My experience of learning with teachers who are part of an oral tradition has been life changing for me. The transmission from teacher to student nurtures clarity, discernment and insight and aligns the student with wisdom lineages. The teachers that I list below have opened my eyes, heart and mind to the Vedic traditions and helped me to align with my purpose. I am extremely fortunate to have had the opportunity to sit with these teachers. My gratitude to them is immense.
Hart de Fouw is a renowned Jyotiṣi and master of Vedic traditions. He has taught internationally and is the author of “Light on Life” and “Light on Relationship” (co authored with Dr. Robert Svoboda). My introduction to Jyotiṣa was through my first reading with Hart de Fouw at the Ayurvedic Institute in 1992. It was my great fortune to meet Hart and have readings with him. Hart used his breadth and depth of knowledge in oral traditions, combined with hisexceptional analytic skills to walk me through my chart with stories that opened my mind and understanding
of my life challenges and opportunities. Hart's support in my life had a major impact on my parenting and my son's life. I focused on my studies in Vedic Astrology with Hart in 2003/2004, beginning with the Trilogy course and then attending as many courses I could during his intensive period of public teaching. I give many thanks to Hart and his wife Aletha for all that they have provided to so many people and for keeping the Vedic Sampradāya alive. I give thanks to his venerable guru K.L. Mantri.
Dr. Robert Svoboda introduced me to Vedic traditions including Ayurveda and Jyotiṣa, and helped spark the light that enlivened my passion for these beautiful traditions. I had the privilege of sitting with him in Ayurvedic consultations twice a year for five years. Observing his style of teaching has had a profound impact on my understanding and experience of relationship with all sentient beings, and on the process of medicine. I am so grateful for his presence in my life and give thanks to his guru
Sri Vimalananda. Dr. Svoboda is the first Westerner ever to graduate from a college of Ayurveda (in 1980) and be licensed to practice Ayurveda in India. He travels the world lecturing, consulting, teaching and writing, and has served as Adjunct Faculty at the Ayurvedic Institute, Albuquerque, NM, and Bastyr University, Kenmore, WA. Dr. Svoboda is author to several books including: 'Prakriti: Your Ayurvedic Consititution',' Life, Health and Longevity','Light on Life' and 'Light on Relationship' ( with co author Hart de Fouw), 'Aghora: At the Left Hand of God', 'Aghora II', 'Aghora III' and his most recent book 'Vastu: Breathing Life into Space'. http://www.drsvoboda.com/
Dr. Vasant Lad is an Ayurvedic physician, author, professor and director of the Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico, founded by him in 1984. He teaches Ayurvedic Study programs in the United States and Canada. Dr. Lad is the author of numerous articles and books and he's considered one the foremost experts on the subject of Ayurveda. I attended Dr. Lad's Level 1 program at the Ayurvedic Institute in New Mexico in 1992.
A couple of years later I attended his six week program at Mount Madonna in California. Dr. Lad's style of teaching was different than Dr. Svoboda's and both styles enhanced my understanding and knowledge of Ayurveda. My time with Dr. Lad has always been special and he opened my eyes to the unseen and the magic and essence of Ayurveda. Visit Website
Steven Highburger has been deeply immersed in Vedic Studies since the 90’s and is a teacher of Vedic Astrology, Āyurveda, Vāstu and Sanskrit. Steven studied intensively with the world renowned master of Vedic Traditions, Hart de Fouw, and also received the highest level of certification from the American College of Vedic Astrology (A.C.V.A.) and is currently a certified teacher and tutor for A.C.V.A. Steven is a graduate of the Ayurvedic Institute of New Mexico where he studied classical Ayurveda under the direction of Dr. Vasant Lad.
Steven teaches internationally and maintains a busy private practice in San Rafael, CA. When I began focused studies with Hart de Fouw I aligned myself with Steven as a tutor to strengthen and increase my abilities in Jyotiṣa and I have studied with him since 2005. His support and guidance have been invaluable. Visit Website