About Sivani Mata
Sivani Mata’s Journey
into the Garden of Yoga and Bhakti
Sivani Mata Francis is a student of Bhakti Yoga (the yoga of love and devotion) and began her journey with this practice through attending various Kirtans in London and on her travels. Particularly with family band GOMA, who inspired her to live in trust and bhakti spirit in all aspects of life. She began to lead Kirtan after spending New Year 2009 with the wonderful Jai Uttal on his Kirtan camp, followed by a Yoga Teacher Training in Mexico at the Yandara Yoga Institute, where an incredible resident kirtan band, Jaya made chanting a key element. Since then Sivani has been running chanting circles and gatherings in the UK. Sivani has released three kirtan albums I AM (2012), Shakti Live (2015) and the most recent a double disc album: Surrender (2016), all produced by bhakti musical magician Tabla Tom (all are available to purchase on our sister site: The Bhakti Bazaar)
Sivani also leads Shakti Dance; the yoga of Dance, having trained with Sara Avtar in 2011. This practice has been transformational in her yogic path, inspiring her to delve deeper towards union and supporting her chanting practice. Her yoga and dance practice has also been enriched through training in Yoga Trance Dance with Shiva Rea.
Since 2012, Sivani has been immersing in Well Woman: Womb Yoga with Uma Dinsmore-Tuli, a practice which supports her belief in the power of the menstrual wisdom, and honouring the flow of the monthly cycle. Sivani also regularly practices Yoga Nidra, the sublime practice of “yogic sleep”, and in April 2013 she completed the Total Yoga Nidra teacher training with Nirlipta Tuli and Uma Dinsmore-Tuli, and is now able to share this invaluable practice which has aided her healing process over the years.
In addition to this, Sivani has studied the Teacher of Mantra programme as taught by Namadeva; Thomas Ashley-Farrand: an amazing course that looks at the therapeutic and practical application of mantra in everyday life; and is currently doing a part-time GCSE in the ancient sacred language Sanskrit with Lucy Crisfield.
Other relevant trainings and courses Sivani Mata has attended include: Prana Flow Bhakti Vinyasa Module with Shiva Rea: June 2016; Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training with Uma Dinsmore-Tuli: January – February 2014; Odissi Classical Indian Dance Course with Urbi at the Bhavan Centre: September 2013 – July 2016
Sivani Mata has been influenced by many teachers and traditions, and she is highly grateful for the people who have inspired and supported her, and to the saints: Babaji, Neem Karoli Baba, Anandamayi Ma, Mooji and Amma, and to that universal light of love there are no words to express the gratitude for feeling glimmers of their grace.
Saba Santana Ki Jay! Sanatan Dharma Ki Jay!
Sivani has fallen in love with the path of Bhakti Yoga (of which chanting is a key element), and organised the UK’s first ever Bhakti Music Festival (in August 2011), which brought devotional musical practices from various traditions together as one, in the spirit of universal love and devotion. Following on from this she now organises BE LOVE ~ 11hour Bhakti Immersions in London.
Sivani Mata feels incredibly blessed to have found this divine practice and be able to share it with others
Times of Change - Embracing a New Vibration January 2015
Sivani Mata is the new name of the previously named Haripyari Naomi, you can read about her transformation here. It will take a little while for everyone to recognise this transition but hopefully any confusion will be minimal.
Words from people who have chanted with Sivani Mata and friends:
“Sivani Mata is a natural mystic! Her sweet singing and gentle spirit light up the hearts of everyone lucky enough to sing with her” - Jai Uttal (International Kirtan Wallah)
“Chanting with Sivani Mata opens the heart and lifts the spirit” – Jo Manual (founder of The Special Yoga Centre)
"It was obvious from my initial contact with Special Yoga that they were a professional, reliable and caring company. Hermione and Sivani Mata delivered exceptionally inspiring [yoga and chanting] workshops at the British Airways Community Learning Centre for children within our local community. The children were interested, motivated and left the centre somewhat uplifted. Many special thanks to you and I look forward to working with you again in the future." – Deborah Workman (British Airways)
“Dear Sivani Mata, Thank you for the lovely kirtan session yesterday. I’m not surprised that nobody wanted to leave, it was beautifully organized with all the different instruments available and you engaged everybody and that made it special.” – Darryl de Cunha (Director of Way of Therapy)
“The light that pours forth from Sivani Mata as she sings to God is the voice of God Herself” – Venus CuMara (Bhakti Poet and founder of Reclaim Love)
“With Sivani Mata´s natural shinning presence and beautiful singing we can journey into the spiritual energies of ancient India and feel much involved and inspired to sing along. It is such a gift to see such deep and humble connection with the sacredness of the bhajans in a young western women.” – Raquel Cruz
Words from people who have done Shakti Dance with Sivani Mata:
“After every Shakti Dance class I feel deep grounded and connected to my heart centre. Sivani Mata teaches yoga in her warm hearted, intuitive, peaceful and kind nature, full of love, joy and deep inner wisdom. She brings in so much energy and warmth; and you always can feel her deep connection to mother earth. She inspires me everytime” - Maria Hirsch (Yoga Teacher, Energy Healer & Natropath)
“Sivani Mata is a wonderful, natural, intuitive and devotional Shakti Dance teacher. In the caring space that she facilitates you will truly be able to dance your own dance!" - Malcolm Medley (Yoga Teacher)
"Thank you Sivani Mata… It was a magical afternoon of yoga, dance and singing. I felt at peace with myself. Wonderful! I hope you do more of these weekend workshops"– Anna Fesz (attended Heart of Transformation Shakti Dance Workshop)