This month we welcomed a new teacher to the Yoga Garden SF team: Logan Shipp! She teaches Power Flow on Tuesdays at 7:30 pm. Get to know her below, and sign up for her class here!
I grew up in Southern California, went to college in Boston, and then found myself in Washington, D.C. for a few years before making my way to San Francisco. I absolutely LOVE art and wrote my senior thesis on Georgia O’Keeffe. In SF, I work at a tech/education startup. When I am not working or teaching, you can find my exploring the outdoors or watercolor painting. Recently, I have been getting VERY into my plants. My apartment looks like a mini greenhouse with propagated plants on any sunlit windowsill with free space.
How did you become interested in yoga?
I started practicing yoga in high school. I grew up dancing and most of my teachers incorporated both yoga and pilates in our classes. From then on I was hooked and started practicing at the local YMCA. Although I was always very athletic and active, it was the the restorative practices that I truly craved and found myself going to more often than not. I first started practicing yoga in college. I was a dance major, so yoga was a great way to help deepen my body awareness and strengthen my dancing.
I have been practicing for 12+ years and have been fortunate enough to study with many teachers whose backgrounds range in the traditions of Ashtanga, Rocket, Dharma, and Prana Vinyasa. Prior to the pandemic, I was practicing Mysore ~4+ days a week but have now been participating in a more gentler practice, one that includes longer held stretches and daily meditation. Like everything, my practice evolves and works to complement what is going on in my life at the time.
My dance and pilates background have inspired me to share a more physical practice, one that incorporates varying movements to strengthen and deeply stretch areas of the body. On the flip side, I ADORE restorative and gentle movement. It’s important to have a balance in both life and in class. And although I’ll work to push my students, I always incorporate moments of softness to let students sweetly surrender to their body that has worked so hard in class.
Not currently! I recently got married and went on a honeymoon so am excited to be back in SF and focused on teaching and reconnecting with the slowly opening post-pandemic neighborhood.