Shannon has been practicing yoga for ten years. Her interest in yoga came after attending her first yoga class at a gym, where she practiced Hatha Flow. Since then, she has come to love various styles of yoga, specifically, Yin Flow, Restorative, and Kripalu. For years, she has used yoga as a method of self-care and as a way to facilitate internal processing and create balance in her life.
After much practice and thought, she became certified through Sundara Integrative Yoga Therapy Training, where she practiced under instructor and mentor Genevieve Yellin, ERYT 500, PYT 1000. Shannon is certified as a trauma sensitive yoga therapist and specializes in working with individuals who suffer from trauma, anxiety, depression, and grief and loss. She also works with individuals who have chronic pain, chronic disease, Alzheimer's, and dementia.
In addition to her RYT, Shannon holds a Masters in Social Work from the University of Texas in Austin, and is currently licensed to practice in the state of Texas. She specializes in crisis intervention and grief and loss, and has worked therapeutically with individuals who have experienced PTSD, anxiety, depression, disease, illness, and/or injury.
Alongside developing Healing Path Yoga Therapy, Shannon works as a Grief and Loss counselor at a local hospice agency, where she assists families through their grieving processes. She also serves as an expert faculty member for Sundara Integrative Yoga Therapy where she provides behavioral health education to yoga therapists in training, as well as assists in Anxiety Clinics. Locally, Shannon partners with the behavioral health program at Austin Pain Associates where she teaches yoga to help clients alleviate chronic pain and mental health stressors. As part of her Seva, or giving back to the community, Shannon volunteers to teach yoga at AGE of Austin to individuals who are experiencing early memory loss, or have been diagnosed with Alzheimer's or dementia. She sees her work, guiding clients through difficult times, as an honor and sign of trust. She maintains that her clients provide her with true gifts of teaching when they share their stories, loved ones, and lives with her.
Shannon believes wholeheartedly in the mind-body connection, and works to guide individuals on a gentle path to restoring their inner peace- a path that eventually leads them to self-healing.
"Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared." ~ Buddha