You know what time it is! INSTRUCTOR SPOTLIGHT! Lucky #5, we have Shannon Ford featured on our blog this week as well as our Bend & Brew class over at Inspire Yoga Grapevine!
Shannon is a RYT 200 who graduated from Inspire Yoga Teacher Training this past year and we couldn’t be happier to see her blossom and find her groove within our studio. She is a rockstar human and mom and has a beautiful self-practice that spills into her teaching style.
Continue to read our conversation below and sign-up to take her class this Friday at Grapevine AND check out our new studio schedule at Inspire Yoga Colleyville!
Shannon, you are a fitness QUEEN! Tell us a little bit about how out of all the modalities of fitness, you found the practice of yoga?
I knew I wanted to become a yoga instructor when my practice was influenced by other instructors who helped me connect the physical practice to the mental, emotional and spiritual aspect of yoga. Once I was able to make this connection, my whole life transformed. My relationships became healthier, I started seeing the beauty in all of those I came across and I started to love myself more. I was so thankful to part of a world and community of people who saw the good in me, that I wanted to be able to share that side and service with others. Prior to becoming a stay at home mother of three children, I worked as a social worker. I found so many parallels between both fields and I feel like being a yoga teacher is an extension of my call to social work.
That’s so beautiful. At the end of the day, yoga is all about service and you have the service part down! Tell us more about your family!
I have a 5 year old son, 3 year old daughter and 4 month old daughter. While I loved my career as a social worker prior to having children, I absolutely love being a stay at home during this brief phase of life. I feel grateful that I have the opportunity to be able to be home with them. With that being said, I am also grateful for a yoga practice that gives me the strength, energy and patience to be able to stay home full time with them.
Children are really our greatest teachers. How do your children inspire you or teach you currently?
My children make me want to be better. My children make me want to make the world better. They are sponges. I see myself in them. The good and the not so good. I see my reactions reflected on their faces and every day I see how much stronger and more honest I can become because of them. My husband also inspires me to be better. He sets high expectations for any one he comes in contact with, particularly me as his life partner. We’ve been together for 12.5 years and I have become a better version of myself thanks to him and the little army we created together.
When you find some moments of free time on the weekend, how do you spend it with your biggest inspirations?!
A good weekend nowadays would include relaxing mornings watching a movie with the kids. a chance to sneak off and do an exercise (besides yoga, I love running, cycling and barre), a family walk or trip to the farmers market (pre-covid times. of course), snuggles with the kiddos and some form of date with my husband, whether that means a babysitter or a date-night in after the kids are in bed.
You’re so giving day to day. What small things do your loved ones do that allow you to keep it all together?
Small things that make my day better tend to be when someone provides a small act of service. If my husband cooks dinner, cleans up or stops at the store and gets food he noticed we needed, I feel like I won the lottery. When a stranger smiles or says something kind, I find that I want to pay that kindness forward. When my kids tell me unprompted that I am the “bestest mommy in the world” and shower me with hugs and kisses, I literally know I won the mommy lottery.
They say we all have a book waiting to be written inside of us all. What would your book be about?
My book would be about a woman slowly learning who she was over time from one of six kids, to an insecure teenager and young adult, to a woman climbing up in her career, to a woman rediscovering who she was as a stay at home wife and mom and all the ups and downs that come with it. It would be a book about mistakes, faults, accomplishments, humility, growth and lots of love.
You can expect lots of love from Shannon over at our Colleyville location. Grab your Founding Membership now before they are all gone by our opening week.
For a sneak peek at what you can expect from her teaching style sign-up for this Friday’s Bend & Brew at 5:30 pm before spots are gone!
See you on the mat!