Acharya Arun Prakash brings together both a mastery of advanced yogic practices as well as a deep understanding of the physical, philosophical and spiritual underpinnings of yoga.Trained in the gurukula tradition from the age of seven, he is also a graduate of the Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha. Being a multi-linguist with special mastery over Sanskrit, he has deeply explored Vedic and other ancient texts giving depth and vision to his practice, which he calls Jeevana Yoga.
A direct disciple of Sri Vishwesha Teertha Swamiji, Pejawar Mutt, Udupi, he began studying the Vedic texts from the age of 8. Left Home at age of eight till the age of 26 he travelled the length and breadth of India, studying at different gurukulas. The Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha (Deemed University), Tirupati awarded him the title of Shastravaridhi under a rigorous UGC programme, run by the Vidyapeetha.
He has written a health column for Sinigandha Cini Magazine, has produced programmes telecast on women wellness and yoga in Udaya TV, has given a lecture in Hindu Radio Australia and has live commentaries for spiritual programmes at Sri Venkateshwara Bhakthi Channel, TTD Tirupathi.
Acharya Arun Prakash has in-depth knowledge of ancient Indian philosophy, which underlies Yoga and Ayurveda, a fundamental understanding of what Yoga really is, personal practice in Hata Jeevana Vinyasa and a grasp of Sanskrit for understanding the Yoga Vidya as well as for the science of mantra.
He started his yogic life at the age of seven at Hassan and joined Chidambarshramam, Gubbi. At the age of ten he started gurukula education and left home at an early age to follow his passion.
At the age of 12 to 15 specifically he practised three years of yoga guided by Dr Padmanabh (Lonavala Style). His higher studies deal with pure and health sciences, grounding his earlier academic career to the medical system of yoga science which deals with disease prevention, diet and nutrition and lifestyle counselling,
He completed eight-years of study of the traditional Sanskrit texts under eminent tutelage of His Holiness Sri Vishveshatirtha Swamiji, Pejavara Matha, Udupi, at Poornaprajna Vidyapeetha, a Sanskrit College as well as a traditional Vedanta Gurukula. Through daily interaction with many scholars of Vedanta, Nyaya, Mimamsa, Tantragamas, Sankhya, Vyakarana, Sahitya,Veda and Jyotishya, he learnt the Sanskrit concepts which gave him a greater insight into what the originators of Yoga really meant, hence a greater awareness of the potential of Yoga for healing and of the power inherent in Sanskrit words.
The Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha (Deemed University), Tirupati awarded him the degree of BA Shastri, which covers English literature, Vedanta, Yoga and Meditation (Hata Vinyasa-Mysore Style). He is the first student in the university’s history to have opted for this combination. Subsequently he was conferred the title of Shastravaridhi under a rigorous UGC programme, run by the Vidyapeetha.
Till the age of 26 he travelled the length and breadth of India, studying at different gurukulas, while simultaneously pursuing modern education in subjects as diverse as agricultural farm management. He has met many spiritual, religious and societal leaders all over Karnataka and also as far as Uttarakhand and documented some yet undiscovered traditional healing systems as well as other arts and crafts of India. He hopes to share his experiences and knowledge through the various activities of Jeevana Yoga. Constantly striving to evolve, he remains an eternal student at heart.
He has founded and established Jeevana Yoga Prathisthana and is the Executive President of the Surakasha Foundation. He has spread the message of yoga by organising, co-ordinating and participating in over 1008 awareness programmes of Yoga and naturopathy sciences.
He has a strong media presence, as he wrote a health column for Sinigandha Cini Magazine, has programmes telecast on women wellness and yoga in Udaya TV, has given a lecture in Hindu Radio Australia and has given live commentaries for spiritual programmes at Sri Venkateshwara Bhakthi Channel, TTD Tirupathi.
He has been honoured by the Indian Naturopathy Organization, Delhi and felicitated by Sri Ramadas, former Health Minister, Government of Karnataka for services rendered in the field of yoga.
He has devoted his life to studying, experiencing and teaching Yoga as an inter-disciplinary science with multidimensional tools and practices which requires years of dedication and discipline.
With a professional career in yoga spanning over 16 years, Acharya Arun Prakash’s achievements are a culmination of years of rigorous practice and dedicated learning.
Acharya Arun began learning yoga at the age of seven under Arvindji at Hassan. Between the ages of 11 through 14, he practiced the Lonavala style of yoga with the Guidance of Dr. Padmanabha in Ujire.
