Our story

Isabella

     Channing

When my family first acquired land in the Hamptons the only structure on the property was the old bunker type shed out in the thick of the woods. We named it The Shack.

I grew up as a child taking long walks out to The Shack with my sister, where we would spend endless days playing make-believe games within its walls. Then as I got older, with my closest friends, we’d take guitars and blankets, fire wood, candles and bottles of wine and spend summers and harvest seasons creating magic and love and art. The Shack was a legend and we were nothing short of a tribe.

I was born to an American father and Uruguayan mother. My mother passed away when I was five years old, leaving me Uruguay and Spanish. In my soul-searching 20’s I ventured to Uruguay, and it was here that I connected with myself, I connected with my mother, and I found yoga.

 

My life for many years felt split in two: mother/father, Spanish/English, Uruguay/USA. At long last it was time to build the bridge between my two worlds. I dug deep into my roots and began to resurrect The Shack, taking it from a dreamy childhood hideaway to what it is today – an international, multi-disciplinary Wellness Center in South America.

Photo: Ben Collier

Isabella

Owner & Yoga Teacher

I am a certified Jivamukti Yoga instructor and began teaching in 2003 in Uruguay, where I originally trained and worked in the Sivananda Yoga method. I am a Licensed Massage Therapist and Certified Health & Wellness Coach. 

 

After dabbling in psychology, nutrition and Eastern medicine practices to varying degrees,I realized that my calling was to create a wellness refuge that could house different healing modalities. 

 

In 2013 I opened The Shack Yoga in José Ignacio, Uruguay. After 5 years of cultivating a beautiful community of teachers and students, and inspiring bilingual classes, I am thrilled and grateful to be part of taking The Shack to its next incarnation as a wellness center.

Team

Florencia

Finance & Operations Manager

I am Florencia, a certified accountant living between Montevideo and José Ignacio, Uruguay. 

 

Last year I spent 8 months travelling around the world, which helped me to realize many things about the life I wanted to live. Allowing my soul and mind be opened to a diversity of people and cultures taught me the importance of listening to my inner voice.

 

Upon returning to Uruguay, I vowed to challenge myself by being immersed in something significant that supports the good in the world. That is when I found The Shack!

 

I’m so happy to be part of this exciting development, returning for my second summer as the Financial & Operations Manager. I can’t wait to welcome you into our sanctuary! 

Andrés

Fitness Expert

I am a Physical Education teacher and fitness instructor with 18 years experience in the field of training. I am driven by all forms of movement, nature and gastronomy.

 

We are designed to move. Through movement we develop an optimal state of wellbeing, which allows us to further enjoy our body, the environment and the people we love. 

 

For this reason I have developed a series of specialized programs that allow the individual to work towards their health goals. 

 

I am proud to welcome you onto this path of new experiences and challenges. At The Shack we invite you to embrace the change towards a healthier and happier life.

Paula

Yoga Teacher

I trained at the Yoga Training Centre of Varanasi, India. There, I deepened my studied with courses such as The Heart of Yoga through Vini-Yoga and Vedic Chantingat Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram in Chennai. Currently, I lead groups on journeys throughout sacred places in India.

 

I lived in Spain for 4 years where I studied various types of yoga including Anusara, Vinyasa, Yin, and Bikram.

 

I became a certified children’s yoga teacher under the guidance of Yolanda Bruzzese in Montevideo, Uruguay. In 2012, I illustrated, wrote and composed the music for a series of children’s books called Mini Padmini, Yoga for Children.

 

I thank all of my students, who are in fact my teachers!  

Vaitiare

Massage Therapist

I was born in Montevideo and at the age of 18 I moved to Punta del Este to take my degree in Physical Education.

 

In search of deepening my knowledge of the human body, I went on to train in Professional Therapeutic Massage, which helped me to realize my passion for working in the health and wellness industry. 

 

I am specialized in Deep Tissue, Lymphatic Drainage, Swedish and Sports massage, amongst other therapies.

 

With every massage I give, I seek to connect with the individual needs of the client. I believe that this makes each massage unique and special.

 

I’m very excited to be part of The Shack team, working on what I enjoy the most!

Sara

Yoga Teacher & Massage Therapist

I was born in England and have been living in Uruguay for the past 8 years. I am a big lover of travel, vegetarian food, healthy living and nature. 

 

I began my studies of yoga, meditation and Thai massage during a trip through South-East Asia. I continued studying in Barcelona, where I lived for almost a decade, practicing a variety of yoga styles such as Vinyasa, Yin, Kundalini and Bhakti. 

 

In my classes I try to transmit the feeling of yoga in its purest state. We learn to connect with ourselves through postures (asanas), breathing (pranayama) and other techniques such as mantra, mudra, kriya and meditation. My Vinyasa Flow classes integrate elements of Yin yoga, which consist of passive, prolonged postures. A deep internalization is achieved, allowing a release of body-mind tensions.

Martín

Massage Therapist

In 2002 I graduated in Therapeutic Massage at The Hawaiian School of Health and Science. Afterwards I returned to Uruguay, where I currently live.

 

I am specialized in Deep Tissue, Shiatsu, Swedish, Lymphatic Drainage and Watsu. I strive to ensure that each client receives the best experience during their treatment. My sessions are characterized by their deep focus on the muscular layers of the body and the different methods of releasing tension throughout the fascia.

 

I am the founder of Escuela de Masajes, a certification program for massage therapists. My mission is to raise the standards of clinical massage in Uruguay. 

   

The Shack is without a doubt one of my favorite places to work – I’m delighted to be a part of the family!

Ruta 10, km 182.5

José Ignacio, Maldonado, 

C.P 20402

Phone: +598 94 494555

Uruguay

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