SHIVA REA is a renowned teacher of Vinyasa flow yoga and yoga trance dance. She is also known as the founder of Prana Vinyasa yoga. Rea is one of the best-known yoga teachers in America and around the world. Shiva was born in Hermosa Beach, California, in 1967; her father was as liking Nataraja’s image, dancing Shiva, named her after that Hindu deity.
She then studied dance anthropology at UCLA, completing her master’s thesis in 1997 on “hatha yoga as a practice of embodiment.” Rea also studied under yoga and tantra masters, including Swami Sivananda Saraswati and Daniel Odier. She practiced her hands on the vigorous Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga for ten years, adopting a more refreshing style when she became pregnant. She now teaches Vinyasa flow yoga, having created her style called Prana Vinyasa, and yoga trance dance.
She provides her teaching in the USA and many countries around the world, touring each year. The teachers are similarly trained in the USA and worldwide in 200, 300, and 500-hour courses in her Prana Vinyasa yoga, which claims to combine tantra, yoga, and Ayurveda. She also has contributed to publications including Yoga Journal and Yoga International.
The famous author and yoga therapist Janice Gates honored Rea with a chapter of her 2006 book, Yoginis. Shiva has contributed invited forewords to Mark Stephens’s book Yoga Adjustments: Philosophy, Principles, and Techniques, to Alanna Kaivalya’s book Myths of the Asanas: The Stories at the Heart of the Yoga Tradition, and to Lorin Roche’s book The Radiance Sutras: 112 Gateways to the Yoga of Wonder and Delight.
- 1997 Hatha Yoga as a Practice of Embodiment, UCLAthesis
- 2014 Tending the Heart Fire: Living in Flow with the Pulse of Life. Sounds True.