That's zen cat. I named Shanti when I was traveling in India. I knew I was going to rescue a cat when I got back to the USA and wanted an Indian name to remember my trip by. After much debate with my traveling companions, I settled on "Shanti".

Shanti is a very powerful word for me. Its a Sanskrit word which translates to peace, calmness, tranquility or bliss. Now, whenever I call my cat I feel peace and bliss...

At the end of every one of my yoga classes I close with:

" Om Shanti, Shanti Shanti,

Peace, Peace, Peace,

Peace to others, Peace to ourselves, Peace in the Universe.


Shanti is also repeated three times to represent peace in body, speech and mind.