Prashanti de Jager


2018 Curriculum Vitae of Prashanti de Jager

The following curriculum vitae is not complete but gives you a sense of the diverse and blessed nature of my life’s experiences.

Vedic Sampradaya Education/Empowerment

Advaita Vedanta:

  1. Ramana Maharshi Lineage, with Sri H.W.L. Poonja for seven years (1990-1997) in Lucknow, India who transmitted the Advaita View and many Vedic Sciences. Also significant time with Lakshmana Swami and Annamalai Swami, both disciples of Ramana.

  2. Swami Dayananda of Rishikesh, 1985


  1. A decade immersed in India learning Ayurveda from the highest of Vaidyas to Himalyan Yogis to Research Ph.Ds  to Grandmothers to Spice sellers on the streets.

  2. Kaviraj Nanak Chand Sharma

  3. Professors Chunekar, Tiwari and Singh from Benaras Hindu University

  4. Dr Narendra Singh of Lucknow

  5. Pacific Center of Ayurveda, Director since 1999

  6. Studying Ayurveda daily since 1989


  1. Hart de Fouw, Vedic Vidya Institute www.hartdefouw.com

  2. Sitting with Benarsi Jyotishis often over the years

  3. Chakrapani Ullal

Vastu Shastra:

  1. Hart de Fouw, Vedic Vidya Institute

Hatha Yoga:

  1. Shandor Remete www.shadowyoga.com

  2. Unknown Yogis in Himalyas


  1. Over a decade spent in India steeping in the traditions with dozens of Saints and Yogis at dozens of Tirthas, from Gangotri to Kanyakumari

  2. Over 25 years studying and practicing facets of Vedic knowledge typically unknown, including Dhanurveda, Yogic Shamanism, Bhuta Vidya, rare esoteric herbs

  3. Studying the various types of Yoga and Traditions since 1985

Tibetan Sampradaya Education/Empowerment

  1. Dalai Lama: Various potent initiations from 1990 to 2005 including the Kalachakra, Thousand Armed Avalokiteshvara, Medicine Buddha, Bodhisattva and Green Tara Initiations

  2. Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche (the 3rd): Kalachakra and Bodhisattva Initiations in 1990 from the Lion Guardian of the Dharma

  3. Urgen Tulku: The Dzogchen ‘View’ Instructions in Padmasambhava's cave in 1993

  4. Galek Rinpoche: Lam Rim and Bodhisattva Initiations 1988-1990

Western Formal Education

  1. 12 Years of excellent education in private elementary, middle and high schools

  2. B.S, Calvin College 1984 (Engineering major, Religion & Philosophy minor)

  3. B.S. University of Michigan 1985 (Aerospace Engineering major, Dance minor, Philosophy minor)

  4. M.S. University of Michigan 1986 (Aerospace Engineering major, Dance minor, Philosophy minor)

  5. PhD. Candidate, University of Michigan 1988 (Electrical Biophysics)

  6. EMT, Huron Valley Ambulance 1988 (Emergency Medicine Technician)

Teaching Experience

  1. Hundreds of courses, classes and workshops on Ayurveda, Jyotisha, Vastu Shaastra, Hatha Yoga, etc, at various venues including:

  2. Kailash Vedic Guild Director, Prague, Czech Republic

  3. Rishikesh College of Ayurveda Co-Director

  4. California Association of Ayurvedic Medicine International Conferences

  5. 5th Scientific International Aromatherapy Conference

  6. Pacific Center of Ayurveda

  7. Himalayan Ayurveda Mandala

  8. Medicine Crow Trainings Teacher

  9. Kripalu (on Kripalu staff as Ayurveda and Herb teacher)

  10. Yoga Teacher Training Programs (Sarah Powers, etc)

  11. Bioneers International Conferences on Global Sustainability

  12. University of Connecticut Medical School

  13. Mayo Clinic

  14. Yoga Studios across America and Europe

  15. Fashion Industry in NYC for 3 years for Christy Turlington and Sundari Ayurvedic Cosmetics to the beauty/cosmetic/fashion industry, including editors, models, chemists, stylists and other artists.

  16. As a professional Dancer taught Ballet, Jazz and Movement for 8 years

  17. Dhanurveda 6-day Immersions

  18. Numerous 6-day Immersions on Yoga, Ayurveda, and Medicine Making

Books Written & Published

  1. The Truth Is:  Redwheel Weiser, 1995 (Advaita teachings of  H.W.L. Poonja) Translated into 13 languages

  2. This: Redwheel Weiser, 1996 (Advaita teachings of H.W.L. Poonja) Translated into 7 languages.

  3. Turmeric: The Ayurvedic Spice of Life, Vidyasagar Publications 1998, Pioneer Imprints 2010

Articles Written

  1. Over 60 articles and dozens of photographs published on Ayurveda, Yoga, Puranas, Jyotisha, Vastu Vidya, Herbs, Sustainability, etc,

