C-IAYT #20583302, E-RYT 500*, BA

Experienced Yoga Teacher

Certified Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist

Certified by the International Association of Yoga Therapists

As a yoga therapist, Shivani aims to help individuals experience how their own bodies are a resource for healing, insight, and empowerment. She has been in private practice since 2008 and specializes in trauma recovery, resilience building, stress and anxiety management, and self-discovery. Her approach is based in Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy, a holistic modality that combines gentle postures, embodied mindfulness, client-centred dialogue, and humanistic and somatic psychology. To this foundation of work, Shivani also supports her clients with self-regulation skills, breath work, various trauma-informed approaches, and her passion for neuroscience. 

Shivani is on faculty as a Course Director with the Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy school. She holds a BA in Psychology from UBC, and is conducting research with the UBC Psychiatry department on the effects of yoga on post-concussive syndrome. For this study she developed the Mindful Brain Yoga intervention, an 8-week yoga and meditation program for people with brain injury. Shivani is committed to continuing education in trauma recovery, and is pursuing graduate studies in Counselling Psychology. In addition to teaching public yoga classes, Shivani is committed to offering meditation in a way that is accessible, effective, and dogma-free. 

Certified as a Chakra Yoga Teacher by author Anodea Judith, Shivani periodically offers 7-week chakra yoga immersions and shares her passion for chakra psychology as a guest faculty member for the Vancouver School of Yoga and YYoga teacher training programs. She also mentors new teachers through the YYoga mentorship program.  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.  In partnership with Yoga Outreach, Shivani taught yoga at a correctional centre for women for one year and also volunteered with the Covenant House to bring meditation to at-risk-youth.

Shivani has been studying Sanskrit, meditation, and yoga philosophy under the loving guidance of her spiritual teacher Manorama, founder of Sanskrit Studies in New York, for over a decade 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, treat, or attempt to cure any medical conditions.

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