Ayurveda Practitioner, Doctor of Oriental Medicine

Sevanti Institute, Founder

Sevanti Adventures, Founder & India Tour Guide

Sevanti YTT, Yoga and Ayurveda Educator


James G Bailey, LAc, Dipl OM, Dipl Ayu, E-RYT inspires an awakening to authenticity as the highest expression of faith in oneself on the path of yoga and healing. His teaching are eclectic and entertainingly provocative. He is sought out by yoga schools for his vast knowledge in traditional eastern teachings and modalities and the ability to bridge them to modern day living and individual healing. James is a third generation physician, Ayurveda and Oriental Medicine practitioner, Ayurveda and Yoga educator, and Yoga teacher trainer who has been living Yoga and Ayurveda for 30 years. His training includes 5 years (4000+ hours) of formal clinical studies in Oriental Medicine and training in Ayurveda under such luminary teachers as Dr. Vaijayanti Apte, Dr. Subash Ranade, Dr. Avinash Lele, Dr. Vasant Lad, and many Ayurvedic doctors and therapists in Kerala, south India where he spends time teaching and studying while on retreat. He heads Sevanti Institute and it’s signature Ayurveda Wellness Counselor Program (AWCP), and leads retreats to India each February with his Sevanti Adventures.

Favorite Activities

Watching my children grow up, hanging with my wife, teaching, touring India, and watching the wisdom lines on my face grow longer and deeper with time.

Academic Training

Ayurveda Institute of America
Studied under Dr. Jay Apte, Dr. Subash Ranade, Dr. Avinash Lele, and others
Dipl Ayu, Ayurveda Practitioner, 2003

Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine
Studied under Dr. Maosheng Ni,Dr, Daosheng Ni, Dr. David Cohen, Dr. Wen, Dr. Xiao-Ting Jing, Dr. Lu Biao, and others
MATCM, Master of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, 1997
Four year, 4000+ hour program in Oriental Medicine

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
School of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology
MPH, Master of Public Health, 1987

University of Texas, Austin (UT)
School of Life Sciences
BS, Bachelors of Science, Pre-Med, 1985

Professional Titles

  • 2009    Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher, E-RYT500, Lifetime Achievement Yoga Alliance
  • 2005    Professional Member, Practitioner of Ayurveda
    National Ayurveda Medical Association (NAMA)
  • 2003    Diplomat of Ayurvedic Sciences (Dipl Ayu)
    Ayurveda Institute of America, Dr. Jay Apte
  • 1997    California License in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Licensed Acupuncturist (LAc)
    California Acupuncture Board
  • 1997    National License in Chinese Herbal Medicine, Diplomat of Chinese Herbology (Dipl CH)
    National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM)
  • 1997    National License in Acupuncture, Diplomat of Acupuncture (Dipl Acu)
    National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM)
  • 1997    National License in Oriental Medicine, Diplomat of Oriental Medicine (Dipl OM)
    National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM)

Yoga and Clinical Experience

Yoga Works, Santa Monica, CA
1987 – 2000
Studied Asthanga Vinyasa Yoga under Chuck Miller
Studied with dozens of nationally recognized teachers and leaders in yoga

Bihar School of Yoga
2003 – present
Studied Classical Yoga and Tantra Yoga under Swami Shankardev Saraswati and Swami Atmarupa Saraswati

Travels to India, Africa
1988 – 1989: Ghana for one year, worked as infectious disease epidemiologist for Jimmy Carter on guinea worm eradication project
1989 – 1990: India for one year, studied Yoga, Buddhism, Hinduism, meditation, Indian philosophy, life, and culture
1996: Yoga research and studies in Mysore, Thiruvanamalai, Tamil Nadu
2002 – present: lead dozens of yoga and ayurveda retreats to Kerala, Varanasi, Agra, Delhi, Bali, Costa Rica, Mexico

Journied Life and Practiced Yoga For 20 Years with First Wife Shiva Rea
1986 – 2007
Co-taught countless workshops and yoga teacher trainings, gave birth to our beautiful son Jai !

Yoga Journal Wellness Column: Writer and Columnist
2003 – 2005 (3 years)
Wrote 21 columns and several feature articles for Yoga Journal

Co-Founder with Shiva Rea
Co-lead local and international yoga retreats: India, Bali, Costa Rica, Santorini, Tulum, Hawaii, etc
Mid 1990’s – 2007

Tea Garden Herbal Emporium
Chief Herbalist and Vice President of Product Development
1991 – 1999
Chinese Taoist herbology, formulation of 200+ products, created Tea Garden Institute

Sevanti Wellness
Clinical Practice: Ayurveda, Oriental Medicine (TCM), and Acupuncture Practice
1997 – 2015

Sevanti Institue
Founder, and Lead Teacher
Ayurveda Wellness Counselor Programs
Yoga Teacher Training Modules: 200/300/500 hr YTTs nationally at over 2 dozen yoga schools
2008 – present

Sevanti Adventures
Founder and Tour Guide
The Journey to India Retreat
The Post-Retreat Tour of Varanasi and Taj Mahal
Life changing journeys to India: Kerala, Varanasi, Taj Mahal, etc
2012 – present

Biographical History

From as early as I can remember, I wanted to practice medicine. Along the way I encountered a physician father, a reverent humanist, and a traditional sound healer who would redirect my vision to an naturopathic wisdom of life.

