Dr Swami Shankardev Saraswati

(MB,BS, M.Sc, Dip Medical Hypnosis, Grad Cert Mental health, Yoga Acharya)

Dr. Swami Shankardev Saraswati is a western medical doctor, Yoga Acharya (authority), Yoga Therapist, psychotherapist, author, teacher, and Jyotish astrologer.

He uses western mind-body medicine, including the use of medicine, herbs, and supplements, combined with Eastern systems of healing and self-development.

He supports patients to develop a strong, stable identity (ego) that is resilient, powerful and better able to handle the slaps and blows of life. This creates a stable center from which to explore the deeper Self. The journey to the Self is informed by both Eastern systems of philosophy, such as yoga-tantra, and Jungian depth psychology.

He provides direct support to students through group webinars, online courses, and private consultations.

Dr Swami Shankardev Saraswati (1)

I believe in health education as a means to empower people to take more conscious control of their lives.

Swami Shankardev


After attaining his medical degree in 1976, he travelled to India to study at the Bihar School of Yoga, where he remained for 10 years. During this time he wrote several books on yoga and yoga therapy that are still in print (see below).

He 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, he has travelled widely through many countries, learning and teaching esoteric Eastern traditions. He has been privileged to meet and study with many wonderful gurus, teachers and mentors. As a result, he has had a broad range of both inner and outer experiences, and many wonderful synchronicities.

These experiences have convinced him 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.


  • 1976 – MB, BS (Medical Doctor) Sydney University (MD equivalent)
  • 1981 – Yoga Acharya (Master of Yoga) IYFM, Bihar School of Yoga, Munger, Bihar
  • 1990 – MSc (Master of Science) 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

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In-print books

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

Medical and Psychotherapy Practice



Dr. Swami Shankardev Saraswati’s psychological practice combines Western and Eastern methods of psychotherapy, including yoga philosophy, meditation, and other methods of awakening consciousness.

The primary aims of therapy are to become more self-aware, autonomous, resilient, empathic, capable of intimacy, and able to journey into the deeper self to discover the hidden strengths, skills and abilities dormant in the unconscious (psyche).

Medical consultations are available face-to-face, online, and via telephone. For more information about his medical practice and to book a consultation, please read more here.

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Dr. Swami Shankardev Saraswati presents with a unique blend of authoritative knowledge and accessible warmth, seamlessly integrating Western medical science with Eastern holistic practices. His presentations are enriched by his extensive background in yoga, psychotherapy, and Jyotish astrology, making them deeply informative and transformative, aimed at fostering greater self-awareness, resilience, and spiritual growth.

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
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