Shiva Reinhardt

Ruidoso, NM
United States
Average: 5.0 of 5 stars

6 Reviews

My Philosophy: I believe that yoga is not just a very effective form of exercise, but your time on the mat is also a place where you can spend quality time with yourself. It is a mind-body exercise that can help you feel more empowered, strong, flexible, and at-home in your own body. Yoga also works on your emotional body to help release stress and other difficult emotions that get stored in your muscle tissue.

About Me: I began teaching with no training whatsoever at Bryce Canyon National park for staff members in 2002. I trained with Ana Forrest in 2005 in NYC for 220 hours over the span of 26 days, which was a very emotionally rich and physically demanding training. I studied with Shiva Rea for 300 hours in Venice Beach, CA to continue my training and I am always seeking more education to keep my practice alive. I have taught classes continually since 2005 and have over 1000 hours of teaching experience.

My Classes: You will find my Morning Energetic Yoga class challenging, vigorous and yet meditative. While I give lots of verbal instruction and hands on assists, in all my classes there are also periods of silence for inner reflection and times when I keep my hands-off to encourage you to find your own point of awareness and balance in the pose. While I like to point your awareness to your body, and to your intention, I keep my speech simple. During our final relaxation of savasana, which is a crucial part of every class, I will sometimes read a short poem. I close every class by chanting a single om, in keeping with the ancient practice of yoga.


700 hours Massage Therapy and Connective Bodywork at Pacific Center for Awareness & Bodywork
600 hours Massage Teaching Apprenticeship at Pacific Center for Awareness & Bodywork
221 hours Forrest Yoga Teacher Training with Ana Forrest
300 hours Prana Flow Yoga Teacher Training at Exhale Venice
50 hours Shirodhara Therapy at Sacred Stone
300 hours Ayurvedic Lifestyle Counselor Institute of Vedic Studies
76 hours Panchakarma Theory and Practicum at Ayurvedic Institute
18 hours Anatomy Trains at Sarasota School of Massage

Owner/Director of Destination Within Yoga School

Owner of Blue Lotus Healing Arts Center & Day Spa

E-RYT 200, RYT 500 Registered Yoga Teacher with more than 1000 hours teaching experience, with Yoga Alliance
Prana Flow Certified Yoga Teacher
Practicing Massage Therapist since 1999
I am currently licensed in the state of New Mexico (LMT 5538, RMTI S-0392) as both a Therapist and a Massage Instructor.
Mission Statement

I believe that awareness heals and that being present for each other is the most important thing we can do. Whether it means being present for your husband or wife, child or friend, or in my case, for my yoga students on the mat, being truly available in this way helps people more than anything else can.

Emotions are stored in the body. Sometimes quite literally, in the case of abuse, but other times very subtly, like when we shrink back within ourselves because we feel insecure, drawing our shoulders up to our ears and our hearts back and caving in. This is the body responding to emotions. And emotions respond to the body. If you put yourself intentionally in that position you may start to feel depressed, scared, or lonely. By opening up the body through massage, yoga, or other bodywork, we can release these tensions, let the feelings come to the surface, process through them, and peel another layer of the onion away, to eventually reveal our true and shining selves.


Average: 5.0 of 5 stars

6 Reviews

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Very Friendly
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Frequent Adjustments
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On the Wild Side
Safety Oriented
Body Focused
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Average: 5.0 of 5 stars
A very grounded yet ethereal teacher

Shiva is such a perfect Yoga Teacher. She is endlessly patient, calm and grounded. She imparts a wonderfully serene experience and makes sure safety is a major concern, letting all students go to what their bodies are capable and never pushing for further if it isn't possible. She never comes off as rushed but she does have a clear purpose.

Average: 5.0 of 5 stars

The first time I ever felt healing in a Yoga class was in Shiva's classes. Her Savasana could be compared to being in the womb. She stays present during the entire class; giving ques, modifications, adjustments, and demonstrating when she sees the need. The way she flows through her classes are unforced and intuitive. Her classes feel very spiritual without there being an agenda. At the same time, she helped me become more aware of my body by helping me gently meet my physical edge in each class.

Average: 5.0 of 5 stars
Fantastic Asana Practice

I have really enjoyed the opportunity to practice yoga in Shiva's classes. Her genuine approach to yoga and authenticity make her so fantastic!

Average: 5.0 of 5 stars
A fantastic teacher, no matter what level of experience!

I am so lucky to have taken Shiva's classes at the beginning of my yoga experience. Her attention to detail, alignment, breath, muscle engagement, and presence has laid a solid foundation for all of my future practice. No matter where I am taking classes, I find myself hearing Shiva in my head and I lengthen and engage just a bit more :) Her ability to modify a pose for a student of any level is impressive, along with her ability to verbally guide you through a posture. Her hands-on adjustments are absolute revelations (how can 1 cm difference in downward dog make sure a huge difference?! Whoa!) as well as her special touches during savasana. I HIGHLY recommend seeking Shiva out for instruction!

Average: 5.0 of 5 stars

Love Shiva, excellent teacher , encourages advancement in very balanced way!

Average: 5.0 of 5 stars
My Guru!

I've been practicing yoga for almost 20 years all over the country. Shiva is THE BEST teacher I've ever had. She is super knowledgeable, but constantly learning new things she brings into her classes. Every class is an interesting, challenging journey that leaves me feeling peaceful and centered. We are lucky to have Shiva teaching in our small mountain community. I highly recommend her classes!