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About Shakti


Shakti Smith
RSMT/E, RYT, APP, LMT

Movement and Dance:

Shakti is a Dynamic Embodiment Therapist and Registered Somatic Movement Therapist and Educator, Creator of Inner Body Dancing, and has been teaching Movement since 1992. Her somatic sessions and classes are supported by her movement research in the embodied disciplines of Contact Improvisation, Authentic Movement, Dance Meditations, and Body Mind Centering.

For 9 years she was on the faculty at Movement Research in Manhattan; and in addition has taught contact improvisation and authentic movement at Earthdance, Dance New England, the Boston Living Center for AIDS/HIV, Shambhala Yoga and Dance, The University of Vermont, as well as to individuals privately. From 1995 to 2013 she taught these movement disciplines intensively, guiding many into the complex expressive, embodied, athletic, connective and psycho spiritual world of Contact Improvisation. She also facilitated many weekly in the expressive, healing, and mystical movement form Authentic Movement. Her BA studies at The University of Vermont and Burlington College were focused on Religion and Transpersonal Psychology with a thesis focus on Authentic Movement and Expressive Arts Therapy.

In 1997 she trained for an intensive year in Authentic Movement with the Circus of Human Experience in Somerville, MA. For ten years she met quarterly with a group of women to do Authentic Movement for 3-4 days each time; and for twenty years guided others in the practice of this form, often in day and weekend long workshops doing Authentic Movement immersed in Nature.

From 2000-2002 she lived in a little cabin in the woods at the artistic community Earthdance, actively teaching as well as leading (developing programming and community) in her role of Manager/Assistant Director.

For many years she has guided people of all ages in weekly classes, weekend workshops, and weeklong experiences of Movement.

Yoga: 

Shakti’s first memory of doing Yoga is of doing Bakasana (crow pose) in a meadow with her class and teacher Sam Whiteside in nursery school in Vermont, in the early 70’s.  She later practiced yoga, initially with her father (Kripalu and Integral Satchidananda traditions), when she was a teen, and lived and worked at Yogananda’s Self Realization Fellowship Ashram in Assisi, Italy in 1994. She has been teaching since the late 90s.

Her teachers include Rodney Yee, Jai Uttal, Mark Whitwell, Genny Kapuler, Alan Finger, and Eileen Muir. Along with an emphasis on alignment, Shakti’s classes are imbued with a softness and embodied intelligence that comes from her Bodywork practice and her teaching/research in Somatic Movement Education and Therapy. Shakti has also taught Yoga at Shambhala Yoga and Dance in Brooklyn, Northampton Hospital (for women veterans of foreign wars), The Muscular Therapy Institute in Cambridge, and at Earthdance Retreat Center. Shakti is a Registered Yoga teacher, having done 200 hour Iyengar Training and 300 hour Ishta Training. Her yoga research and final paper, in advanced training, were on how physical and spirtual health can be improved by integrating embodied awareness of the endocrine and chakra systems into practice of yoga and meditation.

Vibrational/Energywork, Sound Healing and Bodywork:

Shakti has been studying Bodywork and Energy Healing since 1990, is on the faculty at the Swedish Institute College of Health Sciences in Manhattan where she teaches Polarity Therapy (Energetic oriented Bodywork) and Thai Yoga Massage. She has been professionally licensed and nationaly certified in Massage since 1998. She is also a Registered Polarity Therapist and Reiki Practitioner, and certified advanced Thai Yoga Bodywork practitioner—with training at the Center for Kinesthetic Education in NYC, The Muscular Therapy Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts, The Swedish Institute and SomaPsyche Institutes in New York City, The Shamanic Reiki Institute, and The Lotus Palm School of Thai Yoga Massage in Montreal.

She has also taught Massage and Movement at the Muscular Therapy Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts for CEU credits, Reiki and Self Care Skills at the NYC Boys Club, Thai Yoga Bodywork at Dance New England and Shambhala Yoga and Dance.

She has given well over ten thousand Sessions. She first felt and did a healing session with the chakras when she lived at the Findhorn Community in Scotland in 1989. Her Energy Healing teachers since then, include Tim Yandow of the Barbara Brennan School of Healing, Fabien Maman (the founding father of vibrational sound healing), Linda Gnat-Mullin for Reiki, Llyn Roberts for Shamanic Reiki, Suren Sresthra and Kathy Hammer for Himalayan Bowl Sound Healing, and Ellen Krueger for Polarity. Shakti is a Reiki Master and Teacher, and continues her Polarity and Shamanic Reiki studies and research.

