Felise (Shivadasi) Berman, E-RYT - Director
and Founder of Shiva Shanti Yoga School
is an intuitive yogini, sensitive, and a well-trained
teacher. She brings years of personal experience to the
studies, innovative thinking and metaphysical teaching. By
trusting her intuitive abilities and her in-depth training
she has offered loving guidance and yogic teaching to people
around the world. If you visit her class or studio you can
see her love for her work and students as she
teaches people from every country and every religious
Shivadasi teaches Yoga Asana classes in a
Vinyasa style and places a strong emphasis on the
educational and historical aspects of yoga and the ancient
teaching. Classes include music, spoken word, asana
sequencing, yogic breathing and meditation. Shivadasi's
commitment to continuing her personal studies and growth is
unfaltering, as is her strong belief in practicing a yogic
lifestyle. She lives her life truthfully and with deep
integrity; always placing a priority on divine service.
Felise Berman was in
High School when
she took her first
yoga class. The
year was 1981 and the yoga class was offered as an adjunct
physical education curriculum at her High
School. She was immediately taken by the creative
connection sparked within her and the mind-body-spiritual
concept that would later become her life's passion. Soon
following, Felise was introduced to Buddhism by a ballet
teacher and she practiced Buddhism diligently for the
ensuing 7 years.
Felise spent 15 years from 1985-2000 touring and working as
a dancer, singer, and musician, during which time the seeds
planted within her began to grow. In between tours Felise
met the founder of Starseed Yoga, Jyoti Chrystal, the first
yogini and shaman to inspire her to explore yoga. Jyoti
also employed Felise to work in the office of her yoga
studio as Felise began to move away from the performing arts
and immerse herself deeper into spiritual and metaphysical
studies. In 1992 Felise was teaching and lecturing on
metaphysical principles as well as the study of the mind and
intuition. Jean Munzer the president of the
Metaphysical Society encouraged her to become
the program director for the New Jersey Metaphysical Society
this included arranging all the guest speakers for lectures
at William Paterson College. In 2001 Felise
graduated from the One Year Jivamukti
Training in New York City, a time to which she
offers deep gratitude to all her teachers. In 2003 Felise
became an Advanced Certified
Jivamukti Yoga Teacher
at the encouragement of Sharon Gannon and a registered yoga
teacher with Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT.
In 2005 Felise Berman, received the name Shivadasi, and
accomplished one of her greatest dreams as she traveled to
India on a fellowship from the NOK Foundation. Her time of
study and discipline was rewarded when she graduated from
Yoga Bharati Institute for Advanced Studies in
Munger, India. Bihar Yoga Bharati is the first university of
its kind to impart a comprehensive Yogic education and Bihar
Yoga Bharati offers complete, academics, yogic education and
training in the traditional Gurukul or ashram environment.
On January 28th 2006 she received mantra diksha from
Paramahansa Niranjanananda Saraswati in
Munger India a truly ceremonial moment with Swamij.
As Felise studied and disciplined her life with the very
core teachings of Yoga she also found herself fulfilling a
broader vision that was rapidly progressing and she was
involved in the implementation of
Bally Total Fitness Yoga
with a team of other creative forces she has also been a Master Yoga
Instructor for Ballys Sports Club.
The next logical step lead Felise-Shivadasi to lovingly
manage the yoga studio of her
beloved Master teacher
and friend where she eventfully purchased Starseed Yoga with an
SBA approved loan and thus began the vision of Shiva Shanti
Yoga School in Rutherford, New Jersey in 2009. In her
usual innovative style, Shivadasi
released her first Yoga CD- Level 2 - Series 1 you can now
purchase this on
downloads, Amazon and Yoga Accessories. Felise-Shivadasi
is currently working on her first Yoga book and Training
Manual, she developed Shiva Shanti Yoga (TM) a 200 Hour
Training Program and designed a 500 hour Level
2 Training for Yoga Teachers.
Shiva Shanti Yoga - Asana
Shiva Shanti Yoga School History
About Rutherford, NJ and the History of Our School.
