Shannon Burns, E-RYT 500/E-RYT 200, is the founder of Salute The Sun Yoga. The studio is located at 2216 Ivy Road, Suite 206 in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Previously, Shannon was the Lead Vinyasa Yoga Teacher at FlyDog Studio in Charlottesville, Virginia and taught for 5+ years at the studio. Shannon is a double graduate from the University of Virginia (BSN & MSN/FNP), and has lived in Charlottesville for 20+ years. She has practiced yoga since 1996, and completed 200 & 300 hour yoga teacher training at FlyDog Yoga. Shannon is a Tier 1 Certified Baptiste Yoga Leader. She takes special interest in self myofascial release, and enjoys seeing the calming effects of this release in her students at her workshops.
Shannon worked in the field of medicine as a nurse, then nurse practitioner for over 25 years. She delivers alignment focused classes with a deep understanding of the human body, and how different each body truly is. She has knowledge and understanding of the anatomy of a body, and how most injuries and ergonomics can impact movement during the yoga practice.
In July 2020, Shannon was appointed a @Lululemon Ambassador. #thesweatlife
Shannon is also certified in teaching barre, power sculpt, Yin yoga, completed the Social Impact Training, Long, Slow, Deep (LSD), #Unstoppable & #Unbreakable training with Baptiste Yoga and has facilitated the “40 Days to a Personal Revolution” program twice. She has completed over 800 hours of yoga training. Shannon also teaches stand up paddle board yoga. She created a yoga program for the Boys & Girls Club Southwood, in Charlottesville and has also led a free series of “yoga for anxiety and depression” and has worked with University of Virginia athletes to complement their sport. She hopes to find herself immersing in the Cville community more in the future, in hopes of reaching more diverse populations and identifying where yoga is needed most. Most recently, she completed “LSD (Long, Slow, Deep)” training, a Bryan Kest sequence that is a series of holding long, steady, releasing poses in the hips & lower body.
As a Nurse Practitioner, Shannon uses her care, knowledge and understanding of the human body to bring calmness, compassion and strength to the body through support and empowerment. Shannon is known for holding students into the depth of poses to really help them land into their bodies and observe what is happening on the mat.
During a Vinyasa class, Shannon hopes to motivate students to gain confidence, knowledge, and connect to the mind & body in a kind hearted and non judgmental way. Shannon discovered the benefits of yoga practice during a crazy yet exciting stage of parenting and life. After years of running half marathons and being a gym rat, she decided to see what would happen if she took 25 yoga classes in 30 days back in 2015, and has never looked back- HOOKED. Yoga continues to bring balance into Shannon’s life, and she hopes to inspire others to discover all of your possibilities in one of her classes, events, or retreats!
During the COVID pandemic, Shannon found herself needing to pivot what delivering yoga looked like, and started offering outdoor, socially distanced yoga in Charlottesville, Virginia in various locations. You can join Salute the Sun for a Vinyasa flow by signing up for a class under "book a class". She will look forward to guiding you through your journey & flow.
Shannon lives at home with one patient husband, two (very) teenaged daughters, two ridiculously cute English labs, a handful of barn cats, a few chickens, and at times a few other random animals she chooses to nurse back to health. She is proud to call Charlottesville her forever home after living here for more than 27 years.
Read Shannon's article, published in the online journal, Elephant Journal, here: