Chi Kri was founded in 1994 by Grandmaster Neil Patel who has 25 years of experience teaching Yoga and Meditation all over the world – including to many top companies like HSBC Bank and has authored many books on yoga. Check out the Chi Kri website – www.chikri.com – to get a taste of all the exciting things Chi Kri has been involved with!
Neil comes from a strong lineage of Yoga Teachers and Spiritual Masters. He first learnt Yoga from his mother Tara Patel – an exceptionally revered teacher and role model, who created the first ever televised BBC Yoga series in the UK.
Neil himself has demonstrated the power of his teachings through his own life. He has used Chi Kri Yoga and Meditation to overcome cancer – in 2000, his doctors diagnosed him as having a highly aggressive Grade 3 tumour in his left leg and predicted he only had one year to live without treatment…yet 14 years later he is still here today strong and healthy with no chemotherapy or radiotherapy.
Watch this video to find out more about Neil’s story…
This unique symbol is the Chi Kri logo!
Chi is the intelligent life force behind everything in the universe – including you! It exists in nature in the 5 elements, and it is the potency that we live off in air, food, sunlight, water, and so on.
Within you, Chi is your internal power – the fuel behind everything you do, think and feel. It’s also the subtle energy that heals your wounds when you are cut, that keeps your heart beating non-stop, and enables you to express yourself through speech and art.
Chi comes directly from your soul, and in it’s rawest form, it is pure and free from the ego. Yet, Chi is a neutral current of energy and can be used for positive or negative means. Martial artists like Bruce Lee have mastered control of their Chi and are able to harness their power and velocity extremely efficiently.
In Chi Kri Yoga, Chi is used to develop the body so that it is strong, supple and youthful, calm the breath and nervous system through Pranayama, and cultivate laser like concentration for scientific meditation. It is also used to awaken higher spiritual centres (chakras) that stimulate intuition and creative expression of the soul.
Kri is a Sanskrit root verb which means “to do”. In the context of Chi Kri, Kri means acting – with the highest energy, which is Chi. It is based on the deeply revered teachings of Kriya Yoga and the Self-Realisation Fellowship, founded by Guru Paramahansa Yogananda.
Chi Kri students know that Chi Kri Yoga is so much more than just an exercise class – it is literally a Way of Life.
The word ‘Yoga’ comes from the Sanskrit word ‘Yug’ which means ‘To Unite’ – and to me Chi Kri does exactly that.
Chi Kri is in always in tune with what is going on in the world, what people are going through, and what they need most in their lives right now.
Chi Kri strips away the formalities and brings the highest spiritual and scientific teachings of yoga taught by Masters in the ashrams to the streets – in a way that is tangible for us all to apply in our daily lives.
it’s raw, it’s powerful, and it’s down to Earth.
Chi Kri classes are full of surprises! From Hip Hop Yoga, to Harry Potter Halloween Yoga, to a Chi Kri Christmas Yoga Party (see video on the left!), to a Michael Jackson Yoga night – you can guarantee that your Chi Kri Yoga class will be fun, creative, and energetic – whilst delivering an exceptionally high standard of physical and metaphysical teachings.
It’s not who you are on the outside that matters at Chi Kri, it’s your soul that counts – the person you are inside.
Chi Kri gives you the freedom to be yourself, and upholds a respectful and open minded attitude to all.
And that’s why Chi Kri classes are so popular and you find such a diverse mix of students of all ages and backgrounds happily doing Yoga under one roof – as you can see in the videos!
In a world that is so divided and confused, I am blessed to say I found my home and my soul at Chi Kri.
Chi Kri is a life philosophy incorporating eight different areas, collectively known as ‘The 8 Limbs of Chi Kri’.
They consist of 4 traditional limbs of yoga:
1. Hatha Yoga 2. Meditation 3. Pranayama 4. Relaxation
And 4 unique Chi Kri limbs which are essential for a balanced life in today’s world:
5. Diet 6. Mind Yoga 7. Creativity 8. Yogic Science
Together these 8 limbs are essential in living a successful, balanced, and well rounded life on Earth today and are not restricted to any religion or faith.
The 8 Limbs of Chi Kri is a complete system, and practising them regularly and in a disciplined manner will be the key to your development spiritually, mentally, physically, and emotionally.
You can enter the Chi Kri system through any limb, and at any point in your life. It will not hold you to it, and it will not hold you back.
The Chi Kri Octopus will tell you more about the 8 Limbs below!
Just like a tree needs healthy roots to keep it grounded and help it grow, looking after the physical body is paramount, as it is the housing for all the work you do. Hatha yoga develops your strength, suppleness and stamina, and works on all the major systems of the body – nervous, muscular, skeletal, endocrine, digestive, respiratory, circulatory, lymphatic and so on.
