Shannon dabbled in a yoga practice on and off for years strictly as a workout, as she studied and worked in the fitness industry for years. When she started to deepen her practice practicing with some very inspiring teachers in Boston, she fell in love with yoga for its mindfulness and respect for the physical body. It was an awakening to know this mindful movement, different from any other, could gain those results, and she never turned back. Shannon’s yoga practice became so beneficial to all aspects of her life that she was compelled to spread the wealth. She also teaches high school Wellness and started teaching yoga to her students at school, and to the athletes and staff after school. She then completed her 200-hr. teacher training at Back Bay Yoga. Shannon’s classes are challenging with a focus on respecting one’s own body and emphasize listening to the body, always offering lots of options. Her students are encouraged to approach their practice with playfulness and fun.
Paula has studied yoga since the early 1990's and became serious about it and decided to become a yoga teacher in 2004 earning her 200 hour certification and registration with Yoga Alliance. After several injuries, she found that yoga was the one thing she could still practice that actually helped her gain strength and stability and kept her centered. She studied Ashtanga Yoga (vinyasa - flowing yoga) with Mary Hart at Iron Crow Yoga in Hamilton, MA. She has a strong infuence in Anusara Yoga, in which the primary focus is on proper body alignment. Paula is also certified in Story Time Yoga which is a unique children's yoga class that incorporates simple stories with specific morals that the children reenact through yoga poses. It's a great deal of fun for them and they're learning all the benefits of yoga at the same time.
Tweens are under a lot of pressure these days! Yoga classes can help them learn to listen to their breath, to slow down, to stretch their bodies and feel accepted. This class will help with flexibility, strength, body awareness & image, and self-confidence. Tweens will learn yoga poses and ways to reduce stress while practicing to fun music. Tweens need a break too!