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Dr 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.
As the co-founder and director of Big Shakti, I collaborate with Jayne Stevenson on our online educational tools. 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.

My Journey
After attaining my medical degree in 1976, I travelled 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.
Over the last 40 years, I have travelled widely through many countries, learning and teaching esoteric Eastern traditions. I have been privileged to meet and study with many wonderful gurus, teachers and mentors and have made many spiritual friends. As a result, I have had a broad range of both inner and outer experiences that have convinced me of the validity of yoga and meditation as incredibly potent ways of rejuvenating ourselves, of uplifting our minds and hearts, and awakening greater insight into the nature of life and the world we live in.

Workshop topics
Yoga Psychology
Yoga Psychotherapy – the application of yoga psychology
The Chakras –gateways into the psycho-spiritual dimensions of being
Meditation – Theory and Practice
Healing the Mind (the application of Ajapa Japa to heal, strengthen and enlighten the mind)
Core Strength, Calm Mind – How to face life with grounding, resilience and higher awareness
Prāna and Prānic Healing
Ayurveda – Self-healing and self-empowerment