spiritual but not religious

if social media is any indication, most “yogis” under about 50 years old consider themselves “spiritual but not religious”. i find this equal parts depressing and hilarious. depressing, because it seems like there is no place for God (however you like to identify and name him, her, it…) in today’s world. even in the yoga…

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Why Me? 10 Great Reasons.

So, you’re considering YOGAthletica Teacher Training. Awesome! Oh…and you’re considering a bunch of others, too. Okay. Here is why YOGAthletica 200-Hour Teacher Training Intensive is your best training option: 1. Shana has been teaching yoga full-time since March 2002. Her extensive experience and proficiency with the practice is almost unparalleled in the industry. 2. Shana…

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the truth hurts

i’m 47. i know it’s generally not smiled upon for a woman to shout her age to the hilltops, but smile away. there are things i can control in this life–my attitude, my diet, my practice–and there are things i can’t. aging is way up there with the things i can’t. honestly, i wear my…

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living the life

By Shana | April 10, 2017

whenever i have the awesome opportunity to teach in europe, i am always flooded with messages from friends and family telling me, “you sure live the life!”. i will be the first to admit that i am blessed beyond my wildest imagination to be able to see the world the way i do, to meet…

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i’m just…so…tired…

By Shana | March 23, 2017

last year i launched my vimeo channel of full-length yoga classes (if you’re not already subscribed, you should be!) and something very unexpected happened. i have been shooting short single-pose videos for years on youtube and it’s all been lollipops and rainbows. but when i started making full-length videos, i’ve found myself getting really, really…

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By Shana | March 3, 2017

For a long time now, I have lamented how far the Western yoga industry has strayed from, well, yoga. But this Instagram post by was the nail in the coffin for me (notice the 132 likes). I hope that no further explanation is needed, but I will give one anyway…because you know I am…

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the yoga of football

By Shana | February 7, 2017

you don’t have to be a football fan to appreciate this: i’m not a football fan and i do. i admit, i didn’t watch the big game yesterday. not even for the commercials. in fact, i was on an airplane home from teaching all weekend in atlanta…which is the only reason i knew there was…

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life hack: core strength

By Shana | January 14, 2017

i will be the very first to admit that i don’t have those fabulous, flat, ripped abs that you see in sports illustrated…but i do have damn strong abs. damn strong. as a result, people are always asking me what they should be doing to increase their own core strength. okay… so, in addition to…

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two kinds of people…

By Shana | January 5, 2017

world-renowned social scientist that i am, i have come to the conclusion that there are two kinds of people in the world. yes. just two. a bit of background… for those of you who have not been to my classes (why haven’t you been to one of my classes???), they are hard. as in, damn…

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instagram has ruined my yoga practice!

By Shana | December 5, 2016

i love instagram. i hate instagram. ugh! instagram! instagram was not made for yogis over 40. or yoginis, for that matter. you may think i’m saying this because i’m not as pretty as the hot, young girls yoga posing on instagram. or maybe because i’m not as sexy. true…i’m neither as pretty or sexy. or…

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Greedy Yoga

By Shana | November 2, 2016

We live in an instant gratification society. Text messages, microwave ovens, teletransportation. Okay…we don’t have teletransportation yet. But, admit it, you’d take it if we did. Everyone wants everything and they want it today. Yesterday. In yoga, this is a problem. Practitioners have become greedy in their practice. Wherein yoga was once a holistic, lifelong…

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Getting to the Core with Sadie Nardini

By Shana | September 19, 2016

On October 5-6, the inimitable Sadie Nardini will be gracing the stage of the MINDBODY BOLD Conference in Los Angeles. Such a deliciously idiosyncratic yogini. Think Sid Vicious meets the Dalai Lama…in female form. Sadie marches to the beat of her own (punk) drummer and looks at yoga and life (isn’t yoga life afterall?) in…

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what is real? are you sure???

By Shana | August 19, 2016

Have you seen Kumare? You need to! In a tiny nutshell that doesn’t do this mind-blowing documentary justice, it’s the (true) story of a man who pretends to be a guru to see who will follow him. At first, the experiment is pretty much a joke to him, but as real followers begin to entrust…

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poor little backbends

By Shana | June 22, 2016

i have a confession to make. i’ve neglected my backbends. unforgivably so. it all started innocently enough. about ten years ago, i slid down the slippery slope of handstand and core obsession. as i became more and more enthralled with the thrill of inversion, my practice became more and more core and handstand intensive. overall,…

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there are options

By Shana | May 25, 2016

so…you say you really, really want to take my 200-hour teacher training, but you can’t afford it. hey! there are options! have you considered selling your organs? i’m sure you already know that you don’t need that second kidney. and your gall bladder…what does that thing do, anyway? have a gold tooth? you can melt…

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asana’s worst enemy

By Shana | April 8, 2016

if you’re like most people on earth, you probably spend a good part of your life sitting around. sitting at the computer, at meals, while driving, watching tv, hanging out on the toilet, and whatever else you sit around and do. and this may or may not come as a shocker to you, but sitting…

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E.T. Phone Home!

By Shana | April 3, 2016

When I was a kid I was completely traumatized when a mean girl at camp saw my legs dangling over the side of the bunk bed and squealed loudly “Oh my God! You have ET feet!” All in all, it was a very unimportant event in the history of my very eventful life, but somehow…

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a matter of life or death!

By Shana | January 31, 2016

this is the pose. warrior two. one day–maybe five years ago–we were all in this pose. and something inside of me starting laughing. at myself. at the teacher. and at everyone around me. here we were, a bunch of fully grown adults standing still like statues in some sort of superhero museum, taking it as…

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yoga for butterflies

By Shana | January 6, 2016

it must be pretty comfortable to be a caterpillar. you get to wrap yourself up in a warm, soft cocoon and sleep for ages. pretty much my world’s greatest fantasy. but then…there’s a choice. you can stay cuddled in your comfy cocoon for the rest of your life until you die, or you can wake…

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oh! my!! god!!!

By Shana | November 12, 2015

we’ve all been there. something terrible–or seemingly terrible–happens and we suddenly become very religious. we pray and pray to a god we only really talk to when something terrible (or seemingly terrible) happens. we promise him we will never sin again if he just fixes this one problem. we’ll give 100% of our income to…

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there are no bad decisions…

By Shana | August 22, 2015

when you look back upon your life, there’s a good chance that you can pick out the good decisions from the bad. breaking up with your abusive boyfriend, good. breaking up with the love of your life, bad. leaving a dead-end job, good. leaving a fabulous job for hopes of better, bad. jumping into your…

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because, cecil the lion.

By Shana | July 31, 2015

warning. you may be personally offended by this blog post. sorry. it’s actually time to get off your high lion, step back and truly examine the concept of ahimsa. i have to admit, i have not seen the viral video of a dentist killing cecil the lion. because i’m already a vegan, i feel like…

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i do believe in spooks. i do. i do believe in spooks.

By Shana | May 27, 2015

go ahead and laugh. i cried myself to sleep on saturday night. yeah…that’s not the funny part. i cried myself to sleep because i was afraid of a ghost. see, i was staying at the notoriously haunted fort garry hotel in winnipeg and they put me in the room directly adjacent to the room directly…

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someone call guinness!!!

By Shana | April 29, 2015

well, i did it. i just finished teaching the world’s smallest yoga teacher training in history. three students (and me) in my little home yoga studio. and. it. ROCKED! while other trainings have 20, 30, 50…or more students, i had just three. and everyone kept asking me how it was financially worthwhile…and why didn’t i…

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