Sankara Saranam is the world's foremost expert on the ancient yogic science of pranayama (mind and body control through concentration and breath regulation). His teachings on pranayama have spanned the globe for twenty years, refining and clarifying the techniques of sense-introversion for students and teachers alike.
He is the multi-award winning and internationally published author of God Without Religion, now in its second edition, published by BenBella Books.
Sankara Saranam is also a science fiction novelist with the forthcoming book, Permanent Waves, Volume I.
As a poet, he has written the ecstatic poem Invisible, soon to be published with original art.
Sankara Saranam is the founder of and an actor in Permanent Waves TV, which launched in early 2016, and is the executive producer of its audio and video recording studios.
He graduated magna cum laude from Columbia University with a degree in Religion and a minor in Hebrew. He went on to earn his masters from St. John's College in Santa Fe in Eastern Philosophy and Religion, with a minor in Sanskrit. Earlier, he was an Aerospace Engineering major at the University of Michigan and a classically trained guitarist at the Manhattan School of Music.
In the early 90s, Sankara Saranam was a monk in the Giri branch of the Swami Order founded by the famed 20th century yoga master Paramahansa Yogananda. It was there that he learned advanced principles of pranayama, later developing techniques to suit a variety of uses for people from all walks of life.
Sankara Saranam is an expert on world religions and mysticism. While residing in Israel, he wrote Yoga and Judaism, showing the links between the mystical tradition of the Hebrews and those of the ancient Indian yogis.
His book, God Without Religion, deconstructs various religious and mystical traditions, exposing their basic principles and translating them into a more scientific approach to self-knowledge.
His studies of mysticism, religion, cosmology, and physics lead him to a theory of reality called the theory of self. According to Mr. Saranam, one of the few ontological philosophers alive, existence is, at bottom, awareness and the substance of reality is the expansion of the sense of self.
Sankara Saranam is an international lecturer and workshop leader, having given classes on pranayama and his theory of reality around the world. He has touched the lives of readers and students from over seventy countries.
An expert in self-reliant communities, Sankara Saranam founded Whirlwind Community, LLC a self-sustainable ranch that also serves as a training facility for students of pranayama from around the world.
In 1997, he founded The Pranayama Institute, a 501(c)(3) public charity dedicated to teaching the techniques of pranayama, or sense-introversion through breath regulation, worldwide at no cost to students.
Today, he lives, with his two children, in Las Cruces, NM. In his free time, he likes to play ping pong and pool, swim, spend time with friends and visiting students, and has a weakness for fine whiskey and cigars.
Sankara Saranam devoted his adult life to ending the divisiveness that goes hand in hand with centralized power, seeking ways to peacefully bridge the present to a future where women are empowered, outmoded social institutions no longer divide the human race, and the challenges facing present day humanity are addressed with sustainability and respect for the natural world in mind.