You may hear us frequently talk about a girl name Shannon and you may be wondering, “Who the heck is this Shannon?”. Well, we think it’s time that we formally introduce you to this power house of a human. She is not only an amazing Instructor and dedicated mentor, but is also the heart beat of The Oula Studio Bozeman. But don’t just take it from us! Why don’t we let her introduce herself….
Hi, my name is Shannon! I am a Montana native, born and raised in the very small town of Townsend. I loved growing up in a small town. I loved the community aspect and small town feel, the majority of my close friends are those that I’ve known since Kindergarten. I attended the University of Montana and received my degrees in Social Work and Psychology. I now live in Bozeman with my husband Jake (who has been one of my best friends since 3rd grade, how cute!). I work as a Family Support Coordinator for the HRDC Head Start, and also have the immense pleasure of owning OULA Studio Bozeman with our fearless leader Kali. Some of my most favorite things are my family, friends, reading, coffee, cuddles, hikes, walks, being outside, and obviously dance parties! I started my OULA journey 5 years ago right about this time of year. I had heard of OULA when it first originated, a co-worker and I kept trying to make a class but it didn’t work and I was too shy to go alone so it was almost a full year later that a good friend invited me to go with her to a class. I went that following Monday and LOVED it from the first song. I grew up dancing off and on, was a cheerleader in high school and took dance classes in college trying to fill that void. I missed dance in my life so much, more than I even realized until my first OULA class, it was absolute magic. The class was dark, the music was loud, and Kali was the teacher (so what is not to love)…I spent the entire hour smiling from ear to ear and singing my heart out. I immediately called my sister after class and told her we needed a girls weekend asap so that she could try it. Jenn was able to make a class a couple of months after and loved it as much as I thought she would, she immediately went up to Kali after class and asked when the next teacher training would be, she was signing up. Together Jenn and I signed up for teacher training (which made it all the more special), I am so glad that my sister pushed me to sign up, without her I most likely would have never had the guts and would have kept myself in the back row of classes wishing and hoping to become an instructor. I wanted to become an instructor because OULA just filled a void in my heart, I wanted others to feel how I did when in a class, and ultimately because I wanted to make a difference to people.
Last February Kali bestowed upon me the amazing honor of becoming an OULA mentor. I love so much that I get to be a mentor to the newest batch of trainees. There is nothing like OULA training weekends and getting to be a part of the journey of new hopefuls. Being a mentor has only deepened my love for OULA, and I am so grateful for all the amazing people that have come into my life because of it.
In June I became manager of the OULA Studio Bozeman and in September became co-owner with Kali (still on cloud nine). I literally cannot believe where the past four years have taken me. I am so grateful for OULA every single day, it has shaped me in ways I never thought possible from a ‘workout’. OULA is much more than just a fitness class for me, it is a way of life, it is huge part of my life, and I regard my participants as my dear friends.
- What is your favorite before OULA snack or ritual? I have to listen to my entire playlist the day of class to visualize the moves, and I eat a greek yogurt exactly a half hour out from class.
- What was the first concert you every went to? Shoot I can’t even remember, it was most likely not someone that exciting.
- Who inspires you? So many people inspire me, but the top of my list are my mom, my sister, my husband, and Kali. They are among the nicest, kindest, strongest, hard working people I have ever met.
- Do you have a hidden talent? I think I don’t really have one, I am an excellent organizer but it depends on who you ask if that is a weakness or talent.
- What is something that you always have in your fridge? Greek yogurt and almond milk. And cheese, my husband has to have cheese to live.
- If you had a yacht what would you name it? Oh tough one, either something sarcastic and inappropriate or something sappy like ‘The Jake’.
- What is your favorite gas station treat? Corn nuts or gummy bears!
- What is your least favorite household chore? Emptying the garbage and throwing away old leftovers, luckily my husband takes both of those jobs in exchange for others 🙂
- What app do you use the most on your phone? Instagram, Facebook, or Mindbody
- Do you have a favorite quote or song lyric? Ooh I have lots of favorite lyrics, each song really has it’s own that I love to sing. I have a few favorite quotes that depending on the day are my favorite: “fake it until you make it”, “magic happens outside of your comfort zone”, and “everything happens for a reason”.
*This year Shannon helped The Oula Studio Bozeman win Bozeman’s Choice 2017 for Best Dance Studio and Best Place to Get Fit! If you want to meet Shannon or check out the amazing Oula Studio Bozeman go to oulastudiobozeman.com!