Children’s Yoga Books and Videos

Looking for great ways to introduce yoga and mindfulness to the little ones in your life? Shakti owner and instructor Jillian Amodio has created kids content that is sure to encourage and enlighten children and families. Check out her new book Yogaventure, available on Amazon.

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This rhythmic picture book will guide you through a series of poses and introduce you to some fun characters along the way. Fly with a butterfly, climb a mountain, dance with a prince and princess, and fall asleep by the light of the moon. A perfect introduction to yoga suitable for all ages and levels of experience. Looking for more adventures? Download the free Yogaventure song!

If you are looking for videos, check out the Youtube Channel Mindful Minutes for more videos like this

For more yoga and mindfulness activities the whole family will love, including crafts check out Jillian’s Kids Corner blog.

 

Namaste!

Shakti Studio

 

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Singing Bowls are Back!

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Join us for our second Sound Meditation! Stacee Johnson  is back at Shakti Studio

offering a second Singing bowl and sound meditation.

Prepare for complete relaxation! This dual workshop experience brings yoga and sound together to create a serene environment where you can explore a deep state of relaxation to bring about balance and peace.

We’ll start with a gentle yoga flow using a series of slow, graceful movements to help busy minds quiet and muscle tension release. Focused breathing techniques combine with yoga poses allowing a tranquil start to your relaxation journey. Then, settle into savasana and prepare to experience a heightened state of relaxation through Sound Meditation. Feel yourself slip into a peaceful, meditative state as the calming sound waves of crystal & Himalayan singing bowls, bells, chimes, and vocal tones surround you.

Participants are encouraged to dress in comfortable clothing and bring anything that will allow them to easily lay on the floor for the Sound Meditation segment. (i.e. pillow, favorite blanket, etc.) Yoga mats and blankets will be available for use.

No experience is necessary. Come with an open mind, ready to unwind through yoga and the vibrations of sound!

 

Shakti Studio- Annapolis, MD

Saturday, October 28, 2017 1:00-2:30pm

Contact Shakti Studio to register.  443- 254-4319

 

 

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Join us for a Summer Sound Meditation

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Join us on August 13th from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm for an unforgettable experience. $35 per person and you will be guided into complete relaxation through soothing movements and sounds.

Prepare for complete relaxation! This 90-minute dual workshop experience brings yoga and sound together to create a serene environment where you can explore a deep state of relaxation to bring about balance and peace.
We’ll start with a gentle yoga flow using a series of slow, graceful movements to help busy minds quiet and muscle tension release. Focused breathing techniques combine with yoga poses allowing a tranquil start to your relaxation journey.
Then, settle into savasana and prepare to experience a heightened state of relaxation through Sound Meditation. Feel yourself slip into a peaceful, meditative state
as the calming sound waves of crystal & Himalayan singing bowls, bells, chimes, and vocal tones surround you.
Participants are encouraged to dress in comfortable clothing.
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On Site Classes Now Offered

Shakti Studio is pleased to announce that we now offer a variety of onsite classes. These classes are perfect for offices and business seeking to enhance workplace morale, as well as places such as assisted living facilities, retirement communities, and childcare facilities looking to add health and wellness options to their offerings. Contact us to set up a trial class!

 

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New Classes and Upcoming Events

A couple of New Classes have recently been added including Level 2-3 classes for those looking for a more challenging class, an evening Baby and Me class to accommodate the schedule of working parents, and a twice monthly Friday evening TGIF Restorative practice. Check out the full schedule here.

Join us tomorrow Friday May 26th for yoga Happy Hour!

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Join us for an Ayurvedic Spring Cleanse

Mark March 26th on your calendar and join us at Shakti Studio for the Annual Spring Cleanse!

Why Cleanse?

