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Dr Swami Shankardev SaraswatiI 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 and through Skype and telephone consultations 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 on the company’s evolution and especially 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. I also provide direct support to students through group webinars and private consultations.

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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 (see below). 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, and many wonderful synchronicities.

These experiences 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.

Dr Swami Shankardev Saraswati
Dr Swami Shankardev Saraswati

Workshops & Consultations

To request a live workshop, seminar or keynote speaking engagement with Dr Swami Shankardev Saraswati contact us.

To book a medical consultation contact:
Paddington Medical Centre
198 Oxford Street, Paddington
NSW 2021 Australia
Phone +61 2 9361 0333

Skype and telephone consultations contact us.


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

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


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