Shelley Williams has been an enthusiastic teacher of all things nature/ art/ movement for over 15 years…especially all things yoga, meditation, pilates, modern dance, and adventure, As a competitive teen gymnast, and then a professional modern dancer, Shelley was fortunate to find yoga and pilates as a healing addition to the rigors of training and performance. Since then, yoga has become a way of life. Her passion for sharing yoga and dynamic movement for health grew into a successful boutique neighborhood studio, The Pilates Room & Yoga Lounge in Hermosa Beach, which Shelley co-owned and operated for 7 years, and then grew into Yoga Mittra Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training School in Manhattan Beach, one of the most complete and well-respected teacher training in the south bay of Los Angeles.
Shelley loves to travel to the far reaches of Mother Nature’s heart, and share the love of getting back to nature (both outside and inside) by offering frequent workshops, retreats, training, and adventures both locally and internationally. She is a certified teacher of Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga, Prenatal Yoga, the Pilates Method, and the Gyrotonic Expansion System. Shelley is also designated as a Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 Teacher, and a Pilates Method Alliance Certified Instructor, and enjoys mentoring new teachers in finding their unique voice.
Her teaching is influenced by elements of Reiki, Tai Chi, surfing, modern dance, nature, and world music. Shelley is extremely grateful for the guidance and continued opportunities to study with inspiring masters such as Max Strom and Shiva Rea, and many more of Los Angeles’ resident luminaries. She collectively draws from her continued studies in yoga’s various forms, such as Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Iyengar, Yin, Restorative, Therapeutics, and Tantric studies. Shelley earned a BA from UCLA’s World Arts and Cultures program, with an emphasis in modern dance, intercultural performance, West African Dance, and integrated arts education. She enjoys bringing cultural elements into each class experience via ritual, music, poetry, and nature-inspired teachings.