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Where Shelley goes

Feather-clad dancer in Crete, clubber with Idris Elba in London and teacher in Little Kimble in Bucks! Muddy catches up with the tour de force that is Shelley Shine.

Yogi and owner of Yoga Synergy, Shelley Shine, is one interesting lady. Her path to yoga teaching has been an unusual one, briefly learning about the practice when she was 19 on a trip back to her birthplace in Africa, then going on to work in Crete for a year as a feather-clad dancer, and rave with Idris Elba on the London clubbing scene. Shelley rediscovered yoga years later to attain balance and stability in her life and has been teaching for the last 10 years.

She now lives a quieter(ish) life with her three boys, partner, two dogs and four cats in Little Kimble, Bucks, juggling life between yoga, family and the odd underground rave. We caught up with her to chat her favourite places in Bucks & Oxon.


Whitecross Green Wood 

I spend a lot of time here. At the edge of the woodland there’s a beautiful hilltop field that’s like a stretching carpet of green – it’s quite steep to get up there, so be prepared to tap those glutes! It’s lovely to get perspective up on the hills and I  spontaneously do yoga here sometimes. There’s this huge tree that I like to practice under – the same tree every time – it’s just right as it has the views but is a little more private. I’ve bought clients up here before, it’s great place to talk as well as practice. I think yoga is both physical and emotional.


Orchard View Farm, Little Meadle

This was one of the first places I discovered when I moved to the area three years ago, I meet mums from school here in the café with the kids as there’s a woodland area with hay bales to play on, it’s pretty lo-fi but they love it. In the café there’s pizza cooked in a traditional oven and a fantastic farm shop that sells local chutneys and meat. I’m pescatarian but I really like how the meat you’re buying here is well cared for and local. Next year I’m hoping to hire one of the farm’s glamper-vans and drive West, maybe to Bude in Cornwall.


Thai Orchid, Banbury

This restaurant was an unexpected yet lovely find. It’s super authentic with ornately carved tables and the pictures on the walls all have amazing stories behind them that the warm, friendly staff will tell you about. The first time I came was the day before a friend’s wedding – she’d asked me to officiate and I also choreographed her wedding dance – I was so nervous, but pulled it off! This place brings place brings back fun memories of that.


Princes Risborough charity shops 

I have a very eclectic wardrobe, people come round to my house to play dress up! When I lived in London I used to find amazing pieces and the shops along Princes Risborough High Street are just as good – I’ve even found Chanel! I bought my favourite coat in one of the shops, it’s floor-length, black velvet and makes me feel like Marilyn Monroe. You do have to rummage around, and you might not get lucky the first time, but I’m a huge believer in recycling and I love that I can find something amazing and be helping people at the same time.


Manhattan Ink, Aylesbury 

I have lots of tattoos, I could tell you about all of them but it would take all day. I love this place because it’s not over the top, if you don’t have a tattoo you won’t be intimidated to go inside, it’s really clean and stylish. I use a girl called Sarah, she’s lovely and brilliant at what she does, it’s so much nicer than having a stereotypical, big, hairy tattooist! One of my favourite inkings she’s given me is a simple line drawing of a person meditating with details of planets and the cosmos.


Obsidian Art, Stoke Manderville 

I bought one of my favourite pieces of art here that I have hanging in my house, it’s a really ethereal, dream-like, black and white drawing of a woman’s face with her hair flowing behind her. The gallery’s really cool, in a prefab barn with paintings covering the walls, and has works from all different UK artists. I’ve bought some really interesting silver jewellery from here before too.


The Lady Grey Tea Room, Wendover 

I love this place, it’s hidden away right at the end of a passage, and it uses proper china teapots and cups without being quaint. I don’t eat cake often, but when I do I’m a big old chocolate cake type of person and they do lovely cakes. It reminds me of my mum, she’s from Yorkshire, so it’s all about having a cup of tea and a slice of cake! I often become friends with people who come to my class and this is one of places we usually come, it’s lovely.


Yoga Synergy. Email Tel: 07904 390 161.

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