Shanila is a wellness activator, women’s researcher, speaker, and the founder of AlwaysPlay based in Los Angeles. She uses ancient modalities with a modern twist to balance and connect the emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual bodies. She came into the world of meditation from her own need after experiencing health and mood imbalances, and from not having proper wellness practices in place. Now, she loves to share these tools for others’ journeys as well.
Shanila grew up in Bangladesh and on the East Coast, working with groups with anxiety, stress, depression, mood imbalances, and sleep troubles. She loves to mix the science and the woo in her practice and hopes that she’s able to reach people who may feel that wellness is inaccessible to them.
Shanila has implemented several programs in the Los Angeles area through the support of several grants from the State of California to bring the art of sound baths and breathwork as emotional and mental wellness tools, hosts workshops in underserved populations, and continues her work in women’s research through partnerships with Universities.
Shanila’s sound bath classes are described as dreamy and otherworldly; her breathwork workshops have been described as a “must experience gift".
Why I practice meditation:
I practice meditation because through it, I am able to access and maintain a calmer sense of being. I’m able to gain perspective of things that may have been sources of worry or anxiety, and transmute that energy into feeling calm, relaxed, blissful, and joy!
Why I teach meditation:
I teach meditation because I believe that having small practical mindfulness tools in our wellness bag is a better world for everyone. I love to create safe and inviting spaces so that the pretenses of who can and should meditate are removed. Helping people simply relax in the midst of a very busy world is beautiful.