The Shakti Shine - September 24, 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'm not my best self when I'm buying a car.

In Rising Strong, Brené Brown talks about the 3 stages of growth:
The Reckoning, calculating where you are
The Rumble, getting honest & real about what's happening
The Revolution, seeing a new vision

I'm in The Rumble. This is where I have the opportunity to get clear about the stories I make up. Usually at the end of the day mine sound a lot like this...

"The story I am making up is that I am not enough."

and in the case of buying a car...
"The story I am making up is that (because I don't know how to buy a car) I am not enough."

Just being able to write that down takes the power away from my feeling defeated in the process of buying a car and offers me a choice to empower myself by remembering that buying a car is not a reflection of my worth as a person.

Sounds so simple, I know. That's the Revolution, though.

Brené also says, "Vulnerability is not winning or losing; it's having the courage to show up and be seen." and wow does that apply to everything in my life, including car-buying.

Here's what that looks like:

... It's being honest that I feel annoyed when I feel annoyed, angry when I feel angry, and exhausted when I feel exhausted. It's rerouting my thoughts to gratitude when my thoughts wander into complaining. It's changing my 'I have to's to 'I get to's. It's saying Thank You when I kinda really want to say f*ck you... and it's knowing that I'm a better version of myself after a sweaty yoga class...

I think I'll Rumble with some version of 'I am not enough' for the rest of my life. I think that's part of our humanness. That's not really the part that matters, though.The piece that makes a difference is deciding whether or not I will participate in my own humanness in order to grow & evolve.

... and that's a choice I can make every day... even in the middle of trying to buy a car.

"The middle is messy, but it's also where the magic happens."


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.

(photo, right: Ruby with Katie at Athensmade Grow Lab ; fab women small business owners & Shakti Love for the win!)


Last Monday Ruby co-taught a class for Strong Girls at The Graduate ~ This community event raised over $500 for the Strong Girls Serve Program. (Check it Out & Donate Now)

On Wednesday afternoon we got to hear the business growth stories of several Athens businesses at Grow Lab with Athensmade at Creature Comforts. Katie Jacobs from Cheeky Peach was a panalist and even mentioned her love of all things Shakti! (We love you, too, Katie!)

this week:

9/24 (TODAY!) ~ 6-8pm
Cleo Wade @ The Graduate

Graduate Hotels® Presents Cleo Wade’s Courageous Love Tour: Creating a Braver Connection with Yourself and Your Community.


9/24-28 ~ Dude's Week.

All guys practice for $5 per class.

Use the promo code 'dudesdoyoga'


9/30 ~ 108 Sun Salutations
Join us for this special community yoga celebration. All evening classes at the studio are cancelled so you can practice with us at the Botanical Gardens.
Read more about the event.
suggested donation: $10. All donations benefitting the Botanical Garden.

Follow along on social media during dude's week to meet the men of Shakti!...

Student Spotlight:

Keith Campbell

"I like the intense hot flow practice that Shakti offers."


*read more on instagram @SHAKTIYOGAATHENS

Happy Autumn Equinox & Full Moon...

We love using nature as a guide for inquiry & growth.
Check out @spiritdaughter for moon guides,
and follow these accounts for growth & good vibes:

free yoga opps at UGA:

Tuesdays @ 3:30 -
15 minute meditation with Ruby at Correll Hall 315

Wednesdays @ 4 -
Power Hour with Jaclyn at the MLC (North Tower room)

Fridays @ 12:15 -
45 minutes of yoga with Shakti staff (location rotates; check instagram on Friday mornings or reply to this email to get added to the reminder email list)

the Leadership Retreat
October 19-21
Nashville, TN
*Leadership *Teamwork *Movement
*Unpacking White Feminism *Body Image

Shakti Gulf Shores Getaway
November 2-5
*Relax *Yoga by the ocean *Nourish *Connect *Unwind *Breathe deeply

Thank you for being here.
We love sharing our journey with you!

See you at the studio soon. 



Ruby Chandler