The Shakti Shine - April 15th, 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.

I've been thinking a lot about what it must take for a single blade of grass to shoot up out of the ground.

It's what closest compares to what the beginning of spring feels like, I think. Ready! ...and some friction. Bursting! ...and from patience. Alive! ...and transformed.

Grass ...and butterflies... and all of nature, really... understand that each moment is part of the process. We see a beautiful, inspiring transformation. We tend to count down the days from internal spring to internal spring. I dread the winter, the germination, the cocoon, but springtime brings a breath of fresh air (literally & figuratively).

Nature understands each season to just be what it is.

Being outside often and the daily practice of yoga have taught me to see & enjoy the process.

Over and over again I am reminded that there is no goal, there is just this season-- the one I'm in-- right now. Over and over again I am reminded that life's cycles hold the meaning that I'm always looking for as a finish line. Over and over again I find that my choices to focus on here & now and to lean into the refining fire of the present moment are always available.

Transformation isn't what's on the other side of this. Transformation is happening right now.


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.

this week:
Kinda like bingo, but not... fill up as many spaces as you can in the month of April to be entered to win Shakti merch & classes.

Each completed column gets you an entry into the drawing. Get an extra entry if you tag us on social media with a photo of you in your fav pose of the moment!

workshops, creativity, & community:

Shakti Yoga University 200 hr Teacher Training

Our immersion program consists of two week-long intensives in Athens with a month off in between sessions. 

JUNE 8-14 & JULY 13-19, 2019

Training days run from 8AM - 7PM.

Early Bird Tuition (Send in application and deposit by May 1 to secure this rate) : $2,750
I came into SYU because I wanted to learn how to empower others, but i didn’t expect it to empower ME as much as it already has. SYU has caused a greater shift in my life in the past 8 weeks than I’ve had in the last 2 years at all- it’s messy and challenging and sometimes really hard- but the good kind of hard where I can feel the growth happening. I already know it’s the best thing I have ever done for myself.  - Sophie Levy


Inquiry Corner w/ Emily

Hi everyone, Emily here! This is the start of Inquiry Corner, a place for you to engage in inquiry each week. If you’re new to inquiry, this looks like moving through questions, prompts, activities, and conversations that help you learn more about yourself. I’m excited you’re here!

For the next few weeks, I’ll be posting videos on the yamas + niyamas on Shakti’s IGTV. The yamas and niyamas are part of the foundation of yogic philosophy, and they describe various tenants to living a yogic and ethical life.

This week on IGTV, Bramacharya, or non-excess, is the yama associated with weeding out what you don't need in order to make room for the fullest expression of what you *do* need.

Inquiry time: In other words, what weeds do you need to pull up from the ground to leave room for rose bushes, vegetable gardens, and daisies?

This week, think about where in your life you experience "excess."
(For me, this most often presents as excessive amounts of stress or "to-dos.")

List three places/things/experiences where you feel "excess," and list three things you would have more time for if you tapered back.

Ruby Chandler