My Story


women standing at the ashram door beside the ocean

My name is Ayfer Sivakami. By day, I’m a graphic designer with over 35 years of industry experience. Having said that, most of my free time is spent on a recent passion of mine: meditation. This passion isn’t actually a new one. I have been practicing Yoga for 15 years and was really enjoying the short moments of meditation throughout the flows but found that these fleeting moments were not enough. So, I decided to enrol in meditation classes at the local Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre in Toronto. That’s when my journey really began.

Along with practicing meditation consistently for the past 8 years, I visited the Sivananda Ashram Bahamas many times. More recently, I got my Yoga Teacher's Training diploma from the Sivananda Ashram Bahamas.

My passion continued from there and I received my Meditation Teachers Training Certificates from the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre as well as the School of Positive Transformation. At that point, I had the knowledge to train and teach meditation to my friends and family. That’s when I began getting questions from my students about the accessories that I was using while meditating. Such as the Malas that I was wearing, or my favourite meditation cushion, or my go-to incense holders and many other objects I used during my meditation. And that’s when Chitta Living was born.

I was a true believer of the miracles in meditation after seeing the benefits of it in my own life all these years and started thinking of spreading my wings wider.

Chitta Living will also help you to immerse yourself in the miraculous world of meditating. It will help you in setting up your own dedicated meditation space and fill your life with peace, relaxation and positivity throughout your spiritual journey for many years to come. I am so excited to help you!