Hi! I'm Shannon Kaneshige (they/she).
I am a fat non-binary yoga practitioner and instructor (RYT200), sociologist, and parent. I help folks use their practice to reconnect bodies and learn to take up space on and off the mat.
My practice has been instrumental is rebuilding my relationship with my body and healing from trauma. It has helped me step away from how society has taught me to think about my body, my gender, and my worth and move towards self-compassion and discovery.
I have spent most of my life working in non-profits and community-based organizations fighting for equity. Yoga is based in liberation for all beings and by it's very nature political and radically inclusive. Teaching yoga and meditation is an extension of my social justice work.
I also use my background in non-profit operations to help yoga teachers and creatives learn how to create sustainable and ethical businesses that aim to give more than they take.
I am currently living and working in Tkaronto on Anishinabewaki ᐊᓂᔑᓈᐯᐗᑭ, Haudenosaunee, Mississauga, and Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation land.
I also mentor other fat, nonbinary, and accessible yoga teachers. You can email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
My classes are trauma-sensitive, accessible, fat positive, and LGBTQ2SIA+ affirming. No diet talk is allowed.
When you live in a marginalized body you are forced to the fringe. That fringe is where the potential in our society lives. We're innovative, critical, and resilient. In my practice I hold space for us, those of us who have been pushed away from the mainstream to create our own beautiful, cooperative, and powerful cultures.
Artwork by Reknee Harrett. Visit Re-knee.com
Education and Training
The Path to Yoga, Justice and Equity 300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training with Dianne Bondy (In Progress/2022)
Accessible Yoga Training with Jivana Heyman & Amber Karnes, Virtual (30 hours/2020)
Teaching Trans Inclusive Yoga with Allé Kay, (2 hours/2020)
Yoga For All Training with Dianne Bondy & Amber Karnes, Virtual (30 Hours/2020)
Social Justice & Equity in Yoga with Tobias Wiggans, Yogaspace, Toronto (15 hours/2020)
200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training with Kathryn Beet, Hali Schwartz, and Jessica Ullathorne, Yogaspace, Toronto (200 hours/2019)
Master of Arts, Sociology, Roosevelt University, Chicago (2011)
Bachelor of Arts, Sociology, Minor: African American Studies, Roosevelt University, Chicago (2010)
Accessible Yoga Ambassador
Yoga for All Certified Teacher
Yoga and Body Image Coalition- Community Partner
Superfit Hero-Sponsored Athlete
If you are interested in private lessons, YTT Training modules, media interviews, or anything else--email me here.