Journey to Self-Acceptance: Shelley Brunicardi

FullSizeRenderYoga found me during a particularly challenging part of my life.  Although I had only been practicing for about a year, I decided to attend the informational meeting for teacher training at YOHI. When Michele Vinbury stated that the YOHI philosophy was based on “radical self-acceptance,” I knew it was the place for me; I was in need of some serious self-acceptance.

It wasn’t until I was partially through the training that I realized just how little I knew about yoga. All of my experience had been in gyms. I knew no Sanskrit and little about yoga philosophy. With the guidance and support of my mentor, all the wonderful teachers in the program, the teachers at YOHI public classes, and my fellow students, I did my best to keep my ego in check and I persevered.

At times I questioned if I should have waited to take the training. As I reflect on it, however, I know the timing was just when it needed to be. I have continued to work on my own personal practice and my teaching. I teach four to five classes per week now with full confidence in the training I received at YOHI.

Most importantly, I have learned to trust myself, accept myself and believe in the “perfect” timing of all things, even when the timing does not seem so “perfect.” I would recommend to anyone with that pull in their heart to trust the timing, trust their heart and accept themselves just as they are.

IMG_0130Shelley completed her 200 Hour Teacher Training and EMBER 100 hour Trauma Sensitive certification through Yoga on High. She enjoys practicing yoga with her children and currently teaches at the Hilliard YMCA, Prairie Township Community Center and her children’s school. She teaches Vinyasa yoga, Pilates, senior & teen yoga. She is passionate about helping her students find strength, and flexibility in their bodies, while also offering tools to assist them in finding a deeper connection to themselves, each other, and to rediscover a part of themselves they may have lost along the journey of life.

Our next 200 Hour Teacher Training program begins September 22nd.  For more information, join us at our upcoming Free Info Session Sunday, September 10th from 11:45a to 12:30p with Michele Vinbury at Yoga on High. To apply or for questions, contact Breanna at applications@yogaonhigh.com

Watch Yoga on High Teacher Training video here.

 

 

 

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