The Shakti Shine - August 12, 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.
Do the thing, and you'll have the power.
That's what Baron kept saying last week at Level One training with the Baptiste Institute in Phoenecia, New York.
I discovered a lot about myself last week at Level One, and this one shook me up.
When I think about the moments or spans of time in my life when I've felt most powerful, most capable, most me, they have been the times when I've 'done the thing.'
...when I asked for a job at Shakti Nashville, when I moved to LA, when I moved to Athens, when I opened my own business, when I traveled to Peru 6 months after I opened my business, when I signed up for Level One...
..and even in smaller ways...
...when I wake up at my first alarm, when I drive to yoga and roll out my mat, when I buy the groceries to try a new recipe, when I initiate tough conversations, when I look someone in the eyes and allow myself to be seen...
There is power - real, miracle-making power - power with and for, and not over - power that is available right now - through action.
Do the thing, and you'll have the power. Not 'wait for the thing to happen.' Not 'try the thing.' Not 'ask around about what people think about the thing.'
Do the thing.
It makes me wonder:
What's here for me right now? What's the thing to be done? What's possible?
There is the ability to move energy in doing the thing.
There is the opportunity for clearing.
There is space for creation.
There is vitality.
There is trust.
It's right here, right now, ready to be opened up.
Here's to doing the damn thing and standing in power.
As Shakti continues to grow and evolve it’s important that you, our community, have the opportunity to see what we’re up to.
This document is about who Shakti is, where Shakti is headed, and choices at Shakti that impact you.
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.
Ruby & Jaclyn went to Level One Baptiste Institute Training!
Baptiste Yoga is what Shakti is founded in, and we are so proud of them for being in the work and in the practice of studentship!
When you see them, ask them about it!
Fall schedule starts TODAY!
You gave us feedback, and we're giving you new options!
50 min 3:15pms, two chances for PPP, Sunday 8am, evening Revival
August is Meditation Month at Shakti!
We practice meditation as an access to getting present and awakening.
As we learn & evolve, we wake up to a new way of being.
Every class starts with a 5 min meditation,
challenge cards & prizes for everyone who meditates 20+ times,
instalive meditations every day...
AND we want to come to you to lead a meditation.
Reply to this email to set up a 10 min meditation
for your work, team, friends, or organization.
This is our gift to you during the month of August!
Inquiry Corner w/ Emily
Hi everyone, Emily here! 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!
Meditation month is here, yeehaw!
There's a lot to cover about why meditation, how meditation, what's meditation...
So, I'll be spending the month of August offering inquiry themed around meditation month.
If you'd like more info, check out our IGTV for informational videos on meditation.
How can you personalize meditation to fit your needs and strengths?
Meditation can take many shapes: Sitting in silence, focusing on your breath, practicing mantras, reading Tarot cards, prayer, movement, yoga nidra (iRest), restorative, journalling, guided, unguided...
I like to think meditation has so many iterations because we're all so different. Our needs and how we feel most restful is different, too, day in day out.
In the practice of meditation, especially when I first began, I thought it had to be hard. But once I started using mantras, mala beads, yoga, gratitudes, and journalling, meditation felt intuitive and necessary. Whereas before, it felt arduous and like a chore.
This week, think about things in your life that feel supportive, restful, and like a turning in.
-- What practices make me feel at peace? Are they meditative, in a sense?
-- How can I incorporate these practices into my daily life?
-- What about something I haven't tried before? What sounds interesting that I need the extra push to try? (This is your push :) )
10 Things We Know About the Science of Meditation
There's still much we don't understand about mindfulness and meditation. Here's a run-down of 10 things we do know about meditation. (mindful.org)
Introducing: Shakti Scholarships
We have created flexibility within our pricing structure to support you & your yoga practice at Shakti as we all try to navigate the world we live in. Shakti scholarships come in all shapes & sizes and are available as needed.
We believe you, no questions asked. Thank you for being honest & open to receiving support.
Capturing the essence of Shakti
Sabrina works the front desk, but she is also a badass entrepreneur and owner of Mila Promotional Films.
She'll be around the studio and in & out of classes capturing our Shakti spirit!
If you'd rather keep your practice private, just let the front desk know and we will make sure to respect your privacy 100%.
Waitlist worries no more!
We are ready for fall semester to be a time to move forward with clarity & simplicity!
So here's the dealio... Starting August 15th, you will accrue a fee for your late cancels & no shows. Thank you for understanding, cooperating, & committing to your practice.
Here to Dig a Little Deeper
* At Shakti we are actively committed to questioning bias, blind spots, and unconscious discrimination through inquiry within and outside of the Shakti team. Shakti teachers commit to acting in allyship for POCs and marginalized communities. We are committed to showing up and stepping into discomfort in order to open the closed doors that house internal bias and discrimination.
^ We're proud for this to be a cornerstone of who we choose to be as a community and business. Read more about what we believe here.