Sianna Sherman: Bringing Powerful Magic To Telluride Yoga Fest
“Sianna provides vital teachings for today’s yoga culture. She is able to bridge the gap of heart-centered teaching, an honoring of spirit and a mastery of the technical. Her deep well of knowledge is a gift for students throughout the world.” In Gratitude, Yoshi Aono, Managing Director, Hanuman Festival
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If you read Marion Zimmer Bradley’s bestseller, “The Mists of Avalon,” a story of powerful women in ancient times, you know a little something about Sianna Sherman.
Written histories and archaeological evidence confirm that at the height of their power, Celtic women served as Druid priestesses, members of an intellectual elite of prophets, poets, astrologers, magicians, and diviners. They were satirists, sacred singers, and storytellers. No king or queen could function without a Druid by their side. In Christian writings, stories mention “fairy women” or “witches,” who were no doubt female Druids. Think the three crones in Shakespeare’s “MacBeth.”
Druids shared a belief that the Divine does not exist as one or more personal gods, but is present in all things and is everything. Druids sensed Nature as divine and sacred.
And Druidism is free of dogma. It was – is – a spiritual path free of intolerance and sectarianism that plague conventional religion.
Something like yoga.
Internationally celebrated yoga instructor Sianna Sherman holds dual degrees in biology and nutrition and has several apprenticeships as a wild-crafter of plant medicines. She is also a body worker and a storyteller.
Sianna teaches a multifaceted approach based on integrative consciousness that combines hatha yoga, vinyasa, Tantra, yoga anatomy, therapeutics, mythology, mantra, meditation, wisdom lineages, and the power of the practices for everyday transformation.
Add to that the fact Sianna is founder of Mythic Yoga Flow, a mytho-poetic experience designed to activate and enliven asana with deity, mantra, mudra, music, meditation, and the inner realms of magic. Her Urban Priestess is a year-long exploration designed to reclaim the feminine mysteries for today’s world.
This willfully idiosyncratic, wildly accomplished force in the yoga world is central casting for a modern-day priestess in the fierce, erudite Druid Celtic tradition.
Which just happens to be the case.
And Sianna Sherman is a lead presenter at the upcoming Telluride Yoga Festival, where she is scheduled to teach five classes starting with an all-day intensive on Thursday, July 9, 9 a.m.
‘Fire & Nectar: Tantric Yoga Soul Journey,” includes a morning dedicated to a fiery practice featuring standing poses, backbends, arm balances, and inversions. The afternoon session includes deep hip work, twists, forward folds, inversions, and restoratives.
Through the weekend, Sianna’s other classes combine the power of story with mantra, mudra, and challenging asana combinations for good, sweaty fun, at times accompanied by live music, often ending with a meditation.
Sianna Sherman began her journey with yoga in 1989 during an evening vigil and meditation campaign to free Nelson Mandela. The experience of thousands of university students in meditation and prayer triggered something profound inside her. Within a few months, Sianna left the path of medicine for the unknown and mysterious path of yoga. With fierce dedication to the practices, Sianna set out on multiple sojourns and pilgrimages throughout the world to immerse herself in the deep study of the ancient art and science that now has about 20 million yoga-obsessed Americans assuming postures of dogs, fish, camels and serpents and seeking personal transformation at some level of their being, from developing a yoga butt to achieving personal empowerment, even enlightenment.
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