"Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions."

                                  Dalai Lama

I completed a Master's in Mental Health Counseling at Idaho State University in 2017. I integrate my knowledge and skills as a mental health counselor into my yoga classes. If you are interested in counseling, please visit my counseling website at: www.Sharonhammercounseling.com

I share the benefits of yoga with my students in a noncompetitive environment. My yoga classes are fun, energizing and challenging. I incorporate new research on how to access the body’s fascial structure and core strength. We all love to be active but we must also give our bodies time to relax and renew. I teach breath-centric mindful movement classes which helps to reset and balance the body. In our daily lives we spend so much time with our sympathetic nervous system’s ‘freeze, fight or flight’ mode activated which can wear the body out and lead to premature aging. Anytime we are rushing to get to work, get the kids to school or become irritated or annoyed the sympathetic nervous system kicks in and releases stress hormones in response to the situation. Many of us seldom spend the time we need to activate the parasympathetic ‘rest and digest’ response to allow the body to process out the stress hormones. 

The Training was brutal at times. I incorporated yoga into my training to compliment the strength training with flexibility, mindfulness and breath control. More than once I found myself in a precarious situation climbing a glacier and my yoga breath kept me calm and focused.

Yoga saved my body when I trained and climbed Mt. Baker, WA (elev. 10,781 ft.), Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania (elev. 19,341 ft.) and Mt. Rainier, WA (elev. 14,409 ft.) all within two years.

When the heart opens, everything changes.

After years of working in very stressful professional positions and living in a dense urban environment, I love living where the outdoors is so accessible. I continue to explore the Idaho outdoors and climb mountains. I climbed two of Idaho's highest mountains Borah Peak (elev. 12,667 ft.) and Hyndman Peak (elev. 12,008 ft.). There are great places to hike, bike and snowshoe in Idaho. My yoga practice helps to keep my body flexible and muscles strong so that I continue to enjoy these activities as I age.


Summit Mt. Kilimanjaro 19,341 ft.

My love of travel and adventurous spirit has taken me and my yoga practice to countries all around the world. "China, Cambodia, Vietnam, Bali and India are just a few countries where I have practiced yoga. I love traveling but it can be stressful and hard on the body. Sitting for extended periods of time on long overseas flights or riding in a car on long road trip and my hips, legs and back really get tight. All I need is a space on the floor and I can loosen my hips, stretch my hamstrings and relax my back. I would be miserable, if I didn't practice yoga after traveling." 

I love all kinds of travel from leisurely trips to the beach to huge outdoor adventure trips. My husband and I enjoy spending quite time at the beach on the Oregon coast with our dog, Stanley. 

My husband, Jim, and I moved to Idaho in 2008 from Chicago, IL seeking a lifestyle

change from the dense urban environment. I have a law degree and a Master's in

Public Administration and worked in the public sector for over twenty years. When we moved

to Idaho for me to work as City Administrator in a ski resort town, I trained as a structural and

wildland firefighter and became an Emergency Medical

Technician (EMT). In 2011 I left

a career of practicing law and public

administration. Since that time I have  

teaching certificates in yoga and a Master's 

in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.