Somewhere down the line between graduating from school and attempting to find my purpose, Yoga, Meditation, and Reiki so graciously made their way into my life, exactly when I needed it most. These practices have led me to cultivate a deeper mind-body connection and understanding of what it means to lead a conscious lifestyle. I was fortunate enough to do my 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training at BuddhafulOM Yoga, complete an 8 Week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Course with Mindful Kids Miami, and become a certified Reiki Practitioner. My favorite styles of Yoga to teach are Vinyasa, Yin and Restorative. I aim to guide students through their practice while creating a sacred space that integrates asanas with the spiritual teachings of Yoga. It is in my greatest beliefs that wellness is for everybody and that these practices can be absolutely life-changing when practiced with good intention and proper guidance.
With an extensive background in gymnastics and dance, the transition to yoga was a path written in the stars for me. I first fell in love with the practice ~3 years ago and since then, my yoga journey has helped me grow stronger, more flexible and fearless, both on and off the mat.As I sought a deeper understanding of the practice, I knew I had to go to the heart of its origins to fully embrace the asanas and philosophy behind them. I am grateful to have completed my 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training at the Sarvaguna Yoga Dhaama in Dharamsala, India. Since receiving certification, I have enjoyed sharing my practice with groups of all sizes and ages, but I will always be a student, learning and growing every time I step on the mat.In my classes, my goal is to provide a safe and positive environment that encourages students to explore their full potential and strengths. My hope is that you step off the mat feeling refreshed, nourished and balanced, while still yearning to return and learn more.
For nearly 10 years, yoga has been my source of self care and guidance. My path has led me to pursue work that empowers individuals and uplifts communities across the world. Wherever my nonprofit work takes me, my yoga mat is where I go to recover, reflect, relax and grow. In search for a deeper understanding of yoga, I attended a retreat in Rishikesh, India, in 2015. The following year I completed an intensive 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training in Boca Raton, Florida. Since then, I have shared my practice throughout the US, Peru and Thailand. When I guide practice, I nurture a space that’s intentional and mindful for you to breathe deeply and surrender fully. I aim to hold a space for your unique expression of Yoga to evolve as you learn to listen to your body and find peace in your practice.
I started my journey into wellness in 2006 when I became a cross-country and track and field runner at my high school. When I began my trek towards obtaining a B.S from the University of Miami in Biology, with minors in Chemistry and Sports Medicine, I found myself in need of a wellness practice that would give peace of mind, while still providing the physical challenge I was seeking. I stumbled upon yoga at my university’s wellness center and instantly knew that yoga was what I needed at the time. When I graduated from Wake Forest School of Medicine, with a Master’s of Medical Science in 2017, I packed my things and headed to New York City. While diving deep into my work as a Physician’s Assistant who strives to deliver quality healthcare to underserved populations, it struck me on how unattainable wellness is for the majority of the population. My goal is to provide a level playing field for people of all backgrounds to have access to equal care and the fundamental knowledge to sustain a healthy lifestyle- emotionally, spiritually and physically. Having completed my 200 RYT at Sonic Yoga gave me the healing, confidence, knowledge and strength I was looking for. I aim to integrate my experience, and knowledge of the practices of Yoga to provide a class that allows students to find their center and experience the therapeutic benefits that yoga has to offer.
‘Things don’t happen to us, they happen for us.’ This quote has stuck with me since I first heard it during my 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training at Stanton Street Yoga on the Lower East Side. I have found that by shifting our mindset ever so slightly, it’s amazing how we can begin to move through life with so much more love, compassion, and grace. And to me, this is what yoga is really all about.I’m filled with gratitude to be able to share my love of the yoga lifestyle with you, which I believe is a delicate balance between our mind, body, and spirit. I aim to teach the kind of classes I most enjoy taking. You can be assured there will be a motivational quote to guide us through the flow, oddles of positive energy, warm candlelight, and a well curated playlist. And if it’s a small enough class, there will absolutely be head massages during shavasana, promise. I so look forward to connecting with each of you blissful souls in this beautiful Upper East Side sanctuary.
I am a Kundalini Yoga teacher and Meditation instructor. I previously worked at JPMorgan’s Private Bank as a Global Investor and fully understand the rigors and strains of a life in finance. Managing stress and chronic pain was a daily challenge for me. After the birth of my second child, I stepped away from the desk to spend more time with my kids and to learn meditation techniques to heal my body and better understand the interactions between mind and body. Today, I focus on helping professionals and busy mothers reduce stress and tension in their lives by teaching their bodies and minds how to relax. I have a Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology from Rochester Institute of Technology, a Radiant Child Yoga Certification and take great pride in being a Reiki 1 and 2 practitioner.
I am a New York based yogi who enjoys reading, eating new foods, and teaching yoga! I discovered the practice of yoga in college, and soon after graduating with a degree in theatre, I decided to pursue teaching yoga. I earned my 200 hour teaching certificate at Sky Ting and have continued to seek new learning opportunities since. To me, asana is about connecting our physical body with our deepest self - the source of our being - by linking breath with postures. Through effort we find grace! In my class you can expect to link your breath to movement in a way that calms the mind and urges forward momentum. I love to sequence poses creatively and have a little fun! Follow me at @yogi_shelbi!