Janet Shivani Chase, AP, LMT
Ayurvedic Practitioner, Educator, Author
Janet Shivani Chase is passionate about sharing the wisdom of Ayurveda and yoga with others. She will be forever grateful to her teachers, especially Dr. Vasant Lad. The founder of Balanced Life Ayurveda, Shivani guides clients in their own unique path to health through education, consultations, and treatments. She currently lives in the Ozark Mountains with her husband Steven.
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Experience and Education
Shivani feels fortunate to have studied with Dr. Vasant Lad and other gifted teachers at the Ayurvedic Institute, initiating her journey of working as a practitioner and educator.
Along with treatments and consultations, Shivani loves offering workshops and lectures on yoga and Ayurveda and also writes for her own blog and other publications. She has also worked as a schoolteacher, and believes that Ayurveda informed that work as much as teaching has informed her Ayurvedic practice.
Shivani loves to delve deep into understanding why things are the way they are and how to make changes to move life along with more ease. She continues to study inspiring topics that deepen her understanding of life and how to help others on their own path. Her clients and students are her most valued teachers.
Degrees and Certifications
- Ayurvedic Studies Program 1 and 2, Ayurvedic Institute
- Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner for 25 years
- Yoga and Meditation Instructor for over 40 year
- Licensed Professional Educator
- Licensed Massage Therapist
- Certified in Reiki and Spiritual Counseling
- Extensive study at Figueira, a healing center in Brazil
- Bachelor of Fine Arts
Shivani's Point of View
How were you introduced to Ayurveda?
In 1990, my two-year-old daughter had a painful condition that no Western doctor could identify or help her with. I was led to an Ayurvedic practitioner and within a couple of weeks after making changes to her diet and using herbal formulas, her issue was resolved. How could I not love this?
When are you most likely to go out of balance and how do you bring yourself back in balance using Ayurveda?
Oh my, vata for sure! I have a genetic condition that means if I do too much, anxiousness quickly rears its ugly head. As soon as I realize vata is out of balance, I focus more on my mindful breathing which helps a great deal. Abhyanga is a blessing and I love my ginger tea. It also helps that my husband lovingly tells me vata is high.
What does the future of Ayurveda look like to you?
I hope it becomes a household practice and it will be easy to find an Ayurvedic doctor or practitioner to visit. I love that modern science is daily proving the wisdom of Ayurveda and the healing paradigm is shifting towards discovering the root cause of suffering.
What's one Ayurvedic practice anyone can implement to spur change in their life, right here, right now?
Meditation and practicing mindfulness. Start by following your breath. In and out. In and out. You need to be calm and centered for healing to occur and to stay healthy.