The Yoga Barn and Workshop is a safe and serene environment created to assist others in exploring their physical body through yoga postures, mental and emotional balance through meditation and the opportunity for transformation through facilitated workshops. The supported workshops are designed to enhance our understanding that what we need to move through our life with purpose and dignity is contained within ourselves.
The yoga classes offered are designed to bring the participant’s attention inward to focus on balance and tranquility in juxtaposition to this increasingly frenetic and jumbled external world. The internal focus allows for calm space away from the pressure of outside responsibilities and brings forward clarity of purpose and right action.
The practice of yoga, though unique to every body, is practiced within community that fosters a sense of deeper purpose and connection to ourselves and to each other as we navigate our way through our lives.
We welcome beginners and those who have experienced physical and spiritual transformation through the consistent practice of yoga and meditation to join our community in whatever way is comfortable and respectful.
The Yoga Barn and Workshop was built in 1977 to house a woodworking shop as an addition to an original Sugar Shack that was renovated into an 800 square foot home. It can be found on a dirt road nestled among birch and sugar maple trees overlooking a large field in rural Holderness, New Hampshire.
Shelley Randall, Owner
Shelley Randall has practiced yoga on and off for over 20 years. While undergoing major transitions in her life she found that practicing yoga and meditation alleviated her stress and kept her grounded in the here and now. The practice of yoga and meditation showed her that she could observe her decisions towards making life altering changes and take ownership of them in a supported, calm and reasoned way. Shelley is dedicated to providing a serene and safe environment that is conducive to exploring the body through asanas or yoga postures and the mind through meditation. By providing instruction in meditation and yoga and facilitating supportive workshops to assist others to notice their choices, learn from their mistakes and pursue opportunities, she believes that people can move their life forward in a mindful way. Shelley firmly believes that everything we need we already have, we just need to tap into our inner resources to identify the sources of dissatisfaction, those self created obstacles and identify our goals in order to take the necessary steps towards those goals.
Shelley will bring the yoga postures and meditation to beginners who wish to enhance their understanding of their unique body mechanics and perhaps move beyond their misconceptions of their own body and mind limitations. Shelley will teach Yin Yoga a practice designed to rejuvenate the body’s connective tissue that results in enduring mobility and flexibility. She will also lead restorative yoga and reiki sessions intended to provide profound relaxation and balance the body’s central nervous system.
Shelley has experienced an array of professional paths beginning as a chef, making her way into substance abuse counseling after which she entered law school. She has been practicing law for over 20 years as a child protection lawyer and a Guardian Ad Litem. Throughout this time she has continually sought further education and certifications in various subjects of interest. She is a certified 200 hour yoga instructor, is in process of completing her 500 hour certification in Yin Yoga and meditation. She holds certifications in 3 different energy healing modalities, continues to develop her psychic and mediumship skills and took course work in facilitating transformational workshops through the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health.
Shelley honed her teaching skills in court rooms in front of judges in two states and while teaching law students at the UNH School of Law. She has developed a keen sense of timing and a deep appreciation for her audience, whoever they may be. She has taught yoga at various yoga studios throughout
When not engaged in any of the above activities you can usually find Shelley in the woods or in her kayak with her ever present and beloved canine companion, Louise.
Reiki First Degree
Casey was first introduced to yoga and the power of the breath when she was completing her Master’s Thesis, A Prayer for the Earth: Discovering a New Cosmological Vision Through a Reading of Lind's Hogan's Power and Gregory Maguire’s Wicked from an Ecofeminist, Earth-Centered and Spiritual Perspective. Part of her thesis explored the power of the wind and therefore the breath highlighting the influence the breath has on the individual and universal level. From there she began exploring numerous practices and types of yoga. Each gave her new perspectives and new growth opportunities in her own understanding of how yoga influenced her daily life. It was the physical practice that brought her to yoga at first, but the emotional and mental wellbeing it provided her was what kept her coming back to the mat.
Casey’s personal practice and teaching style includes vinyasa flow, restorative, and gentle. She likes to incorporate readings and music as ways to connect the practice of yoga on and off the mat. She hopes when people leave her class they feel balanced, refreshed, mindful, and grounded. She is grateful for any opportunity to share with others all of what yoga has brought to her life and the differences it has made for her.
She currently lives in Ashland, NH with her husband Andre, her two rescue dogs Stanley and Faelan, and her rescue cat Elbie. When she is not on her mat, she enjoys Crossfit, running, hiking in the lakes region, and reading as much as she can.
Stay tuned for Shannon's bio.