SHANNON B // YOGA
1. What is your Teaching and Wellness philosophy?
I practice and teach yoga and meditation as a gateway to the subtle body. I am interested in using the physical body as the vessel to access deeper levels of sensation and awareness. In my experience this provides a stable platform for profound change. The 8 limbs of yoga are the scaffolding around which I’ve built my life to greater and greater happiness. Yoga is a powerful sanctuary in which one can radically transform. As a teacher I seek to hold sacred space for my students to self-actualize.
2. Do you have a personal mantra/word to help get you through a challenging training session/practice? if so, would you care to share?
Life is change, love is constant. This mantra speaks to the constancy of compassion and love that we must hold for ourselves in a world of flux. Our bodies and minds change from year to year, day to day, breath to breath. I seek to ground my students in the practice of taking action on the mat and in the world that comes from a place of love. Sometimes that means rocking it out and setting yourself free, sometimes it means listening in and taking care of pain.
3. Who are you inspired by?
Frida Kahlo, Jane Jacobs, Julia Cameron, Georgia O’Keefe, Hilma af Klimt, Katy Cowan, Ernesto Caivano, Jessica and Stéphane Kung-Dreyfus, Elise Lorimer, Betty Roi, Amanda Moran, Chelsea Larsson, Geshe Michael Roach, Mahatma Gandhi, Master B.K.S. Iyengar
4. What is your Guilty pleasure?
Talenti Sea Salt and Caramel Gelato. A pint won’t last a day around me.
5. What should a student expect when going to one of your classes?
I teach a well rounded vinyasa rooted in contemporary and traditional teachings, awareness of the subtle body, alignment, hands-on adjustments and meditation. I seek to provide a nourishing space for beginners and advanced students alike, and provide modifications and advanced poses.