events & teacher training

Shakti offers workshop and training opportunities throughout the year aimed at inspiring and deepening your personal practice. We believe there’s always something new to learn, and much to be gained from a beginner’s mindset. Look here for workshops with guest teachers, weekend intensives, teacher trainings, and more.

Vim & Vigor

Intermediate Backbend Workshop with Brette

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24 • 12-3PM • $40

Ready to move into deeper and stronger backbends? Add some vim and vigor beyond the usual class back bending experience. We will prep all the body parts needed and refine understanding of Urdhva Dhanurasana, Viparita Dandasana and their variations.

This is an intermediate workshop. Prerequisites are the ability to kick up into handstand unassisted and being able to do Urdhva Dhanurasana with straight arms.

February Satsang

“Art, the Artist, Truth, and the Liar: Finding the Space of In-Between” by Douglas Brooks

Gateway Market

Please join us for a conversation around this particular blogpost that Douglas has written. I am interested in taking time to think together about what he has to say, about the yoga that he describes, trying to fold his ideas into my own life in a more provocative way. This is what he urges here.

Read the post linked below, make some notes perhaps, and come along for conversation and life.

Douglas will be here at Shakti March 23-25 for a weekend of stories and provocations for our minds and hearts. Plan to join us then as well. 

— Joseph

Art, the Artist, Truth, and the Liar: Finding the Space of In-Between

A blogpost by Douglas Brooks  January 31, 2018

“Rajanaka teaches that the space of incongruity, the field that appears because of the irresolvable and inevitable recurrence of disconnection is the field of yoga, the field of connection. In other words, it is to inhabit that field of alterity where the conflict will necessarily define the field itself that makes us consider what we can do and who we want to be. To return to that dissimilarity between who we want to be and who we are: day after day and in story after story, that is what we need to do. Our effort is the process that sees the inevitable disconnection as a resource of deeper connection.”

Finding Confidence in the Upside Down World of Postures

Inversions Workshop with Lisa

SATURDAY, MARCH 3 • 1-3PM • $25

Do you dread when it's time to go upside down in class? Or feel stuck in the same place?

Lots (and lots) of practice and patience are key ingredients for feeling comfortable and finding success in the upside down world of postures. But sometimes we need to take a step back and break down the components of these postures to more fully understand what's holding us back.

Join Lisa for an investigative approach by working on the many parts of common inverted postures such as handstand, forearm stand and shoulderstand. Put all the pieces back together and shed new light on these poses in your practice.

Dr. Douglas Brooks

Stories of the Moonlight Goddess

MARCH 23-25
Friday, 6-8 PM
Saturday, 10 AM-12:30 PM & 2 PM-4:30 PM
Sunday, 10 AM-12:30 PM
The rich mythologies of the Great Goddess are fertile ground for deep self-reflection about our mortal human life.  Where we stand in the natural world, how we live in society and in relationships of intimacy and within the complexities of the everyday, and, at last, how we imagine ourselves and nurture our identity. 

There are a series of goddesses from deep South India that embody a kind of sweet ferocity, appearing as it were in forms that mean to charm and soothe us even as they hold within them a fire and ferocity that cuts to the core of our human situation.  These goddesses embody nature, connect to relationships of love, teach us about care and terror, courage and fear, and the important narratives that create a life of contemplation and reflection.  Each one of them has a story, an image, and a teaching that enriches and transforms our self-understanding and invites us to alchemize our innermost being.  We will study them each as individuals and put them together to create a coherent whole.  This means that you can come to any one session or, better yet, come to all and see the rich connections and complexities that emerge.  You are every character in every story and in each of these stories you'll see yourself and the world around you.  Never has an ancient teaching been so relevant and useful for today's world. 

NO previous knowledge is expected or required.  Everything you need to learn you already possess. Bring an open mind and a willing heart.  The teachings here are about living in the familiar worlds we all inhabit.

SESSION 1: Friday 6PM
Minakshi, The Fish Eyed Goddess

Finding her home in the Honey City that is today called Madurai, Minakshi is a warrior princess with a fascinating and beautiful story of emergence, battles with demons outside and in, and a complex marriage to the Beautiful Lord Shiva. Her story is about discovering our roots, turning to our gifts, and nurturing our creativity.

SESSION 2: Saturday 10AM
Kali and Mariyamman

Many students of yoga will recognize the images of Kali and Durga, who are usually presented as a pair, and find their roots in the oldest known sources for the study of goddess in the Sanskrit language. We will take up the essential Kali myths as resources for understanding the depths of passion, ferocity, and love that permeate the strange traditions of the Great Mother. In addition, we will turn to a local formulation from the Tamil tradition, the great Mariyamman, the Mother of the Rains who in folk traditions takes on many of the same Kali forms and attributes but draws us even further into the primal and essential stories of life, death, love, sex, food, and self-creativity.

SESSION 3: Saturday 2PM
Sivakamasundari and Kamaski

The goddess called the Beautiful One of Shiva's Desire is Sivakamasundari, who appears as the consort of the famous Dancer, Shiva Nataraja. Her story is one of mature relationships that define us through our most essential needs. Her myth draws us into the complexities of life as a "dance" that invites us to graceful movement in the midst of tumultuous realities. Kamaski is literally the one whose Eyes Are Desire. She too has a remarkable story of love and loss and reclamation and a presence that includes many of the rich esoteric teachings of the Tantra. We will explore both of these great goddesses in ways that allow us to find beneficence in the fury of the everyday world.

SESSION 4: Sunday 10AM
Akhilandesvari, the Crocodile Goddess

Akhilandesvari, the Crocodile Goddess, is "never not broken," the Unbroken Goddess who has as her "vehicle" the Crocodile. This great goddess keeps the company of Shiva as Jambukesvara, the Lord of the Jambu Tree that is nothing less than the universe itself. Here we discover a rich symbolism and conversation about elemental desires, hopes, dreams, and terrors. From this goddess we learn to break ourselves so that we might break into ourselves to discover a more complex self of empowered possibilities.