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Meditation For The Masses And Education For All – David Hans Barker’s Ultimate Aims




David Hans Barker may not have had the best start in life but has turned things around for himself. Now he’s made it his mission to help others gain mastery of their own lives, through meditation and education.

Born in Mysore, India, to a British Indian mother and a father of Jewish European descent, David is the Founder of YogiLab, Co-Founder of Guide Education, and a meditation teacher. His early years were spent trapped in a cult called ‘The Children of God’, until his mother escaped with David and his three siblings. They all fled to the UK, where she raised them as a single parent in a rough area of London. In his teenage years, David found himself involved in gang-related violence and crime, until he realized that he had a choice to break this regressive mental cycle.

“I was just full of all this hate and blame. I remember blaming everyone – my poor mum for struggling to look after us. Then my dad for not being there, blaming God, blaming the government, whoever, my friends, the other kids we were fighting with were all at each other’s throats as well. And then I just realized that none of this was happening without me choosing to be involved in it.”

Finding himself angry about everything, he now believes it’s the best thing that could have happened to him. “It was a rock bottom moment, as I call it my quarter-life crisis.”

Turning Point

Realizing he didn’t know the answer to his problems, David decided to experiment on himself to work out what actually produces happiness. This self-experimentation went on to inspire the current-day YogiLab logo – a yogi inside a conical lab-flask, “because the whole point is that we’re all our own laboratory”.

“My family and I always thought we were victims, because we were poor, raised by one parent, we didn’t have any money. And I realized that that’s not the case, that we’re the ones creating our lives, and so I just started experimenting with myself to see what I could do right now to make my life and my family’s life better.

By the age of 27, David had achieved financial independence, and not soon after he was a self-made millionaire. But David has never forgotten where he came from, nor the difficulties he overcame. He was finally able to properly thank his mother for working so hard to support them all by buying her a dream home in the leafy West London suburb of Ealing – not far geographically from where he grew up, but socially a long way from the streets of Southall. 

“I got to buy my mum her dream house, a double-fronted Edwardian place in Ealing. I told her that my bosses had given me some properties to manage, and offered to show her around. When we finished the tour, I gave her the keys and told her it was actually hers. She burst into tears – we’d managed to bring our whole poverty circle full cycle.”

Giving Back

Seeing first-hand how much meditation helped himself and his family deal with real-world issues and how it had such a profound effect on his life, he now wants everyone to have access to the same power, regardless of their circumstances.

“Meditation is a practical skill – not just a spiritual hobby of the elite – which is why we’re bringing it to the people,” he says. 

His mission is clear: to deliver meditation to 80 million individuals – 1 percent of the current global population, in line with The Maharishi Effect. This is linked to the belief that if 1 percent of the population meditates, it will produce measurable improvements in the quality of life for everyone.

One starting point in this mission was the creation of YogiLab, established to deliver meditation as a real-world skill, bringing the worlds of business and spirituality together, and applying meditation to all areas of life. 

Their physical space is The Istana in Uluwatu, Bali, which today harnesses the experiences of each of his tribe to bring a multi-purpose and next-level venue on the cliffs of one of the world’s most spiritual locations. Having originally offered free meditation online during the pandemic, when meditation centers were forced to close down, YogiLab now has over 15,000 people signed up and has reached over 130,000 people since July 2020. 

New methods are being adapted to reach even more, including the creation of YogiLab Meditation Hubs, guides to help people create and run their own meditation centers. And not forgetting ‘Spiritual Hustler’s Day’ to bring meditation to the real world, and to create the 80 million meditators needed to trigger the Maharishi Effect.

David has just launched his new book Vision: Master Your Inner World to Shape Your Outer World. On why he wrote it, David says that visualization works but it’s got a bad reputation because there are some missing elements to the process that don’t usually get taught. “I feel so strongly about this, that I think visualization should be taught in schools to kids. It should be the first step in us planning our future.”

Guide Education

David is also passionate about making education accessible to everyone, which he’s already started to achieve with Guide Education, a UK-based EdTech platform that he co-founded with its CEO Leon Hady.

According to a UNESCO study, 68 million more teachers are needed to meet global education demands, and Guide Education aims to help fill this gap. 

