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Shawn M.

sunnyvale, California
My yoga training began as a college student firstly with an interim course in Raja Yoga and followed by induction to meditation when I was 18 years old. I completed an advanced studies program at Piedmont Yoga studio and participated for two years under the tutelege of Rodney Yee, amongst others. I have also studied with other notable teachers in the Iyengar traditon, each for over a year at a time with great regularity. I have maintained a daily practice of meditation and yoga for over ten... Full Bio
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Birthday: May 10
Height: 5’ 5”
Weight: 140 lbs.
 

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My yoga training began as a college student firstly with an interim course in Raja Yoga and followed by induction to meditation when I was 18 years old. I completed an advanced studies program at Piedmont Yoga studio and participated for two years under the tutelege of Rodney Yee, amongst others. I have also studied with other notable teachers in the Iyengar traditon, each for over a year at a time with great regularity. I have maintained a daily practice of meditation and yoga for over ten years. Aikido, a non-striking martial art, is another activity I have been studying since 1988. For the last 11 years I have been with Robert Nadeau Shihan, Sensei. words cannot adequately describe the gratitude I feel to be able to study with someone of our teacher's caliber. I highly recommend folks to come by and observe training sometime, it is extra-ordinary. I have two children with my wife Elizabeth (a H.S. Chemistry teacher in Cupertino), Samara,age 13 and Aidan, age 8. My son attends the Waldorf School of the Peninsula in Los Altos and my daughter attends the Girl's Middle School in Mountain View, both have an alternative view toward education. I studied overseas for six years; in Australia for a year in high school, three years in Sweden and two in Finland studying art and language, then Elizabeth and I travelled for about a year when we first met. A visual artist by training, I am currently painting two series of works, primarily in oils. My work is about movement. Though I paint still images, I conceive of the imagery in motion. My work is featured in Coupa Cafe in Palo Alto, the best coffee house in the area, and their adjacent store, Cosas. Aiki-yoga fusion is a contemplative movement art, based on mindfulness awareness training. The synthesis of yoga gestures or asana and the circular and spiral motions of aikido create a dynamic and captivating art form. Performed individually or in a group aiki-yoga combines rigor and precision with playfulness.