• Certified Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist
  • Certified by the International Association of Yoga Therapists
  • Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner-in-training
  • Movement for Trauma Level 1 with Jane Clapp
  • E-RYT 500 Experienced Yoga Teacher
  • Trauma-Informed Yoga Training with Yoga Outreach
  • BA in Psychology from UBC
  • Masters in Counselling Psychology student 

Shivani aims to help individuals discover that their own bodies are a resource for healing, insight, and resilience. She has been in private practice as a Yoga Therapist since 2008 and is now a Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner-in-training. Shivani specializes in supporting clients with trauma and anxiety and believes that in the right conditions, all people have the innate capacity to move toward healing, growth, and embodied resilience.  

In addition to her private practice, Shivani teaches public yoga and meditation classes, is a course director for the Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy school based in the United States, and has been on faculty with the Vancouver School of Yoga and YYoga teacher training programs, and the YYoga mentorship program. 

Shivani holds a BA in Psychology from UBC and is currently in the midst of obtaining a Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology at Yorkville University. Shivani worked as a research assistant for a large-scale brain injury study at Vancouver General Hospital’s emergency department. She also conducted a study with UBC Psychiatry on the effects of yoga on post-concussive syndrome, for which she developed the Mindful Brain Yoga intervention, an 8-week yoga and meditation program for people with brain injury. In addition to engaging in graduate school, Shivani is committed to continuing education in somatic approaches for trauma.

In partnership with Yoga Outreach, Shivani spent a year teaching yoga within a correctional center for women. She currently volunteers in the psychiatric ward at St. Paul’s Hospital, and has volunteered with the Covenant House to bring meditation to at-risk-youth.

She has presented at numerous festivals and conferences, including Wanderlust Festival, Indian Summer Festival, Be Well and Alive, the BC ALS Society, and The Yoga Expo in Vancouver. Her online classes are featured on, and YouTube.  

Shivani has studied Sanskrit, meditation, and yoga philosophy under the loving guidance of her spiritual teacher Manorama, founder of Sanskrit Studies in New York, for 15 years and continues to be profoundly inspired and influenced by this relationship.

E-RYT 500


*Disclaimer: The yoga therapy components of my practice are based on my Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy certification, not derived from my status as an E-RYT 500 with Yoga Alliance Registry. In addition to my yoga therapy certification, I hold separate 200 and 500 hour yoga teacher training certifications. As a yoga therapist, I do not assess, diagnose, prescribe, or attempt to treat or cure any medical or mental health conditions. Click here to read the International Association of Yoga Therapists Code of Ethics or visit 

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