Meet the Staff: Interview with Shanon Greig

We'd like to introduce you to our wonderful staff members. Periodically (weekly if we can!), we'll feature an interview with one of our stellar staff. Yoga teachers, massage therapists, and front desk mavens will all make an appearance. So say 'hi' to Shanon the next time you see her at the studio! She teaches Monday 7pm at Geer St, and Wednesday 5:30pm Geer St.

When did you start practicing yoga and why?
I started practicing yoga almost four years ago because a close friend of mine was a yoga teacher and made it accessible to me. I had just started my first full-time desk job and started noticing my body needed a new type of movement.

What got you hooked on yoga?
I was hooked after my first Vinyasa style class. To be perfectly honest, before experiencing a Flow class, I had a notion that yoga was "easy" and wouldn't present a challenging enough workout. Once I realized how blatantly wrong I was, I started practicing Vinyasa style regularly and welcomed the spiritual aspects with open arms. The fact that the practice is more than just physical makes it my number one love in life.

What is your favorite pose?
It is so hard to choose a favorite, but I will say Pigeon Prep. The first time I did it in class I thought it was physically impossible/that the teacher was nuts, but now that my body can create the shape I love it. I enjoy the emotional release of hip openers and crave this pose at the end of a vigorous flow.

Besides yoga, what other passions do you have?
I am currently an Occupational Therapy Assistant student and am falling in love with the profession. I love it because it is rooted in holism and views patients as people first; I can stand behind it and I believe in it. I also love nutrition/healthy eating, music, and Gerontology. I connect more with older people than I do with kids.

If you had to describe yourself in one word, what would it be?

What do you find the most rewarding about being a yoga teacher?
The students transfer their energy to me throughout the class. I always leave feeling vibrant, confident, and like I have provided a genuine and good service to my students.

What is your favorite thing about Blue Point Yoga?
I love how meditative teaching and practicing without music feels. It has made me a better teacher and more in tune with the needs of my wonderful students. I also feel that we offer a unique array of class types that other studios do not.

Favorite Durham restaurant
The Palace International 

Favorite book 
Motherlunge by Kirstin Scott

One specific moment that changed my life 
I had a really great Savasana a couple years ago. The teacher had us envision several people in our lives whom we wanted to forgive for something, then ourselves. I cried on my mat and realized how important and powerful forgiveness truly is. 

Favorite place I've traveled to 
Amsterdam. I just left the US for the first time in April of 2017, and Amsterdam was health-conscious and I really enjoyed the yoga there. ;) 

Shout out!
To my parents and boyfriend who have been endlessly supportive of my yoga journey and going back to school for something I'm passionate about. And last but not least, Dina (meow meow).



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