• Open Yoga Open Yoga Open Yoga Instructor 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 Yoga Children's Yoga Children's Yoga Shell 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 Yoga Prenatal Yoga Prenatal Yoga As 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 Yoga Restorative Yoga Restorative Yoga Shell 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 Yoga Senior Yoga Senior Yoga Shell 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.

Specialty Beginner's Workshop ~ January 14, 2018 ~ 2:00–3:30pm ~ ISHTA Yoga


Have you always wanted to try yoga, but assumed you weren't flexible enough? Maybe you've been to some basic yoga classes, but left feeling overwhelmed because the class wasn't "basic" at all? If that is the case Shell Merrill's Beginner’s Workshop is for you!


Join Shell on Sunday, January 14th from 2:00–3:30pm at ISHTA Yoga, 56 E. 11th Street, New York, NY. You'll learn that yoga is about enhancing the quality of your attention and equanimity, not torturing your body into wild contortions. We will break down the alignment of some basic yoga postures to build strength and flexibility. You will experience how linking your breath to movement can help to create a meditative focus. The workshop will conclude with the practice of savasana, where you can deeply relax and recharge yourself for life off the mat!


To register for the Beginner's Workshop call ISHTA Yoga at (212)598-4800. Cost is $30 in advance, or $35 on the day of the workshop. If you'd like more information call Shell Shakti Yoga at 917.686.9759, email shell@shellshakti.com or visit with us through our Contact web page.

Shell Merrill


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.









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, call Shell Shakti Yoga at 917.686.9759, email shell@shellshakti.com or visit us through our Contact web page.



Yoga Parties

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.

  • 9:15 am | Level One | Yogaworks ES


Classes can be arranged to meet your needs; children through seniors, open classes for any level, gentle prenatal and restorative yoga.

  • Open for private lessons


Contact us to schedule your private or semi-private session. Any ages; beginners always welcome!

  • 8:30 am | Beginner / Intermediate | ISHTA Yoga


Join us for this fun new class!

  • Open for lessons


Available to teach people of all ages and all levels of yogis, plus gentle prenatal, senior and restorative yoga.

  • 9:15 am | Level One | Yogaworks ES


Come enjoy a relaxing Shell Shakti Yoga class to refresh your body and your mind.

  • 10:00 am | Open Level | Yo Yoga - Outdoors in good weather!


Fun classes, perfect for any level yogi. Yoga instructor for child, family and adult yoga.