My name is Shrina Patel, and I am a dance choreographer and yoga teacher based in Edmonton, Canada.
My journey began at a young age. I was raised in a home by parents who believed strongly in teaching their children the importance of culture, both my Canadian and Indian heritage.
As a result we frequented trips to India. Immersing into a new world so unlike our comfortable Canada, where running water and American style flushing toilets were a faraway concept in the tiny remote villages of Gujarat, India.
This experience changed me.
Knowing and living bits of my parents childhood have stayed with me, but most importantly, regardless of how little they had, I remember how much our culture had to offer. It was rich with music and dance, infused with aromas of spicy curries, and sweet chai, smiling faces and friendly conversations. That was the community I grew up in, both in Gujarat and in Edmonton.
It is the type of community I want to create for my friends’ children, my children, and future generations to live in.
Growing up I watched my Mom onstage dancing to our folk songs, where they would always make me play Krishna. Hilarious.
And Saturday mornings, I would wake up to Dad casually doing a headstand in the living room. The best.
My journey has had many dips and turns, but what has stayed constant has been my three passions- performing, advocating for human rights, and empowering individuals.
I founded Shaktiflow in 2014, with the vision to turn my passions into my life’s work. Shakti is a sanskrit word meaning divine feminine strength or power, but not in the physical sense. It is the ability to build and harness the quality of the energy of Shakti, which is to go forth in a fearless self-exploration into the abundance within you.
In October of 2017, I became certified in Akhanda Yoga at Anand Prakash Yoga ashram by Guru Yogrishi Vishvketu and was gifted the spiritual name, Krishna Abha, which means divine love, light & consciousness.
In honour of my name and the journey I have lived thus far, I intend to continue spreading knowledge of love and light. I feel it is my life's work to teach and guide others to live more fully in the present with lightness and mindfulness for themselves and others.
In honour of the name Shaktiflow, I will further pursue working to challenge the society’s views for women's place and advocate for women who have suffered domestic violence and abuse.
I’d like to thank both my parents, for being an example for what is means to stand for the truth, to fight for it, and to support it.
To my brother, who has been my divine light throughout my journey.
And to my family, friends, and the Shaktiflow community for supporting my vision.