Yoga Trade Travel Rep! May 2016
Shannon Handa is a RYT-500 yoga instructor who was based in San Francisco, California where she taught private, corporate, and group classes. Shannon loved all the yoga that San Francisco had to offer, but she wanted to continue to expand her practice by experiencing how yoga was practiced elsewhere. She decided to leave her life in San Francisco and created her project called Yoga Across the Globe.
Shannon travels to teach and practice yoga in different countries to explore the similarities and differences in how it’s approached. Her aim is to help bring yoga communities together, remind people why they practice, and become aware when yoga is being presented as a product rather than a lifelong practice. She writes about her travels on her blog to share her experiences with fellow yogis.
In her travels so far, Shannon has taught workshops and classes in Amsterdam, Antwerp, Gent, and Paris. She sees teaching abroad as a wonderful opportunity to share her practice with others, as well as continue to grow as a teacher.
Teaching students who didn’t have any familiarity with her or her teaching style, gave Shannon a fresh perspective on her classes and what she hopes to impart to her students. She structures her classes to present students with the tools to feel empowered, vibrant, and compassionate towards themselves and others. Shannon always encourages students to “Meet yourself where you are. Be kind. Be you.” She will be announcing classes in Italy, Switzerland, Germany, and Czech Republic for May and June 2016.
While practicing at different studios, Shannon noticed that overall there are more similarities than differences. Because at the end of the day, we all get onto our mat for the same reason, to connect.