And so I’m basically living out of a couple bags, a suitcase, and my car. And I’m oh-so-grateful for my lil gas-efficient car. I currently live in Phoenix and commute to work in Tucson at YogaOasis Tuesdays and some weekends for workshops. I massage some still in Tucson also. One thing these adventures help me realize is how much I love what I do, and what lengths I am willing to go to continue doing them.
I moved from Tucson to Phoenix to attend PIHMA, or Phoenix Institute of Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture. The semester is underway and I’m excited to be exercising my brain, rather than just my body! (Although that’s still a huge priority.)
This past weekend passed with much warmth in my heart. Amidst the Women’s March and the Trump protests, we practiced cultivating the quality of presence in a three-hour flow-based workshop. At the beginning, we recited The St. Francis Prayer, a central and centering piece of the 2-day workshop. The following day I offered an intermediate/advanced Led-Practice-Style Workshop. We explored a variety of fun transitions and played with exciting poses that aren’t seen in typical hour-long flow classes, like handstands, forearm stands, deep backbends, and fancy arm-balances. We also spent plenty of time to thoroughly open our hips. I aimed to make it a well-rounded practice. Periodic giggles, and lightheartedness accompanied our sequence. I’m honored and grateful to the students who attended, and to my dear friend who lets me stay in her beautiful home. After a stop at the Co-Op on 4th Avenue, I headed back to Phoenix to be ready for school the following day.
Phoenix offers plenty of yoga studios to explore. There are a lot of fun flow classes. Like, today I went to a 9am class at Moksha, called “Vinyasa flow.” On Saturday morning before heading off to Tucson, I played at a 9am “Max Flow” at Sutra Yoga. I’m digging the flow these days because it’s fun, challenging and efficient, but I definitely acknowledge and appreciate all of the alignment training I have received over the years and that I still currently practice. A strong flow is really only strong and beneficial with mindful alignment. Or, perhaps maybe you don’t need to practice alignment … yyyyyet… but when you get injured, you’ll wish you’d been practicing alignment. 😉 Ha ha… Getting injured is usually the best reminder to align. It’s a big flashing neon sign from the body, saying, “hey, this is where you’ve been neglecting me, not paying attention.” Super helpful… Thanks body.
“Ekagrata,” my next scheduled workshop has been rescheduled from the first weekend of February to the last weekend in March. For more information check out: http://www.yogaoasis.com/weekend-intensive-with-stephani.html.
So much love, so much gratitude.