Shanthi attended her first Part 1 program with Sonia in 2010. The profound emotional transformation she experienced attending it gave new meaning to her yoga practice. She was then dedicated to continue to study with Sonia, which resulted in a 200-hour Yoga teacher certification in 2012. She also continued her studies at Master Satchidananda's Integral Yoga Institute, where Shanthi received a 500-hour certification, as well as a C-IAYT Yoga Therapy certification. In 2017, she opened Five Keys Yoga Center, as a home for Yoga for the Special Child in Chicago.
Shanthi's Yoga for the Special Child work has taken her to schools, health centers, and medical clinics, including several Chicago Public Schools, Camelot School Mt. Prospect, Trilogy, Inc., and The Discovery Clinic. Teaching kids of all ages the gentle and effective method Sonia has developed is a deeply meaningful and joyful svadharma (personal duty) for Shanthi. She is thrilled to teach program participants how to bring this incredible method to the children in their lives.