Regular practise releases blocked energy in the system through opening up the chakras and clears up common problems like back pain, fatigue, and poor circulation. It also improves immunity and longevity, and has several mental benefits including improving memory and concentration as well as reducing stress and anxiety.
Unlike most other systems of exercise, all yoga poses are intelligently designed to work internally as well as externally – thus you can expect to feel relaxed, rejuvenated and refreshed after practicing Chi Kri Yoga. Through feeling more grounded and comfortable in their own skin, many students find that yoga has helped them deal with life’s challenges in an increasingly peaceful and positive manner.
Have a read of my ‘About Me’ page to hear my story of how Chi Kri Yoga gave me so much muscle control and balance that it saved me from having to undergo major surgery on my left knee!
Meditation the most precious gift we have been given as humans. In meditation, you close your eyes for a few moments and leave behind the chaotic world.
You calm your mind and reach a place within you that is unconditionally peaceful and happy – impenetrable by the elements, unreachable by the voices of others, and unbreakable by fear, negativity and sorry.
When you relax by going on holiday, or by engaging in a leisure pursuit, you experience is conditioned by external circumstances – but meditation is therefore available for you whenever you want it.
Meditation is an extremely powerful tool and is now often offered as a treatment for depression, anxiety and panic attacks by medical professionals.
It is also offered in workplaces as a means of stress-relief; and many top companies including HSBC have found Chi Kri Meditations to be the perfect and simple anti-dote to their busy lifestyles.
“All battles are first won in the Mind” – Neil Patel
This limb is all about connecting your soul with the world via the mind! It’s about making your mind your best friend, leading your soul to success and victory… instead of your worst enemy, taking your through the depths of darkness and misery!
The human mind is powerful beyond measure – and if used wisely and intelligently, it can even conquer seemingly indestructible diseases like cancer, as demonstrated by Chi Kri’s Director Neil Patel.
Through effective mind-programming techniques like Affirmations, deep-rooted negative thought patterns of fear, failure, disease and misery are removed and replaced with positive patterns of strength, success, peace, health and happiness.
The mind and the breath are intrinsically linked via the nervous system.
That’s why when you’re panicking and your thoughts are racing at 100 mph, your heart is racing and your breathing is rapid and unsteady – but when you’re calm and peaceful, your breath is also steady and relaxed.
The ancient Yogic art of Pranayama is all about using calming your mind through controlling your breath.
Chi Kri teaches a wide range of simple, yet powerful techniques that you can practise anywhere for instant calmness like The Chi Kri Trinity Breath, The Chi Kri Square Breath, The Chi Kri Rectangle Breath and The Chi Kri Aum Shanti Technique.
These are perfect for busy people who don’t have much time – companies like HSBC Bank use Chi Kri’s quick techniques to keep their staff healthy and stress free.
Humans are essentially “feeling” beings. This is what separates us from the machines we create. There is an energy within all beings that requires a connection with others. We are all fragments of the same whole, and part of our function on this earth is to unite. The process of connection requires a medium; that is expression. Whether that be writing, singing, music, art, speaking, or anything else, the connecting force of one soul to another on this earth needs to be adhered to for true happiness.
Many people do not realize that stress, tension, anger etc can all have their base in repressed emotions, or trapped feelings. Creativity is a more tempered way of getting those feelings out. Anger is another release, but it is destructive and doesn’t allow any development or progress from the source of irritation. Whereas expressing yourself with intelligence allows yourself and others to perhaps study and see the root cause of the “problem” – and help resolve it.
Creativity is like a plumber. It unearths mental and emotional covers and blockages and brings them out in a “beautiful” way. Even a poem about death and depression is beautiful, because it marks a path someone is making towards happiness i.e. they are releasing dark sentiments, which in time will be fully evacuated, leaving a more philosophical and ultimately spiritual expression.
Pratyahara – total relaxation and sense withdrawal is so necessary in today’s hectic world where burn out, stress, fatigue, depression and so on are buzz-words of our time.
We don’t know how to stop or slow down – and even when we want to relax, we find ourselves unable to do so as our mind’s are still racing beyond our control.
That’s why 1 in 2 of us has a sleeping problem in the UK – and even when we do fall asleep, we often don’t wake up refreshed because our subconscious minds have been active throughout the night.
Chi Kri teaches you to relax deeply by consciously withdrawing energy from the senses, mind and the external world, and instead taking it inwards to recharge the body, let go off emotions, and bring peace to the mind.
