Ahimsa Berwyn Student Spotlight: Shayna Matevich


Meet Shayna Matevich, 35, one of our amazing workstudy students in Berwyn!

What do you do when you're off your mat?
I enjoy knitting, hiking, listening to music, cooking, traveling, and napping!

What brought you to Ahimsa for the first time?
My sister in law Liz is a neighbor (& current yoga teacher) to Ahimsa Berwyn. When this location opened she signed up & she encouraged me to as well.

What's your favorite thing about this studio?
The energy in the space is positive  plus everyone I’ve met is warm and supportive.

What is your favorite type of yoga class (hatha, yin, vinyasa, etc.) and why?
I would say it’s not as active as others but my favorite type of yoga class is restorative. I struggle with anxiety and panic attacks so I feel the most comfortable in restorative yoga classes which helps me calm my thoughts & be more mindful.

What's your advice for someone coming to yoga for the very first time?
Just come as you are! No yoga mat? You can borrow one. You don’t have “yoga pants”? Wear whatever is comfortable to you. Try not to put so much stress/pressure on yourself & enjoy being in the moment.

What has your practice given you?
Increased flexibility and the ability to find peace.

What's your favorite pose?
I’ve been practicing yoga inconsistently for more than ten years so I consider myself very much a beginner but I enjoy the classic downward dog & tree pose.

What's your least favorite pose?
I find any pose that involves sitting back on my ankles to be difficult.

Tell us something unusual about yourself?
I moonlight in photography. You can check out my profile on Instagram! @shankiematevich

What 3 words would a good friend use to describe you?
I asked a good friend and they said “warm, genuine, & compassionate”.

What's your guilty pleasure/s?
Spending the afternoon watching the  neighborhood cats & wildlife literally playing in my backyard.

Have you made any changes in your life as a result of your yoga practice?
I am in tune with my body and listen more to my inner self more than before.

If you were having a dinner party and could invite anyone you wanted, who would they be?
My maternal & paternal grandparents and great grandparents, and my African ancestors that survived/didn’t survive their Transatlantic journey during the 16th-19th centuries.  Learning more about my family’s cultural history is important me.

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