Shannon Stephens, Owner
A Yoga Medicine teacher, Shannon has received additional training in yin yoga, Thai yoga bodywork, myofascial release, and meditation. She leads the 200-hour teacher training program at TLY and is a contributing author for Yoga Journal. Shannon is co-founder of Awake OKC, a non-profit organization that offers weekly meditation classes and mindfulness training.
Shannon is down to earth and meets her students where they are, promoting transformation through steady, consistent practice. She believes that through yoga we become keenly aware of our bodies, minds, and emotions; that by tuning in we learn how to heal, nourish, and know ourselves from the inside out.
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.
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.
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
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.
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, Scott received his 200-hr Yoga Alliance Certification through Hidden Dragon Yoga and began teaching private and group classes in the OKC area. Positive vibes are at the core of every class Scott teaches, as he encourages students to connect mindful breath to powerful movement, and set intentions that affect positive growth on and off the mat. Come to class prepared to smile and sweat.