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Janaki's joy is creating a nurturing and light-hearted environment in all of her classes. Her classes are gentle and graceful, exploring those ah-haaaa moments in each posture.

Janaki is classically trained to the E-RYT 500 level - an Advanced Yoga Teacher from the Sivananda tradition plus, a Certified Yoga Therapist, a member of IAYT, with additional training in Thai yoga massage, Reiki and Ayurveda Abhyanga massage and meditation. She graciously encourages a sense of harmony with Nature, receiving that inspiration while seeking the blissful Self. Each of Janaki's classes finish with a deep, rewarding Yoga Nidra session. One leaves with a sense of peacefulness.

Discover the grace.

Janaki is grateful for the teachings of Sivananda Yoga Vedanta, Thomas Myers, Judith Lasater, Mark Finch, Deb Swan, Leila Stuart, Shiva Rae, Gioia Irwin, Gary Kraftsow & Tim McCall. Janaki is Jane's yogi name, presented to her by the the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Organization's senior Acharya, Swami Mahadevananda Saraswati, at the Dhanwantari Yoga Vedanta Ashram, Kerala, India in 1999. She utilizes the name, Janaki, in honour of the system that developed the grace for teaching yoga.

Janaki is currently available to teach yoga in a studio class setting as well as teach private one-to-one and/or group sessions in your home in the Vernon, BC, Canada region.

"Take the fullest advantage of this human birth. Have a real, inner, divine life. May divine grace illumine your spiritual path. May the divine power actuate you to perform great deeds. May the divine grace transform you into divinity."
- Sw. Sivananda

Current classes offered by Janaki


Yoga Therapy Restorative - an Open Class


Yoga Therapy Restorative is an approach for traveling deep into the practice of yoga as a therapy. This class is for experienced intermediate yogis and new yogis alike. Restorative YT yoga can open those tiny, tight areas of your body that talk to you during your regular asana practice. You can benefit from this nurturing, relaxing, stretch-y class in a warm cozy room. Deeply explore opening the layers of muscles and fascia in the body. You can feel the benefits immediately. The look on your face will show it.

Perhaps you are wishing to somehow slow down your day, to be away from the hectic life for some "me" time? Yoga Therapy Restorative can offer 1.5 hours of relaxation, a multi-layer, effective way to reduce body/mind strain, away from the stressors of life. Each class finishes with a deep, rewarding Yoga Nidra session. One is left with sense of bliss and peacefulness.

No previous yoga experience is necessary to begin a series of Yoga Therapy Restorative classes. After a 5-class experience you should be able to integrate this practice into your lifestyle. Props, walls and mats are utilized. All levels are welcome to experience the benefits of this powerful healing system.

Private Yoga Therapy Restorative sessions are also available from Janaki.


Hatha Flow Yoga - a Gentle Class


Join Janaki in this Hatha Flow Gentle class. Enjoy moving the body, connecting to the breath and stiling the mind. We start with a short sit, then some yummy yoga therapy stretches to release the day's kinks & emotions; transition to a playful Surya Namaskar C series; a variety of asanas, finishing with some flexibility work or tone-enhancing core work before a deep, rewarding Yoga Nidra relaxation.

"Be in this World as though you are a passer-by on the road, or like a lotus in the water."
- Sw. Sivananda

What is Yoga Therapy? In Yoga Therapy is now understood as the wave of the future by many healthcare professionals. YT is where Eastern healing meets Western medical modalities. Yoga is and always has been a holistic healing discipline that offers a broad range of tools for supporting health, healing and personal transformation. Yoga is beneficial for health in ways that modern science is just beginning to understand. Even though it has been applied with therapeutic intention for thousand of years, Yoga Therapy is only just now emerging as a discipline in itself, brought about by the tremendous popularity of yoga in the west. Yoga Therapy gives also space to the most effective way to reduce stress.

As a holistic approach, Yoga Therapy uses the tools of ancient Yoga to restore health, balance & well-being in your body, mind and soul. Every muscle has an optimum length. Our lifestyle and experiences can torque these muscles and fascia out of alignment. YT goes deep into the specifics of the action and thoughts of each individual to find the optimum lengths throughout the body. Each recipient can activate their own healing and alignment resources, toward a natural balance in their physical body, mind and energy.

