About ABLE YOGA THERAPY
"Yoga for All Bodies, BRAINS and ABilities"
ABLE Yoga Therapy provides private therapeutic sessions and small group therapeutic classes. Small group classes or private sessions allow for individual attention and support with proper safety and alignment. Shawnee provides specific modifications and supports using props and the Yoga Wall to meet the needs of individual bodies, including those with injuries. ABLE Yoga Therapy specializes in Yoga Therapeutics for spinal health to include chronic low back pain, scoliosis, upper back, neck and shoulder pain as well as stress, anxiety, depression and trauma. ABLE Yoga Therapy also provides specialized yoga therapy for children and adults with neurodiverse brains and diverse needs Asanas for Autism and Special Needs and children and youth with complex needs through Yoga Therapy for Youth.
ABLE Yoga Therapy leads workshops and trainings in restorative yoga, yoga therapeutics and how to provide modifications to meet the needs of all bodies and offers yoga/meditation retreats to support self-care and healing.
Shawnee Thornton Hardy
Shawnee has been a lifelong athlete with a dedication to fitness and health. She was a long distance runner for most of her life which kept her physically fit and gave her an outlet for stress. Following the birth of her daughter, she began experiencing physical symptoms such as extreme lethargy, popping bones, severe headaches, heart palpitations and many other symptoms. After months of visiting a variety of specialists, she was diagnosed with Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, an autoimmune disease. She had also been suffering with ongoing back pain and back spasms from a work injury. Without the ability to run, she began to feel increased anxiety and depression. Along with her physical difficulties, she was going through many challenging transitions and was overwhelmed with worry, fear, anxiety and instability. During a physical therapy appointment her doctor suggested yoga. Shawnee tried a class and when she left she realized that for one hour her mind was focused and in the present moment. She became dedicated to the practice of yoga. Through her continued practice she became increasingly energetic, many of her symptoms from her autoimmune disease diminished and her back became strong and healthy. Far beyond the physical benefits she gained from her yoga practice, she began to notice a shift in her thought patterns. Through breath, meditation and a specialized asana practice, she was able to let go of the need for control and experience life from an entirely new perspective. Being a natural teacher, having taught special education for years, she decided to become a certified yoga therapist, thus began her lifelong journey of learning and sharing her passions with others.
Shawnee is a C-IAYT Certified Yoga Therapist through The International Association of Yoga Therapists, a 500 E-RYT through Yoga Alliance and an RCYT (registered children's yoga teacher).
Shawnee is currently completing her 3 year studies in Somatic Experiencing™ developed by Peter Levine and incorporates what she has learned in her group therapeutic classes as well as private sessions with her students working through trauma. She is currently a PSEP - Preliminary Somatic Experiencing™ Practitioner. She believes deeply that the nervous system and physical body store memories from trauma and through a somatic, individualized and collaborative approach we can release trauma and experience a more empowered and embodied way of being. She has experienced the power of Somatic Experiencing practices through her own therapy, working with her nervous system to process her past childhood traumas and significant recent traumas.
Shawnee believes herself to be a life-long learner and continues to pursue knowledge and experience in yoga, somatics, neuroscience, trauma and the nervous system.
Shawnee teaches small group therapeutic classes and private yoga and somatic movement sessions tailored to meet the needs of her clients (both emotional and physical). Her classes and private sessions are individually based, using yoga props and variations to support the unique body types and physical differences of each individual. Shawnee also incorporates the Yoga Wall in her therapeutic classes and private sessions.
She also offers workshops and trainings in Therapeutic Yoga, Trauma Sensitive Yoga & Somatic Movement and Accessibility and Inclusion in Yoga.
Shawnee believes that our bodies have a natural ability to heal if we commit ourselves to healing through proper nutrition, healthy lifestyle and a consistent practice of pranayama, meditation, movement and asana. Shawnee's approach integrates working with the body, the mind and the nervous system in order to bring more balance and embodiment to our lives.
Shawnee embodies this commitment to healing in her own life and has healed herself of symptoms of hashimoto's thyroiditis, fibromyalgia, digestive problems and other autoimmune symptoms. Her deepest desire is to facilitate more healing in the world. Along with yoga, Shawnee is also passionate about writing. She has had several articles published on online journals including Elephant Journal, MindBodyGreen and Rebelle Society. She is passionate about many areas of life such as art, motherhood, writing, travel and nature. She shares her journey through life and her poetry on her blog fifteen shades of green.
Shawnee leads yoga/meditation retreats for women and Pow Wow Yoga events to raise money for individuals moving through their journey with cancer through her collaboration with Pow Wow Women's Retreat. Shawnee herself is a cancer survivor and aims to turn her pain into purpose through supporting other women and their caregivers throughout their cancer journey.
Shawnee is also the founder of Asanas for Autism and Special Needs and the Founder/Director of Yoga Therapy for Youth. Shawnee's book Asanas for Autism and Special Needs is available in the US and throughout the world. She is currently in the process of writing her second published book on the topic of Yoga Therapy for Children and Teens with Complex Needs. Shawnee will be forever grateful for finding yoga and Somatic Experiencing and aims to help others realize the immense benefits of joy, love, peace, freedom, mindfulness, empowerment and deep healing that yoga and SE can offer.