Founder & Lead Yoga Teacher Trainer/ Instructor Laura Shannon-Madeja a San Francisco native who grew up in the Excelsior. She has practiced yoga for over two decades and also enjoys nature, dance, martial arts, exotic travel, metaphysics, music, Love and laughter with good people. Synchronistically, her initial leisure trips abroad and to remote locations inspired her to study traditional world medicines, spiritual systems and deepen her practices. While living in Hawaii, Laura learned from masters of martial arts, alternative-holistic teachers attaining a second degree black belt in Dan Zan Ryu Jujutsu, & the healing art Seifukujutsu massage. In Rishikesh, India she formalized her yoga training and is currently a E-RYT 200 with the Yoga Alliance, sensei ni of the SFJK, a trained kupale©| women’s self-defense instructor and Usui Reiki master. Laura returned to her hometown and district founding Excelsior Yoga to help spread the benefits of yoga and complimentary restorative modalities to the community.
Founder & Lead Yoga Teacher Trainer/ Instructor Danilo Shannon-Madeja began a personal yoga practice over thirty years ago, in Anacortes, Washington. A friend suggested that he try yoga and that it would help with some back problems he developed as a wrestler in high school. A few years later, yoga became crucial in his self rehabilitation after an accident left him with two broken knee caps. While living on the island of Oahu (in Hawaii), he earned a black belt in surfing, and a third degree black belt in Dan Zan Ryu Jujutsu & the healing art of Seifukujutsu massage. His formal yoga studies and training was done in Rishikesh, India. He is an E-RYT 200 with the Yoga Alliance, Sensei of the SFJK, a trained Kupale© women's self defense instructor, and an Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki energy healer. In 2011, Nilo moved to San Francisco and the Excelsior and founded Excelsior Yoga with his wife Laura.