About Shannon

Private Yoga teacher

My personal yoga practice and my teaching philosophy share a single intention: to realize the union of mind, body and breath, combined with a practical application of that union for healing, equanimity and physical ease. My primary interest as both a student of yoga and as an instructor is in understanding the relationship between psyche and soma, and the effectiveness of yoga practices to address “dis-ease” in whatever form it might take, be it physical pain due to chronic postural habit or injury; or psychological hurt brought on by depression or emotional or physical trauma. I look at yoga as a both a psychological and a physical practice. It is a tool for enabling greater understanding and evolution of the self.

I took my first yoga class in 2000, and completed my RYT certification in 2007. I have been teaching yoga ever since. My instructional style incorporates a strong foundation in the principles of Iyengar yoga, a style taught with emphasis on safe alignment, precision and judicious use of props, along with deeper somatic and anatomical exploration to locate balance, strength and space, and where appropriate, slower heat-building “flow” sequences. Emphasis on breath is another indispensible touchstone of my own practice and my teaching, and I strive always to introduce the practice of dharana, or what we might recognize in current parlance as “mindfulness.” In all of my teaching I hope to encourage the development of internal awareness that focuses and calms the mind not just during the time and space of our practice, but in the space of our day to day lives.

In private sessions, I often work with students in their 40’s and beyond, and those with specific structural imbalances or need for increased range of motion, bone health, and balance. I consider it a great privilege to work with people coming to (or well into) their, as psychologist James Hollis puts it, “middle passage,” as I feel yoga an invaluable tool for helping us navigate the wisdom half of life.

In my ongoing quest to broaden and deepen my understanding and practice of yoga I follow the work of Ellen Criswell, Mark Stephens, Richard Rosen, Karin Burke, Tias Little, Ray Long, MD, and Leslie Kaminoff, as well as writings in yoga history, Eastern and Western psychology and yoga philosophy by B.K.S. Iyengar, Vanda Scaravelli, Georg Feuerstein, Eknath Easwaran, Edwin Bryant, Carl Jung, James Hillman, and James Conger, and others.

I offer private yoga classes to individuals and groups all over Dallas, including East Dallas, Deep Ellum, downtown, Uptown/Oak Lawn, the Park Cities and Addison. Contact me to learn more.

Private Yoga teacherI have been teaching yoga since 2008 and practicing yoga since 2000. I
completed my RYT (Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher) certification
in 2007, and in addition to my private instruction practice, have taught
classes at Gold’s Gym, CHI Studio, GoYoga, Tsada Yoga, Dirt Cheap Yoga,
Cosmic Café, Divine Sight Healing Arts Center, and Lakewood Montessori
School. My instructional style incorporates a strong foundation and
emphasis on safe alignment, supportive use of props, and anatomical
precision along with slower heat-building flow sequences. I also
incorporate pranayama (breath regulation) and mindfulness practice in
all of my sessions, encouraging my students to develop an internal
awareness that focuses and calms the mind both on and off the mat
.

Many of my students are beginners who want to start their Yoga journey with one-on-one attention to form and posture, in a relaxed environment.

My personal yoga practice and my teaching philosophy both work toward one goal: the union of mind, body and breath that develops physical and emotional ease and self-awareness.  I earned my PhD in Folklore and Mythology from UCLA in 1999, and currently devote my creative energies to studying and writing about the connections between analytical or depth psychology and yoga. My primary interest is in understanding the relationship between mental and emotional stress and their expression in physical symptoms, and the use of yoga and meditation to address disease, undiagnosed pain, depression, PTSD and other ailments.

I offer private yoga classes to individuals and groups all over Dallas, including East Dallas, Deep Ellum, Uptown/Oaklawn, the Park Cities and Downtown. Contact me to learn more.