Wade Oakley Weekend

Ashtanga Weekend with Wade Oakley

3 day weekend immersion of practice and workshops

Explore the Ashtanga practice with Wade Oakley, an experienced practitioner with a rich background. Wade began his Ashtanga journey at the University of Virginia under the guidance of Certified teacher John Bultman. After receiving Level 2 Authorization from his teacher R. Sharath Jois in 2018, he continued his studies by learning Advanced B through multiple trips to Mysore, India. Wade regularly returns to Mysore for ongoing study with his teacher.


Friday, June 14th 2024
Mysore: 6:30 to 8:30 AM
Workshop 1: The Breath: Secrets to Heal, Grow, and Avoid Injury : 3:00 to 4:30 pm 
Have you ever had an injury occur while inhaling or exhaling? The Ashtanga method encourages smooth, even nasal breathing in increasingly uncomfortable (at first!) shapes and postures. Dive into the breath with Wade as we rotate between conceptual discussions, seated breathing exercises, and applied breathing concepts to commonly challenging postures of the Primary Series.
Saturday, June 15th 2024
Mysore: 7:30 to 9:30 AM
Workshop 1: Bandhas in Backbends: Unlocking Mobility with Strength- 12:00-1:30 pm
What if it isn’t just flexibility vs. strength? How can we train our nervous systems to allow us to access existing flexibility? Dig into backbending with a practice focus on the early backbends of intermediate. In this session, we’ll explore the role of strength in movements that are classically considered to require primarily flexibility.
 Saturday, June 15th 2024
Workshop 2: The Dristhi: Finding Power with a Soft Gaze 3:00 to 4:30 PM
Keep your eyes open! Gazing points in practice help tie together the breath and bandhas into the tristana method. In addition to reviewing the nine dristhis (and why one is by far the most popular), we’ll explore some of the surprising effects of a consistent soft gaze on body and mind. This will be primarily a discussion followed by Q&A and a brief trataka exercise.
Sunday, June 16th 2024
Mysore: 7:30 to 9:30 AM
Please email us at shaktishalaantigua@gmail.com to for more information & for sign ups!

About Antigua

Antigua is a small city surrounded by volcanoes in southern Guatemala. The city’s cobbled 9×9 block streets are slow paced, easy-to-navigate with cafes, farm-to-table restaurants, artisan markets, and historical sites located throughout. It’s renowned for its colorful Spanish colonial buildings, this beautiful and magical city has almost five hundred years of history, with a privileged all-year-long climate. If you visit Guatemala during February and March for our training, you can expect warm, dry days, with little to no rainfall. Temperatures average in the high 70s during this time.  

About Shakti-Shala

Shakti Shala was born out of a desire to create a home for yoga in Antigua, Guatemala, where people from near and far could explore and expand in their yoga practice. Our studio is rooted in the Ashtanga lineage, which is reflected in our Mysore program, Ashtanga, Rocket & vinyasa classes, but we also offer gentle classes such as mellow and candlelit vinyasa.  Join our community, come discover this beautiful town, and practice with us.