My name is Shannon Crow.
I work with yoga teachers and yoga students
with one goal in mind
— to spread the benefits of
presence, community, health and
acceptance via yoga.
I took my first 200-hour yoga teacher training in 2006 and I remember the support and motivation I felt that year.
Then I graduated and I felt like I had been dropped off into the wilderness.
I started teaching right away, but more so, I started learning about the business of yoga.
Now I help yoga teachers
the entrepreneurial side of the yoga mat.
I write weekly articles and I work one-on-one with teachers across the world.
I also teach a weekly and private yoga classes focused on Pelvic Health and Gentle Yoga for Hips & Shoulders. To join me in class – visit my online calendar.
Welcome. I look forward to sharing what I learn along my journey as student and teacher.
Your website is an expression of who you are. Here are the five pages that I suggest to every yoga teacher that I work with.read more
Wanting to learn the basic boney anatomy of the pelvis? You have found a great article that outlines where the bones are and how to find them.read more
In my research of email and time management I began to read about batched email time. Think of it this way. If you were going to bake cookies…read more
If you are wondering what to charge for classes or how to make money teaching yoga — this article is going to shed some light.read more
I think I just discovered the best email tool. You know how you sign up for those great newsletters, e-book and free things and then your inbox is full?read more
If you find it difficult to show your love – to self and to others – this article might give some insights. I have replaced the word love with kindness when it has come up for me.read more
In the past ten plus years as a yoga teacher I have offered drop-in classes, class passes and registered sessions and I am still researching to see which works best.read more
Two weeks ago I wrote an article about what I like to include and exclude after savasana. This savasana continued article offers additional options.read more
A meditation app that I love and often use as a yoga teacher is called Insight Timer. It can be used for yin/restorative/savasana postures and is free.read more
Think back to the last time you were in a yoga class and had a great savasana. Remember how you felt as the teacher slowly guided you back to seated with eyes open. What happened next? An OM to close maybe. Then what?read more
Create your own Opposite of a To Do List by recording your small accomplishments weekly, then setting a goal for the upcoming week.read more
If you want to be a successful yoga teacher, then getting good with the business side is a must. Increase your income and the number of people benefitting from a yoga practice.read more
Whistle breath offers calming focus and relaxation. It is a fun breath practice that we sometimes forget about. It is great for beginner students.read more
Yoga students often request core strengthening aspects to a yoga practice and for great reasons. Strengthening your core helps to prevent back pain and helps to support the important pelvic organs.read more
I have been editing the Art of Assists for Yoga Teachers manual again. I like to add to it and update it as I learn and grow as a teacher. This graphic that I created today gives some great insight to the keys of hands-on assists.read more
As a yoga teacher and practitioner with low blood pressure – I wanted to share what I have found helpful in my personal yoga practice and for my students.read more
When you define your ideal yoga student – it takes the guessing out of everything, from choosing a logo and colours to confirming your class calendar.read more
Art of Assists with Shannon Crow is a course devoted to helping yoga teachers to assist their students – through hands-on assists, verbal cues, pose awareness, with props and with an awareness of the yoga space and the feedback from students.read more
After a full week and a long weekend – I am happy to offer this to all yoga students and teachers who are needing a rejuvenating yoga playlist.read more
Here are six tips to make posters for your yoga classes, events or retreats. Also I have shared a yoga poster template that you can update with your information, colours and photos.read more
As I was working on it I thought of the most common question that has come in so far from yoga teachers. What is the best advertising platform to use for marketing your yoga?read more
Here is a list of the Grey and Bruce County Practitioners and Therapists that I often refer yoga students or friends to.read more
At a yoga teacher training this past weekend we were discussing how a referral list of local therapists and practitioners is so helpful and that got me to thinking that it would help all yoga teachers to have an outline of the list that I have.read more
A student waiver form provides you with four very important things — health information, contact information, a signed waiver and email consent (which is required in Canada since the Anti-Spam law was passed in 2014).read more
My belief is that a yoga assist is not intended to adjust, correct or fix a student or pose. Instead a yoga assist should offer enhancement and confidence.read more
Every Tuesday from 5:30-6:45pm is Hips and Shoulders Yoga at Tone Studio in Owen Sound. Read on for more information on the fall session and for printable pose cards.read more
Yogi Tea is an ancient healing tea in the Indian Ayurvedic tradition that is perfect for cold and flu season.
It tastes great, energizes and rejuvenates, and is wonderful for people of all ages. Your home will also smell great as it is cooking!
With the winter solstice I got reading about how this is a great time to set goals, so I went back to my list of 30 day resolutions and decided to list the entire year. Here is how it is looking so far.read more
Define Your Passions
What excites you now?
