“Mukti” Michael Buck is the Founder/Director and Senior Teacher of the Vedic Conservatory. He is celebrated as an accomplished instructor’s instructor in the art of Thai-Yoga Bodywork. His 2007 induction into The World Massage Hall of Fame praised him for his career of unconditional loving service to humanity, bhakti yoga, as demonstrated through more than 14 years of continuous traveling and teaching. Mukti has shared his gifts at the best yoga centers, massage schools and health resorts nationally and abroad, teaching over 1000 hours each year in a different city each weekend. Mukti has issued initiating certificates to nearly ten thousand pupils in 7 countries. He has also documented over 13,000 private sessions.
Mukti is a graduate of The Swedish Institute in 1984, The Ohashi Institute in 1985, and The Anma Institute in 1987, where he was awarded instructor certification. In 1995 he received level three instructor status from The International Thai Therapy Association (I.T.T.A.).
Each year between 1996 and 2000 Mukti sponsored month-long student learning tours to Thailand to authenticate ancient Siamese culture and Thai Massage experience. In Thailand, he received over 200 hours of formal training from the notable schools ITM and Lek Chaya. He also documented receiving over 60 massage sessions in Thailand, Bali and India from the indigenous peoples representing city and rural styles.
At age 20 Mukti Accepted inititation by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. At age 22 Mukti also recieved Shakatipat transmission personally from Muktananda, and at age 24 Mukti was formally ordained as a Hare Krishna Monastic. His most prized credential is as a Vaisnava monastic from 1976-1980, including full ashram sadhana (live-in and study vows) fundamental to the Vedic culture’s yogic values. Mukti traveled incessantly as a yogic monk, opening meditation centers and joyfully sharing lessons from the great Vedic classics with thousands of people. The Vedic Conservatory Bodywork courses are replete with Mukti’s continuing devotional service to The Supreme Lordess and Lord, and are routinely infused with the teachings of the illustrious and auspicious Vedic culture.
Mukti is also well-known as a dedicated percussionist and rhythmist, regularly accompanying kirtans and trance dances since the early 1970’s. He is also a registered and certified Rebirthing Breathing Therapist and Tratak meditation personal coach.
In March 2009 Mukti and the Vedic Conservatory received accredidation into T.H.A.I. (Thai Healing Alliance International), and issue con’t education credits approved by T.H.A.I.
Mukti Michael Buck is a long standing member of NCBTMB as a provider for continuing education [#291-842-00]. Also The Vedic Conservatory’s curriculum [and Mukti] are approved in the State of Florida [#MCE-481-05] for continuing education. Mukti is also a long standing member of ABMP and is licensed in Florida [MA40783] and NY [003549-1].
Mukti’s educational DVD’s are a delight amongst his students and have received top- selling status and popular acclaim nationally. Mukti’s new 7 DVD set is the most thorough Thai-Yoga resource available for home learning and continuing education.