Our Founder

Dr. Joseph Michael Levry

Dr. Joseph Michael Levry is a dedicated teacher, world-renowned yogi, mystic, author, producer of sacred music, and international lecturer on the topics of self-healing, practical spirituality and self-actualization. Having extensive training as an engineer and in the esoteric arts and sciences, Dr. Levry has developed a unique, practical system of self-healing called NAAM YOGA®, which unites many spiritual doctrines of the East with Western mysticism, healing arts and yogic practices.

We move for our body, we breathe for our mind and we chant for our soul.
— Dr. Joseph Michael Levry

Dr. Levry first encountered yoga at the age of 14 through his older sister. She began a formal practice of Hatha Yoga in France and introduced her brother to its healing power. Witnessing and experiencing these effects firsthand marked the beginning of his study of the many traditions encompassed within the yogic sciences. During his spiritual journeys around the world, and especially in India, Dr. Levry has met various yogic masters from whom he received many advanced yogic techniques. His early years in the US resulted in a life-long relationship with the late Yogi Bhajan, Mahan Tantric, who was responsible for popularizing Kundalini Yoga in the West. It was through this very special relationship that Dr. Levry was given the spiritual name Gurunam, as Yogi Bhajan publicly recognized and commended him for merging Universal Kabbalah with the yogic science he was imparting. He would later become one of Yogi Bhajan’s personal advisors for a period of time.

The word NAAM refers to the sacred creative sound current. NAAM YOGA®, the name Dr. Levry selected for the powerful yogic science that he founded in the US, is a form of yoga that combines creative and healing sound current with powerful and distinctive breath work, physical movement and hand postures that beneficially impact the energy meridians. The name was the result of Dr. Levry’s relationship to the late saint Baba Virsa Singh Ji, who blessed many people with the gift of Naam throughout his lifetime, having received Naam himself directly from Baba Siri Chand, the son of Guru Nanak. In late 2004, Dr. Levry directly received the gift of Naam through a mysterious encounter with the late saint Baba Virsa Singh Ji. It is this meeting that sparked the birth of Naam Yoga in the West, a merging of the Kabbalah with the yogic practices of East under the auspices of Naam. He formally introduced Naam Yoga to his students in 2006 and wrote about Baba Virsa Singh in his 2007 book, The Code of the Masters.

One of Dr. Levry’s recent spiritual journeys in India led him to Yogi Shri Bal Mukund Singh Ji, who privately passed unto him a secret and ancient traditional yoga practice hardly known to the Western world, which became the basis of Shakti Naam Yoga. Shakti Naam can be traced back to the Himalayan masters who practiced these and more advanced techniques to free the body of the ravaging effects of disease and aging. In fact, the rare yogic practice of Shakti Naam originated with a holy man in the Himalayas known as Maharishi Karthikeyaji Maharaj, who lived to be over 300 years old. One of his students was yogi Swami Dhirendra Brahmachari Ji, a Royal Master Yogi whose very way of life became a beacon of guidance and leadership that spearheaded the expansion of yoga throughout India and around the world. Shri Bal Mukund Singh Ji, a master teacher that served as the right hand man of Swami Dhirendra, was the direct disciple, personal assistant and served as the yoga demonstrator of this famous yogi. Personally trained by Swami Dhirendra Brahmachari Ji, in the mountains, forests and ashrams of the Himalayas, Shri Bal Mukund Singh Ji was also the yoga demonstrator for Swami Ji's nationally televised program on health and wellness through yoga for nearly a decade in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Swami Dhirendra revealed many personal and secret yogic techniques to Shri Bal Mukund Singh Ji during his extensive training. Under Swami Ji's guidance, he met various enlightened yogis and mystics in the high peaks of the Himalayas in Nepal and India. The list of Shri Bal Mukund Singh Ji's disciples includes cabinet ministers, highly respected scientists and elite athletes. He was also awarded several gold medals along with the coveted Champion of Champions title at the World Yoga Championships. He has accumulated numerous medals in international, national and state level yoga championships. Shri Bal Mukund Singh Ji is a royal yoga research scholar currently residing in India. He served the Indian Government for three decades as a yoga research officer in the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare. Because of the elevated nature of his position, Shri Bal Mukund Singh Ji was kept in a protected environment for most of his work. As a result, the public is largely unaware of the findings of some of this compelling research.

