Stephanie is a former elite Olympic training gymnast, so personal training and fitness instructing comes naturally. She studied many styles of dance for most of her life. She competed Ballroom and Latin dance professionally for nearly 20 years and has been teaching for 30 years. She was a cheerleader for the St. Louis Football Cardinals and St. Louis Steamers Soccer team. Stephanie competed 4 seasons with Dancing with the St. Louis Stars, winning the competition twice. She has entertained crowds of 500 - 20,000 people, most notably as opening act for country music star Easton Corbin.
Things you may want to know about Stephanie…
What brought you to yoga?
After years of gymnastic and dance training, substantial injuries severely restricted my mobility. I had trouble getting out of bed! After four years of physical therapy, acupuncture, injections, etc., I went against my doctors advice ...and started yoga. Within 6 months, I noticed a significant improvement and haven't stopped. I teach yoga because I know it works and love to help people feel better!
Why did you start Yes! Yoga?
Okay, so while being my own boss was an incentive, it wasn’t the main reason. I want others to see that yoga can improve life in so many ways. I don't enjoy traditional exercise, but I love doing yoga! Besides yoga, I want to offer other exciting styles of classes not typically offered by traditional yoga studios. Yes! Yoga is a great form of exercise and well being.
Yes! I found it!… I found fun! I found hope! I found fitness! Yes! You Can Too!
Oooooh.... Tacos & Pizza. But I also have a soft spot for ice cream and M&M’s. I rarely eat my favorite foods though. Most of my diet consists of hard boiled eggs, vegetables, yogurt, fruit and oatmeal.
What's a random fun fact about you?
I'm a dog trainer and animal behaviorist…. Dog Yoga, anyone?