Yogi Baba Prem
Universal Yoga and the Florida Vedic Institute was founded by Vedavisharada Yogi Baba Prem Tom Beal CYI, C.ay, C.va. He is on of the few westerners to have received the title of Veda Kovid and then Veda Visharada in the traditional gurukural system. He graduated from the United Yoga Institute with a diploma in Karma, Bhakti, Hatha, Raja and Kundalini yoga systems. He was accepted by Maha Avatar Babaji as his student, after being declared a master of Shakti and Naad Yoga systems by Gurudeep. His Vedic teacher (Vedacharya) is Pandit Vamadeva Shastri (David Frawley).
Universal Yoga and the Florida Vedic Institute was founded by Vedavisharada Yogi Baba Prem Tom Beal CYI, C.ay, C.va. He graduated from the United Yoga Institute with a diploma in Karma, Bhakti, Hatha, Raja and Kundalini yoga systems. He was accepted by Maha Avatar Babaji as his student, after being declared a master of Shakti and Naad Yoga systems by Gurudeep. His Vedic teacher (Vedacharya) is Pandit Vamadeva Shastri (David Frawley).
He has given hundreds of lectures and taught thousands of people over the years. He teaches one of the most authentic and spiritually compelling forms of astrology and spirituality available anywhere outside of India. Providing a practical western approach to a vast and complicated system of eastern spirituality. This approach allows Baba Prem to teach beginner students and advanced students by understanding their unique needs and perspectives toward spiritual growth. By understanding your karma in the Vedic astrology chart, you can understand your life.
Yogi Baba Prem has studied Sanskrit (the language that many of the ancient texts of yoga and Ayurveda are written in). In 2006, he was awarded the traditional title of Vedavisharada, which means comprehensive knowledge of the Vedas. He has completed over 3400 hours of study through the American Institute of Vedic Studies. He was previously awarded the title of Vedakovid meaning proficient in Vedic Studies. His Vedic studies has included areas such as Tantra, Vedic history, Vedic texts, Ayurveda, Vedic astrology, select Brahmanas, Aranykas, Upanishads, select Puranas, and related fields. He is one of the few but growing number of westerners to receive this title through the traditional systems of India. He is also knowledgeable in some forms of Puja, Homas, and Yajnas.
He has studied Ayurveda through programs offered by and Dr. David Frawley, and Dr. Vasant Lad. He has received certificates from the American Institute of Vedic Studies crediting him with over 600 hours of Ayurvedic study and served as a Diplomat with the American Ayurvedic Association. He was also awarded the title of “Ayurvedic Practitioner”. Yogi Baba Prem has been invited to lecture at such institutions as Rollins College and Seminole Community College. He has been invited to India as well. He has received a Hindu string initiation through our local Hindu Mandir.
He is qualified in Vedic counseling, as a Vedic educator, Vedic yoga, and to teach Vedic philosophy. He is recognized as teaching mantras, and yoga practices in an authentic Vedic manner. He is also available to provide insight into the relationships between classical Vedic teachings and Ayurveda (Indian health science), Yoga, and Vedic astrology.
His study has been primarily through the traditional gurukula system, which emphasizes direct contact and guided instruction with the teacher. Such a traditional study of Vedic knowledge is at a practitioner level and provides a level of instruction much deeper than mere academic studies of the subject.