AMERICAN INSTITUTE of VEDIC STUDIES

Founded by Dr David Frawley, a.k.a. Acharya Vamadeva Shastri, the American Institute of Vedic Studies is an online educational center providing a broad range of courses, resources and publications for an international audience. It focuses on Vedic knowledge systems of Ayurveda, Yoga-Vedanta and Vedic astrology, along with the background system of Hinduism or ‘Sanatana Dharma’. It emphasizes bringing together the greater Yoga tradition in an integral manner with regard to its Vedic origins.

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Yogini Shambhavi Devi joined American Institute of Vedic Studies in 2004 and offers consultations, retreats, training programs and personal guidance, particularly in the field of Shakti Sadhana. This greatly enriches the perspectives and insights that Vamadeva began. Yogini Shambhavi is one of the most important women gurus coming out of India today and holds many sacred traditions of the Himalayas. You can contact Yogini Shambhavi relative to her Vedic Astrology Consultations.

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Managing Dosha Types

Three insightful article by world renowned scholar on Ayurveda Dr David Frawley a.k.a. Acharya Vamadeva Shastri on management of the three Doshas of Ayurveda in our difficult world situation today and the necessary lifestyle, attitude and behavioral changes involved.

Managing Kapha Dosha Today

This is the third of our three articles on management of the three Doshas of Ayurveda in our difficult world situation today and the necessary lifestyle, attitude and behavioral changes involved.   Kapha dosha in Ayurveda is generally defined as

Managing Pitta Dosha Today

This is the second of our three articles on management of the three Doshas of Ayurveda in our difficult world situation today, and  helpful lifestyle, attitude and behavioral changes to consider.   Pitta dosha is one of the three main

Managing Vata Dosha Today

This is the first  of our three articles on management of the three Doshas of Ayurveda in our difficult world situation today and helpful lifestyle, attitude and behavioral changes to consider.   Vata dosha is the most disease-causing of the

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Yogic Quest

How well do you understand the Yoga and Ayurveda view of mind and consciousness?

The first 10 individuals to answer all the following 30 (thirty) questions correctly will win a print copy of RAMANA MAHARSHI'S ESSENCE OF SELF-REALIZATION by Dr David Frawley.

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Sri Ganesh in Vedic Astrology

Most traditional birth charts drawn up in India have drawings of Sri Ganesha at the top of the documents, honoring him and seeking his guidance and blessings. Ganesha rules over knowledge, mathematics and karma, so his place there is quite appropriate, as Jyotish involves all of these. Yet Ganesha has specific astrological correlations.

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Lord Vishnu and Vedic Astrology

Vishnu is the primary Devata for the Sun in Vedic thought, notably in the form of Surya-Narayana. Narayana is the cosmic form of Vishnu who rules over the entire universe. The mantra – OM Namo Narayanaya! – is a mantra of sadhus and connects us with the supreme Consciousness. It can be used to draw in the Vishnu energy overall and harmonize all astrological and karmic influences.

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Hridaya Granthi

Releasing the Knots of the Heart

Dr. David Frawley

Yogic literature, starting with the Upanishads, speak of the knots of the heart and the necessity to release, cut or break these in order to free ourselves from ignorance, death and sorrow. This is necessary to realize our true Self that is one with all, which dwells at the core of the spiritual heart. It is not a matter of emotional healing but of the highest Self-realization. Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi emphasizes Hridaya as the seat of the Self. In this article we will explore how to release the knots of the heart and all the implications involved.

Vairagya, Non-attachment and Ananda in Yoga

  Vairagya is one of the most important terms in the Yoga Sutras, which starting from the first Sutras of the text is emphasized as defining Yoga practice.  Vairagya is commonly translated as detachment or non-attachment. While these indicate aspects of Vairagya, they are approximations that can mislead us. Vairagya

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Managing Kapha Dosha Today

This is the third of our three articles on management of the three Doshas of Ayurveda in our difficult world situation today and the necessary lifestyle, attitude and behavioral changes involved.   Kapha dosha in Ayurveda is generally defined as the biological water humor but also has earthy characteristics. Kapha

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Managing Pitta Dosha Today

This is the second of our three articles on management of the three Doshas of Ayurveda in our difficult world situation today, and  helpful lifestyle, attitude and behavioral changes to consider.   Pitta dosha is one of the three main biological forces and mind-body types at the basis of Ayurvedic

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Managing Vata Dosha Today

This is the first  of our three articles on management of the three Doshas of Ayurveda in our difficult world situation today and helpful lifestyle, attitude and behavioral changes to consider.   Vata dosha is the most disease-causing of the three Doshas or biological humors of Vata, Pitta and Kapha

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Raja Yoga, Hatha Yoga and Asana

Raja Yoga commonly refers to the royal or higher Yoga of meditation. While the term is not specifically mentioned in the Yoga Sutras, the Yoga Sutra tradition has been commonly called Raja Yoga over time. Raja Yoga is an ancient term found in the works of Adi Shankara. It aims

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Mauna: The Yoga of Silence

Mauna as the Secret Silent Limb of Yoga Mauna refers to the practice of not-speaking, and one who does this regularly is called a Muni, a sign of great respect in Hindu and yogic thought. While not-speaking is an important part of Mauna, it is much more than that. Certainly,

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Calming Emotional Turbulence

Emotions are collective forces, not just our own personal reactions. For example, anger is much like fire. There is ultimately no “my anger” or “your anger”, there is just anger. When you are angry, it is not your anger, but anger is expressing itself through you.   The anger you

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Sri Ganesha in Vedic Astrology

  Most traditional birth charts drawn up in India have drawings of Sri Ganesha at the top of the documents, honoring him and seeking his guidance and blessings. Ganesha rules over knowledge, mathematics and karma, so his place there is quite appropriate, as Jyotish involves all of these. Yet Ganesha

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Discovering the Secret Power of Hanuman

  Hanuman endows us with the Atma-Shakti or self-power to realize our highest potential and accomplish what is magical. Hanuman is the great hero of the Ramayana, the wonderful story’s most fascinating character. Though having the form of a monkey, he is said to be the greatest sage, yogi and

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Lord Vishnu and Vedic Astrology

Vishnu is the primary Devata for the Sun in Vedic thought, notably in the form of Surya-Narayana.  Narayana is the cosmic form of Vishnu who rules over the entire universe. The mantra – OM Namo Narayanaya! – is a mantra of sadhus and connects us with the supreme Consciousness. It

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Yogic Quest: Test your understanding of Vedic Knowledge

How well do you know the greater Yoga tradition and the deeper Vedic knowledge? This test created by noted Vedic teacher Dr David Frawley (Acharya Vamadeva Shastri) can help you to confirm your assessment on this topic yourself. What is more? You can even share your test results with to the world through the social media.

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