Founder & Journey
Owner and Founder of
Shades of Health, Hematology-Oncology nurse of 12 years and certified yoga teacher from Southern Maryland. She received her Bachelors of Science degree from Hampton University in 2008 and started her career at the world renowned Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD. Attempting to find balance with work and her personal life, Shionta made a transition to Orlando, FL in 2012 where she was re introduced to yoga. After 3 years of practicing, she explored learning more by completing her 200 hour yoga teacher training at Inspirit Yoga Studio in 2015.
Her experiences as an Oncology nurse kindled her passion for yoga even more through the opportunities of teaching to her patients and team members of various hospital facilities. Shionta incorporates her skill set as a nurse and yoga practitioner to work with every ‘body’ type including students that have cancer, rare genetic conditions, musculoskeletal disorders, acute and chronic pain, mental imbalances, anxiety and depression. She has worked with UF Health Cancer Center of Orlando Health’s Integrative Medicine team, Northside Hospital, Georgia Tech’s Horizon Enrichment program, Black Nurses Association, The Wellness Sanctuary Inc., Black Women Who Plan and Create and with fellow teachers at the Dirty South Yoga Festival. In addition to her dedication to Black Girls Run organization as a member and Orlando co-ambassador; she was invited to share her practice at Sweat With Your Sole 2016 conference in Atlanta, GA and also at SWYS 2019 conference in Charlotte, NC.
She completed Yoga Collective’s Advanced-300 hour yoga teacher training and continues to lead workshops, meditation, self care seminars and yoga classes with emphasis on Alignment Based Yoga and the Pranakriya Approach to Yin Yoga. Shionta has been recognized for her accomplishments by the Black Yoga Teacher Alliance, Voyage Atlanta and Los Angeles Magazine and made an appearance on the podcast Mediocre to Masterful to discuss finding freedom in Yoga. She has grown through many setbacks throughout her journey but she continues to explore collaborating with herself in order to serve well in collaborating with others.
Shades of Health
Inspires transformation in the heart & mind and collaborates with wellness advocates and creatives to give rise to abundance in their community. This movement started many friendships and partnerships that continue to thrive today. Six years and counting Shades of Health continues to provide unique opportunities to teach courses that will count as continuing education hours for Registered Yoga Teachers, host multiple yoga workshops, offers scholarships to aspiring yoga teachers to pursue yoga teacher training and donates to the National MPS Society for families and children who are challenged with rare genetic conditions.