“When I first went to a yoga class I experienced a sensation of great relief like coming back home. I discovered yoga during a difficult period in my life and with yoga practice I could find space in my mind, stability, strength, balance, and silence, which helped me to overcome those hard moments and to let go.“
“Practicing yoga for me is like going into nature and breathing some clean air after staying in the city for too long. It taught me that there is a lot of peace and joy inside each one of us that doesn’t depend on anything external. But beyond all the benefits of yoga, I see it as a spiritual path for my life. I’m eternally grateful to my teacher Sri Dharma Mittra, who shares the teachings of Yoga since five decades.”
Music has been Shir’s main passion and occupation since childhood, playing the recorder and violin. Now days he shares this love of music through the devine conciousness, by leading kirtan sessions (chanting Mantras). During his academic years studying music, Shir was teaching music in primary schools. He is also inspired from the healing power of magical sounds and using it in his regular teachings.
As a teenager he was guiding in a socialist youth movement (something similar to Scouts), believing there could be a better society. Born in Israel Shir was always occupied with moral and political questions, longing for a more peaceful environment. The early non-conformist ideas transformed with time to more philosophical and spiritual ones.
Shir started his yoga journey in 2004 taking traditional Hatha yoga classes. As a professional musician in order to improve his body awareness and body posture Shir studied Alexander Technique and Feldenkrais Method. While leaving Israel he practiced mainly Vijnana Yoga, a yoga style invented by Orit San-Gupta. It is a mix of Iyengar and slow flow that brings a lot of awareness into yoga postures as well as to the breathing techniques. In Vijnana yoga there is emphasis on the different Vayus (spaces) of the body. Many yogic imprints in Shir’s practice are from this yoga style.
His first teacher-training course was a Sivananda Yoga 200 hour teacher training. In this one-month life transforming experience, Shir discovered his life purpose of sharing this beautiful gift of yoga with others. Many of Shir’s teaching are directly connected to the teachings of Swami Sivananda Saraswati and Swami Vishnudevananda.
In his quest of searching for more subtle experiences of yoga and understanding how to strive towards yoga, Shir looked for a living master. At that time he found his Guru, Sri Dharma Mittra. By meeting him Shir felt that many of his questions about how to live yoga fully were answered. That meeting helped Shir to have a rapid progress in his own Sadhana (practice of yoga towards self realization). Shir completed the advance teacher training with Dharma Mittra, with eternal feeling of gratefulness.
Shir has been teaching yoga for the last 7 years sharing his knowledge all over the world, in regular classes as well as giving special workshops in various topics, such as Master Classes, Pranayama-Bandha-Mudra-Laya, Yoga of sounds, Mantra chanting, Detox and more.
Over the last few years Shir has been traveling around the world, having a backpack as his home. This life style invoked him to deepen his own inner base. In this period of time his curiosity towards complimenting healing methods led him to take Ayurveda and Thai Yoga massage courses.
From November 2016 on Shir have been teaching various teacher training course, and is part of the teacher training team of FeelingSoulGood and Parimukti schools of yoga.
- Certified as Sivananda Yoga teacher 200 hours.
- Certified as Dharma Yoga teacher 500 hours.
- E-RYT 500 hours Yoga Alliance registered teacher.
- Over 2000 hours and 7 years of teaching experience.
- Master Degree in medieval music.
- Ayurveda course with Dr. Ahrun Sharma in Dharmasala.
- Thai Yoga Massage course with the Sunshine Network.
- Teaching in various 200 hours and 300 hours teacher training courses: Anatomy, Philosophy, Asana, Pranayama, Mantras and Chanting, Teaching Methodology and more…