your teacher

Stephanie is known for her calm, non-judgemental teaching style and compassion-centered philosophy. With her soothing voice, she will lead you through creatively sequenced classes with a splash of inspiration to help you deepen your practice. She seeks to help others thrive in life by nurturing body, mind and soul with yoga. 

"Yoga is for every BODY" is a keystone to my teaching, and I encourages the exploration of different types of yoga practices to bring balance to life both on and off the mat. A greater sense of well-being and the wonderful health benefits that come from movement inspire me to continue exploring ways to help my students feel refreshed, nourished and balanced. You will find me teaching a variety of Hatha Yoga classes as well as delicious Restorative Yoga.

my yoga journey 

I have been teaching movement in one way or another since my teens. In 2012, I began practicing yoga at a local studio in Kanata (Blue Bamboo Yoga). I found that attending classes and working with a variety of teachers brought great enjoyment and a sense of positive well-being back into my life. I had started my new career as an elementary school teacher in 2008, and was feeling overwhelmed with the workload and worry-load. Yoga was a fun outlet to learn something new and to get my body moving again after four years of focusing mostly on my students. Feeling movement again, and exploring new ways of moving, brought me joy and some stress-relief!

when yoga pulled me through

2016 brought some big changes to my life. I was diagnosed with breast cancer and began treatments. Post-surgery I found myself in a situation that I had never been in before - most movement, even going for a walk, caused me a great deal of pain and I was unable to use my dominant arm for the most part. Once the treatments were successfully finished, it was time to get busy healing and recovering my ability to run and play. It was really Yoga Therapy and then gentle classes that enabled me to get back to moving fluidly again. And then I also discovered the healing effects of restorative yoga! 

I now enjoy many forms of yoga and have embarked on a lifelong journey to learn more and to share my passion with my yoga students. In this sense, yoga pulled me through - it brought me back to moving with less pain, reignited my sense of well-being and provided me with a new direction in life!

ongoing training

In 2023 I began my journey to become a yoga therapist and so far it has been thrilling! This training will take me a few years, but below you can see a full list of other courses and workshops that I have completed... I love to learn! 

"To keep the body in good health is a duty... otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear. ”  

~ Buddha

Yoga Certifications

200hr Hatha Yoga Teacher Training

2019 - Beyond Yoga 

40hr Restorative YTT

 De La Sol Yoga Studio 2019 - Andrea Peloso 

15hr Chair YTT

Pranashanti 2020 - Michael Hutkins

20hr Advanced Restorative YTT

Pranashanti 2020 - Anne Wanda Tessier

40hr Menopause YTT

2023 - Petra Coveney

Yoga Courses

Freedom of the Hip Joint: Asanas, Anatomy & Therapeutics - Judith Hanson Lasater

3hrs - YogaU Online 2022

Twists: Anatomy, Asana, and Energetics  - Judith Hanson Lasater

4hrs - Breathing Room 2022

Mindful Self-Compassion - Natalie Bell

21hrs - Center for Mindful Self-Compassion 2022

Pranayama with Compassion  - Judith Hanson Lasater

4hrs - Yogacampus 2021

Hot Stone Restorative - Anne Wanda Tessier

6hrs - Pranashanti Yoga Center 2020

Sustainable Backbends  - Brea Johnson

1hr - Heart & Bones 2020

Go Outside, Go Within  - Micah Mortali

6hrs - Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health 2020

Yoga Therapy and Managing the Stress Response - Gary Kraftsow

1hr - Yoga International 2020

Essential Keys to Healthy Hamstrings - Doug Keller

3hrs - YogaU Online 2020

Nourish: Restorative & Slow Flow - Janet Stone

 20hrs - Stone Yoga School 2020

The Science of Slow  - Kristine Kaoverii Weber

4hrs - Subtle Health 2019

Rituals for Resilience - Kathleen Burr

12hrs - Pranashanti Yoga Centre 2019

Mudras for Health & Healing - Kathleen Burr

3hrs - Pranashanti Yoga Centre 2019

10 Foundational Poses - Louise Cameron

3hrs - Pure Yoga 2019

Emotional Anatomy - Louise Cameron

3hrs - Pure Yoga 2019

Experience in Teaching & Movement

Practicing Yoga

since 2012

Professional Figure Skating Coach

1994 - 2016

Elementary School Teacher

since 2008

Group Conditioning Trainer

1999 - 2006

Certified Personal Trainer

2001 - 2006


BA - Kinesiology/Physical Education & Psychology

Wilfrid Laurier University 2001

BA - French

Wilfrid Laurier University 2007

BEd - Junior/Intermediate FSL

University of Windsor 2008

St. John's First Aid & CPR

National Coaching Certification Level II - Figure Skating

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