Message from the President
Within a very short period of time, Yoga has developed from a physical and mental practice to a profession of teaching, research, and alternative therapy in North America. Statistics reveal that many undergrads and postgrads are attracting to the practices of Yoga and Āyurvedam as they synergistically address physical, mental, emotional, social, financial and spiritual health, and foster a strong community. The relevance of ancient Indian sciences in 21st century healthcare has become the subject of global medical research with investigations on its impacts on psychosomatic, metabolic and autoimmune disorders. Ancient Vedic methodologies have shown potential in addressing the limitations of contemporary medicine.
Due to language and/or science barriers, many ancient Indian Classical texts have been misunderstood and misinterpreted, and as a result they remain in history as philosophical or religious texts. As a scholar in Sanskrit and a student of Medicine with an extensive research background in Integrative Yoga Therapy, I was astonished with the profound wisdom on medicine, eloquently recorded in a poetic dialogue form. In the Bhagvadgīta, the concept of mental, physical, emotional, social, and spiritual well being is explained in the most artistic way.
The second chapter opens in dialogue between Kṛṣṇa and Arjuna, where Arjuna describes his symptoms of major depression as including loss of interest in victory, pleasure and ruling the kingdom, suicidal ideation, fatigue and tremors. Beyond the philosophical understanding, the Bhagavadgīta is comparable and compatible to modern medical standards of pathology, such as the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV), which outlines the symptoms of depression to include social withdrawal, low libido, loss of interest in activities, suicidal ideation, and guilt, among other criteria. For the past 15 years, I have developed great interest in studying India classical texts in light of evidence based research,and established KASYAPA Institute, which collaboratively conducts world class research in the field of Integrative Yoga Therapy. KASYAPA Integrative Health Clinic offers a unique health and wellness experience through a complimentary integration of Vedic Counselling, Yoga Therapy, Āyurvedam, Siddha Medicine modalities.
KASYAPA Institute is named after the great Indian sage Kaśyapa, one of the Sapta Ṛṣis, who vastly enriched the Indian ancient wisdom with his knowledge and intellectual abilities. In the lineage of the progenitor Kaśyapa, many scholars and Sages contributed their authentic knowledge, and continued to preserve invaluable ancient Indian wisdom over generations within the families. As the first son in a family of Kaśyapa lineage, at the age of four, I traditionally began to assimilate the Śāstras with my father and a succession of teachers in Gurukulam, and was granted the collective wisdom of Vedas, Upanishads, Yoga Philosophy, Āyurvedam, Jyotiṣa, Vāstu and other Classical Indian Subjects. As a Siddha Vaidya and Yoga Therapist, I have successfully applied the therapeutic methods of Yoga & Āyurvedam and databased the resulting monumental health benefits in my patients and students worldwide. With my devotion and dedication to holistic healing, I share the timeless knowledge of Yogic Science and Āyurvedam as practiced in Kaśyapa Lineage. I welcome you all to KASYAPA Institute with the shared interest in attaining positive health.
Babu G. Rao
Founder & President