Shara Cherniak loves yoga and is excited about sharing yoga practice with everyone! She started practicing yoga in 2009 and a whole new world and way of being in it opened up to her. She holds a 95 hr teacher training certification in Grounded Kids Yoga, an incredible children’s yoga program out of Atlanta and metro-Atlanta. Shara 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 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 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.