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Hello, I'm Shawn Shaw owner and director of Metrowest Yoga.
I was introduced to yoga in 1979 and from the first Savasana (the meditative pose at the end of class), I was hooked. The peace I felt in that moment made me realize I could find inner stillness and quiet without drugs or alcohol which had plagued my family for as long as I can remember.
I practiced on and off for many years until 1995 I fully committed to a regular practice. It changed my life and rocked my world. I began to become more aware of where I was “living true” and where I was stuck or hiding. As I cultivated that awareness, I began to move in a direction that was more in alignment with what I wanted in my life and who I wanted to be.
My transition from the high tech corporate world to the spiritual yoga world of yoga instructoion began in 2001, right after the devastating 9/11 attacks.
I was laid off from my job as a software engineer, a career I had worked diligently to develop for 23 years, and both of my parents had died just one year before. Still reeling from that loss, I was in one of the darkest places in my life.
In those first few months, feeling utterly alone and hepeless. I would get up and get my kids off to school, then go back to bed. I’d set my alarm for 2:30 p.m. (when the bus dropped them off) help them with homework, make dinner, and count the minutes until I could pull the covers over my head again.
Finally I realized that there was nobody else that could do this for me. I had to stand up, brush myself off and get on with my life. I wanted to be someone my kids could be proud of.
So instead of going back to bed when the kids left for school, I dragged myself to a yoga class. The clouds began to lift. I started to feel a little less overwhelmed.
I began volunteering at an established yoga studio, fantasizing about the possibility of teaching this ancient healing practice but not at all confident that I could. Thanks to some wonderful teachers who encouraged and supported me, I decided to try; I enrolled in a yoga teacher training and became certified to teach.
I quickly realized that I had found the work I was meant to do. I had always wanted to work with people on a more intimate level than I could as a software engineer. Now, I could do that, while at the same time helping them to find the peace and wellness I had achieved through yoga. It felt like coming home.
I realized right away that I could be really good at this teaching thing. However, I had a lot of work to do. Getting up in front of people and speaking from your heart is daunting and scary, but I knew if I worked hard I could connect with people and become a strong teacher. I took private lessons with teachers I really admired, and asked for their honest feedback. That turned out to be a very wise decision. I learned and my classes began to grow.
I opened a small yoga studio in my home in 2002 and opened my first commercial space in 2005. Having never been involved in running a small business, I didn't know where to start, but I was determined to learn from my mistakes (and there were many in those early years!) Now. I own two thriving yoga centers in Massachusetts, where I teach and certify others to become successful yoga instructors. I'm honored to have taught at yoga festivals around the world, and currently lead retreats and trainings in India, Greece, Italy, Costa Rica and here at home in Massachusetts.
I feel extremely lucky to have landed exactly where I was meant to be and to have found work that fills my soul. My practice and work have given me the tools I need to overcome obstacles - like losing a job I thought was secure, raising two children as a single parent, and beating cancer. I know that a mindful practice can do the same for you, and I look forward to working with you personally to help you transform your life and become the joyful person you are meant to be!
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