By Giving, you activate the Divine within yourself
— Dr. Joseph Michael Levry

Swami Dhirendra Brahmachari Ji was the “Royal Himalayan Yoga Guru” of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi, the former prime ministers of India. He was also the bridge between "Himalayan Yogis" and the yogis living socially within the Indian society. As such, he was an essential part of the rich yogic traditions of India, passing on the revered teachings of the Himalayan masters to the yogis living among the people. He was held in high regard by his contemporaries, his wisdom and advice being sought out by even the most reputed yogis of the era, including Shri Mahesh yogi, Yogi Bhajan, Shri Shri Ravi Shankar, Sant Shri Asharam Ji Bapu, Yogrishi Baba Ramdev and his favorite disciple, Shri Bal Mukund Singh Ji. Dedicated to spreading the teachings of yoga, Swami Dhirendra established the International Yoga Research Center, including a yoga hospital to treat patients without using medicines, and began telecasting yoga programs in northern India on national television. In the 1960s Swami Dhirendra also visited the former USSR to train Russian cosmonauts. The huge popularity of his yoga program on television and high regard by the public made him a very influential personality in Indian politics. He also organized the first international yoga seminar in Delhi which was chaired by Shri Chander Mohan Ji Maharaj, with Indira Gandhi and Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru as the guests of honor.

After meeting Shri Bal Mukund Singh Ji, who passed on to him the advanced and secret form of Sukshuma Vyama, Dr. Levry has been actively sharing this rare yogic science with the western world. He has made and continues to make a difference in thousands upon thousands of lives. Dr. Levry’s vision of providing humanity with the tools of true healing is being realized globally. As a testament to this, the November 25th, 2012 superclass led by Dr. Levry was attended by over 15,000 people at the Revolution Monument in Mexico City, forming the largest yoga class of its kind in recorded history. In fact, Naam Yoga has been growing exponentially since its beginning, breaking the world-record twice for the largest yoga class of its kind with teachers across the globe. Dr. Levry's vast body of work offers a complete holistic approach to wellness, with the comprehensive hands-on healing system of Harmonyum at its core. Currently, Harmonyum Healing is being administered with great success in many arenas, including a drug and alcohol recovery center as part of the Naam Yoga LA community wellness initiative.

After a lifetime of experience, study and examination of the human condition through the rare lens of his background, Dr. Joseph Michael Levry synthesized elemental principles that constitute the basis of knowledge in every category of learning, including spirituality, every academic discipline, art and trade. Just as DNA is the building block of all physicality, these elemental principles are the structure for all wisdom. An achievement of such monumental significance will ripple through the ocean of society granting clearer water in a world thirsty for truth. Dr. Levry and other descendants of the Rose Croix lineage, an ancient Kabbalistic organization, pledge their lives to the development and defense of constructive Divine Spiritual Wisdom for the beneficent evolution of humanity. Dr. Levry’s vast education and vision has provided him with the unique capacity to fulfill this great and lofty mission. His success is supported by the many wisdom-based and existential threads that comprise the fabric of his being. In the fashion of the classical scholars of the East and West, he recognized the inseparable nature of metaphysics and science, a philosophy that has guided him to merge science, spirituality and music in the production of sacred music, the establishment of Naam Yoga® Therapies and the creation of the Harmonyum® Healing System.

He was groomed for the high metaphysical sciences with a background in math, physics and engineering as the Kabbalah is a spiritual technology and philosophy composed of abstract mathematics concepts. It is known as the mathematics of spirituality just as music is the mathematics of the arts and these provide a paradigm for understanding universal truth. His early background in math, physics and science was followed by a bachelor’s, and masters’ degree in industrial engineering at Polytechnic Institute in New York City. The study of scriptural didactics and metaphysics, provided a well-rounded perspective of faith, healing and spirituality. In his early adult years, during prolonged immersion in the schools of mystery where he demonstrated self-mastery and discipline, he received degrees of the highest honor from mystical institutions.

In the field of music he has produced 47 sacred sound CDs which have been the subject of countless testimonials for their help in areas of health, family, psychological well being and career advancement. His 8 books, 3-part Universal Kabbalah Self-Study Course and his 16-year Rootlight.com newsletter archive serve as the primary knowledge base for his students. The 200-hour Naam Yoga Teacher Training program is recognized by International Yoga Alliance and is supported by the International Naam Yoga Association. There are 10 other extensive certification training and lifestyle programs that encompass topics ranging from fertility and prenatal health to the spiritual application for health challenges. The massive content that is the fabric of this body of educational material is evidence of Dr. Levry’s prolific knowledge base and capacity for creative output. His emphasis on spiritual healing is balanced by Dr. Levry’s respect for science and his commitment to conducting science-based research in the Santa Monica, California, Naam Yoga Healing and Research Center, a 501c3 company. As a modern mystic and yogi, the broad body of knowledge from which Dr. Levry draws is derived not only from conventional institutions of higher learning, but also from specialized mystical establishments whose focus is on spirituality and are uniquely positioned to grant degrees in metaphysics. One such institution, The Institute of Metaphysical Humanistic Science, awarded him Doctor of Philosophy, in Metaphysical Science. Dr. Levry’s life and work embody a universal message, one of bringing the world’s spiritual teachings together, revealing their essence and common origin. In his many lectures, writings and courses, he thanks the spiritual teachers and the higher world for the sacred wisdom he has acquired throughout his life and extensive travels.




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Interview with Dr. Joseph Michael Levry for Yoga Day Summit on the SHIFT Network

Healing the Healer with Naam - Sanando al Sanador