Experience and Background:
Shannon is a certified Jivamukti, Power, and Hot yoga instructor. She has been practicing yoga for over half her lifetime, is humbled by the depth of tradition, and disciplined to continue the practice. The asana has become an art of metaphors.
Shannon Connell has been sharing her practice and what she has learned from her teachers, David Life, Sharon Gannon, Libbie Mathis, etc., professionally since 2003, and has in the past ten years incorporated her love for sharing the yoga practice into the health care system through Yampa Valley Medical Center, Denver Health, 9News Health Fairs, Centennial Peaks, Extended Hands of Hope, and working on a referral basis with private medical, integrative health, psychiatric, group homes, and chiropractic practices.
She has also incorporated her love for sharing yoga into the educational system and taught semester yoga courses at Colorado Mountain College for seven years in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. She has experience leading successful retreats and loves the opportunities for travel that yoga allows her. Shannon is currently teaching Hot, Restorative, Yin, Foundations, Vinyasa, Forest, and Power yoga classes in her community.
I would consider myself a Bhakti yogi. I do my best to live the practice and honor the traditional lineage and lifestyle of yoga. I am truly happiest when of service. I find that the more I do to uplift the lives of others, the more my life becomes uplifted. I am always a student, always learning, and always humbled with the teaching of yoga to others. I would also describe myself as an extroverted introvert. I am often presenting in front of sometimes large groups and teaching, yet in my free time, I am usually quiet. I enjoy time in nature, practicing what I teach, living a rawVegan lifestyle, meditating, reading ancient text, and sharing time with loved ones. I enjoy Colorado outdoor adventures, playing my instruments, and creating new art. Some of my significant life experiences are living in sustainable communities, service in the Peace Corps, working as an EMT, Ski Patrol, Raft and Climbing guide, Yoga Instructor, and serving as a Boulder Ranger Wildland Fire Fighter in 2000-2001. I moved back to the front range in 2012 post-grad school (MS in Health Psychology) for clinical requirements and direct experience. I currently work PT supporting adolescent girls recovered from sex trafficking, and share yoga and Reiki classes in my community.
What Might A Student Experience in Class with Shannon Connell?
To feel better at the end of the practice, restored, and more connected. I often share with students why we are doing what we are doing. I am big into anatomy and sharing the physiological benefits of the postures and breathing techniques. You can expect some silence, space, and acknowledgment for your showing up.
Connect with Shannon on the web: Email | Shannon’s Website