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. She formalized her yoga training in Rishikesh, India and continues to study to this day. In 2012, Laura and (husband) Nilo returned to her hometown to found Excelsior Yoga and spread the benefits of yoga and other complimentary restorative modalities to the community. Excelsior Yoga Founder, Lead Yoga Teacher Trainer/ Instructor, E-RYT 200; Usui Reiki master; sensei ni of the SFJK & kupale©| Women’s Self-Defense 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. He has been realized holistic benefits of and hasn't stopped since! While living on the island of Oahu in Hawaii he earned a black belt in surfing concurrently with 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. In 2011, Nilo moved to San Francisco and the Excelsior with wife Laura and shortly after found Excelsior Yoga and is the in-studio masseuse. Excelsior Yoga Founder, Lead Yoga Teacher Trainer/ Instructor, E-RYT 200; Sensei of fthe San Francisco Jujutsu Kodenkai (SFJK); a kupale©| Women’s Self-Defense instructor and an Usui Shiki Ryo energy healer.