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.

Shivani is a Course Director for the Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy school based in the United States. She is also a guest faculty member with the Vancouver School of Yoga and YYoga teacher training programs, and mentors new teachers through the YYoga mentorship program. 

She holds a BA in Psychology from UBC and is currently 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 currently pursuing a Masters in Counselling Psychology. 

In partnership with Yoga Outreach, Shivani spent a year teaching yoga within a correctional center for women, 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, treat, or attempt to cure any medical conditions.

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