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Anthony “Prem” Carlisi on Astral Travel, Grief and Gurus

Last updated on 22/12/2022

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Anthony “Prem” Carlisi has been practicing and teaching Ashtanga yoga for over 40 years. He learned directly from Pattabhi Jois in 1978 for several months in Southern California. In 1979, he was amongst the first small group of Western students to study with Jois in his home town of Mysore, India. He is considered one of the American pioneers of Ashtanga yoga, along with David Williams, Nancy Gilgoff, David Swenson and Tim Miller.

Prem was certified to teach the primary, intermediate and advanced series of Ashtanga yoga in 1994. He also completed a four-year course of ayurvedic study in 1984 with Dr. Vasant Lad and has been studying tantric techniques since 1990. In 2007, Prem published his first book, The Only Way Out Is In, which is his commentary on the synergy of the three life sciences of Ashtanga yoga, ayurveda and tantra.

He and his partner Heather “Radha” Duplex are now based primarily in Ubud, Bali for 6-8 months of the year, and 3-4 months in Kauai, Hawaii with Pineapple Yoga. They offer daily Mysore classes in both locations, as well as trainings for teachers, intensives and workshops that deepen the understanding of Ashtanga yoga, ayurveda and tantra.

Show Notes

  • 1.40 First spiritual experiences with psychedelics
  • 5.50 Intersection with psychedelics and traditional spiritual practices 
  • 10.00 The practice of dying while living
  • 23.00 Tapas and purification
  • 29.30 The sudden death of Prem’s daughter and how he dealt with the grief
  • 37.30 How Prem lost his way and found it again
  • 39.30 Siddhis
  • 40.50 Advice for his younger self
  • 42.00 Importance of meditation practice
  • 50.00 Surrender and the Buddha’s “middle path”
  • 54.00 Eight limbs are a foundational practice
  • 57.00 Pranayama and when to do it
  • 60.30 Wim Hoff technique


  1. Clare
    Clare 19/08/2020

    Prem expressed his experience and knowledge so well – help me connect more dots in my spiritual journey, so understandably profound!

  2. Clare
    Clare 19/08/2020

    Have ordered 2 copies of his book:
    Anthony Prem Carlisi

    Thanks Nathan

  3. Neringa
    Neringa 21/08/2020

    That’s a brilliant podcast, thank you both very much for sharing these insights! ?

    • Evgeny
      Evgeny 22/08/2020

      Great to hear it, thank you!

  4. Jim Ireland
    Jim Ireland 03/09/2020

    I read his book and found it quite entertaining and almost goofy. In this podcast he came across as very serious, passionate and wise, not like I thought he would from the book. Full of wise words and as so often is the case, suffering is what propelled him further on the path. Thanks Nathan.

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