Shana Celnicker-Chong (she/her)
Birth is not only about making babies. It's about making mothers; strong, competent, capable mothers who trust themselves and believe in their inner strength ~ Babara Katz Rothman
Yoga has been in and out of my life since a Kundalini Yoga class I took in college. It wasn't until I moved to Portland and dove into an alignment based Astanga Yoga practice with Timo Jimenez that I started to live my practice. I just could stop. I was attending the National College of Naturopathic Medicine at the time, studying an emphasis in Midwifery and Women's health, and I graduated in 2003. As I began to apprentice as a midwife I decided to get training in Pre-natal and Post-Partum yoga. I was fortunate to have found Collette Crawford at her Holistic Prenatal program in Seattle, WA., where she taught me the nuts and bolt of these special gifts of yoga to women, but also about the importance of empowering mothers. Anyone can teach poses, but as it is with any yoga class, it is what happens inside that matters most. I began to teach Pre-natal and Post-partum yoga classes in 2001, building an amazing community of Mamas at the SE Yoga Shala, and have been fortunate to remain involved in the Portland birth community.
As for my own study and practice, I have taken classes throughout Portland over the years but my heart (and my love of how the body works) always brings me back to Lisa Mae Osborn and the community that is The Bhaktishop Yoga Center. I finished the 200hr teacher training at the Bhaktishop in 2012 and am now taking classes in the 500 Hour Program there are well. I am so excited to be joining all the amazing teachers at The Bhaktishop, to share what I love with the community I love.
Lisa Mae adds: "I have been a huge fan of Shana since we first met and bonded over 10 years ago, and for years have yearned to offer her a forum to share her love, passion, and skills with The Bhaktishop Community. At long last, the stars have aligned and we get to offer the community this jewel of a teacher and person, and we are all simply delighted! She is skilled and tender, compassionate and capable, both as a prenatal teacher and a hatha yoga teacher. We are also grateful to offer the community a stellar Prenatal Teacher Training program as well, allowing her to share her unique way of bringing deep detail and attention to the birthing community through yoga. I am so grateful we have her here."