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Sri Shanthi Bhavana is an excellent, kind and dedicated teacher.            All of those who study with him are fortunate.                            Highly recommended... Great teacher!

- Larry Payne, Ph.D., C-IAYT, Founding Director, "Yoga Therapy" & "Prime of Life Yoga Programs”, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles;  Founder, "Yoga Program” - UCLA Medical School; Co-Founder, the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT);        Director, “Yoga” & Yoga Therapy”, Samata International Yoga, Los Angeges; Co-Author, "Yoga for Dummies:, "Yoga Rx", and "Yoga Therapy and Integrative Medicine”

YOGA as Applied Therapy:  Health and Wellness through Therapeutic Yoga, Meditation & Massage

About Sri Shanthi

Sri Shanthi Bhavana is a Yoga Teacher and Therapist, and Yoga educator – creator of healing music and self-help audio programs for Yoga and Meditation. Shanthi holds international certifications in Hatha Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Chair Yoga, Meditation and Counselling, and Massage Therapy, and is a registered Yoga Teacher with AURA Wellness, Massachusetts, USA, and a registered Therapist with the International Institute for Complementary Therapists (IICT). He continues ongoing mentoring in Yoga Therapy with the Healing Yoga Institute, California, USA.

Qualifications, Study & Experience...

  • IICT Certified Yoga Practitioner Trainer                                                 International Institute for Complementary Therapists
  • Diploma of Hatha Yoga - Certified Hatha Yoga Teacher               AURA Wellness Center, Massachusetts. USA
  • Current Registered Yoga Practitioner - Hatha Yoga ­                    AURA Wellness Center, Massachusetts. USA
  • Diploma of Restorative Yoga - Certified Restorative Yoga Teacher AURA Wellness Center, Massachusetts. USA
  • Current Registered Yoga Practitioner - Restorative Yoga ­                AURA Wellness Center, Massachusetts. USA
  • Cert.Med.Hol.Couns - Certified Meditation Teacher                    IVHHD - Meditation Teaching & Holistic Counselling - Inner Voyage Holistic Human Development, School of Meditation & Alternative Therapy
  • Cert.Ch.Yog - Certified Chair Yoga Teacher                                 IVHHD - Meditation Teaching & Holistic Counselling - Inner Voyage Holistic Human Development, School of Meditation & Alternative Therapy 
  • IICT Certified Massage Therapist                                                  Discover Massage Australia (DMA)
  • Teacher Member - IMTA                                                         International Meditation Teachers Association
  • Member - SHA / IST                                                                         Sound Healers Association / International Sound Therapy


Sri Shanthi Bhavana is a holistic therapist specialising in Prescriptive Yoga – Hatha, Vinyasa, ViniYoga and Restorative Yoga – including Meditation, Chanting and Sound Therapy Meditation (Nada Yoga), delivered as Therapeutic Healing Yoga.

These practices are based in the tradition of legendary Yoga masters          Sri T. Krishnamacharya, Sri T.K.V. Desikachar, and Sri B.K.S. Iyengar, as taught by Shanthi’s teachers and mentors, world-renown Yoga Teachers and Yoga Therapists, Dr. Larry Payne and Dr. Amy Wheeler in California, USA.

He specialises in teaching Hatha and Restorative Yoga, and adapted Yoga techniques such as Chair Yoga (suitable for people with disabilities or flexibility/mobility challenges), as well as relaxation techniques and meditation and sound healing. 

Sri Shanthi Bhavana’s first Yoga teacher was world-renown, LA-based Larry Payne, Ph.D., who remains a good friend and mentor. It was Larry Payne who first introduced Shanthi to the Krishnamacharya tradition of Therapeutic Yoga.

Sri Shanthi Bhavana is a registered professional therapist with the International Institute for Complementary Therapists (IICT). He is a registered practitioner, graduate and Certified Hatha Yoga Teacher, and Restorative Yoga Teacher with AURA Wellness Centre, Massachusetts, USA, and Chair Yoga and Meditation Teacher, with Inner Voyage Holistic Human Development (IVHHD) School of Meditation and Alternative Therapy. He is also a full member of the International Meditation Teachers Association (IMTA), and the Sound Healers Association / International Sound Therapy (SHA / IST).

Sri Shanthi Bhavana is also a Certified Massage Therapist, from Discover Massage Austraila, and registerd with IICT. He integrates Massage Therapy into the holistic approach of Therapeutic Yoga, as a complementary practice. 

Sri Shanthi teaches yoga in the tradition of Classical Yoga’s Sri Bhagavan Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, Sri T. Krishnamacharya, Sri T.K.V. Desikachar and B.K.S. Iyengar, and meditation in the yogic and Buddhist traditions.

He has studied yoga and meditation in India, Sri Lanka, Australia and the US. His practice is based around the Classical Hatha Yoga tradition of Sri T. Krishnamacharya and Sri Bhagavan Patanjali, with Nada sound techniques and Japa mantras (Classic Chanting of India) added for helping with Pranayama breathing and meditation. He also practices Vipassana (“Insight”) and mindfulness meditation and is a student and devoted practitioner of the Theravadan Buddhist tradition. 

