About Dharma Shakti...
Dharma’s journey down the path of healing arts started in 2000 at the age of 19. She began learning and practicing Massage Therapy at a tiny holistic school in San Diego called Body Mind College. While working part time as a Massage Therapist and working full time at a trucking company, she continued her studies. She dabbled in many different teachings and modalities of natural health ranging from aromatherapy, shamanism, herbalism, acupressure, iridology, naturopathy, energy work, Traditional Chinese Medicine and much more.
Her massage practice led her to asana to manage the tension she was feeling in her hands, wrists, shoulders, and back, from being overworked at the spa where she was employed. As she deepened her asana practice things began to unfold naturally for her; physically, mentally and emotionally. She was prompted and guided by teachers and mentors to study Ayurvedic Medicine. Heeding the advice, and the intuitive calling, she decided to enroll at California College of Ayurveda and began her studies. Soon after her CCA enrollment, she completed an intensive yoga teacher-training immersion at the Sivananda Ashram in Grass Valley, Ca. Upon her return she started teaching yoga asana in Nov. 2005.
While studying at the Ashram she received a spiritual name from Swami Sitaramanda, according to her vedic chart. Her given name was Dharma Shakti, which means: Righteous Strength or She Who Has The Strength to Fulfill Her Purpose. Being at the ashram had deeply shifted her awareness and changed her life forever. It was a VERY challenging time but the outcome was a rebirth of her self. When she returned to Southern California she was an eternally transformed being, her life was about to embark on a whole new journey!
Dharma graduated from California College of Ayurveda in June of 2007 as a Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist and a Pancha Karma Specialist, just weeks shy of giving birth to her first son in June of 2007, taking on a whole new role in life as a mother. Having had a natural home birth (unassisted) she became an inspiration for many other mothers in the community, leading by example, balancing work life and motherhood.
That same year of 2007, Dharma started offering a free class once a week to her friends out on the bluff, which is now known as "Free Yoga on The Bluff". What started out as one simple class for her friends tunred it a full week schedule and is now offered 7 days a week and highly attended by many people in the long beach community. Weekend class attendance is 200+ ! For many people it is their first intoduction to yoga, and "Bluff Yoga" was voted "Best Yoga in Long Beach" in 2013 by the Long Beach Post.