When you first get on The Shakti Mat, it takes a bit of courage - but the effect can be great. The same is true for yoga, opening a new business, becoming a parent, committing to a new relationship and all other new experiences. It takes a daring leap into the unknown in order to wholeheartedly enjoy the reward for this act.
Shakti Acupressure Mat Canada is owned and operated by long-time friends and business partners Stephanie and Nicole. We are two Canadian-born loyal Shakti Mat enthusiasts and together we lead Team Shakti Canada!
Before launching Shakti Mat in Canada, we spent 20-odd years each working in various careers from the typical office-based position to yoga studio teachers. After several career changes each, we realized that our life could only be fully lived if we set out to finding a means of working for ourselves. With a world to explore and so many possibilities waiting for us, the time was now!
Craving a lifestyle change, we decided to switch gears once again career-wise and take on a new heart-based venture together with a foundation in our values and our passions. In 2017, we launched Shakti Mats Canada and we are excited for the journey that lay before us!
Our reason for choosing Shakti Mats over other acupressure mats is simple; we both value giving back to our community in an ethical and sustainable way and both of us feel called to help heal and uplift the vibration of all who come into contact with us. We love the growing community around our growing Global Shakti Family of fellow business owners. We value being part of something greater than ourselves and genuinely collaborating in a working relationship that inspires change, empowerment and support
There are two main factors that helped make our decision to launch Shakti Mat Canada a no-brainier:
We hope to inspire and empower all those who come into contact with us and with the Shakti brand with tools, teachings and inspiration for leading a life full of wellbeing in body, mind and soul.
We are here to create momentum with the Shakti Lifestyle Movement!
Let us introduce ourselves:
I found the Shakti Mat while living in New Zealand. After 8 years as a Flight Attendant, I needed a drastic lifestyle change and thus sold my belongings and set out on a trip around the world with no plan and no timeline for my return. Along my journey, I fell in love with New Zealand.
I decided to make New Zealand home in 2014 and while establishing my Yoga, Reiki, Nutrition and Lifestyle Coaching business, I met the owners (George and Jona) from Shakti Mat NZ at a Holistic Expo we both had booths at. From the beginning I was intrigued by the mats and the more I got to know Team Shakti NZ (they're fabulous by the way!), the mats (thanks to the gift of my first Shakti Mat from my dear friend Emily) and myself through my daily Shakti Mat practice, the more passionate I became about using and promoting them.
I became an Abmassador for Shakti Mat NZ in 2016 and gradually began teaching classes and workshops on the mats. I also started “prescribing” them as homework to my clients, both in clinic and my yoga students. This is where I learned was just how powerful and life-changing these mats can be!
There is so much depth to these amazing mats (read more here) and my passion for helping others find their power, their voice and a deep love for themselves, drove me to continue to offer classes, workshops and now teacher trainings, to help reach more people and teach about the powerful benefits that may be possible from daily Shakti Mat sessions. I’ve become an avid advocate for self-empowerment and firmly believe that all of us have the ability to heal so much of what ails us if we just take time to listen deeply and care for ourselves on every level (body, mind, spirit, & emotions).
In 2017, a very dear friend of mine, Steph and I discovered we had a mutual passion for The Shakti Mats (and really Acupressure Mats generally). As I had already taken the first steps towards launching Shakti Canada, I asked her to be partners on this amazing venture and we've been committed and an amazing team ever since! It is not only amazing to be working with a close friend but also that our values and vision is amplified as we share the same.
I am passionate about supporting the global wellbeing lifestyle movement through nourishing and supporting all aspects of our being (body, mind, emotions and spirituality) and The Shakti Mat is the perfect tool for this!
With deepest gratitude,
I've been living on the West Coast of Canada for the past 10 years. I'm a Reiki master, yoga teacher, and folk herbalist. I work to embody the teaching of the Rose by encouraging people to embrace both strength and softness in their lives. Through my work, I help connect people to the wisdom of the body the Earth, and their innate joy, wildness, and vibrancy.
Yoga came to me as a way to help heal my body and I soon fell in love with the depth and clarity that the practice brought. I learned to connect, and hold myself accountable in a way I never had before. I learned about the profound wisdom of the body and it's capacity to release, let go, heal and forgive.
I was introduced to the Shakti mat at such an important transition in my life. I was going through emotional and physical burnout and taking time off to recharge, heal and reflect. My dear friend ( and now, business partner) Nicole, brought me a Shakti mat.
The first time I stepped on the mat was physically and emotionally uncomfortable and I instantly heard my mind racing and coming up with all the reasons I needed to step off the mat. There was something more happening here! I stayed with it. Every day I explored the Shakti mat, sometimes for 3 minuets, sometimes for 30. And now I can say, what I have learned from the mat, the relief I have felt, has been profound. For me, the Shakti mat is the perfect metaphor for what's going on in our body, mind and spirit. It's my go-to practice when I need self care, reflection and nourishment.
I am passionate about community, self care, and balance. I cant wait to share the Shakti mat with all of you!