Dr. Rakhshani received his bachelor’s degree from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL and his Master’s degree from the University of South Florida in Tampa, FL. He lived and worked in the Tampa Bay area from 1977 to 2000. In 1995 he developed severe herniated discs in the lumbar and cervical region due to working long hours at the computer station.
He was advised by his orthopedic doctor that unless he gets surgery, he runs the risk of losing the use of his legs due to spinal compression.
Surgery was not an option for him and he began researching alternative solutions.
His search led him to yoga, which eventually took him to India in 2000. In 2003 he obtained his yoga teacher certificate from the Sivananda International Institute of Yoga. He then enrolled in a six year doctoral program in yogic sciences.
The doctoral degree in yogic sciences is based on the study of the Vedic literature as related to preventive and mind-body medicine and is closely related to Ayurvedic medicine. The Vedas are Indian scriptures that are filled with medical, astrological, spiritual, and scientific guidelines for the wellbeing of the mind, the body, and the spirit. In North Carolina, he is a licensed massage & body work therapist (license # 15738) and spiritual health coach (license # 1452).
He moved back to the USA in 2012 and established The Yoga Wellness Center, which offers mind-body and massage therapies based on Ayurvedic and Yogic sciences.