Shayna Hiller. CHC, RYT is an author, wellness coach and yoga instructor based in Venice Beach, California. She is passionate about supporting people in overcoming eating disorders, re-discovering their sexual vitality, and managing stress. After nearly a decade of devoted study, teaching and personal experience regarding the interplay between nutrition, yoga, sexuality and meditation, Shayna continues to fuel her offerings with new perspectives and unique offerings. Shayna has over 500 professional teaching hours through Nosara Yoga Institute. She is a board certified Health Coach. Shayna runs retreats and workshops worldwide throughout the year. She recently published her first book, ‘Don’t Judge Me By My Cover’.
What do you do best?
I am a skilled ‘listener’. This actually comes in handy both, in personal life and in business. I am able to not only hear what people say but to listen to and be completely present with the deeper aspects of what someone is experiencing in a particular moment.
What makes you the best?
I have no expectations and have learned not to base my happiness on my external circumstances. My meditation practice (and life experiences) have taught me how to fill my ‘personal love tank’ from within. Because I do not feel dependent on my external world, I feel more confident than if I were worried about judgement from the outside. My trust in self has allowed me to translate the vital message of self-love and sustainable wellness to my students, clients, peers, and loved ones.
What are your aspirations?
My aspirations, personally, are to continue to travel on a consistent basis and explore more of the world, which I believe is an exploration of more depths of my own mind. Travel is an opportunity for me to expand my consciousness, be completely present, curious like a child, and ready to learn and grow int he most organic and fulfilling way possible. I feel like life becomes larger and more mysterious the more I travel and connect with people and surroundings that are completely new.
My aspirations, professionally, are to continue hosting yoga and wellness retreats around the world to share the magic of travel and self-care with those who have the desire to discover their potential. I also intend to serve a larger audience through online trainings and public speaking.
By biggest success is maintaining a committed relationship with my current partner for the past two and a half years. Having been single and celibate and very much fearful of intimacy for nearly a decade, I am learning that the most effective way to truly learn about myself is through another person. So much for all that silent meditation! This relationship has exposed the parts of myself that were hidden and continues to teach me new beautiful life lessons every day.
Most Challenging Moment?
My most challenging moment (or period of life) was when I suffered from Orthorexia in my late teens/early 20s. I had no idea what was happening to me, and I felt I could not control my eating disorder. I was a slave to my self-imposed habits and discipline, and it nearly killed me. Simultaneously, I am fully aware that this challenge is what propelled me to do the work I do today. A blessing in deep disguise.
Trust the journey…
Favorite People/Role Models?
I have so many role models, from good old Buddha to Marie Forleo, Dalai Lama to Marianne Williamson, Osho to Lao Tzu, Oprah to Beyonce. It’s all over the place. :-)
My favorite place has always been Costa Rica, as it was my home for five years and a place of immense personal development for me. However, I recently traveled to Bali for the first time and must admit it has won my heart. It’s hard to choose just one. I also love Hawaii and travel there often. Travel is a big one for me. I believe each destination has a different purpose and frequency, so none is really better than the other!
I am obsessed with burning incense and Palo Santo. I am sensitive to the energy of a space, especially my living space or a yoga studio. I always have Palo Santo on hand. I also love using certain essential oils at certain times of the day, and am somewhat habituated to them! I am also a mala bead junkie (blame it on Bali). I literally wear a different mala bead necklace every day. Not to meditate. Just to wear. It’s my equivalent of high end jewelry… yogi style. ;-)
Wow, that’s a big one. Right now my biggest passions are: creating my online course, planning future travel, preparing for the upcoming retreat I am hosting in Costa Rica, riding my bike as often as I can, and cooking fall-inspired food!