Stephanie attended her first yoga class in 1992 while she was living in New York City. She didn't love the poses, but at that first class, while lying in savasana, she knew there was something - a connection to a certain feeling that was familiar and felt good. Walking home that evening Stephanie felt like she was experiencing the streets as a different person than the one who had walked into that yoga studio an hour earlier. This led to an exploration of all the yoga classes that Stephanie could find in NYC at that time; she fell in love with aspects of many styles. In time, that sense of connection she experienced in her first yoga class led to a calling to a meditation practice. Over the years Stephanie has had the opportunity to sit with amazing teachers, near and far. Her passion is transformation and awakening for all beings, whatever their path may be.
In 2012 Stephanie started her Urban Zen Integrative Therapy training. The combination of elements of yoga therapy, essential oil therapy and reiki therapy is deeply supportive to those in the stressful situations of hospitals and hospice and to those facing the challenges of everyday life. Some of the many things that have deepened for Stephanie as a result of Urban Zen training are a love of reiki, a respect for essential oils, and a much deeper understanding of a sense of grounding and embodiment.
Stephanie is grateful to her teachers and mentors and for the chance to share with others through her work as a mentor and teacher. Everyday Stephanie sees opportunities for learning and growth that appear in her practices and in her relationships - with those closest to her as well as with those she hardly knows, and all in between. Some days her vision has more clarity than others, but each day brings another opportunity to allow the lens to be clear, to remember, to be with the experiences that arise in each moment.