Spanning between the Mojave and Colorado Deserts lay a sanctuary for hundreds of explorers from all corners of the world. This sanctuary is in Yucca Valley, home of the glorious Joshua Tree National Park. Throughout the year, golden hues paint the horizon as the sun sets, blending into a deep purple that begins to dance with the first twinkling stars. The Joshua Tree is dusted across the desert, each tree uniquely shaped and sprouting its sharply pointed leaves. This desert is incredibly expansive, yet happens to bring many individuals together in a deep and meaningful way.
Come mid-May, a festival takes place at the Joshua Tree Retreat Center. It is known as the Shakti Festival. You might be wondering, what is Shakti? Shakti is the representation of the gentle and loving feminine energy inside each and every physical body. The unseen energy provides life to the stillness of the physical world. Shakti Fest is a vibrant gathering that attracts yogis, devotees, gurus, and musicians. It is home to an incredible array of people, who come together to celebrate and devote themselves to the recognition of the divine feminine energy within each and every person. Shakti Fest attendees make a home for themselves in tents and RV’s for three nights and four days. Upon walking around the festival, one can breathe in fresh desert air, attend multiple yoga classes at one of the three yoga halls, or dance the day and night away to the beautiful devotional Kirtan style of music. Shakti Festival goers are able to deeply connect through the sharing of experiences, and ultimately, through the practice and learning of Yoga.
Of the yoga practices introduced at Shakti Fest, one practice in particular stands out from the crowd. It combines the techniques of Pranayama (breath control), and Asana (postures) with that of Trauma Releasing Exercises™ (TRE™). Combining the ancient roots of yoga, with a revolutionary ‘tremoring’ technique that aims to relieve stress, Neurogenic Yoga™ delivers a new and transformative yoga practice into the world.
Upon arriving to Shakti Fest, my goal was to document one of the two Neurogenic Yoga™ workshops taught by Jennica Mills. I arrived to Yoga Hall 3, that overlooked the vast desert life. I was able to document Jennica introducing her practice to her students. She then began guiding them through easy breathing and opening postures, aiming to calm the mind and release the body of its physical tensions. From downward dog, cat and cows, and Dancing Shiva, the group flowed through the practice, experiencing the benefits that Neurogenic Yoga™ has to offer. One woman even began laughing hysterically during the final posture of the class, as the newly felt sensation she experienced was so unique and beautiful.
Neurogenic Yoga™ like the essence of Shakti, makes use of a gentle vibrational energy that is innately alive in each and every person. This practice provides the gift of balance, between the physical world, and our unseen vibrational energy. Neurogenic Yoga™ benefits the individual, and gifts the collective body with a true releasing process. This practice has only just been born, and Jennica’s workshop at Shakti Fest lit a fire of awareness and ultimate acceptance within each student who attended her workshop. A new wave of healing is embarking on a journey around the world, beginning here with the revolutionary practice of Neurogenic Yoga™.