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Sharon Fennimore, MA

I am a teacher, yogini, women's health coach, artist, and rogue anthropologist based in Vermont. I enjoy working with my clients and students to find a sense of equanimity and peace in their lives regardless of circumstances. In addition to the yoga and meditation training programs with an emphasis in meditation and Buddhist philosophy that I offer, I also specialize in working with women around issues of reproductive health, pregnancy, and stress management. I work with private clients all over the world using SKYPE and facilitate group coaching programs like this one.

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About this course

Radiant Heart: A 9-Week Course for Heart Health and Joy
(15 CEU Credits Available for Yoga Alliance/Yoga Teachers)

Facilitated by Sharon Fennimore, MA, E-RYT, RPYT                                        

This is a course designed for adults who are seeking an intellectual, physical and energetic approach to cardiovascular health and expanding their capacity for joy.  For yoga instructors, this is an opportunity to explore two Classical Buddhist texts on the heart and learn an approach to meditation and the practice of asana that will enhance their teaching, regardless of style or level of experience. 

The entire course is online and students will have six-months to access all of the materials.  Curriculum includes:

  • Reading and discussion of two Classical Buddhist texts in translation: The Heart Sutra and Vijana Bhairava Tantra
  • Hatha Yoga: gentle physical yoga practices for heart health, stress reduction and happiness
  • Guided meditation instruction
  • Poetry and inspirational readings
  • Energetic and embodied anatomy of the heart
  • Heart Chakra activation techniques
  • Stress, anxiety and panic management and reduction techniques


Required Textbooks

A Little Book of Love
Author: Moh Hardin
Publisher: Shambhala (2011)

Awakening of the Heart: Essential Buddhist Sutras and Commentaries
Author: Thich Nhat Hanh
Publisher: Parallax Press (2012)

The Radiance Sutras
Author: Lorin Roche
Publisher: Sounds True (2014)

Tending the Heart: Living in Flow with the Pulse of Life
Author: Shiva Rea
Publisher: Sounds True (2014)

Heart Yoga: The Sacred Marriage of Yoga and Mysticism
Authors: Andrew Harvey and Karuna Erickson
Publisher: North Atlantic Books (2010)

Love’s Ripening: Rumi on the Heart’s Journey
Translated by: Kabir Helminski and Ahmad Rezwani
Publisher: Shambhala (2010)

The Power of the Heart: Finding Your True Purpose in Life
Author: Baptist De Pape
Publisher: Atria (2014)



Webinar Schedule* (all are recorded as MP4 video files and can be downloaded)

Orientation and Welcome to the Course
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
10:00 to 11:00 am

Finding the Breath of the Heart
The Sutra on the Full Awareness of Breathing
Pali of the Anapanasati Sutta
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
10:00 to 11:00 am

The Heart’s Intelligence
The Sutra on the Four Establishments of Mindfulness
Satipatthana Sutta
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
10:00 to 11:00 am

Mindful Heart Practices
The Heart Sutra
Prajnaparamita Hrdaya Sutra
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
10:00 to 11:00 am

Radiant Heart
The Radiance Sutras
Vijnana Bhairava Tantra
Wednesday, May 6,2015
10:00 to 11:00 am

The Heart in Relationship
Daily practices for connection and compassion
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
10:00 to 11:00 am

The Sutra on Happiness
Mangala Sutta
Cultivating joy and abundance
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
10:00 to 11:00 am

Metta Meditation
Cultivating a practice of awareness and compassion
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
10:00 to 11:00 am

Cycles of the Heart and Rituals
Lifestyle practices that enhance heart health
Wednesday, June 3, 2015
10:00 to 11:00 am


Teleconference Office Hours*

Sharon will be available for three office hours during the course to respond to questions regarding the course material.  No new information will be presented, but these times offer an opportunity for some dialogue about the curriculum and practices.  Questions can be submitted by e-mail to Sharon ( a minimum of 48-hours prior to the call, during the call by typing in the question or joining by phone.  Office hours are recorded.

Monday, April 13, 2015
noon to 1:00 pm

Monday, May 18, 2015
noon to 1:00 pm

Friday, June 5, 2015
noon to 1:00 pm

*Occasionally, webinars and office hours need to be re-scheduled due to instructor availability.  If a schedule change occurs, all participants will be informed by e-mail of the new day and time for the webinar.