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.