Nirali Shah teaches Mindfulness Meditation retreats with an emphasis on mind-body awareness and self-inquiry. She has spent thousands of hours meditating in silent retreats in monasteries, meditation centers and cells in Asia and the United States.
She is a certified mindfulness facilitator from UCLA's Mindful Awareness Research Center, part of the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior.
She teaches at Insight Meditation Center in Redwood City, Spirit Rock, Inward Bound Mindfulness Education and EBMC.
She lives in the Bay Area, California and has taught at technology companies such as Google Headquarters, academic institutions such as the Stanford University, non-profits and spiritual communities around the world.
In the past, she served in one of the largest slum communities of Asia for more than four years, part of it, working out of the Gandhi Ashram. She is the founder of Shvaas, a non-profit platform that has helped streamline efforts of hundreds of volunteers to work on meaningful social change projects on ecology and social justice. She has spent long periods in rural and forest areas with native communities - often living in mud huts, without electricity or running water learning natural farming and local traditional practices and art.
She has received training from world-renowned Jungian Analyst and post-trauma recovery specialist, Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés. She is also trained by the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute (Dr. Peter A. Levine).
She enjoys playing the bamboo flute, write, sketch and sip tea while sitting under a tree.