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  • "When you receive the biggest heart breaks, is when your Soul Center cracks open and the Breath of Life really Flows..."

    ~ Shankari


    Since 2009, Shankari has been on a journey of self discovery, connection and expansion in the universe. By allowing herself to move in time and space, while witnessing her actions, she has become a stronger Yogi. She understands the need to invoke the six paths of yoga, for not only herself, but her students. Trained in the lineage of Integral Yoga, she has spent years connecting to breath, body, strength, movement, and energy to inspire her own style of Hatha Yoga and Vinyasa Flow, which she calls Soul Flow.


    This style of Yoga draws in elements of her time training with Faith Hunter and Toni Bergins, as well as her primary training, at Satchidananda Ashram, Yogaville. She is the Founder of Shakti Tribe, a group that is based on the principles of empowering women in sacred space, through yoga, self care, motivational insight and inspiration. She is also a partner and Creative Director of the Shensara Yoga Festival, an annual 4 day Yoga and Music Festival held in Luray, VA. She finds deep transformation, by being 1/2 of the magical Kirtan and world music duo, The Ascendants. She also leads her own Soul Kirtan events. In 2017 she founded the Black Yogi's of Virginia group on Facebook! Join NOW! She encourages everyone to tap into their unlimited potential and spirit!

    • Registered 500 hour (RYT 500) Integral Hatha Yoga Instructor.
    • Certified Yoga of Recovery Instructor, which helps participants heal and access Yoga, who are in 12 step recovery or dealing with trauma. This training uses 6 tenent’s of Yoga philosophy and asana to tap into the student’s potential for healing.
    • Director of Visitor Services at Satchidananda Ashram, Yogaville.
    • Serves on Leadership Board at Satchidananda Ashram, Yogaville.
  • Classes, Workshops and Retreats

    Come practice with Shankari all over the world!

    Class Schedule

    Soul Flow

    * The Yellow Door *

    Thursday - 6pm

    Charlottesville, Virginia



    * Yoga for Connection ~ 12 Week Series *

    Begins February 27th

    Monday - 7pm



    * Satchidananda Ashram *

    Sunday - 7:30 am

    Yogaville, Virginia



    Practice with Shankari on the Yoga Festival Circuit! Check out dates below.



    *Bhakti Yoga - Teacher Training Workshop *

    (Private Event)

    Spiritual Essence Yoga Studio

    April 30, 2017

    Upper Marlboro, Maryland

    *Check out the Studio @



    * Blissful Bhajans - The Art of Chanting and Yoga *

    August 11-13, 2017

    Yogaville, Virginia





    * Shakti Tribe Retreat *

    Goddess Energy ~ Community ~ Strength

    October 19-22, 2017

    Yogaville, Virginia

    Tuition + Accommodations + Meals: $415

    * Register NOW * shankarinow@gmail.com



    * Shensara Yoga Festival *

    July 20-23, 2017

    Luray, Virginia

    * More details @ shensara *

    Tickets on Sale NOW!!

    Purchase: HERE


    * Love Your Body Festival *

    June 9-11, 2017

    Reston, Virginia



    * Floyd Yoga Jam *

    August 31-September 4, 2017

    Floyd, Virginia


  • 2017 Music Tour and Events


    Soul Kirtan


    Community Kirtan

    2nd Friday of every month

    Yellow Door Studio

    Charlottesville, Virginia

    Chant NOW


    Celebrate Water and Life

    March 18, 2017

    IX Art Park

    Charlottesville, Virginia



    Love Your Body Festival

    June 9-11, 2017

    Reston, Virginia

    Visit the Bhakti Tent



    June 24-25, 2017

    IX Art Park

    Charlottesville, Virginia



    Shensara Yoga Festival

    July 20-23, 2017

    Luray, Virginia

    Festival of the Year!


    Floyd Yoga Jam

    August 31-September 4, 2017

    Floyd, Virginia



    MORE SHOWS TO COME in Washington, DC, Richmond, VA and Harpers Ferry, WV!!!


    The Ascendants








    Soul Kirtan


    See Shankari Chant here!

    The Ascendants

    Virgo Meets Libra

    Before they were The Ascendants, Shankari and Kesheva lived parallel lives.

    Their style of music is a fusion of techno trance with overtones of mystical vibes. This music, when merged with Bhakti incantations, yields a state of bliss not experienced before.


    Click HERE to find out more about The Ascendants, and purchase their Debut Album - "Virgo Meets Libra".

    What is Kirtan?


    Derived from Bhakti Yoga, Kirtan or Bhajans are chants and songs that are set to melodies. This call-and-response style music, is said to invoke the divine.

    This devotional performance art is said to quiet and ease the mind.


    "Kirtan is a direct path to freeing the authentic voice within.'"

    ~Sean Johnson

  • Testimonials

    Feel the Vibe!

    Robin Simmons Blackwell

    My time with Shankari during her workshop was a gift filled with community, love, and song. She brings an energy of compassion and grace to the practice of Yoga that lingers long after she’s gone. It’s been a special honor to share her music with my Yoga students and I look so forward to the next time I get to share the fruits of this magical Yoga journey with her again.

    Keisha Battles

    Sheer Power! My energy is still buzzing two weeks after a Weekend of Bliss Workshop with Shankari. I felt as if she had brought Yogaville to Charlotte, NC. I was mesmerized, I cried, I felt the Kali, Durga, and Lakshmi within me, within the 30+ women of all colors. We were a tribe, singing, breathing, dharma talking, and my favorite, Active Resting! I will continue to support and visit Yogaville on the strength of her goddess essence.

    Christy Ross Lee

    My second trip to Yogaville afforded me a chance to hear Shankari 's story and connection to Swami Satchidananda. Her story brought us all to tears. And my most recent workshop with her to learn about Bhakti Yoga has yet again been life changing. Shankari has a deep love for this practice and shares in a way that touches your soul.

    Mari Malati Kurashvili

    Shankari’s Yoga classes and workshops simply strike through your heart. It opened my eyes to what I can deeply experience inside. During the class she is very observant and gives full attention to the students needs. She is authentic and her teachings come from her own practice and from her heart. It is a pure pleasure to be in her class. I learned a lot and also enjoyed every single moment of her powerful teachings.