Though Shira was born in a placid town on the Northeastern Coast of the United States, she spent her formative years in a turbulent country that has been aching for lasting peace ever since its creation. Experiencing constant instability and unrest in Israel, combined with a strenuous home life, quickly gave rise to Shira’s acute sense of awareness and her consequent commitment to healing.
Determined to unravel the layers of trauma from body, mind, and spirit, Shira worked with a variety of healing modalities. Once her personal focus changed from recovery to growth, Shira began offering the fruits of her hard-learned lessons. Not surprisingly, the healing modalities she has chosen to share with others are the same ones that have proven most effective for her. iRest® Yoga Nidra and Soul Lightening Acupressure® are both modern versions of ancient practices that view the person as a whole being. These two practices also share the principle that by meeting and greeting with awareness what's already present in the body, mind, emotions, and spirit--a wealth of healing, wisdom, and bliss unfolds.
After years of practicing yoga and acupressure as self-care techniques, Shira took up studying Yoga Nidra and Chinese medicine in earnest in 2009. Her studies with Dr. Richard Miller began in 2011, and Shira completed the iRest® Yoga Nidra Instructor Certification in August 2013. In February of that same year, Shira completed the Foundation Certification with Soul Lightening Acupressure, and a specialization in Clinical Acupressure in early 2015. In addition, Shira holds a bachelor’s degree in Spanish from The University of Massachusetts and a master’s in literature from the University of Maryland, where she also taught. Shira's formal training is extensive and ongoing (she's an avid learner!) and yet, Shira considers life itself her wisest and most revered teacher.
Patience, attentive listening, endless heartfelt warmth, and compassion are but a few of the tools that Shira offers her students and clients. Shira explains that these qualities are simply "her nature", but they have underwent a steady refinement with over thirteen years of classroom teaching experience--half of which spent with youth labeled "at-risk". Shira is committed to welcoming people exactly as they are and cultivating together a path to healing and growth through continuously awakening the heart and exercising the birthright of fulfillment. Shira is fluent in English, Spanish, and Hebrew, and she lives in Silver Spring, Maryland.
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