About Yogi Baba Prem

Yogi Baba Prem

"Baba Prem is one of the best trained and most articulate spokesmen of Hindu Dharma born in the West. He brings to his teachings a deep study and practice of Yoga, Ayurveda and Jyotish as well as a clear understanding of the principles of Sanatana Dharma and the cultural heritage of India."--Vedacharya Vamadeva Shastri (Dr. David Frawley)  

Meditation at sunset.

How Does Yogi Baba Prem Help Me?

Yogi Baba Prem is the founder of Unversal Yoga Inc. and brings to your study and practice over 30 years of experience and an expansive understanding of a variety of yoga systems providing one of the most comprehensive systems of study available. With over 3 decades experience, he has seen many different issues and needs bringing a high level of experience to meet your needs. This level of experience can bring you accelerated growth and tools that are highly focused on your individual needs.

The depth of his study includes:

  • Formally recognized and among the first few westerners recognized as a Master Vedic Counselor in the Integral Vedic Counseling tradition.   

  • Formal recognition as a Yogacharya.  


  • Formally recognized as an Acharya in Babaji's Vedic lineage by Mahavatar Babaji.   

  • Credited with over 3400 hours of Vedic study.   

  • Received title of Veda Visharada (Comprehensive Knowledge of the Vedas.)   

  • Received title of Vedakovid (Proficiency with the Vedas.)    

Yoga at a lake

What can Yogi Baba Prem teach me?

As a traditional teacher steeped in the deeper aspects of Yoga.  Yogi Baba Prem has a broad exposure to and study of several traditions of India, additionally, he has direct perception of many important states of consciousness. While teaching, he often moves toward a teaching that is most beneficial for the student.  He, at times, does teach from the perspective of Kashmir Shaivism, and always has a heavy emphasis on the Vedic Yoga tradition.  He brings a level of study, practice and direct perception that is not commonly seen in western society. He favors the Rishi traditions, as well as Samkhya, Jyotish and Ayurveda.  He teaches yoga and often has a focus on preparation for the kundalini awakening or higher states of consciousness through Vedic Yoga. While he personally focuses on esoteric aspects of yoga, he always takes time to help students with the mundane  issues of life. He often says, "until one deals with the basic concerns of life, those concerns will consume the mind and interfere with the potential for greater understanding or meditation, so they have to be addressed."--Yogi Baba Prem 

His latest work has been introducing yoga systems that are relatively unknown in the west.  He is one of the few practitioners of Vedic Yoga and Rishi Yoga, an ancient and little known system of study dating back at least 8500 years.  Due to the complexities of these systems, he only teaches Vedic and Rishi yoga to a limited number of students. Some of his latest work has involved decoding the Sapta Rishi's from an astrological perspective, revealing lost sadhanas of astrological yoga and examining seals from the Indus Valley civilization.  He is involved in research into unlocking secrets of ancient Hindu/Yogic teachings and has put forth several theories regarding the Vedas and other important teachings. 

Who studies with Yogi Baba Prem? Yogiji has taught to all sectors of professions and ages ranging from doctors and PhDs to construction workers and unemployed.  His position has always been that the atman (soul) is clothed in all individuals and social position has no relevance to spiritual potential. 

Universal Yoga was founded by Yogi Baba Prem.  He is one of only a few westerners to be recognized in the traditional systems of the vedas within India.  He was accepted by Mahavatar Babaji as his student (shishya) and is one of only a handful of direct student's of Mahavatar Babaji.  His study and teaching practice spans over 30 years. He has received the traditional title Yogacharya

He is one of the few westerners to have received the title of Veda Kovid (2003) meaning proficiency in the Vedas, and then Veda Visharada (2006) meaning comprehensive knowledge of the Vedas in the traditional Indian Gurukual (one on one) system. After immersion in a variety of Vedic fields and over 30 years of Vedic study, research and work, Yogi Baba Prem was recognized (2018) as a Master Vedic Counselor in the Integral Vedic Tradition through his Vedacharya Vamadeva Shastri (David Frawley.)  This recognition is based upon knowledge of Dharma, Vedas, Vedic Philosophy, Ayurveda, Jyotish and deeper mantric Vedic studies.  Yogi Baba Prem spent several years at one of Babaji's sacred etheric locations performing sacred rituals with Babaji, and he communicates with Babaji on a regular basis.   He has received the darshan (vision) of Shiva, Ganesh, Kali, Sarasvati, Durga, Gayatri, Ushas as well as Prana Shakti. 