  2. Published in magazines including Yoga Journal, Light on Ayurveda, LA Yoga, Yogi Times, India Post, etc.

  3. Over 300 blogs published

Articles Written About Prashanti

  1. Elle Magazine: http://www.elle.cz/Krasa/Zdravi-a-fitness/Den-s-jogou

  2. Jyotisha Star: http://www.jyotishstar.com/jyotish-star-prashanti-de-jager-july-2015.html


  1. Bhagavan Himalayan Alliance (Founder/Director) bhagavan.com

  2. Dunagiri Foundation Trust (Founding Trustee) dunagiri.org

  3. Vedic Vidya Institute (Guest Teacher) hartdefouw.com

  4. The California Association of Ayurvedic Medicine (Board Member c.1999-2003)

  5. Rishikesh College of Ayurveda (Staff)

  6. Ganesha Foundation (Staff)

  7. Organic India (Co-Founder, Consultant)  organicindia.com

  8. Herbalists without Borders (Board Member c.1999-2003)

  9. American Herbal Pharmacopoeia (Editorial Board Member) herbal-ahp.org

  10. Light on Ayurveda Journal (Editorial Board Member) loaj.com

  11. Balanced Rock Foundation (Board Member) balancedrock.org

  12. Kripalu (Ayurvedic Staff) kripalu.org


  1. The Most Socially Responsible Company in the Natural Product Industry (won by Organic India in 2005)

  2. Bioneers: Acknowledged as a Bioneer in global sustainability and have taught at Bioneers. (bioneers.org)

  3. Numerous awards for Scholastic and Athletic excellence

  4. Shattered record on the epic Obstacle/Parkour Course while in the Marine Corp Officer Candidate School in Quantico, VA


Organic India ~ organicindia.com

  1. Founder of Dhanvantri Aushadhalya

  2. Founder of Ayurveda Organics

  3. Co-founder of Om Organics

  4. Co-founder of Organic India (Herb-Ayurveda-Tradition-Quality facet of original OI crew)

  5. Over 3500 farms converted to Organic (At one point certified by the Dutch and Swiss), Biodynamic (certified by Demeter, Germany), Fair Trade and Environmental and Cultural Sustainability

  6. Over 25,000 tribals taught to sustainably wildcraft in the Forests of Madhya Pradesh

  7. High Altitude Wild Cultivation Programs set up to protect fragile Alpine environments

  8. Won award for the Most Socially Responsible Company in the entire Natural Product Industry

  9. Wrote tens of thousands of pages of training and substantiation literature

Sundari Ayurvedic Cosmetics ~ sundari.com

  1. Worked with Christy Turlington for several years

  2. Formulated many products for her line of Ayurvedic cosmetics

  3. Trained her staff and hundreds of people in the NYC fashion/beauty industry

  4. Wrote Ayurvedic content for newsletters and websites

  5. Created scientific substantiation files for each ingredient and formula

  6. Consulted for many other companies for sourcing herbs, Scientific substantiation files, Formulation, etc.


  1. Studied Constitutional Law with Yale Kamisar, adviser to the Thurgood Marshall and William Brennan Supreme Court, University of Michigan Law School, 1985-87

  2. Part of a small team that created Law in Sacremento, SB577, which allowed the practice of alternative medicine without the risk of government persecution


  1. Starting around 7 years of age my best friend Greg and I wanted to be astronauts, and we determined the best way was to get an advanced degree in Engineering and be a Marine Corp pilot

  2. So at 20 we entered the Marines, unfortunately right at the moment when budgets for Astronaut programs were being hacked, and yet it was a profound experience that I am very grateful for


  1. Appeared in Sarah Powers Yoga DVD

  2. Appeared in ‘Who Am I?: The lives and Teachings of Ramana Maharshi, H.W.L. Poonja, and Nisargadatta Maharaj.

  3. Jyotisha DVD teaching a 20 hour course on the topic

Western Science Publications

  1. Boundary Layer Flow Visualization of Non-Newtonian Fluids as found on Dolphin Skin, April 1984

  2. Wind Tunnel Analysis of Train Aerodynamics using 16% Scale Models (200 pages for Association of American Railroads) 1986

  3. Computational Fluid Dynamics Model of the BioThermochemistry of Cooking Cereal Starches (440 pages for Kelloggs) 1987

  4. Superconducting Quantum Interference Devices for Long Range Magnetic Signature Detection. 19 May 1988

  5. The Effects of Contamination on Off-Axis-Rejection of Exo-Atmoshperic Superpolished Unbaffled Mirrors, 15 August 1988 Spaceborne Infrared Optical Mirror Contamination Analysis, July 1989

  6. Bioneural Circuit Modelling: Synchronization of Pacemaker Neurons due to External Field Coupling, December, 1989


Spent my first two decades:

  1. Living, hunting, fishing, exploring, meditating, delighting, and merging into Shamanistic pursuits in the forests, fields, swamps, meadows, lakes, dunes and rivers of Northern Michigan

  2. Building houses with my Father and my two Brothers

  3. Engaged in every sport that came along: undefeated in over 100 wrestling matches; made the All-State Soccer team twice in High School; won in Track all the way to State Championships


Last though absolutely not least

  1. Raising my son, Kailash de Jager, born in India in 1996

  2. Kailash took many of the photos on this site and made all the videos

भूर्भुवः॒ स्वः तत्स॑वितुर्वरे॑णियं भ॒र्गो॑ दे॒वस्य॑ धीमहि ियो॒ यो नः॑ प्रचो॒दया॑त्॥ ।

Kailash and his Father at Gold Lake, Guru Purnima, 2008