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.