Student · Teacher
Seeker of Wisdom
Mama · Friend
Keeper of the Flame
Years of experience
Years of teaching
Students I have taught
Hours of training
Teaching and collaborating with people from all walks of life is heart-expanding and inspiring
Youth to older adults, with a broad spectrum of fitness, has been a constant throughout my time teaching yoga. I have worked with cancer patients, those with other serious illnesses, those recovering from traumatic injuries, those who find themselves in grief, dealing with PTSD, those who wish to move their body and calm their mind throughout their busy week, and those who struggle with finding balance between work, rest and play.
Throughout my years of studying yoga, I've taken many quality trainings that educated me on certain conditions, injuries and disorders. And yes, I've learned so much from each one of them, but among my greatest teachers are also my students.
My Yoga Journey
Beginning in the BKS Iyengar yoga tradition, I swiftly transitioned from tentatively taking my first class to attending as many classes as would fit into my schedule. There came a moment when I realized yoga is not simply something to do, it illuminates who we are.
Since those early days on my mat, soaking in the teachings and opening myself to a deeper exploration both internally and externally, I have had the honor to study with more than a dozen well-known and respected teachers. As well, it has been such a gift to take classes and learn from many many other amazing teachers.
Holding Space to Come As You Are
Holding Sacred Space
With over 1,500 hours of yoga, meditation and wellness trainings, I currently collaborate with yoga teacher trainings and lead the restorative yoga, breath, bandhas & mudras, and meditation training modules in Fallbrook and Temecula yoga teacher trainings. In addition to my public group classes, I love teaching one-to-one personalized sessions as well as mentoring yoga teachers.
Co-teaching AcroYoga and partner yoga with Brian Yuen has been a thrill and an arena for my own deep personal growth. As a bonus I've gained such joy in co-creating a challenging and fun AcroYoga Teacher Training and I have made meaningful connections in different parts of the world with some amazing humans along the way.
It matters to me that each student is honored for their humanness and their right to be themselves without judgement. My practice and classes have been geared especially toward that powerful point of vulnerability where you are safe to be authentically yourself. This is the sacred space.
The Practice of Ahimsa
The Hippocratic oath, First Do No Harm, aligns with Ahimsa, the cornerstone of yoga. This is paramount to every interaction. I bring clarity, compassion and creativity to wholeheartedly meet each person where they are. My classes blend traditional and healing qualities of yoga coupled with breath-centered intelligent sequencing, encouraging you to explore and cultivate mindfulness and bring lightness and into your practice and a greater sense of well-being into your life to unveil your full potential.
Yoga and meditation are part of my life. I love free-flowing with these concepts and integrating them in my life off the mat... hiking and being in nature, healthy living, travel and adventure, digging in the dirt, painting, up-cycling all sorts of things, and giving back.
Words From Students
RESTORATIVE YOGA TEACHER TRAINING
"Thank you so much for coming to the studio and sharing all your delicious, juicy, restorative knowledge with us. I have to say that it has been one of my favorite sections of teacher training so far."
YOGA IN NATURE MINI-RETREAT
"After being isolated for months, it felt so good to be out in nature, safely distanced with a lovely group. I hope you do yoga in nature again."
ACRO YOGA TEACHER TRAINING
"Words cannot adequately express my immense joy after AcroYoga teacher training. I don't think I've ever worked so hard, but I learned clean techniques and gained a great deal of skill from your training. And I have new lifetime friends and have bolstered my confidence to teach!"
THAI YOGA MASSAGE TRAINING
"The thai yoga training was really helpful. I had done a little before but this helped me learn how to do it and give me a sequence to use. Thanks!!"
GLOBAL MALA FESTIVAL, NJ
"We thank you for co-teaching AcroYoga with Brian at Global Mala. We received great feedback on your session! Our community is grateful to have you share your time and your support of the Newark Yoga Movement."
RAINBOW YOGA FESTIVAL
"What an amazing festival! I traveled a distance and I am so glad I did. All the yoga sessions were really inspiring -- especially the partner yoga."
I have been practicing and co-teaching with my beloved, Brian Yuen, traveling and connecting with many wonderful and inspiring humans since 2007. Brian's unique approach, his focus on the essentials, and his deep understanding of the teachings has informed my own teaching style, one that encourages strong foundations, clear communication, intelligent sequencing, and a safe container to explore one's full potential.
Brian teaches on-going yoga classes in Southern California, leads yoga teacher training modules, workshops, and retreats in the U.S. and abroad.
I'm deeply grateful for my Restorative and Therapeutics yoga teacher, Jillian Pransky, who for the past 25 years, has dedicated her work to sharing the principles of Deep Listening and pausing through teaching, writing, and speaking about the tools of yoga, meditation, and conscious relaxation.
Jillian's trainings and skillful teaching have been invaluable to me, speaking to the deepest part of me. My time learning from her continued when I assisted her at some of her New York yoga events, her yoga immersions at Kripalu in Lennox, MA, and in New Jersey.
I notice, even now, how the things I learned from Jillian's teacher trainings and from the many times assisting her amazing offerings are woven in to my own offerings.
Some souls come into our life and leave a lasting impression;
a sweet essence always remains.
- LORRIE SHEPARD