Shanna Tani

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Shanna Tani has delighted in headstand and lotus pose since childhood. Discovery of yoga as a college athlete and advanced training at the Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco taught her such poses practiced mindfully improve strength, flexibility, focus and self-awareness. Further Therapeutic Yoga training brought to light the knowledge that progression in yoga is exemplified through positive changes in our perception, which enhances our relationship with ourselves and others.  As we refine our yoga practice, so we refine and feel more enriched in our lives.  Teaching with care and kindness, she encourages students to nurture themselves in their practice.  

Shanna will be taking over Barbara's Tuesday morning classes at Flying Tortoise.  


Explore classical asanas and novel movements with an emphasis on functional alignment and attentive breathing to facilitate balance, mobility, ease, stability and strength. Standing, seated, supine and prone asanas, which may include twists, forward bends, back arches and inversions are practiced with appropriate props and modifications to allow for equitable progression.  Engage in mindful movements allowing all systems to align and experience awareness, clarity, health, harmony and peace.

Level 1: For students new to yoga and for those who prefer a gentler class.  Sense the body and explore the breath to gradually bring flexibility while building strength in a balanced way.  

Level 1-2:  For beginning and continuing students. Refine healthy movement habits, cultivate awareness and increase breath capacity to build endurance and wellness.

Level 2-3: For continuing students. Embody more subtle ways of engaging, releasing and experiencing the asanas as an exploration of the wholeness of mind-breath-body.