 7 dhatus (tissues).

Jaṭharāgni: Digestive Fire

Mala: Any impurity; the waste products that get produced in the body through the processes of digestion and tissue nutrition

Mala agnis: The fire located in the membranous structure of the organs of elimination, governing the elimination of waste products related to those organs

Manda agni: Slow digestive fire

Sama Agni: Balanced digestive fire

Tīkṣṅa agni: Intense digestive fire

Viṣama agni: Irregular digestive fire


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