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
|Saturday November 18||12:15 - 1:45 pm||HOT Power Flow|
|Saturday November 18||5:30 - 6:45 pm||WARM Flow & Yin|
|Sunday November 19||8:30 - 10:00 am||HOT Power Flow|
|Monday November 20||7:00 - 8:15 pm||WARM Power Flow $10|
|Wednesday November 22||12:30 - 1:45 pm||HOT Power Flow|
*Recommended for Beginners
Gentle indicates the class is not vigorous, but slow and soothing, perfect for those wanting a more relaxed and softer practice. Also excellent for beginners, the elderly, and pregnant women.
Power indicates a vigorous practice that will challenge and energize you with its focus on building strength and concentration as you flow through powerful, flowing sequences. This type of class is meant to challenge you and your existing practice, make you sweat, have some fun, and try and inversion (or three!). Not recommended for beginners who do not have a basic knowledge of yoga postures.
Warm classes allow the body’s tissues to soften more deeply, as the room is kept between 80-89 degrees.
Hot classes involve a dynamic and challenging practice in a room heated to 90 degrees or above. You will sweat, so please bring your own mat, water bottle, and towel. First time students are discouraged from attending HOT classes, as they tend to be fast-paced, and are meant for those already familiar with basic postures.