Shirley

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

Beating Cancer with Friendship: CCChampions

By |March 19th, 2017|

This past fall, my Soulful Flow Yoga class started donating all proceeds to different charities as part of our mission to heal others. For February and March, we are collecting funds for CCChampions, a nonprofit helping children diagnosed with cancer.
In October, I met founder Sidney Kushner and “friendship champion” Coy Thompson at a workshop on stress […]

Grief: 6 Healthy Ways to Mindfully Heal from Loss

By |August 31st, 2016|

We always remember when a significant loss and grief occur. We can vividly recall where we were, what we were doing, how we heard about it, and what happened. Last Monday was one of those unfortunate times.

I was sacked out on the couch, recovering from an ER visit for pneumonia, determined to be home for […]

7 Lessons on Intolerance: A Letter to My Girls

By |July 20th, 2016|

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 point. […]

Functional Medicine: 8 Reasons to Try It

By |May 12th, 2016|

You’ve spent a fortune seeking a solution, going to many kinds of doctors, undergoing many tests. You have no answers, feel sick, and emotionally spent. You wonder if you are going crazy, or are destined to remain what the medical world calls a Super-Utilizer.  That was my story for much of my life. I was ready to give […]

Mother’s Day: Remembering Gramma

By |May 8th, 2016|

Happy Mother’s Day. There are many ladies whose influence have a significant impact on our lives. Today we celebrate and remember our mothers, and I, like so many children, will honor my mother today, even if 500 miles separate us. Two of the other principal female players in my upbringing are missing – my great […]

5 Mistakes New Yoga Students Make

By |April 11th, 2016|

I’ve been taking courses from Mindful Schools to add a different perspective to my professional and personal life. Because of this program, I’ve been doing a lot of self-reflection. After seeing a lot of “doozies” in a recent class I attended, I wish I’d learned about the common mistakes we make as yoga students “new to the […]

Mindfulness as I See it

By |September 9th, 2015|

Mindfulness is…
… The stillness in my house and the trills of songbirds I hear every morning. Breathing deeply in and out. Finding my center before I rise.

… Savoring every bite of my meal. Eating slowly, mindfully. Noticing the food’s texture and subtle flavors. Focusing all of my attention on the moment without distraction.

… Noticing I’m on […]

Back to School Recipes Meet Mindfulness

By |August 27th, 2015|

It’s now Week #5 of our kitchen renovation, which has turned our back porch table into a prep/dining/cleaning space. Armed with a mini convection oven, Vitamix, crock pot, hot plate, electric kettle and a faucet, we’ve been trying to find simple recipes we can make with as few pots and pans as possible. Some meals […]

Stuck

By |June 15th, 2015|

In early March, a neighbor hauled her car down her snow-packed driveway into a sizable pile of icy snow sculpted by city snowplows. The car remained stuck in that pile for 3 days.

A new job… college… a new relationship… the birth of a child… the death of a loved one… buying your first house… moving… illness… Life is full of changes. […]

April Healthy Recipes Roundup

By |April 17th, 2015|

Spring has *finally* arrived in the Great Lakes, and I want to share wonderful food finds. Are you ready to bring something new to your palate? Healthy and YUMMY foods are out there if you know where to look, and they are easy to make. If you have recipes or recipe sources you would like to share, […]