Shivani Hawkins

Shivani is a meditation teacher and multi-disciplinary artist, and the founder of Living Sanskrit.  Born both American and into the yogic tradition, she is devoted to preserving and accurately practicing ancient indigenous wisdom in modern times and non-native contexts.

Shivani first heard Sanskrit in the womb, and not a day has gone by without it.  She grew up immersed in dharma culture, yogic teachings, and sacred practices under the guidance of her spiritual teacher and also her grandmother.

Living Sanskrit is the culmination of a long-held dream to keep this tradition alive and share its magnificent gifts with the world.

Shivani started teaching meditation in 2001, and professionally a few years later at the suggestion of her spiritual teacher.  Since then, Shivani has shared meditation with thousands of people at venues that range from corporate offices to hospitals to schools. From 2008-2014, Shivani was a Fellow with the Berkeley Initiative for Mindfulness and Law, leading retreats and weekly meditation sessions at Berkeley Law School.

Alongside teaching, Shivani is a prolific artist, photographer, and writer.  She is a graduate of the Waterfront Conservatory and Playhouse, a member of the California Bar, and has a J.D. from the University of Southern California and a B.A. in Rhetoric with minors in Theater, Business Administration, and South Asian Studies from the University of California, Berkeley.

She lives with her beloved husband Nick in Redwood City, California, where she can often be found dancing, gardening, listening to birdsong, and hiking in nature.