Over her many years of practicing yoga, organizing community events, touring with Blue Spirit Wheel, wrangling a Burning Man camp, practicing yoga while touring or wrangling, Stephanie has developed completely unique, powerful offerings.
Though working on your practice certainly overlaps with working on your life, the difference is focus is significant. It's important to do both; they both require directed attention. Working on your practice, particularly when refining asana, keeps your body safe as you deepen your practice. Working on yourself, particularly when not focused specifically on asana, allows you to live more fully.
Stephanie's offerings combine different themes, such as asana, pranayama, leadership, chanting. Regardless of the primary focus, she always emphasizes the connection between spiritual practice and life. Truly understanding those connections is rarely easy.
Stephanie has lived and worked on 5 continents—she tells stories and weaves lessons that are rarely heard elsewhere. She creates space in which you can dive deep into yourself and into the world, and imbues that space with laughter, gratitude, and surrender. She maintains that even the hardest self-work can be done with an element of joy. Her ability to see larger perspectives and her experiences from her own practice, as well as years of teaching others, are some of the ways in which she empowers others and helps them to transform.
Numinous Moxie ~ the yoga of leadership
Numinous Moxie is Stephanie's retreat about yoga and leadership. Leadership in a broader sense than being in HR—leadership skills are necessary for living your authentic path. They are essential in holding your boundaries, manifesting your dreams, and collaborating with others. Stephanie focuses on the overlaps of yoga practice, community, personal development, creativity, and relationships. Numinous Moxie is a space to strengthen the many potential circuits between what you do on your mat and what you do in your life.
From past participants:
"I received tools I really can use and that, that is what I need the most. Thank you."
"I've learned how to interact more constructively with my co-workers, and that has made my new job much easier."
Stephanie has taught asana for over 10 years. As you grow your individual practice, it's always relevant to revisit foundational details. In fact, the more you practice, the more it becomes about nuances, rather than drastic changes. Stephanie's intention is that people to keep their bodies safe and nourished, rather than depleted or injured, from asana practice. To that end, she created her Foundations series:
~ Foundations in the Feet
~ Foundations in the Forward Folds
~ Foundations in the Core
~ Effort & Surrender
They are appropriate for all levels except complete beginners, and relevant to all variations of asana, particularly those which emphasize vinyasa.
From past participants:
"I've learned so much about core strength; my whole practice has changed."
"Studying with Stephanie has helped me gain strength I never had before—the dance workouts I've done my whole life are much easier now!"
The Interconnection of Self
Do you struggle to sustain a consistent yoga practice? Are you wondering how to balance working on yourself with...working on all your other responsibilities?
Your yoga practice is only as sustainable as it is meaningful. In other words, your practice has to affect your life. It must be significant. But it's often hard to see the true gems while you practice. It's hard to separate the insights from the chatter. Many people give up before forging the connections between practice and life.
But from the right angle, practice is a mirror. How you are on your mat is how you are in your life. Sometimes the reflection shows pleasant surprises—hidden miracles. Other times the reflection can be hard to face.
Over the years, Stephanie has worked with athletes, cancer patients, people with LDs, people facing depression, and humanitarian workers. She's facilitated this dialogue in many different ways, proving that there are always larger connections than what happens in the asanas.
All of the lessons offer implications and opportunities for expansion. Stephanie guides a practice in which there is ample time to examine and consider the deeper relationships and connections between how you are on your mat and how you live your life. You encounter ego, vulnerability, resistance—but also surrender, courage, laughter, compassion, and acceptance. Empowered with this broader perspective, you can continue to strengthen the impact and significance of your practice. Appropriate for all levels.
Get Grounded ~ creating & sustaining a self-practice
Do you get to class as often as you'd like? Lots of things—whether truly or significant or just ego-driven excuses—can be in the way. But even if your class attendance is interrupted, you can still get on your mat! Or meditation cushion. But again, those pesky excuses can still get in the way.
Having a self practice is one of the most valuable things you can create. It helps sustain you when you're truly too busy to attend class, when you're traveling and don't have access to class. Or during the holidays, when there are fewer options. It's an especially poignant topic for Stephanie, who's sustained a daily practice for over 10 years! Through illness, injuries, depression, and extensive travel, she's found a way to practice through it all.
This workshop focuses on how to face and overcome the excuses and judgements that keep us from practice. We'll break down that inner dialogue, as well as address various ways to structure a self practice. Stephanie will share stories of practicing in airports, at Center Camp in Black Rock City, even a bed platform in India! You'll have plenty of new ideas and inspiration. Appropriate for all levels.
How often do you complain? Do you feel stuck in negativity?
Most of us have grateful moments, but it's challenging to sustain gratitude in times of difficulty. This workshop focuses on gratitude as an ongoing temperament, as opposed to a temporary feeling. We'll look at various perspectives, beyond our individual lives, as a way to nurture and grow the ongoing state of gratitude.
Most importantly, we'll work on using gratitude as a foundation towards shifting our lives and the collective consciousness. Appropriate for all levels.
Creating Ritual & Sacred Space
How do you create your personal space? Not just your personal physical space, but your personal time? Does your life feel sacred?
Modern western culture lacks emphasis on personal ritual and sacred space. Yet ritual and sacred space are often the best ways both to ground ourselves and to transcend our challenges.
In this workshop, we'll create a collective ritual space, as well as discuss variations from many different traditions. The emphasis is on what is most resonant for you. Appropriate for all levels.
Raising the Light Vibe ~ connection > contention
It's a pretty icky time these days, with a lot of aggression and arguments. In this time, Stephanie strongly believes it's important not to ignore reality, even when reality is uncomfortable.
Facing challenges can be done in the full light of community, playfulness, and surrender. In that spirit, Stephanie holds a practice space dedicated to connecting and supporting the highest good to all beings, regardless of beliefs or affiliation.
This space is based on lovingkindness meditation. Meaning that there are moments to savor comfort, but others in which to address restrictive attitudes and beliefs. This is not about changing anyone's beliefs—this is about honoring differences more lovingly.
The workshop incorporates asana, pranayama, visualization, and chanting. All bodies are welcome, thought it's best to have 6+ months of asana experience. The practice is very deep, and though some modifications will be explained, it's useful if participants can modify on their own.
The Art & Practice of Adjusting
Just as asana is its own practice, teaching is its own practice. And just as teaching is its own art, there is an equal art to adjusting. This workshop focuses on the wide spectrum of adjustments, from tiny nudges to more intense pressure, with or without props.
Stephanie emphasizes the importance of adjusting skillfully, which keeps everyone safe. As a teacher who's smaller than most her students, Stephanie has honed the ability over the years to offer effective adjustments without overtaxing her own body. One of the greatest adjustment skills to develop is using your own leverage, rather than relying only on strength. She also explains how understanding adjustments can refine your own asana practice, even when you're not being adjusted!
This workshop is an excellent resource for any asana practitioner, regardless of teaching experience. Certainly, the application of the knowledge of most relevant to teachers. However, learning about asana from the adjustment perspective is beneficial to anyone's practice. Recommended for anyone with 6+ months of asana experience.
"Stephanie's insights are refreshing, supportive, and intuitive. She has a patient and compassionate approach, while firm and confident in her understanding of the [yoga] practice. The best mix of gentle and strong, her approach creates an atmosphere of healing. I greatly admire her solid dedication and determination in facing the practice daily and in her service as a teacher. I am so grateful for her help."
"Stephanie is knowledgeable about what a perfectly correct practice should be, but she also is flexible in allowing students not to have to be perfectly correct."