The Shakti Shine - October 7, 2019
Shakti Love Notes
We are always growing. I love that! And the more I grow, the more I recognize how important it is for us all to share what we're going through-- even (and especially) me.
So these Love Notes are a space for me to share with you each week-- about the studio, my life, how our community is growing.
Have you ever plugged something into an outlet and nothing happened?
There are a few outlets in my home that are controlled by a switch, and every once in a while the switch gets turned *OFF*. It always takes me a few moments of confusion, stunned silence and frustration before I realize there's not a glitch in the electricity, but a ~user error~.
I like to imagine my personal energy is a lot like the electricity, and the places I spend my energy are places I've plugged into. There are tens (maybe hundreds!) of places I plug into on a daily basis-
every email, every conversation, every worry, every idea, every interaction, every thought is like a plugging in.
Which is fine, because I imagine my energy source like a multi-plug system, ready to multi-plug me into the world at any moment- emails, conversations, worries and all.
Every once in a while it's like the switch to the power has been turned off, though. I feel confused, stunned, & frustrated... until I realize what has happened. I've been cut off from my energy because my energy is literally drained, empty, out, kaput. And I think 'How did this happen? I've been sleeping, eating, going to yoga... I've been recharging. How could I be out of power?'
I haven't unplugged.
Those hundreds of energy plugs are still where I left them. So while I'm not *actively* putting energy into those places, they're still slowly sucking some of my energy, which leaves me constantly running on low and over-heated.
It's like when you leave your computer open and running all its programs- you don't have to be working for the battery to drain, and the battery won't charge as quickly if you leave the programs open.
So I like to imagine myself unplugging from all the places I've been in the day, all the places I've put my energy & attention. I like to imagine pulling the plugs out of those places and drawing the cords back into the center of my body, my energy center.
It's like correcting the ~user error~ and realigning with my power.
And that's something I can choose at any moment- to unplug and recharge. The more often I remember to unplug the fewer ~user errors~ occur, the more my energy reserves stay full, and the more sustainable life becomes.
Beyond the mat...
We love Athens.
And we love you.
So let's have more of that-- together.
Here's where you can see what we're up to outside of the studio.
Have ideas about where we should be / what we should check out / how we can show up?
Reply to this email to let us know.
We know you're doing cool stuff in the community, and we want to support you as your Shakti family outside the studio walls!
Here's a handy ~list~ of (most of) the workshops & events happening at Shakti this semester.
A few more are in the works, but in the meantime,
save this pic and sign up for a workshop or 7!
Heartfelt: a weekend away with Kate and Ruby / Nov 22-24
This is a weekend of sweat, connection, and growth. Each day you can expect to enjoy breakfast, yoga, discussion, nature, meditation, group workout, and delicious, fresh and local nourishment.
Self-love and self-work is a practice that is never-ending, but continually gratifying. This will be a time for you to connect and rejuvenate with like-hearted humans. Our goal is to provide you with the tools to come back to this work often and to deepen your understanding of and connection to your most authentic self with love and affection.
Inquiry Corner w/ Emily
We're moving IC to IGTV and the blog, but we'll always give you a teaser here.
Emily's IGTV Series, Combatting Diet Culture, starts today! EmilyM a Registered Dietitian, will break down what "diet culture" and the "wealth and hellness industry" means.
Basically, she'll discuss how the systems of oppression we live in affect what we decide to eat. Zoinks!
Meet the Shakti Team!
Why do you teach at Shakti? Because I love building community
How do you honor the roots of a yoga practice in your every day life? By ensuring that my practice focuses on meditation
What kind of teacher do you strive to be? A grounding teacher! That my students feel grounded and centered after taking my class
~a very October playlist~
Try this *strength* sequence:
Sisters of the Moon - Abdominal twists (alternating on back x 10 / boat x 10)
Shake it Out - Sun A's
Trees on Fire - Sun B's
She Makes Magic - Yoga flow ~play~
Bottom of the River - Squats (Jumps optional)
Big God - 3 wide squats / 3 push ups / 6 mountain climbers (repeat)
Black Magic - Alt reverse Lunges w 3 pulses
A Little Wicked - Alt side plank shoulder taps
Witchy Woman - Wheels
Top of the World - Plank work 30sec/Half Pigeon 1min / Plank work 30sec/Half Pigeon 1min
No Rest for the Wicked - Inversion
House of the Rising Sun - Supine twist
Rainbow - Savasana