“Through my work at Shakti Healing Therapies, I hope to share the profoundly healing practices of yoga, Ayurveda, and meditation with others.” — Shakti Christel
Christel (spiritual name, Shakti) is a certified Sivananda Yoga Instructor, artist, intuitive, recovering addict, and near-death survivor. She blends yoga, Ayurveda, energy healing, breathwork, and meditation into a joyful practice aimed to help heal physical, mental, and emotional pain while reconnecting with the higher spiritual Self.
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.
She has been lucky to gain knowledge from such masters such as Swami Swaroopananda, Dolores Cannon, Shiva Rea, Kam Thye Chow, Jeffrey Armstrong, Snatam Kaur, Simrit, and Yogi Amandeep, to name just a few.
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
June 2013: Yoga & Ayurveda Wellness Consultant Certification
David Frawley • American Institute of Vedic Studies
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. Past employers include (most recent first):
• SoulShine Yoga Studio (York, PA)
• Santa Fe Divine Healing Center (Santa Fe, NM)
• ElleWell (Santa Fe, NM)
• The Carnelian Center (Dixon, NM)
• Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat (Paradise Island, Bahamas)
• One&Only Ocean Club Resort (Paradise Island, Bahamas)
• Shakti Healing Therapies (Marietta, PA) my personal in-home studio
• Garth (Columbia, PA)
• Yoga on Orange (Lancaster, PA)
• Renaissance Yoga Studio (York, PA)
• Lotus Moon (York, PA)
• Yoga Home (York, PA)
• 8 Stones (York, PA)
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.
Jun 2012 – Aug 2012: Omega Teen Camp
I worked as a Teen Counselor, leading hikes, teaching art, yoga, yoga nidra, partner yoga, Reiki, and craft projects
August 2017: Sat Nam Fest East Volunteer (Lenox, MA)
May 2016: Shakti Fest Volunteer (Joshua Tree, CA)
Feb-May 2012, Feb-Apr 2013, Jul-Aug 2014: Advanced Karma Yoga Program (Sivananda Ashram, Paradise Island, Bahamas)
May 2012: Shakti Fest Volunteer (Joshua Tree, CA)