Hi! My name is Shanie Matthews. I am a 200 E-RYT, YACEP Vinyasa Flow yoga and meditation teacher, happiness advocate and positivity warrior. I have over five hundred hours of teaching with Shiva Rea, Saul David Raye, Elena Brower and Hemalayaa as well as the Ananda School of Yoga and Meditation. In addition to group and private classes, I also run and operate an online yoga studio, as well as a wellness center in the Sierra Foothills of California.
My passion is to help people find their healthiest, happiest self through yoga and meditation, despite their economic status or ability to be mobile. I am a deep believer, through personal experience and research, that yoga, when given to ourselves in a kindhearted daily manner, can reverse illness, physical and emotional pain, trauma, and other life debilitating challenges that hold us in freeze, not able to connect in with that healthier, happier person within. This is why my classes focus on the inspiring aspects of the breath that, when combined with the flow of yoga poses, offer a place of inner healing and connection to highest potential.
My personal journey with yoga began in the mid 90s after breaking my neck downhill skiing and needing to find relief. I will never forget leaving my initial yoga class and realizing for the first time in my life the true meaning of feeling grounded and at peace. I only sprinkled yoga in my life here and there, until a decade later when concern and worry over a family member was disrupting my life so severely that I didn’t know where to turn. I turned to yoga, dedicating twenty minutes to myself a day. Little did I know that yoga was the catalyst for varied layers of healing.
Yoga is truly a gift that we can give ourselves every day. We don’t need money. We don’t need much space. All we need is a little commitment to self. When we commit to this act of connecting in with our breath and then moving the body with the breath in a kindhearted, aware manner, we begin to heal from the inside out that which may not be so easy to heal.
From assisting depression and weight issues to healing sexual abuse and dissolving bulimia’s hold in my life, from bringing me back from major injuries such as breaking my neck in my 20s and breaking my femur and destroying my knee in my late 30s to coming back better than ever from a distressing divorce, yoga, positive affirmations and meditation have proven to be highly effective in maintaining flow with the roller coaster ride of life…While at the same time becoming my healthiest version at myself! Yoga and meditation allowed me to connect in with my happiest, healthiest self, a self that changes and evolves into a better person with each passing day on this happy path of life…as long as I stay true to giving myself that gift of minimum twenty minutes of yoga and meditation a day.
My hope and dream is that yoga, through places like my online yoga studio website, My Happy Path, becomes a portal of self-connection that you can do anytime, anywhere…and that portal to empowerment is never broken because of financial concern, time restraints, or the lack of wanting to go anywhere other than where you are right now.
If you are ready to connect in deeper to YOU and truly create your highest potential into reality, please connect with me. It would be my honor to work with you.
Here’s to your happy path of life.