“We want to be the ‘Netflix for Education’ in that world, to get it to everyone,” he explains. “In the same way that we are sharing meditation with everyone via the Yogilab, we are aiming to give mainstream education to everyone through Guide Education.” 

Having already provided free education services to over a million people, Guide recently received over US$8 million in funding from the UK Government Future Fund and other private investors. 

With COVID-19 having precipitated a shift towards home-based and remote learning, David and Leon saw the possibility to offer high-quality education and lifelong learning opportunities for all.

Its wealth of offerings include free resources such as revision guides for students, home-schooling advice for parents, and lesson planning tips for teachers. Other resources range from Guide Connect Teacher Development portals and teacher-training courses, Tuition Kit exam revision modules, and Exam Marker guides.

“The whole purpose of this company was that Leon and I both came from poor families, and we wanted to make education available to everyone around the world,” David says. “Education levels the playing field and as long as we lack quality teachers, our education systems will always be unequal. That’s why we want to get this to everyone. It’s time for the monopoly to be over.”

Michelle has been a part of the journey ever since Bigtime Daily started. As a strong learner and passionate writer, she contributes her editing skills for the news agency. She also jots down intellectual pieces from categories such as science and health.

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Sustainable Animal Management Practices for Small Farms: Minimizing Environmental Impact and Maximizing Profits




Small farms play a vital role in our food system, providing locally-grown produce and meat to communities across the country. However, these farms face challenges in terms of sustainable animal management, as they may lack the resources and infrastructure of larger operations. In this article, we will discuss some sustainable animal management practices that small farms can adopt to minimize their environmental impact and maximize their profits.

Implementing a Rotational Grazing System

One issue that small farms may face is managing the waste produced by their livestock. Manure and other by-products can contribute to air and water pollution if not properly managed. One strategy for addressing this issue is to implement a rotational grazing system. This involves dividing a pasture into several smaller sections and rotating the livestock between them. This allows the animals to graze on fresh grass while also allowing the grass to recover and reducing the amount of manure in any one area. The benefits of this system include improved soil health, increased biodiversity, and reduced need for chemical fertilizers.

Using Natural Remedies and Preventative Measures

Another sustainable animal management practice for small farms is to use natural remedies and preventative measures to reduce the need for antibiotics and other medications. For example, probiotics and essential oils can be used to promote gut health in livestock, while natural fly repellents can help keep pests at bay. This not only reduces the use of antibiotics and other chemicals but can also improve the overall health and well-being of the animals. Moreover, animals that are raised naturally and without the use of antibiotics or growth hormones may fetch higher prices in the market.

Investing in Efficient Infrastructure

In terms of infrastructure, small farms can benefit from investing in equipment and facilities that are designed to be efficient and low impact. For example, a cattle gate system can be used to manage the movement of livestock between pastures without the need for manual labor. This system involves a series of gates and fences that can be opened and closed remotely, allowing the farmer to easily move the animals to different areas of the farm. This reduces the amount of time and energy required to manage the livestock, while also minimizing the risk of injury to both the animals and the farmer. Similarly, investing in solar-powered water pumps, energy-efficient lighting, and eco-friendly insulation can help reduce the farm’s energy costs and carbon footprint.

Collaborating with Other Farmers

Small farmers can also benefit from networking with other farmers and industry professionals to share knowledge and resources. This can include attending workshops and conferences, joining farmer networks and associations, and connecting with other farmers online. By working together and sharing ideas, small farmers can learn from each other and develop sustainable animal management practices that are tailored to their specific needs and resources. Moreover, collaborating with other farmers can help small farms gain access to new markets, shared resources such as equipment, and increased bargaining power with suppliers and buyers.


In conclusion, sustainable animal management practices are crucial for small farms to minimize their environmental impact and maximize their profits. By implementing strategies such as rotational grazing, natural remedies, efficient infrastructure, and networking with other farmers, small farms can thrive while also contributing to a more sustainable and resilient food system. And with tools like the cattle gate system, small farmers can manage their livestock with ease and efficiency, allowing them to focus on what really matters: growing healthy, happy animals and producing high-quality, locally grown food.

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