ABOUT SHAKTI DEVII

DOWNDOG

* TRAININGS & CREDENTIALS *

* 500 HR REGISTERED YOGA TEACHER * YOGA ALLIANCE *

* 200 HR Hatha Yoga Teacher Training * Rishikesh Yogpeeth, Rishikesh India *

* 200 HR Tantra & Raja Yoga Teacher Training * ASM Montana Sanctuary, Kila, MT *

* 800 HR Tattvika & Acharya Training * Ananda Seva Mission, Gurukula Institute, CA *

* 300 HR Yoga Therapy Training * The Ananda Seva Mission, Gurukula Institute, CA *

* Yoga Life & Prout Immersion * Dharmalaya & The Prout Institute, Eugene, OR *

 shakti

SEARCHING FOR MY-SELF IN THE DEEP SOUTH

I AM A YOGA & MEDITATION TEACHER BORN & RAISED IN THE DEEP SOUTH. I HAIL FROM THE CAPITAL CITY OF LOUISIANA, SURROUNDED BY RAPIDLY DISAPPEARING MARSH & SWAMP LANDS. AT LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY, I FOCUSED IN RELIGIOUS STUDIES, ANTHROPOLOGY & PSYCHOLOGY. WITH A GROWING INTEREST IN ZEN MEDITATION & COMMUNITY ASANA, I LEFT THE UNIVERSITY TO FOCUS ENERGY TOWARD ESOTERIC STUDIES & YOGIC TRAININGS & SELF-DISCOVERY.

NORTHERN & SOUTHERN INDIA

IN 2008 I TRAVELED TO INDIA COMPLETING A 200 HOUR TRADITIONAL HATHA YOGA TEACHER TRAINING IN RISHIKESH & TWO 10-DAY VIPASSANA MEDITATION COURSES IN RAJASTHAN & NEW DELHI. I ALSO TRAVELED ALONG THE KERALA COASTLINE  VISITING THE SIVANANDA ASHRAM & THE HOLY ASHRAM OF AMMA, THE HUGGING SAINT.  THE IMMERSION INTO TRADITIONAL HATHA YOGA PRACTICES AND VIPASSANA MEDITATION WAS RADICALLY TRANSFORMATIVE.

OREGON CALIFORNIA & MONTANA

IN 2010, I MOVED TO EUGENE, OREGON TO PARTICIPATE A YOGIC IMMERSION PROGRAM AT THE DHARMALAYA CENTER FOR HUMAN DEVELOPMENT. AFTER SEVERAL MONTHS OF DAILY YOGIC MEDITATION, ASANA & KARMA YOGA, & WEEKLY BHAKTI GATHERINGS, I FULLY SURRENDERED AND FELL IN LOVE WITH THE PATH. IN 2010 & 2011, I CONTINUED WITH THE ADVANCED TRAININGS, COMPLETING A 200 HOUR TANTRA & RAJA TEACHER TRAINING & THE TATTVIIKA MEDITATION & PHILOSOPHY TRAINING TO BECOME AN ACHARYA OF THE ANANDA SEVA MISSION. IN 2012, I WAS THEN ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND AND COMPLETE 300 HOURS OF TRAINING IN YOGA THERAPY.

RETURNING & DEPARTING – A NOMAD AT HEART

WITH OVER 1,200 HOURS OF TRAINING, I RETURNED TO LOUISIANA TO BEGIN TEACHING IN 2012.  MY WORKSHOPS & CLASSES HAVE FOCUSED ON THE ENERGETICS  OF ASANA, YOGA THERAPY, PRANAYAMA, MUDRA, THE UPPER LIMBS & MEDITATION, TANTRIK & YOGIC PHILOSOPHY, THE SUBTLE BODY, MANTRA, NADA YOGA, CHANTING & SOUND HEALING. AFTER TEACHING ONE YEAR I MOVED TO RHINEBECK, NEW YORK, IN APRIL OF 2013 TO LIVE WORK & PLAY AT THE OMEGA INSTITUTE. I AM CURRENTLY COMPLETING A FULL SEASON AT THE OMEGA INSTITUTE AND WILL MOVE TO HAWAII IN 2014 TO BEGIN ESTABLISHING A CAREER AS AN ARTIST & TEACHER.

THE FORMATIVE & CREATIVE YEARS

FORTUNATELY, SUPPORTED IN MY CREATIVE DEVELOPMENT FROM YOUTH – THANKS TO AMAZING PARENTS & THE GIFTED AND TALENTED PROGRAM – MY EARLY YOUTH AND TEENAGE YEARS WERE ENRICHED BY THE VISUAL & PERFORMING ARTS. I WAS COMMITTED TO SUZUKI VIOLIN AND DANCE LESSONS FROM THE AGE OF FIVE. THE VISUAL ARTS, DRAWING & PHOTOGRAPHY, BECAME AN INTENSE FOCUS AS I BEGAN HIGH SCHOOL IN 2000. I WAS BLESSED WITH VERY GIFTED AND PASSIONATE VISUAL ARTS & MUSIC TEACHERS. THANKS TO THE OMEGA INSTITUTE, I HAVE RENEWED MY VOWS TO THE VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS, FINDING MY NICHE IN PSYCHEDELIC, VISIONARY & SPIRITUALLY INSPIRED ART & MUSIC. AT THIS TIME, I COMPOSE, RECORD & PRODUCE MY MUSIC.

