Hi, my name is Lorrie (Shivakami) and I am the co-founder and director of the Vastu School of Yoga located on Isla Mujeres, Mexico, along with my life partner, Lal Maharajh. I received the title of Yoga Siromani by Bharata, a senior disciple of Swami Vishnudevananda and received mantra initiation and named Shivakami by Swami Padmapadananda in 2002. I have continued to study yoga at the Sivananda Ashrams in India, the Bahamas and the US.
Here is some of my story, which I share only in hopes of inspiring you in some small way. I had been practicing yoga for many years, but not really listening to my body. I had become numb to my pain and just kept pushing through both on and off my mat. Finally, the straw that literally broke my back, was an aggressive assist given during a yoga class by an uninformed teacher. The next morning I stepped out of bed and fell to the floor. A severe back injury, left me with extensive nerve and muscle damage, and I was told by doctors that most likely i would not regain my achilles reflex which meant walking with a limp, dragging my right leg and possibly even losing bowel function. (Not a pleasant thought!) I was now forced to listen to my body, and over the next 5 years I used my yoga practice, to heal both physically and emotionally. This transformation continued as I followed my path to become a licensed massage therapist, received certifications in Reiki, Thai Yoga Massage, Aromatherapy, Relaxation imagery and studied (MSBR) Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Therapy. Some of the ways I have found to help others with this knowledge is working as a Holistic Therapist for hospice, teaching yoga to children, adults, seniors and working with both adults and children with disabilities.
Always the student, I am currently working on my masters in psychology and counseling in order to incorporate talk therapy into the (MBSR) and Yoga Therapy sessions I currently offer. I believe that in order to be a good teacher you must first be a dedicated student and I hope that my passion and deep commitment to my own practice, both on and off the mat, will inspire and encourage others.