Synergy Yoga & Wellness Center is conveniently located in the Evergreen area of San Jose, CA. The studio opened its door to the community in September of 2010 offering group and therapeutic yoga classes. Over the past 5 years, Synergy Yoga has grown with the addition of new classes, short yoga series for kids and teens and special workshops to address the growing needs of the community. In addition to classes at the studio, Shoba travels to corporate locations to teach yoga as part of the work wellness programs.
Students who practice at Synergy Yoga feel that the best part about Synergy Yoga is the small class size of group classes, greater individual attention and access to the same teacher each time they practice.
Yoga is the ability to direct the mind exclusively toward an object and sustain that direction without any distraction”- Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra
About the Teacher
My interests in health and wellness started at a young age when I witnessed my great grandfather use Ayurveda and healthy life style practices to lead an independent and deeply enriching life well into his 90’s. I chose to follow an academic path of research and graduated with a Ph.D. in the field of Biochemistry. After some years as a “bench scientist”, I continued to be drawn to “holistic” approaches for maintaining a healthy life style. To deal with the challenges of motherhood and balancing a career in science, I began practicing Hatha yoga after the birth of my kids. Soon after, I chose to deepen my yoga practice and completed a 200-hour teacher training at Simply Yoga, New Jersey studying with JoAnn Carter and Carol Cook. In 2009, I completed additional Level-1 teacher’s training through YogaFit in California to teach Vinyasa based classes and additional special training to teach yoga for kids (YogaFit Kids).
According to Guruji B.K.S Iyengar, “confidence, clarity and compassion are essential qualities of a teacher. As we continually expand the frame of mind using the canvas of the body, we create a larger surface for a painting. We must respect the present form of the body. If you pull too much too quickly, we will rip the canvas. If the practice of today damages the practice of tomorrow, it is not correct practice”. Confidence and clarity of instruction arises with commitment to one’s practice. By practicing compassion, one understands the limits of ones physical body as we continue to explore the edge.
I am a Registered Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance (RYT 200) since 2008. The International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) has recently accepted me as a supporting member as I continue to pursue additional training in yoga therapy for conditions such as postural correction, post surgery rehabilitation, chronic pain and stress relief.