Nova Magazine - July 2008 (Reviewed by Chandrika Gibson)
This glossy, colourful tome is the culmination of 38 years of yoga practice and a lifetime of Ayurvedic healing by the esteemed Mahatyagi (great yogi) Raman Das. Based in Sydney since 2000, Raman Das has a loyal following and receives rave reviews from his regular clientele. The capitalised title YATAN stands for Yoga, Ayurveda, Tantra, Astrology and Natural Therapies. By utilising all the wisdom of these different specialty areas, the author expounds a completely holistic lifestyle.
Raman Das grew up in India and was influenced by his father and grandfather who both practiced Ayurveda and had an interest in yoga. The young aspiring yogi sought out acharyas (teachers) and later pursued a scientific understanding of the body at university. His interest in the Vedic healing traditions encompasses palmistry, astrology, face reading, mantra, sexual practices, yogic cleansing, asanas, Ayurveda, dietary guidelines and spiritual meditation.