Shawn is a native of Alabama and while growing up he was involved in various sports and activities, but lost touch with those things after going off to college and starting his career in medical research and teaching at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Shawn was first introduced to yoga in 2006 after a back injury left him searching for an alternative treatment/therapy for chronic back pain. As his yoga practice grew, he was greatly inspired by yoga’s potential for healing at a physical, emotional and spiritual level. Through his journey, trying various disciplines of yoga, he found himself gravitating to Ashtanga yoga. To deepen his practice and understanding of Ashtanga, he completed the 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training Program at Birmingham Yoga in 2012, studying under the wonderful guidance of Akasha Ellis. As a teacher, Shawn tends to focus on alignment, energetic expression, and, most importantly, the breath. Each inhale and each exhale, from one asana to the next, Ashtanga allows one to travel inwards slowly bringing the vision of one’s true nature to the surface, he says. Shawn loves teaching but continues to be a passionate student. He is extremely grateful for the opportunity to teach and share what he is constantly learning.