“Through the ancient arts of yoga, Ayurveda, and meditation, I have gained tools to alleviate my addictive tendencies, depression, anxiety, trauma, and more. Through my work at Shakti Healing Therapies, I hope to share these profound practices with others.” — Shakti Christel
Shakti Christel is a certified Sivananda Yoga Instructor, artist, intuitive, recovering addict, and near-death survivor. Her work blends the practices of Hatha yoga, Ayurveda, energy healing, breathwork, and meditation into a daily sadhana aimed to help heal physical, mental, and emotional pain while reconnecting with the higher spiritual Self. She believes in the power of mind over matter and the simply magical healing power of the breath. Shakti Christel is always learning and discovering new tools on her life-long healing journey and freely shares these insights with others so that they too can heal. Shakti Christel teaches private and group yoga and fitness classes and offers workshops, retreats, and art+yoga parties for those who are looking for a fun way to use yoga to connect with their friends and open up their creative side.
Trainings & Certifications
May 2016: The Breath Center Teacher Training Series #1
Michael Brian Baker • Joshua Tree, CA
November 2013: Thai Yoga Massage Levels 1 & 2 Certification
Kam Thye Chow • Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat • Nassau, Bahamas
November 2013: Ayurveda Body Treatments Certification
Lalita Devi • Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat • Nassau, Bahamas
November 2012: Art & Yoga Teacher Certification
Hari Kirin Kaur Khalsa • Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health • Stockbridge, MA
June 2012: Reiki Levels 1 & 2 Certification
Suesie Hartman, Reiki Master/Teacher • Bowmansville, PA
November 2011: Vedanta and Silence Certification Course
Swami Sitaramananda • Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm • Grass Valley, CA
April 2010: Chakras & Asanas Certification Course
Shari Friedrichsen • Himalayan Institute • Honesdale, PA
July 2010: Yoga of Recovery Counselor Certification
Durga Leela (Catherine O’Neill) • Sivananda Ashram Yoga Ranch • Woodbourne, NY
February 2010: Sivananda Yoga Teacher Training Certification, 200 hr
Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat • Nassau, Bahamas
Mar 2010 – Present: Independent Yoga & Fitness Instructor
I have experience working in studios, at ashrams, resorts and in other settings. I’ve taught private and group classes (small & very large), with young & old people of varying levels and physical abilities.
Jun 2013 – Present: Yoga & Ayurveda Wellness Consultant
I offer lifestyle coaching based on the principles of yoga and its sister science, Ayurveda.
Jan – Jun 2016: Santa Fe Life After Death Meetup Group
Founder of a monthly Meetup discussion group which focuses on the topic “Life After Death” and other paranormal experiences.
Aug 2015 – May 2016: Jump Start Santa Fe Fitness Instructor
Personal trainer, fitness instructor, weight loss coach, and hiking guide at the Jump Start Weight Loss & Wellness Retreat at the Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado, Santa Fe, NM.