Shayna began studying yoga in 2004 when her dance practice led her to explore new techniques for investigating the interconnectedness of body and mind. She completed her YogaWorks teacher training (RYT200) with Sarah Bell and Chrissy Carter in New York City in 2007. Since then, Shayna has been teaching Hatha Yoga in studios, community center, gyms, and privately throughout the Los Angeles are and Connecticut. Her classes integrate the energy of vinyasa flow with an intelligent focus on alignment and harmony with the breath. Shayna has worked with students of all ages and levels of experience, including children, college students, rock climbers, and active seniors.
Shayna offers private lessons for individuals and small groups, focusing on each student's needs with specialized sequencing and hands-on adjustments. For private lesson availability and rates, please contact Shayna.
Improvisation & Choreographic Thinking
Shayna's movement, improvisation, and choreography classes foster creative exploration and curiosity, and support students in the realization of new undertakings. She considers the learning space a laboratory where each risk taken is a new success and collaboration is key to making projects work.
In choreography workshops, participants are encouraged to explore new ways of approaching the theory and practice of dance-making. Using creative games, open scores, and chance procedures, students improvise and choreograph set material to integrate new methods into their compositional toolboxes.
Shayna's dance technique classes are designed to help movers find dynamism, awareness, and freedom within the body. Students are asked to articulate spatial and rhythmic structures, cultivate gestural specificity, and play boldly with gravity and momentum. Her classes incorporate a wide range of influences, including post-modern dance, Authentic Movement, Ghanaian dance, Contact Improvisation, release technique, and yoga.