Shannon McQuaide is an experienced yoga teacher and a registered yoga instructor with Yoga Alliance.
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Founder and Director
Shannon is the founder and Director of FireFlex Yoga, a complete wellness program for first responders. FireFlex Yoga was developed through Shannon’s work with the San Jose Fire (CA) Department, where she continues to lead FireFlex Yoga classes. She has 10 years of experience leading professional development training programs. Shannon has written articles for the California State Firefighters’ Association, Fire Rescue Magazine, the Scotts Valley Press Banner, and she currently writes a monthly column for Fire Engineer’s On-line Magazine. She is a certified functional movement trainer and has a master of arts in leadership and psychology. Shannon completed six month training in Yoga and Psyche and Trauma Sensitive Yoga Training with David Emerson.
Shannon fell in love with yoga after spending a year traveling through South East Asia and India. Upon returning to California she started practicing yoga in Santa Monica, and gravitated towards the teachings of Ana Forrest, Jill Miller and later Sarah Powers and Mark Stephens.
Personal benefits from yoga
After experiencing the many benefits of yoga personally, Shannon began teaching yoga to her students in inner city, Los Angeles. She started an after school yoga program for youth and to her delight witnessed the incredible healing power of yoga in her students’ lives. She expanded her work to include teachers, principal and superintendents throughout California.
In 2007 Shannon completed her Masters in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica. Infusing traditional Hatha yoga practice with the principles of spiritual psychology seemed like a natural next step. She discovered that in addition to pranayama, and asana practice the principles of psychology could be applied to work with the psyche in the body.
In 2011 after completing her 200-hour Yoga Teaching Certification with Mark Stephens founder of Santa Cruz Yoga, Shannon focused her Capstone project leading to a Master of Arts in Leadership in developing a unique yoga program for firefighters. Shannon comes from a family of firefighters; her father, uncle, sister and brother-in-law are all firefighters. Combing the principles of a functional-movement-based-yoga-program to develop the movement patterns firefighters use on the job, the FireFlex Yoga program was born. Shannon currently lives with her husband in Scotts Valley, CA and teaches weekly yoga classes to firefighters throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.