Monica Shannon is the founder and director of Open Door Yoga and the Bija Hot Yoga Teacher Training program. Monica draws upon a lifetime of exploring the potential of mind/body relationship through sports and professional dancing, extensive backpacking, pregnancies and motherhood…not to mention her ten years and thousands of hours of teaching, studying and practicing Hot Yoga in the lineage of Bishnu Ghosh (Bikram Choudhury’s teacher and Guru).

Her journey as a yogi and teacher began with Bikram Yoga in 2001. Her inspiration for Open Door Yoga was a desire to simplify the path toward optimal benefit from Hatha Yoga. She has found the modern versions of Hatha Yoga to be complicated and often times intimidating and inaccessible to most people. Striving to make yoga accessible to old, young, injured and the chronically unhealthy, Monica started studying with Tony Sanchez and has begun to develop sequences (or rather a method of creating sequences) that honor all limitations and potentials.

Her training programs reflect a deep respect and understanding of the body’s intelligence as well as the power of using our minds with kindness and love. Her classes are full of her love for the intelligent science and simplicity behind the power of Hatha Yoga. She consistently inspires and pushes her students by giving them knowledge and space to find their own path. She is a great lover of the science of yoga and students find that they always learn something new in her classes.

Outside of the practice room, Monica is a wife, mom to two little sprites, aspiring urban farmer, and really bad cook who never stops trying!