DRAFT: Shakti Yoga Can Help You De-stress During Finals

As students roll into finals, their stress levels are about to be at an all-time high. The end of the year can be filled with frustration and anxiety, so it is important to keep stress levels low. Thankfully Athens’ newly opened studio, Shakti Power Yoga Athens located at

Shakti Power Yoga Athens is located at 940 Prince Ave., Athens, Ga 30606. (Photo/Devon Tucker)

940 Prince Ave., Athens, Ga 30606, offers the perfect deal for students who are looking to de-stress during this stressful time.

Shakti offers new students a package of $30 for unlimited classes for 30 days and students can get their money’s worth only after taking two classes. The classes range from heated power classes to guided meditation classes.

When it comes to stress management, yoga is ideal for fighting stress and finding serenity in your day according to the Mayo Clinic. They explain that the practice allows oneself to bring peace to both their body and mind and that Hatha yoga is a good choice for managing stress.

For students who are looking for a mental balance during finals, Shakti does not fall short on class options that will help you de-stress.


The practice of iRest incorporates intentional meditation and body relaxation and it is taught in an unheated classroom on Friday mornings. iRest Yoga has its practitioners recognize their peace of mind that is present during all circumstances of life and it decreases stress, anxiety, depression and even insomnia.


Guided Meditation

This unheated class is immediately after Shakti’s Ashtanga Primary Series class and is dedicated to 30 minutes of breathwork and meditation. Similar to iRest, meditation helps lower anxiety and stress levels but also increases one’s concentration and ability to focus.



After sitting in the library all day, muscles can become stiff and even sore. Restorative yoga incorporates props such as tennis balls and blocks to assist with the healing and releasing of tight muscles, plus nourishing your connective tissues. This class is unheated and is held on Sunday evenings.


Flow and Restore

If you want to relax and still get a workout, the Flow and Restore class is held in a warm classroom that guides you through a vinyasa sequence. The class ends with an extended savasana that Shakti says it has you “leave feeling clear and refreshed”. It is held on Sunday and Tuesday mornings.

Flow and Yin

This class combines the practices of vinyasa and yin yoga. According to Shakti, vinyasa flow is medicine for the mind and yin yoga is healing for the body. The class guides students through deep stretches and is taught in a warm classroom on Monday and Wednesday mornings.

For more information on Shakti Yoga Athens visit their website here.

Georgia’s Golda Kombucha Sees Significant Growth

Kombucha, a fermented tea, is rising in health popularity nationwide and Georgia’s very own brand, Golda Kombucha, has seen significant growth in recent months.

Golda Kombucha sells to-go cups and growlers at the Bishop Park Farmers Market. (Photo/Devon Tucker)

Golda Kombucha was started by Melanie Wade in 2013, and her brand was Georgia’s first kombucha tea to hit local markets. To Wade, kombucha is not just a business to her, it is a part of her family history.  Melanie Wade’s grandmother, Golda, has been brewing kombucha for over 40 years in the Blue Ridge Mountains and has since then passed on her knowledge to Melanie.

Wade spent multiple years perfecting the craft of brewing kombucha with her grandmother and as of 2013, she has expanded her recipes to the local markets of the southeast.

When Melanie first debuted her business to local farmers markets and festivals in Atlanta, knowledge of kombucha was not common to the public.

“When I first started my business here in Atlanta, no one really knew what kombucha was. I really had to educate the governing bodies to get my business license and to tell them exactly what kombucha was. It was pretty difficult because they didn’t know and it was like teaching them a whole new concept” explains Wade.

Wade’s time spent educating the public has paid off. Today, Golda Kombucha can be found in over 110 Kroger supermarkets and in eight Whole Foods Markets. Golda can also be found in the local Athens area at the Bishop Park Farmers Market, West Broad Farmers Market, Hendershot’s, Sips, Donderos and the Daily Groceries Co-op.

Golda Kombucha sells flavors ranging from lavender lemonade to peach ginger. (Photo/Devon Tucker)

According the New York Times, the kombucha industry is a national market now with companies like GT’s Kombucha producing more than a million bottles of kombucha a year and Wade holds this trend in the southeast. Golda Kombucha was the first kombucha business to hit Georgia and Wade projects significant growth in the coming months with the rising popularity.

“It wasn’t until fall of 2016, so about 6 months ago, that people really started understanding it and really started to catch on to the health benefits of it,” says Wade, “It is really popular out west, like in California, and I think that it really is just the wave of kombucha coming to the east coast. So I am definitely projecting a lot of growth of the next few years”.

If you want to learn more about Golda Kombucha, you can find information on Melanie’s company here.


Hi readers,

Welcome to Mindful Living! This blog was created for Multiplatform Story Production (JOUR 4090) at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.  On this lifestyle blog you will be able to view a variety of story types focused on the concept of mindfulness, health and positivity. I am excited to see where this beat will take me this semester and cheers to healthy living!


Devon Tucker