Our lives can be super busy, and we can’t always go on holiday when we need some time out…but there are techniques we can learn that will help us relax deeply in just a few minutes in the comfort of our own homes.
There are so many questions about life and the universe we have, but cant seem to find any complete answers to!
What is the purpose of life?
What happens when we die? Is there an afterlife? What’s a Soul? What’s Karma? What’s a Chakra?
Who created the universe, and who sustains it?
Is there a God?
If there is and if He loves us, why are there so many problems in the world, and why do we suffer so much?
There so many religions out there – which one is telling the Truth?
I’ve heard Einstein believes in God….and Steve Job’s first book on his iPad was ‘The Autobiography of a Yogi’ by Paramahansa Yogananda!
What’s the link between science and spirituality? And what’s all this stuff I keep reading about Telepathy and Time-travelling?
In this deeply fascinating limb, these questions are finally answered!
The science of creation and metaphysics of yoga as taught by the Vedas is explored – right from the beginnings of creation and the universe, all the way down to the purpose of life in a human being in today’s world.
Not enough can be said about looking after what you take into the body!
From WHAT to eat, WHEN to eat, HOW to eat, WHY you are eating, and even WHERE to eat, this limb gives advice from ancient systems like Ayurveda, through more modern western thinking and principles of diet.
Eating properly can ensure that your energy levels remain constant during the day, that your body does not have to store toxins for you, and that what you do eat does get converted into fuel, and not just passed through the system without assimilation.
Everything you need to know about food, diet, and having a healthy relationship with your food psychologically and physically is revealed in Neil Patel and Chi Kri’s fascinating book: ‘The 10 Principles of Perfect Eating’.
What struck me about Sheena's teaching style is her honestly and bravery, she's not afraid to share her vulnerability with her students. I find this both refreshing and inspiring, since I've not encountered a yoga teacher that incorporates such a deep level of philosophy during their classes.
She has a great way of connecting with her students, sometimes I find it hard to believe how young she is as she's very wise beyond her years.
I love that Sheena always makes her class fun yet personable, I mean how many more ab exercises can one teach and still be excited about it!
I would highly recommend Sheena's class to anyone who wants to discover something more than just yoga asanas. She teaches you how to tap into the mental qualities of yoga, which I personally find is the most challenging part of yoga. Connecting to your soul takes time and patience and no one does it better than Sheena :D”
For me personally, after trying out a gym yoga class which I found pretty generic, I then attended Sheena’s - I was astounded at the level of attention, love and genuine care Sheena put into teaching yoga to all her students, you don’t just learn yoga postures and poses, you learn how to listen to your soul, how to nurture your body and how to strengthen your mind.
The energy and positivity in every class is contagious and you certainly won’t be disappointed - I certainly haven’t been and nearly two years on, I’m still attending Sheena’s yoga classes and now training to be a yoga teacher myself, all from the incredible inspiration from Sheena”
There is an endless list of wonderful things that can be said about Sheena's teaching and devotion to yoga and all its principals, mind body and soul alike.
Sheena has taught me to seek the truth in its purest form. How to live this truth and how to strengthen all my innate qualities via beautiful postures. The detail and depth of her teachings not only physical but spiritual too are uplifting without fail and act as a constant reminder that life is all about aiming to react perfectly, not act perfectly.
I urge you strongly to give yoga with Sheena a try. I promise, you will feel re-energised, inspired and confident to take on life with readiness, joy and love. I certainly do! ”
The thing that makes her special is that she values yoga and Chi Kri teachings - and uses them in her own life - and that faith and belief is evident in her classes. I personally have immense trust in her potential to deliver excellent yoga classes for many decades to come…”
I cannot speak for everyone on the class but I am sure if you ask them individually, they will agree that it is us who remain very grateful to you for helping us cope with our daily stresses in our lives.
You educate us with various channels to "let go", believe in ourselves and develop the mental and spiritual strength to deal with the challenges that we all face in different ways. (Accompanied with some muscular pains as a remembrance! :) ).
So THANK YOU Sheena. I am very glad that I met you through this class and it has made a monumental difference in how I behave in various circumstances.
I also saw your video on depression and it is extremely touching. I admire you to have gone through that difficult period and becoming what you are today. You are an inspiration to us all - and that inspiration, together with your strength, is permeating across many many souls who know you through various means.
Please keep up the good work - and continue to be that Spiritual Warrior! ”
Ever since I first started, Sheena has been a continuous source of inspiration for me. I am so grateful for the dedication she shows both in and out of class - it is clear that Sheena wants us, as her students, to soar high and become the best possible versions of ourselves.
