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

49 Thoughts from 49 Years

By |January 18th, 2018|

As I approach the last of my 40’s, I’m awed by the pace of time. It’s hard to believe I’m 49, but I’m also grateful for the days and adventures that lay ahead. Using the alphabet as a guide, I decided to find 49 words that define what I’ve learned in life so far.  I’d […]

Merging Art, Mindfulness and Yoga: Meet Jenn

By |December 22nd, 2017|

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 […]

A Self-Compassionate Thanksgiving

By |November 22nd, 2017|

For once, I thought I wouldn’t have to go to the grocery store the day before Thanksgiving. WRONG! As I looked at my kitchen and list, I realized we were short on what I thought were THE key items. This morning turned into a comedy of errors when I realized I’d left my purse where […]

Veterans, Unbroken Warriors and Soulful Flow Yoga

By |November 10th, 2017|

My friend, Michael Gershe, presents programs on substance awareness and impaired driving to schools, universities and military bases across the country. Michael recently starting posting survivors’ stories on his organization’s blog. These victim impact statements allow individuals to heal through “the power of the pen.”

In honor of Veterans Day, Michael posted the story of  Stephanie Smith, an airman […]

When Emotions Get Raw

By |September 16th, 2017|

Yoga is known to help with emotional regulation, resiliency, and stress management. However, we avoid discussing distressful reactions that take us by surprise. These types of situations are similar to sleepless nights, when we are simply too distracted to relax. Other times, an ordinary movement or breathing technique triggers muscle spasms, discomfort, heart palpitations, shallow […]

Soulful Flow Yoga: Addressing All Abilities and Needs

By |August 17th, 2017|

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 competitive power format, my experience as a yoga student […]

10 Thoughts on Detachment

By |May 31st, 2017|

When I’ve discussed detachment with friends, I often get remarks like these:

“I’m trying to understand this concept…  and I’m concerned that I’d lose my ability to care about things…”

“If … happens, I won’t be able to …”

As a novice with five years of mindfulness practice, I struggle how to explain a seemingly simple idea that […]

Beating Cancer with Friendship: CCChampions

By |March 19th, 2017|

In September 2016, my Soulful Flow Yoga class started donating class proceeds to different charities. Our fundraising has become part of our mission to heal others. In February 2016, we began our fundraising relationship with CCChampions, a nonprofit that helps children diagnosed with cancer.
In October 2016, I met founder Sidney Kushner and “friendship champion” Coy Thompson at […]

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 pneumonia, determined to be home for my older daughter’s first […]

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. […]