SO MUCH YOGATHLETICA LOVE!
"I was asked about three years ago to name some of the teachers that inspired me to become a yoga teacher and how their teaching has influenced me throughout the years. Though I don't get the chance to see you in person these days I love watching your YouTube channel. I thought I'd extend what I wrote as I came across it today. These are only a few of the things!
Shana Meyerson always shows bravery in everything she does! When I think of her I think of handstands and arm balances and what she says about them. "You can do anything if you know the trick." She is brave in her politics, her words, and her actions. Her smiles and fierce integrity make me always want more.
Thank you for helping me to be a braver yoga teacher, yoga student and person."
- Sarah Jones, Teacher Training Grad
"...an awesome, seriously effective handstand tip from one of my favorite yoga teachers, Shana "Keeping It Real" Meyerson. Shana's videos are always awesome, but this is kind of the mother of all yoga videos when it comes to learning, as Shana calls it, "the secret to all of yoga" (and especially handstands). Handstands are hard for most of us. Fortunately, with some major persistence and a few awesome tips from people who really understand bodies and yoga, they are attainable. This video from yoga teacher Shana Meyerson makes what can seem like an elusive secret to core strength into something extremely tangible (yay!)"
"I think you’re the best yoga instructor on the planet. And that’s the truth. No one explains in such detail like you do. You’re such a gift and I know I found you in this vast ocean of yoga teachers & yoga posts, for a real good reason. So THANK YOU!!!"
- Maple Asaro
"I flew all the way from Canada to take the 200-hr Teacher Training with Shana...Yoga is my passion and I wanted the best learning experience, and boy did Shana deliver. I wish I had done this sooner because so many things clicked for me and it revolutionized my practice...She'll teach you what you need to learn in a intuitive, intense but gentle way. You can tell she knows what she's doing from her online presence, but to get to learn from such an experienced teacher in person is something else...I first discovered Shana because I was dumping all over the place when trying to do Chaturanga. I found her YouTube tutorial, which helped tremendously. I then tried it and posted on Instagram. I was blown away when she actually responded and proceeded to actually teach me on Instagram. And I thought, wow, there's a big time Yogi that actually took the time to help out some newb on the internet. It really made a huge impression because the other classes I regularly attend, even though I've been practicing with some teachers for years, they never took the time to provide any constructive feedback, and it felt so uninspired as they were just going through the motions...It's quite the experience to learn from someone with such a strong practice, and decades of teaching experience....It's all of the Yoga without any of the fluff. So if you're serious about your own practice, it'll be hard to find someone to teach it better than Shana. <3"
- Steve Han, Teacher Training Grad
"You rocked my world! I so enjoyed every minute of our time together and it went by so fast. Thank you for your patience, guidance and willingness to work with me. I’m so lucky to have found you, there aren’t words to express my gratitude. You’ve given me back my practice and so much more. One of my favorite chants has a line that says, "tamaso ma jyotirgamaya" lead me from darkness to light.........and you did! With my deepest gratitude..."
- Michael Braverman
"A little over a year ago, I was in Shana's YOGAthletica Teacher Training and was having amazing breakthroughs in my practice. I'm forever grateful for the experience. The knowledge that was shared in that room, the laughs and tears...ugh, it was more than worth it. Love you, Shana!!! & all the babes who completed that time with me. Seriously one of the best things I decided to do in my life."
- Luisa Fonseca, Teacher Training Grad
"A gifted and inspired teacher and practitioner, Shana somehow manages to combine alignment, athleticism, technique, flow and a constant awareness and overlay of a simple spiritual connection. Be prepared to work hard but Shana's excellent instructions take you to your limit without undue stress....She'll have you accessing the power in power yoga. What she offers...is a steady stream of checkpoints and corrections that utilize the body, mind and spirit and takes you into an experience of a truly balanced practice. Intelligent, dedicated, constantly seeking new means of expression, Shana is a teacher I can't recommend highly enough."
- Jerry Colker, Founder of YODO Total Fitness & Health
"You have the most effective method on helping students find their teachers' voice. I am still pretty shocked at my ability to speak like a teacher after just one training. I've heard and compared notes with others, there is no program like yours on finding our voice!"
- Kelly Engstrom, Teacher Training Grad
"Your classes are like no other, and I love your commitment. What I've been saying since I met you is that special people have special missions."
