About Sharon

image-SharonAbbondanzaSharon’s reverent love of the body infuses her teaching. She artfully combines the healing awareness of yoga therapy with the restorative alignment of the BackMitra and the exploration of tensegrity all within the enlivening practice of a flow-style (vinyasa) Hatha yoga. Through Sharon’s innovative teachings of experiential anatomy, students discover their reverence of the body as a gateway to deep inquiry.

With twelve years teaching experience, and multiple certifications, Sharon’s love of yoga translates into on-going in-depth personal studies as well as developing teacher trainings. She teaches a training for Restorative Yoga Therapy and has created a three Level training program for BackMitra Magic. She partners with Brigitte Longueville to host an annual retreat in Zipolite, Oaxaca and offers a variety of yoga workshops in BC and Mexico.  Studying with advanced practitioner Gioia Irwin, Sharon is currently completing Vijnana Yoga certification, a comprehensive program of Hatha Yoga that integrates the classical limbs of pranayama, asana, meditation and study of yogic texts with Eastern Taoist practices and an extensive exploration of embodied anatomy.

Sharon maintains a private yoga therapy practice and teaches on-going classes in Greater Vancouver. As the in-house yoga teacher at Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club for the past 9 years she has led Yoga & Golf workshops with Golf Pro Ginny Golding. Sharon’s warm and collaborative nature has given rise to yoga and drumming workshops for women with Sandi Millman of Drum Mama Studios. She recently taught The Anatomy of Movement for Mylene Bergeron’s Deep Flow course accredited by the Vancouver School of Body Massage and is currently assisting Leila Stuart teaching the Anatomy of Yoga, an 800 hour intensive training in Yoga Therapy.

Sharon’s yoga journey began more than 30 years ago, with the discovery of a small book on yoga by Richard Hittleman. Inspired to learn more, and impelled by a huge spirit of adventure, Sharon left Canada to travel the world. Five years abroad led her overland across the African continent, to meditation retreats and ashram life in India, and from trekking in the Himalayas, to living and studying shiatsu in Japan. Blessed by many remarkable encounters, the journey was externally magnificent in exploring and photographing the beauty of the earth and her people, and internally significant in igniting the spark of spiritual life.

Over the past decade, Sharon has been passionately practicing and studying yoga and devoted herself wholeheartedly to the path. She is deeply grateful to teach as she learns, and share this path with others.

 

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