I didn’t understand how an hour of a yoga practice could quiet my “monkeymind,” calm my Self, and make me feel so good. Yoga became my new life. Stress melted away. Finding confidence, strength, belief in my Self, and becoming the change I needed. Curiosity and a thirst for knowledge led me further on my journey of Self and to find the “magic” behind Yoga.
My definition of this magic is: Able to practice at a studio that is filled with love, kindness and open hearts. Learning how my practice is reflected in my life. Becoming aware of all aspects of Yoga; that it’s not just about the asanas. It’s the journey of finding yourself in Self-awareness. Taking the time to take care of you. Letting go of challenges, obstacles, worries, ego and so much more, and just BE in the present moment. Using your breath to move thru asanas, becoming stronger in mind and spirit, the body will follow. Yoga is the practice of mind body connection, always learning and growing.
I look forward to meeting you where you are at on your mat.
I became certified in yoga in November of 2014 and followed up with a PiYo Live certification in 2015. I have since completed the Connected Warriors training and am CPR certified. I enjoy teaching and meeting new people. I hope to see you in one on my classes soon!
I started a consistant practice a little over three years ago when I went to my first hot yoga class looking to relieve both physical pain and stress. I was hooked, needless to say.
Opportunity arose to become a teacher in July and I jumped at the chance to not only deepen my practice, but provide the same relief to others.
I do not think you have to be the bendy twisty gumby girl/guy to experience the true value of yoga. Whether you can throw your right leg over your left shoulder or you can barely bend forward, yoga is for you. Mind, body and spirit.
Meet me on the mat, and let’s have fun. It is what life is all about. Namaste.
Bonnie Hassan is a Reiki Master in four different types of Reiki and has been teaching and practicing Reiki for over sixteen years. Although educated and trained as a social worker and psychotherapist, Bonnie has had a full time Reiki practice since 2003. She currently travels around the country offering unique individual and group healing sessions to help people step out of their comfort zones into their power zones! Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, Bonnie moved to Nashville in 2013 to be closer to family. To learn more about Bonnie, please visit her website at
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Shana Thornton is the author of two novels, Poke Sallet Queen & the Family Medicine Wheel (2015) and Multiple Exposure (2012). She is the co-author of the nonfiction, self-help book, Seasons of Balance: On Creativity and Mindfulness. She is the creator of the yoga brand and book series, BreatheYourOMBalance®, and Volume Two of that series is being published with Yoga Mat studio, where she is currently studying to become a Registered Yoga Teacher (2017).
Shana earned an M.A. in English from Austin Peay State University. She was the Editor-in-Chief of Her Circle Ezine, an online women's magazine featuring authors, artists, and activists.
She is the publisher for Thorncraft Publishing (www.thorncraftpublishing.com), an independent publisher of literature written by women. Shana loves to practice yoga outside and run trails in the forest. She has been doing both for over two decades. She lives in Tennessee with her family.
Follow her on Twitter @shanathornton