"stepping on my mat gives me the chance to continually come home, again and again... to myself, my breath, and all experiences in each moment. different every time- but none the less nurturing and nourishing. it is a time to show up, be present, and find gratitude for every sensation, feeling, emotion that is there for me in each moment. I teach to hold space for those who are ready for such experiences."
Shelby Marshall (RYT 200)
Shelby began practicing yoga at the young age of 4, in the early mornings at her grandmother's acreage. She remembers standing wobbly in tree pose, and the song sang by a crystal singing bowl that marked the beginning and end of every yoga practice. Now, as a teacher in Fort McMurray, she enjoys holding space for others to discover what the practice of yoga is for them. A practice to be present, create space, and heal. A space to use yoga as a tool, for life. A tool to support, nourish, and nurture ourselves in the beautifully-messy gift that is life.
Shelby spends most of her week working at a non-profit organization that provides resources, developmental programming, and support for families and children in the RMWB. Since completing her 200 hour YTT in the fall of 2014 at the Vancouver School of Yoga, she has been teaching with Oranj Fitness offering weekly classes, various workshops, and co-teaching Fort McMurray's Largest Outdoor Yoga class (2016 & 2017)! She completed her 25hr Kids YTT with Little Hippies in October 2015, and teaches kids yoga with the Hub Family Resource Centre and Shine Kids Fitness. Shelby recently completed her 85hr Prenatal YTT with Teresa Campbell at Semperviva Yoga in January 2017, a 10hr Yogassage Training with Brittanie Firth in May 2017, and a 50hr Yin YTT with Jolene Bayda in June 2017.
Shelby's classes provide a sacred space to discover and embrace the uniqueness of your own body, breath, and experiences, and to connect to the energy that is entirely alive and vibrant within yourself. She believes that the practice of yoga allows you to uncover your own authenticity, and encourages all students to do the same- to discover and connect with who they are at the deepest level. Expect to be compassionately challenged, downdog-ing to a creatively crafted playlist, and laughing to a few corny jokes throughout the class. Shelby pays gratitude to her many teachers and all of the wisdom that she is able to share with her students.