About Instructor Shanna Dew:
Shanna approaches her yoga mat with an intention to embody both peace and playfulness. Ten years ago, she was introduced to yoga in her junior college’s old gym.
Since then yoga has taken on may forms and become a staple for balance in both her personal and professional life.
Shanna firmly attributes yoga to her emotional regulation and ability to focus during her undergrad at Eastern Washington University, receiving a BA in both Psychology, and Women’s and Gender Studies. In 2012 she chose to join the 200-hour Vinyasa teacher training at Lila Yoga in Spokane, Wa.
While teaching English in Thailand, Shanna attended her first 10-day silent retreat and became more interested in the benefits of seated meditation practice and mindfulness as a healing modality.
Upon the acceptance into Santa Clara’s Counseling Psychology Master’s program Shanna relocated to the US and chose Oakland as her new home. It was Piedmont Yoga’s doors that aided her in that sense of home and belonging in a new town. She applied to their 300-hour Teacher training program and studied predominately Hatha, and Iyengar styles under the guidance of Richard Rosen, Leslie Howard, and Zubin Shoof.
Shanna specifically studied mindfulness based stress reduction in her three-year master program, focusing on an adolescent population, and recently graduated June 2016. Shanna has experience teaching yoga to all ages, starting as young as 2! She has specialized trainings in kids, teens, and trauma informed yoga.
“As a teacher, I strive to create a safe space where individuals can explore both their physical and mental boundaries with attitudes of respect and kindness. I firmly believe that it is never to late to make changes in our lives! I encourage both body positivity and a sense of ease when it comes to the physical yoga practice.”
Teens Yoga Hour
Being a teenager often feels like you have no control, but you know enough about life to have something valid to say! Wouldn’t it be nice to come into a space where people where focused on being their best selves? Where “no bad vibes” is an actual thing and not just over sized words on someone’s t-shirt?
What if you could carve out just one hour a week to give yourself a break and learn to change your relationship to stress, body appearance, anger, anxiety, and depression? Through the tools of yoga you can learn effective breathing techniques and yoga poses that literally reprogram your mind to be more energized, feel calmer and more balanced.
Teens Hour focused on self-confidence, self-acceptance, and self-compassion. Classes change from flow sequences, to restorative (think resting on clouds + stretching at the same time) to partner and group poses.
If you bring a friend their first time is always FREE!
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This class is designed to maintain flexibility and strength and to develop focus and balance. Joining the breath with repetitive movements the body is allowed to move into postures with more ease and comfort. All levels welcome. Please wear comfortable clothing.