Shakti has experience working with populations with AIDS/HIV, Cancer, and Parkinson’s Disease.
She has also worked with pregnant women since 1997; and delights in introducing children to Bodywork and Energywork.

Meditation/Self-Realization: 

For over 25 years she has studied Buddhist, Hindu and other Self Realization practices with teachers in Europe, India, and the USA. She has retreated inside for periods of silence lasting 7-10 days. This silence, and the grace, growth, and learning that have come with it, has been her greatest teacher.

Her teachers and guides include Osho (Meditation, Dance Meditation), Saleem Berryman (Self Enquirey, Psycho emotional healing), Ganga-Ji (Self Enquirey in the lineage of Ramana Maharshi), Eli Jaxon Bear (Self Enquirey,The Enneagram), Dunya (Movement and Meditation), Maitreya Ishwara (Self Realization) and Amma (Love, Compassion). She continues her meditation practice and studies locally with Alan Finger of Ishta Yoga.

 

 

 

 

Testimonials

By the time the (Reiki) session was over I felt human again!
Calia Marshall

Yoga teacher, dancer, and Kirtan Artist

I have been treated by Shakti a number of time over the last few years. Her work has benefitted me greatly and in a number of different ways. Her highly skilled Thai massage has greatly reduced my severe, chronic lower back pain. Her energy work has has been remarkable at guiding me to a very centered, peaceful place within myself at a couple of stressful and traumatic periods of my life. Shakti is a very intelligent and gifted healer. She has been doing this for a long time and she is always learning more. This is the kind of healing that can genuinely improve a persons life.
Thomas Stephanos

LMT and Acupuncturist, Brooklyn

She creates a truly welcoming environment in which to learn.
Meditation Workshop attendee

Shakti is a very special spirit in my life – one of my healers that I go to regularly to benefit from her wisdom, strength and powerful channeling abilities.
Cathy Calderone

Creator of Shambhala Yoga and Dance Center, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn

I would classify Shakti as a master of her craft, a true Healing Arts specialist. Foremost, she is highly skilled in many modalities….. and will cater her session to your needs with active communication and certain special touches. She embodies everything you want in a healing arts therapist: passion, dedication, professionalism, reliability, compassion and intuition. I have worked with her for over five years on general health and specific pain issues. I recommend her highly, have done so in the past, and will continue to do so.
Rebecca Kleinberg

Account Manager at Lindblad Expeditions/National Geographic Expeditions, Manhattan

Sound Healing, Reiki, and Polarity Bodywork: “First of all, as you arrive to Shakti’s place it is beautiful, in the waiting area outside her room and then when you get inside her room it is spacious, light filled and surrounded with art and spiritual objects and healing tools. After talking a bit and she got what my concerns where, she figured what blend of all her practices she would use on me. She started with Reiki where I went deeply within myself. She placed gems on my body and I could feel the healing properties of the stones penetrating into my being. She did body work touches on me and my legs were having strong releases as well as my breathing letting go with full exhales. Then I turned over on my stomach and she used her ancient tibetan bowl with the sound bathing over me in the most cosmic gentle and fulfilling way. The best part of the session though, the most significant part, is the healing that resulted after all these beautiful techniques. My knee had been giving me serious problem for quite a while and it felt so much better afterwards as I walked home from the session. Now it is days later and my knee has continued to find its way with entering a new alignment so that I am walking in a way that does not cause the same discomfort I was having before the session. Shakti is truly a healer. She has the gentleness, intuition, and skills that make you feel safe to go into a deep place and receive real healing!
Patricia Hogan

Occupational Therapist, Brooklyn

I am a practicing ophthalmologist and……..I had several pulled muscled in my lower back…..I would say that nothing helped except her. I tried acupuncture, orthopedic doctors, medical doctors, injections, medicine, nothing worked…….Shakti has a multifaceted approach to her therapy; it is not just a massage it is a true therapy. I highly recommend her.
R. Smolyak, MD

Assistant Professor University of Rochester

I was a complete skeptic about Reiki and energy work…until I met Shakti. I didn’t think I was that in tune with myself metaphysically that I would “feel” energy work, but from my first session with Shakti, I have felt energy pulse into me from her hands. I have felt bad energy move up through my body and out the top of my head, and have actually felt my body and soul healing, being healed and have felt in communication with the universe. Pretty cosmic–and this is from someone who a short time ago would have laughed at such words as transcendental, metaphysical and cosmic. Being new to exploring this territory, I felt extremely vulnerable but Shakti has such a calm, nurturing accepting person, I felt immediately at ease with her and in safe hands. Every session has been an amazing transcendental experience that has both relaxed and energized me and strengthened my intuition for days, weeks even, afterwards. She has also given me a more traditional massage when I was having acute back pain, and alleviated my pain immediately. She is a true healer.
Lauren Yaffe

Writer, Brooklyn

Shakti helped me feel like yoga was something that I could actually do, and benefit from… She is a good teacher, patient, warm, and thoughtful in her approach to students.
Anna K.

