Babu G. Rao is the founder and president of the Kasyapa Institute (http://www.kasyapa.ca), a centre for excellence in Living Wisdom Traditions (TM), and here discusses the basis of Ayurvedic Medicine, and the services he offers through the Kasyapa clinic and Institute. In conversation with Hugh Reilly and Hildegard Gmeiner on ThatChannel.com
Babu Rao is the founder of KASYAPA and the Canadian Centre for Yoga Therapy and Research. He is one of the founding members of the Advanced Yoga Therapy Centre at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuroscience (NIMHANS), Bangalore, India, where he specialized in Neuro-cognitive assessments, Cognitive Retraining and Yoga Therapy for Mental Health. He is a former faculty member in Yoga therapy for SVYASA and Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan (BVB), Mangalore Universities, India. Since 2010, he is an adjunct faculty member at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM), Toronto, Canada, in the Continuing Education Department, where he teaches a course entitled The Basics Yoga Therapy for doctors, medical students and other healthcare practitioners and also serves as a preceptor in his area of expertise for Naturopathic Medical Students.
He currently works in collaboration with the CAMH (Centre for Addictions and Mental health) and York University, Toronto in the area of applied Yoga Therapy and Mental Health. In addition, he has recently concluded promising preliminary research in the area of Yoga Therapy and Diabetes mellitus type II and has initiated a project for Yoga Therapy in the integrative management of Huntington’s disease. He has presented numerous papers on Yoga Therapy at research symposiums worldwide.
Babu Rao comes from a traditional South Indian Siddha family lineage of Kaśyapa and was formally educated at the renowned Tirumala Tirupati Devastanam (TTD) Gurukulam. His studies included the Vedas, Upaniṣads in their entirety, the Bhagavadgītā, Eighteen Purāṇas, Śrimadbhāgavatam, and basic sciences. In addition, he was educated in various Classical Indian Subjects including Sāṃkhya, Yoga, Jyotiṣam and Vāstu. At the age of seven he began his training in the system of Siddha medicine and Yoga with his father and became a Siddha Vaidya (doctor) at the age of twentyby family tradition. During this time, he became skilled in the recognition and application of hundreds of indigenous herbs and their traditional methods of preparation and application as well as mastering a variety of traditional esoteric Yoga practices.
He continued his studies of Yoga at the Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha, Tirupati, a centre of excellence in traditional śāstras. He obtained a Master’s of Human Consciousness and Yogic Science from Mangalore University where he was awarded the Gold Medal Award for the highest academic achievements in his field of study. His knowledge and practical application of the Yoga was further refined with his Guru in the Himalayas in the classical style of Cave Yoga for over a decade, with long periods of retreat in Tapovan. He has treated thousands patients worldwide applying Āyurveda, Siddha Medicine, and Yoga Therapy. He is a supporting member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT), USA and Yoga Alliance, USA.
Complete credentials: M.Sc (YSc)., M.A (Psy)., M.A (San)., M.A (His)., P.G.D.Y.S., PhD (Cand), ND (Cand)