Meet Your Teachers…
Shelley has been the curator of Yoga Sanctuary since 2012,
Tracy experienced the nurturing energy of Shelley and Yoga Sanctuary first as a student. After completing Yoga Teacher Training, she came to Shelley with her dream of fun yoga classes for preschoolers, and has since added many classes for adults to her teaching schedule. Her 20 years of experience teaching movement to all ages and types of bodies infuses her teaching with a desire to understand the physical body through anatomy and healthy alignment. During a 5 year run as a professor at St Cloud State University, she co-directed the Dance program and taught anatomy-centered ballet classes. During the birth of her daughter in 2010, she had her first encounter with Healing Touch. Since then she has been immersed in study of the energetic body as earned certification as a Healing Touch Practitioner through Healing Beyond Borders, which also informs her teaching greatly.
Shelley and Tracy completed Yoga Studies with Ben Vincent in 2016. After the 9 month long program of intensive study, they began to work on plans to create Holistic Yoga Teacher Training & Personal Transformation—Holistic because they believe that the full experience of yoga interweaves the physical, energetic, emotional, mental, and spiritual layers of life in such a way that to study of a single layer of the Self quickly leads you to see the rest tangled up with it. The Personal Transformation component seems inevitable, that as you study yourself, experience the deep teachings of powerful asana, pranayama and meditation, you are bound to change into someone you recognize as more truly “you”. They also both believe strongly that the only way to become a yoga teacher is to practice yoga, and then to begin to love the beautiful teachings of yoga to such a degree that you feel passionate about sharing it with others.
As partners, Shelley and Tracy complement each other well. Shelley is warm—creating a community where everyone feels welcome. She has a huge heart and is transparent when she has strong emotions. Shelley makes sure that everyone feels safe and considers the details that make that possible. Tracy is practical—helping to shape the schedules and keep everyone moving towards their goals. They are both teachers more than they are anything else, and so you get the benefit of having two teachers who feel strongly about you as a student. Throughout their lives in various ways, they have both always felt compelled to teach and share. Thus, HYTT & PT puts a strong emphasis on actually teaching what you are learning from the first day we begin to study together, so that you get to practice plugging in to your teaching voice, even if you only plan to use it to guide yourself into deep practices.