About Zen Yogi Sri Shanthi Bhavana

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“A teacher, a guru… is a mirror, reflecting you back to yourself”        - Zen saying, John Daido Loori

Zen Yogi Sri Shanthi Bhavana is an international Yoga Teacher, Yoga educator, and Therapist – creator of healing therapy music and self-help audio programs for Yoga and Meditation. 

All Yoga is not the same - My Yoga health programs are personalised, in-person and via online video, adapted and designed to suit each individual’s needs right now.

Private Therapeutic Yoga - taught by an authentic Yoga acharya (someone who teaches from life experience). Because of my life experience, I can help you move beyond suffering, find greater health, relaxation and inner peace.

Sri Shanthi Bhavana specialises in designing and presenting Adapted Therapeutic Yoga programs for small, private functional groups and individual clients, through his Yoga business,          Zen Yoga Wellness. He combines the teachings of the Krishnamacharya Yoga tradition, with the ancient yoga, meditation and healing traditions of Tibetan Healing Yoga, and Zen Yoga       a beautiful blend of ancient Indian, Tibetan and Chinese spiritual traditions  with the art of Zen at the core of all these mindful practices. 

Shanthi is also an independent music recording artist and producer through his recording and publishing label, Zen Music, and designs and produces specialist soundscape music and sounds to complement the practices of yoga, meditation, relaxation, massage, and other healing arts. 

His dedicated website for both Therapeutic Yoga and Sound Therapy / Music Soundscapes showcases a Yoga Video Video Channel, and a Music Listening Page, at:  www.zenyogawellness.com

Certified International Yoga Teacher (CYT-900+ Certified Hours)           Sri Shanthi Bhavana holds certifications in Therapeutic Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Chair Yoga, Meditation, and Holistic Human Development Counselling, and is a registered Yoga Teacher with the AURA Wellness Centre, Massachusetts, USA, and a registered Therapist with the International Institute for Complementary Therapists (IICT). He continues ongoing professional development education and mentoring in Yoga Therapy with Dr. Amy Wheeler (C-IAYT), at "Optimal State of Living Yoga Therapy Teacher Training  School", California, USA. He is also a certified Massage Therapist, registered with IICT.

Qualifications, Study & Experience...

  • IICT Certified Yoga Practitioner Trainer                              Therapeutic Yoga - Hatha Yoga - Restorative Yoga - Chair Yoga - Massage Therapist                                                                International Institute for Complementary Therapists
  • Certified Registered Yoga Practitioner                               Therapeutic Yoga - Hatha Yoga - Restorative Yoga                      AURA Wellness Center, Massachusetts, USA
  • Diploma of Therapeutic Yoga - Certified 300-hours           Therapeutic Yoga Teacher                                                              AURA Wellness Center, Massachusetts. USA
  • Diploma of Hatha Yoga - Certified 300-hours                               Hatha Yoga Teacher                                                                         AURA Wellness Center, Massachusetts. USA
  • Diploma of Restorative Yoga - Certified 80-hours              Restorative Yoga Teacher                                                               AURA Wellness Center, Massachusetts. USA
  • Cert.Ch.Yog and Cert.Med.Hol.Couns - Certified 120-hours             Chair Yoga Teacher, Meditation Teacher & Holistic Human Development Counselling                                                             IVHHD - 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
  • Yoga Therapy Training - On-Going Professional Development            Graduated First Year (100-hours of 865-hour Program)               under the guidance and mentorship of Dr. Amy Wheeler - C-IAYT,  "Optimal State of Living Yoga Therapy Teacher Training Program", California  
  • Continuing Yoga & Yoga Therapy Mentoring                                under the guidance and mentorship of Dr. Larry Payne - C-IAYT,   “Samata Yoga International”, California                                                                     

Sri Shanthi Bhavana is an holistic therapist specialising in Adaptive Therapeutic Yoga – Hatha, 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), or people suffering from pain, or recovering from injuries or surgery (rehab) - as well as relaxation techniques and meditation and sound healing. 

Sri Shanthi Bhavana’s first Yoga teacher is 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 Therapeutic Yoga Teacher, 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 Australia, and registered 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  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 and Zen Buddhist traditions. 

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 Composition 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 are in rehab recovering from injury and need a practice designed specifically for them - especially those who have difficulty in getting down onto the floor. This is where Chair Flow 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, because I don’t like that ‘label'. In my view, there are no ‘beginners' because, I believe, we are all beginners in the sense that, in Yoga we never stop learning (it's a lifetime learning process), and our bodies never stop changing, evolving all the time. I believe it is the role of the teacher to identify what the student needs to meet them where they are, and provide an appropriate practice for each individual, and continue to monitor their progress and adapt and modify the practice as they evolve.

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.

Giving a student what is appropriate to them personally, according to their experience, health, level of fitness, natural ability, etc., is based on what Krishnamacharya taught: "Teach what is appropriate to 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 (Nada Yoga), 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.