What do you lose track of time doing?
If you had an entire free day or weekend what would you love to do?
This year the kids and I found a recipe for Cinnamon Christmas Tree Ornaments. They were easy and fun to make. They are non-toxic so I am not worried for our cats or toddlers that might visit. Best of all they smell wonderful!read more
When I was told “no yoga” – I knew in my mind what I would tell any student. Focus on the meditation, pranayama and all of the other aspects (8 Limbs) of yoga. Poses are just a small part of yoga. I teach yoga for back pain and so I just needed to use what I share.read more
I have created a Yoga for Musicians example flow (below) as an example of what breathing and stretches can be done before and during a music practice session. Feel free to share this with your yoga guides and healthcare providers to develop a practice that is suitable to your body at this time.read more
Today I am focusing on Ahiṃsā as part of my Eight Limbs of Yoga project.
Ahimsa means nonviolence or not harming.
Metta Meditation (also known as metta bhavana) is focused on the emotion of loving-kindness. Metta means love (in the non-romantic sense), friendliness or kindness. Bhavana means development or cultivation.read more
Om Mani Padme Hum is a mantra that contains all of the teachings of the Buddha. It can be listened to, said aloud or said in your mind.read more
The Sound of Truth Story
A devoted meditator, after years concentrating on a particular mantra, had attained enough insight to begin teaching. The student’s humility was far from perfect, but the teachers at the monastery were not worried.read more
Here is the private yoga class waiver form that I use. The first page is a general student waiver and information form that is similar to what we use at Tone Studio in Owen Sound. Feel free to use this to format your own private yoga class waiver form.read more
I created this eight limbs of yoga “homework” as part of the MamaNurture Prenatal Yoga teacher training last year. When one of the graduates told me that she was still using parts of it a year later I knew I wanted to share it.read more
This yoga playlist is over 2 hours and incorporates songs that have Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva in them from when we talked about cycles of change and the perceived beginning, end and middle of something.read more
Watermelon, Lime & Ginger Juice is a delicious treat on a warm summer day. We discovered this healthy, delicious recipe trying to use up our watermelon.read more
I was so honoured when Lindsay (of DevaTree) asked me to share a Yoga Dance experience on weekend one of Expressive Arts Yoga Teacher Training. I used my “go to” Yoga Dance playlist and wanted to share it.read more
Here are some of my favourite prenatal songs. It is a gentle, slow paced prenatal yoga playlist, perfect for anyone in need of nurturing, relaxation and inspiration.read more
I love teaching gentle back care yoga. I see students come to class that have had surgeries, injuries, pain, etc. and then I hear how back care yoga is helping them to have more mobility and less pain.read more
This weekend was very first session of ‘The Art of Assisting Yoga Postures’ in Owen Sound and I had lots of great feedback about the yoga playlist for our 2-hour morning yoga practice on Saturday, so I wanted to share it.read more
As a yoga teacher I remember back to teaching 11 classes a week, 2-3 Thai Yoga Massages and 10-30 hours of administration work per week. I was driving everywhere, not eating properly, staying up late to fit more in and skipping my own yoga practice.read more
Today my dear friend, Kim (who is also a co-founder of MamaNurture), sent me an email with this detox relax bath recipe.read more
Okay so I have to tell you about my PicMonkey love. I use it to create all kinds of projects.read more
Yoga has taught me to find balance between striving to be a better person and accepting where I am in this moment today. My focus for this month is Yoga for Acceptance. Join me.read more
Often I refer to The Fuzz Video by Gil Hedley in my yoga classes and Thai Yoga Massage sessions. I share it via email or tell people to search for it when they ask questions about fascia and movement.read more
In the spirit of spring and all things new I updated my “go to” yoga playlist. I used it this weekend at the yoga teacher training and wanted to share it with the yoga teachers and students and/or the music lovers out there.read more
I created this pranayama chart for my own clarification on breath practices and how they affect the mind. I often refer to it before a teacher training, workshop or class focused on breath.read more
How to write a blog post is an article where I share two variations of writing to get to a completed blog post. Please share what helps you.read more
This recipe for Vegetarian Cheesy Cabbage Casserole with Tofu was a hit with my kids and so I wanted to share the recipe.read more
I often was telling students in yoga classes to let go of their negative self-talk and I started to think about this with my knee, (and other parts on various days). I decided to use positive affirmations.read more
As we continued with the tree meditation, Chase asked us to mentally repeat the words strong and stable and I started to feel like I could be a tree outside in the warm sunshine, then the rain was good because it was part of what sustained me.read more