Stephanie Nelson

Stephanie first started practicing yoga in NYC in the mid nineties while taking a break from her graduate studies. She studied several different yoga traditions, Integral, Sivananda, Jivamukti, Iyengar, eventually discovering Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. Soon after moving to New Zealand in 2002, she began a 2½year teaching apprenticeship in Ashtanga at the Auckland Yoga Academy (YA500). Since her graduation, Stephanie has been teaching yoga full time. She is the founder and director of Waiheke Island Ashtanga Yoga and The Breathing Space, an Experienced-RYT 500 instructor with the Yoga Alliance, an Alumni Ambassador for Lululemon Athletica Britomart, and leads YA200 and YA500 registered teacher training programs.

Stephanie regularly studies with senior certified Ashtanga teachers, Peter Sanson, Dena Kingsberg, and Mark Robberds. She has traveled to Mysore India and to the US to practice with the late Ashtanga Guru, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, and his grandson Sharath Rangaswamy. She is ever grateful, humbled, and inspired by her teachers and her students.

Stephanie wishes to share this transformative yoga practice with all who are willing, inspire students to practice yoga daily, and have a bit of fun along the way. In addition to her passion for yoga, Stephanie has a dynamic family life with her partner and her three children. Life is rich and vibrant!

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Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is a traditional yoga practice linking the breath with body movement (vinyasa) and held postures (asanas). The practice was developed and introduced to the west by the late yoga master Guru Sri K. Pattabhi Jois (Guruji) of Mysore, India. The Ashtanga practice is structured in sequence to build heat, increase energy, and focus attention gradually releasing bound tensions. Through daily practice impurities are removed from the mind and body. With discipline and devotion over time, the body becomes fit, strong, and flexible, energy flows freely, and the mind becomes free of distractions. “Practice, practice, practice and all is coming…” Sri K. Pattabhi Jois

Mysore Style Ashtanga Yoga

This is the traditional teaching style for Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga. Students practice at their own pace, while the teacher interacts with each person individually. Beginners are welcome, in fact this is the preferred teaching method for all levels. Students should arrive within the first 45 min of class. Beginners should try to arrive at the start of class or at the suggested time on the timetable.

Stephanie teaches during the week by appointment.  She often holds a class on Sunday mornings at Surfdale Hall 9-11am.  Contact her directly to inquire.



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