I am the Director of an interfaith spiritual yoga center called The Sacred Center in Portsmouth, RI. Our motto is “Yoga for All” as we are passionate about making yoga accessible and affordable to all people. You can learn more about me, my staff, our gorgeous space on the 60 acre campus of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church and our partnership with the St. Mary’s community at www.sacred-center.org
I was ordained as an interfaith minister at One Spirit Seminary and am honored to carry the title of “Reverend Shelley”. I consider myself a devoted Yogini integrating my Christian roots into an ever-expanding exploration of this human embodiment. I aspire each day to find deeper ways of embracing all of humanity. I officiate weddings and ceremonies of all sorts, offering my vivacious, passionate and sacred energy.
I am trained as a Spiritual Director, offering assistance to those seeking guidance and spiritual companioning. I am a weekly group discussion leader, holding space for deep explorations of how we can live more connected lives. I also am a certified Reiki practitioner hoping to bringing healing energy to all spaces I find myself in and to alI I encounter.
I am the proud parent of 4 grown children, one of which has taught me much through their non-binary identity and transgender journey. My heart grows bigger every day as I live into my call and identity as an all-inclusive Ally to the queer community.
I am passionate about the spiritual journey we are all on and offering ways to help my fellow human beings uncover their individual, innate wholeness. I find yoga, meditation, sacred reading and time in nature to be beautiful pathways of awakening; vehicles of transformation taking us deeper into who we truly are and the Divinity within. I spend my days helping people find their “state of yoga“, connected with their wholeness and providing many ways to rest in their own true nature.
I believe each person is divine and has the wise answers they need within them. I have an affinity for timeless, mystical spirituality where all the faith traditions find their common ground and it is from this perspective that I lead, guide and inspire others.
I stepped into my first Vinyasa yoga class in 2001, exhausted from trying to control the “uncontrollable” in my life, and from day one I realized I had found something profoundly healing and transformative. From that point forward I have passionately pursued my practice of yoga as a way to integrate and harmonize aspects of my life; physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. I consider myself an engaging, knowledgeable, caring and inspiring teacher whose positive outlook is contagious.
My classes are well suited for students of all abilities. Through gentle nurturing I try to put everyone at ease and teach them to go at their own pace. I welcome insights from my students, as I believes we have much to teach each other.
Before my move to Middletown, I was the founder & owner of Valley Yoga & Healing Center in Simsbury CT. I received my formal training as a yoga instructor at Sacred Rivers Yoga, in Glastonbury CT, where I received my RYT 200 certification. I have done other advanced yoga studies at Kripalu in Lenox. I hold a B.A. degree in Communications from the University of New Haven.