Shara Cherniak loves yoga and is excited about sharing yoga practice with children. She holds a 95 hr teacher training certification in Grounded Kids Yoga, an incredible program out of Atlanta. Grounded Kids equips children with the tools of yoga to empower them to navigate life with compassion, power, strength, joy and openness. Shara holds a B.A. in Elementary Education, an MED in Educational Theory and Practice and has 6 years of elementary school teaching experience. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Early Childhood and Teacher Education and her research includes the question “What can yoga philosophy teach us about holistic approaches to education?” She also loves reading, dancing, being in nature and speaking Spanish.
Where are you from? Michigan
How long have you lived in Athens? Since 2014
What’s your passion? My passion is for healing and connectivity, more specifically, connecting to our deep-loving, open, expansive secure-self, and connecting to others and nature. I believe we can connect to others and nature through education and yoga. I believe that education should have this sense of connectivity present.
Favorite book? The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
Favorite movie? October Sky
Favorite restaurant? Tlaloc
When did you start practicing yoga and why?
I started practicing yoga in 2009; my mom was taking classes and invited me. I felt new because I learned about my body. When practicing yoga, I brought out the best version of myself and as I researched it, I liked it more.
What’s your favorite Yoga style?
I like Grounded Kids, because it incorporates multi-modal activities. Yoga means connectivity. Not just asana, but also connection through other modalities.
How long have you taught yoga? What inspired you to teach?
I did Grounded Kids training in 2013, so that is when I began teaching. Before that I also taught donation-based yoga in a garden. My inspiration is to teach kids yoga, so they can connect with themselves.
What’s your advice to someone who is new to yoga?
My advice is to be playful and treat yoga as a self study. It’s not about trying to make the perfect pose, it’s about exploring yourself and paying attention to what is going on inside your body, mind and emotions. It’s not about looking good in a pose, it’s about spending time to reconnect.
What is your favorite pose?
My favorite pose is savasana because it’s about connecting to the whole energy force of who we are.
What’s your favorite class to teach at M3? Favorite to take?
My favorite class to teach is Grounded Kids. My favorite class to take is Flow & Go at 6:10 am. To motivate myself to go so early in the morning, I text Nick and let him know so I can keep myself accountable.
What do you enjoy most about M3?
I love how everyone is so authentic, and it comes from Nick setting that model, being authentic himself. That spreads to everyone here. It matches yoga’s purpose to be authentic and have a loving intention. I also love the Tree Room.