Ahimsa Student Spotlight: Shanna Pierce

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Shanna Pierce. 36 years old. Berwyn

What do you do when you're off your mat?
I teach high school math and college seminar. I feel like that's where I spend 3 quarters of my time, even when I'm not actually there. I also love traveling the country with my husband and teenage son. Otherwise you'll catch me at various different workouts all around Chicago and the nearby suburbs trying to keep up my fitness game. And how could I forget that I watch every television show no matter the genre  and listen to every true crime podcast.

What brought you to Ahimsa for the first time?
Groupon and I was super nervous about practicing yoga at a real studio.

What's your favorite thing about this studio?
This studio is super welcoming and friendly.

What is your favorite type of yoga class (hatha, yin, vinyasa, etc.) and why?
I like every yoga class. For real. I can't pick a favorite. I think all of the different types of class are helpful to cultivate a full practice.

What's your advice for someone coming to yoga for the very first time?
Focus on yourself. It's hard to look around and see others more advanced in their practices and think you should look like them. Each person has their own strengths and growth areas and yoga is the place that we can work on those individual needs.

What has your practice given you?
My yoga practice has helped my mental clarity and my physical fitness. After I began practicing two and a half years ago, I changed my diet, my habits, my hobbies, and even some of the people in my life.

What's your favorite pose?
Wheel. It's my yoga "party trick." My students are always quite impressed.

What's your least favorite pose?
Crow. It's never going to happen for me. I accept it.

Tell us something unusual about yourself?
I'm super interested in the sociology of serial killers and the way profilers are able to do their jobs so incredibly well.

What 3 words would a good friend use to describe you?
Sarcastic, sassy, bold (I asked my students. They know me pretty well.)

What's your guilty pleasure/s?
Teen romantic comedies. Forever.

If you were having a dinner party and could invite anyone you wanted, who would they be?
Mr. Rogers, Beyonce, MLK, Malcolm X, Harvey Milk, RBG, Laverne Cox, and anyone else who is on the cusp of social justice movements anywhere ever. It's kind of my thing. 


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