Practicing yoga has been challenging, but with Sheena's help I have pushed myself both physically and mentally to achieve some of the very same poses that Sheena amazed me with at my first session! :)With the help of Sheena's teachings, I have been able to not only make meditation a part of my daily routine, but I have been able to meditate for longer periods of time, something I found difficult to do previously.
I have already learnt a great deal through her teachings and the Chi Kri philosophy. I couldn't recommend her more highly, whether you are looking to build strength, or simply find some inner peace or still your mind. ”
Yoga is refreshing, energising and great for toning and strengthening every muscle too. Meditation provides a means of relaxing, and leaves you with a sense of peace, calmness, and positivity.Sheena's classes are the highlight of my week! They give me something to look forward to, and to work on, for my own well-being and for a sense of accomplishment. ”
Her deep understanding of yoga means that she can cater to my individual aims during our 1-2-1 sessions. We cover a wide range of yoga applications in each session, from chakra work, pranayama, and meditation to specific postures that will develop my strength, balance, and flexibility.With her help, I have now overcome severe anxiety and feel more empowered and self-aware than ever before. I’ve been to many teachers, but with Sheena I was able to do a Baby Crow for the first time ever!!
I couldn’t recommend her more as a yoga teacher – I have never met someone who so intuitively knows what you need and so patiently helps you achieve your peace - whilst making sure that you are always playing an active role in your development. ”
Sheena is passionate about yoga and that shows through in her classes. I enjoy her varied classes with mixed abilities and ages with her carefully selected motivational music.
Time flies in each session with a balance of a warm up, mix of core, strength, flexibility, breathing and relaxation techniques plus she gives words of inspiration and motivation to focus the mind.
It has helped with reducing my stress levels and I have never been so flexible. I have been going for over two years and can’t imagine life without Chi Kri Yoga. I would encourage anyone to attend one of Sheena’s many classes. ”
The classes were fun yet challenging. Tackling the "Baby Crow" and "Peacock" pose have been some of my highlights. The contemporary yoga style was contrasted with modern music which really enticed me and I've been caught out singing along to some of the songs!
What I've learnt from Chi Kri is that strength is both an external and internal entity, and the yoga is there to stimulate both of these things in order for one to reach their maximum potential and lead a fulfilling life.
The quotes that are read out in class, and the interpretation of limericks are inspiring and provide me with a fresh outlook on situations. I would really recommend Sheena's classes for any yoga level and anyone just trying to find a better version of themselves ”
Her teaching voice is very beautiful, and her knowledge of the teachings of yoga is phenomenal…As a person, she is extremely humble at all times and is always ready to give her time and help when you need it. I have asked for her help many, many times during our training together and I am blessed to be able to call her my special friend.”
By believing in you, and helping you believe in yourself as you accomplish little steps, she makes a huge difference when it is most needed. She makes you feel part of her team, whose goal it is to be and do the best we can. She empathises with your situation and gives you hope of better times. Thank you, Sheena!”
9 months on, I am 2 ½ stones lighter but it was not just the physical aspect of yoga that resulted in this weight loss so far. I now realise that there is more to yoga than the poses! Something Sheena helped me realise. I like to think that I was/am a mindful person anyway; I now find myself being mindful of my own wellbeing. The only way I can explain it is that yoga is a great life tool that creates harmony in the mind, body and soul – the more you practice the more you benefit (in so many ways).I now attend both her Monday and Thursday classes, and I finally feel I have a real chance in succeeding in my weight loss goal. The unexpected bonus for me being that that “feeling” filters through to everyday life.
The best thing I did in 2017 - pick up the phone to Sheena. Sheena’s classes are mixed ability. I found being a novice and having certain physical limitations really does not matter. You do what you can do and see where it takes you…”
Sheena's class is the highlight of my week - she's always so friendly and radiates positivity throughout the session.
She's always willing to help you if you find anything difficult, as well as keeping you motivated and enabling you to stretch your ability.
I am always excited to try new poses, especially power poses, and I often find that I am capable of doing more than I initially thought and it gives me a sense of accomplishment.
By the end of the session I always feel refreshed and amply positive and I cannot wait till the next session!”
This rat race that we so lovingly call life has conditioned our minds to venture on a pursuit of happiness when in fact what we are not taught is that happiness is a journey; not a destination.
If you're looking for that extra hour in your week then I think you've found it. But then again why listen to me when you can come and try it for yourself with a whole host of other people who already know how good it is.
I have only been attending Sheena's sessions for a term but I like her calm and loving nature which flow through very clearly in her teachings. Whether you are doing breathing exercises (pranayama) or stretching/poses (asana) Sheena believes in you even when you don't! You will leave feeling relaxed, full of energy and ready to seize the day.
