Hello! I am a certified Yoga Teacher, Mindfulness and Meditation facilitator/guide, and a Reiki Healing Practitioner (Master/Teacher). I am a former special education school social worker and trauma therapist/survivor advocate.
I completed my Master of Social Work graduate 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 the spring of fall of 2017. I currently teach in studios on both the east and west side (St. Clair Shores and Ferndale), and travel to students within 5-7 miles of those areas for private sessions.
I enjoy 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 and meditation pillows. I really love how my clinical/mental health background guides my ability to really show up for people with deep empathy, compassion, and relatability.
I have been working in the healing arts of yoga, both secular and spiritual meditation practice facilitation/guidance and individual as well as group Reiki Healing for 2 full years now.
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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 made 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 almost 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.
At my St. Clair Shores location, I offer 90 minute sessions for $75 or one hour sessions for $60. The initial, information gathering session is 90 minutes and costs $65. I offer packages of three at a 15% discount or packages of five at a 20% discount. Yoga Thai Bodywork and/or Reiki Energy can be incorporated during your session at no additional charge.
At my Ferndale location, I offer sessions that last no less than one hour and no more than 75 minutes for $60. A package of three can be purchased at the discounted rate of $150. Group classes cost just $15 and can also be purchased in discounted packages.
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).
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 can be numerous ways to approach offering them the most accessible and rewarding experience (there is something that can work for anyone, 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 training in matters like nutrition, physical therapy, or mental health care and have developed a plan to coordinate your yoga exploration goals with your healthcare provider). We can be considered wellness practitioners and guides, but actual licensed healthcare providers are your resources for any medical advice. We can help you formulate questions to ask your healthcare providers, but that is where the boundary line needs to be drawn.