Sharing the awareness, acceptance and transformation the practice of yoga brings to our lives is what truly inspires Stephanie to teach. She has seen in others, and experienced herself, that regular practice inspires one to greater peace, authenticity, connection, and joy. Stephanie who serves and leads the Flow community as an owner, teacher, and teacher trainer at both locations.
Stephanie has been practicing hatha yoga for 25 years. Prior to that, she studied universal spiritual principles and philosophy with her first teacher, Marianne Williamson working on a project called The Global Renaissance Alliance with Neale Donald Walsch, Deepak Chopra, James Redfield and others.
Stephanie's yoga lineage is more of a family tree. Here are her major influences: Janet Brugge was her first yoga teacher in 1994 (whose teachers were Ganga White and Tracey Rich of White Lotus Foundation). She then learned from some great teachers at YogaFit and others in the western community. Her first training in India was in 2007 with Jayakumar Swamysree in Mysore, India, where she earned her 500-hour RYT. Jayakumar has served as a professor in yoga and meditation at the University of Mysore, he has studied extensively with 6 different Indian Yoga lineages over 40+ years, and, also, served as an ambassador of yoga for the government of India in Russia.
On her third trip to India to study yoga, it was by divine chance, that she met her second teacher Swami Omkarananda from Rishikesh, India. Swamiji says the following about his lineage: "my main master.... to be honest I don’t have any main master. All have an important role in my life. Everyone has major role in my inner journey. Everyone is an enlightened being in their way. I studied vedant with Dayananda Saraswati ji , meditation with Swami Veda Bharati ji, lived with Lung Chu who is one of the Tibetan enlightened masters, practiced kundalini with Yogananda Swamiji in Gangotri, and few more swamiji in Himalayan mountains. Finally, I took sanyas from Kalyan Babaji who is master of heart and unconditional love." Oh, yes, and Swami Omkarananda lived with Anandamayi Ma in her ashram as a child. Sri Anandamayi Maa was an Indian saint. Swami Sivananda described her as "the most perfect flower the Indian soil has produced..
Stephanie’s dedication to the path brought her to fulfilling her dream of opening a studio, training teachers, and building community through yoga. Flow Yoga recently is celebrating its 15th anniversary and continues to thrive and grow in ways she never could have imagined.
After training teachers throughout North America for 12 years through another school, in 2012, Stephanie created Jaya Yoga Registered Yoga School. Since 2000, Stephanie has trained over 10,000 teachers throughout the US and Canada. She has led trainings in 25 states and 3 provinces. Internationally, Stephanie has also led teacher trainings in Canada, Mexico and India. She appears with her two daughters in the YogaFit Kids video/DVD, and in the YF Level One, Level Four and Anatomy Training DVDs, and appeared several times on Seattle’s Q13 Morning News show as a yoga resource.
In addition to Stephanie’s yoga background, she holds fitness certifications, including ACE Personal Trainer since 1998 and, recently, trained to become an ACE Orthopedic Exercise Specialist. She has a B.S. from W.S.U., and is certified through BodyMind Academy as a Fitness and Nutrition Consultant. Stephanie has been a featured presenter at ACSM, NIRSA, TSI Summit, NW YogaFest, DCAC, Spinning, IDEA, and numerous YogaFit MindBody Fitness Conferences. She is registered as a 500-hr ERYT and YACEP (this allows her to sign CEs for RYT teachers who attend her workshops).