"When we begin to inhabit the body as our primary way of sensing, feeling and knowing the world, we find that we as humans are in a state of intimate RELATIONSHIP and CONNECTION with ALL that is"

Reginald Ray


Shannon has been teaching various modalities of movement since 2001. She is a life long student of the body and healing arts. She uses somatic practices, movement medicine, breathing awareness and somatic based meditation, and of course, Pilates and alignment based Yoga to provide effective relief for numerous ailments. She is very creative with her use of props and loves creating dynamic and challenging sessions for clients. Because of her life experiences and her decades of experience of working and teaching others in all walks of life, she views Pilates and her work on a much deeper level. She sees it as people are learning to not just engage these deeper postural muscles, but they learn to INHABIT these deeper layers of themselves. We learn to inhabit and LIVE in our bodies, fully. Tuning in to ourselves, is the practice. LISTENING, REMEMBERING, FEELING and SENSING. That is the language of the body. The language of Pilates and Yoga. PRESENCE. This is what the body teaches us. And of course, SLOWING down.


Shannon teaches the true Pilates method which takes practice to learn, but once learned your body moves and functions very differently. The body learns to support itself from the inside out. While gaining inner strength and the use of these deep postural muscles, all movement in daily life is improved. We learn to inhabit our bodies more fully, which brings us more into our bodies and into the present moment.

She has helped professional athletes, dancers as well as people with disabilities or injuries, pre and post surgery clients, pre/post natal and those moving through transitions as well as those dealing with anxiety and ptsd. She has many offerings and trades, and one of her specialties is working with people with scoliosis; helping them design a home practice using traction methods, alignment based yoga with focus on breathing, and strength training of the Pilates method.

She found her way into these modalities dealing with chronic pain herself as well as her own scoliosis. She discovered the endless possibilities that these methods offer as discovering her body as her own REFUGE. Even in her darkest hours of physical pain, and nearing death, HER BODY was a refuge. Because she realized, HER BODY was trying to heal. All the time.


Learning these somatic practices allows you to move through whatever life is throwing your way as you have gained an invaluable resource as an ally, YOUR BODY. Shannon fully believes that healing is possible, balance is possible, our body wants this all the time. To move back into a state of homeostasis, balance and healing. We just need to SHOW UP. Learning the language that our body is speaking to us all the time. Tuning in. Recognizing its calls of distress and joy. The subtle body. Sensations. This language that most of us were never taught. Its essential. Its our lifeline. Our body has our back from the very beginning to the very end. They have our backs. Beginning to build a RELATIONSHIP with ourselves. OUR BODIES. Building a practice, of connecting to ourselves, holding space for ourselves and our bodies, being present with ourselves. Our movement practice can become our actual lifeline. A common thread moving through our lives, no matter what life throws at us, we can respond, sense and feel from a place of integrity and presence. This is the gift of the body. 

Our bodies have a soul. Our bodies have a purpose. Our bodies are poetry and they are speaking to us all the time. That is how I see and PRACTICE Yoga. Learning to LISTEN and RECEIVE. Creating this space for our inner body to SHOW UP. The awakening of the INNER BODY. Its a prayer, a meeting, a joining of body/mind/soul, a uniting, an allowing. Taking a break from the constant outer noise, to tune in and connect to YOU.

The importance of the inner body, quite forgotten and honestly quite disregarded in our culture, yet its our livelihood and vitality. Our actual life force. The more you create the space, the more you listen, the more of YOU will begin to show up. The more it will guide you, as you learn this new language. The body IS a way of knowing. We think in our minds, but we KNOW in our bodies. Our body is a map, a compass, a history of our past and ancestry and we can learn to metabolize emotions, deal with stress and overactive nervous systems by practicing embodiment. Our body is unique. Our bodies are amazing. Our bodies need us. Your body needs you.


Specializing in sports performance, back care and scoliosis, while also improving posture, energy, and alignment for any individual. 

By working with Shannon, you’ll tap into your body’s natural inner strength by coming back into your true alignment. Alignment from the inside out. She is unique as a movement teacher, as she offers both Iyengar based Yoga and the Pilates method within sessions, as well as being able to offer guided meditation and restorative yoga working with those with PTSD, trauma and anxiety. Using the Pilates equipment as traction tools to give your spine and body space and length.

Pilates Works! Yoga Works! Traction Works!


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