Open YogaInstructor Shell Merrill teaches classes open to all levels; from individuals without prior yoga experience to those who are ready to expand their knowledge to the next level. She tailors her classes so every individual feels comfortable yet challenged. Her goal is to provide a relaxing environment where participants come, enjoy themselves, relax and let go of the busy city around them. Yoga at Shell Shakti is not so much about escape from life as the discovery of how to enjoy life more.
Children's YogaShell Shakti Yoga owner and instructor Shell Merrill is a Registered Children's Yoga teacher; License 19733. With over 15 years' experience teaching children, Shell's fun, 'kid-centric' techniques help prepare children for life's challenges, while enhancing flexibility, strength, coordination and calmness. Shell Shakti specializes in yoga birthday parties! We offer a fun, imaginative way for your little Yogi to celebrate with friends on their special day!
Prenatal YogaAs a Certified Prenatal Yoga teacher and mother, Shell Shakti Yoga owner and instructor Shell Merrill brings a sense of fun, joy and compassion to all her Prenatal Yoga classes. Let Shell Shakti Yoga help you discover the physical and mental benefits of safe, gentle yoga during your pregnancy. Prenatal Yoga is an amazing way to prepare your body and mind for labor and motherhood while relieving some of the discomforts of pregnancy.
Restorative YogaShell Shakti Yoga makes the therapeutic benefits of yoga accessible to adults with special needs. Restorative Yoga can reduce blood pressure, rebalance the nervous system, reduce fatigue and muscle tension, improve range of motion and minimize pain. Restorative Yoga instructor Shell Merrill understands the importance of creating a caring, inclusive environment where self-esteem is looked after. She shares gentle, relaxing techniques to diminish issues and improve well-being. Yoga with Shell Shakti helps your body rejuvenate and restore itself.
Senior YogaShell Shakti loves sharing the gift of yoga with those who doubt they can do it. Improved flexibility, reduced aches and pains, and a relaxed feeling of well-being are just a few of the benefits of yoga for 'atypical yogis'. Instructor Shell Merrill gives compassionate, experienced, hands-on training in gentle postures for older adults, with an emphasis on those new to yoga.
20-Hour Kid's Yoga Teacher Training with Shell Merrill and Rebecca Soule
How many times have you heard “Can you imagine if we had started doing yoga and meditation when we were kids?” Join ISHTA Senior Teachers Shell Merril and Rebecca Cheeks Soule in a three-day training workshop that will show you how to give the ancient and contemporary sciences of the ISHTA Yoga system to children and young adults in your life.
ISHTA, the Integrated Science of Hatha, Tantra and Ayurveda, teaches us to live rooted in a feeling of energy and abundance, with our hearts open, and a clear head. The tools we learn from yoga help us to respond, rather than react, to life. Shell and Rebecca strongly believe that learning yoga and meditation early in life gives growing children and young adults a sense of empowerment. These tools allow them to live with greater ease during times of rapid physical and mental development and change. Learning these tools is invaluable, and as a parent, school, or yoga teacher, giving these life skills to the children we are in contact with is a priceless gift. Drawing on 20+ years of experience each as yoga teachers and students, Shell and Rebecca will introduce the ISHTA Yoga system in a way that can successfully be taught to children and adults alike.
In our three-day training sessions you will receive information and gain an understanding of:
What developing children and young adults are experiencing on the physical and mental level.
The system of Ayurveda (the ancient Indian science of life) and what children and young adults need to bring their doshas, or biological forces of nature, into balance.
The chakras and how they relate to the development of children from a physical, mental, and energetic perspective.
Age appropriate and fun activities that teach asana in a safe and fun way.
Learn how to structure a successful class so that kids have an experience similar to our own- they leave feeling centered, energized and calm.
Tools to teach kids how to calm their body, learn breath awareness and find a restorative savasana
Fun, playful and safe activities to teach yoga poses that support a successful class.
Classroom management tools for teachers.
2017 workshop Schedule
Friday, July 28 from 5-9pm
Saturday, July 29 from 9am-6pm
Sunday, July 30 from 9am-6pm
workshop COST: $500
Registration closes July 15, 2017. Sign up today on the workshop page on YogiTecta.
Shell Merrill is an E-RYT 500 hour certified teacher and Senior Teacher in the ISHTA Yoga lineage. She is also a RCYT (children’s teacher), a RPYT (prenatal teacher) and teacher of restorative yoga. She brings a sense of fun, joy and compassion to all of her classes for both adults and children. Working with beginner yogis or those with special needs and making them comfortable is Shell's special gift.
Rebecca Cheeks Soule, PhD is a Senior Teacher in the ISHTA Yoga lineage and holds certificates in several specialty areas, including children's yoga, yoga for veterans living with PTSD, restorative & prenatal yoga. Her PhD is in Biology, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
private & group classes
A teacher for yogis of all levels and ages, Teaching private, semi-private or group classes in the studio or home for children, adults and those with special needs. Beginners welcome!
Yoga Instructor Shell Merrill teaches at studios all around New York City, including ISHTA Yoga and all Yoga Works locations. Shell can privately work with you in your home or workplace, and offers Yoga classes for children at several New York City area schools. If you'd like to bring the benefits of Yoga to your home, office, or school, contact Shell Shakti Yoga through our Contact page, call 917.686.9759 or email Shell@ShellShakti.com.
As a Yoga instructor certified to work with youngsters, Shell Merrill will organize a unique event and create a customized party coordinated around your own special theme. Perhaps Princesses or Pirates, Fairies or Super Heroes? Teens and Tweens enjoy Yoga parties, too, such as a Spa Party, Yoga Slumber Party or Restorative Yoga. We can develop a fun theme to delight any child! All parties last up to two delightful hours and include everything needed to create a fun experience:
A 45-minute yoga class
All essential "props"
A special birthday gift for the birthday boy or girl
Packages start at just $300 for up to ten children; $15 for each additional child. Party dates book quickly; please plan ahead! Schedule your Shell Shakti Yoga party or class through our Contact page, call 917.686.9759 or email Shell@ShellShakti.com.
weekly class schedule
8:30 am | Level One | Yogaworks ES
Instructor Shell Merrill teaches open classes for all levels and ages.