With a background in contemporary dance and eight years teaching dance in comprehensive secondary education, Shirley has sixteen years experience working with Dance, Yoga and Movement. Shirley attended the Royal Academy of Dance to obtain her PGCE: DT. Recognised as an outstanding teacher of dance education by OFSTED 2010, her choreography is currently being used as an education tool for teachers of dance by the AQA GCSE dance examination board. Shirley continues to enjoy practising contemporary dance in her free time.
Her love for Hatha yoga started in 1998 during her dance degree, where her lecturer Penny Collinson taught Hatha and Ashtanga asanas as part of their daily practice. During the last year of her degree Shirley taught Hatha yoga and relaxation techniques at community centres, working with the elderly, disabled and children.
In 2002 Shirley moved to London to pursue her dance career. After a hip operation in 2008 the early onset of arthritis was spotted; she had a second hip operation in 2012. A good friend recommended Bikram Yoga and in 2009 she returned to regular yoga practice – now in the hot room - to aid her recovery. She has been practicing Fierce Grace Hot Yoga since its launch in November 2013. She no longer has arthritic pain! Fast forward to March 2014 and Shirley was one of thirty-two first graduates to be certified as a Fierce Grace Yoga Teacher.
“I believe in engaging in a variety of yoga practices to get the best out of my body/mind and this is why I chose to teach the FG series. Its focus on strength and flexibility for the entire body and the comfortable heat allows for a unique whole body/mind workout. Hot yoga is healing me! I feel extremely privileged to be a yoga teacher - I am able to help others on a multitude of physical and mental levels and I get pleasure from giving back and witnessing their development - double win!” @yogashirley