When and how did you start practicing yoga?

I started practicing yoga seriously in 2008 when I moved to Charlotte.  I had taken classes in the past, but once I took a class with Mara Healy I was hooked!

How has it helped you grow as a person?

Yoga has been very introspective for me.  I have learned a lot about myself.  It has also helped me be a better spouse, parent and friend.  It helps me to be more present in my life.

What should students expect from your class?

I enjoy creating beautiful sequences that bring a sense of balance. In my class you will find laughter and smiles, but also guidance on how to consciously create each posture and transverse each movement, taking your practice to a deeper place.  I will challenge you with encouragement and kindness.  Inspired by the mindfulness movement, I often introduce the more introspective aspects of yoga to take it beyond the physical.  You will leave my classes feeling grounded and calm; feeling strong and flexible; feeling rejuvenated yet, relaxed.

Be Yoga has a number of class styles. Which is your favorite, and why?

I love any class that challenges me.  That challenge might be physical or mental.

What element of yoga philosophy fascinates you the most?

I really love the yamas and niyamas.  They are the foundation of yoga.  I am also fascinated by the subtle anatomy of the body, the chakra and nadis, and how energy flows through our bodies.

What do you like to do when you’re not doing Yoga?

I’m a homebody!  So i really like to spend time with my husband and 2 children.  I absolutely love to  curl up with a good book.

Contact Shona: shona@beyogaclt.com

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