Shakti Insights
Articles:Body
backbend
Backbends: More than just a physical practice

On average, the human heart beats 115,000 times per day. That’s 115,000 reminders that you are very much alive, reminders that your life force is cycling within, ready to take on another day. It’s 115,000 reminders that it is never too late to embrace your energy and share it with the world.

Articles: Spirit & Soul
Articles: Intellect
Benefits of painting & drawing
25 Aug: 10 Great Health Benefits of Painting and Drawing

“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life,” so Pablo Picasso once famously proclaimed. We believe that his belief in art’s transcendent qualities might not be too far from the scientific mark. New cognitive research out of Germany suggests that “the production of visual art improves effective interaction” between parts of the brain. The study, conducted on a small population of newly retired individuals (28 people between the ages of 62 and 70), concludes that making art could delay or even negate age-related decline of certain brain functions. Essentially, if art isn’t washing away the dust accumulating on your soul, it might be cleaning up your brain instead. http://goodrelaxation.com/2015/01/health-benefits-of-painting-and-drawing/

Articles:Social
be the kind of leader
25 Aug: Conscious leadership and its effect on the bottom line

This, then, is a cardinal principle of leadership: Success comes from treating others as ends in themselves, not as means to your ends or the ends of the business. Do work teams have targets to hit and goals to achieve? Absolutely! Seppala’s insight–and the surveyed responses of employees–suggest that those ends are most likely to be reached if managers become the kinds of leaders others willingly follow. https://www.forbes.com/sites/brettsteenbarger/2016/04/09/becoming-the-kind-of-leader-you-would-want-to-follow/#724c2f715dc5

trend forecast
18 May: Spring/Summer 2017 Fashion Trends: The 7 Looks You Need to Know

Spring/summer 2017’s fashion trends have stylists, buyers, editors and anyone else who is interested super-duper, spin-around-your-closet excited. Why? Well, it’s an inherently upbeat season. From the many no-holds-barred interpretations on the 1980s (think lamé, jumbo frills, shoulders, bling and legs) to the most saturated colour palette we’ve seen in a decade (fuchsia, scarlet, heliotrope, hazmat, more fuschia!), joy is oozing from every stitch and every seam. Even stripes and florals—those two trusty pillars of the summer print lineup—are back with more bite, more verve and more tempting iterations to make you think again and look twice. Spring Summer Fashion Trends

Feminists
18 May: We Should all Be Feminists

We teach girls that they can have ambition, but not too much … to be successful, but not too successful, or they’ll threaten men, says author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. In this classic talk that started a worldwide conversation about feminism, Adichie asks that we begin to dream about and plan for a different, fairer world — of happier men and women who are truer to themselves. www.ted.com/talks