Donna Shumaker E-RYT 

Donna Shumaker E-RYT 

Donna Shumaker E-RYT   owner

I designed our studio as a private retreat space, featuring bamboo floors and non-toxic paint.  In this tranquil environment you are encouraged to “Balance the Body,” “Soothe the Soul,” and “Lighten the Spirit.”  Deepen your connection with yourself and with our universe.  Join us and Breathe Ommmmmmm….

It is my mission to introduce you to the benefits of yoga.  Sharing yoga is one of my passions.  I offer a variety of classes to meet your needs.  Learn body awareness and breath connected movement.  And yes, U Can Do Yoga!

My background

My relationship with yoga began many years ago when I attended my first yoga class on a school cafeteria floor making eye contact with a French fry!  I quickly forgot about the dirty floor as the instructor began the class.  To this day, my connection with yoga has drastically impacted how I react and cope with difficult situations which I call Life.

I received my teacher training and Integrative Yoga Therapy training from YAMA Studio in Baltimore, MD.  I have taught in Delaware County for 15 years before establishing Breathe Om Yoga.

The studio is a favorite place for me to practice, to teach, and to just be.   Although breath and alignment are pivotal, my classes are a bit lighthearted, sometimes peppered with my personal experiences.  Above all, I want you to enjoy your class. 

I enjoy teaching all levels of students from children, adults, and seniors.  I am a certified Yin Yoga instructor, a certified ChildLight Instructor and a Kripalu certified Chair Yoga Instructor.

Being a yoga therapist means that I am familiar with certain body restrictions, such as back pain, and other issues which may limit your movement.  Addressing a specific condition can be especially therapeutic.  I draw from my own experience as a childhood arthritic.   Yoga Therapy involves private instruction.

I strive to make yoga accessible to all.  I guide you through the poses emphasizing breath connected movement, encouraging you to be strong, confident, and happy.  Your job is to be mindful, patient, and accepting of your physical ability.

I am also the Yoga Instructor for Widener University.  I enjoy working with diverse populations.

Donna Shumaker E-RYT  Member of Yoga Alliance, International Association of Yoga Therapists.

PRIVATE INSTRUCTION

Private instruction is available in the studio. If you are new to yoga and feel “shy” to join a class, some private instruction can be beneficial and ease your comfort level in a yoga class. If you need a “review,” or if you just want to treat yourself to some one on one time, it will leave you wanting more.
Imagine the difference you’ll feel with instruction tailored to your needs and limitations, such as arthritis, or back pain. A private session helps you become more aware of your body’s needs and teaches you how to make simple adjustments.

Therapeutic yoga, although a practice for everyone, can be especially nurturing to those recovering from or living with injury or illness. It is a blend of restorative poses, gentle yoga, breathwork, and guided meditation or visualization. It may include hands on healing such as Reiki which allows one to further relax. It is a gentle but powerful tool to assist in bringing the body into balance and reducing stress. It helps to step away from the busy-ness of the outside world and connect with the wisdom that resides within us.

Chair Yoga

I currently teach Chair Yoga at the Aston Library and Community Center located on Concord Road in Aston. The library handles the registration and you can register on line. These are usually 6 week sessions and the class meets on Saturdays 11 am – 12 pm. Chair Yoga is suitable for almost everyone. We adapt yoga poses to the chair and “Get Fit Where You Sit.

If your worksite or church is looking for a fun, safe way to be healthy, I can accommodate you. All you need is a chair!

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