Shawn Shaw

Hometown: Grafton, MA

Favorite inspirational quote: Depends on what day you ask me really. I have so many! As of late, “Dance in the Rain”. It implies that we can find good in all things.


When/where/with who was your first yoga class? Quincy, MA – in 1980 at the local YMCA. It was the first time I realized that I could bring calm and peace into my being.


What / who inspires you? My children, Yoga teachers that stay genuine and true and committed to the practice.


What I love most about yoga is: Yoga not only helps me feel more confident physically, it strengthens me spiritually. I walk through life with more confidence, optimism, self awareness and with a more positive joyful attitude.


What you can’t live without? My children. They are my greatest teachers and no one can make my belly laugh the way they do.


What you might not know about me: I once was a Color Guard in a Marching Band.


Best advice you’ve ever received (from who?): “Make it Good”. Whenever I find myself having an especially bad day, I try to pause and think about what’s gone well that day. What happened that was good. What’s good about my life. When I do I find it shifts my whole perspective.

My favorite book: Again, so many! A Path with Heart by Jack Kornfield, and “How Yoga Works” by Christie McNally and Michael Roach


Favorite Word: “Grace”


Local escape: Hopkinton State Park


My favorite thing to do(other than yoga): Watching the sunset preferably by the ocean.

 
 
 


Shawn Shaw instructs the following:
  • Flow (Hot Heat)
  • MYoga Flow Yoga covers a wide variety of yoga styles. Including; Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Bikram and Baptiste. It is a vigorous practice that strengthens the core muscles in the body, enhances flexibility, while encouraging deep concentration and focus. All Flow Yoga is practiced in a heated room. The heat encourages perspiration, which helps to detoxify and cleanse the body. The muscles respond to the heat by relaxing and allowing us to move deeper into a posture. There is an assumption that you have practiced before, so there is less attention to alignment ques. This moves at a faster pace to elevate the heart rate and elevate the cardiovascular system as well as develop strength and flexibility. This practice will tone and sculpt your body and heal your soul. Be prepared to sweat, and discover your inner strength!  (Hot Heat)


  • Mindful Sequencing, Intentional Theming and Effective Cueing
  • Mindful planning and sequencing can enhance your engagement with students and help lead them to a peak experience that will enrich their practice of yoga. Setting class intentions, leveraging physical poses, cueing effectively, and nourishing the energy of the flow, will maximize your potential to offer great classes and effective instruction to your students. In this teacher focused workshop Shawn will take you on a journey to discover how deliberate and mindful sequencing can impact the physical and subtle energetic bodies of students. You will explore the effectiveness of cueing and how what you say and how you say it matters. Shawn will explain the importance of creating a theme for each class and how it can elevate the students experience.

    Curriculum:
    • Week 1:     Theming
    • Week 2:     Cueing
    • Week 3:     Sequencing
    • Week 4/5:   Pulling it all together

    ** Teachers in training will incorporate what they've learned, apply some of the techniques learned and teach in front of the group.

    CEU's  15 Credits Yoga Alliance

    ** Drop in available for the first 3 sessions only, not the last 2 sessions.

    Sundays 1:00pm -4:00pm
    Worcester

    Cost: 5 sessions $250
             4 sessions  $225
              Drop In $70

  • MYoga Hot Hatha (Hot Heat)
  • This invigorating and mindful series that Shawn developed incorporates strengthening postures as well as emphasizing stillness and focus. Postures are held longer than our flow classes. The practice allows for students to work with their breath while developing strength and flexibility. Be prepared to transform your practice. Open to all levels. It will challenge the experienced student, but moves slow enough for a newer student.  (Hot Heat)