Yogi Shivan—teacher, healer and Yoga exponent—was born in Vakkom, near Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala on 4 January 1966. By the age of 10, he began with his foray into Kalaripayattu, Kerala’s foremost martial art, and Yoga. Subsequently, he gained proficiency in Bharatnatyam, a classical dance-form, attained Ist Degree Black Belt in Karate and, was also a runner-up at the Kerala State-level Boxing Championship. In 1989, he traveled abroad to Oman where he was a Yoga instructor.
In 1993, he became a Parivrâjaka—leading the life of a wandering monk in search of a Guru. Finally, his quest was answered when Guru Sivajyothi Dharmananda Swamigal initiated him into the Siddha tradition. Under the Guru’s tutelage, he had his mystical experience after a strenuous ego-transcending spiritual practice spanning four years in seclusion. In 1997, he returned to domestic life, got married and had two children.
He is the Founder of Thiruvananthapuram-based School of Ayurveda & Mahayoga and Oman-based Muscat Ayurveda & Yoga LLC. He is also head of Yoga at the Netherlands-based Inner Senses in Wassenaar. As a healer and Siddha Yogi of repute, he has cured many in India and abroad through Śrī Vidyā Yoga, resulting in their return to normal life of contentment. As The Acharya, he conducts seminars and workshops all over the world pertaining to wellness and the yogic way of living.
The author explains that God is the comprehensive refuge that an individual seeks. In fact, God and the seeker are one but a veil of ignorance hides this truth. It is indeed Yoga sādhanā (an ego-transcending spiritual practice involving Yoga) that eliminates this subtle veil. This book(Book on Yoga) presents the facets of Śrī Vidyā Yoga that can be implemented in one’s day-to-day life leading to the individual recognition that one is God in essence—exemplified in the Vedas as ‘Tat Tvam Asi’ (That You Are).
Elsewhere, the author illuminates the genesis and import of different forms of deities worshipped in India, explains the true meaning and significance of religious rituals, elaborates on the science of the Absolute for the layman, addresses the most important questions that plague Indians today about their own culture and its origins, and discusses the challenges faced by today’s society as it tries to come to terms with an increasingly materialistic world and its resultant stress.
Aham Brahmāsmi: Experiences of a Siddha Yogi is an authoritative textbook on life to be preserved and consulted by every individual who is engaged in the pursuit of the Truth.