I practiced yoga with Stephanie over the winter of 2022 while training to kick off my obstacle course racing season. She was considerate of my pretty rigorous training schedule and checked in with me before and during each session to see how I was feeling physically and to gauge my energy and mental chitter chatter.
The yoga classes with Stephanie helped me stay loose in places I wouldn’t have focused on, like my neck and shoulders. We also worked mobility in some more problematic areas. She was permissive and encouraging of physical and mental rest I needed to capitalize on recovery.
Stephanie offers a unique perspective on yoga that places the athlete’s training at the centre of focus and then uses on yoga postures and breathing as a complement for rest and recovery.
I’ve had the amazing opportunity to have Stephanie as a yoga teacher, mentor in teacher training and as my personal coach for running a half marathon. The feeling that comes to me when I think of Stephanie is a well-rounded, precise training and coaching program. I felt every action we took was with intention and aimed to reach a specific goal. Nothing was depleted of a purpose and that is what I enjoy the most about being her trainee or student. I get the most out of every workout, every moment that she guides me to do, always with intention. I will continue to work with Stephanie and learn from her as she has inspired me to become a yoga teacher and discover the world of yoga therapy. I successfully completed a half marathon below the time we had expected, in conditions that were even more difficult than the ones I trained in. Again, thank you for the thought you put behind every movement and exercise - we definitely get the most out of what we have with you.
After the birth of my second daughter, I decided to ramp up my fitness routine and got into marathon running. After some research, I decided that I would like to complement my running with yoga, which I had never done before. I was a personal trainer before I had my children, and so I have high standards for fitness professionals. Stephanie is also a marathon runner, and she often won a number of the 10k races that I ran in. After hearing many good things about her from mutual friends, I contacted her to schedule some one on one yoga sessions, specialized for a runner who was a newbie to yoga. She made my foray into yoga very comfortable and I trust her knowledge implicitly. I would definitely recommend Stephanie for her yoga or running expertise!