about us
Shambhala Yoga Center is located in Beacon New York, nested in the beautiful Hudson Valley region between Fishkill, Wappingers Falls, Cold Spring and Newburgh. Our serene, sunny studio features a tea and reading lounge, dressing room and on premises parking.

We offer classes in a variety of traditions and styles ranging from beginner to advanced. Our philosophy as a yoga center stems from the idea that yoga is beneficial to all, and therefore should be accessible to all. We strive to make all of our students feel welcome and special, and are honored to be able to share in their yoga practice.

Most of our classes are taught in a flow or vinyasa format which focuses on the breath to help the practitioner move organically from one posture to the next. Be prepared to breathe, sweat, and enjoy the many benefits of yoga:

  • Increased suppleness
  • Increased cardiovascular capacity
  • Weight loss
  • Long, lean, strong muscles
  • Balance endocrine function
  • Detoxification
  • Efficient immune function
  • Serenity
  • Mental clarity
  • Clearer connection with your true self


Shannon Brandt
Shannon Brandt is the owner & founder of Shambhala Yoga Center and Director of Shambhala Beacon.

She has been a student of yoga for over ten years, studying in Brooklyn, Hawaii and North Carolina. She believes that everyone has the capacity for growth of spirit through the practice of movement with breath facilitated by the study of yoga. She loves to teach in any capacity, encouraging her students to have faith in themselves and their breath to move through their practice and their daily life. When not teaching yoga, Shannon is a therapist who works with children on the autism spectrum. Shannon would like to thank her teachers- the various yogis and yoginis she has had the honor of practicing with, her husband, son, and the beautiful, wise children she works with.

Ishia Wilson
A native Beaconite, Ishia originally studied modern dance and earned a B.F.A. in Dance from SUNY Buffalo. She began practicing yoga to supplement her career and training, and it soon grew into a great passion & priority to help others carve their bodies and souls with the yogic teachings. She completed her teacher training in NYC at Joschi Yoga Institute, and is also prenatal certified studying at Kripalu with Janice Clairfield. Ishia firmly believes that the principles of Vinyasa yoga can help us improve all aspects of our lives, both on the mat and beyond...

Elizabeth Castagna
Elizabeth Castagna received her Alexander Technique Master Class training with Chloe Wing in NYC. Where Elizabeth taught private classes for several years before moving to the Hudson Valley in 2007. As a part of her training she did extensive study in Trauma Release Therapy, Body Mapping, The Infinity Walk and Bioenergetics.
Elizabeth's approach to teaching is deeply rooted in her value of understanding, and her wonder of what is in the natural intelligence of the body. She dedicates her teaching to seeing clearly her students and to hearing them. To support the unfolding of their body and mind together and to respect the pace of this movement. Elizabeth loves that the Alexander Technique is a teacher/student relationship empowering the student with tools to create change in their lives. In her 3rd year of training she gave birth to her son, Rubio. With an increased awareness of her body and knowledge of how it is designed, she enjoyed a healthy, pain-free pregnancy and natural childbirth.
Elizabeth has the deepest gratitude for her amazing teachers and students who never stop supporting her growth. “How much movement do I need to stay clear?” Is a question that has guided Elizabeth forever.

Rhonda Nolan
Warm, good-humored, rounded yoga teacher with a decade of teaching experience and more than 1000 hours of training. Rhonda has both training and experience in vinyasa, Iyengar and therapeutic yoga, so expect the unexpected when you come to class! She also teaches prospective yoga teachers in philosophy and anatomy.

Sara Hart
Sara is grateful to have found a yoga lifestyle whose guidance, love and energy awakened her luminosity. Humbled and inspired by how meaningful her yoga practice is in her life, Sara has a strong desire to share this practice with others. She combines her studies in meditation, pranayama and spiritual philosophy with her study of asana to create a challenging and comprehensive asana practice that caters to athletes, artists, & those healing from addiction and illness, with inspiring words of wisdom for living in today’s world. Sara applies a nurturing hands-on approach to alignment and aromatherapy with Young Living Oils to massage, nurture and relax the soul.

Sommer Hixson
A dancer since the age of 4, Sommer received her BFA in modern dance from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, where she studied technique, choreography, performance, anatomy and kinesiology. After post-college training as a work-study student with the José Limón Dance Company, Sommer transitioned to yoga and Pilates following a debilitating car accident. She has been practicing for 12 years at Shambhala, Yoga Works and Vira Yoga. Sommer brings to the class a keen awareness of the body, a passion for music, and a fascination and appreciation for yoga's physical, psychological and emotional rewards.

Carl Narvesen
Carl Narvesen is a certified yoga teacher with a background in healthcare and adult education. After years of distance running and meditation, he needed to find a complimentary activity. That drive landed him in a yoga instructor class to find a balance and deeper understanding of the practice. Carl has experience in Hatha yoga, an appreciation for instructing beginner Yogis, and has a strong interest in both Yin yoga and stamina-building sequences.

Michelledana Shafran
Michelledana Shafran is a Dance/Movement Therapist and Certified Yoga Teacher who has been dancing and choreographing movement for over 20 years; teaching and performing nationally as well as internationally. Michelledana greatly enjoys sharing the gifts of movement with EVERY body; inviting and encouraging people of all ages, shapes, and sizes to move and be moved.

Edie Goldman
Edie's interest in hatha yoga was revived several years ago, when she discovered a quiet, little yoga studio in Beacon...Shambhala. From her first class, she felt drawn to teach, so she could the benefits gained from her own practice -- a renewed sense of well being and contentment, as well as improved health in body, mind, and spirit. After four decades of work in production management and business administration, Edie is ecstatic that in teaching yoga, she is finally doing what she loves, and loving what she does.

Briana Myers
Since her first Vipassana retreat in 2006, Briana had been committed to the path of mindfulness. She has studied yoga, meditation, and Buddhism in NYC and India. Briana's primary focus is Metta meditation, or loving kindness, and she looks forward to sharing this with the Shambhala community.

Sarah Simon
Coming from a background in dance and movement from ballet to capoeira to improvisation, Sarah teaches yoga to share a practice that has helped her to bring awareness and strength to body and mind. Having begun as a teenager to practice alongside both of her parents, she now holds a 200 hr yoga certification from Yogastream in Princeton, NJ. You can also find her growing vegetables at Common Ground Farm this season.