Stephanie, the Power Yogini
This week we had the chance to speak with Stephanie, a Power Yogini. Hailing from Toulon, South of France, Stephanie is the newest member of Navutu Dreams‘ team of wellness experts and yoga practitioners. We sat down with her and discussed about her life, yoga history and Power Yoga.
Prior to practicing and teaching yoga, Stephanie worked as a chef on yachts for more than 20 years. This made us more interested about how she started to embark on a life of yoga. Stephanie has been practicing yoga for over 10 years now and holds a 200-hour Sivananda teacher certification which she obtained from the Bahamas. Moreover, she has also attended different yoga workshops and one of which is the Dancing Spine Yoga where she learned about back bends and freeing the spine. Paddy McGrath, one of the most respected dance spine yoga practitioners was her trainer.
Interview with a Power Yogini, Stephanie
Q: How did you start practicing Yoga?
A: I knew about yoga because I was so conscious about my health. Being a gymnast, I was experiencing serious injuries. My body was pained and I used to have hyper flexible joints. I discovered yoga as a form of physical therapy. With yoga, I could get my body aligned and get back into shape. That’s how it all started.
Q: What Yoga styles do you specialize in?
A: I specialize in Power Yoga, Power Ashtanga and I’m in the process of specializing in Kundalini. I also teach Vinyasa and Hatha Yoga styles.
Q: Can you tell us more about Power Yoga?
A: Power Yoga is a general term used to describe a vigorous, fitness-based approach to vinyasa-style yoga. It is an energetic style of yoga which focuses on harmonizing the breath and movements, strengthening the body and also for flexibility. This type of yoga style is a bit intense so it is ideal for people with sports background or have been doing yoga for quite some time, and they have to be fit.
Q: What should your students expect from your Power Yoga classes?
A:My students should expect to find some intense flowing yoga with a minimal amount of chanting and meditation. They must be ready to work hard and work up a sweat. After the class, they will have a more focused point of view, they will be less stressed and they will learn to control their mind and breath.
Stephanie is just new here in Siem Reap and she did not think of living and teaching here. According to her, she just wanted to visit the Angkor Wat but she suddenly fell in love with the place and the people who are the gems of this town. Moreover, she also got to meet our Yoga Studio Manager, Nelli who introduced her to the resort.
To know more about Stephanie’s classes, you can visit Navutu Yoga Schedule
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