To empower every person to actively be involved in their growth and healing process. We engage in Breath work, Meditation, Yoga, and a nutrition dense way of living as an Integrative approach to provide high quality care and community.
Thinking outside the box from traditional & conservative health systems. Balancing bravery with a result-driven mentality to ensure our service offered has a direct impact
Working together with wellness advocates and creatives to give rise to abundance in their community
We invest in further education & certifications through our scholarship that helps pioneer a quest to knowledge and understanding
Focused on an integrative approach to helping people heal from chronic illnesses
We are forward-thinking and actively looking for new solutions to long-lasting problems, especially in healthcare
Owner and Founder of Shades of Health ®, Registered Hematology-Oncology nurse of 14 years, and 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 The Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Attempting to find balance with work and her personal life; she was able to utilize tools that were introduced to her by fellow nurses. One of those tools was yoga. Shionta first experienced yoga in the form of Bikram in 2010, but resisted it for 2 years. Shionta then 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 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's Pastoral Care, Georgia Tech’s Horizon Enrichment program, Black Nurses Association, The Wellness Sanctuary Inc., Black Women Who Plan and Create, and with UCLA outpatient nursing staff. In addition to her dedication to Black Girls Run organization as a member and former Orlando co-ambassador; she was invited to share her practice at Sweat With Your Sole 2016 and 2019 conference as a public speaker and teacher.
She completed an advanced-300 hour yoga teacher training with emphasis in Alignment Based Yoga and continues to lead her Sacred offering called 'Yoga for Recovery from Chronic Illness' with a Pranakriya Approach to Yin Yoga. Shionta has been recognized for her accomplishments by Black Girls Run, the Black Yoga Teacher Alliance, Voyage Atlanta and Los Angeles Magazine, and made an appearance on podcasts Mediocre to Masterful, Mindfully Integrative, and Blind Guy, His Wife, Their life 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.
Shionta is currently pursuing her Master's at UCLA with a focus in Integrative approaches as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She believes that by getting to the root of the person inside the patient and meeting them where they are, we can do more than offer a few months of limited life and instill hope back into the mind of the hopeless. She has most recently been active with the White House administration as a Rural partner to make recommendations on hunger, nutrition, and all things health.
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Finding Me by Viola Davis
Unbound by Tarana Burke
Sacred Woman by Queen Afua
The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel Van der Kolk
Caste: The Orgins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson
Cured: The Life Changing Science of Spontaneous Healing
by Dr. Jeffrey Rediger, M.D.