Shanon began practicing yoga in college as a supplement to teaching aerobics, weight-lifting, and running. But what started as exercise became much more. After years of suffering from pain caused by degenerative discs in her neck, Shanon began to find that the more she practiced yoga, the less pain she suffered. And as her practice deepened, she realized that yoga not only helped her body, but also helped her mind. She began teaching yoga in 2002 as a favor to a friend, but it wasn't long until she discovered that her true passion was to share yoga with others.
Shanon graduated from the University of Missouri-Rolla with a Bachelor and Master of Science in Engineering Management. She spent 6 years working in the software consulting industry. In 2002 she left her career in consulting and started her adventure with yoga. Shanon co-founded the Surya Center for Yoga in December 2003 with the hopes of providing yoga to anyone open to receiving it.
Shanon's teachings are influenced by the Tantric tradition of Sri Vidya and the lineage of Sri Swami Rama of the Himalayas. She is an initiate and teacher in the tradition of the Himalayan masters and ParaYoga. She aims to bring an authentic experience of the yoga tradition to each class as well as to everyday life. She is one of the few teachers transmitting an authentic, living tradition that has been practiced and taught from teacher to student for thousands of years.
Shanon's training includes certifications from the Yoga Institute and ParaYoga. Her training is in classical Tantra, Hatha, and Raja Yoga. She is a member of the Yoga Alliance, with over 1000 hours of yoga training. She is also a certified Yoga and Ayurveda Wellness Consultant through the American Institute of Vedic Studies and Dr. David Frawley (Pandit Vamadeva Shastri). She has studied with her teacher, Yogarupa Rod Stryker, considered to be one of the pre-eminent yoga and meditation teachers in the United States, since 2005.