Mehndi, also known as henna across the globe, is a paste often associated with good fortune and positivity. It is one of the oldest forms of body art originated by humans. Women and girls get their hands and feet laden with this paste on auspicious occasions. Be it weddings or festivals like Diwali, Bhai Dooj, Teej or Eid – Mehendi is an extremely cherished way to drench into the celebratory feels for most girls. While some women swoon over its aromatic fragrance, others absolutely love their hands adorned with pretty and intricate mehndi designs. But now, as the time has advanced, it is common for men to apply mehendi as well. Mehndi Designs For Beginners

Scottsdale Satellite Center

Nityani offers guided meditations and shakti transmission at Moksha Yoga Phoenix on Thursdays at 10:30am. Please email her at to sign up for the required Intro before attending your first class. You can also visit her website.

Acharya Nityani Devi (Jenn Chiarelli)

NityaniMy spiritual path began at age twelve when my father gave me Ram Dass’s book, Be Here Now. He had me candle-gazing and meditating because he thought I was too overworked while training to attain my dream of being a professional ballerina. I did attain that dream and had a beautiful career, dancing for twenty years with the Cleveland Ballet and Ballet San Jose, in California.

I met Swami Khecarantha in 2002, near the end of my dance career. His energy instantly felt very familiar and I continued to meditate with him in Berkeley. Soon after that I received my Yoga Teacher Training certification in 2003 at the Nosara Yoga Institute led by Don and Amba Stapelton. I have been teaching and training yoga teachers for over 15 years and am the creator and founder of Anahata Soul and its 200 and 300-hour Yoga Teacher Programs and Retreats — in Scottsdale, Arizona, and Playa Grande, Costa Rica. I have enjoyed teaching yoga and meditation at Wanderlust Festivals in Oahu and Aspen, and at Yoga Journal Live! conferences in San Francisco, New York, and Florida. Currently, I teach yoga and meditation workshops, teacher trainings, classes, and retreats, both nationally and internationally.

I have been committed to my spiritual sadhana with Swami Khecarnatha and The Heart of Consciousness community for the past sixteen years and have the deepest gratitude to Swami Khecaranatha for his constant guidance along my journey. I was initiated by him as an Acharya in a ceremony in Ganeshpuri, India, on January 11, 2020.

My home is currently in Phoenix, Arizona with my beloved husband and two beautiful children, who have captured my whole heart. It is with this same heart that I encourage my students to explore their sadhana through their own unique expression of personal practice, asana, pranayama, self reflection, and meditation.