                                                                                               

Sri Shanthi Bhavana studied Classical Hatha Yoga, Yoga Methodologies & Ethics, and Chants of India through the University of New Mexico Yoga Program in the US. He undertook yoga studies with the Yoga Institute in Sydney, Australia, and also studied Music at Griffith University and the Conservatorium of Music, Queensland, graduating with a Post Graduate degree in Film Music composition (specializing in music for relaxation and meditation).

Sri Shanthi uses traditional Hatha Yoga as the basis for teaching Chair Yoga.

I am very sensitive to those who are not very flexible and others who are just starting out in yoga, or need a practice designed specifically for them - especially those who have difficulty in getting down onto the floor. This is where Chair Yoga is so beneficial. I am certainly a student and teacher of the ancient yoga philosophy that states: "Yoga is for every-body… no matter how flexible or inflexible… it is not a 'one-size-fits-all' philosophy"… it is an individual practice and should be taught as such. The teaching-lineage and tradition I follow is a breath-centred and breath-rhythm/movement practice, that has its heart in mindfulness. It is a gentle, flowing, dynamic form of classical yoga, connected to correct yogic breathing and breathing techniques to control Prana (vital energy), or Pranayama practice. 

As legendary yoga teacher Sri T. Krishnamacharya taught: "Breath is central to Yoga because it is central to life... and yoga is about Life".

People often ask if I teach beginners...

Yes, and no.  I do not have "Beginner's classes" as such. In my view, there are no beginners because, I believe, we are all beginners in the sense that, in Yoga we never stop learning, and our bodies never stop changing.

We have to constantly be aware of our body and mind, and change our attitude and our practice to suit where we are at on our life journey.

Speaking to that, it is the role of a teacher to assess each student individually and then give them what is appropriate to them personally, according to their experience, health, level of fitness, natural ability, etc. This is based on what Krishnamacharya taught: "Teach what is appropriate to the the student".

By integrating the ancient teachings of Yoga and Indian philosophy with modern-day requirements, Krishnamacharya created yoga practices that are as accurate and powerful as they are practical and relevant.                                            

Using Vini Yoga as a concept (Vi = special + ni = appropriate), he taught that: 

"Vini yoga is teaching what is appropriate to a student’s needs. This is a fundamental principle of yoga teaching – and is the basis of the teaching style of Classical yoga".

Vini yoga works with “sequential process” or Viniyasa Krama – the emphasis is on practicing a posture according to one’s individual needs and capability – with regulated breath carefully coordinated with the postural movements.

Sri Shanthi Bhavana is also a sound healing music artist dedicated to creating specially designed music soundscapes to help resonate with, and stimulate the subtle energy centres of the mind and body. He draws from the inspirational philosophies of Yoga, Ayurveda, Dhamma, and nature to create music that brings peace and tranquillity to the listener and yoga practitioner Using various world instruments to produce resonant tonal frequencies and sparse cycling melodies, Sri Shanthi Bhavana's music is designed to help listeners find peace within themselves and oneness with the universe, by stimulating the mind toward higher states of conscious mindfulness, through concentration.

Sri Shanthi’s sound healing work and the production of healing soundscapes for relaxation, meditation, sleep therapy and spoken word guided visualisations (meditations) is used worldwide by students, practitioners and world-renowned yoga teachers and is available online through more than 50 digital distribution sources, such as: iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby (Search for: Shantha Sri, Energi Music).

He produces specialty soundscapes for yoga, meditation, spiritual focusing, relaxation, spa and natural therapies, massage, and sleep therapy, as well as self-help guided visualization programs with healing collaborator, California-based integrative clinical psychologist Dr Juliet Rohde-Brown.

Through his music soundscapes, Shanthi Bhavana continues to study the emotional effects of music and sound on the psyche and in particular their applications in assisting with achieving states of higher consciousness.

In the time-honoured Buddhist/Dhamma tradition dating back more than 2,500 years to the Buddha, and beyond thousands of years to ancient Dhamma sages, Sri Shanthi Bhavana's name was carefully chosen to reflect his personality and in particular, his spiritual path and work, and given to him by his friend, mentor and spiritual guide Venerable G. Seevalie, Thero – Chief Incumbent Monk of the Sri Wardanaramaya Buddhist Monastery and Temple, in Dankotuwa, northern Sri Lanka.

Translated from the ancient Pali and Sanskrit language it means:

Sri = Holy

Shanthi = Peace, Calm, Tranquility and Transcendence

Bhavana = cultivating (meditating) - translates from Sanskrit as, 'positive attitude' / cultivating  visualization or meditation. (One of the three qualities interpreted from Sanskrit relating to one's readiness for meditation)

This meaning then becomes the spiritual basis and the integral core for Shanthi Bhavana Meditation & Yoga: 

Cultivating (or Visualising/Meditating upon) Peace, Calm, Tranquility and Transcendence.

Sri Shanthi Bhavana is also a writer, photographer, filmmaker and music composer/producer and is based in Australia, though he has collaborative partners in the US and Asia, and works globally.

[After many years living in Sydney and also the US, and travelling the world, Shanthi Bhavana has returned to his home state of Western Australia and lives on the coast south of Perth, where he teaches yoga and meditation].

    

                      Om shanti, shanti, shantihi 

(May there be Peace, Peace & Perfect Peace)


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