Shirley Pastore McCormack, About

In higher education, I coached students on job, leadership, and personal life skills. With almost 2,000 hours teaching mindfulness, meditation and yoga, I offer presentations, workshops, classes and coaching for those eager to improve their health and well-being.

The mind-body-spirit connection is a powerful one. If any area falters, the body and mind may experience distress, pain, inflammation and “weird symptoms.” I’ve worked with a variety of ages, abilities and conditions. These include:

  • Highly sensitive people
  • Traveling or chronic pain
  • Unmanaged perfectionism
  • Insomnia
  • Eating disorders
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Depression
  • Trauma
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Stroke
  • Impaired mobility (sports injuries, tight muscles, frozen shoulder, SI Joint Dysfunction, etc.)
  • Arthritis
  • Older children, teens, adults and seniors
  • Athletes

Whether you are stressed, have chronic pain or want to improve your balance, strength and flexibility, I can help you ease your symptoms and enjoy a happier, healthier life. I use my background and training to introduce various techniques that are empowering, soothing and easy to learn. My methods align with the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health’s definition of mind and body practices.


  • B.A. in Communications, Central Connecticut State University
    • Sheffield Hallam University, England
  • M.A. in Higher Education Administration/Student Services, The University of Akron
  • Certified Yoga Teacher training, Harriet “Bhumi” Russell
  • Certified Facilitator, Amrit Method of Yoga Nidra (Dr. Kamini Desai and John Vosler)
  • Adaptive Mindful Movement, YogaReach (Char Grossman, E-RYT)
  • Anatomy and Physiology, Dr. Ray Long
  • Trauma-sensitive yoga practices, Rowan Silverberg, E-RYT, and the works of David Emerson, Dr. Bessel van der Kolk and Dr. Peter Levine
  • Mindfulness training, Educator Level, Mindful Schools
  • E-RYT 200 hrs., Yoga Alliance
  • Certified in CPR and First Aid

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