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.