Emily Shamma

Director of Student and Team Relations Teacher emily@yogashelter.com   Yoga helped me learn to love and accept myself, starting as a way for me to physically workout in a space that didn't leave me feeling insecure, and continuing as  a space where I can go to quiet my mind, work out my body, and have a deeper connection with myself. The fact that yoga is so accessible to all body types makes it the most beneficial physical, mental, and spiritual practice. I began practicing at Yoga Shelter in 2014, and loved the community so much that working here seemed to be obvious. Yoga Shelter helped me through the post-degree blues and confusion, and I've grown so much through this job. When I decided decided to take the Spring 2016 teacher training program, I was nervous, but gained strength throughout which gave me the confidence to teach classes. I hope that I can bring positive energy to all my classes, and that every time we meet in our studio spaces, we can be appreciative of this beautiful practice and community.


Emily Shamma instructs the following:
  • Shelter Strong (vinyasa)
  • Our signature hot vinyasa style, in a heated room. Have fun and empower yourself as you burn away the stress of the day. Prepare to sweat and increase both stamina and metabolism, as STRONG is a challenging, dynamic cardio-intensive practice at a faster pace. Sequences of continuous “flows” provide the opportunity to deepen breathing and detoxify body and mind as heat builds from within. Intelligent pose progression moves from basic to complex as we connect the movement to breath. Cues to maintain focus on alignment and sound structure to help work every muscle safely, increase flexibility and strength in the body. Students are led through a series of postures that “flow” together for a couple of rounds, then freedom is given to move and define your own pace, testing your own limits as you make your practice your own. Find your power, explore your edge and still have a little time to rest.

  • Shelter Synergy (fusion)
  • Our signature "power" yoga style is a fusion of Strong and Steady, ending with a little Still. By blending the detoxifying qualities of a vinyasa with the intensity of a slow burn we create an invigorating full-body flow where everybody can explore postures and principles while increasing strength and stamina. Start burning away toxins by generating heat with flowing Vinyasa movements of Ashtanga based Sun Salutations linked to the breath. Slowing down and stoking the fire with our breath, we focus on maintaining alignment and structural integrity with longer holds exploring standing, balancing, and even basic inversions. Confidently build endurance and increase flexibility, by aligning to the best version of yourself, working to explore the potential inside before recharging with a deep, relaxing savasana and stepping back into life outside.

  • Shelter Strong (vinyasa)
  • Our signature hot vinyasa style, in a heated room. Have fun and empower yourself as you burn away the stress of the day. Prepare to sweat and increase both stamina and metabolism, as STRONG is a challenging, dynamic cardio-intensive practice at a faster pace. Sequences of continuous “flows” provide the opportunity to deepen breathing and detoxify body and mind as heat builds from within. Intelligent pose progression moves from basic to complex as we connect the movement to breath. Cues to maintain focus on alignment and sound structure to help work every muscle safely, increase flexibility and strength in the body. Students are led through a series of postures that “flow” together for a couple of rounds, then freedom is given to move and define your own pace, testing your own limits as you make your practice your own. Find your power, explore your edge and still have a little time to rest.