My earliest inspiration was my father, Dr. Byron J. Bailey, a great father, role model, world renowned surgeon, educator and leader in the field of head and neck surgery. He passed on to me the love of medicine, and medical service. In his practice he never turned a patient away, seeing patients for free if they had no means to pay. Even into his 70s, he spends time in Vietnam and Cuba on medical missions to treat patients and teach the doctors of those countries the advanced surgical techniques done here in the US.

In college I discovered the writings of Dr. Albert Schweitzer, who’s ethic “reverence for life” awakened me to the heart practice of humanitarianism, altruism and medical service as a spiritual practice. Schweitzer gave my practice a global vision, and a sense of compassion and altruism. His biography inspired me to travel and to serve as early as my late teens with philanthropic public health projects in rural mountain villages in Guanajuato, Mexico. Since my early twenties, my heroes have been those who sacrificed as they dedicated their lives to eradicating disease and poverty where it was most needed.

In 1985, I finished my studies at the University of Texas at Austin and went back to my birthplace UCLA to study Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Tropical Medicine at the UCLA School of Public Health. My studies took me to Burkina Faso in West Africa were I studied the prevalence of a nutritional (vitamin A deficiency) related blindness (xeropthalmia) that was known to be aggravated by infection by the measles virus. It was the thesis of my maser’s studies that this condition was worsened by the live-attenuated measles vaccine as well. Our research would play a role in proving that well intended measles vaccination campaigns throughout the world were leaving a trail of blindness in vitamin A deficient populations that could be remedied by providing vitamin A supplements with the vaccines.

In 1988, I finished my studies at UCLA and returned to Africa. This time I lived and worked for one year with former President Jimmy Carter’s Global 2000 Project as an epidemiologist on the Guinea Worm Eradication Project in Ghana, West Africa. The guinea worm is a pernicious parasite, acquired from drinking infested pond water, and targeted by the WHO for eradication because it is endemic to agricultural regions of the developing world, having a broader effect upon food production and local economies.

During my time in Ghana, a pivotal experience occurred in my life: I acquired malaria, which was highly endemic to the area where I was living. Our Ghanaian neighbors suffered continuously from malaria. My treatment was attended over by my balafone teacher, a traditional healer from northern Ghana, who used traditional African healing music and a tea made from a small bag of dried, tangled herbs. Among the northern Ghanaian tribes, the musician family lineages were also the healers. Music and medicine were inseparable.

The tea was extraordinarily bitter. A balofon (traditional xylophone) made from dried hollow gourds was played throughout the night next to my body while the effects of the bitter tea took effect. The music pushed me further into a deep healing trance, which along with a delirious fever, I lost consciousness and went into a long deep sleep. When I awoke in the morning the fever was gone, the malaria was gone, and so was my conventional view of medicine and healing.

From Africa, I travelled to India for a year. While there I studied Yoga, Buddhism and meditation, and in the process acquired 5 different species of parasites, all of whom thoroughly enjoyed my enteric environs, and nearly bled me to death. Severely hemorrhaging and losing strength, this time the healing was performed by an Ayurvedic practitioner in Tamil Nadu, South India who used herbs and homeopathy. I was so weak that I have only a vague memory of the actual physician, however, his treatment was successful at stopping the bleeding and I recovered.

Later that year the critters were back while living in Dharamsala in the foothills of the Himalayas in northern India. I visited a 65 year old Tibetan Buddhist monk and practitioner of Tibetan Medicine at the Institute of Tibetan Medicine and Medical Astrology. The monk doctor spoke no English and I spoke no Tibetan. No problem, he read my pulse for 20 minutes with eyes closed and diagnosed me entirely through palpation of the radial artery. The herbal pills didn’t knock out the parasites completely (I didn’t remain under his care long enough to see that happen), but it did stop the bleeding and afforded me the time needed to finally make my way home for more intensive treatments.

All of these experiences further confirmed that medicine and healing is a relative and creative paradigm that in most cultures arises from natural understandings. But I also learned that the best medicine is a collaboration between the old and the new. After two years abroad, my experience with traditional forms of healing peaked new interests in Oriental Medicine and Ayurveda, which have been my life path since. Now 20 years later, I am enjoying a deeper understanding of the “reverence for life” through the lens of the “wisdom of life” teachings and medical practices of Ayurveda.