Rutherford is centrally located 8 miles west of New York City. We are 12 miles from Newark International Airport, 2 miles from the NJ Turnpike and 4 miles from the Garden State Parkway. Located right in the center of Rutherford is the
Williams Center for the Arts. Rutherford's downtown has a center for fine casual dining, including two three star restaurants one of which is downstairs from our studio.
Our Location is an Old Firehouse! Engine #2. The New Home of Shiva Shanti - In 1972, Engine Company 2 moved from their old firehouse at 165 Park Avenue to its current home on Mortimer Avenue, the 4th home in Engine Co. 2. Now this old firehouse is home to Shiva Shanti Yoga School and
I dedicate my school to Friend, Yogi and Firefighter Patrick Brown from the FDNY who died September 11th 2001.
Ladder 3 NYC
This location was originally home to Yoga Bums and Starseed Yoga before being purchased by Felise Berman, E-RYT and is now Shiva Shanti Yoga School.
requested Felise (shivadasi) manage Starseed Yoga in Rutherford as she battled Cancer and sadly
left her body on April 11th 2009. Prior to Jyoti's passing Shivadasi bought
Starseed Yoga in Rutherford with an SBA loan, grit and
Jyotis strong vision. Jyoti and Felise met over 20 years ago
partner Jason. Jyoti contacted Felise while
in India to return to Starseed and teach yoga and then
asked if she could manage the Rutherford studio.
"Jyoti encouraged me to find my own voice and step out
into the world as a strong empowered woman and firmly
supported that vision. I am grateful to have been by her side
close to her final days while she made her transition".
What is Shiva Shanti Yoga?
Shiva Shanti Vinyasa Yoga is breath
synchronized movement seamlessly united with the
intention of Divine Realization. Krama is a sequential
process designed to awaken inherent divine energy.
Vinyasa Krama is a Sanskrit term that means the
optimal sequencing of events. It is a sequential
outline for attaining peace and artful liberation.
When practicing asana one links breath with inner
intentions and outer actions.
In Shiva Shanti Yoga we correlate
yoga postures with conscious breathing and divine
intention, arranging postures in a sequential format
to transform the body, mind and spirit. The breath is
the thread that links our movement in a sequence of
postural changes. When you practice in this way you
will notice change is always occurring. Shiva Shanti
Yoga encourages you to not be disturbed by the
constant fluctuation of change; instead move through
transitions peacefully, gracefully and artfully.
Shiva Shanti Yoga practice is
taught as a succession of changes undertaken with a
single pointed intention, free from fluctuations of
the mind. Vinyasa Krama is articulated by knowing the
essence of the sequence and keeping a solid continuous
flowing pace in a steady unbroken stream, similar to
composing music. Your body becomes the rhythm of
artful and peaceful living. When practicing Vinyasa
Krama the breath and movement are seamlessly united in
such a way that each action encourages and supports
the other. The constant change in the asana sequence
is what creates a flowing movement of inspiration
however one must remain mindful on a point of light
that is directed toward our divinity, that point is
everlasting, evolving and yet it is timeless and
Shiva Shanti Yoga has a unique
methodology designed and coordinated with asana, a
deep awareness on breath and integrity of asana
articulation. It is a paced class and provides a
foundation for the understanding Hatha Vinyasa Yoga.
Vinyasa is a general term which means
breath-synchronized movement, and tends to be a
vigorous style of yoga based on the performance of a
series of poses.
Shiva Shanti Vinyasa begins with
the 24 positions of the Sun Salute and is specifically
designed by Shivadasi for Shiva Shanti Yoga. Shiva
Shanti Yoga has an interest in weaving the ancient
mystical thought of yoga while teaching a full
spectrum of asanas once the body is heated. Shiva
Shanti Yoga is a Method designed and taught by the
founder and director of Shiva Shanti Yoga School and
is a registered trademark