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Shiva Das

Associate in Performance



  2. Eugene M. and Theresa Lang Performing Arts Center

Shiva Das’s formal education includes a BS In Psychology and an MA in Administration with a concentration in Organizational Development. Shiva Das spent 7 years in the field of Human Services and another 14 years as a corporate executive specializing in Quality Assurance and Training before leaving the corporate world in 1999 for a full time career teaching Yoga and managing a yoga Studio in Philadelphia.

Shiva Das has been studying Hatha Yoga since 1986 and teaching since 1995. He was the Managing Partner of Yoga On Main In Manayunk from 2000 to 2019. Yoga On Main is the oldest and longest running studio in Philadelphia and was established in 1992. Shiva Das co-developed with his business partner, David Newman the “Inner Fire Yoga” style the hatha yoga, which is an artful balance of postures, pranyama, yoga teachings, mantra and meditation practices for all levels and the basis of Yoga On Main’s renowned Teacher Certification Training Programs.

Shiva Das is an ERYT (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher) with The “Yoga Alliance". The Yoga Alliance is the primary certifying entity for Yoga Schools and Yoga Teachers in the USA. Shiva Das is the primary designer and facilitator of the “Yoga Alliance” Certified “Inner Fire Yoga” 200 and 300-hour advanced teacher certification training programs held at Yoga On Main, a Yoga Alliance Certified School since 2002. He teaches weekly Inner Fire Yoga classes, senior classes and corporate classes along with leading retreats and special programs throughout the year. He also taught Yoga at Swarthmore Collage since 2011. He is a founding and active member of the Philadelphia “Amma” Satsang, which supports numerous Charitable endeavors throughout the world.


Shiva Das has trainined with the following Teachers:

His primary training in Hatha yoga includes the study of the Integral Yoga Tradition of Swami Satchidananda, the ViniYoga Tradition of Sri T. Krishnamacharya and his son T.K.V. Desikachar. He has also been deeply influenced by the renowned yoga teacher Eric Shiffman. One of his primary teachers, whom he apprenticed with for over 5 years in the study and teaching of hatha yoga, is David Newman, the Founder of Yoga On Main, in Philadelphia. His most significant influence comes from Ed Zadlo, D.Ay (Acharya Premanand), whom he has studied with since 1997 in the greater tradition of Yoga and Ayurveda. Shiva Das is continuing his training and is currently completing the internationally renowned 500 hour Ayurveda Certification Program from the American Institute of Vedic Studies, David Frawley, Director.


Teaching Experience:

  • Regular ongoing weekly classes since 1995 to include, fundamentals, all levels, intermediate classes.

  • Extensive experience with senior yoga classes, corporate yoga programs, yoga retreats and private yoga instruction.

  • Developed and delivered regular ongoing programs on partner yoga and yoga sutras studies.

  • Primary teacher for Yoga On Main’s Teacher Training Program focused on asana, pranayama, kriyas, bandas, teaching methodology.