Shannon Delaney was born and raised in Lake Placid, NY, tucked away in the Adirondack Mountains. Growing up in this environment filled her with a passion for nature and all of its creation, along with its endless outdoor adventures, and a passion for living a healthy and holistic life style. The key towards cultivating and deepening these passions began when she took her first organized group yoga class in 2002 -she was hooked at first ‘OM’. Ever since she has made yoga a part of her daily life. And hasn’t looked back once. She particularly resonates with yoga’s beautiful philosophy of the union of body and mind, to achieve a state of internal, and resulting external, balance and peace.
Shannon has had the opportunity to train and study in many different yoga traditions (Kripalu, Jivamukti, Ashtanga, Iyengar, Bikram, & Forrest, to name a few), along with many well-respected teachers. Before relocating to Vermont 2011, she traveled to India where she spent time at the Ayurvedic Natural Health Centre in Goa learning Ayurveda, the sister science of yoga, and how that, combined with yoga asana, can lead to better heath. She went back to the Centre in 2013 to further her training and knowledge regarding Ayurveda. She later traveled north in India to the holy city of Rishikesh in order to study yoga under Yogi Vishvketu ji at his yoga ashram, Anand Prakash (translation: blessed light). She received her formal 200-hour Yoga Alliance certified training, in vinyasa flow in 2010 with ‘Open Hearts Yoga School’ and is now a RYT200.
She moved to the UV for a ‘desk job’ related to her degree in Materials and Fiber Science, but when life threw her a few curve balls, she decided to reassess her goals and shift focus towards sharing her yoga knowledge and passions with others. She is honored to share her yoga practice with the greater Burlington community, and is eager to share her enthusiastic spirit with her students. She incorporates mindful meditation, gracefully active sequence of poses (asanas) with a bit of fun and a challenge, and complete relaxation for a balanced yoga experience.
Working with people of all abilities, limitations or not, has filled Shannon’s life with endless joy. She aspires to share that joy with others as she furthers her studies in the field of advanced practice nursing; incorporating yoga and meditation in a clinical setting, as a Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (expected graduation: 2017).