What’s your superpower?
My hubby tells me I live in “Shannon World.” I’m still not sure if he means that as a compliment! I think what he means, though, is that I am pretty good at seeing the bright side of things, even in tough, stressful, or scary situations, and I try not to let the world get too big for me.
How do you express gratitude?
Spending time with someone and really being present, without the distraction of the outside world, phones, emails, and social media, is the ultimate gesture of gratitude. It’s totally hard to make room for that commitment sometimes, but when it happens, it’s the most amazing feeling.
Why do you share yoga?
I started teaching yoga in order to have another tool in my belt at work, as a pediatric physical therapist. Then, I realized I really like adults, too! And I really love helping people feel those amazing feelings you get after taking class. I love seeing yoga help decrease stress, ease pain, improve mobility, or just make someone smile. That hour or two on the mat can be transformational.
No question! Child’s pose. I have been known sometimes to live way up in the clouds, in my own little world. Child’s pose grounds and stabilizes me. It brings me back to earth, and always gives me that little nudge to stay calm, focused, and collected. (You can often find me dropping into Child’s pose on a busy day at the hospital)
When was the last time you laughed out loud?
Today! My husband always knows how to make me laugh. He has impeccable timing and/or intuition, because he always knows just when to send me a funny photo or cute animal GIF, to brighten my day.
What always makes you smile?
Seattle in the summer (yes, even when its 90+ degrees), being outside, and lazy mornings with coffee and a good book to read. Plus I have the most amazing and ridiculous friends here in Seattle, who welcomed me with open arms when I moved from Chicago 7+ years ago. You guys rock!
What does flow mean to you?
Immersion. Complete involvement in an activity, without having to think too much. The end result of a good flow is joy and contentment.
What to expect from my class?
A well-rounded class with a focus on breath, movement, and a feeling of adventure. Maybe trying out something you never thought you would. An invitation to explore your body and do what feels right for you, at that moment in time. And hopefully feeling really really good afterwards!
Shannon is a 200 hour certified yoga instructor, and has been teaching yoga for 3 years. She is a Doctor of Physical Therapy, and works at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Currently, her major project is starting a yoga group for the Adolescent/Young Adult (AYA) Cancer Unit at Children’s Hospital in the fall of 2015.