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Meet Shawnaleah Epps of Shine Your Heart Healing in Long Beach

Today we’d like to introduce you to Shawnaleah Epps.

Shawnaleah, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I have a background in branding, marketing and PR and absolutely loved working in this field. I had a corporate job in Denver, CO as an Art Director which started making me feel like I was dying. Literally. One day at work a coworker asked me if I wanted to join her for a yoga class. I went that night and never stopped going. My life changed. I loved how that physical practice also led me to parts of myself I was unfamiliar with. I kept going for a couple of years and really evolved. I decided I had to share this with people so I went to Yoga Teacher Training and got my certification in 2008. During TT, I gifted a friend a yoga bag that I made for her. Someone else asked to buy one for a friend and then the yoga studio where I was getting certified ordered 10. They sold out immediately and then they ordered 40. I knew I had to put some legs under this business so I created a logo and a DBA and Shine Your Heart was born. After the 40 sold out, they ordered 300. Then Whole Foods picked up my bags to see how they would do regionally in the Denver Metro area. I knew this was no mistake and that I had to put some effort behind this hobby turned business.

During this time, a marketing and PR opportunity fell into my lap to manage a hip hop artist. This was my dream job. I couldn’t say no. I took a five years hiatus from SYH to get this artist off the ground. In three short years, we acquired singles with Lil Wayne, 2 Chainz, Pusha T, Raekwon, Birdman, Chris Brown and so many more that were never released. After our second trip in two months to Europe on a PR tour, the artist took a break which left me trying to decide what to do with myself. Shine Your Heart re-emerged. I made a commitment to breathe life back into the business. I did. I opened a store in downtown Long Beach in the East Village Arts District shortly afterwards. After the first six months, I received information in my meditation that I was going to be doing healing work in my store. I got my license to practice Quantum Healing Hypnosis Technique (QHHT) hypnotherapy and my Master Reiki certification and started taking clients September 2018. I know that healing has always been what I am supposed to do in this life. It took all these turns and adventures to teach me and bring me back to myself and put me on the path in service to others.

I started guided meditations for the new and full moons each month and completely outgrew my space. The retail slowed while the healing business grew so I made a decision to move the retail business online only and move the healing practice into a new space. I had my Grand Opening and ribbon-cutting this past Saturday to welcome a new chapter into my life and to finally embrace my purpose of helping others heal trauma. I am honored to be doing this work and excited to see how the light we are anchoring in Long Beach affects this planet in amazing ways.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Some of the struggles for me I think were learning how to listen to and trust my inner voice, the Higher Self. Also, letting go of the programming that tells us that we are “supposed” to do this, wear this, make this much money and if we don’t we aren’t worthy or successful.

So much of that is tied up in self-worth and if you link your self worth to the job you have, people you know, or money you make, then there is always a chance that you will be falling short. It’s programming we received from our family and society that really keeps us in a rat race and working miserable jobs just for the money/security vs really following what our hearts are telling us to do. The money comes, it really does. It takes a really strong mind to dismiss the judgment from others and from our ego and follow what we truly desire. Not many do but for those of us doing it, we give permission to others that it’s ok to do the same. The belief system we inherited was ok for that energy and that version of humanity but we are entering a higher vibrational state on this planet and things are shifting. Those old mindsets won’t make it in a newer energy here. Making those shifts took time and lots of inner work.

Please tell us about Shine Your Heart Healing.
We are a center of light holding space for internal discovery, consciousness expansion, healing and growth. We have a growing schedule offering yoga, guided meditation, quantum jumping, Breathwork, Brilliance Coaching and more. In addition we offer a deeper dive into Self with our private Quantum Healing Hypnosis Technique (QHHT) sessions. These include past life regression and chakra alignment energy work. Our schedule will continue to evolve and grow, so check out online calendar for updates.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
Well, hindsight is always 20/20 but honestly, even as hard as some of the turns were, I don’t want to change anything. It wasn’t just me learning but the others I was sharing this path with as well as those watching without being actively involved that were part of the process. We are always right on time and right where we are supposed to be.

Contact Info:

  • Address: 324 Elm Ave
    Long Beach, CA 90802
    Located in the East Village Arts District
  • Website: www.shineyourhearthealing.com
  • Phone: 562-317-5393
  • Email: hello@shineyourhearthealing.com
  • Instagram: @shineyourhearthealing
  • Facebook: @shineyourhearthealing

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