Born near Athens, Georgia, Dr. Graves attended the University of Georgia and the Medical College of Georgia before moving to Minneapolis for internship and residency in Emergency Medicine. His accolades include medical director, EMS, associate professor of Emergency Medicine, UNC-Chapel Hill, and election to Fellow status (FACEP) in the American College of Emergency Physicians.
An avid world traveler, Dr. G has hiked the Himalayas, done missionary work in Honduras, staffed the clinic on St. John (U.S. Virgin Islands) and sailed the high seas as a Holland America Line physician.
In 2001, Dr. Graves left the ER behind to pursue a new interests: Yoga and Ayurveda, the holistic medicine from India, studying for two years at the Wisdom Fire School of Yoga in Berkeley, California and completing a year-long Yoga of Sound internship with master sound yogi, Russill Paul (Anirud Jaidev) of Chennai, author of The Yoga of Sound. Years in the ER taught him that many illnesses, especially those that are anxiety and stress-related, can be best treated with Ayurveda, lifestyle changes and Yoga.
In 2010, he began teaching Mantra Yoga, presenting Yoga of Sound workshops at yoga studios and wellness centers along the East Coast.
In 2014, he published The Mystical Chakra Mantras: How to Balance Your Own Chakras with Mantra Yoga, the world’s first interactive eBook on mantra yoga, with links to YouTube where readers may experience the mantras.
In 2015, he began to write alternative medical blogs, taught Mantra Meditation at the McLean Meditation Institute, and published Mantra Meditation: An Alternative Treatment for Anxiety and Depression. In 2018 came Mindfulness Made Easy, an online course and a new book written in response to the opioid crisis in America: Alternative Pain Relief: A Pill-Free Tool Kit.
Dr. Graves currently lives in the mountains of North Carolina where he writes holistic medicine blogs and teaches the Yoga of Sound, the yoga of music and mantra.
New for 2023: Online classes available through the wellness website, Burnalong.com.
Also: Yoga Nidra — a guided meditation for sleep — now available on Amazon and iTunes.
“Dr. Graves has produced a comprehensive guide bringing the reader up from the perils of pills for stress and anxiety, through to the magic of mantra meditation to restore balance.”
“I love this book! It is easy to read, informative and includes links in each chapter to delve deeper into the subject. If you are curious about alternative pain therapies or looking for better pain relief solutions, this book is for you!”
“Great book on holistic pain relief — full of useful tips for those trying to reduce or eliminate pain pills. I especially liked the links to the guided meditations.”