Yoga & Fitness Classes

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Shanna embarked on her yoga teacher journey in 2016 as a means to share the tremendous healing capabilities that yoga has to offer. When she was 18, she began studying meditation with a Buddhist professor and kept a dedicated daily practice under the guidance of three mentors. To Shanna, yoga is much more than a physical practice; it is a way to cultivate connection to all facets of oneself: mind, body, spirit, and to facilitate balance, integration, and wholeness. You can expect a combination of static postures and flow sequences during Shanna’s classes with an emphasis on the breath connection. Shanna feels that the physical practice of yoga is like meditation in motion, allowing energy flow and a deeper awareness and understanding of our being. Her devotion to personal growth practices and her background in psychology informs every aspect of how she teaches. You can count on a compassionate, light, fun, nurturing, and nonjudgmental environment based on the philosophy that the student-teacher relationship is one of mutual growth and exploration. In addition to traditional yoga classes, Shanna offers Yogic Life Counseling groups and sessions that utilize a blend and holistic delivery of her background and training in psychology, addiction studies, yoga for trauma and emotional wellbeing, emotional freedom technique, peer counseling, and reiki.

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Yoga Etiquette

- Please arrive on time and early enough to check-in, make a payment, ask questions, and prepare your space for class.

- Please arrive with the appropriate equipment and apparel which may include a yoga mat, personal props, water bottle, towel, and comfortable clothing that you can move in. Blocks and straps will be available for use at the gym and there will be a limited quantity of yoga mats to borrow per class.

- Please remove shoes before stepping on the mat.

- The benefits of yoga are quite diverse, and everyone comes to class with a different purpose and goal, so please demonstrate the utmost consideration and respect for your fellow classmates.

- Please refrain from talking on the mat during class. If questions arise or you need the instructors help, please quietly raise your hand and keep your voice to a minimum.

- Cell phones will not be allowed on the mat and please silence them to minimize interruptions.

What to Expect

- You can count on a compassionate, nurturing, and nonjudgmental environment with safety being our primary focus.

- Shanna believes that the student-teacher relationship is one of mutual growth and exploration. Her philosophy is reflected in her style of teaching in which she continually strives to promote mind-body connection and encourage intuitive movement, while honoring the uniqueness of each individuals path.

- Like any other practice, the benefits of yoga vary according to consistency and dedication, so be patient, start slow, and periodically check-in with your goals as your expectations for the practice evolve.

- Please come to class with an open mind and the understanding that it is likely that you won’t be able to do every form exactly how it is offered during class. Don’t get discouraged, there is always room to grow. If you are struggling with a certain posture or movement in class that I do not provide a modification for, please don’t hesitate to come talk to me so that I can work with you to find an alternative that will work for your body.

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POWER VINYASA (Intermediate)

Traditional sun salutations and core work to heat and prepare the body for more complex movements. Combines a mix of dynamic, flow style movement with static postures and an emphasis on breath connection to energize and empower. Some yoga experience is recommended prior to this class, but not required. Modifications will be offered.

HATHA (All Levels)

A slower no-flow alignment-oriented practice combining static holds and long stretches to center and promote strength, flexibility, and breath awareness.

GENTLE (All Levels)

Focuses on gently stretching the body and calming the nervous system to release stress and tension and increase flexibility and relaxation.

Yin

An extremely slow (up to 8 minute holds) practice designed to target and organically release the connective tissue (fascia) to promote deeper levels of flexibility and increased range of motion.

YOUTH (AGES 6+)

Facilitates mindfulness and compassionate connection to body while exploring breathing techniques and exercises to increase strength, balance, and flexibility and relax the nervous system. Emphasis on mind-body connection and community building in a fun, safe, and trauma informed environment.

FAMILY (ALL LEVELS)

A fun way to connect with your parent, child, sibling, partner, best friend, in an all levels partner-based practice. Come flow together and grow together!

EBB & FLOW (All Levels)

A fun and dynamic fitness class incorporating conditioning intervals with yoga style strength movements.

SUN & MOON (All Levels)

An all levels power vinyasa to get the body heated and the muscles and mind prepared for a slow gentle finish to increase flexibility and decrease stress.

MOBILITY (All Levels)

A class focused on developing end range of motion strength to safely promote increased flexibility.

FITNESS CLASSES (All Levels)

Focuses on an all levels combination of cardio conditioning and strength training in a safe, fun, and nonjudgmental environment.

Common Misconceptions About Yoga

“I’m not flexible enough to do yoga”

That’s like saying you’re too dirty to take a shower. You don’t have to be flexible to do yoga, you do yoga to increase flexibility.

“I’m not strong enough to do yoga”

That’s like saying you don’t have enough money to get a job. Yoga will help increase your physical as well as emotional and mental strength.

“I can’t focus/mind wanders”

That’s like saying you don’t know how to kick so you shouldn’t do Taekwondo. Through yoga you learn focus and concentration.

“I can’t sit still”

Alan Watts says, “Muddy water is best cleared by leaving it alone.” The practice of yoga allows the mud to settle so we can gain clarity and move into stillness. Learning to be still & with ourselves in the present moment is crucial for our health, happiness, processing and integration, creativity, etc etc etc.

“I don’t have a yoga body”

What the hell is a yoga body? Are you breathing? Yes? Then you have a yoga body. Yoga is about the connection to your body through your breath and how that feels, not how it looks.