Shauna is an enthusiastic vinyasa yoga teacher and creator of Top of the Mat, a business coaching, mentoring and marketing management platform for yoga teachers and studios. ‘I took my first (Bikram) yoga class after the birth of my son and was overwhelmed with the physical challenge and the unparalleled sense of freedom I felt after the practice. I was hooked. I didn’t know then how discovering yoga would profoundly change my life path but the spark had ignited. I began to question everything and to search for ways to create more meaning in my life.’ Nine years later, Shauna continues to practice and pursue an intentional life. Since completing her initial teacher training with Nicki Doane and Eddie Modestini of Maya Yoga, HI she has become a popular local yoga teacher, delivering a powerful, alignment based vinyasa style gently infused with the classical teachings of Ashtanga and Iyengar systems. Her students love her quirky sense of humour, approachable nature and her ability to translate the teachings of yoga into relatable life practice. Top of the Mat came to life truly organically in response to a clear need in the community to help teachers and studio’s succeed in what has become an overwhelmingly complex business environment. Armed with 16 years of marketing management experience (from her ‘past’ life) and a true insider perspective on the challenges yoga teachers and studio’s face today, she now uses her ‘powers’ for good by providing leadership to our growing teacher community with practical business and marketing strategies for building authentic, sustainable careers teaching yoga. Top of the Mat also facilitates mentorship programs, connecting experienced teachers with new or struggling teachers in an effort to build a stronger, well supported yoga communities. Shauna is happily married with two very energetic children.