Tuesdays Teacher Spotlight

Name: Shannon Brendel

Hometown: St. Paul, MN currently living in Elk River

Classes taught at Heat: A, B, B+

How long have you been teaching? 18 months

Why became a teacher?

A lot of teachers are super flexible and super strong, I'm average on both those counts making me a less intimidating and approachable teacher.  My passion is to make all kinds of people feel comfortable and welcome doing yoga. 

Favorite pose and why?

Down dog and chaturanga.  If I have 5 minutes and need to get the kinks out and feel refreshed, down dog is the pose I do.  It's so wonderful for lengthening the spine and opening the whole body!  Chaturanga builds strength.

Favorite tune to hear in class?  

Anything Sade, Lenny Kravitz, Marvin Gaye, Jill Scott

Motivational tip or favorite quote?

Cultivate friendliness toward those that are happy and doing well, show compassion for those who are suffering, delight in the virtuous and disregard the wicked.  Doing this creates peace of mind.- Yoga sutra 1:33

Advice to beginners?

Approach teachers after class if you have questions on poses (correct form, modifications, etc).  We get really excited to help you advance your practice and there may not be time in class to address issues.  Also let the teacher know if you prefer not to have hands on adjustments in class.

Where can we find you when not at Heat?

I'd like to say something glamorous and exciting like sky diving and drinking martinis but most likely I'm at home cleaning and taking care of 3 kids and 2 dogs.  Netflix and I are serious buddies.  I also foster dogs and enjoying finding them forever homes.

Who knew (fun bit of info about you)?                 

I was married in Vegas (but not by Elvis)! 

What do you emphasize in your class? What would you like students to gain from your class? 

Because I am challenged in a lot of poses myself, I look for ways to make the poses accessible to students of all abilities.  I'd rather you have proper alignment using a block than improper alignment trying to touch the mat at all costs.  I am also hopefully that balance between pushing too hard and pushing too little;  I want to challenge people but do it in a smart and thoughtful way. 

Tell us about other jobs (other than yoga teacher) that you do or what you did before teaching yoga:  

I used to be somewhat computer savvy helping people when their computers broke down. 

What have you learned about yourself, on the mat, that is applicable to life off the mat?

I am pretty focused on my mat.  I don't watch other students and I close my eyes a lot.  I've learned I need to end comparisons in my day to day life just as I do in yoga;  It's an ongoing process.  My husband says I am kinder and more patient now, though.

What difference have you noticed in your body or overall health since practicing yoga? 

Less pain and more mobility!! I look forward to aging with a mobile back and open hips.  


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