HI, I am Shai, i am a passionate yoga teacher since 2011.
And a passionate practitioner since 2005.
My nomadic nature and passion to travel combined with my joy of teaching led me to many different corners of the earth to teach yoga in the form of regular group classes, special retreats and workshops.
From Mexico to India through England, Europe, US and the middle east.
My 6 visits to India washed me with somewhat of a devotional nature that i hope is very well balanced with the sense of humor i let in to the class room.
Through the years i have experienced and taught many styles, from Vinyasa, Hatha, Yin yoga, yoga and impro -dance, mindfulness meditation and kids yoga.
And found the Hatha Sigh Yoga technique , that is for me a balanced and enriching combination of vinyasa flow, enhance alignment, mindfulness and expression.
I want you to leave my yoga class feeling high, centered, with a happy feeling of body awareness, flow of energy, clear mind and expansive sense of freedom from emotional bondage .
I am so happy to often receive that feedback .
your shiny smiles and lightness of movement in the end of the sessions are my glowing gift.
...and style of practice are strongly effected by Iyengar yoga, release contemporary dance technique and mindfulness meditation.
I love to lead an intimate practice that meets the students where they are at the moment , slowly expanding space and awareness in a soft and natural way passing through more heated detoxing vinyasa sequences.....blended with long paused postures researching accuracy of alignment, to enhance body awareness, presence, posture and movement effectiveness.
In the right set up, we openly focus on the benefits and secret effects of the practice on the subtle body, energy system, mind and emotions.
In yin classes i share some knowledge from my studies of TCM and acupuncture .
I have taught in the past 10 years in different countries and in different languages. for three years in London, in Mexico (in Spanish) ,India and Nepal, Germany and France (in french!) .I taught regular classes in studios, private classes , special workshops and retreats. I also taught for many years in the middle east, Israel main cities and Palestinian villages and received the gift to teach several Arabic- Hebrew yoga projects for kids in Jaffa and in Jerusalem.
I have trained and practice Healing and therapy.. Certified Theta healing Basic and advanced DNA , as well as Natural acupuncture In ECAN School of Acupuncture.
I continue to study TCM, Traditional Chinese Medicine, a complementary path in the journey of exploring body-mind-energy and well being.
I have proffesionaly trained in the Arts, film and visual media , dance and theatre...and visual art i believe this creative background, and study of expression and observation through the arts, also effect my approach to yoga.
My first yoga practice was in 2005 with a friend in the dead sea .
A beginning of a love story...
The romance continued in those citrus orchard (in the photo in the first page) .. me and the book of
B.K.S Iyengar Light on Yoga were meeting daily under the orange trees.
I continued and followed the path with a visit to India in 2010. where i met and practiced with different teachers and masters of yoga and meditation.
I returned in 2011 to Dharamsalla to practice and train with Vijay Amar, completing my first YTTC, Teacher training course, in UNIVERSAL YOGA
I have since revisited India 5 times to deepen my practice , especially with masters of
Iyengar yoga (Usha Devi and Sharat) and Mindfulness meditation (vipassana).
I have participated in further Teacher intensives, TTC for children and youth and many meditation courses /retreats.
Airporting- yoga in toronto airport , on the way back from teaching in mexico
“Shai’s classes were a refreshing take on yoga style I had tried previously: iyengar, hatha and vinyasa. I found her focus on sighing and voicing our feelings a very powerful tool and a particularly effective one at achieving a sense of physical and emotional relief. In a way it pushed me to connect deeper with breathing and body sensations. On a lighter note, I felt that Shai was able to make people feel comfortable with her spontanuous humour and inviting the group to be silly and have fun with their own practice.”
"Shai’s class was the best one I have had in India so far! Travelling for 3 months now in India, I‘ve realized that Westernized yoga, in terms of anatomy and postures, suited me more than a traditional approach. In light of this, Shai guided us through an intelligent sequence that relaxed and refreshed our bodies. Mindful of her students needs and my neck injury, she was also able to suggest alternative postures. One of my favorite things is when the teacher explains the 3 sounds of Om before chanting it; she opened and closed the practice this way. Shai’s smile, soft voice and welcoming nature makes you feel at ease immediately. Her classes are suited for anyone ready to exhale bad stuff out and inhale the good stuff in;) "
“Shai’s yoga classes are magical and magnificent. She takes her time and brings you to another perception of space and time. to a different world within yourself. those yoga classes are so rare and hard to find, i feel so pleased to know her. The mix between mindfulness and yoga exercise are very important for me, and Shai is able to create an atmosphere where you can feel peaceful, fulfilled and joyful.”.
I have been practicing yoga for over 20 years so I am very particular about who I practice with. There are two types of people in the yoga world, there are yoga teachers and there are yogis Shai is in the latter category. She has a very deep understanding of the practice and a very intuitive and unique way of teaching