Shannon Taylor: Wide Open Heart

IMG_0046Heart. Cracked. WIDE. Open with space for new and beautiful things! Yoga is sometimes SO big (for me), that it’s hard to put into words. I walked into Yoga Teacher Training at Yoga on High nearly a month after taking my first-born to college (one of the most beautiful, exciting and toughest moments of my life). Looking back…I was a little raw (emotionally). I was full of so much emotion and energy. I only shared with a few people that I was investing in myself, and starting this journey. On a Friday evening in September, the nine month journey began. Armed with my Nike spirit tee “Just Do It”, I was BURSTING with excitement! When it was my turn to introduce myself…it was all I could do but scream I’M SO EXCITED!!!! I couldn’t believe that I was really there, living out a dream. It was a long time coming. I knew shortly after my first “live” Yoga class that eventually, I wanted to teach yoga. I wanted to create a class where people would leave feeling AMAZING in body and in spirit! Up until Spring 2015, it had been something I’d talked about, but didn’t think I had the time or money to actually do it. I stepped out on faith, applied for the program, and somehow, some way…. God made a way! But, what I didn’t know then was how much Yoga Teacher Training at Yoga On High would impact my life.

Birthing a “Yoga Baby.” The program is nine months for a reason. There is so much to learn. Asana, pranyama, meditation, anatomy and alignment, yamas, niyamas, sutras…my spirit (and body) were stretched in ways I couldn’t begin to articulate…and you need TIME for that! I didn’t expect for my practice on the mat to grow and change, I was supposed to be learning how to teach people yoga. I became a better listener of others (teachers) and of myself. I established and developed a personal practice and I began to understand (from an academic, philosophical and spiritual perspective) how my yoga practice had changed my life and allowed me to deal with the “adult” part of my life.

Being Silent…As a little girl, I always got the comment on my report card that referenced my talking. Quiet isn’t necessarily my thing. I like talking, I love podcasts, I like the TV playing in the background, I like music…. That being said, the Silent Retreat was initially very intimidating, SILENT! No talking at all? That weekend was one of the most fulfilling and exciting weekends of my life!   My husband still can’t believe I was quiet the whole weekend. I didn’t know it, but it was just what I needed. The quiet was beautiful. I colored, I journaled, I ran, I practiced yoga, I meditated and I processed and I was able to reset. Now, I treasure those moments of silence. Allowing myself to be fully immersed in my actions.

Solid Ground. Throughout my Teacher Training experience, I would tease and tell my friends that I was in the “Harvard” of Yoga Teacher Training. In all seriousness, the breadth and depth of the Yoga on High TT program is so vast and unparalleled! I’m forever grateful that my journey as a teacher began here. Yoga on High will always have a piece of my heart! It includes a strong philosophical foundation and an explorative approach to practice on the mat. The program is thoughtful and comprehensive. It was well structured, nurturing and challenging, providing a strong foundation for a teacher and practitioner. The access to an amazing group of teachers/mentors and their classes provided the opportunity to step out of my comfort zone and experiment with different styles of yoga and different instructors. This also informed my own teaching style. When I began teaching my own classes, I felt confident that I was well prepared and would provide my students with a quality experience.

Support. Friendships cultivated with my mentors and fellow TTs will last a lifetime!

Yoga is a gift! Trust me, I will be unpacking the experience for the rest of my life!

A54186AA-4D7F-4E3D-A7F4-99F51006D22FShannon Taylor currently teaches at Replenish Spa Co-op.  She enjoys sharing yoga with family, friends and coworkers and strives to be a light to others whenever opportunity allows. Shannon is dedicated to bringing access to yoga to underrepresented populations, encouraging them to grow their practice through self exploration and powerful choices. Off the mat, Shannon is a wife and mother and works as a College Advising Manager for the non-profit organization, I Know I Can.

Our next 200 Hour Teacher Training program begins March 17. February 17 is the last change to get the paid In full price of $2850 (with no deposit, no monthly payments). For more information, join us at our upcoming Free Info Session Sunday, February 19th from 12:00p to 12:45p with Michele Vinbury at Yoga on High. To apply or for questions, contact Breanna at applications@yogaonhigh.com

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