I am a Yoga Teacher, Birth Doula, Spiritual Coach and Childbirth Educator. I live and work on beautiful Salt Spring Island, British Columbia.

I am passionate about assisting individuals and families, especially new mothers and pregnant women, to be proactive in their health care through education and holistic tools such as yoga and meditation practice, and more.

I’d like to help you to create a powerful and supported yoga practice and/or birth experience resulting in a more conscious self-relationship and a healthy family.

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Certified Birth Doula ~ DONA International, 2010

Certified Kundalini Yoga Teacher ~ Kundalini Research Institute, 2001

200 hr level, Canadian Yoga Alliance Member ~ 2008-present

Pre-Natal and Post-Natal Yoga ~ home study with various teachers from different styles of yoga including Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa (Kundalini)and Janice Clarfield (Hatha).

Ph.D. (Biology) ~ University of Ottawa, 2001 (Medical Botany – Thesis: Taxonomy, Phytochemistry and Biological Activity of the plant genus Echinacea)

Certificate of Phytotherapy ~ Joanna Baird-Mallouk, 1996


Thanks to Billie Woods , Danielle Acken and Karen Love for photography on this site.

4 Responses to About

  1. Najma Manx says:

    Hi Shannon

    I’d like to come to your classes on Thursday.
    Can you tell me if there is a spot available and when I can start.

  2. Kathy says:

    I knew Joanna Mallouk and just Googled her name and your site came up. Interested in knowing about your work …. http://www.kathyvance.com

    • shannoncowan says:

      Hello Kathy,

      Thanks for your comment. Your mention of Joanna reminds me of how inspired I was to work with and to learn from plants when I was in my twenties. Are you in touch with her? I am still an avid food gardener. My work with phytotherapy has never been commercial, and for a long time was quite academic, but it is now part of my practice as a Doula and Childbirth Educator to bring information to women and families about plants in foods and for maternal and children’s health. In addition to the work with yoga, meditation, childbirth services and women’s health that I describe on my website, I’m also involved with group facilitation and watershed protection – coordinating a local government multi-stakeholder group where I live. Your work with counselling that you describe on your website sounds fascinating and fulfilling. Let me know if you have any more questions. Sincerely, Shannon

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