- Cheryl Rich
"I completed a two week intensive YTT with Shana this past July and was challenged in all aspects of mind, body and spirit. If you are looking for a teacher training that will transform your yoga practice both on and off the mat Shana's program is definitely one to consider.
Quick background on me: I am a Christian, a wife, a mother of 3 and a self-taught yogi. I stumbled upon yoga 7 years ago and fell in love with the practice. Finally, I decided I was ready to deepen my own practice and found Shana. I found her on youtube when searching for crazy yoga poses, and then connected with her on Instagram and have not stopped liking her since.
Her program is enriching, fundamental, and foundational. Even if you've practiced for a while you will find even more grounding and will experience some "ooh yeah," light bulb, awakening, revelatory moments. I am truly thankful to be able to call her teacher and have her insightful guidance for all the years to come.
Yoga is about the mind transformation and her training delivers. I went in with only the thought of deepening my own practice but discovered that it was my way of self-preservation. I have fears, limitations and lack of confidence in self because of past child hood traumas so I never saw myself as one to teach others. Under Shana's training and faith in God, I experienced a cataclysmic transformation of my mind that enriched my soul. To have perspective, it takes a shift in the mind, a gained control of insight and gratitude in all things whether its perceived happiness or pain - all guided through faith. I'm truly thankful for the intense 14 days of training and being able to connect with Shana as a teacher along with all the beautiful yogis that were there - they are precious to me. I learned to calm my nerves through practical meditation, knowing that I'm loved and everything that I am is enough.
I love every aspect of the program. Her teaching is methodical. I would say that my own base personal practice is good, but Shana's training only helped to further refine it. You will not be disappointed if you are looking for a fundamentally enriching experience.
- Vanna Duong, Teacher Training Grad
"Talking from my point of view, [the internet] is full of glammed up yoga classes, with super shiny edited videos, with teachers that show off their level 10/10 of asanas...and then nothing is learned nor really taught!
What truly matters is so rare to find. Your bright soul, your deep knowledge and the sense of humor are a true gift! Every class with you is a blessing. You seem to put into a really comprehensive language any asana, and your descriptive language (that some may criticize as a waste of time) is what really makes the difference and makes us students progress over time. Yes even in down dog, we can learn a lot every time..if listening with a humble and open heart. The fact that you do not edit nor cut the errors on your videos has thought me a lot on how to handle “failures” or cheats on my mat (yes I was one of those using walls as a tool...)!
Your classes are a gift I will always be grateful for....specially cause before nothing was really progressing in my practice except frustration and anger...!
Yes, your revolutionary message of “work on it, and with time it will become easier” is 100% upstream, the average message (and this is not to criticize anyone ) out there is “oh I am special because I did this and that, this is not achievable”...[people should] value such bright and uplifting souls..so rare in these days..."
- Anna Torresetti, Vimeo Student (Rome, Italy)
"Totally recommend [YOGAthletica Teacher Training Intensive]. I have just done my 200h this summer and it has been an amazing experience. If you want to decode alignment and learn what classic yoga is truly about, Shana Meyerson is THE BEST teacher for you. She puts so much of focus on making sure you know every single detail there is to know about yoga poses. She structures the training in a way that you learn to teach from day 1. So you don't even realise how the confidence is building in you to teach. One day you find yourself with this bag of knowledge for every single pose you teach that surprises and delights your students. So if you are in doubts - don't be! You will learn a ton!!!"
- Justyna Wojewoda-Chakraborty, Teacher Training Grad
"So I owe a tremendous THANK YOU to the incredible Shana Meyerson for any and all progress I've made in this transition. Without your guidance and inspiring videos to motivate me, even this (which I'm chalking up as a success although I have yet to catch and hold the handstand at the top), is more than I ever thought was possible. Obviously mad love to all of my teachers and fellow yogis, but I owe that "ah hah!" moment to that first day I was fortunate enough to click on Shana's YouTube channel."
- Matt Rulli
"Shana and I worked together via zoom and besides having a hoot of a time she helped me identify, from the foundation up, what I needed to engage before even trying to press up into a handstand!!! After [two] sessions with this incredible instructor who has been a source of inspiration for me on instagram...I feel that I’m on my way...up...
