你好! Guten Tag! Greetings!
My name is Shawn (some know me by Shawnee or 陆霜). I come originally from the US, but for the past years have been living in Berlin with my German husband and our crew of children. Prior to settling down in Europe, I resided in Seattle, New Hampshire, Maine, Bangalore, Guilin, Nanjing and Shanghai.
From as early as I can remember, I found myself in yoga poses (without knowing what yoga was). Now, since over ten years, I have been a regular yoga practitioner. In 2011, I completed my first teacher training in Hatha Vinyasa (200-hr with Lorraine Aronson), followed by my Yin Yoga certification (70-hr Primary Level of Insight Yoga with Sarah Powers) in 2019. I currently offer private and group yoga classes in Berlin for any level/body. Click here to learn more about the yoga I’m offering, and here to check out the group class options.
At age 15, I began my studies of Mandarin at NMH School in the Berkshires. From that point forward, Chinese has been a huge part of my life. Whether tutoring my classmates in high school and college, using it to get around southwest China on my own, or teaching it to non-Chinese all over the world, I have always found a way to incorporate it into what I do. I have lived over 12 years in China and speak (as well as read and write) fluent Mandarin. My passion for this language runs deep, and I find great satisfaction, as well as humility, in teaching it to others. For online lessons, click here, and for additional private or group classes, have a look here.
TRIPS TO CHINA (on-hold due to Covid-19):
Since early 2004, I have been leading groups to Mainland China, to provide unique local experiences and to show what the typical tourist does not have the opportunity to see. These trips are catered to small groups (6-8 people) as well as private tours. During the course of the China journeys, I give daily Chinese lessons, as well as offer yoga classes tailored to the travelers’ needs and mobility.
Reach out with interest or inquiry – whether you are wanting to pursue yoga, Chinese, a trip abroad, or just want to connect.