"Humble yourself and serve mankind." --Mahavatar Babaji  during their first meeting circa 1989.  

"I rarely meet a westerner like him."--Shivabalayogi 

While having been born in the west, he is recognized as one of the leading western spokesmen for Hindu Dharma. His writings  have offered insight and tackled some of the more difficult issues facing Hinduism and students of spirituality. Currently he is working on projects that address areas of confusion amongst western students of eastern spirituality. He also writes addressing historical myths about India and addressing what he refers to as  ahistorical transgenerational trauma caused by historical inaccuracy in India.  He is also writing extensively on the Vedas and their relevance within each person's life and spiritual practice.  In the book, 'A Tribute to Hinduism' Yogi Baba Prem was included amongst the 500 most significant intellectuals contributing to Hinduism in approximately the last 400 years. Yogi Baba Prem has numerous books published with several being published in India.  Additionally, he has performed editing for several important books on Sanskrit, Yoga, Hinduism and Vedic Studies.   

Yogi Baba Prem has been published in: 

India Facts.   

Hindu Human Rights.   

The Chakra News.   

OmPlace  Published in 2010-2017.  Yogi Baba Prem was a regular   contributor.    

He is the author of numerous books including, "From Earth to Heaven: Secrets of Yoga, Goddess and Spirituality". "Yogic Secrets of the Vedas" and many more.  

He has been published in India:

New Global  Indian Magazine--with readership in 16 countries.  Published 2010.   

Tattva for Hindu Youth (HSS, Hindu YUVA) Published 2010.  

Bimonthly, his articles appeared in the online magazine for the American Institute of Vedic Studies.   

Vedic Astrology Magazine in India.     

His book, "Understanding the Kundalini" has been published in India.    Listed in the top 100 books on the kundalini by Ramesh Chandra   Shukla.  This book is also carried at the Smt. Hansa Mehta Library.     

Yogi Baba Prem 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 yoga and spirituality available outside of India. Providing a practical western approach to a vast and complicated system of eastern spirituality. This approach allows 'the Yogi' as some students call him, to teach beginner students and advanced students through understanding their unique needs and perspectives toward spiritual growth.    

Yogi Baba Prem has studied Sanskrit (the language that many of the ancient texts of yoga and Ayurveda are written in). 

He has completed over 3400 hours of study through the American Institute of Vedic Studies. His Vedic studies have included areas such as Tantra, Vedic history, Vedic texts, Ayurveda, Vedic astrology, select Brahmanas, Aranyakas, Upanishads, select Puranas, and related fields.  

He is also knowledgeable in some forms of Puja, Homas, and Yajnas.    

He is recognized as a Vedic Counselor by the American Institute of Vedic Studies.


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. He was also awarded the title of Ayurvedic Practitioner.    

Vedic Qualifications: 

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.  He serves as a spiritual teacher for many student's globally, as well.     

Formal Education:

His spiritual study has been primarily through the traditional gurukula system (a ratio of one teacher to one student,) 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.  

Formally recognized as a Master Vedic Counselor in the Integral Vedic Counseling tradition.  

Awarded Seminary Religious Degree of ThD  (Religious Doctorate Hindu Theology) This was awarded under his birth name and not his spiritual name as he is commonly known.  This is a seminary degree that focuses on specialized study and is quite different from programs in a mainstream university.    

Ordained as a Hindu Spiritual Minister.   

Formal recognition as a Yogacharya.   

Formally recognized as an Acharya in Babaji's Vedic lineage by   Mahavatar Babaji.   

Credited with over 3400 hours of Yogic/Vedic study.   

Received title of Veda Visharada (Comprehensive Knowledge of the Vedas.)   

Received title of Vedakovid (Proficiency with the Vedas.)   

Certificate in Vedic Astrology, 200 hours of study.   

Certification in Ayurveda, 600 hours of study.   

Certificate in Ayurveda, additional 250 hours of study.     

Certificate in Ayurveda.  

Certificate in Shakti Healing.   

Recognized as master of  Naad Yoga by Babaji Maharaj.  


He has a  diploma with a study emphasis on Karma, Bhakti, Hatha, Raja and Kundalini yoga systems. (At the time, this was a program affiliated  with a University.

Completed one-year Yoga Philosophy immersion.


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