How did it all begin? Well, to tell the truth, my relationship with yoga began years ago during recovery from illness. Over the following years, though I loved yoga and it made me feel great, it was a challenge to keep doing and I kept drifting away. But I always got drawn back in. After a number of years like this, I started to learn more about yoga (beyond the poses). Finally, finding a solid connection through a teacher in the tradition of Krishnamacharya, things started to click for me and I was able to find a more lasting practice.
Coming to a point in my life that called for some major life changes I took the leap and started a teacher training in this tradition. I began with the intent on deepening my own practice and understanding of yoga, but over the course of my training, I was drawn more and more to teaching. During my training I was also exploring mindfulness and meditation through other avenues. In addition, a car accident left me injured for a good part of my training. Both added their own flare to how I developed my understanding of the teachings and then to how I put together and taught my classes.
After teaching for a year in the community, I was given the opportunity to take an Ayurvedic Yoga specialist training through the Himalayan Institute. It was an Ayurvedic training program specifically for people who already had their yoga teacher training. Not only did yoga make more sense, but here was a holistic system that followed the same principles that I’d really connected with when studying yoga.
With both Yoga and Ayurveda I have found ways to take charge of my own health and wellbeing. I have also gained valuable insight into ways to create balance in my busy life. I have always been drawn to helping others, and with these practices not only can I do more of that, but I can also empower others in their own pursuit of health and wellbeing.
So why do I do what I do? We live in a world where we are disconnected from ourselves and put much of our wellbeing into the hands of others. I strongly believe that with more self awareness and better tools, we can take much better care of ourselves and those around us. I don’t just ‘treat’ people, I help them help themselves. Ultimately it is our own responsibility to implement positive changes into our lives and I want to help my clients find things that work for them. Yoga and Ayurveda are not one-size fits all systems; we are each individuals and with Ayurvedic tools in your kit, your wellness plan is custom-fit to you. Helping people to be in their best health in ways that are sustainable for them personally, that is why I do what I do.
Stephanie is available at The Floatation Centre on Wednesdays and Fridays. To book your Yoga or Ayruveda consultation, please call 902.453.5628 or book online at www.thefloatationcentre.ca