- What inspired you to become a yoga teacher?
I was a massage therapist for over fifteen years before becoming a yoga instructor. I became a yoga instructor when I started feeling a lot of pain in my hands, neck and shoulders. Yoga helped heal the physical discomfort I was experiencing, and so much more. As my practice evolved, I have become a better listener, less reactive, more compassionate, and much more aware of the impact I have on my surroundings.
- How do you describe your style of teaching?
My teachers were Jivamukti instructors. My teaching reflects that. I incorporate philosophy, pranayama, asana and meditation into a vinyasa class. I strive to give equal attention to all areas of the practice of yoga, not just the physical practice.
- What is your favorite thing about teaching?
Definitely the students. Every one of them has been a blessing. They have become my teachers in this life. Every time I I teach, I learn something from them. I never saw myself being able to teach anything until I started practicing yoga. Now I realize everyone has the ability and gift of imparting knowledge to others.
- How has yoga changed you/your life?
I experience a lot less separation. When you feel less separate from people or the places you reside in, you make very different choices. I work very hard to be of service to the community, and the practice of Karma Yoga, the yoga of selfless service.
- What are you passionate about outside of your classes?
I volunteer my time to animal rescue projects and for a local animal shelter. I also make malas beads and donate part of the proceeds to Foster Dogs, Inc. I had a golden/malamute mix who lived for almost sixteen years, and I had to put her down a few months ago. She taught me everything I know about what it means to be patient. She was my inspiration for The Mala The Mission.
- Any parting wisdom to share with your students?
We can live weeks without food, days without water, but only seconds without air. Any time you take a conscious breath, you are connecting to what is happening in the moment. The body and the mind are never separate. The breath is the bridge that connects them.
Shannon teaches Restorative & Gentle Yoga on Thursdays at 7:30pm
In honor of Shannon and the volunteer work she does, Sprout Wellness is offering 10% off class packages to non-profit volunteers as a way to give back to those that give. Mention this blog post and the volunteer work you do to receive the discount.