Shannon Paige Schneider Will Guide You Beyond Typical Yoga…

September 8, 2011

This October, Quintess members will be treated to the inspiring instruction of Shannon Paige Schneider. Living fully as an author, sacred activist, motivational speaker, dedicated teacher of Shiva Rea’s Prana Flow, and founder of Anjali Restorative Yoga and öm time yoga studio, Shannon is an expressive student of the symbolic nature of Tantra and mystic poetry. She interweaves her student’s unique, purpose-driven inspiration into the divine play of body and breath, unlocking the secret wisdom held within the heart.

We had the very distinct pleasure of talking with Shannon recently about her hopes for the retreat. Here is what she had to share:

Shannon has been teaching since 2003 and practicing since 1994, after a battle with cancer. Yoga was a way for her to get back into her body, serving as a source of strength and wellness in moments when she did not think she could go on. Shannon explains, “When I began yoga, I started in the Ashtanga style, fell in love with Iyengar and Anusara yogas, and then met my teacher in 2005. Shiva Rea and the global collective of vinyasa yoga teachers inspired me to find not just the asanas to love in yoga, but all the spaces in between. I love to muse and teach in a pattern of the pulse, letting poses breath. I am also an avid student of comparative yoga philosophy and mystic poetry, so I weave lots of stories, thoughts, ideas and inspirations into the context of a physical class. This allows a student to connect deep in the space of his or her unique heart.”

In Los Cabos, Shannon and retreat participants will be practicing transformative, alignment-based vinyasa yoga as well as deeply nourishing and meditative restorative yoga.

Shannon’s hope is that women can find the authentic spaces of strength and grace within themselves. She says, “It is not at all about doing the asana, the poses, or even a complicated sequence, it is always about ‘with what attention am I moving? How am I speaking with myself? Is this WHO and HOW I want to be in the world?’ I hope to help these women learn that they are stronger than they ever expected to be.”

So what will it be like practicing yoga in a place like Los Cabos? We asked Shannon how she saw the location benefitting the practitioner - mentally, physically and spiritually. She responded, “Practicing yoga in an exotic location gives us emotional permission to go deep into the exotic spaces inside ourselves. By delving deeper into the unseen curves of our own being, we are able to pull forward all that is asking to be released, healed, strengthened and soothed. In the day-to-day, it is harder to access these incredible places within ourselves, as we are blocked by the mundane. On retreat, the extraordinary softens past the base line and we reset our own experience of normal and natural.”

So here’s to strength, wonder and extraordinary connections in Los Cabos. We look forward to seeing you at the retreat!

~ Sarah, Guest Contributor

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