Shelley Williams has been an active student, practitioner, and teacher of mindful movement in the south bay community for over 15 years. She discovered her love of movement, however, long before that as a competitive teen gymnast, which then opened the door to the world of contemporary dance and professional modern dance performance. In 1996, Shelley was fortunate to find yoga and pilates as a healing addition and alternative to the rigors of training and performance. Since then, yoga has provided her with more than a moving expression of meditation; it has become a way of life. Her passion for learning, experiencing, and teaching yoga and pilates grew into a successful boutique neighborhood studio, The Pilates Room & Yoga Lounge in Hermosa Beach, which Shelley co-owned and operated for 7 years. Shelley continues this lifestyle as a resident teacher at The Pilates Room, Yogaworks, and The Yoga Loft, and also offers regular teacher workshops, Yoga Mittra Vinyasa Yoga Foundation Trainings, and adventure retreats both locally and internationally. She is a certified teacher of Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga, Prenatal Yoga, the Pilates Method, and the Gyrotonic Expansion System. Shelley is also designated as a Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 Teacher, and a Pilates Method Alliance Certified Instructor. Her teaching is influenced by elements of Reiki, Ba Gua Zhang Tai Chi, surfing, modern dance, and world music. Shelley is extremely grateful for the guidance and opportunities to study in-depth principles of yoga with inspiring masters such as Max Strom and Shiva Rea. Shelley earned a BA from UCLA’s World Arts and Cultures program, with an emphasis in modern dance, intercultural performance, West African Dance, and integrated arts education. Shelley also feels privileged to share quality teacher education with Genevieve Pujalet and Suzy Nece through Yoga Mittra Vinyasa Yoga School.