Swami Shankardev Saraswati
I read my first book on yoga and meditation when I was 13 years old. The Third Eye by Lobsang Rampa tells the story of a young boy who enters a Tibetan Monastery and undergoes rigorous training to become a spiritual adept. This story awoke a deep longing and set the course for my life.
Today, I am a western medical doctor, yoga Acharya (authority), yoga therapist, psychotherapist, author, and teacher. My work integrates western mind-body medicine and psychotherapy with eastern methods of mind-body development and awakening consciousness. In my medical practice, I treat chronic physical and psychological diseases by combining western medicine with yoga, yoga-tantra, Ayurveda, and other systems of self-development.
I am a co-founder of www.BigShakti.com with Jayne Stevenson. Many of our guided meditations and courses derive from techniques that I have developed over 40 years of live teaching and running a yoga therapy medical practice.
After attaining my medical degree in 1976, I traveled to India to study at the Bihar School of Yoga, where I remained for 10 years. During this time I wrote several books on yoga and yoga therapy that are still in print. I returned to Australia in 1985 to research the physiology of yoga at the University of New South Wales, completing a Master of Science degree in 1990.
1976 – MB, BS (Medical Doctor) Sydney University (MD equivalent)
1981 – Yoga Acharya (Master of Yoga) IYFM, Bihar School of Yoga, Munger, Bihar
1990 – MSc University of NSW
1991 – Cert Ayurvedic Studies, The Ayurvedic Institute, Albuquerque, NM, USA
2003 – Diploma of Medical Hypnosis, College of Medical Hypnosis
2010 – Cert Mental Health, Institute of Psychiatry, Australia
Published by the Bihar School of Yoga, Munger, Bihar, India:
– Yogic Management of Asthma and Diabetes
– The Effects of Yoga on Hypertension
– The Practice of Yoga for the Digestive System
Contributed to the book:
– Kundalini Tantra (Bihar School of Yoga)
Edited the following books
(Bihar School of Yoga):
– Surya Namaskara: a technique of solar vitalization
– Hatha Yoga Pradipika
– Moola Bandha: the master key
– Prana and Pranayama
– Sure Ways to Self-Realization
I am specialising in the following areas
Yoga, Tantra, Ayurveda, Psychotherapy, Western Medicine