Who We Are
Shawn is the owner of Metrowest Yoga in Westboro and Worcester Massachusetts. She developed the creative and challenging style of yoga called Myoga Hot Hatha that she teaches along with a fun, vigorous vinyasa flow style. She conducts workshops and teacher trainings both locally and internationally. Shawn is known for training teachers to teach with authenticity and open hearts. All of the teachers at Metrowest Yoga are exceptional and is one of the reasons that Metrowest Yoga has won the “Readers Choice” awards 5 times!
“I was introduced to yoga as a teenager in 1980 as a way to compliment my long distance running. I found that it also calmed my mind and relaxed me. Years later an abusive marriage left me alone and hurting with two young children. Suffering from anxiety and depression, I again turned to yoga and began to practice regularly. It helped and I began to heal. With regular practice, my body became stronger and healthier than it had with any other form of exercise, and my mind became calm and peaceful. In addition, I learned to love more openly, speak more truthfully and live more in the moment. I decided teaching yoga and bringing this beautiful healing practice to others would be my life’s work. I opened my first studio in my home in 2003 and my first commercial space in 2005”. This journey has taught me to have faith in myself and trust that there is a peaceful place inside all of us no matter what challenges we face.
Having recently survived advanced stage thyroid cancer, Shawn attributes her practice for providing the strength to move though it with optimism and calm.
Shawn has practiced yoga for over 30 years, but has studied extensively over the last 14 years and holds the highest certification awarded by Yoga Alliance( 500 ERYT). She has also completed teacher trainings with Baron Baptiste(level 1 and 2), David Swenson, Shiva Rea, Johnny Gillespie/ Empowered Yoga and Theresa Murphy. In addition she has completed weeklong trainings with John Friend, Ana Forest , Beryl Bender Birch and many others.
Shawn has completed Anatomy courses with AFAA(twice) and Yoga Anatomy with Tom Alden as well as Anatomy Trains with Tom Myers.
I am forever grateful to all of my teachers. Some of the most instrumental in guiding me on my path are Baron Baptiste, Johnny Gillespie, David Swenson, Rolf Gates and Theresa Murphy. In addition I have had the good fortune to have learned from many other sincere, heartfelt teachers over the years. I humbly bow to each of them.