All of our faculty members are professional yoga teachers working at Chi-Town Shakti and in a myriad of different venues throughout Chicago and it’s surrounding areas. We teach that becoming a great teacher means becoming a great student and we constantly strive to embody that philosophy as completely as possible. As your trainers, we are your teammates, your cheerleaders and we open and grow ourselves to be an example of what is possible in your own practice, spurring you towards your own potential. It is an amazing journey we all take together and an honor and privilege to be your guides.
The daughter of a dedicated Meditator raised in Northern California's Oakland/ Berkley area Bhakti was exposed to healthy and spiritually connected living at a very young age. She began her journey with Yoga in her preteen years after discovering that her hyper-flexible body was easily injured in other physical modalities and in contrast discovered that Yoga would nourish and balance her body. Much to her surprise, her practice also evolved into a vehicle for interpersonal growth that she could both trust and rely on.
Bhakti certified through Shambhava Yoga™ Shoshoni in Colorado where she met a group of Yoga practitioners with more heart and dedication to living their practice than she had encountered in her previous 16 years of study. She lived in the Ashram there (along with her beautiful Yogi Mom) while she completed her training and continues to use that source as a touchstone for her continued growth and development.
Bhakti began training other teachers in Chicago in early 2007 at the behest of her own Hatha Yoga teacher Swami Omkari Devananda. That first training was an amazing experience! This led to the opening of Chi-Town Shakti in 2008 as a means to continue to bring the honesty and depth of Shambhava Yoga to Chicago's many Yoga students and teachers. She strives to honor the tradition of Shambhava Yoga™ and to help individuals become themselves in the role of teacher rather than conforming to an ideal or stereotype. She is grateful for the opportunity to help guide others into the life she is so dearly a part of.
Gita certified through Bhakti and Shambhava Yoga™ after years of fascination as well as respect for the practice of yoga. She has assisted in teacher trainings since Chi-Town Shakti opened it's doors in 2008. Having lead and assisted numerous subjects she has had the opportunity to see and explore the many aspects to teaching. She feels blessed to have witnessed the journey of so many yogis and yoginis. Her hope is to help trainees connect to there wish to grow, support them deepening their understanding, and help them find their unique voice in the teaching world.
"My experience with this training has been incredible. Bhakti and the other teachers did a wonderful and effective job transforming a bunch of yoginis into ready-to-be-Yoga-Teachers! Thank you so much for the love and care you have provided us with." -Madlena I.