Shai is a California native but the streets of Jaffa have put a spell on her and she’s loved living in Israel ever since. She values the mind body connection, and also connecting breath with movement. She realized that for her, yoga was about finding the quiet space of peace within-that yoga was essentially moving meditation. Because of this, she has been able to maintain a true love for it. For her, teaching is merely an extension of her practice. She felt that her becoming a teacher was all about perfect timing. She got her 200-hr Power Vinyasa certification in Los Angeles.
She has since accumulated 500 hours of Tantra Yoga from a school in Thailand and an additional 50 hour certification in prenatal yoga through Jane Austen in San Francisco. She loves teaching in Israel because she appreciates how receptive and appreciative the students are to her weaving in the spiritual to an intensive physical practice. Some of her favorite go-to taglines she uses throughout class include, “How can you be firm but not rigid? Strong but not aggressive? And find the balance between effort and ease?” As a teacher she can feel the electricity and collective force generated in the room during a silent final shavasana.
The ten plus years of her yoga practice has taken her around the world. From the ashrams of India to schools in Thailand and Mexico, studios in Turkey and Morocco. She feels blessed to have had the opportunity to share her experiences with students on their own yoga paths and is grateful to learn from them as she continues on her own journey.