Shawnee has worked with children with autism and special needs for 15 years. She has specialized in working with children who have significant cognitive and language delays, sensory processing deficits, as well as severe behavior problems. Shawnee developed a passion for teaching early on and found her niche in teaching special education. She has also developed a passion for teaching yoga. She is a 500-YA-RYT (Registered Yoga Therapist through Yoga Alliance), a member of the IAYT – International Association of Yoga Therapists and is certified in the application of Purna Therapeutics for digestive disorders, high blood pressure, low blood pressure, asthma, bronchitis and diabetes, She works with private clients who have physical injuries and specializes in yoga therapeutics for anxiety, trauma and depression. Through her experiences as a teacher in special education and her training in yoga, she has made a commitment to infuse her two passions together and teach yoga to children with autism and special needs. Shawnee has a Master’s in Special Education. She wrote her Action/Research paper for her Master’s program on the Effect’s of Yoga on Attention and Behavior for Students With Autism. Through her study and experience teaching yoga to her students in her classroom, she quickly realized the benefits of yoga on her students’ attention and focus, reduced anxiety, body awareness and development of calming strategies. She also noticed the positive reaction from her students and the excitement they displayed each time they practiced yoga. She has experienced first hand the benefits yoga can provide to health and overall well-being. She has a unique combination of understanding autism and other special needs and knowing how to teach and reach these young people. Her goal is to bring the experience of yoga to all individuals no matter their differences or challenges. Shawnee has a book ASANAS FOR AUTISM AND SPECIAL NEEDS coming out in the US in January 2015!