Mountain Yoga Therapy - Private Yoga Therapy Restorative and/or Life Counselling sessions are available with Janaki. Rate: 150. per hour Contact Janaki



Other class modules offered by Janaki

Gentle Yoga for Back Care


In these gentle Flow classes we take a little extra time to explore deep techniques for soothing & aligning back muscles; relieve tightness & discomforts with increased flexibility. We also explore unwinding alignment patterns & strengthening the core line. These techniques will promote good posture while restoring mobility throughout your body. Receive a range of safe, effective yoga poses, plus relaxing breathing techniques, to support a pain-free & mobile spine!

For individuals who have experienced:
  • Lower back tightness or discomforts in their yoga practice or daily life
  • Athletes with pelvis, legs or lower back tightness or pain.

    * Please note this series of classes is not recommended for those who have recently undergone back surgery.

This class module is currently available as a private class or to add to your studio roster. Contact Janaki with your request.



Gentle Yoga


Did your best this week? Buzzed and stressed? Let’s smooth the kinks out before the weekend begins. Un-wind from the week and leave it all behind. Rejuvenate with this gentle asana class. We use the tools of yoga (breath, grounding, alignment) to restore a balance & well-being in your body & mind. Techniques induce complete physical & mental relaxation, making ways to reduce stress. Each class will build upon the last. We will progress into a simple, gentle flowing sequence. Every class ends with a wonderful, deep relaxation. Expect to walk away revitalized and deeply relaxed.

This class is suitable for anyone new or returning to yoga...or for anyone wishing a gentle, deep practice.

This class module is currently available as a private class or to add to your studio roster. Contact Janaki with your request.



Chair Yoga for Good Living


Feel the immense benefits of a yoga practice while remain seated in a chair. This fun yoga class is tailored to meet the needs of people who are safer practicing yoga in chairs. The class is appropriate for those who do, or do not use wheelchairs; for those who live in long term care facilities or live independently and for those of all ages. Each one-hour session explores yoga poses with chair variations, to flex, lengthen, strengthen plus bliss your body & soul! We even have a version of the Sun Salutations! We encourage feelings of ease over stress & tension, altering the perception of any pain. Participants will receive an understanding of how to incorporate relaxation and stress relief into their daily lives.

This class is suitable for those yogis unable to easily get onto the floor or yoga mat.

This class module is currently available as a private class or to add to your senior's studio roster. Contact Janaki with your request.



"The Flexible Lower Back"
Yoga Therapy Series





Experience relief & flexibility of the upper & lower back during a 4-week
pre-registered private or semi-private series of classes.

Explore techniques for soothing & aligning, relieving tightness & discomfort in the lower back & pelvis.

Each student will receive a coached program, with awareness of the subtle/physical body connection to further enable independence in health management.

The Flexible Lower Back Workshops and Series are for:
. Yogis exploring a deeper forward bend
. Sciatica
. Lower back discomforts
. Postnatal - lower back strain
. Athletes with pelvis, IT band or lower back pains

In these workshops & series we take a little extra time to explore deep
techniques for soothing & aligning back muscles; relieve tightness &
discomforts, increase flexibility of the lower back, explore strengthening
the core line. The classes will promote good posture while restoring mobility
throughout your body. Receive a repertoire of safe, effective yoga exercises
& relaxing breathing techniques to support a pain-free & mobile spine!

This 4-week workshop module is currently available as a private workshop or for your studio roster.

Book Janaki now - email us here


Yoga for the Golden Years – Yoga for Seniors


It's a golden time of life and fun too ... and so is the yoga! Janaki is teaching Mat Yoga and Chair Yoga to our seniors. Have fun doing the "George Burns" asana to warm up the hips.

If you would like her to teach in your Centre, contact her via email at janaki@telus.net


 a Classical Sivananda Hatha Yoga Class



Experience a prana-building, traditional, classical Hatha yoga class, as taught by Sw. Vishnudevananda.

Learn the “how’s & whys” of a yoga practice; about anatomy & physiology while doing the asanas; why we do the 12 basic postures; how yoga & meditation affect the ability to concentrate; how the body is affected when sitting; how to improve your immune system & more. This class provides variety - stillness, plus lots of physical challenges, offering a complete workout. This will be the best you will feel all week!

