Shelley Masar began dancing as a child, especially in the water. She folk danced Saturday Nights in University City community center in St. Louis, studied concert dance forms at Oberlin College, The California Institute of Arts, Case Western Reserve University and The University of Illinois where she eventually earned her MA in Dance.
Her first introduction to Yoga was via dancers from NY who loved Yogic insights about the breath, and it’s transformational psychology. She found solace in Yoga as a not-competitive INTERNAL movement practice.
In 1986 Shelley and her husband Terry Masar opened the White Street Arts Center and invited now master Iyengar teacher, Lois Steinberg, to make it her teaching home. Terry and Shelley studied with Lois at White Street for 10 years, through pregnancies and other life cycle changes.
A lover of jazz, Shelley believes in the courage and risks of improvisation, and loves when insights channel through her to meet the shared curiosity of a yoga class or a dance rehearsal.
As someone with serious dyslexia, and anxieties about balance she has learned to cue movement with patience and acceptance.
Her classes are an invitation to trust the curiosities of deep satisfaction, explored, moment by moment, with breath-filled patience.