The secrets of spiritual life are opened to those who venture, not to those who seek guarantees for every step. -Meher Baba
Adrienne Shamszad has been a committed yoga student for over 15 years. She received her 200 hour teacher training certification in 2014 and completed her 500 hour training in 2018 with her teacher and mentor Nubia Teixiera. Adrienne combines her love of music, singing and dance with her passion for anatomy and all thing structured to make her Hatha yoga classes both liberating and grounding. Her classes are infused with lightness, humor, patience and healthy alignment principles. Adrienne’s main interest in teaching is in providing a safe and healing container for students to explore the range of their breath and movement. Students will be encouraged to approach the yoga practice with compassion and with curiosity as they explore new sources of energy within their bodies. Classes always include some form of chanting or singing and all are welcome to participate or simply listen.
Public Classes are held at
Ojas Yoga Center in El Cerrito
El Cerrito Plaza, Suite 707
Mondays 9:30-11am and Thursdays 6:30-8pm
"Sacred Flow," All Levels
About my yoga teaching:
I have always loved teaching. When I learned to read , I started a little reading circle so I could teach the younger kids in school. I learned to play guitar at 13, I started a teaching practice at 15. I recognized the call to teach yoga after I had been a devoted practitioner for over 10 years. Since I've been teaching, my reverence for the yoga practice has bloomed into something unexpected and radiant. I love - LOVE - teaching yoga. It is one of the most pleasurable and liberating things I get to do with my life. I love how it challenges me to be a better communicator and a better observer. It has taught me about patience and kindness like nothing else has. When I teach, I invite my students to hold themselves with tenderness, with mercy. How can I ask that of others if I cannot give such sweetness to myself? What I wasn't able to do before I taught, I have since learned and continue to glean knowledge through guiding others.
It is a pleasure to help people develop their skills in breathing, resting and challenging themselves while being unattached to the fruits of the labor. It feels like an act of rebellion to lead people in being compassionate with themselves and to learn to observe without judgment. Yoga can be like ointment to the burn of living a life of always wanting to be better. Because the practice itself is so potent, all we really need to do is learn how to step out of the way and let the yoga do the work for us. And once the students have stretched and strengthened and breathed and let go in yoga class, I sing to them as they lay down in Savasana! Sweet relief!
Regardless of your level of experience, your age, injury or level of health, yoga is for you. There's no such thing as a yoga body or a yoga booty or a yoga belly - that is all boloney. Your body was made for yoga, and yoga was made for you. This tradition has survived through generations or transformation in culture. It survived British colonialism. It is still surviving even as the American Fitness Machine has attempted to warp and skew Yoga to make sense to a capitalistic society... It has survived to help us humans thrive. And all you need to participate in yoga is: respect for the practice, respect for it's origins and respect for yourself. That's it! And if you don't have those things, you can learn them when you come to class. Meher Baba said, "Do your best and then, Don't Worry, Be Happy." I would add, "Do yoga, Be happier."