Shiva Rea, MA, is a global Prana Vinyasa Yoga teacher, activist, and innovator in the evolution of vinyasa yoga around the world, from large-scale festivals and conferences to unplugged retreats. She has taught thousands of students, teachers, and movers and shakers how to integrate yoga as a way of life.
As founder of Prana Vinyasa Yoga and the Samudra Global School for Living Yoga, she integrates the roots of vinyasa, yoga, Ayurveda, and tantra in online courses, workshops, retreats, and trainings. Her studies in the Krishnamacharya lineage, the martial art of kalaripayattu, world dance, yogic arts, and somatic movement infuse her approach to living yoga and embodying the flow.
She is a pioneer in reviving the art of namaskar, or salutation. She developed “wave-sequencing,” also known as mandala circular wave-sequencing. She also developed the 3-part vinyasa and rasa prana vinyasa, as well as teaching alignment in the energetic flow. Shiva is an expert in integrating the creative, spontaneous movement known as “sahaja” in post-modern yoga.
Since 2000, Shiva has created and offered over 25 award-winning DVD-CDs for home practice. She was the catalyst for Yoga Energy Activism and the Global Mala Project, which has raised awareness and funds for local and global climate change.
She is a contributor to such publications as Origin, Mantra, Yoga Journal, L.A. Times, Vanity Fair, and Self. Her latest book, Tending the Heart Fire: Living in Flow with the Pulse of Life, is about living vinyasa. She has led free-form movement at Bhakti Fest, Bali Spirit Festival, and Burning Man. Shiva has collaborated with DJs, artists, and musicians to bring the art and healing power of music into the flow of yoga and create moving meditations accessible to anyone.