teacher, writer, nature lover

For as long as I can remember, I’ve questioned the meaning of life and death. This has led me to study with masterful spiritual teachers, while life has humbled me to find inner stillness and presence.

My extensive studies in yoga (specifically Tantra yoga), Folk Herbalism, Energy Healing, and Ayurveda offers enriching wisdom in my classes, events, retreats, and trainings.

I bring Rituals & Rest back into our lives to remember and connect to the sacred and to slow down to provide immense healing. 

meet shanine

Shanine Dennill with Australian shepherd named Rihanna, offering yoga, retreats YTT events and workshops

It’s Nice to Meet You! Here is my story:

My spiritual journey began when I was very young. The passing of my grandfather, my father, and hearing a person killed (in my home country, South Africa) led me to contemplate life and death. I began to read books on spirituality and religion to understand what happens after we die.

I was introduced to yoga while studying massage therapy in 1999. I moved to Canada in 2001, and a work colleague suggested I try yoga again. It became a place where my mind became more still, and a whole inner world of healing opened up for me. So I enrolled in my first yoga teacher training. My teacher encouraged me to volunteer at Carpenter Hospice, teaching restorative yoga to those with life-limiting illnesses, and this deepened my love of teaching, and being of service.

As a life-long student, I completed three yoga teacher trainings and a meditation teacher training, receiving my E-RYT 500 with the Yoga Alliance. I’m a reiki practitioner, studied Folk Herbalism, and am currently studying Ayurveda. I also owned a successful yoga studio for ten years.

When I closed my yoga studio during the pandemic, I noticed years of stress stored in my body and I felt anxious for the future.

It felt as though a part of my identity died and I was forced to slow down and surrender into the unknown.

I dove deeper into Restorative Yoga, Yoga Nidra, and Meditation.

Connecting with stillness revealed the sacred, ever-present, peaceful, abundant, and spacious energy within and around. The more I became friends with resting, the more I embraced and looked forward to the unknown. In the unknown, I began to embrace the mystery of life more fully. 

In learning and accepting death, I learnt how to live.

This led me to dive deeper into Ayurveda and how this ancient practice can help us bring harmony in the mind and body to live a more joyous life.

I love facilitating yoga teacher trainings and have been doing so for over 10 years (teaching 200-hr trainings, Restorative Yoga Trainings, Yoga Nidra trainings, and more).

Yoga, meditation, pranayama (breath), and nature are my safe havens.

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Get to Know Me

1. The one thing i love more in this world:

My fur baby

2. my favourite tea

Stinging nettle

3. The musical instrument i am learning:

Didgeridoo

4. Places i wish to travel to:

India and Nepal

5. my favourite places in the world:

Sedona and Peru

6. My Most Rewarding Experience to Date:

Serving others

7. in my next life, i want to be:

A Buddhist monk/nun

8. A woman saint I admire:

Anandamayi Ma

Let's work together

events and retreats mini-retreats, 3-day and international retreats

Events and

online community and online courses with Shanine and Diana of Rooted in Natura

Online Community

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Yoga Teacher

my education:

Thank you to my teachers (and their teachers, and the sacred lineage of teachings that I share).
I aim to not dilute the ancient teachings and honour the sacred wisdom that has been shared with me and from where they came.

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E-RYT 500 with Yoga Alliance
(highest credentials)

Yoga & Meditation Related

  • Yoga Teacher Training:
    • 300-hour with Yogarupa Rod Stryker
    • 200-hour with Todd Norian & Ann Greene
    • 250-hour with Nesta Falladown
  • Restorative Yoga Training:
    • 65-hour with Jillian Pransky
    • 20-hour with Chanti Tacoronte-Perez
    • 40-hour with Andrea Peloso
  • Yoga Nidra Training:
    • 60-hour with Tracee Stanley & Chanti Tacoronte-Perez
    • 63-hour with Yogarupa Rod Stryker
  • Meditation:
    • 200-hour with Tony Murdock
  • Prenatal:
    • 20-hour with Janice Clarfield
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Yoga Alliance Certified Education Provider – YACEP
(providing continuing education)

Nature, Health & Wellness

  • Ayurveda Health Advisor – Hale Pule (currently in training)
  • Sound Healing Intensive – Darren Austin Hall
  • Cacao Ceremony Facilitator Training
  • Reiki: Usui Reiki First and Second Degree Level – Edward Huang
  • Folk Herbalism & Gaian Mentorship – Julie Gaia
  • Health Coach – Institute of Integrative Nutrition
  • Ayurveda: Mind/Body Healing – The Institue of Holistic Nutrition
  • Massage Therapy – Institute of Natural Health

Volunteer Experience

  • Carpenter Hospice – Yoga Teacher
  • International AIDS Conference (Toronto) – Research
  • An AIDS Orphanage in South Africa – Care
  • All Africa Games (1999) – Massage Therapy

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