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. The lower back pain became more and more aggravated to the point that he could hardly walk.
The only solution offered by his orthopedic doctor was surgery and that was not an option for him.
His search for alternative therapies for his back 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. 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. He has recently moved back to the USA and has established The Yoga Wellness Center. His North Carolina license number is SHC 1452.