"Shiva is an avid Ashtanga practioner who respects the core technique of the Krishnamacharya lineage (asana, bandha, pranayama, meditation) while being true to other streams of influence that have deepened her experience of yoga from dance and bodywork to rockclimbing and her extensive travels in India, East and West Africa, Nepal, Bali and the Carribean. She teaches flow (vinyasa) based yoga integrating alignment and intuition, strength and fluidity, meditation and wisdom in action.
Shiva is a long-standing teacher at Yoga Works in Santa Monica where some of the world?s best teachers have fertilized her understanding of yoga including Shandor Remete, Richard Freeman, Erich Schiffman, Lisa Walford, Rodney Yee, John Friend, Donna Farhi, Rod Stryker, Patrica Walden, Tim Miller, and the extrarodinary Kirtan of Jai Uttal and Krishna Das.
Her classes at Yoga Works are special mandalas to experience the whole range of energy cultivated in yoga from the sweaty purification of vinyasa and the tapas of standing and balance poses to the multi-dimensional opening of backbends and the release work of deep twists and hip openers and the stillness of inversions and meditation.
She works with world music in her classes and chanting as a means to help people syncopate with their natural rhythm and feel more at home in our skin. She is also on the faculty of UCLA?s World Arts and Cultures Program where she received her Master?s in Dance Movement Therapy while studying world dance, cultural anthropology, comparitive religions and somatics.