My Story

I was born in Istanbul in 1988, grew up in Cyprus, having spent many years in London, America and India. I currently live in New Delhi. 

Since the childhood, I have had an instinct of growth and expansion. I have started to take Meditation classes at the age of 15. Although it was hard to find Meditation and Yoga classes at that time, I did find a meditation class, some books and began with Osho (Bhagvan Shree Rajneesh) books.

In 2007, I have attended my first Yoga class and fell in love with it from day one.  Seeking meaning in my life and a sense of freedom from daily suffering, I found in yoga calmness of mind, confidence, and a strong feeling of being centered. This enabled me to feed the desire to know more of the world, both inner and outer, which was only made possible by venturing away from my home, the island of Cyprus. My passion for Yoga and Travelling was so big, I then started traveling and learning Yoga more in The United of States. I had started to do Yoga with Ganesh Iyer who was an indian teacher and was certified Hatha/Vinyasa Yoga from him at The Ganesh College of Yoga.

In 2009, at the age of 21, I traveled to India and started to practice daily. While studying, i started to work as a teacher at one of the most well-known Yoga Villages, Ashiyana in Goa, India, which has a large yoga community from all over the world. And that time, i was introduced with Ashtanga Method and started to practice Ashtanga, since then i am an Ashtanga Yoga Practitioner.

 
 

Concurrently with my ongoing travels, a few years later I moved back to Cyprus and  open my first Yoga Center in 2010. It was the first Yoga Studio “Shivani life Center” in North Cyprus.

I began teaching yoga full-time and introduced many to Yoga. Shivani Life Center has been offering different styles of Yoga including Vinyasa, Hatha and Ashtanga as well as workshops with many international teachers, organizing Retreats & Yoga Holidays for everyone and i love connecting with people and seeing people connecting with others. Since then, i have been organising and teaching Retreats worldwide.

After teaching about 4 years in Cyprus, I decided to continue to travel all over the world, where I had chance to trained and take classes from well-known Authorised Ashtanga Yoga Teachers by KPJYI such as Kino Mcgreggor, Tim Fieldman in Goa, Krantivira in Tokyo, Dmitry Baryshnikov in Moscow, Mikko Seppinen in Copenhagen, Bela Lipat in Finland, Suveer Balvi in Mumbai, Petri Raisanen in Turkey and at that time, i finally found my teacher and i call him my Guru, whom i connected from the heart the most and learnt the most,  Govinda KAI (Russell Paul Yamaguchi )in Japan in 2014. I was very inspired by Govinda`s teaching methods and open approach to Yoga and Yoga Philosophy and the following years i visited him in Japan again and again. After that, i traveled to Mysore, India and studied under the guidance of Jois Family (KPJYI). 

I have visited and attend to Dalai Lama`s teachings as well as Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche in Dharamsala, India.

In my teaching, i emphasizes energetic alignment, creating space in the body and synchronizing movement and breath. In my classes i try to create a creative flow of movements and teach my students to be in the moment.

I am also a registered teacher with the Yoga Alliance (RYT and E-RYT 200 hours)

In addition to Yoga studies, I have trained and self-studied Reiki, Life Coaching, Anatomy & Physiology, Feng Shui, Pilates and Thai Massage, incorporating aspects of these fields in my daily teaching and private lessons.Hope you will join me on the yoga mat or the meditation cushion soon, be it in class, a workshop or a retreat near you.Thank you for visiting,

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Namaste !