In addition to teaching yoga at Salute the Sun, Michael also coaches strength, conditioning, mobility, and nutrition. His yoga classes often feature sneaky strength elements, creative mobility sequences, and a balance between feel good flow and long fiery holds. Outside the studio, you might find him doing other sporty activities like running around town, doing errands on bike, or dancing for no particular reason.
Shannon Burns, E-RYT 500/E-RYT 200, is the founder of Salute The Sun Yoga. The studio is located at 2216 Ivy Road, Suite 206 in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Previously, Shannon was the Lead Vinyasa Yoga Teacher at FlyDog Studio in Charlottesville, Virginia and taught for 5+ years at the studio. Shannon is a double graduate from the University of Virginia (BSN & MSN/FNP), and has lived in Charlottesville for 20+ years. She has practiced yoga since 1996, and completed 200 & 300 hour yoga teacher training at FlyDog Yoga. Shannon is a Tier 1 Certified Baptiste Yoga Leader. She takes special interest in self myofascial release, and enjoys seeing the calming effects of this release in her students at her workshops.
Shannon worked in the field of medicine as a nurse, then nurse practitioner for over 25 years. She delivers alignment focused classes with a deep understanding of the human body, and how different each body truly is. She has knowledge and understanding of the anatomy of a body, and how most injuries and ergonomics can impact movement during the yoga practice.
Leticia “Padmasri” Marques
Padmasri is an Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant, a certified Advanced Integral Yoga® Hatha teacher, and a certified Raja Yoga teacher. Her passion is helping people live Yoga and Ayurveda in everyday life, and she does this through her online library and advanced trainings. She also offers specialty workshops and seminars in both the US and Brazil (English and Portuguese). You can learn more about her on her website: padmasri.yoga
Juliana Haug, BS received a Bachelor of Science in December 2021 with a Creative Art Therapy major and Psychology minor from West Liberty University. Currently she is a graduate student at West Liberty University studying for a Masters of Art in Art Therapy and Counseling and an art therapy intern at Shenandoah Art Therapy, LLC. She has experience working with a range of clients of all ages who have been diagnosed with intellectual and developmental disabilities, PTSD, anxiety, dementia, ADHD, autism, and/or other presenting factors.
Juliana fosters the idea that each of us is designed to naturally create, express, and communicate. Through the therapeutic process, she strives to serve as both guide and witness to each client’s journey for healing.
Susan discovered Nia in 1997 while she was the Director of Health Promotion and assistant professor in the School of Medicine at the University of Virginia. A licensed black belt Nia teacher, Susan has been teaching across the U.S. and internationally since 1999. She currently teaches Nia Moving to Heal classes for the University of Virginia’s Cancer Center. Susan is the author of several health-related books including: Wellness Wisdom: 31 Ways to Nourish Your Mind, Body, & Spirit. A well-respected health educator for over 50 years, she is passionate about creating and inspiring individual, community, and global wellness. Learn more: www.susantate.org
Greg Burns is a practitioner in the Healing Art of Sound and owner of Metta Vibrations. He provides various Sound and Meditation events and classes, all focused on helping the individual. Greg has been leading these types of classes for over 8 years now after working for 15 years in a therapy hospital, helping him to develop a broad understanding of how we heal and feel better. Over the last 8 years he has led hundreds of public events and private sessions in a wide range of settings, such as yoga studios, schools, retirement centers, festivals, and more. Greg offers public events and classes throughout the mid-Atlantic region and beyond. He can also be booked for private classes or for your public events. Greg can be reached directly at firstname.lastname@example.org, and you can learn more at his website www.mettavibrations.com.
I became an art therapist over 20 years ago - and for the first 10 years of my practice I worked on a locked inpatient psychiatric unit helping folks of all ages with chronic and acute mental health struggles. The patients would often comment that coming to art therapy was the highlight of their day because the art studio was their “safe place.” This is what Art Therapy is all about- a safe non verbal way to express one’s emotions. In my opinion- there is no wrong or right way to make art! It’s all about self expression. Clients seem to really enjoy exploring the art materials and getting messy. Life is messy! Embrace it!
As an art therapist, I provide a safe comfortable space for healing to happen. Making art is all about letting go of protocol and taking emotional chances which is crucial to a path of healing new and old wounds. One specific activity that I like to do with clients is journal making. This is where one can make from scratch their very own private journal to help them at home once they leave the studio. Another special activity I like to do with clients is mask making. This art directive can be very effective in self reflection.