Shirley

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About Shirley

Shirley has combined her background in higher education and marketing with her personal healing journey to become a writer, public speaker, wellness coach, and certified yoga teacher. Located in the Cleveland suburb of Shaker Heights, Ohio, Shirley teaches gentle flow and hatha yoga, yoga nidra meditation and mindfulness. In addition to teaching stress relief tactics, Shirley has helped people with acute illnesses, physical limitations, chronic pain, trauma, mental illness, and eating disorders. Book Shirley at Thumbtack

Creative Gratitude Workshop October 20

By |2018-12-02T21:23:56+00:00October 3rd, 2018|Blog|

Where: The Good Shepherd Room at Christ Episcopal Church, Shaker Heights When: Saturday, October 20, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Cost: $20 Find peace in creativity with this secular gratitude workshop. We will create "Soul Collages" using scrapbook cardstock, decorative papers, personal photos, and images from inspiring magazines. We'll add "bling" with buttons and other doodads. [...]

7 Ways to Practice Mindfulness & Yoga in a Strawberry Patch

By |2018-12-02T21:23:56+00:00June 15th, 2018|Blog, Mindfulness, Wellness, Yoga, Yoga for Home Practice|

Think you can’t practice mindfulness and yoga everywhere? This week, I tried it in a strawberry patch WITH KIDS. Regardless of their age, anything with kids ups the challenge. The trick to any distraction is NOTICING you NOTICE it, and not reacting to it. Driving: Ease into your surroundings. Shut off the car radio, open [...]

A Random Act of Kindness, Trader Joe’s and Valentine’s Day

By |2018-12-02T21:23:56+00:00February 15th, 2018|Mindfulness|

Kindness and Trader Joe's came together on Valentine's Day. Two weeks ago, I caught the flu and have slowly been recovering since. Yesterday was the first day I felt human enough to resume more rigorous activities, so I hit the gym. Fifteen minutes in, I knew I was toast. I honored my body and decided to [...]

49 Thoughts

By |2018-12-02T21:23:56+00:00January 18th, 2018|Blog, Mindfulness|

As I approach the last of my 40's, I'm awed by the pace of time. Time has flown, but I'm also grateful for adventures ahead. Using the alphabet as a guide, I decided to find 49 words that define what I've learned so far. Ability We all have different abilities. Stop focusing on what you [...]

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Merging Art, Mindfulness and Yoga: Meet Jenn

By |2018-12-02T21:23:57+00:00December 22nd, 2017|Blog, Yoga|

I recently sat with Jennifer Adams to talk about art, yoga and mindfulness. Jennifer caught my attention when she mentioned that her art is part of a current exhibition, Lines, Patterns & Textures, at the Shaker Community Gallery (SCG). Our yoga class shares space with the SCG and other vendors at Christ Church in Shaker [...]

Soulful Flow Yoga: Addressing All Abilities and Needs

By |2018-12-02T21:23:58+00:00August 17th, 2017|Blog|

I discovered yoga at a local gym after my physiatrist suggested it for chronic back pain. In the first exciting months, I discovered my body's capabilities and the peacefulness I felt at the end of each class. When the facility decided to adopt a hot and rigorous format, my experience as a yoga student went [...]

10 Reasons Why Detachment Won’t Make You a Zombie!

By |2018-12-02T21:23:58+00:00May 31st, 2017|Blog|

When I've discussed detachment with friends, I often get remarks like: "I'm trying to understand this concept...  and I'm concerned that I'd lose my ability to care about things if I try it..." "If ... happens, I won't be able to ..." It can be a challenge to explain a seemingly simple idea that can [...]

Beating Cancer with Friendship: CCChampions

By |2018-12-02T21:23:58+00:00March 19th, 2017|Blog, Health, Inspiration Quotes, Wellness|

In September 2016, my Soulful Flow Yoga Saturday class made a priority to donate class proceeds to different charities. In February 2017, we began our fundraising relationship with CCChampions. In October 2016, I met representatives of CCChampions at a mindfulness workshop in Pittsburgh. “We work with children who are diagnosed with cancer at UPMC,” explained founder [...]

7 Lessons on Intolerance: A Letter to My Girls

By |2018-12-02T21:23:59+00:00July 20th, 2016|Blog, Relationships|

Dear Grace and Sylvia; San Bernardino; Brexit; Turkey; xenophobic politicians; senseless shootings; Islamophobia; homophobia; racism; intolerance toward anyone different. I write this with a heavy heart, but as the Republican National Convention unfolds near our adopted hometown, I knew it would be a teachable moment about the many issues that have brought our country and the world to a boiling [...]

Functional Medicine: 8 Reasons to Try It

By |2018-12-02T21:23:59+00:00May 12th, 2016|Blog, Health, Wellness|

You've spent a fortune visiting an army of doctors and have undergone numerous tests. Results are either inconclusive or negative. Despite this, you still feel sick and emotionally spent. You wonder if you are crazy, or are destined to remain a medical Super-Utilizer.  That was my story until a caring friend, who happened to be a [...]