Sivani Mata has been practicing yoga asana since childhood, over the years developing her understanding of the practice in align with the wisdom and intuition of her own body. She has been greatly inspired by her incredible teacher and friend Uma Dinsmore-Tuli who has helped her to listen further to her own intuitive wisdom and honour the cycles and rhythms of life that arise naturally.
Sivani Mata is also student of Bhakti Yoga (the yoga of love and devotion) and began her journey with this practice through attending various Kirtan (chanting) evenings in London and on her travels. Particularly with family band GOMA, who inspired her to live in trust and bhakti spirit in all aspects of life. She began to lead Kirtan after spending New Year 2009 with Jai Uttal on his Kirtan camp, followed by a Yoga Teacher Training in Mexico at the Yandara Yoga Institute, where an incredible resident kirtan band, Jaya made chanting a key element. Since then Sivani has been running chanting circles and gatherings in the UK, and has released three kirtan albums I AM (2012), Shakti Live (2015) and the most recent a double disc album: Surrender (2016), all produced by bhakti musical magician Tabla Tom. Having fallen in love with the path of Bhakti Yoga, Sivani organised the UK’s first ever Bhakti Music Festival (in August 2011), which brought devotional musical practices from various traditions together as one, in the spirit of universal love and devotion. Following on from this she now organises BE LOVE ~ 11hour Bhakti Immersions in London.
Inspired by her Bhakti Practice, Sivani shares Yoga Nidra, Women’s Yoga and Shakti Dance with bhakti spirit, centring the practice in the heart to unveil ones true nature, and often including mantra as part of the practice.
Sivani Mata feels incredibly blessed to have found this divine practice and be able to share it with others.
"Every time I work with Julie I have a light bulb moment and a bit more of the jigsaw fits together." A student on Julie Gudmestad's workshop on Working with Injuries in Yoga Classes, August 2015