A series of Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Teachers in Vancouver can offer classes and events in classical hatha yoga asanas, meditation and Kirtan in your studio or home or meet in the park in the summer for Sivananada Yoga.Contact janaki@sivananda.org to arrange a Sivananda class with one of our teachers.

Janaki is one of the founding members of the Vancouver Sivananda Yoga Centre.

Whatever happens, receive it with a smiling face.
Be ever delighted in your own all-blissful Atman or Soul.
- Sri Swami Sivananda

Asato maa sat gamaya Tamaso maa jyotir gamaya
Mrityor maa amritam gamaya
- Brihad Aranyaka Upanishad

Janaki's continuing studies

Vijnana Yoga – Advanced Asanas with
Gioia Irwin, Vancouver, CANADA

Janaki studied Vijnana yoga, an advanced asana practice, with Gioia Irwin. Gioia's teachings and guidance provide an ongoing deep study of the yoga asana.



Yoga Therapy – Advanced studies with
Leila Stuart, White Rock, CANADA

Janaki is certified from two-year, 350-hour Yoga Therapy diploma program studying under the guidance of Master teacher Leila Stuart, greater Vancouver's regional expert on Yoga Therapy. Leila passes on the teachings of many other masters including Donna Farhi, Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, Judth Koltai & Gary Kraftsow. These teachings augment Janaki's ability to provide the best fitting yoga experience to her students and clients.
  Om trayambakam yajaamahe sugandhim pushtivardhanam
Urvaarukamiva bandhanaan mrityor muksheeya maamritaat
- Maha Mrutyunjaya Mantra
10-day Vipassana Meditation

Vipassana is one of India's most ancient meditation techniques. Vipassana is the process of Self-purification by self observation, firstly by observing the natural breath, then, with sharpened awareness observing the changing nature of the body & mind experiencing the universal truths by direct experience. We in British Columbia are fortunate to have a Vipassana Meditation Centre in Merritt. Janaki frequently visits the Centre for 10-day sits and invites you to explore this deep healing practice. www.surabhi.dhamma.org

Bhavatu saabba mangalam!


Yoga Teacher Trainings
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Organization

Summer 2004, after years of personal yoga practice, Janaki finally decides to get super-serious about yoga and obtain the skills to start helping others with their practices. Best known for it's founding gurus, Swami Sivananda and Swami Vishnu-Devananda, the Sivananda organization offers one of the best yoga teacher training programs in the world. In Winter 2008 Janaki returns once again to India to partake in teh Advanced Teacher Training, edlving deeper intoher practice and studies of Vedanta.

Janaki is classically trained to the E-RYT 500 level. She regularly returns to Sivananda Centres and Ashrams around the World to teach asanas and meditation plus, attend their abundance of courses in Ayurveda, Thai Massage and Philosophy.

Janaki's seva service is editing the monthly Sivananda Gurugram - the electronic newsletter of the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres - available via email or on the Sivananda website.
  Meditation and contentment are the secrets of good health and longevity.
- Sri Swami Sivananda

Janaki's first deep yoga experience
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Dhanwanthari Ashram
Neyyar Dam, Kerala, INDIA

In the Winter of 1998 her photographic work sent Jane to Pakistan and India. After the project was finished she sent most of the gear home to Canada and began a solo journey throughout India. One of the quests was to find yoga in its homeland.

A travel friend suggested that she visit the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Ashram in South India. Her intention was to visit the Ashram for one week before she was to return to Vancouver. Eight "blees-ful" weeks later, Jane still remained at the Ashram, attending classes and doing karma yoga. Eventually business called and she had to leave to go back to Canada. Yoga was not lost. The experience changed her life and set her new course. Jane hasn't been the same since. She has returned to the South India Ashram several times, teaching and pursuing the knowledge.

Janaki is Jane's yoga name, presented to her by the the Sivananda organization's senior Acharya, Swami Mahadevananda Saraswati, during that fateful first visit in 1998. By the Master's and Guru's blessings, Janaki teaches the eight limbs of yoga, in gratitude for the wonderful guidance of the ancient teacings of Vedanta.

  " Healthy Body... Healthy Mind... Happy Soul " - Janaki