Be Shakti: Yoga Teacher

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Spiritually athletic in nature and practice, Be Shakti finds gratitude in movement, stillness, and transition. The Gemini in her is most clearly expressed through being an old soul, and yet maintaining a deep connection to her inner child. The balance of the two being currently explored as the sacred feminine: intuitive, loving, energetic, fierce, playful. She teaches sequencing that is traditional, spiritual and geometric -with boundaries of line and space that do not limit, but rather guide and show oneself - to oneself. Exposing one's strengths, as well as one's vulnerabilities. Freeing the spirit, igniting the soul. Be graduated from NYU's Gallatin School with the concentration of Human Wellness, Addiction, and Culture Studies and completed her original 200 hour training in Todos Santos, Mexico at the Yandara Yoga Institute. As an ERYT she has completed advanced trainings with Manju Pattahbi Jois in the Primary Series of Ashtanga, Hala Khouri in Teaching Yoga to At Risk Adults and Youth, Allison Eaton in Reiki Master Training, as well as through personal one-on-one mentorship with Lauren Imparato of I.AM.YOU.

What do I do best?

Doing something the best is a lot of pressure. I’ve had too many great teachers, influencers, and folks who I look up to come before me to say what I do or offer is the best. But, what I do think I excel at is creating and holding space for students and communities to feel, to practice, and to explore the magnitude of their own being and heart. 

What makes me the best version of myself?

I think what makes me the best version of myself are all of the moments that have shortened my breath and challenged me. The ones that have broken me a little bit, not to break me, but to OPEN my heart even more to life. It has been through these moments that I get more clear on who I am, what values most to me, and how I can better sculpt and craft my everyday actions and thoughts to reflect what matters the most.

What are my aspirations?

I want to keep doing what I’m doing, and more of it. I think one of the most heartbreaking things in today’s society is that so many folks don’t love what they do. That’s what kills the human spirit. Teaching isn’t lucrative and is can be energetically exhausting , but I hope I can do it until the day I die. Or as Ram Dass says, “until i drop the body.”

My Biggest Success?

I think this is and will always be all of the small lamp light moments that I’ve been a small part of with students on their path - whether it be in overcoming chronic pain, dropping an addiction, or waking up to more sweetness.

My Most Challenging Moment?

My most challenging moment is still to this day the loss of my brother and constantly checking in with this experience as a reminder of brief and fleeting life can be. And that all we have is this moment, now. From there, how can I in each moment come a little bit closer to love, and away from fear and anxiety? It’s an everyday battle, but it has allowed me to excavate a certain kind of resiliency of heart.

My Motto?

Light to guide. Dark to learn. Root to live.

I say it at the end of each class. Essentially it’s a reminder to let light in all of its bodies and forms (teachers, lovers, tribes) guide us and help us on our path. To learn from the shadows of life and the challenging moments. And to always move and act and live from the heart.

My Favorite People/Role Models?

My teacher Raghunath - I call him my heart teacher. He’s always been so honest and vulnerable in how he teaches and guides. He’s made me into a waterfall of tears a thousand times. Each time breaking through with a smile. He has taught me so much about the endurance of the heart and has been an integral part of my growth as a woman, a teacher, and an embodied soul.

Maria Cutrona as well. She is one fierce reckoning of a woman and its in her teachings that I’m reminded our work (as spiritual beings) is meant for this plane, this earth, now. She genuinely lives her practice and is a beautiful force of Durga and Kali. All Ma energy.

Also, my Mom. Always.

My Favorite Places/Destinations?

Bali holds a place in my heart and is also a vortex of mysticism and magic.

Playa Maderas in Nicaragua because those waters have washed over me and pummled me plenty times through.

Red Hook in Brooklyn because it’s streets feel like home and it’s on the waters edge.

My Favorite Products/Objects?

I don’t like things much but I do love me some Halo Ice Cream, gluten free Grahams, and popsicles.

Realizing those are all food, I also love handmade soaps.

My Current Passions?

Swimming and all things in the water. Especially surfing. The feeling of paddling out into the sea is pure ecstasy to me and makes me feel simultaneously small and Infinite.

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