Asana and Beyond




For a yoga practice to be sustainable, it has to fit into your life, support your goals and speak to your heart. This immersion is about using your own agency to create a practice that is nurturing and sustainable. We will use an Ashtanga Yoga framework and dive into discussions and assignments that challenge you to think critically about your approach to your practice. At the end of our time together, you will have all the info you need to create a sustainable yoga practice.


Your Curriculum:

Morning/Evening Rituals

Ashtanga Yoga Method

Breakdown of Primary Series Asanas

8 Limbs of Yoga

Breathing Exercises


Short Practices For Busy Days


Practices For Different Stages of Life


Your Schedule:

Saturday May 14 EST
8-10:30AM EST Tristhana Method
10:30 -11AM EST Break
Pranayama 11AM-12:15 PM EST
Break 12:15-12:30 PM EST
8 Limbs 12:30-1:45PM EST
Sunday May 15 EST
Beginner’s Practice Basics 8-1030AM EST
Break 10:30-11AM EST
Meditation 11AM-12:15PM EST
Break12:15-12:30PM EST
8 Limbs 12:30-1:45PM
Friday May 27 EST
Asana Technique 8-10:30AM EST
Break 10:30-11AM EST
8 Limbs 11AM-12:30PM EST
Break 12:30-12:45PM EST
Rituals (Morning) (Night) 12:45-1:45PM
Saturday May 28 EST
Short Form 8-9AM EST
Pranayama & Meditation 9-10 AM EST
Break 10-10:30AM EST
Accessible 10:30AM-12:30PM EST
Break 12:30-12:45PM EST
Ashramas & Moon Days 12:45-1:45PM
Sunday May 29 EST
Short Form 8-9AM EST
Fueling the Practice 9-10AM
Break 10-10:30AM EST
Restorative 10:30AM-12:30PM EST
Break 12:30-12:45PM EST
Closing Circle/Q & A 12:45-2:30PM

Your Teachers:

Shanna Small ERYT 500

Shanna Small is a writer and Yoga teacher who speaks to the intersectionality of Yoga and social justice.  She has practiced Ashtanga Yoga and studied the Yoga Sutras since 2001. She has studied in Ashtanga in Mysore with Sharath Jois. Shanna studied Sanskrit, the Yoga Sutras and the Hatha Yoga Pradipika with Laksmish in Mysore, India.   Shanna’s finds joy in making the Ashtanga practice accessible for all.  She studied with Amber Karnes and Dianne Bondy and is Yoga For All certified. She is a regular contributor for Yoga International, OmStars and the Ashtanga Dispatch.    She teaches diversity and inclusivity, Yoga Sutras as well as accessibility trainings and workshops. She is a founding member of Yoga For Recovery Foundation, a non-profit that helps those recovering from addiction, trauma and systemic oppression.  Shanna is also certified in the Trauma Conscious Yoga Method.

Shanna is a graduate of Georgia State University and holds a bachelor’s in business with a concentration in marketing. Before becoming a full time yoga teacher, Shanna was a recruiter and ad account executive.

For information on workshops, please e-mail

Wambui Njuguna-Räisänen

Wambui Njuguna-Räisänen is a Kenyan-American based in Finland, passionate about making wellness through yoga and meditation seamlessly engaged in equity and justice so that more people of the global majority can live well and thrive.

 Wambui is deeply inspired by spiritual teachers and communities that seek ways to apply the insights from our various practices and teachings to situations of social, racial, political, environmental and economic suffering and injustice.

 She would like to see wellness spaces engage more in social justice + collective change and activist spaces learn to breathe deeply and practice sustainable self-care in the midst of dismantling systemic oppression. This is her definition of community care. To learn more about Wambui and her offerings, visit and 

@wellnesswithwambui (Patreon and IG).

Corrie Ananda

Having completed the Primary, Intermediate and Advanced A sequences I am unravelling Advanced B. I received level II authorisation to teach the Ashtanga Yoga method by Sharath Jois in Mysore India. I am dedicated to sharing the Ashtanga Yoga practice in the tradition of the Jois family, however first and foremost, my approach is inclusive and evolutionary; the individual comes before ‘the method’. I love movement and optimal living, I am intrigued by the connections between the physical, psychological and emotional body and how to affect our organism as a whole. My personal study revolves around psychotherapy, ancient yogic texts, race, identity and diversity, and different movement systems. Whilst I prioritise safe, functional movement in asana, my experience is that if a  yoga practice is to be illuminating and transformative, it requires discipline and a container. As we knock up against the container we see our habitual psycho-emotional responses and with daily practise we start to know ourselves, our thought patterns and common reactions become available for us to work through and change. As a facilitator of this practice I walk the line between maintaining the container whilst being mindful to adapt or modify when necessary.  Accessibility and healthy movement patterns are important if one is to enjoy longevity in the practice. Ashtanga Yoga is a self-practise system, taught one on one in a group setting, it is taught in a quiet space allowing for personal connection and reverence to the sacred and the divine. I am grateful to all the teachers who lit the path for me and to my South Asian brothers and sisters for the richness of their wisdom traditions. I am forever a student and it is an honour for me to share this deeply transformative practice with you.


Qualifications: Masters degree in the Traditions of Yoga and Meditation (SOAS, London): Post Grad. Cert. Foundation in Psychotherapy and Counselling (Regents University, London): Mobility Specialist (FRC). Currently studying Existential Psychotherapy (D.Prof at NSPC).



This immersion is for everyone from beginners to seasoned practitioners. Because there are 3 teachers, and we are using zoom, we can divide the group up for technique classes if needed and make sure that everyone gets what they need.

What you will need:

Yoga mat

Zoom (it is free)

Internet connection

Yoga clothing that stays in place

An open mind


While this training will be recorded, the modules build on each other. It is recommended that you attend all sessions in person. It is easier to keep up than it is to catch up. However, we understand that the best laid plans sometimes don’t work. Please contact us, in advance, if you may miss a module, and we will discuss.  Shanna’s e-mail is .

Yoga Alliance CEU’s

If you want Yoga Alliance CEU’s, you must attend all modules in person. This immersion qualifies for 25 Yoga Alliance CEU’s.


In order to assist you, please keep your cameras on and set your mat up in a well lit spot.


This 25 hour is about critical thinking, discernment and creating your own personal practice.  Throughout the training, you will create the different elements of your practice. At the end, you will share that with us.


Our sliding scale has two tiers. One tier gives a contribution to a scholarship. When we get enough contributions to the scholarship, we will announce that there is a scholarship spot available.  Please sign up for the newsletter to insure that you know when and if we offer a scholarship. If you would like to contribute to the scholarship over and beyond the scale, Venmo Shanna at shanna-small and please note what the donation is for.



Additional information

Sliding Scale

Pay For You, Contribute to Scholarship