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Shakti Yoga & Embodied Dance

Circles for Women

You are invited to join me for a 5 week series

🌹 Offering women a nourishing 2.5 hour practice to slow down, feel, and nourish their relationship to their womb, heart & voice via a guided movement journey with feminine embodiment yoga & free movement

🌹 Monday evenings 6:30-9pm

🌹 A small intimate Circle at my Home Temple in Richardson, ACT

🌹 Series: ‘Sensual Waters’ with Lalita Tripura Sundari as our Guiding Goddess

Dates:

⚡ TASTER CIRCLE ~ 13th May

⚡ 5 WEEK SERIES ~ 20th May – 1st July (excluding public holidays 27th May & 10th June)

💧 BONUS ~ Playlist for home practice for women joining the series. 💧

🔻 Shakti Yoga & Embodied Dance Circle is for women who are looking for practice that offers a journey of deep self connection, and who wish to nourish their connection to their womb, heart and voice, within a sacred container of sisterhood.
 
💃 In this beautiful and grounding practice, women are gently guided to connect to their bodies and welcome in the wisdom of their own body experience through both structed and organic movement, and sound practices

What Does Shakti Mean?

Shakti is a Sanskrit word which describes the innate power in reality, its energy and aliveness that exists in all of creation. Shakti is also the concept, or personification, of divine feminine creative power.

❤️‍🔥 Shakti is Innate Power.

❤️‍🔥 Shakti is Sacred Energy.

❤️‍🔥 Shakti is Life Force.

❤️‍🔥 Shakti is the creative energy of the Universe.

About Shakti Yoga

🔻 Shakti Yoga is a womb-centred yoga which offers a way to awaken and tune into the energy of Shakti. It is designed specifically for the female body and cycles and sees the physiology of the female body as gateways to connect more deeply in our bodies and tune into the energy of Shakti. 

Shakti Yoga includes mudras, mantras and movement rituals as women are somatically guided to tune into and move their body, thus cultivating a deeper relationship with herself. Shakti Yoga is gentle, nurturing and enlivening, connecting women more to their life essence, and to reclaim and feel more sensual and powerful in their feminine energy as they deepen into practice.

🔻 It is a transformative yoga practice that paves a pathway to being able to fully inhabit and express from the body, to enhance a woman’s vitality, and widen her capacity to feel more pleasure and aliveness in everyday life. The practice often brings a sense of ‘coming home’ into our bodies and a sense of aliveness within.

About Embodied Dance

💃 A key movement ritual in Shakti Yoga is about organic and unstructured movement the body desires to make. In Shakti Yoga circles with ‘Embodied Dance’ this movement ritual becomes one of the main focuses of practice.

Embodied Dance is a form of conscious movement which is about exploring the unique rhythm of movement in each moment. This is not the structured or linear movement of dance many of us are familiar with. There are no set movements – it is free-flowing, letting go of all pretense, judgement and expectations as women are invited to tune into how their body wants to be expressed.

This practice is about expressing the body in movement in whatever way that feels natural and authentic in each moment. It is about allowing the body to lead.

💃 Embodied Dance is explored in 2 main practices – the ‘shadow dance’ & the ‘free dance’.

Women are guided to meet the mystery of shadow though the expression of free and unstructured movement, as we understand the shadow are simply parts of ourselves with unmet needs. We welcome in what we may have shut down as we embrace ourselves in our wholeness. It also allows any stagnant energy that may be held in the body to move through.

💃 After allowing what needs to be moved and then shaken through, women are guided into ‘free dance’ practice. Here women are invited to feel themselves in their wholeness.

Embodied Dance is a powerful practice for self-expression, connecting to your body and emotions and allowing free movement as way to come into deeper connection of your own body wisdom and creativity.

“I have been doing Kate’s dance circle for over two years, and I must say I rarely miss a class. This dance session has become part of my weekly ritual, where I find myself anchoring my intentions for the week and also calling in my soul journey as I begin the week. As a therapist, I find these sessions a powerful somatic self-healing ritual in enhancing my ability to stay present to myself. I couldn’t recommend these sessions highly enough if you are looking for a tool to increase somatic awareness and develop intimacy with your body and sensations. Kate’s ability to hold a gentle, empathic and safe container is pretty spesh. Quite the offering!”
 
JAISY

What to Expect

🔴 We gather and practice in the shape of a Circle. This is always a beautiful reminder of the history of women who have long gathered in circles to share their stories, thoughts, ideas and experiences, and a reminder that there is no hierarchy – we are all equal. Circles are valuable and important as they give us time and space to honour ourselves individually and also collectively, while cultivating the container of sisterhood.
 
As women enter the space, they are welcomed with Rose spray. Rose oil will also be offered at the beginning of each practice as an opening ritual to embrace her delightful scent.
 
🔴 The practice begins with women being guided to connect to their body and and main energy centres. Women are guided to express sound with the invitation to welcome authentic expression. Exploring sound and using the voice is potent medicine. I wrote a Blog about that here.
The Shakti yoga flow centres around connecting into the pelvic bowl and the womb space, generating and cultivating energy while being curious and connected to the body and sensation. This leads the practice into the Embodied Dance portion before being guided into nourishing ways to slow down.
 
We welcome in singing of a mantra (usually) to connect to the energies and frequency of the guiding goddess.
 
There is space for relaxation and to hear the story of the guiding goddess, and time for sharing before the completion of each circle.
 
🔴 Each week the amazing curated playlists change. There is a variety of music and genres used throughout each series.
 
