My path to Yoga began after a dance-related injury. At the time, I was training in classical ballet, and I was practicing up to five times a week in the studio (and just as much outside of the studio). One evening during class and our after warm up, we were all stretching. As I transitioned into a front split, something I did on a daily basis, I heard a loud and violent grinding sound — I tore my hamstring. I learned a lot of difficult lessons from that day, none of which I realized immediately. For the next six months, I went through waves of excruciating pain. There was no comfortable position to find relief: standing hurt, lying down was uncomfortable, and sitting was the worst of all.
As my body healed, a close friend suggested I try taking a yoga class. Where one chapter ends, another begins: that first class set into motion what would eventually become my life passion. The teacher from my first class became my mentor for the next two years, until I decided I wanted to do more with what I was learning and feed my yearning for a deeper understanding of Yoga. I wanted to share with others the freedom from the body and mind that I was discovering; a release of pain both internally and externally; and the vitality that comes through breathing and living fully. I packed a suitcase and moved to Los Angeles to study and become certified through YogaWorks, where I became a Yoga Alliance Certified teacher.
As a teacher, my aim is to create a safe and friendly environment where students can come to learn and practice self care. To move thoughtfully; to listen to your body, to let go of the mind chatter; to breathe; to feel; to be. My passion is to share my knowledge, to help alleviate pain of all kinds, and to help others find happiness, acceptance, and love through the practice of Yoga.
I teach a variety of classes, from power vinyasa to therapeutic yoga, and I focus on
alignment to ensure the health and safety of the body.
I hope to see you on the mat where we can smile, play, and grow together!
Sat Naam • I am. You are. We Are.
Class Schedule for Shaela
|Wednesday January 17||12:30 - 1:45 pm||HOT Power Flow|
|Saturday January 20||12:15 - 1:45 pm||HOT Power Flow|
|Saturday January 20||5:30 - 6:45 pm||WARM Flow & Yin|
|Sunday January 21||8:30 - 10:00 am||HOT Power Flow|
|Monday January 22||7:00 - 8:15 pm||WARM Power Flow $10|
*Recommended for Beginners