At the Poorna Prajna Vidyapeetha Gurukula, with access to Tantric Hata Yoga and other authentic source texts, he trained in Hata Yoga and attained an opportunity to learn Hatavinaysa (Mysore Style) for about three years under the guidance of Sri Rajendra Reddy and Sri Lakshminarayana.
Upon completing his graduate studies, he worked as the Director for Therapy and Education at Svyrrht. He founded the “Surakash Foundation” with his fellow trustees and was the Executive President in the year 2011. Meanwhile he was working as a Power Yoga instructor at Figurine Fitness — a leading fitness studio.
He later served as Chief Coordinator and International co- ordinator for the International Conference on Yoga, Naturopathy and Arogya Expo-2012, for one year which involved the conducting and managing of events and pre-conferences that raise awareness about Yoga, Naturopathy and Holistic Health systems to the masses.
Apart from being a visiting faculty for Teachers’ Training Yoga at Asana Andiappan College of Yoga and Research Centre, Chennai, he was the Chief Coordinator for international spiritual masters meet at the International Conference on Yoga, Ayurveda, Spirituality Expo 2013.
He founded and established Jeevana Yoga Pratisthana, Lifestyle Yoga in August, 2011. Jeevana Yoga offers a platform to explore yoga and other ancient Indian lifestyle sciences. Under a unified umbrella, it will allow people to explore the various aspects of yoga, including the history and origins of Yoga, developing a practice based on Hata Jeevana Vinyasa and an opportunity to learn Sanskrit without which any study of Yoga is incomplete. Spends his leisure writing Health columns, occasionally appears on talk shows on the Hindu Radio in Australia and on Udaya TV Sun networks Pvt Ltd.
Acharya Arun Prakash has followed a many-fold eclectic path to become a proponent of not just yoga in the simple form that is understood most people today, but with the integrity that its founders intended it to be studied and practiced.
In a day and age, where mainstream India is gravitating towards Western views and lifestyles, he has managed to carve a place and command respect for an ancient Indian practice, the Sanskrit language and our ancient texts with his solid academic grounding and 16 years of professional practice.
He was exposed to the sounds of the Bhagavatham (Ramayana and Mahabharatha), recited by the late Pudpattitata to this mother while he was still in the womb. Everyone knows the stories of Abhimanyu and Prahlad who imbibed all of their learning from their mothers while not yet born, today modern science validates this knowledge as being highly influential.
A direct disciple of Sri Vishwesha Teertha Swamiji, Pejawar Mutt, Udupi, he began studying the vedic texts from the age of 8. After his “upanayanam”, he enrolled at Chidambarasharama Gubbi where he gained his Vedic education under various teachers—the late Sri Vidwan Surya NarayanaShastri (Rig Veda), Krishna Late Sri Ramachandra Rao (Yajurveda and Shukla Yajrveda). Under the Late Sri Shankar Bhat, he studied Shankara Philosophy including Bhajan-Bhagavatgeetha, Advitha.
He underwent Gurukula education at Poornaprajna Vidyapeetha, Banglore, where he spent seven years gaining insight and knowledge about the Samporna Rig vedasamhitaphata under the tutelage of Vidwan Vittala Acharya; Upanishad and TantraSaraSangraha under the tutelage of Dr.H.SatyanarayanaAchar; and most importantly, the Mahabharatha Tatparyanirnaya studying under Sri Sri Vidayaprasannateertha Swamiji and Pejwar Mutt Swamiji. In addition he studied four years of Paanini Vyakaranam and two years of NyayaShastra, and other subjects such as Kavya, Nataka, Pourhtyia, Purana and other traditional studies.
The Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha (Deemed University), Tirupati awarded him the degree of BA Shastri, which covers English literature, Vedanta, Yoga and Meditation. He is the first student in the university’s history to have opted for this combination. Subsequently he was conferred the title of Shastravaridhi under a rigorous UGC programme, run by the Vidyapeetha.
Throughout the course of his vedic education, he had organized and worked as a faculty member for spiritual summer retreats for children and elders across the southern India, many of which have been chronicled in various Tamil, Kannada and English dailies. He has participated in the Samskrutha Bharathi-Aksharam teaching spoken Sanskrit, and was a live spiritual commenter on Srivenkateshwara Bhakthi Channel, Tirupathi.
He brings to his class and all his interactions a unique perspective acquired by reading original ancient Indian texts in the language of the Gods.