Laura Blakeman a.k.a. Shakti Sunfire is a leader of the world-wide hoop dance movement and a dedicated student of life. She draws on her own diverse life experience and her endless participation in community, to encourage and mentor unfettered self-expression. Her message is one of radical self acceptance.
Shakti teaches dance workshops and performs internationally. She is currently featured in 2 published books on hoop dance, two instructional DVDs, and countless online articles. She was voted 'best performance group 2008', 'firehooper of the year 2009', and 'female hooper of the year 2011' by popular vote in Hooping.org. Shakti is featured in the August 2011 edition of Yoga Journal as a leading light in the fusion of yoga and hoopdance - a marriage of two worlds that is, to her, a spiraling journey into the heart and the basis for herdance philosophy.
Shakti was certified in 2008 in Beginning Hatha Yoga at the Shambhava School of Yoga on the Big Island of Hawaii. She is currently undergoing extensive training in Anusara Yoga with her primary teachers, Sianna Sherman and John Friend, and is studying Tantrik philosophy and the Sanskrit language with Christopher Wallis and Yogasthana, the Foundation for Yoga whose goal is to foster authenticity in western yoga.
A passionate poet and writer, Shakti dives deep into human experience, exposing universal connection and poignant sychronicity through personal narrative. You can find more of her work on Elephant Journal and in Origin Magazine.
Shakti is currently applying the fusion of all her worlds in creative, big picture events, theatrics, festivals and women's retreats. When she is not teaching or performing she is with the Open to Grace team supporting and playing with her teacher, Sianna Sherman, eating salted dark chocolate in her hometown of San Francisco, sitting outside in nature, or traveling the world.