10. SHANTHI, SAMSKRTAM & LANGUAGES:
After attending a “Samskrtam conversation workshop (Sambhaashana Shibiram)”, her love for Samskrtam grew so much that in later years, she spoke with her daughter right from birth in Samskrtam only, to keep alive this so-called “dead language” and to make her home a “Samskrtam-home”. This is currently her home language, and her daughter is the first female in USA who can claim Samskrtam as her mother tongue.
She is multilingual - English, 6 languages of Bhaaratam, and some German.
Application of this knowledge in Shanthi’s Work: This knowledge is used to teach correct pronunciation of Samskrtam to teachers who use spiritual and Yogic terms. Mis-pronunciation is dangerous indeed since unintended vibrations could be generated.
Knowing many languages has given her excellent communication skills, interpersonal skills, and appreciation for diversity. Her knowledge on Yoga-Science allows her to see unity in diversity.
11. SHANTHI & EDUCATION:
As a young person, Shanthi desired to do engineering as it was a prestigious subject for students to get into, especially women. Though she got a free seat based on merit, her father advised her against engineering, knowing that his daughter’s strength was in teaching people. However, he allowed her to continue what she desired, letting her learn for herself.
Shanthi graduated in Engineering in Instrumentation technology from Mysore University as a FIRST RANK holder. She taught in an Engineering college in Bengaluru, and then worked in computer field for several years in Bhaaratam (India) and the United States.
Application of this knowledge in Shanthi’s Work: This has given her the required training to think logically, create syllabus in a systematic manner, and teach in a simple way suitable for different age groups.
12. SHANTHI & EUROPE TOUR:
The way of life in Bhaaratam is called “Sanatana DharmaH”, meaning “Eternal Values”. It was named “Hinduism” by other religions, and hence mistaken to be a religion. With her grasp of “Sanatana DharmaH”, Shanthi participated in 1990, in a month-long Youth Seminar in Poland, Europe, representing that way of life. She gave several dance performances also there explaining the meaning and context behind their songs.
Application of this Experience in Shanthi’s Work: The experience of presenting ideas about a way of life to people from different countries leading different ways of life helps her even today when she offers workshops about dance, storytelling, lifestyle of Bhaaratam, Samskrtam, and Yoga-Science.
13. SHANTHI & LIFE TRANSITION:
The knowledge and practice of Yoga-Science has helped her throughout her life in maintaining a state of inner joy, balance and peace, no matter what the outer circumstances are. It came to her rescue, and brought healing to her hurts, wounds, and other negative emotions, during a difficult phase of her life when she came to USA all alone as a single parent with her 1 year old daughter. Yoga-Science made her self-confident and bold again.
She totally accepted that whatever happened was just part of her journey in this life, even if it was her mistake. So, rather than feeling as if something terrible happened, she told herself that it happened to make her wiser and stronger. She became one hundred percent (100%) happy with everything. It was more than just a healing, it was a blossoming.
That was when she became so passionate about sharing this ancient wisdom with others, that she resigned her lucrative software job in 2003 in the U.S. She transitioned from Software to Saadhana (Spiritual practice).
Application of this knowledge in Shanthi’s Work: This life experience has equipped her to show a path to happiness for those seeking fulfillment in life. This is why she is “2 Yoga-Minutes to Happiness” expert. In fact, in her BOOK SIX: Author’s Journey-Victim to Victor, you get to understand Shanthi’s healing journey.
14. SHANTHI & ADVANCED YOGA-TRAINING:
Even though Shanthi had been practicing Yoga-Science from a young age, she spent a year in Bhaaratam (India) to have deeper knowledge. She took to intense studies on Yoga-Shaastram and dance by learning from many Gurus including her father.
She holds a certification in Dance Therapy, and 2 in Yoga-Teaching, one from the US and one from Bhaaratam.
She discovered a striking similarity between her classical dance and Yoga-Science. She also realized that many fun activities of everyday life of Bhaaratam were all in essence a reflection of the Yoga-way-of-life.
Application of this knowledge in Shanthi’s Work: This enabled her to create a unique multimedia training where 12 Yoga poses are held in dance poses with Mudraas and storytelling. It is called Yoga-Laasyam. She is able to offer Yoga-dance workshops.
She helps people heal from past hurts by creating and narrating their story through dance.
She gives presentations in companies, colleges, libraries, and schools. Her hands-on activities, based on the lifestyle of Bhaaratam (India), are offered as self-development tools and not just for expansion of knowledge of another culture.
15. SHANTHI, AWARDS & GRANTS:
Shanthi has won awards and grants like “Self-Development through Dance Grant”, “Community Dance Project Grant”, “Merit Award for Traditional Arts”, “Folk Arts Education Grant”, and “Folk Arts Mentor Grant”. She has been featured in the book “Exploring Dance Forms and Styles”.
Application of this experience in Shanthi’s Work: This helps Shanthi to gain more experience in training children, youth and families. This helps her practice presenting wisdom of Yoga-Shaastram through dance in a manner that can be uplifting and enriching for all.
16. SHANTHI & MEDIA:
Acton TV, Foundations TV, WOW radio network, Life Transformation radio, Rhode Island local newspapers like “Valley Breeze” and “Observer”, “Ladies Special” magazine of Bhaaratam, Business insider, Natural Awakenings magazine, and Vegan magazines are some of the media outlets that seek to feature Shanthi’s deep wisdom.
Application of this experience in Shanthi’s Work: Her media appearances help her to better know the needs of people and finding simple ways to address them.
17. SHANTHI, DAUGHTER & NATURE:
Shanthi, her daughter are nature lovers and adventurous. They climb Himalayan Mountain regularly and perform classical dancing. Hiking and camping in state and national parks are somethings they enjoy together in USA
Application of this experience in Shanthi’s Work: This helps her live a Yoga-way-of-life where oneness with everything including nature is emphasized. She uses this experience to teach Yoga-postures connecting them to nature and how we can benefit from these natural elements.
18. SHANTHI, ACTIVITIES & THEIR RELATION:
Apart from being an author, speaker and a coach, Shanthi is also an “Art & Culture Educator, Dancer, Healer, Experiential Storyteller, and a Highly Sought-after TV, Podcast and Radio Show Guest.”
On the surface, it may appear as if Shanthi’s services are all separate activities, but they are not.
Bhaaratam is not separate from Yoga-science. The lifestyle of Bhaaratam is the lifestyle recommended by Yoga-science.
The classical dancing in Bhaaratam is not separate from Yoga-science. It is a minor stream of Yoga-science and is called Naatya-YogaH, (“YogaH-of-Dance”).
Meditation is not separate from Yoga-science but a part of it.
Application of this knowledge in Shanthi’s Work: This helps Shanthi experience and share the TRUE meaning of YogaH meaning unity and oneness. She emphasizes on this in her introduction to Bhaaratam and dance. Nothing in the universe is separate from each other after all. It is just one thing that pervades all.
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