And we pray, not for new earth or heaven, but to be quiet in heart, and in eye clear. What we need is here.~ Wendell Berry, "The Wild Geese"
Shawn is a mama, writer, and guide on the path of authentic, integrative practice. With an undergraduate emphasis on English and Religious Studies at Georgetown University and Oxford University, and a graduate degree in Eastern Classics and Sanskrit from St. John’s College, Shawn combines her studies in philosophy, linguistics, and mystical poetry with the alchemy of more than two decades of living yoga.
Shawn designs and shares yogic studies programs, teacher trainings, and retreats worldwide. She also mentors others in Prana Flow Yoga, a sacred embodiment system created by her longtime teacher, Shiva Rea. She is currently earning an M.A. in Counseling Psychology, and served previously as a core catalyst of the nonprofit Anahata International, bringing trauma-sensitive wellness trainings and resources to conflict-affected communities in places like Rwanda and the West Bank.
Shawn’s work has evolved as a reflection of the living flow, and has been featured in publications ranging from Yoga Journal and SHAPE Magazine to the Washington Post. She lives with her family in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Shawn holds space for others to awaken and heal through the practice of sacred embodiment. Her offerings have emerged from immersion in the teachings of Insight Meditation and myriad lineages of modern yoga, including, most resonantly, Prana Vinyasa: an energetic, creative, full-spectrum approach to embodying the living flow of yoga. Through this open system, Shawn teaches classical and natural pathways of vinyasa drawn from her teacher’s illuminated sharing, Krishnamacharya’s heritage, Tantra, Ayurveda, Bhakti, Mystical Poetry, and the organic unfolding of her own practice.
“Shawn showed me that teaching yoga is an art. That we as teachers are artists and healers, and that we can help our students to be creative and expressive in their bodies, and that through this, we begin to heal ourselves, our students, our community, the world. Who taught me that the voice that comes from the depths of your soul, whose rhythm matches the cadence of your heartbeat, can awaken light and love and grace. Who showed me that yoga can be poetry in motion.”Elissa Margolin
Once you know the way,
the nature of attention
will call you to return, again
and again, and be saturated
with knowing,'I belong here,
I am at home here.'
Answer that call.
~ Vijnana Bhairava Tantra, Sutra 26
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