Shelley first encountered Yoga as a High School senior when, with one semester left before graduation, her guidance counselor pointed out her missing Gym credits. Without knowing a thing about it, she signed up for the only session still open – a “stretching class” with the oddest sounding name and proceeded to be captivated by the “new” fantastic way to exercise her body as well as calm her mind.
Life took her in a different direction so Shelley could not develop a regular practice until 2002, when she met Yoga teacher Lori Ruben, trained in Hatha Yoga at Kirpalu. With Lori, her resolve to practice strengthened. Hungry for more in 2009, she joined the YogaScape studio where she was inspired by her current teacher, Amy Pearce-Hayden, to reach a new physical and spiritual turning point leading her to the decision to become a Yoga teacher. She completed the 200 hour Teacher Training with Amy in 2011.
“My interest in Yoga stemmed from the idea of mind and body integration. The calmness and single focus that the asanas bring to the brain along with physical benefit of a coordinated, graceful and well-functioning body is an irresistible draw. Although it’s been over 2000 years since Patanjali codified Yoga in the Yoga Sutras, this practice has enormous relevance today. The practice of Yoga allows me to tone my body, create peaceful inner space, heal the places that are emotionally stuck and perhaps even transform some of my more limiting beliefs.”
Shelley loves to meet people where they are – no matter what fitness level or physical ability – and help them to explore and expand their limits, while working at the correct pace for each student.