According to Ayurveda, the 5000-year-old Indian science of self-care seasonal

detoxification is a prerequisite for optimal health. Symptoms of excess toxicity

and poor digestion can include acid reflux, IBS, weight gain (especially around

the middle), joint pain, the inability to digest wheat and/or dairy, depression,

brain fog, and fatigue just to name a few. The failure to metabolize emotions

produces just as much toxic residue as undigested food. In fact, pent up anger,

long held sadness, and lingering guilt are more debilitating for most people than

problems with physical digestion. If you’ve been storing physical and emotional

toxicity you can choose to cleanse your body of this toxic sludge, reset your

digestion, and enjoy better health and happiness in your life.

Why Spring?

Following natures’ lead this is the time of year when we naturally want to clean

out the clutter. We spring clean our homes, clear out the closets, and clean up

our yards. Why not our bodies and minds? Springtime offers us an abundance

of lighter foods that are perfect for detoxifying the body from the heaviness of

winter. Taking the time to simplify our diet and define a system of daily health

care practices helps us move into spring and summer with a lighter body and

clearer mind.

Why Shakti?

Research shows that by participating in a community based cleanse you will be

more successful. At Shakti, we will guide you through this 14-day process.

Included in the cleanse is the starter cleanse packet, 1 in house workshops,

cleanse protocols, shopping lists, recipes, & 14 days of daily Facebook support.

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Ever-Changing Practice

yogaYoga is profoundly personal for each indiviudal. It affords opportunities for self-discovery and introspection. Perhaps the greatest part of a continuous yoga practice, is that it is ever-changing.

Yoga has been a part of my life for nearly eleven years now. Six years ago it became an even bigger part of my life when I was diagnosed with endometrisis and found relief with the help of Asana and Pranayama exercises. Five years ago, yoga again gained more importance in my life with the birth of my first child.

Yoga has made me more comfortable with my body and with my mind. It has taught me to appreciate silence. It has taught me compassion towards myself and others. Perhaps most importantly however, is that yoga has provided me with a way to continuously bond with my children.

When I was pregnant with both of my children I was mesmerized by, and completely consumed with the little life that was taking shape within my body. A tiny soul was depending on me for protection and nourishment. Pregnancy was exhausting and at times brutal, but it was so unlike anything else I have ever experienced; profound in nature.

I had never felt closer, more connected, or more bonded to anything in my entire life than I did to each of my children while carrying them. When each of them were born I remember trying to hold them as close as I could, adoring the way they seemed to burrow into my body as if they too were seeking the same closeness we had enjoyed for so many months before their arrival.

During my pregnancies prenatal yoga and meditation helped me to focus on the intense bond that I shared with my developing children. After their births I strived to find a way to hold onto that deep connection and continue nurturing the intense bond that we shared.

I turned once again to my beloved yoga practice to connect with my children. I found a deep connection, a profound bonding experience while wearing my infant wrapped comfortably against my chest as I practiced a gentle sequence. I loved the feeling of his sweet baby breath against my skin.  I found comfort in the way his hands found their way into the hair that hung down my shoulders, holding tightly to it as if it were the most precious of possessions. He became part of my practice, part of my meditation on motherhood.

As my daughter has grown from an infant, to a toddler, and now a kindergartner, she has developed an intense desire for independence. This is both something that I rejoice in and also something that brings a slight twinge of sadness as I struggle for a way to hold on to a physical connection with a child who no longer sits still long enough to hold. Now one way we make an effort to connect and enjoy each other’s presence is with a series of partner poses designed to make us focus and rely on each other.

With each new stage of my life, my yoga practice continues to evolve along with it. Including my children in my yoga practice has served to deepen my love of yoga even further than I could have ever imagined and has given me the honor of watching my children benefit from it as well.

This is perhaps why two of my favorite classes we offer and certainly my favorite to teach, are the Mommy & Me and Family classes. I want to share this way of bonding and this truly beautiful experience with other mothers as well.

No matter where you are in your practice, never stop growing! Yoga is a lifelong journey with endless lessons to learn, and boundless gifts to give.yoga1

Namaste.

-Jillian

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