Fire only burns as bright as there are flames to continue keeping it alive. Our Blissology Yoga Teacher’s Collective is burning bright and we are so excited to share the first of our Bliss Blogs on some of the amazing spirits and shining lights who are continuing to speak, connect and inspire their Bliss.
Where in the world can we find you?
I currently tour primarily across North America offering specialty PhysioYoga workshops and trainings, speaking and presenting at medical conferences, yoga festivals and teaching medical therapeutic yoga at universities. You can also visit my website at www.physioyoga.ca
I also can be found assisting and teaching at Blissology YTT’s.
My home base is Sylvan Lake, Alberta, Canada. I spend much of my time in Western Canada offering individual Physical Therapy/Yoga Therapy (PhysioYoga) treatments in British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan. My schedule and calendar of events (including my workshop & conference/festival schedule and Blissology schedule) can be found HERE and www.physioyoga.ca
What studio do you teach at?
As previously stated, my tour schedule and calendar of events is HERE. When I am at my home base in central Alberta, Canada, I teach yoga classes at Studio Upstairs Yoga + Wellness in Sylvan Lake, AB.
What is your life mission?
“To promote CONNECTION to self, others, and our environment through truth, love, wisdom and JOY!”
What are 3 projects that you are up to?
1. “Overcome Pain with Gentle Yoga” videos have just been released this spring 2015. This DVD has been a project I’ve been working on with Neil Pearson of www.lifeisnow.ca (another physical therapist & yoga therapist) for the past year. It includes 7 different practices involving different themes and includes meditations, mantras, mudras, visualizations, breathing methods and physical movement practices suitable for all levels and unique to people suffering from persistent or chronic pain. It is also appropriate for anyone looking for a gentle yoga practice. More details about the practices are HERE
I am also working on my first “PhysioYoga for Pelvic Health” DVD to be released in early 2016.
2. Plans to collaborate with E oin Finn and Blissology Training in bringing therapeutic yoga specialty topics , such as Pelvic Health & Life is Now Pain Care Yoga , as part of the specialty modules in Yoga & Mind-Body Medicine.
3. I am currently working on bringing Ginger Garner’s Professional Yoga Therapy Studies for Health Care Professionals to the first Canadian University (University of Saskatchewan) as part of continuing education programming for health care professionals at the College of Medicine, School of Physical Therapy in 2016.
It is the only Medical Therapeutic Yoga Program in the world that is exclusively for health care professionals.
What does Blissology mean to you?
Blissology, to me, is the art and science of Connection. Connecting to my ‘true self’ or to that ‘space’ within in me that is the same space in my loved ones, community and surrounding nature. Ultimately it is an honest expression of living love healthy and allowing our natural JOY BODY to emerge!
What are 2 of your favorite songs for yoga?
Silence & sounds of nature: birds, ocean waves & breath.
What books are you reading?
“Ask & It is Given”, “Untethered Soul.”
Why do you yoga?
To help me live and carry out my life purpose or dharma to my highest potential. Yoga helps me live in the present and connect with that space inside that is love, truth, self, source (or whatever you want to label that feeling as) and therefore feel the connection with the world around me so that ultimately I feel & share love, joy, health and truth.
I’d like to also share “My Yoga Journey” that explains why I first started practicing, and how the reason has evolved over the years.
How do you share Blissology with your community?
I connect as authentically as I can with my community and continually practice being fully present & loving with any interaction I have, whether it be while teaching a blissology inspired yoga class, guiding a meditation practice, educating about food awareness, working with a client one on one helping them optimize their health or recover from an injury or imbalance, interacting with the sales clerk at the grocery or bank teller, or offering one of my workshops or being a guest speaker at an event where I discuss the true meaning of health and wellness and how yoga, meditation, nature appreciation, bringing more joy into your life, gratitude and nourishment are all essential parts of living a healthy lifestyle.
With the work that I do in the community and abroad, I passionately share the message of what overall health and well being really means: addressing all of our koshas: physically (includes food high on Pranameter!), mentally, emotionally, energetically & spiritually; sharing the many ways that people can incorporate nourishing these layers in their lifestyle.
Gratitude, Nature Appreciation, Hammock Enlightenment, Dancing, Hugging and encouraging and promoting more Joy Body in our lives are all a part of my offerings whether it is during work related activities or in social settings.
Blissology Living is always a part of my message, no matter where I go, what I’m doing, or who I’m with.
More about Shelly and how to connect with her on her Bliss Army teacher profile.