How Vipassana Helped Me Overcome Chronic Bipolar Disorder

Bhavana Shivu,
Rochester, MN.
Session 2.

I started suffering from some strange symptoms soon after I turned 35. I tried Ayurvedic therapeutic massage, homeopathy, Love Yourself workshops (based on Louise Hay’s ideas) Ayurveda and Astrology. Having lost various jobs and leaving my husband and hoping to find happiness outside of me I continued to suffer. Finally after 10 years my symptoms were diagnosed as rapidly cycling Bipolar at Mayo Clinic, even tried Lithium, until the side-effects became overwhelming. By this time I had decided to learn to live with my symptoms. Fortunately, I came across Vipassana meditation at Menomonie, Wisconsin where I stayed for 10 days and learned to meditate. These 10 days completed transformed me and since then I have been deeply associated with Vipassana. I would love to share my story and introduce Ana-Pana meditation to all the interested people.

I was trained as a scientist and successfully worked at various institutes and Universities until the age of 37, with 20 papers published in peer-reviewed journals with more than 2500 citations. I am a Mother to two boys (now adults), teacher and entrepreneur. I am completed dedicated to Vipassana and sat for a 20 day course this summer. For more information go to