Massage by Shawn O'Reilly

Yoga Teacher

A Midwestern boy, I grew up in Wisconsin surrounded by minibikes and a haze of Pink Floyd. Through my teen years I developed a passion for punk rock, MTV and the Upanishads. At any rate, I’d have to say that my yoga journey didn’t really begin until I was in college—it’s then that I attended my first class and met Linda Ryan who was teaching in an old brick warehouse lining the banks of the Milwaukee River. I still can hear the sweet sound of the radiators clanging.

Something just clicked, and I ended up studying and practicing with her for roughly seven years.
I realize that the more I listen to and trust myself—as well as my body—the deeper the connection I feel toward others. Yoga continuously takes me to the present moment. It’s an ever-evolving practice that nudges me awake, asks me to pay attention, be receptive and dive deep into who I am.
I am immensely grateful to my family for their continuing support, to Linda for opening the door that took me into this life-changing practice, to Molly Lannon Kenny for her fearless strength and encouragement, to Clara Roberts-Oss whose energy, sequencing and assists changed everything for me, to Tozen Akiyama, Robin Kornman and Paul Muller-Ortega for showing me that the practice is truly life itself—and to everything under the sun.

I am excited to share what I have to share. To share this path with you, to be part of this long line of students practicing, learning, and growing together.

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