For those of you working on your press, I would highly recommend watching Shana’s YouTube videos -The Secret to All Yoga which held “ the secret” of core engagement being totally different than I previously thought it was. It changed my practice.
Looking forward to keep going forward with some goals with this awesome yogi with the smile, humour and gorgeous braids! "
- Judy Heissler
"…Your class has really helped me persevere and stay strong through tough times…Through your guidance, practicing yoga has truly been therapeutic and has helped me in the healing process. In ways I really can’t comprehend myself, practicing yoga has been instrumental in providing an outlet for stress, anxiety, and even depression….Through your class, I am learning how to channel that negative energy and focus on positive aspects of life and my future."
- Katie Irwin
“I was just emailing to thank you for your help easing my transition into yoga. I had never done yoga before, but after being lucky enough to have you as my first teacher, I have truly fallen in love with it…I spent my time after this morning’s class thinking about my success on the arm balance. When we first started doing it, I was convinced that I could not do it, but when you told me just to try I gave it a try and actually did it. Though small, I can honestly say that it was one of the biggest accomplishments that I can recall…I just really had to thank you for your help.”
- Evan Harris
"Your secret of all yoga video clarified core activation in like 9 minutes when several years of yoga and hundreds of yoga classes and even a yoga teacher training did not. Wow. You Rock! Thank you."
- Ted Askwith
“Thank you for providing such a positive niche with your great instructions and undeniably amusing sense of humor.”
- Daniel Shvartsman
"You are truly the finest yoga teacher for what you do--teach yoga positions the right way with good portions of joy and enlightenment."
- Richard Hamar
"I feel very fortunate that I found you for a yoga instructor. I really feel that it was through your instruction that I found the clarity to pursue a path of starting my own business."
- Marilyn Hikida
"This training was beautiful and life changing. I loved the intensive model. 14 days straight, 12 hour days, followed by an extensive take home final and “karma hours” of teaching. I have always struggled with school and classroom settings as I have ADD. With this program, I was fully engaged the entire time! I couldn’t get enough. Shana is so incredibly knowledgeable and engaging. She is open minded and open hearted. If she offered a 500, I would take it! I recommend this program to anyone who is serious about becoming a yoga teacher or just wants to deepen their practice. The two week intensive was like stepping into another world and coming out a better person. Thank you YOGAthletica. My life will never be the same."
- Jordan Ariel Zimbelman, Teacher Training Grad
"My arms were ready to crumple (and they did a couple times) this morning but I felt positively challenged and really liked your description about a second wind, about knowing that we're strong enough, about thinking of other things... definitely breathing is something I forget sometimes. How just focusing on the breath I can get through anything."
- Christina Kelso
"Shana Meyerson, your explanations are crystal clear, and the way to dissect postures so we succeed into them, so professional and so precise. Amazing level of technicality made easy and translated in an understandable language, while keeping the practitioner safe. Trust me I spent hours, days, months, years to look for excellent tutorials and you are one of the very best. "CORE CORE CORE""
- Helene Demetriades
"I've never been in a class that helps us into positions I've only seen in books, and marveled that anyone could even think of doing it, and you show us that it is possible. I love it, and am grateful for your beautiful gift of sweet, challenging, lighthearted and deep attitude."
- Deborah Jones
"No matter how much I work out, each time I attend your class I realize I have different muscles I've neglected. I love the challenge!"
- Kenneth Rippetoe
"As always, I really appreciate your comments and corrections…Thanks for your positive feedback—coming from you, it's BIG. I can't believe I learned sooooo much from your [200-hour teacher training intensive], Shana. You are a task master, but I think you made me learn/perform at a level I never would have expected to learn/perform in 16 days."
- Leslie Farkas, Teacher Training Grad
"I've been studying with Shana Meyerson for a while now, and have both seen her in person in her yoga studio where I took some privates with her and also follow her Vimeo and YouTube classes online and I've done private Skype lessons with her and she is the real deal. Shana has a strong yoga practice herself, which I respect in a teacher and she is truly a master of the asanas, the vinyasa transitions, and the smart exit and entry into poses with modifications as need be. I live in the east coast or I would be practicing with her all the time. She has such a deep sense of devotion to her students, and a wonderful sense of humor and can teach you ANYTHING you want and teach it safely and smartly. LOVE SHANA and highly recommend her!"
- Farnoosh Brock