THE MAGNETISM OF MYSTICISM

FROM EARLY CHILDHOOD I WAS FASCINATED BY THE PARANORMAL. I COLLECTED AND READ MANY BOOKS — WITCHCRAFT, MYTHOLOGY, GHOSTS, EGYPT & ATLANTIS — LIVING PRIMARILY IN THE IMAGINATION. WITH VERY LITTLE SUPPORT AND STIMULATION WITHIN THE EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM, ITS ONE-SIZE-FITS-ALL APPROACH TO TEACHING & LEARNING, I ESCAPED INTO THE ARTS & PSYCHEDELIC DRUGS. AFTER THE PRESSURES OF A PREMATURE AND DISTURBING SPIRITUAL EMERGENCE EXPERIENCE, I WAS PERMITTED TO LEAVE TO LEAVE HIGH SCHOOL JUNIOR YEAR, AND EARN A G.E.D. OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS I BEGAN THE PROCESS OF HEALING AND RECOVERY FROM A TRAUMATIC AWAKENING THAT LEFT MY ENERGETIC SYSTEM AND PSYCHE IN A STATE OF DISARRAY.

SPIRITUAL EMERGENCE & SPINNING THE COCOON

IN 2004, I BEGAN ASSIMILATING & INTEGRATING ASTROLOGY AS A WAY OF LIFE AND A WAY OF UNDERSTANDING LIFE REFLECTED IN A GROWING UNDERSTANDING OF MYSELF AS AN EMBODIED BEING, A PERSONALITY, A CONSCIOUSNESS. TEACHING MYSELF ASTROLOGY & THE GUITAR PROVIDED IMMEASURABLE HEALING & SOLACE DURING A DIFFICULT TIME. A TIME IN WHICH MY ENTIRE MIND-BODY STRUCTURE WAS IN THE ARDUOUS & FRUSTRATING PROCESS OF BEING DECONSTRUCTED AND REWIRED. I ALSO SPENT HOURS AT A TIME DANCING ALL OVER THE HOUSE. THESE BECAME REGULAR RITUALS AND PRAYERS. IT AFFIRMED WITHIN ME THE CERTAINTY THAT OTHERS IN A PROCESS OF SPIRITUAL EMERGENCE COULD USE SYSTEMS LIKE ASTROLOGY & THE PREFORMING ARTS FOR HEALING.

LIVING & BREATHING THE ESOTERIC ARTS

I CURRENTLY USE ASTROLOGY AND OTHER SACRED SYSTEMS – TAROT, NUMEROLOGY, KABBALAH, SACRED GEOMETRY – AS TOOLS TO COMMUNE & INTERPRET THE DIVINE. I DRAW FROM INTUITIVE & EVOLUTIONARY ASTROLOGY, CURRENTLY REMAINING A SELF-TAUGHT ASTROLOGER & INTUITIVE CHANNEL.

THE PAST & FUTURE ARE ALWAYS PRESENT

RECENTLY I HAVE TAKEN TO WRITING AS A CREATIVE & SPIRITUALLY UPLIFTING OUTLET, CAPTURING A “CHANNELED FLOW” IN THE PROCESS OF AUTOMATIC FREE-WRITING. BECAUSE MY PRIMARY BACKGROUND IS TANTRA, YOGA & BUDDHISM, THE FLOW TAKES THE TONES OF THESE PARADIGMS, HOWEVER I DRAW FROM ALL PARADIGMS, WITH THE INTENTION OF AIMING MY BOW AT THE TARGET OF UNIVERSAL TRUTH. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED PLEASE VISIT & FOLLOW MY BLOG

FUTURE ACTIVISM & HUMANITARIAN ENDEAVORS

PRESERVING GAIA! SERVING AS ANOTHER BIG VOICE FOR THE PLANT & ANIMAL KINGDOM, HUMANS INCLUDED! MINDFUL EDUCATION & HEALING FOR ALL: YOGA & MEDITATION, VISUAL, PREFORMING & MARTIAL ARTS IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS & AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS AS WELL AS ALL SPIRITUALLY & CREATIVELY STARVED DEMOGRAPHICS. REVOLUTIONARY PREGNANCY & PARENTING – RETURNING TO COMMUNITY – RETURNING TO THE TRIBE – REUNITE WITH GAIA. LAST BUT NOT LEAST, I WANT TO EMPOWER PEOPLE TO TAKE THEIR HEALTH & HEALING BACK INTO THEIR OWN HANDS!


 

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