Hari Om !
I am Vani Shukla, born and raised in the heritage Indian city – Lucknow.My introduction to the Vedic mythology, traditions and its philosophy started at a very early age being part of an esteemed Brahmin family. Brahmins is a caste in Hinduism specializing as teachers (acharya) and protectors of sacred learning across generations, and therefore throughout my childhood, my family and teachers kept enriching me with the knowledge of primeval epics, ayurveda (ancient Indian medical science), kathak (classical dance form), liberating mantras, philosophy of yoga, and spiritual sacraments of the Hindu culture that strengthened my belief and passion for the power of using scientific and cultural knowledge for the benefit of the society. This led me to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in the science of Nutrition and Dietetics.
In 2003,when I was 18 and just started my Bachelor’s degree, sadly I lost both my parents a few months apart. The pain of loss coupled with the agonizing mental battle and bewilderment. From an energetic happy teenager, suddenly I isolated myself from society. Seeing my situation my friend introduced me to her Yoga teacher and here my foray into the world of Yoga came. Having a strong belief in ancient sciences and consistent practice of Yoga renewed my strength to face my new life and deal with the vacuum of losing both my parents. This experience changed me as a person and I was enthralled by the power of Yoga. I decided to inspire the people to lead a happy and healthy life by sharing this incredible knowledge of mind, body and soul.
With this burning desire to be able to change the lives of people towards positive living, I enrolled into Master’s of Science in Yoga Therapy at Kasturba Medical Collage, a renowned medical college in south India. During this course I was lucky to learn more about Yoga and its philosophy, from few of the most experienced teachers in the country and initial students of K. Pattabhi Jois (founder of Astanga Yoga) of Mysore.
Even while pursuing my Master’s degree, I felt a deep urgency to find a Guru, who would guide me to enlighten my Yogic path. In this exploration of spiritual master, I traveled across the length and breadth of India, and visited many ashrams. My search ended in Rishikesh when I finally met Swami Veda Bharti in December 2006.Swami Veda was the disciple of Swami Rama of the Himalayas(founder of Himalyan Yoga Tradition). He has guided many scholars in their numerous fields and I was privileged enough to be accepted as his student. The journey since then has been one of a continuous spiritual growth and abundant blessing.
When your dreams don’t let you sleep, you simply wake up and work hard! After completing my education in 2007,I started sharing Yoga in its deepest form in order to enable people to make long lasting modifications in their habits and lifestyle to achieve good health and complete well-being. During the next eight years, I was able to touch many lives by cultivating Yoga teachings in different multinational corporations; health clubs, residential societies, old age care centers, orphanages and hospitals.
I was delighted to know that I have been able to change lives, from curing simple health ailments like migraine, insomnia, headaches, obesity, stress to even helping some people quit smoking and give up alcohol. I also got the privilege to inculcate Yoga practice and re-emphasize the importance of flexibility and mindfulness amongst the Indian Cricket players when I worked closely with the Indian Men’s Cricket Team Captain, M.S Dhoni, for more than two years at Sportsfit health club.
Whilst I was busy in accomplishing my passion of teaching Yoga, In 2015 I got an opportunity to live in Australia, as a Yogi trait I love travelling and exploring new world, I decided to move to Australia.
Currently I am living in Adelaide with my husband and continuing my Yoga journey with beautiful people of this city. I conduct classes at various renounced Yoga centers, besides organizing successful workshops and retreats and guiding students in safe traditional Yoga through a variety of postures (asanas), breathing exercises (pranayama) and meditation. I personally love teaching Meditation and Yoga philosophy and make sure that it has been incorporated into my teaching.
For past one year I have been doing volunteering to teach Yoga to the students of the University of South Australia. I got privileged to teach at Flinders University and in the office of The Advertiser.
I am a Karma Yogi and intensely believe in the philosophy of Karmas- What goes around, comes around! Continuing my beliefs and passion, I hope I will keep serving people through out my life.
Sarve Bhavantu Sukinaha,Sarve Santu Niramayah !
(May all be happy, may all be disease less.)