See also on this site:                                                                                   Sound Therapy - Nada Yoga (Meditation)                                                Zen Music                                                                                                       

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, Spotify, etc. (Search for: Shantha Sri, Peter Morley, 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, Sri 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.

What’s in a Name?… Sri Shanthi Bhavana - a spiritual yogi 

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, the name Sri Shanthi Bhavana was carefully chosen to reflect his personality and in particular, his spiritual path and work, and given to him by his friend, meditation 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 languages 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’s Zen Yoga Wellness programs: Creating BhavanaCultivating / imagining (or Visualising/Meditating upon) Peace, Calmness, Tranquility and Transcendence, in one’s life, and daily Yoga practice.

SHANTHI - Indian Name Meaning & Astrological Significance:

Shanthi is an ancient Indian name from the Sanskrit language… the oldest living language, and the original language of Yoga, in which the ancient texts and discourses are written. 

Spiritual Connections

The name Shanthi pre-existed before Indian people began using it as a popular female name in more recent times. As a spiritual name, meaning “spiritual peace and tranquility”, it is non-gender specific (being spiritual, it can be either male or female).  It was the name of the legendary 8th century Indian Buddhist monk, teacher, and Bodhisattva, Shantideva ("Lord of the Gods"), author of the Buddhist autoritative text “Bodhisattvacaryavatara” (”A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life”), who is now venerated in the Buddhist Madhyamaka / Nagarjuna tradition, as one of the greatest of Buddhist teachers. 

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8th Century Buddhist Bodhisattva Shantideva

According to Indian Vedic Astrology or Numerology, Shanthi has expression number 7. A name starting with the letter S makes a person dedicated to his or her job, and has some significance in Astrology.

These people like to proceed in an organized way towards their objectives - focused. They have faith (Shruddha) in spirituality. At an advanced stage of their life they can make a perfect spiritual world for themselves. These natives also love to live in fantasy. Their creative urge makes them able to create a world of imagination for themselves. It seems, that these people with S at the beginning of their names have a chance to gain recognition as astrologers. There is an attractive outward appearance with these natives. Due to the effect of letter S its natives are strongly dedicated towards religion. They can also take up religion as their occupation. These people are truly blessed as they are good musicians and good stage personalities. People of this category are fond of animals and birds. Also, very interestingly, they admire unusual relationships. Letter S gives a person the qualities to be able to serve poor people better.

Name Shanthi means Calm; Peace. This name comes under number 24.

A person born with the name Shanthi is a man of true faith (Shruddha). All they need to do is to believe in something, and the work is done without difficulties. The major attraction of these men is their ability to comprehend people. They also have an effortless way of communicating their thoughts to everyone. By the virtue of this, they can have a great success at their professional career. Number 24 symbolizes a great soul. Its natives have a large heart that aches for every poor person. These people find their comfort in performing charities. They are always on their toes to provide help to anyone. These natives have connection with spiritual matters. Persons with this power number have a liking towards spirituality. They spend a majority of their time doing meditation. They celebrate idealism. Following their idealistic ways they may get an illuminated future. These individuals are voracious readers of literature. 

The natives with name Shanthi are full of power. They become bored with monotony. All people love them for their pleasing personality and attractive nature. If their life is stuck at some point of time, they totally hate that. They need innovative things in life. This is why, research is the best occupation for these persons. However, they like to work under a free circumstance without any pressure. There is a practical knowledge inherent for these folks. They are very down to earth persons. Their tranquil nature help them to remain composed even at times of distress. Shanthi named individuals are not normally perturbed by external affairs. The natives of this name have an influence of Moon and Mercury, and therefore, are intellectual and sharp. During crisis, these people use their common sense and even give good advice to others to solve the problems. They are reliable as they can keep secrets. Therefore, people trust them with their confidential information. They detest gossip about others. They depend more on their hands as profession, like an artist, writer, or painter and such (yogis).

They are a person with individualism. They are a favourite personality of their society. People love to talk with them. They are friendly as well. But sometimes people around them misunderstand them and think they are a self-centred person, but basically, they are not like thatThey are focused on their goal and ambition. There is a possibility that they may be able to make anything without much labour and effort. They always need peace in their life and around othersThey are a kind-hearted personThey like to serve for the distressed people. They always believe in slow, but steady method. They try to take things in a light-hearted way; this gives them more mental comfort and pleasure. They will earn respect from their surrounding societies through their various good works and actions towards society. They are asked to be very selective in terms of choosing their friends, because there are possibilities that they may be harmed by inappropriate friendship (importance of discernment in relationships).  


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. His music continues to sell globally through online distributors. 

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

Sri Shanthi Bhavana demonstrating Yoga in Nanhu Park, the City of Nanning, Guangxi Province, the People's Republic of China

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