Join Shakti and S’Well in Our Fight to Save the Earth’s Oceans

More than 8 million tons of plastic are dumped in our oceans every year.

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In recent years there has been an incredible rise in  the use of plastics, and nearly 300 million tons of plastics are now produced every year.

According to the Container Recycling Institute, 100.7 billion plastic beverage bottles were sold in the U.S. in 2014, or 315 bottles per person.

57% of those units were plastic water bottles: 57.3 billion sold in 2014. This is up from 3.8 billion plastic water bottles sold in 1996, the earliest year for available data.

The process of producing bottled water requires around 6 times as much water per bottle as there is in the container.

14% of all litter comes from beverage containers. When caps and labels are considered, the number is higher.

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We only have one planet earth and need to do everything in our power to further prevent the irreparable damage that pollution is causing to our only home.  Therefore, Shakti has partnered with S’Well to create a one of a kind reusable water bottle that will help prevent the waste of plastic.  Each S’Well water bottle will cost $49.99.

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25 percent of each sale will then be donated to the Oceanic Society whose mission is to conserve marine wildlife and habitats by deepening the connections between people and nature.

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Get yours today!Join Shakti and S'well to create a more oceanic society

Puppy Love 

Here at Shakti we have a little, furry friend that helps us get though the toughest of our days! 

We all know how crazy life can be, right? Sometimes having a distraction in our office is exactly what we need! His name is Guizmo and he’s a crazy, little Maltese that one of our creative directors adopted back in her college years!

Did you guys know that animals have the ability to completely calm our nerves and relieve our anxieties? According to Keith Humphreys, professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, “Holding and stroking a pet is calming for many people, even those without anxiety problems.” When you are feeling stressed, a lovable pup is the perfect way to wind down. 

Other studies also indicate that being a dog owner can lower blood pressure, reduce stress hormones, and boost levels of feed-good hormones in the brain. No wonder why we are always feeling better with Guizmo around! 

We’d love to see who your furry friends are and the way they impact you. Share a picture and include the tag #ShaktiPuppyLove to be in the running for a box of Shakti swag. 
Xo,

Shakti

P.S. here’s the little guy below! 

KICK BACK AND RELAX

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We Shakti Babes are a busy bunch and understand the need for a little R & R  every now and again.  As much as we love a good spa weekend or yoga retreat, our wallets are also deserving of some R & R so we created a list of 5 ways you can relax and unwind in the comfort of your own home.

  1. Discover your inner yogini

Regardless of whether you can twist yourself into a pretzel or have trouble touching your toes, yoga is wonderfully relaxing- and it’s good for you!  Thanks to the wonder of Youtube, you can find thousands of exercises based on your preference and skill level. So throw on your favorite Shakti leggings and get to bending ladies!

2.  Read a book

When was the last time you curled up in bed with some relaxing chamomile tea and a good book?  Years ago, you say??  Well, we think it’s time to pick up your favorite book, or find a new favorite, and give your eyes a soothing break from screen time.  How about re-reading the Harry Potter series?  Or falling in love with a Nicholas Sparks novel?  Lose yourself in a story this weekend.

3.  Take a nap…..seriously

We could go on and on about the multiple health benefits of naps but we’ll keep it short and sweet:  NAPS RULE.  So give your brain a rest and snuggle up for some serious zzzz’s.  If you have trouble falling asleep then a little bit of our Organic Lavender Oil rubbed on the temples does just the trick, and our Sweetie Pie sleep mask blocks out any pesky light.

4.  Rub a dub dub

It’s simple; baths are the bomb…..and wonderfully relaxing.  So throw in your favorite bath bomb and light a candle (or two…or three), and get ready to feel some serious zen instantaneously.

5. Oooh ahhh spa

Your face deals with a lot- sun damage, pollutants, icky germs from the subway…..and yes, that medium pizza and fries you decided to treat yourself to over the weekend can be bad for your skin!  So don’t stress about it, and make sure to take the time to care your beautiful skin.  A sheet mask with antioxidants is the perfect way to replenish your skin and make you look radiant and well rested!

*all items mentioned in this article are available in the upcoming May Shakti box! Stay tuned!

Celebrate Womanhood With Shakti

Good Evening Shakti Babes!

We are winding down the week – phew! We had a busy one here at the studio. We are finalizing all plans for the #StandwithPP legging exclusive that will be launched later this spring! Stay tuned for further details (wink, wink)! Also, please make sure you read our earlier post if you are seriously interested in this special project and want to know why all of Shakti #StandswithPP. These leggings are seriously amazing and tied to such a great cause – why wouldn’t you want a pair?!

This weekend we also want to remind all of our babes to celebrate womanhood! Hang out with your girlfriends, take some time for yourself, and maybe even do some hot yoga!

It is so important to take care of yourself so the heavy work week and crazy schedules of us women don’t leave us blindsided. We hope this post reminds you that you are the most important and only you there is – celebrate that, ladies!

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Meditate to Rejuvenate!

Good Afternoon Shakti Babes!

We have been super busy in the studio creating new prints and designs for our up and coming yoga pants collection. Sometimes we get overwhelmed by the planning and design process and need a little break! So how do we relax our minds and bodies during our busy season? One word: Meditation.

Meditating is super important and we at Shakti try to have meditation minutes everyday to rejuvenate our moods here at the studio. The health and wellness advantages of meditation are very important for dealing stress, sleep problems, and calming the senses overall. It also helps us follow a healthy lifestyle, increases our self-awareness, and slows down aging –whhattt?!

So where to begin? We first started with YouTube Videos and its safe to say that we are pretty much champs at this point when it comes to meditation.

