my certifications

     I have a number of certifications, and am constantly seeking further education. However, I do believe our best source of understanding as teachers of this practice is best gleaned from personal experience on the mat. I have been practicing yoga and meditation for 18 years. I am a RYT-200, completing my 200 hour training with LifePower Yoga in 2016. I am also one of only two Certified Brain Longevity® Specialists in Alabama, certified through the Alzheimers Research and Prevention Foundation.  I have also completed additional teacher training with LoveYourBrainYoga, an organization committed to making yoga accessible for individuals who have suffered traumatic brain injury. In addition, I am a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT).

my yoga story

I discovered yoga 18 years ago, seeking an alternative to running that would give me the same physical intensity without the pounding. At the time, I was practicing law. I loved my work. It allowed me to engage in two of my favorite things, research and writing, but it did come with a large amount of sitting in front of a computer. That daily sitting, combined with the long distance running, wreaked havoc on my back. 

I started practicing yoga seeking a way to lessen the pain. I discovered that yoga not only healed my back, it made me stronger in both body and mind.  I also noticed I left each class with a sense of spaciousness and peace.  I didn’t understand exactly what was happening at the time, but I knew I wanted more of it.

 In my thirties, while training for an off-road triathlon, I fell off my mountain bike, which led to a second back surgery.  In 2017, I had a ski accident, which led to ACL reconstruction surgery.  I returned from these surgeries, limping and humbled, to my friend and healer, yoga.  Each time, through the guidance of wonderful teachers, including Lauren Vogel, Terri Sellers, Stephen Fletcher and Pilar Taylor, I slowly rebuilt my body through breath and movement, becoming stronger and transformed in ways not always visible from the outside.

Through my practice, I learned to listen to my body in an intelligent and compassionate way.  Neither plowing through pain, nor running from it, but instead approaching it with a curiosity and wonder. I discovered that whether our injuries are physical, or of the emotion or spirit, yoga heals.  Period.  These are not simply words to me.  This is the experience of my life. 

I believe it's all yoga. Every moment of our lives. The reason for the physical practice is not simply for health. It is to learn how to actually live the moments of our lives. Mindfully. With Presence. Powerfully. With Grace.  Come join me and see what it's all about!

Meredith Shah

Owner of Unbound Yoga