Shannon Stephens, Owner
Shannon is a Yoga Medicine teacher with advanced training in yin yoga, Thai Yoga Bodywork, myofascial release, and meditation. She teaches Vinyasa, Yin, and Restorative yoga, and enjoys the intersection of Eastern and Western theory. Shannon is committed to her education and is dedicated to learning and growing as a student and teacher. She leads the 200-hour teacher training program at TLY and offers Yin trainings in Texas and Oklahoma. Shannon enjoys writing about the practice and is a contributing author for Yoga Journal. She is co-founder of Awake OKC, a non-profit organization (right next door to TLY) that offers weekly meditation classes and mindfulness training.
Shannon is down to earth and offers clear instruction with plenty of space to go inward and investigate. She believes that through yoga we cultivate awareness and compassion, and that by turning inward we learn how to nourish and heal ourselves. Her classes are purposefully creative with room for variations and modifications. Everyone is welcome.
Shannon offers private instruction and Thai Yoga sessions. To learn more email Shannon@thislandyoga.com.
Scott Bartel, Manager
Positive vibes and joyful connection are at the core of every class Scott teaches, as he encourages students to breathe, move with power and set intentions that affect positive growth on and off the mat. Come to class prepared to smile and sweat.
Scott started practicing yoga in early 2016 as an extension of his regular workout routine and quickly knew it would become a life-long journey. Since then, he earned his 200-hr Yoga Alliance Certification through Hidden Dragon Yoga and began teaching throughout the OKC area.
As a chef, Scott’s philosophy is simple: fresh, simple, quality ingredients prepared beautifully. Cooking has always been a part of Scott’s life, but in 2015 he took his love for cooking and created a career. Under Chef Beth Lyon, Scott honed his culinary skills, ultimately becoming Head Chef at Provision Kitchen.
Today, Scott has combined his loves of yoga, cooking and positive energy into Heart Shine. Are you ready to Shine?
Amber began her yoga practice in 2010. She had a background in gymnastics and cheerleading, so she quickly took to the physical part of yoga and was hooked. It wasn’t until 2015 that she began questioning the nature of the mind. Amber was so in love with the philosophy of yoga, that she wanted it to be her “job” to share it with others. So…she did! Amber received her 200hr teaching certification in early 2017 and has hit the ground running ever since. She teaches all over Oklahoma City, with the intention of coupling the breath with physical movement, encouraging students to come to a place of non-judgement with themselves and others.
Adi is an accidental yogi who loves all things yoga, trail running, and animals doing people things! She is known for her challenging classes with creative sequencing and playful transitions. Her hope is that students turn on their breath, turn off their thinking brains, and find their strong, wherever that is for them. Adi has nearly 700 hours of formal training through YogaMAZÉ, YogaWorks, and Samadhi Yoga, and she is a Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider. When not on the mat or running the trails, she is working on her two passion projects: Run Yoga Eat and Yoga Collective (formerly YogaFest OKC).
Christina began her yoga journey in 2016, and received her 200-hour RYT certification in 2018. She believes in yoga’s ability to heal body, mind, and spirit, and therefore emphasizes proper alignment to build strength and flexibility. At the same time, while she acknowledges the importance of the physical practice of the asanas and yoga’s ability to allow us to disconnect from the stress and distractions of our daily lives, she centers her classes on the importance of connection — with body, mind, and breath.
Emily’s heart when you step into one of her yoga classes is for you to simply have fun. Smiles and laughter do a yoga practice good! We can get caught up in the monotony of life and forget to find gratitude for lightheartedness. Emily became 200 hour certified in 2018 but has been practicing yoga for many years.
As well as being a yoga instructor, she enjoys spending time giving back to our community and organizations that are doing good in our world. She spent 2017 traveling the globe as a humanitarian and will forever be changed from those experiences. She also owns a local upholstery business called Thready Or Knot!
Come to one of Emily’s classes to find stillness, gratitude, and joy.
Eric began practicing yoga in 2012, after being persuaded by fellow travelers to give it a try, while on vacation in Nicaragua. He was instantly hooked because of the challenge of strength and flexibility. He has remained an avid student since and an active part of This Land Yoga community. Eric’s classes offer a strong and gentle flow focused on alignment and engagement with room for play.
Gaia began her yoga journey at the age of 16, falling in love first with the benefits of relaxation and a clear mind. Since then, a core focus of her practice and teaching has involved yoga as a means to developing mindfulness (some people need to move to meditate!). With mindfulness comes wisdom, compassion and a lighthearted sense of humor. It’s yoga that taught her how life can be fun, even when it’s challenging.
She began teaching in 2008, took her teaching training at the Asheville Yoga Center in 2009, and completed advanced training in yoga therapy with Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy in 2014.
Gaia teaches Restorative Yoga, which includes meditation, slow and gentle movement, and luscious stretches. She also teaches Flow classes incorporating vigorous movement to challenge both strength and balance along with deep stretching. In all her classes you can expect factoids about anatomy and physiology, different breathing techniques, meditations, and sometimes a good story.
