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Shannon’s journey with yoga began as a way to cross train for her career as a professional ice skater. She has had the privilege to represent Team USA and Great Britain in her competitive past, and now spends her time working with the next generation of figure skaters, synchronized skaters, and ice dancers.
As a professional coach, choreographer, and dance teacher, yoga as a discipline made sense to incorporate into Shannon’s teaching repertoire. Focus on alignment and coordinating movement with breath has now become universal practice whether she’s on the ice or in the studio. After practicing at many studios between Connecticut and Chicago, it wasn’t until Shannon moved to Pittsburgh in 2020 when she found the Om Lounge. It was here that Shannon fell in love with the space and the community, and enrolled in her 200-Hour Teacher Training. In her personal practice, yoga has provided Shannon with a place where she can fully show up on her own with the sole intention of practicing to feel at peace, find joy and and feel stronger mentally and physically.
In Shannon’s classes you can expect to find creative dance-like sequences, good tunes, lots of energy, and a strong incorporation of themes that connect with happenings of everyday life. She feels passionately about her students experiencing the physical benefits of yoga in the studio, but has also fallen in love with the teachings in yoga that exist off of the physical mat. Her hope is that students will come out of class feeling stronger and brighter than they did coming in.
Shannon’s educational pursuits are motivated by the thought that the best teachers are those who never stop learning and practicing for themselves. She feels called into spaces where she can express and share her artistry and creativity with others. Shannon holds a Masters of Choreography Techniques from the American Ice Theatre (2022), and is a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2018). She works as a freelance illustrator when she is not in the studio or on the ice. She is happiest in the summertime wherever there is bright sun and a body of water nearby, and spending time with her extremely moody but adorable cat, Basil.