Board of Advisors


Deepak Chopra, MD

Acknowledged as one of the world's greatest leaders in the field of mind-body medicine, Deepak Chopra continues to transform our understanding of the meaning of health. Through his creation of The Chopra Center for Wellbeing in California in 1996, Dr. Chopra established a formal vehicle for the expansion of his healing approach using the integration of the best of Western medicine with natural healing traditions. Dr. Chopra serves as the Director of Education at The Chopra Center, which offers training programs in mind-body medicine, such as the Perfect Health life management program and the Journey into Healing workshop, which fuses modern science and Ayurveda. Through his partnership with David Simon, M.D., and numerous health care professionals in both conventional and complementary medicine, Chopra's work is changing the way the world views physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and social wellness.



David Frawley (Pandit Vamadeva Shastri)

Pandit Vamadeva Shastri is a rare combination of a yogi, Vedic scholar, Ayurvedic doctor, Vedic astrologer and teacher of Hindu Dharma. He teaches Vedic subjects in harmony with the classical traditions of India and as part of a spiritual path of inner practice. Dr. Frawley is one of the few westerners recognized in India as a Vedacharya or teacher of Vedic wisdom. In 1991 under the auspices of the Indian teacher, Avadhuta Shastri, he was named Vamadeva Shastri, after the Vedic Rishi Vamadeva. In 1995 he was given the title of Pandit along with the Brahmachari Vishwanathji award in Mumbai for his knowledge of the Vedic teaching. Over the years Vamadeva has received additional awards and honors for his work from throughout India.



Vasant Lad, BAMS, MASc

Vasant Lad brings a wealth of classroom and practical experience to the United States. A native of India, he served for three years as Medical Director of the Ayurveda Hospital in Pune, India. He was Professor of Clinical Medicine at the Pune University College of Ayurvedic Medicine for 15 years. He holds a Bachelors of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (BAMS) degree from the University of Pune and a Masters of Ayurvedic Science (MASc) degree from Tilak Ayurved Mahavidyalaya. Vasant Lad’s academic and practical training include the study of Allopathy (Western medicine) and surgery as well as traditional Ayurveda. He is the founder of the Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque, NM.



Robert Svoboda, BAMS

Dr. Svoboda is the first Westerner ever to graduate from a college of Ayurveda and be licensed to practice Ayurveda in India. He graduated in 1980 from Tilak Ayurveda Mahavidyalaya in Pune, where world-renowned author and Ayurvedic Physician, Vasant Lad, BAMS, MASc, was one of his professors. Since that time he has traveled extensively around the world, lecturing and conducting workshops on Ayurveda. Dr. Svoboda has traveled to more than fifty countries in the world, understands six languages and has authored several books. Dr. Svoboda consults with people privately.






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