Shelley stepped into her first Vinyasa yoga class in 2001. She was exhausted from trying to control the “uncontrollable” in her life, and from day one she realized she had found something profoundly healing and transformative. From that point forward she has passionately pursued her practice of yoga as a way to integrate and harmonize aspects of her life; physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. Today, Shelley is an engaging, knowledgeable, caring and inspiring teacher whose positive outlook is contagious.  

Shelley has a gift for connecting heart-to-heart with her students, regardless of where they may be on their life’s path or in their yoga practice.  She  graciously shares with them her passion for yoga and life.   Shelley’s classes are well suited for students of all ablities.   Her gentle, nurturing manner puts everyone at ease as she teaches them to go at their own pace.  She encourages students to mindfully integrate the benefits of each posture offered while helping them adapt each pose to benefit their individual body.   She welcomes insights from her students, as she believes we have much to teach each other.   Shelley invites you to discover the many positive and healing aspects of this profound practice, and looks forward to assisting you on your journey toward personal freedom, peace and bliss.

Shelley was the founder & owner of Valley Yoga & Healing Center in Simsbury CT before her move to Middletown, RI.  She is now the founder and Director of The Sacred Center hosted at St. Mary's Church, 324 East Main Rd. Portsmouth.  Shelley received her formal training as a yoga instructor at Sacred Rivers Yoga, in Glastonbury CT, where she received her RYT 200 certification.  She holds a B.A. degree in Communications from the University of New Haven. She is the mother of 4, has one grandchild and happily resides in Middletown, RI.  Shelley loves teaching yoga on the beach, as well as sailing, kayaking and spiritual study.  

She is a graduate of One Spirit Interfaith Seminary in New York.  As an ordained Interfaith Reverend, Shelley officiates weddings, baby blessings and numerous ceremonies as well as being a Reiki healer and spiritual teacher. She seeks to bring love, light & healing to many.