Check out this video below and you too can feel the power of meditation!

 

Be Adventurous

Hi Shakti babes! We are always finding new places to explore. Our favorite place for a serene, stunning place is the gorgeous island of Capri. This tiny island in Italy is our TOP place for a relaxing getaway.

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To top everything off, Capri is also home to one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World – The Blue Grotto, which is a sea cave off Capri’s coast. Locals call this spot Grotta Azzurra, which refers to gorgeous blue color inside the cave that is created by the light entering through small hole in the cliff. We were absolutely stunned by the beauty and the way that the blue reflection from the water illuminates the cave. Some say this cave is magical and we couldn’t agree more. Make the blue Grotto top on your travel bucket list!

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Everything about this island was perfect. From the all white streets to the purple and pink cascading flowers, and of course The Blue Grotto, Capri looked like a dream. If you are seeking a surreal travel experience like us, pack your bags and head to Capri!

XX,

Shakti

Rise and Shine!

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We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again; we love starting our mornings off right!  We know most of you lead incredibly busy lives and prefer those 5 extra minutes of sleep, but who said breakfast has to be a tedious task?  That’s why we’re sharing another recipe that’s wholesome and nutritious, and takes 15 minutes to make.  Piece of cake!  Without the calories 🙂

Easy Peezy Baked Eggs

Ingredients 

  • vegetable oil
  • 4 large eggs
  • sea salt, ground pepper

How To 

Preheat oven to 450.  Very lightly grease two small ramekins or baking dishes with the vegetable oil.

Now for the fun part!  Pick any veggies of your choosing- spinach, tomatoes, onions, mushrooms…anything your heart desires!   Chop those scrumptious veggies up and then place in the lightly greased dishes.

Lastly, crack a couple of eggs in each dish and season with sale and pepper.  Place in the oven for 8-10 minutes or until the whites are set.  Enjoy and contemplate how wonderful your morning is.

Shakti Mornings: An Easy Wake Up

Calling all  Shakti babes!

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You don’t need to be an expert to enjoy the yogi lifestyle!

Here at Shakti Apparel, our babes have all different skill sets and we want all of our customers to feel comfortable in their own skin. Whether you are an avid yogi or a beginner, this workout will get your morning started and have you ready to begin your busy day!

So grab your Shakti Apparel, take a look at this video, and make your way down to the beach to try out some new moves!

 

Afterward, check out our last post and make some avocado toast for a boost!

 

Xx,

Shakti

Starting Your Morning Right

Open Faced Mediterranean Avocado Toast

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How busy is your morning? If you are anything like the girls here at Shakti Apparel, running around with plans to be numerous places in one day, then we’ve got a treat for you!

We love starting our morning with this delish mediterranean avocado toast. It hits the spot and keeps us going until a late afternoon lunch.

With simple ingredients and a quick prep time – We are sure that this meal will benefit your body and your mind.

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Ingredients

  • 1, 2 , or 3 pieces of your favorite bread
  • crumbled feta cheese
  • cherry tomatoes cut in half
  • 1 – 2 whole avocado(s) – pits removed
  • paprika, salt, pepper and any other spice you may fancy
  • lemon juice – freshly squeezed
  • Red onion – few slices
  • 5 – 8 thin slices of cucumber

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How-To

  • Pop your bread in your toaster or oven and toast to your liking
  • As the bread is toasting, mash the avocado(s) in a separate bowl, along with the paprika, salt, pepper and lemon juice
  • Take your toast out of the toaster or oven and spread your avocado mixture on the bread
  • Top the bread with the crumbled feta, cherry tomatoes, cucumber and onion slices to taste

Tip: Pair with chai tea for a complete morning boost

Enjoy!

Xx, Shakti

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We #StandWithPP

Heres Why:

President Trump’s entrance to office has been nothing short of momentous.  Keeping to his many promises, President Trump is planning to defund Planned Parenthood, after being pushed by the Republican party.  By defunding Planned Parenthood, President Trump is taking away the nation’s leading providers of high-quality, affordable health care for women, men, and young people, and the nation’s largest provider of sex education. Planned Parenthood also works with partner organizations worldwide to improve the sexual health and well-being of individuals and families everywhere. ct-womens-march-national-pg-20170121

Planned Parenthood health centers focus on prevention: 80 percent of their patients receive services to prevent unintended pregnancy.

Planned Parenthood services help prevent approximately 579,000 unintended pregnancies in a single year.

Planned Parenthood provides more than 270,000 Pap tests and more than 360,000 breast exams in a single year, critical services in detecting cancer.

Planned Parenthood provides more than 4.2 million tests and treatments for sexually transmitted infections, including more than 650,000 HIV tests.

Planned Parenthood affiliates provide educational programs and outreach to 1.5 million young people and adults in a single year.

It is therefore our duty here at Shakti Apparel to support Planned Parenthood in any manner possible.  To do so, we are offering a limited edition Shakti Legging made of breathable cotton and spandex that conforms to your shape.  The legging features the Women’s Empowerment symbol and will be sold beginning May through August. The legging will cost $45.99 and 35% of sales will go towards funding Planned Parenthood.Screen Shot 2017-04-04 at 8.32.49 PM

Additionally, Shakti Apparel will be collaborating with yoga studios in 15 major cities to hold donation only yoga classes, of which 100% of the proceeds will go towards Planned Parenthood.

Finally, to raise awareness of this amazing opportunity, Shakti Apparel will hold pop-ups at 15 universities on the West Coast.  Stay tuned to find out if the Shakti yoga-mobile will be visiting your city or campus!