Welcome to The Shakti Academy. Here you will have unlimited access to a wide range of videos designed to help you unlock the full potential of your Shakti Mat. Most people use their Shakti Mat exclusively on their back and feet, but this video series will inspire you to use your mat in new and interesting ways to achieve the same results on different areas of your body.
Your instructor is Perla Bucknell. Perla has a degree in Human Kinetics, is a yoga teacher and has extensive experience in the fitness industry. Perla has been utilising The Shakti Mat in sessions with her clients in Christchurch for over two years. 
The Shakti Academy is your opportunity for one-on-one sessions with Perla whenever and wherever you need them. You will be surprised by the number of uses your mat has other than simply laying on your back. 

Before you begin...  

    1. The purpose of each video is to introduce you to the posture. Once familiar you can practice alongside the video, pausing when needed, or practice in your own time. We encourage you to begin with 2 minutes and progress in intervals of 5 minutes. 
    2. As you hold the posture the discomfort eases until there is only warmth. If the sensation of the exercise is too uncomfortable, begin with a layer of thin clothing on the first few sessions (a thermal top is perfect) until you are comfortable practicing against bare skin.
    3. Progress slowly, repeating the exercise daily until you are comfortable. Only then do we recommend advancing to the next difficulty.  
If you have any questions for Perla you can contact her on 

Beginner's Course - Meet Your Mat

This set of informative tutorial videos is perfect for the beginner Shakti user. These videos focus on more common areas of the body that the Shakti Mat can be used on. With time you will find that each position gets easier as your body adjusts to it.





Back - Part 1


Back - Part 2 








Intermediate Course -

Well done for completing the first round of classes!  You should feel comfortable in each of the postures and be ready to progress into some more sensitive areas. Focusing on your breathing is extremely important here as it will help with relaxing into the posture. Picture yourself relaxing into each posture more with each exhale. With a bit of practice you will find how incredible our bodies are at adapting to stimulation. 



Quad Recovery   


IT Band 












Shakti Guru Course

Welcome Shakti Gurus! A combination of tutorial videos for the veterans of the Shakti community. These videos are designed for more advanced users who are looking for a more intense and specified treatment from their Shakti Mat. The Indian Yogis believed that acupressure in more intense areas could provide enormous releases in the mind and body. 


















Inner Thighs