Five Pillars Yoga

Shana Kuhn-Siegel

Where are you from?
I was born in Boston. Grew up in Cambridge. Moved to NYC for college where I went to Columbia and haven’t been able to leave ever since.

How did you come to Yoga?
Couldn’t sleep in college. Went to Sivananda. Fell asleep during every class I took, but a few years later in the Hamptons was when it really got serious. I had left the Peace Corps early to take care of my grandmother who was dying and went to Yoga Shanti almost every day to practice.

Who inspires you?
My mentor who has greatly effected my life.

How would you describe your teaching style?

Which posture helps you Go Deep?
Savasana. Iyengar says it is the hardest pose in Light on Yoga. I think he is right 🙂

Silence or music in class?
I like to strike a balance. Sometimes I teach a whole class without music and then one song during savasana. Other times I weave music throughout, always consciously placed and purposefully selected. A heavy dose of silence is usually part of class. I feel it helps people go deeper and makes the music more meaningful when it appears.

Do you have a spirit animal?
The ant. I work hard and carry 100 times my weight 🙂

Personal motto or mantra?

Current favorite inspirational quote?
When you are going through hell, keep going. — Winston Churchill

Complete the sentence: I practice because…
I have to. Do we really have a choice?

Which of the Five Pillars most resonates with you (right now)?
Right Intention because how you show up for your life is everything.