Shawn Harrison is co-founder and director of Mudita Yoga in Kingston, NY. The core of her personal practice and teaching style is mindfulness, breath and loving-kindness. Shawn’s method uses yoga asana to explore and strengthen each of these fundamental life skills. Creating a clear relationship between the yoga we practice in class and the yoga we practice moving through each day is central to Shawn’s teaching.
Shawn began exploring yoga and meditation while working as an event planner at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in the 1990’s. Stressed out, anxious and looking for some balance, she bought a book about meditation and took a beginners yoga series. In 2001 she left her job as Director of Special Events at the Whitney Museum and became dedicated to holistic health and well-being. Shawn received her initial training at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in NYC, Osho Meditation Center and Sivananada Ashram in India. She spent the next 4 years immersed in yogic life at Ananda Ashram in Monroe, NY before making her home in the Hudson Valley and opening Mudita Yoga in 2008.
In 2005 Shawn met her teacher, meditation master Shiva Rudra Balayogi. His teaching inspires all of her work. Additionally, Shawn has trained with Judith Hanson Lasater in the art of restorative yoga, studied advanced yoga anatomy with Leslie Kaminoff, and received certification as a Kripalu Yoga in the Schools teacher. She is currently training as an Ayurveda Practitioner with Wise Earth School of Ayurveda. Shawn has taught over 3,000 hours of yoga classes and led teacher training's at Ananda Ashram and Mudita. She embraces yoga as a system of holistic health that supports and informs all aspects of our lives. Shawn integrates all of this experience into a balanced physical, mental and spiritual practice with the chief aim being peace.