Matrika Shakti

Welcome to my blog – a venue for sharing my own matrika shakti. Sanskrit for the inherent energy of the letters that make up our words, matrika shakti is the power of speech or the power of consciousness in our words. I never would have thought that at some point, I would actively create a vehicle for sharing my voice with others. In fact, growing up I sought to just blend in with others – to not make any waves. Today, however, I seek to be genuine and to share my authenticity in thought, speech (both written and spoken), and action – fully recognizing that each wave, regardless of how different it may seem from all the other waves, never loses its ocean-ness. So it is here that I offer you my unique voice, even if at times it seems like a rogue wave.

Here I intend to share my weekly themes for class, including the inspiration behind these themes and how we can extend our awareness and practice of them off the mat. Consider my thoughts and ideas presented here to be from my heart, delivered as drops of inspiration into the Oceans of Grace.

About Stacey

Stacey DeGrasse, CHY co-owner and Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 500, E-RYT 200), teaches a style of hatha yoga that has been largely influenced by her extensive training in the Anusara method. She emphasizes optimal physical alignment, breath-linked movement, and inspiring heart-oriented themes with the goal of motivating students to discover their fullest potential both on and off the mat. Stacey began practicing yoga in 1997, graduated from the Willow Street Yoga Center teacher training program in 2005, and has been sharing the traditional yet timeless teachings of yoga on Capitol Hill since 2005. Stacey’s approach to training yoga teachers has also been greatly informed by knowledge and skills of general teaching methodologies she has gained through her rigorous training and experience as a PhD level scientist. Currently, Stacey’s most influential teachers include Noah Maze, Christina Sell, her students, and herself. Stacey and her budding-yogi husband Jeff, along with their wide range of freshwater and seawater critters, live in the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood and love being a part of such an invigorating community, which is located just steps away from Capitol Hill.

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