Begüm's Story

Born in 1988, Begüm grew up in Cyprus. 

From an early age, Begüm was drawn towards a spiritual way of life and the mind-body connection. She started taking meditation classes at the age of 15 even though it was difficult to find yoga and meditation classes in her area. 

Through the teachings and books of OSHO (Bhagavan Shree Rajneesh) and having attended her first yoga class in 2007, Begüm had found her calling.

Begüm discovered that through yoga she could attain a sense of meaning and freedom from the suffering of daily life. She found that by practicing yoga she could calm her mind, gain confidence in herself and centre her entire being.


This newly acquired sense of self-enabled Begüm to pursue her passion for yoga in the United States. Begüm started her training at the Ganesh College of yoga where she was certified in Hatha/vinyasa yoga under the tutelage of Ganesh Iyer.

In 2009 at the early age of 21, Begüm traveled to India where she practiced yoga daily. While studying she started to work as a teacher at the illustrious Ashiyana yoga village in Goa, where she was introduced to Ashtanga yoga. Whereafter Begüm became an Ashtanga yoga practitioner.

In 2010 having practiced and taught yoga all over the world, Begüm decided to move back to Cyprus, where she opened her first yoga studio. The “ Shivani Life Center” was the first yoga center in North Cyprus.

The Shivani life center offers many different styles of yoga which include Vinyasa and Ashtanga. The center also conducts workshops with many acclaimed international teachers as well as yoga retreats worldwide.

After having taught for 4 years in Cyprus , Begüm decided to continue her travels worldwide where she had the opportunity to train under well known authorised Ashtanga yoga teachers such as KPJAYI Kino Mcgreggor , Tim Feldman in Goa, Krantivira in Tokyo, Dmitry Baryshnikov in Moscow, Mikko Seppinen in Copenhagen, Bela Lipat in Finland, Suveer Balvi in Mumbai and  Petri Raisanen in Turkey.

Through her travels, Begüm was introduced to her guru, Govinda KAI ( Russell Paul Yamaguchi)  in 2014 in Japan. She was inspired by his teachings and his open approach to the practice of yoga. She formed a spiritual connection with Govinda which has led her back to Japan time and again. 

Subsequently, Begüm traveled to Mysore, India where she began her training under the guidance of the Jois Family (KPJAYI).

Begüm has also had the privilege to attend several talks and lectures by the Dalai Lama and Dzongsar Jamming Khyentse Rinpoche in Dharamshala, India.

Begüm is a registered teacher with the Yoga Alliance (RYT AND E-RYT) having had over 200 hours of training.

In addition to yoga, Begüm has trained and self-studied Reiki, Life Coaching,

Anatomy, Physiology, Feng Shui, Pilates and Thai massage.

Begüm incorporates all these additional skills into her daily yoga teachings and private lessons.

She hopes you will join her on the yoga mat or the meditation cushion soon, be it in a class or a workshop/retreat near you.

Thank you for visiting,

Namaste !