Who Am I?

Sandra Stephanson

I am a yoga teacher, workshop & retreat facilitator who is more alive and aware from growing a unique ever changing practice. Sharing this experience was a natural extension of the bounty of flux and fun in yoga asana, breath work and meditation techniques.

Thirty years ago at the University of British Columbia, I was introduced to yoga asana and the sacred texts of the Upanishads while studying for my Bachelors of Physical Education. I was fascinated with the yogic perspective of well-being as a true culmination of mind and body self-understanding.

Over decades, the wholistic insights from yoga have led me into an exciting journey into body & mind health from Vancouver to Spain, Thailand and India. Since 2007, I have had the pleasure of teaching pubic and private classes at Yyoga, St.Paul’s Hospital and Semperviva in Vancouver, Canada. It has been amazing to see the transformation of well-being with hundreds of keen students within hatha, vinyasa, yin yoga and meditation classes.

I am indebted to a tremendous team of teachers from various traditions for sharing their expertise and preparing me as a yoga teacher as well as my original root of inspiration in Buddhist philosophy and practices.

Multi-style & Yoga Therapy RYT 300 in 2018 in Dharamsala, India with Yogi Tara Dutt Kandpal of Siddhi International Yoga Teacher Training

Reiki Level 1 in 2018 with Dr. Dhola, Tibetan Power Healing

Thai Yogic Massage in 2018 with Ram Bhardwaj, Ram Yoga House

Meditation FPMT 2017

Vinyasa Flow RYT 150 in 2014 with Clara Roberts-Oss

Prana Flow RYT 90 in 2013 with Shiva Rea

Restorative RYT 50 in 2011 with Chris Manansala

Yin Yoga RYT 50 in 2010 with Bernie Clark

Hatha Yoga RYT 200 in 2007 with Georgina Varvis

B.Ph.Ed UBC in 1991


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Siddhi International Yoga training opening 2018 in Dharamsala, India

Siddhi International Yoga training opening 2018 in Dharamsala, India

What can you expect training with me?

  • perceptive sharing of the integrated nuances of yoga alignment science and philosophy that are ideal for your body, mind and lifestyle

  • responsive teaching of yoga techniques whether it is your first day of yoga, you have an injury or illness, personal challenges, or you are deepening your practice

  • compassionate personalized care that facilitates your own experience of yoga balanced with your unique interests and objectives

  • creative teaching stories, yogic myths and metaphors that will help you relate to the process of transformation that is part of the journey into greater well-being, self-understanding and acceptance


 
My teacher, Yogi Tara & I expanding into kurmasana … little by little!  photo credit: Siddhi Yoga

My teacher, Yogi Tara & I expanding into kurmasana … little by little! photo credit: Siddhi Yoga

Steady Movement to Spacious Stillness

Imagine, creating a warm, open atmosphere where you could tap into that source of creative aliveness through the artful scientific and intuitive play of yoga and influencing the flow towards your naturally clear calm mind!

Experiencing the dynamic fire & cool flow of yoga may mean to feel your aches, to cherish your aliveness, to play in movement and stillness, to hum OM and hear silence, to seek space, stimulation and solace - all in the right balance that may just soothe your soul. 

 

How my yoga practice began ….

My daily yoga practice emerged from pain. I tore my achilles from flamenco dance, had stiff limbs from running and rowing, an asthmatic chest and a sensitive heart. My physical and emotional realities urged me to dedicate more time to the healing science and spirit of yoga. As much as movement had always inspired me, it also left me sore from the pulling of intense exercise as well as bouts of shortness of breath. I asked myself, “Where is the vitality after all this effort?”

To my delight, after developing a disciplined hatha yoga practice that gifted suppleness and strength, I discovered the power of pranayama practice to heighten the awareness of my natural breath. With this renewed mental clarity and inspired calm, there was no more asthma! It was also the ideal starting point for steady meditation. 

Through continued investigations into yoga and meditation practice, it was apparent that it wasn’t an accidental experience. It was only natural to want to share the great benefits of yoga and meditation with any others who were interested in feeling their best. 

Study with me to discover a renewed experience of well-being.

 
The opening ceremony of training, a fire puja, with Siddhi Yoga International, Dharamsala, India, 2018

The opening ceremony of training, a fire puja, with Siddhi Yoga International, Dharamsala, India, 2018