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 guide on the path of authentic, integrative practice. She holds an undergraduate degree in English and Religious Studies from Georgetown University and Oxford University as well as a graduate degree in Eastern Classics and Sanskrit from St. John’s College. Drawing on these formal studies in philosophy, linguistics, and mystical poetry, her teaching is grounded in the embodiment of more than two decades of living yoga.

Since 2003, Shawn has designed and shared yogic studies programs, teacher trainings, and retreat experiences worldwide. She also mentors and certifies others in Prana Vinyasa, an evolutionary approach to practice offered by her longtime teacher, Shiva Rea.

Shawn is currently earning an M.A. in Counseling Psychology at Southwestern College. She served as a core catalyst of the nonprofit Anahata International, bringing trauma-sensitive mindfulness trainings and resources to conflict-affected communities in places like Rwanda and the West Bank. Her work has been featured in publications ranging from Yoga Journal and SHAPE Magazine to the Washington Post.


Shawn holds intuitive space for awakening, regeneration, and healing. Her teaching reflects the influence of classical yoga philosophy, Insight Meditation, and myriad lineages of modern yoga including, most resonantly, Prana Flow: an energetic, creative, full-spectrum approach to embodying yoga as life-presence. Shawn teaches traditional and natural pathways of movement distilled from her teacher, Krishnamacharya’s heritage, Kashmir Shaivism, Ayurveda, Bhakti, Mysticism, and the instinctual 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

E-RYT 500

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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