Michael J. 
Stewart (ENG)

Michael J. Stewart is a teacher, nomad and creator of Shanta Vira Yoga. Born in Karachi to an Assamese mother and a Scottish-Irish father, he developed an early interest in a broad sense of humanity. His first initiation in to spirituality and esoteric practices came from his maternal grandmother, a healer who was deeply connected to her Hindu roots and as much, a counter-cultural rebel. Being raised by his athletic and disciplinarian father, he spent his youth building a relationship with the physical body through boxing, competitive powerlifting and bodybuilding. Michael has since lived, studied and traveled in over 30 countries.

While in theater school in Chicago, he was introduced to Yoga as a way of calming the mind and exploring subtle aspects of expression. Once this deep, familiar acquaintance was made, his life took a turn away from theater and fully toward his life as a yogi, seeking and deeply delving in to all aspects of spiritual life. 

In New York City, Michael went first to Jivamukti Yoga and Astanga Yoga for regular classes and a crucial stay at the Sivananda Ashram in the Bahamas where inspiration fortified his understandings. He went further afield to study the precision of Iyengar Yoga in India with Sharat Arora and Rajiv Chenchani.

His religious studies during all of these explorations brought him as well to Buddhism, Christianity and Sufism. He developed a daily practice of Mindfulness and Mantra and lived for several years in intentional communities where humans focused on building healthy relationships – interpersonally and interiorly.

Decades later, Michael met Dharma Mittra and through his presentation of Classical Yoga spurred a next level of inquiry in to the human condition, the Self and the possibilities that Yoga holds. At the peak of this questioning, Michael became aware of a lineage of South Indian Tantra called Rajanaka.  These teachings of Saivism and Saktism, as offered by Dr. Douglas Brooks, responded clearly to his own soul’s desire.  His journey continues on this path today.

Alongside his profound constancy with a spiritual life of Yoga, Michael has been involved in civil disobedience protests and activism. He is touched when unheard voices of society find a platform to he heard. He is empowered when through unification, impossibilities become possible. He is blown away that even with the chance of loss, humans place themselves at risk in order to create change, growth and betterment.

This life is from where Shanta Vira Yoga took root and grows. Michael J. Stewart offers workshops, trainings and retreats around the world for guiding people to make wellness, art and community.

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    Michael J. Stewart, the founder of Shanta Vira Yoga, with his uncomparable expertise on Asana, Bandha, Pranayama, Mudra and Mantra practices, offers a set of practices on Elements. 

    Earth    /   Water   /   Fire   /   Air   /   Ether

    This introduction video explains the general principles and scope of the Elements Practice. 

    Each video focuses on one Element. You can choose any Element to practice with, or or practice all videos all at once. 

    This video is the short introduction to the practices to come. 

    Practice, and Enjoy!


    This practice is the Release your Flow Episode of Shanta Vira Yoga. The practice embodies all the basic qualities of the Shanta Vira Syaytem, and asana practice is intervowen with pranayama, mantra and mudra.


    This is the Hip opening Episode of Shanta Vira Yoga. There are lot of ways to approach practice. Let's be joyful and find child-like excitement towards our practice.


    This practice focuses on the subtle quality of the Ether Element and when you need to connect with the subtle qualities of your own being, this practice is for you.

    The practice includes asana, Yoni mudra, pranayama and the mantra for Ether element


    This practice focuses on the fluidity of Water Element and when you feel stuck and stiff both in your body and in your mind, and need connect with your own being, the water element in your body, the world and around you, this practice is for you.

    The practice includes hip opening asana, Jal Vardhak mudra, Pranayama and the mantra VAM for water element


    This practice focuses on the grounding effect of Earth Element and when you need to ground and connect with your own being, the earth under your feet, and around you, this practice is for you.

    The practice includes asana, mudra, pranayama and the mantra LAM for earth element


    This class is about finding out the deep places within us always mirroring our lives. 

    This practice is inspired by and can be viewed on Yoga Journal Turkiye as well as YogaUni. 


    The practice begins with some asana movement, to prepare the body to become open and receptive to the pranayama exercices and the prana.

    The practice a about being attentive to how the breath is moving, where it is. Because once we recognise how the breath is moving and where it is, we might, in time, start to recognise the subtlety of the movement within the breath.


    Sometimes there is a lot of activity in our lives. How do we find our center when our world is moving very fast? This practice aims to bring you to a place you can really ground from and move from this place to stillness.


    This practice is the first warm-up part of the whole Shanta Vira Yoga series. You can either practice this sequence to prepare your body for the second serie, or, you can practice this sequence individually as it has all the qualities of a well rounded practice. - As the sequence includes pranayama, mudra and mantra practices, for the ease of the practice please refer related videos of Michael.