Hello, fellow yogi and yoginis! Thank you for stopping by! I am Shari. I live in Philadelphia with my husband, dog, and 2 cats. I am a recent graduate of an YTT (Yoga Teacher Training) program where I earned an RYT-200 certificate. I am also certified as a Reiki II Practitioner.
I was first introduced to yoga in 2009 when I was in college. I needed one elective to fulfill a requirement and I gave yoga a shot. What better way to earn credits than taking part in a fitness class, right? I remember one specific moment in class where I thought to myself, “whoa. I feel something changing within me” even if I couldn’t quite put my finger on what that something was. I started feeling more grounded, more relaxed. I could shift my attention by closing my eyes and focusing solely on being present in my space on my mat. By the end of my 6-week course, I was hooked. I bought the first of many yoga books (Yoga, the Iyengar Way by B.K.S. Iyengar; Link: https://www.amazon.com/Yoga-Iyengar-Definitive-Illustrated-Guide/dp/0679722874/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1495229492&sr=8-1&keywords=yoga+the+iyengar+way). I even bought my dad a yoga mat and tried teaching him ways to help him stretch and relax. Who knows – maybe I knew then that I was going to become a yoga teacher one day! I even bought a 10-class pass for a local studio. If I’m being honest, I didn’t use all 10 classes but the 7 classes that I did take, I absolutely LOVED. For a few years, yoga took a back seat and I didn’t practice consistently again until 2015. At that point, I joined a pole fitness studio that also offered yoga. I started taking 2 yoga classes a week for a year and I felt incredible. In the middle of 2016, I asked my yoga instructor where she earned her certificate. Afterwards, I looked into what I would need to do to become a Registered Yoga Teacher. I didn’t go to an information session, I didn’t call to speak with anyone at the Yoga studio. I knew what I wanted and I went for it. I paid my tuition, emailed my application and began counting down the days until I started a new journey. The next 6 months were the most incredible and magical moments of my life. What I learned about myself & the connection between my mind, body, and soul cannot be explained. What I would love to do is give each of my students the ability to delve deeper into our daily lives & provide our bodies and minds with a nurturing environment to be curious as to what we are capable of experiencing when we focus on what our bodies tell us.
I have completed a 200 hour intensive course and am so excited to begin teaching! I am also looking forward to always being a student, learning new techniques and areas of yoga, as well as continuing my education to become a PRYT-200 (Prenatal Registered Yoga Teacher), making me eligible to teach Prenatal Yoga! I look forward to teaching and learning from each and every one of you, my future yogis and yoginis.