With over 10 years teaching experience in Oklahoma City, Holly seamlessly blends her background as an Integrated Positional Therapist with a creative and energetic style of yoga that aims to build balance and strength in a safe and thoughtful way. In 2007 Holly received her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training from The Shambhava School of Yoga; an Ashram located near Boulder, CO.
In 2009 she traveled to Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health to become certified in Prenatal Yoga. While at Kripalu she was introduced to neuromuscular therapist Lee Albert and his miraculous form of bodywork called Integrated Positional Therapy. Holly’s interest was immediately peeked and two years later she returned to study with Lee and began her 5 year journey into becoming an Integrated Positional Therapist. Along the way Holly has studied with Nationally recognized Anatomy and Therapy teachers Martin Kirk, Todd Norian, and Anne Greene.
After a close friend kindly nagged him into trying a yoga class, James found a passion in yoga that changed his life. Coming from a background of competitive sports, yoga had a tremendous impact on his body and mind. James has been fortunate enough to travel extensively throughout Texas getting to try multiple teachers and styles of yoga. Dwell yoga in Las Cruces, NM feels like a home away from home.
In November of 2017, James completed his RYT-200hr certification through YogaWorks with Jeanmarie Paolillo. James has attended weekend Iyengar workshops with senior instructors George Purvis, Eddy Marks and Mary Obendorfer, Lois Steinberg, and Randy Just. Advanced Anusara studies with Charly Pivert has also shaped James’ understanding of yoga and teaching. Recently, James began introductory Iyengar teacher training with Randy Just at the B.K.S. Iyengar Studio of Dallas, TX. Furthermore, James is looking forward to expanding his knowledge of Yin yoga with Bernie Clark this May with a 50 hour intensive. Local teachers that have shaped his practice are Tiffany Porte, Desirae Penton, Cindy Espinosa, and Lisa Woodard. James teaches movement with breath with a focus on alignment…even corridor yoga
Jill began her process into yoga in 2011 after searching for a practice to ease tension while providing strength and stability. Little did she know it would lead to so much more. Her initial practice consisted of yoga videos, which lead to intuitive movement on her mat at home, and eventually to a studio practice where she found connection and an on-going curiosity about the benefits of the practice. Life-shifts and a desire to grow led her to obtain a 200-hour RYT certification with Allison Candelaria, Shannon Stephens and Lindsey Melott through the Soul Yoga Teacher Training in April of 2017.
To Jill this practice mirrors life and can be thought of as medicine in movement--sometimes it is slow and meditative like yin, sometimes it involves more movement, flow and repetition. For Jill, yoga provides awareness of physical and emotional feelings, and couples it to an intention to sustain a healthy mind, body, and spirit. Yoga is mindful care and connection.
Jill seeks for her classes to reflect her personal practice - thoughtful, centering and intentional - guiding students to listen to their bodies to become more intuitively empowered to discover what works for them.
Kathryn was introduced to yoga by a modern dance professor in college. Though modern dance didn’t stick, her yoga practice was something she returned to, realizing it was the most effective tool to make her to feel at home in her body and mind. She developed a personal practice while living in Berlin, Germany. And when she returned to the U.S., she continued to seek it out in various forms and styles--from Anusara and Vinyasa in Los Angeles to Ashtanga in Austin and Detroit. In 2015, she received her RYT-200 in Hatha Yoga from YogaYoga in Austin, Texas. In 2016, she began teaching in Oklahoma City, where she further expanded her practice into meditation, becoming a board member and teacher with Awake OKC.
Her classes integrate dynamic movement with more statically held postures to build strength, encourage a felt sense of alignment, and cultivate a more holistic awareness of mind-body integration. You can always expect a thoughtful and creative sequence and an openness to answer questions and offer modifications.
Rachael first discovered yoga while rowing competitively in high school. Her practice remained invaluable while rowing for the University of San Diego, where she delved more deeply into vinyasa yoga as a core part of the team’s training plan. Focused on linking breath with movement, setting intention, and placing stepping stones to reach a goal, vinyasa yoga offered many useful tools in athletics and daily life.
In September 2016, Rachael went to London to complete her Yoga Alliance 200-hour training through Live the Practice with Mandy Lathan, former owner of Cadence Yoga in Oklahoma City. She is happy that her yoga journey has come full circle, back to the community in which it developed. Rachael aims to honor and teach the philosophical and moral roots of yoga and equip students with tools to embody yogic principles off the mat.
Sarah’s heart is for healing; Yoga has been a great tool to actualize this. She is a counselor and a 500hr R-HYT Master Instructor, as well as a 200hr E-RYT. She loves to learn about the mind and the body, longing to help educate others as well. Sarah believes that mind, body, heart and soul are the pathways to the very best version of yourself and she always want to be a conduit for that healing journey. Sarah is married with four children and resides in Heritage Hills. Come enjoy a healing practice with her.