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by Dr David Frawley (Pandit Vamadeva Shastri)
American Institute of Vedic Studies’ online courses provide you with a distinct opportunity to learn from Dr. David Frawley (Pandit Vamadeva Shastri) and begin an enduring journey with the timeless wisdom of the Vedas.
Ayurvedic Healing Course
Our Ayurvedic course offers an extensive, yet affordable, online learning approach to Ayurveda and its wellness approaches presented with clarity and depth. This comprehensive course outlines Ayurvedic anatomy and physiology, constitution for body and mind, fundamentals of diagnosis, nutrition, herbs, aromas, sensory therapies, Yoga, spiritual methods and more. It has been used by students from throughout the world over the last twenty-five years and has been the basis for many Ayurvedic training programs. Read more >>Enroll Now!
Ayurvedic Astrology Course
Our course in Vedic astrology combines a twofold approach of teaching the fundamentals of Vedic astrology, along with their interface with Ayurveda. It provides a good foundation in the principles of Vedic astrology from planets, signs and houses to Nakshatras and ashtakavarga, but also brings in an Ayurvedic perspective, showing how planetary influences impact body, mind and spirit. This makes it especially helpful for those who want to learn Vedic astrology according to an Ayurvedic background. Read more >>Enroll Now!
Yoga, Ayurveda, Mantra and Meditation Course
Our Yoga, Ayurveda, Mantra and Meditation course teaches an Ayurvedic perspective on the eight limbs of Yoga, as well as the yogic branches of Devotion (Bhakti), Knowledge (Jnana), and Action (Karma), including a full translation of the Yoga Sutras from an Ayurvedic perspective. It helps one to understand Yoga and meditation practices for well-being and spiritual growth according to Ayurvedic guidelines, including an extensive examination of Yoga philosophy. It contains much important information on the healing power of mantra. Read more >>Enroll Now!
A chapter from Shiva, the Lord of Yoga By Dr. David Frawley, published by Lotus Press, now available
Yoga means unification, which is first the unity of all the dualities and contraries that constitute the energies of life. Yoga philosophy teaches us to understand and transcend duality, but this rests upon harmonizing the dualities within us in a transformative state of balance. Shiva and Shakti as the dual cosmic principles are an intrinsic part of all Yoga, which constitutes a natural process of integration and transformation. Recognition of the cosmic duality leads us into the practice of Yoga, which is their unification. All Yoga is a development of Shiva awareness and Shakti energy, the state of the seer and its energy of seeing, drawing the dual forces from their lower manifestations in the realm of division to their higher reality in pure Oneness. Read more >>
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Acharya David Frawley (Pandit Vamadeva Shastri)
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Dr. David Frawley (Pandit Vamadeva Shastri) is a western born teacher and guru in the Vedic tradition. Vamadeva is recognized as a Vedacharya (Vedic teacher), and includes in his vast scope of studies Ayurveda, Yoga, Vedanta and Vedic astrology, as well as the ancient Vedic teachings going back to the oldest Rigveda. His many books and courses serve to guide and teach students from all over the world in the fields of Vedic knowledge.
Vamadeva is a rare recipient of the prestigious Padma Bhushan award, one of the highest civilian awards from the President of India, “for distinguished service of a higher order to the nation,” honoring his work and writings as a Vedic teacher, which he received in Jan. 2015.
He has a rare and prestigious D. Litt. (Doctor of Letters), one of the highest educational titles possible in the field of Yoga and Vedic sciences, from SVYASA (Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana), the only deemed Yoga university recognized by the Government of India. Read more >>
Yogini Shambhavi Chopra
Yogini Shambhavi Devi is a mystic Yogini, guide and teacher rooted in the ancient teachings and traditions of Shakti worship. As a Yogacharya and Jyotishacharya, she provides in-depth guidance and consultations in Yoga, Vedic astrology, and personal healing.
As an important woman guru in the Shakti tradition of India and the Himalayas, she aims to draw one to the deeper ‘Yogic Reality’, helping to awaken the universal power of nurturing and the Divine Feminine within us. She is a noted author and singer of classical mantras that can invoke the Divine powers within us. Read more >>
By Vamadeva Shastri (Dr. David Frawley) Western academia has had an almost uncritical control of Hindu studies, unlike that of any other religion. There are few practicing Hindus in academic positions in the West, and those that exist rarely challenge the dominant discourse openly in front of their peers. Indians seem to be encouraged if […]
By Pandit Vamadeva Shastri (Dr David Frawley) There is an ongoing battle occurring at many levels relative to the concept of India and what India is, was and is meant to be. This is not merely a scholarly debate to arrive at truth but resembles more a struggle for power. Whoever controls the idea of India, […]
By Christina Collins, Jyotish Star E-Magazine Interview Date: 7/27/2015 This year, 2015, a few select Americans received the Padma awards, the highest civilian awards granted by the government of India. Padma awards are given for outstanding contributions to the country and go to a broad range of individuals including artists, doctors, athletes, scientists, educators, social, […]
Dr. David Frawley’s Full Text of Talk For International Conference on Yoga for Holistic Health June 21-22, 2015, Vigyan Bhavan Ministry of AYUSH, government of India Yoga is not a new phenomenon but the essence of the spiritual and cultural traditions of India going back to the earliest eras, with connections throughout the world and much of […]
Light of the Vedas
Bi-montly Newsletter of American Institute of Vedic Studies
EXCERPT: We are most happy to inform you that Dr. David Frawley (Pandit Vamadeva Shastri) was honored with two extraordinary awards in India this last month. On Jan. 12, Dr. Frawley received a D.Litt or Doctorate of Letters in Yoga and Vedic sciences as part of a special ceremony from S-VYASA, Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana in Bangalore. S-VYASA is the only deemed Yoga University in India with degrees approved by the government of India. D.Litt. is among its highest titles. Vamadeva was the third person to be given this award by SVYASA after BKS Iyengar and Swami Amrita Suryananda of Portugal last year. Along with Dr. Frawley, the same award was given to Dr. Deepak Chopra. D.Litt is a special degree given to those who have produced a number of books and educational literature in their fields. Frawley was acknowledged for his many-sided work on Yoga, Ayurveda, Veda, Vedanta and Hinduism that is a veritable literature of its own.
On Jan. 26, Dr. Frawley received the Padma Bhushan award from the government of India for “distinguished service of a high order,” relative to his work promoting Vedic and Yogic knowledge. The Padma Bhushan is one of India’s highest civilian awards as part of the greater series of Padma awards. Vamadeva was on the twenty recipients of the Padma Bhushan this year, in a list that included Bill and Melinda Gates for their social work. Vamadeva is a rare western Yoga and Vedic teacher to be honored with such an award, which are commonly given to the most notable individuals in Indian society. The Padma awards are approved by the Prime Minister and conferred in a special ceremony by the President of India. Read more >>