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 discover that their own bodies are a resource for healing, insight, and empowerment. She has been in private practice since 2008 and specializes in trauma recovery, anxiety relief and embodied resilience. Her approach is based in Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy, a holistic modality that combines embodied awareness, gentle movement and postures, empathetic dialogue, and humanistic psychology. Shivani also supports her clients with self-regulation skills, breath work, various trauma-informed approaches, and her passion for neuroscience.

In addition to being a yoga therapist, Shivani teaches public yoga classes, is a course director for the Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy school based in the United States, and is on guest 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 to trauma recovery.

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 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, 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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