I have been teaching yoga for over 10 years. I am very passionate about helping others relieve pain, gain flexibity, strength and balance, lose weight, improve focus and relieve stress. Yoga is a very personal practice, and sometimes students would rather work one on one with a teacher then to join a class. Yoga can also be a very social practice whether it takes place in class setting or at a larger yoga event. I am certified in Hatha and Vinyasa/Ashtanga. My services include private sessions, studio classes, and yoga events and parties.
I love helping people and seeing people improve their health, reduce their pain and improve their overall quality of life. It is a very fulfilling career. I love being a yoga teacher!
Fantastic experience! Love the guidance Ans the cues for proper alignment! The strength I’ve built due to Stephanie’s expertise has been great!
How sincere Stephanie is. She shows how much she cares about the practice and her students. She is remarkable and so sweet!
Meet and greet. I like to get to know my students. I like to get to know the reasons they want to practice yoga and establish a schedule of practice. I like to answer any questions they may have about the practice. This is a free consultation via phone or email.
*BIKRAM YOGA: I graduated in Fall 2010, and I have been teaching and practicing full time since then. This is an amazing series of 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises that works the whole body inside out bone to skin. It helps people improve their strength, flexibility, balance and focus. It helps with weight loss, pain relief, stress, improves all the different systems of the body: circulatory, respiratory, digestive, nervous, lymphatic, endocrine, reproductive, muscular, skeletal, integumentary, excretory. Literally every system of the body improves once you begin a regular Bikram yoga practice.
*PREGNANCY YOGA: I practiced Bikram yoga through my pregnancy, so I am very knowledgeable about the pregnancy series, and I can guide pregnant students through their practice with the proper modifications. If a student has a regular practice in the hot room they may continue once pregnant if they feel comfortable. If a student is pregnant before establishing a regular practice in the hot room then the series can be done without the heat.
*CHILDREN'S YOGA: I am certified in Rainbow Kids Yoga. I graduated in March 2019. This style of class is geared towards children 10 years and younger. We play yoga games and have a great time co-creating the class! That's right! This class encourages kids to participate both physically and creatively! This class is great for birthday parties as well! For a more structured class, I teach the Bikram series plus some additional yoga games and postures. This class is great for children ages 5 and up. Both types of classes are 60 mins. I have taught children of all ages and children with special needs.
*ROCKET YOGA: I graduated in July 2017 and I have been teaching the class since then. This is an ashtanga vinyasa class and is fun for practitioners of all levels. I participate with the class and I demonstrate how to do postures with different modifications including the use of blocks and straps. Different inversions are attempted throughout the class, and I have students feeling comfortable being upside down in no time! Students gain strength (especially upper body and core), flexibility, balance and focus all while having a good time! I teach this class at Meadows Hot Yoga & Pilates in Rolling Meadows, IL in addition to private yoga parties and public yoga events. The class can be done anywhere inside or out as long as there is enough space to move! The class is enhanced with funky lights and music giving it a concert-like feeling. After class students like to socialize at the event location or by going out to a local bar or restaurant. This is a very fun class and is a great way to start your next party! Check out my schedule to see if I'm available!
*YOGA COACH: I have trained many athletes/participants (both adult and youth divisions) for yoga competitions through the USA Yoga Federation. http://www.usayoga.org/
$60/ 60 minute private lesson. Up to 10 people.
$75/ 90 minute private lesson. Up to 10 people.
I started my practice in 2009 and fell in love with the Bikram series. 6 months later I went to a 9 week teacher training. I lived there for the course of the training with nearly 400 other students from 43 different countries. It was an amazing experience, and I gained so much knowledge. I studied anatomy and physiology, I became CPR certified (I recently renewed my CPR certification), I learned about the 26 postures inside and out and memorized the proper instructions to give my students and how to adapt the postures for different abilities and body types, and I learned about yoga philosophy.
I have had students of all levels and abilities. I have worked with students who simply want to incorporate yoga into their already healthy lifestyle. I have taught students who suffer from back pain as a result of poor posture, having a physically exhausting job doing hard labor or sitting or standing all day. Students have come to practice as a form of rehab after surgeries, students who have had heart disease and slowly reduced or eliminated their medication, students with arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, scoliosis, menstrual problems, fertility problems, cancer, emotional or psychological problems like bipolar or depression or just normal everyday stress and anxiety. I really can't think of a student that I haven't taught. I have seen it all. This yoga is therapy for all problems, and I have witnessed so many positive changes throughout my 10 years teaching. For some, this class is simply a 90 min escape from the constant stressors in life. Cell phones are not allowed in the room unless it's an emergency, so for some, this class is merely an escape from the constant notifications and calls, and that alone has huge health benefits!
I recently taught a Rocket yoga class where I was helping the students with their headstands and as I let go and allowed each student to hold the pose the rest of the class began clapping and encouraging each other. It made me so happy. I love to see people get excited when they break through their fear and accomplish something they never thought possible. It is even more exciting when everyone feels the energy and can't help but clap and support their fellow students.
Find someone that you can trust who is approachable, honest and without ego. Someone who makes you feel good about where you are at right now, but also encourages you and makes you feel comfortable stepping outside your comfort zone. Someone who pushes you and inspires you and recognizes your strengths and your weaknesses and helps you to make progress. You want a teacher that not only tells you how to execute a posture, but who can also explain what you are doing and why you are doing it that way and the benefits you will receive from each posture when done properly.
What benefits do you want to get from your practice? What are your goals? What modifications can you try if you have certain physical limitations?