Having studied Neuroscience to degree level I am a scientist at heart but that does not stop me from believing in the power that we possess in our minds. After leaving these sessions you will be reminded about what it feels again to be at peace with those around you (and more importantly yourself) - something that seems to be fading away in this era.
Sheena's taught me to do things that I thought I'd never be able to do physically due to the back problems that I was born with. There is no requirement for you to be able to touch your toes or do the splits and Sheena is very understanding when it comes to people's abilities.
What have you got to lose? If you don't try then you'll never know. Take the risk - it's definitely worth the reward.”
Before I started yoga I was not in a good place. I struggled with bad relationships which left me with a lot of anger inside me which I kept to myself for so long. I used to get panic attacks when I got stressed, having the feeling something bad is going to happen, and not knowing what it was use to make me feel sick and my breathing to become erratic. I also travel on the underground everyday to work and would worry everyday about being on a packed train – I hate the feeling of being enclosed in a confined space.
Now because I have Chi Kri and an amazing teacher, Sheena Shah I am slowly overcoming my fears. I wake up in the morning and my mind is clear -I no longer worry and I just feel calm. My anger has completely faded.
I would recommend Chi Kri Yoga to everyone. I am so grateful to Chi Kri Yoga and my lovely teacher Sheena because I am so much happier now.”
When we go through our affirmations, my week starts so wonderfully to the extent that when I am back to work the next day, my team can really tell when I have attended a yoga class as my mind is at peace!
I’ve found that many people want to start yoga and think that ‘oh I can’t do it’ or ‘I’m not flexible enough’. Sheena talks you through the poses whilst helping you fight through your mental battles. I’ve found that it really is just all in the mind. If you think that you can’t do it, you won’t reach your full potential.
Whilst, when going in with a positive mind, you will reach your potential and even go beyond. And I have gained this from Sheena’s class and realised the amazing things we can do with various yoga poses and with our minds too.
I can’t put it into words how much I love her class and will always continue to love them even more – definitely a life-long Chi-Kri Yogi! I’ve been attending for a year now and she is constantly challenging us with new things and I can guarantee; I always leave with a smile on my face and peace in my heart, mind & soul.
Thank YOU Sheena for all your hard work, love & support and your dedication towards your students and Yoga! I couldn’t recommend her classes more as I want to share the gift Sheena has given through her teachings and Yoga to all”
Having been to University with Sheena, we had deep conversations about yoga and life in general. She told me how she's found that yoga really turned her life around. Social media, gyms, even health magazines/websites boast about the benefits of yoga but in all honesty I did remain sceptical. It seemed hard to believe that a few stretches and being told to 'breathe' would really be the solution to my problems. Turns out, it was just that and more.
After my first lesson with Sheena I felt strangely more relaxed and vibrant. And a bit more at ease within myself. Since then I've found myself hooked and actually can't wait for the next lesson. Sheena is very clear in setting out each pose and makes the classes varied. She is very patient and helps give yoga a type of modern spin...one that connects to young people and elder. While teaching us the benefits of each pose, Sheena's lessons also help put life in perspective. That in all honesty, it is tough but what fun would it be if it wasn't? She teaches us that life and situations are dependent on our outlook on them.
I've been attending Sheena's weekly yoga lessons for just over a month now and can see the powerful influence they are having on my life. Not only do they make me feel reenergised I feel I am in much better control of my thoughts and have just learnt to live in the moment. I've found myself a lot more connected to religion and God, something I did not want to lose and was scaring me that I was. Not to mention they are one hell of a workout! Turns out I couldn't have been further from the truth in thinking yoga was just a bunch of stretches!
For anyone who feels they need to be a bit more control of their lives, feels a bit detached or that common feeling that 'something is missing' I highly recommend one of Sheena's lessons. You'll think she's made out of rubber with the kind of poses she can do but you will be happy she's come into your lives and brought yoga along with it.”
“It helped me concentrate and stop stressing about my exams. It took all the stress out of my chest and gave confidence to me.”
"The sessions made me feel very relaxed and not worried or stressed about what had previously happened that day. Thank you very much!”
“It really relaxed me, improved my state of mind and gave me the idea of listening to meditation music at home while doing homework.”
“It was great for me so I could be less stressed, for example with my homework. It made me calm down.”
“The sessions helped me relax and forget about my worries. ”
Later Anne added...
"I need to thank you for all you have done to help me over the past few years. I should have said much earlier but it was your inspiration that drove me eventually to apply to become a professor. As a result I now have an inaugural professorial lecture in a couple of weeks! ”