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I’m thrilled you’ve decided to stop by. I’ve been a passionate Yoga student and teacher since 2006.
I come from a family of strong women rooted in the Arya Samaj Tradition; a tradition that was founded in April 1875 by Swami Dayananda Saraswati, who wanted to revive the Vedic way of life and the need to create a just society for all despite color, cast or creed.
Having spent my childhood in Malaysia, formative years in India, teenage years in France and adult years both in the UK and USA, I believe that this has given me the foundation to relate to people from all walks of life.
Using a Vedantic approach into Self inquiry within the realm of yoga and life has been my practice for several years. This led me to establish my own training Art of Svādhyāya™ through Yin and Hatha Yoga.
I believe in education and bringing awareness within western yoga on how yoga is much more than asana - it is a way of life.
As of April 2021 I decided to take a much needed sabbatical from teaching yoga due to personal reasons and to pursue and deepen my own studies and sadhana further.
A recent article of mine Yoga Is Not Political was published by Yoga Journal. This took a year to write and to be published. You can read the full article by clicking the button below.
“Curving back within myself I create again and again.” Bhagavad Gita
Savira is a E-RYT 200 Yoga Alliance and YACEP accredited Yoga teacher, with over 3200 hours of teaching. Out of her passion for Yin Yoga, formed whilst a senior teacher with Yogalife, she decided to establish her own Yin Yoga Training Course in India in 2013, bringing Yin Yoga into the spotlight. Her “Art of Yin Yoga™” Training Course established in two major cities in India, has evolved and grown.
Why I walked away from the yoga industry.
Many talk about the corporate world being stressful, well the yoga world is no different! It leads to anxiety and burnout…. the industry has created this false sense of what comes with being a yoga teacher… it knowingly offers celebrity status and all the trimmings that come with it.
I walked away from it because not only was it toxic it was a stressful place to be in..the pressure of meeting numbers and running from one studio to another became health hazardous. A yoga teacher’s pay was not sustainable there were discrepancies… you had to ask for a rise and that too if you were privy to this knowledge!
Celebrity status and the number of followers always got you the first choice for better timings and the competition was cutthroat. There was hardly any harmony between teachers on the contrary a subtle hierarchy existed.
Being a performative teacher or a fantastic yoga choreographer became a necessity while the actual teachings or the soul of yoga became redundant. Being a brown yoga teacher did not help much…I remember working twice as hard as my peers!
I walked away… because the industry turned destructive and quite frankly I got fed up with the way yoga was and is being portrayed today. An industry that still defends its actions on the history/traditions of yoga and how it should be taught… screams privilege and power! I walked away because the value of what an indic yoga teacher could bring to the table was continually dismissed. I walked away because I would not change my teachings or yogic mindset to suit the industry, I walked away because an undercurrent of Hinduphobia is growing.
Yoga today is suffering, it’s become an industry where cancel culture is on a rise and shaming another is blatant. The last couple of years has revealed an ugly side to this industry. From sharing false narratives to shameless self-promotion and nepotism.
Nothing much has changed… goat yoga and beer yoga have been replaced with quick (mis)interpretations of yogic scriptures to alienating the practice from its roots.