Hi! I’m Shanine
I am a yoga and meditation teacher, writer, energy healer, and nature lover.
Offer Rituals and Rest to Awaken to the Sacred
For as long as I can remember, I’ve questioned the meaning of life and death. This has led me to study with masterful spiritual teachers, while life has humbled me to find inner stillness and presence.
My extensive studies in Yoga (specifically Tantra Yoga), Folk Herbalism, Energy Healing, and Ayurveda offers enriching wisdom in my classes, events, soulful nature & wellness retreats, and trainings.
By working with me, my wish is that you feel more embodied, experience stability of the mind to connect to your inner wisdom (Kavi), release limiting patterns, and manage your energy. But most importantly, to remember who are you – the Sacred, Eternal Spirit.
I bring Rituals & Rest back into our lives to remember the sacred and to slow down to provide immense healing. I have taught many students to become yoga teachers and continue to teach trainings.
You will often find me hiking in the woods with my fur baby, Rihanna. I also spend my time serving on the Board of Directors for Joshua Creek Heritage Arts Centre (where I offer nature retreats).
My spiritual journey began when I was very young when I was touched by Death. The passing of my grandfather, my father, and hearing a person killed (in my home country, South Africa) all led me to contemplate life and death. I began to read books on spirituality and religion to understand more, contemplating what happens after we die.
Everyone will experience Death – someone we know may pass away, and we will inevitably face our mortality. These lessons are found in nature – every evening when the sun sets, we experience a death of the day (returning to stillness or Source at nighttime). And every morning with a new sunrise, we experience the vibrancy of new possibilities – life.
In our awareness that everything is impermanent, we cherish everything around us. This reminds us to live wholeheartedly and embrace the present moment!
I was introduced to yoga while studying massage therapy in 1999. I moved to Canada in 2001, and a work colleague suggested I try yoga again. It became a place where my mind became more still, and a whole inner world of healing opened up for me. So I enrolled in my first yoga teacher training. My teacher encouraged me to volunteer at Carpenter Hospice, teaching to those with life-limiting illnesses, and this deepened my love of teaching, and being of service.
As a life-long student, I completed three yoga teacher trainings and a meditation teacher training, receiving my E-RYT 500 with the Yoga Alliance. I’m a reiki practitioner, studied Folk Herbalism, and am currently studying Ayurveda. I owned a yoga studio, Chrysalis Yoga, for ten years.
When I closed my business during the pandemic, I was faced with the unknown. I noticed years of stress stored in my body and felt anxious for the future. I was forced to slow down. In slowing down, I witnessed how the body was holding onto tension.
I delved deeper into Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra. Giving myself time and space to slow down, nourish myself, and rest deeply have been powerful and healing. It created a sacred space to feel safe without holding onto the tension for protection. The more I became friends with resting and moving into Yoga Nidra, the more I embraced and looked forward to the unknown. In the unknown, I began to embrace the mystery of life more fully.
I love facilitating yoga teacher trainings and have been doing so for over 8 years. I offer Restorative Yoga Trainings and more.
Yoga, meditation, pranayama (breath), and nature are always my safe havens when life flips upside down. Keeping me anchored in the unchanging while the world is constantly changing around me.
Thank you to my teachers (and their teachers, and the sacred lineage of teachings that I share).
I aim to not dilute the ancient teachings and honour the sacred wisdom that has been shared with me and from where they came.
E-RYT 500 with Yoga Alliance (highest credentials)
Yoga Alliance Certified Education Provider (YACEP) – providing continuing education.
Yoga & Meditation Related
- Yoga Teacher Training:
- 300-hour with Yogarupa Rod Stryker
- 200-hour with Todd Norian & Ann Greene
- 250-hour with Nesta Falladown
- Restorative Yoga Training:
- 65-hour with Jillian Pransky
- 14-hour with Chanti Tacoronte-Perez
- 40-hour with Andrea Peloso
- Yoga Nidra Training:
- 60-hour with Tracee Stanley & Chanti Tacoronte-Perez
- 63-hour with Yogarupa Rod Stryker
- 200-hour with Tony Murdock
- 20-hour with Janice Clarfield
Nature, Health & Wellness
- Ayurveda Health Advisor – Hale Pule (currently in training)
- Reiki: Usui Reiki First and Second Degree Level – Edward Huang
- Folk Herbalism & Gaian Mentorship – Julie Gaia
- Health Coach – Institute of Integrative Nutrition
- Ayurveda: Mind/Body Healing – The Institue of Holistic Nutrition
- Massage Therapy – Institute of Natural Health
I have taken many workshops throughout the years online, in-person, at conferences, studios, and more.
Other Teachers Who Have Influenced Me
- Eckhart Tolle
- Byron Katie
- Stephen Levine
- Joe Dispenza
- Joshua Creek Heritage Arts Centre – on the Board of Directors
- Carpenter Hospice – Yoga Teacher
- International AIDS Conference (Toronto) – Research
- An AIDS Orphanage in South Africa – Care
- All Africa Games (1999) – Massage Therapy
I met Shanine through my yoga teacher training in which she served both as a facilitator and my teacher. Through this experience, she has left an indelible mark on my life as a student, a teacher, and as a person. Her professionalism is impeccable and her ability to direct and lead as well as read her student’s energy is impressive. She is a remarkable teacher in terms of her knowledge and awareness of her students. I admire how she always pays homage to her teachers and their teachers.
I have been so fortunate to have completed my first yoga teacher training program with Shanine. She is authentic, knowledgeable, yet continues to learn, and is able to give each student exactly what they need. Anybody who takes a yoga class with Shanine is incredibly lucky.
Shanine holds space and encourages you to explore your practice further. She is an exceptional yoga teacher that leverages the power breath work, poses, and personal exploration. She has a beautiful way of challenging you during practice while making you feel supported and cared for. There is something to take away from every class that Shanine leads and I always feel that I learn more about myself, what I’m capable of, and how my mind and body is showing up.