Elementary School Teacher

Back in 2007, I was in critical condition in the hospital. After I was released…I started going to Shakti Smith for weekly energy healing work. Shakti was amazing with powerful healing energy and heat coming from her hands each week and soon I started to regain my health. Her gentle touch and chakra energy balancing helped me return to good health. I totally recommend her for anyone who needs healing energy work…
Victor Rodriguez

NYC Director of Regional Operations, US Department of Labor

Since I began working with Shakti last year I have noticed major improvements in my overall well being. She is not only an incredible (therapist) that relieves neck and back tension, but also a healer utilizing both Reiki and sound therapy. I always feel more at peace after a visit with Shakti, I call her my medicine woman.

The day after receiving Reiki, Polarity, Bodywork, and Sound Healing:

“Omg, I feel like a human being today. THANK YOU.”

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Sound Healing: “When you use the bowls and tuning forks, my mind goes quiet. It’s surprising how quickly it works. My whole body is receptive to vibrations, especially low frequency sounds produced by bowls. They make me feel relaxed and attuned to the healing that I feel is taking place.
Julia Chislenko

Psychotherapist

With Shakti, I was able to sit in meditation, comfortably, for the first time.
Meditation Workshop attendee

From yoga to contact improvisation to authentic movement and Inner Body Dancing, she is one of my favorite movement teachers. Class with Shakti is a spacious affair, starting with reconnection to one’s own body, moving to an embodied awareness of the physical world, and reaching out to to the realms of the spirit. I always feel satisfyingly grounded and joyfully lifted after sessions with her. Shakti is a gentle guide with the just the right balance of direction and silence, her timing perfect, as she allows her students to unfold and make personal discoveries. Easeful yet direct, she holds everyone lightly with her big heart, creating space that is nurturing and safe.
Jacki Dickert

Teacher, Photographer, New Jersey

Shakti is an amazing healer. Her approach is very human-focused. I’ve been seeing her for regular bodywork appointments for years as I suffer from chronic back problems related to a car accident… I’ve personally benefited by her holistic approach to the body. She regularly suggests ways in which to maintain health beyond (the session). Shakti is deeply aware of the connectedness of the body. I often take her advice as to stretches etc in-between appointments. If you are looking for a long-term health & lifestyle solution along with a relaxing bodywork I would highly recommend Shakti.
Nate Cooper

writer and teacher, Professor at NY School for Visual Arts

Every (session) I receive from Shakti is a treat. The moment I come in, her smile, the atmosphere in her office, the music, the scent make me comfortable and relaxed. And after the session is over, my mind is clear, and the whole body is relaxed beyond belief. She has amazing hands with strong yet tender and loving touch. I feel like she knows my body, figures out where the problems are, and pays special attention to these spots. She uses a variety of techniques, and adopts them flexibly. She helps me breathe through the discomfort of the pressure she is applying to problem areas, and afterwards every time I feel better for weeks. My posture is improving, and my back pain is gone. I highly recommend Shakti to everybody.
Review on Google

Shakti is a uniquely gifted healer. I’ve worked with a variety of traditional therapists, bodywork and massage therapists, as well as more alternative healers, but never with someone who is as talented, and who can combine a variety of approaches into one complete session. She is an exceptionally good listener and will take the time to talk through your circumstances to tailor the session to your unique needs. I’ve worked with Shakti for general stress and anxiety, as well as recently for deeper spiritual reiki and sound work which incorporated a guided meditation and shamanistic healing following the passing of my father. It profoundly shifted my feeling of grounded-ness in the world, and set me on a path to healing. In just two session she helped me work through old trauma that I’ve carried around with me for decades – it was like magic. I’m not sure how many other people could have provided this level of support and guidance at a significant time. Shakti tailors each session to fit what you need most on the given day; few others have the sensitivity and talent to know exactly what that might be. She is amazing! I feel grateful to have connected with her and can’t recommend her enough.Your content goes here.

N Reiss

Artist

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