Shannon ChristnerShannon collaborated in 2014-15 with Community Outreach Alliance as a contributing editor and writer for the COA Website. In May 2015, Shannon graduated Cum Laude from Loyola Marymount University with a Bachelor of English and a Certificate in Journalism. While at LMU, Shannon thrived while participating in LMU’s International Study Program and studied abroad both in Rome, Italy and in Madrid, Spain.

Being a journalist, she wrote about her adventures, which, under the mentorship of COA Director of Programs, Teri Steel, lead to creating her two college blogs. Upon graduation in 2015, Shannon shifted her focus and started an official travel blog, My Traveling Hammock.

Shannon’s introduction to yoga began with her Mom when she was just two years old, however, she became more committed to yoga principles during her stay at LMU. Her passion about yoga ignited while living and teaching in Pereira, Colombia and Hanoi, Vietnam.

In 2015, Journalism Internships were few and far between, so Shannon became an accredited international English Teacher (TEFL). After working domestically at the D’Angon Academy for Language Acquisition in Lake Forest, Shannon took a second-grade teaching assignment at the Fundacion Liceo Ingles, Colombia, South America. These assignments lead to her teaching students ages 4-14 at the ILA Language Institute, Hanoi, Vietnam. With this teaching contract ending in April 2018, Shannon enrolled in the Abhinam Yoga Center, Goa, India. Here she became an accredited yoga teacher, learning a combination of Ashtanga Yoga based on Iyengar’s Alignment Principles (emphasizing injury free principles with props). Before returning to southern California, Shannon taught her Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga principles in the South Asia country of Pokhara, Nepal.