Sheila specializes in iRest® yoga nidra, meditation, yin yoga, gentle hatha or flow yoga.
Her heart’s primary interest is in offering therapeutic, healing meditation practices, and much of what she offers is influenced by nondual philosophy, and yoga nidra.
What’s one funny or random fact you’d like to share with the Body Collective Community about yourself?
Mostly I can appear to be awkward and goofy, but hopefully that allows me to be more relatable. 🙂
What was your path before joining Body Collective?
My initial path took me through undergraduate and graduate studies in Electrical Engineering. I enjoyed math and science, though almost ten years into a career as an engineer, my heart still felt a longing for something more. That something more was yoga, and especially the practice of meditation. I completed my yoga teacher training to delve more deeply into practices of stillness and contemplation. As I began teaching, I realized I especially enjoyed cultivating relationship with students, in addition to offering practice. Both allowed my heart to feel complete and more alive than I had felt in my prior career.
What brought you to Body Collective? Why did you choose to be a part of the Body Collective Team?
I am inspired to be a part of a team of educators and practitioners that are trauma informed, and who offer practices that help people to return to a healthy functioning ego, as well as the wholeness that they have always been.
What do you love most about what you do?
I love seeing the gifts of practice come alive in the student.
What can be expected from a class / session with you?
People can expect a space that is welcoming and invites you to be exactly as you are. You will have time to connect with community, and to return home to yourself whether this is via meditative practice, asana or a combination of both. I don’t teach with strong agenda or expectation, instead I invite you to tune into what your body and heart most need. Classes are not prescriptive, but exploratory in nature with a lot of choice and agency placed in the body of the student. I offer a weaving of education and experiential practice, as both support one another. Some days I may offer a deeper look at how the nervous system functions, other days we may explore a particular principle or method of practice, and some days we may explore how practice informs us in the yoga of life. I hope you walk away feel more embodied and at home with yourself.
What transformations do you see and help facilitate in your students?
It gives me joy to see what students reveal in themselves, when they are willing to gently meet life as it is. As agenda’s soften, and the performative gives way to curiosity and kindness, the truths that we hold slowly reveal themselves, alongside the wisdom that has always been there.
How did your modality aid in your own transformation? What did your transformation look like?
My path and training really potentiated a profound healing from old childhood wounds which continues to this day. Transformation for me has been in the welcoming of old beliefs and adaptive layers that I had assumed but no longer needed. While the understanding of my nervous system has aided in the healing, and allowed me to relinquish shame, much of the healing has been less intellectual and more somatic in nature.
What brings you joy when you’re not teaching?
I love being in the outdoors and in nature, hiking and traveling. I enjoy spending time with my two girls, who are my greatest teachers daily.