Hello! I am a former mental health clinician, certified Yoga Teacher, Mindfulness and Multi-Modality Meditation facilitator/guide, and a Reiki Healing Practitioner (Usui Holy Fire Master/Teacher).
I completed my Master of Social Work degree through the University of Michigan in 2007, learned and began facilitating Mindfulness Meditation in 2012, and completed both my yoga teacher training (through Yoga Works) and Reiki Mastership in early 2017. I currently teach in studios on both the east and west side (St. Clair Shores, Sterling Heights, and Ferndale), and often travel to students within 5-7 miles of those areas for private sessions.
I am a Trauma Informed teacher and dedicated student of the internationally renown Dianne Bondy, Founder and CEO of "Yoga For Everyone". My teaching is inclusive, highly adaptive, and personally customized to each individual student. I am committed to making yoga accessible to even the most intimidated beginner, and I love to watch the growth students experience as they gain confidence and ease stress in their lives both on and off their mats! I really love how my clinical/mental health background guides my ability to really show up and hold space for people with deep empathy, compassion, and relatability.
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I love Stefanie! She’s a kind, caring soul. The kind you don’t come across too often. Besides that, she’s really great at what she does!
Stephanie is a wonderful instructor. Caring and complete with her instruction.
Stefanie makes you feel comfortable with whatever level you are at with yoga. She is truly passionate and knowledgeable and it shows. I enjoy every session with her. She guides you whole heartily and I walk away feeling so... refreshed and complete. Namaste my friend, you are a true beacon shining bright 🙏🏻✨💜
I thoroughly enjoy The pacing of her moving between postures is perfect for me. Stefanie describes the physical set up of postures with modifications in her Her quiet gentle voice. The mindful meditative quality of all of Stefanie’s classes help me quiet my mind and center myself.
My biggest priority is meeting a student where they are and providing them with tools, instructions, and insights that will help them learn and evolve in a manner realistic for them. I am providing a service, so I make sure that I clarify that I do not have an “agenda”. Yoga is a highly personal experience, and is thereby customizable. In short, I listen carefully and make sure there is clear communication throughout our time together.
I completed my 200 hour training through Yogaworks (TM) in Spring 2017. Subsequently, I have completed over 100 hours of Yoga Alliance Approved Continuing Education as well as supplemental trainings in Yin Yoga, Yoga Nidra, Thai Yoga Bodywork, Trauma Informed Yoga, Chair Yoga Fitness, and Body Positive Yoga.
I currently offer 50-90 minute sessions both in person or via Zoom. In-person rates are $1/minute with a minimum 50 minute session. Pre-paid packages of three are discounted 15% and pre-paid packages of five are discounted 20%. Yoga Thai Bodywork and/or Reiki Energy can be incorporated into 75-90 minute sessions for no additional charge.
One hour Zoom sessions are $40 through the end of 2020.
I began teaching by volunteering my time with a summer camp program called “Building Bridges” via the Macomb Intermediate School District, accepted a 2 night per week assignment at a local community center, and began subbing in myriad facilities (studios, wellness centers, other community/cultural centers, schools, senior centers, and so on).
Currently, I teach at a clinical practice in Sterling Heights, a church in St. Clair Shores (open to everyone), and assistant manage a Yoga & Meditation Center in Ferndale. I was promoted to Hatha Yoga Director in April 2019.
I have worked with beginners just discovering their practice (no experience whatsoever) as well as intermediate students who have been practicing for two or more years. My students range in age from 15-80 years old and they do not have one specific body type-I have worked with competitive athletes, post surgical students, pre and post natal students, students who use wheelchairs, and students with varying body compositions.
Most recently, I was welcomed by a local wellness center to offer a trauma informed yoga workshop that raised money for my county’s domestic violence and sexual assault services center (Turning Point, Inc.).
Make sure they are willing to consult with you at no charge (a 15-20 minute phone interview or thorough e-mail correspondence) further helps both parties determine if they are a good fit. An ethical professional will understand that facilitating a student’s learning process is not about the teacher, but rather the students goals and/or desires. For as many people who want to practice yoga, there are just as many ways to approach offering them the most accessible and rewarding experience (there is something that can work for anyone and everyone-if both student and instructor choose to arrive with open minds).
The first thing that comes to mind is that we are qualified to teach you yoga, but we would be stepping out of our professional bounds to guide you with any medical related advice or conclusions (unless we have an additional career or formal training in matters like nutrition, physical therapy, or mental health care and have developed a plan to coordinate your yoga exploration goals with your primary healthcare provider). We can be considered wellness practitioners and guides, but licensed healthcare providers are your best resources for any medical advice. We can help you formulate questions to ask your healthcare providers, but their input should always supersede ours. Always proceed with caution and make sure your teacher(s) have sufficient liability insurance.