Benefits include deepening the relationship with your body, more awareness of your energy and internal compass, permission to be you, joy, healing, community and connection.
“I’m so grateful for the circles – they are incredibly grounding, nourishing and liberating, and I’m really starting to feel shifts from the cumulative effect too. It’s a beautiful journey each time with all the thoughtful details from the anointing essence at the start to the fire, altar space and poetry. And your personal flavour and gifts create the fullness of the experience – from the banging playlists, your infamous voice, the emotional safety to express and be held and witnessed and the deep feminine guidance to slowly and naturally weave us into connection with our bodies.”
 
RACHEL

Each series runs for 5 weeks during school terms, and each has its own seasonal flavour and guiding goddess.

This series is inspired by the season Autumn.

This series is an invitation to honour what we are releasing rather ignoring, suppressing or pushing through. It is also the season to honour our sensual delight and life force energy.

Together we will honour the medicine of both release and decent, while exploring and reclaiming our sensuality, opening more pathways to pleasure in our bodies.

It is a time to soften, surrender and slow down. It is a time to feel and BE with what feels enlivening within, and enhances our own vitality.

“…She calls you to freedom, asking you to make space by decluttering, descending, and deepening your connection to self. 
 
If it is honored, rather than pushed through, we gain the medicine of the archetypal energies underlying the bite. The medicine of our true er0tic natures, the medicine of our authenticity.
 
She offers us the ripest physical, mental and emotional environment for the life force energy of kundalini by asking us to shed the layers of all that is not serving the true pleasure well of life’s softening, slowing and surrendering.
 
She is not interested in the basic hits of short lived pleasures so many of us have come accustomed to chasing.
 
She seeks the sensual pleasure within each breath, the pulse of each drop of blood, and the taste of your own saliva.” 
 
~The Descent by Vanessa at WeavingHearth.com

Hi, I’m Kate.

My passion for supporting women to deepen their connection to their bodies began as I wanted to share medicine that had transformed my own life. In 2013 I started attending a feminine embodiment yoga class – which I continued to attend for years, until my first teacher and mentor, Wendy Phillis stopped offering them. It was these classes that changed so much for me.
 
I used to feel numb, shut down and stagnant. I felt disconnected from my body wisdom, my emotions and generally lacked a sense of vitality and pleasure in life.
 
I still remember a day that I stood by my fireplace feeling so much sadness and grief. There was a sense of energetically turning my attention to meet and see these feelings. For the first time, I stayed with the big feelings and allowed them to move me as I cried and sobbed.
 
I realised I had come to this meeting place of being with, rather than running from these feelings, because of all the practice I had of slowly meeting myself in these yoga classes. That moment was key for me to really connect to the growth I had made without even noticing. A nourishing gift I was only just beginning to see it potency of.
I didn’t need to DO anything, but just BE. I had started to enter my own internal mystery with the gentle movements and their intentions in a circle of other women moving at their own pace. And how the energy of that container also supported me more to drop even deeper into presence of my own body and feelings.
 
Somewhere along the way I allowed the gentle whispers of my intuition to take centre stage. And in one such class, I had a vision of me sharing these types of circles, in my own way, with other women.
So I said YES.
 
Soon afterward I began a teacher training for dance and movement. It was so much fun and I loved how alive and how much energy was in my body after participating in the practices. It made so much sense to me to blend some of the yoga with dance! This became a personal practice for me and felt so wonderful, that I created the first ever Embodied Dance Circles.
 
And in time, Shakti Yoga unexpectedly found her way into my inbox! In 2022 I completed my 9 month teacher training with my teacher and mentor, Jasmine Rose, which was such a beautiful deep dive into the magic of feminine yoga and embodied practice. I loved how the practice of Shakti Yoga put my body, my womb, my full experience as a human woman as the centre of practice.
 
To really come home into my body, my senses, my feelings and all that is me, is powerful medicine. And so Shakti Yoga & Embodied Dance was birthed evolving from just the Embodied Dance Circles. I love that I now get to be part of this medicine that has supported and contributed to me in so may ways!
 
During my journey I experienced wild imagining’s, potent energy, heartbreak and joy, the magic and mystery and deep love simmering, twirling and dancing in a wild concoction of humanness being explored by the Divine within my own inner felt sense during the years of being in these spaces.
 
I LOVED meeting my body via the physical gateways of my female body – talking about and connecting to my yoni and womb, alongside finding my voice and experiencing my heart in a whole other dimension.
 
I welcome you to join me in this wild passionate and deeply fulfilling venture of knowing your body as a temple of revelation and wisdom.
 
With love,
Kate

I would love for you to join me!

TASTER Circle 13th May. Join a circle and see if it is for you.

5 WEEK SERIES beginning 20th May

Note: If you would like to join TASTER circle as well it needs to be booked separately.

Not interested in a series? I also offer one-off yoga circles which are a luxurious 3 hour retreat. All details and upcoming dates available here, on the Shakti Yoga Women’s Retreat page.

“I highly recommend coming along. Kate’s classes are amazing, I’m loving them so much and they are helping me in all areas of my life. Plus I love how loved and supported we are in our beautiful circle- it feels so safe to be heard and to share.”
 
KERRIE

The price for the series is $205. This includes 5 x 2.5 hours sessions held on Monday evenings, and a playlist for your home practice.

Each session is held in my Home Temple which is located in Richardson, ACT. Address will be provided upon booking.

No. These circles are specifically for female bodies.

Yes! This is for all females. If you have had your womb removed, you still have the blueprint and energetic essence of the womb within you.

Yes! One-off Shakti Yoga Circles will be held on a seasonal basis. Head on over to this page for details and upcoming dates.

Yes! While I use the word 'dance' it is not the structured or linear movement of dance many of us are familiar with. It is about letting your body lead in movement, however that may look for you.

Nope! All bodies, all shapes, all ages and all fitness levels are welcome. This practice is more about the FELT sense, rather than 'performing' or getting something 'right'.

If you need to ask something not covered here, please contact me via this page.