The purpose of this blog is to share all the things I love in the wellness space whether that's food, a new studio, wellness products, and/or yoga related topics. I hope I can share my knowledge with as many people as I can. If you have any requests on any topics you would like to see on here, please send me a note in the contact section. I can't wait to share with you!
WHO AM I?
My name is Shamira West, a Certified Nutrition Coach through Precision Nutrition and a Yoga Alliance 200hr Yoga Instructor. I was born and raised in NYC. I graduated with a Bachelor's in Marketing at Pennsylvania State University and had a digital marketing career for close to 5 years. After spending 4 1/2 years in Digital Marketing, facing my own personal health issues, and a desire to learn more about healthy living, I decided to leave Corporate America in 2015 and pursue a career in health & fitness.
HOW DID I GET INTO YOGA?
Yoga came into my life briefly in 2014. I was just cleared to workout again after being hospitalized for Rhabdomyolysis, a condition in which skeletal muscle breaks down rapidly causing fatigue and potentially kidney failure. I was extremely weak in my upper body, and was terrified to lift weights again after my injury. Someone suggested I take a yoga class to build strength using my body weight. My first class was so hard as I assume it is for most beginners. I could barely push myself into upward facing dog, however, that didn't stop me from going every Sunday morning rain or shine. I eventually got stronger, returned to the weight room and rarely practiced yoga until the spring of 2017. During that year, I pretty much hit rock bottom in my personal life, became homeless, depressed, and needed an outlet for my mental health. I turned to yoga and meditation. It helped me get through some of my worst days that Spring. There are so many lessons that can be learned when you get on your mat. Through my experience with yoga over the years, I discovered there was something else that kept me coming back to my mat, something that provided far more than simply the physical benefits of exercise which was my initial introduction to yoga. I developed a passion for the mind-body awareness the practice provides. This led me to pursue my 200hr in Dallas, TX. Teacher training deepened my practice and allowed me to share this with others.
My classes are rooted in Vinyasa, but we will always come back to the breath with every movement, and we will always move with intention. Yoga is the form of movement, which makes me feel my best. It’s creative, challenging, but mostly helps be more present in my life both on and off the mat. My hope through my teaching is to show students that despite hardships & discomfort both on & off the mat, you can gain comfort by aligning your breath with ever move you make. I want to share my love of the practice with others, help them to overcome the challenges, learn the benefits, and discover the peace it's brought to my own life. I teach beginner and intermediate Vinyasa Yoga, Yin Yoga, and meditation classes.
Allow me to take you through your practice. You can find my classes listed here. For private lessons, please email me firstname.lastname@example.org