February 22, 2008 at 12:36 AM CST - Updated July 3 at 9:00 AM
Stephanie has spent most of her life in Lubbock, Texas. She is a graduate of Lubbock High and South Plains College. Stephanie found yoga in 1998 in the form of Richard Hittleman's YOGA 28 Day Exercise Plan. She spent several years practicing in her living room with the help of books and videos.
In July 2005, Stephanie attended Yoga West in Katy, Texas, earned her 200-hour teaching certificate, and became a registered member of Yoga Alliance. Learning at Yoga West was influenced by the Sivananda, Bikram, and Kundalini traditions of yoga with emphasis placed on proper physical alignment.
Stephanie taught at the Lubbock YWCA from September 2005 to October 2007. Amongst a full schedule of public and private classes, workshops, retreats, and special events, she was able to earn her 500-hour advanced teaching certificate from Kripalu Center of Yoga and Health in Lenox, Massachusetts in March 2007. At Kripalu, Stephanie was able to expand her experience and knowledge of yoga philosophy by utilizing pranayama (control of the breath) and meditation (mental concentration).
At Lubbock Yoga, Stephanie leads a variety of yoga classes each week, where the focus is working with the body instead of against it, and cultivating self-awareness through study of asana (postures), pranayama, meditation, and yogic philosophy. "I want to take attention off of how the pose looks, and place it on how the pose feels, and that should produce a much more peaceful experience on and off the mat."
Stephanie is passionate about sharing yoga with the people around her, and is anxious to hear from you. Feel free to contact her any time. email@example.com or (806) 577-2263
Lisa began her journey with yoga in 2003, shortly after the cesarean birth of her son (currently turned jazz-singer), Marc. Restorative Hatha Yoga with Janice Fenske enlightened her to the great physical and mental benefits of Yoga. Janice, who touched many of our lives in the Lubbock Yoga community, moved her life to Port Angeles, WA in 2004. In the spring of 2006, a good friend suggested Lisa look into renewing her Yoga practice by attending Stephanie Studler's classes. Little did she know what a gift this would be.
In July of 2007, Lisa completed her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Certification at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Lennox, Massachusetts. In addition to teaching for Lubbock Yoga, she leads a "Yoga for Musicians" course at the Texas Tech University School of Music where she is the Professor of Flute. She is also faculty advisor for the Tech Yoga Society (TYS), a special topics organization dedicated to providing on-campus support for Yoga philosophy and practice. For more information about TYS please visit www.orgs.ttu.edu/techyogasociety.
Selina Powers turned to Yoga in August 2005, seeking a healthy, natural way to manage stress and lower back pain. Fortunately for Selina, this was just prior to Stephanie Studler being a regular instructor at the YWCA. Inspired by the almost immediate results, Selina began to dedicate more and more time to her Yoga practice, both with Stephanie at the YWCA and home practice. Yoga and daily meditation practice has taught her how the mind, body and spirit come together for total wellbeing and balance.
Selina has been involved in healthcare for most of her adult life. She worked as a Chiropractic Assistant for 10 years before going to college to become a Radiologic Technologist. Originally from Lubbock, she returned in 1995 to work in the Cardiac Cath Lab. In 2001, she left the hospital environment to pursue a career in Medical Sales. She also attended Healing Arts School of Massage Therapy in 1997. Through a regular practice, Selina has developed a passion for deeper learning and has been inspired to attend teacher training sometime over the next year. She is dedicated to continue to help build the yoga community in Lubbock.
"I am fascinated by the human body. It is continually striving to repair the damage we cause it. Finally, through Yoga, it seems the pieces of the puzzle are starting to fall into place. It is my passion to continue to learn, grow, and inspire others to discover the amazing benefits of Yoga."
"No man can reveal to you aught but that which already lies half asleep in the dawning of your knowledge. The teacher who walks in the shadow of the temple, among his followers, gives not of his wisdom but rather of his faith and his lovingness. If he is indeed wise he does not bid you enter the house of his wisdom, but rather leads you to the threshold of your own mind." - Kahlil Gibran
What you can do to become a Yoga Instructor
Lubbock Yoga is always interested in growing to include all those who wish to share their own passion for yoga with others. Here is what it takes:
You must have earned no-less-than a 200-hour teaching certification from a yoga school which is recognized by the Yoga Alliance. Visit the Yoga Alliance website to find a qualified yoga school. If you have already graduated from a qualified school, but have not yet registered with the Yoga Alliance, click here for the appropriate forms.
It is preferred that you have regularly attended (2-3 times weekly) a public yoga class led by a Registered Yoga Teacher for at least one year. There are numerous yoga styles and traditions; Lubbock Yoga does not require any one specifically.
You must be able to commit to Lubbock Yoga's mission statement, overall goals, and standards of practice which include, but are not limited to, the following:
Lubbock Yoga is a space designed for a safe and individual investigation of a wholesome lifestyle based on the traditions of yoga.
We meld passion, experience, and professionalism to create an atmosphere where all feel welcomed to explore the benefits of being a scientist, an artist, and a philosopher on the mat and off.
It is Lubbock Yoga's underlying goal to inspire habits of thinking outside-the-box within the cohesiveness of community.
If you feel you can meet these minimum requirements and are interested in learning more, please contact Stephanie at firstname.lastname@example.org or (806) 577-2263.
We are also interested in hearing from you if you would like to a share a form of practice other than yoga, such as other forms of physical fitness, dance, music, etc.