shayna skarf


Shayna discovered the power of conscious movement at an early age as a gymnast in Toronto and has been practicing yoga for 20 years. Her love affair with yoga began in earnest in 1999. While volunteering in Mumbai, she fell for the meticulous alignment and props (rope wall!) of Iyengar yoga. In Boston, New York, and London her practice deepened and yoga gradually shifted from peripheral hobby to central focus. Through international moves, career shifts, pregnancy, childbirth and graduate school, yoga remained her touchstone.

Shayna attended her first Forrest Yoga class in New York City in 2007 and was struck by the transformative power of Forrest’s modern system. After completing a PhD in English Literature in 2012 and teaching for several years at universities, Shayna recognized her true calling as a yoga teacher. She completed her first teacher training with Ana Forrest in 2014 (RYT-200), a year-long Mentorship Program with Erica Mather in 2015, and the Advanced Forrest Yoga Teacher Training at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in 2017. She is currently studying Trauma-Informed Yoga with Exhale to Inhale.

Shayna’s classes are designed to keep students breathing and feeling while safely exploring their edges. Meticulous sequencing, hands-on assists, and physical and emotional insights infuse every class that she teaches. She focuses, first and foremost, on deep breathing, alignment, fortifying the core, and taking care of oneself. Her classes balance active sequences with sustained postures to safely build strength and flexibility in the body. Shayna enjoys working with all levels, ages and shapes and firmly believe yoga is for everyBODY. She considers this healing work to be not only a profession, but a sacred calling and is honored to share the gifts of Forrest Yoga with her students. For more on Shayna, please visit