Since 1995 I have found solace, strength and profound expansion through yoga. In 2002, after a bicycle accident, I quit my stressful job in downtown Manhattan, and still recovering from injuries, joined the 500 hour teacher training program at Be Yoga with Alan Finger where I also became Director of Yoga Teacher Training programs. Alan teaches a style of yoga called ISHTA yoga (the Integrated Science of Hatha, Tantra, and Ayurveda), which is a wonderfully rich multi-faceted vinyasa practice. Simultaneously, I found myself studying as an herbal apprentice, and exploring the rituals of chanting. I was drawn to wise earth-honouring women who taught me about aligning with the natural cycles of the seasons & the moon. This fusion of healing through yoga while consciously connecting with universal rhythms is at the heart of my teaching. After moving to Paris, France in 2004, I did further intensive study in India and Europe focusing on therapeutics and women's issues with TKV and Kausthub Desikachar. I built a yoga business in Paris (shonaliyoga!), personally teaching 15 - 20 classes each week, which allowed me enough experience to register as E-RYT-500. I relocated to Atlanta in 2010 and since August of 2011 I've taught primarily at Sacred Thread Yoga, Vista Yoga, and Decatur Yoga & Pilates. In May 2013, I became a certified Yoga Therapist by completing a 500 hour program through the Pranakriya Yoga School in Atlanta, registered with the IAYT (International Association of Yoga Therapists).  I sing as part of a duo called Mantra Ma! (with Jocelyn Rose), where we explore and celebrate the power of sacred song and chant. I teach for Centering Youth, a non-profit bringing yoga to under-served populations throughout Atlanta.  I offer private yoga sessions to any and all who are curious about yoga and it's healing potential.

Everyone can do yoga! As a certified yoga therapist and teacher of over 10 years, my classes are particularly safe and grounded in breath and alignment allowing steady & safe exploration of postures.  We will flow through and hold within unique sequences that encourage you to drop deeply inside.  We strengthen, challenge & expand.  We soften, play, and nurture.  We'll honor the seasonal changes and what's happening culturally, as well as the moon cycles. You'll encounter pranayama breath work, mudra positions of the hands, visualization, chakras awareness, a wide range of music (Bjork, Al Green, Juana Molina, Krishna Das) paired with mindful silence, sacred poetry, and I'll sing you into a blissfully opening final rest to create an impactful experience each time we practice.  With reverence for the unique process of each individual, I encourage students to make the practice their own: To listen, to receive, to nourish from within.  In perpetual gratitude to the many phenomenal teachers who have inspired me: my students, my children, my husband, Alan Finger, TKV Desikachar, Carrie Wykoff, Robin Rose Bennett, Erich Schiffman, Mark Whitwell, Sarah Powers, John Friend, Michelle Jacobi, Hillary Cohen, Tias Little, Yoganand Michael Carroll, among others! ... Namaste.

Yoga can be done anywhere at any time, even on the windy Gulf of Corinth

Yoga can be done anywhere at any time, even on the windy Gulf of Corinth

I took your prenatal classes at Decatur Hot Yoga over the last few months. Your classes really helped me throughout labor and I think that keeping active has helped me with a quick and easy recovery! I don’t think I would have made it sans epidural without all of the coaching on using breath to get through the pain (back labor hurts!) so thank you so much for all of the great advice It definitely made a world of difference, especially in the last couple of hours.
— Christine (2014)
I recently moved to Atlanta and needed to pick up yoga again to calm my mind and help me through the move and transition. Starting yoga up again after a long period can feel daunting. Shonali took away the fear and gently eased me into a strong regular practice that has helped me tremendously both physically and mentally.After a 90 minute class with Shonali, I always walk away calmed, strengthened, and inspired. She has such a loyal following because she bestows on her students a sense of true ownership: the practice is really ours and she is the guide that helps us stretch into our own spaces and then, beyond.
— Stephanie (2013)
In four sessions, spaced over a period of several weeks, Shonali worked with me to develop an individualized therapeutic practice of breath work, postures and chanting focused on releasing tension, loosening areas of restriction and building strength in my neck and shoulders. This practice has helped me find increased physical freedom and a greater sense of calm and ease on and off the mat. My yoga therapy work with Shonali enabled me to finally develop a consistent home practice and has given me the insight to make more modifications in group practices that honor my own body. Thanks, Shonali, for helping to move forward in my yoga journey and find a deeper level of practice! Namaste
— Gail W. (2013)
I would like to recommend Shonali highly as a candidate to be a yoga therapist. I know Shonali as a sensitive, capable and creative yoga teacher. She has amassed over 600 hours of teacher training and at least as much as a yoga teacher in New York and here in Paris. She has taught at my yoga centre and continues to teach small group and predominantly private classes preferring to work one on one with her students. I know her students are very fond of her and she of them and so she wishes to enhance and further her training in the realm of yoga therapy so that she can be of even more assistance as a yoga teacher and therapist. Shonali will be a wonderful contribution to your program.
— Michelle (2006)