›Shandel Parsons ‹
I joined my first yoga class as a 15-year-old delinquent teenager, looking to fill the extra time on my hands. A few years later at 19 years old(2004), I joined another beginner yoga class looking for the fitness aspect of it. I was keen on being healthy and wanted to stay fit as I grew older.
Quickly I began to realize that there is so much more to yoga then the physical fitness part of it. Joining the studio and developing an almost daily practice opened a whole new door that was my life. I could not get enough yoga! I was finding new ways to channel emotions and feelings to create a calmer state of mind, my daily life was easily maintained. Yes I was still getting all of the physical benefits of yoga, but I was also eating up the mental and spiritual parts of it as well.
Teaching just happened to be another door that opened, I had no idea I would end up in this direction. Transforming from student to teacher has been a blessing all on its own. I have participated in many workshops and Teacher Training programs over the years. Most recently in 2010-2011 I completed a 200hr program at Yoga for Today. These teachings from the ancient lineages that is yoga is what I love most about it. My cup is constantly being filled with wonderful, loving knowledge.
In our hearts we will always be students. I have been blessed to have the guidance of my fabulous teachers, Debbie and Lacie Cosgrove.
Yoga is a never ending learning cycle; whether you are just popping into class here and there or maintaining a daily practice. I invite you to learn more about yourself and also about the ancient practice that is yoga.
Shandel is a Registered Yoga Teacher with The Yoga Alliance.