so much love, so much gratitude

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.  _JTB6694The 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.

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Seasons Change

After the 12:15 expanding class I walked outside and felt the all-of-a-suddenly cold air grip ahold of me— the sudden remembrance of the seasonal dance… doing its thing, doing what it does, cycling around, summer to fall to winter to spring… and here we are… cycling around, as all things seemingly do…

In Tucson we all yearn so eagerly for the cool air that winter brings, and then when the time comes everyone complains that it’s cold… hahaha… so it goes…

Change is what’s always already happening, and yet here we are… experiencing it…

Do you resist the change?  or do you roll with it?

Great teachers declare, “If you resist what is, you suffer.”

Mr. Lee Lozowick said, “Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional.”

In other words, as Christina Sell once said, “Don’t freak out about your freak out.”

Pema Chodran advises us to “Lean into it.”

And yet… here i am… suffering a bit.. feeling resistance to what is.  The current is carrying me to other adventures…not better or worse, just different.  Different is unknown and therefore Ms. Mind labels it as uncomfortable, something to be avoided at all costs.

But I know myself better than that.

All great things in my life have arisen out of facing such discomfort, and as one of my first great teachers, Ms. Ulla Lundgren said, “feel(ing) the fear and do(ing) it anyway.”

Off to Never Never Land…

Or Phoenix, as it were… Starting January 2nd I begin acupuncture school, and play with turning things a little upside down and seeing who I am in that circumstance… just like yoga.  And so we see it’s all practice.  And it’s all a metaphor.  We practice and practice, for what?  For more practice.  For what?  So we can practice some more in a different situation.  Ms. Manorama D’Alvia said, “Your life is for figuring out your life… No one is going to do it for you.”

At this stage of the game I find myself looking for any reason not to go, I found myself just last night on the UofA website exploring different options I could pursue here in Tucson and therefore justify my staying.  Breathe…Breathing… Each class has become such a magical, meaningful, rich experience.  Each student I touch, each gaze I meet, I feel its significance because I see the end.  … And each end is the beginning of something new… Mr. Douglas Brooks taught to focus on what you are moving towards, rather than to focus on what you’re moving away from.  It’s a beautiful life teaching.  I learned that in skiing so long ago!  Haha.  Look in the direction you want to go, rather than the tree you’re aiming to avoid!  Sigh… This isn’t the end.  I’ve set up with YogaOasis to teach TUESDAYS: 11am Yogahour, 1215 Expanding, and 415 Yogahour, as well as a workshop every month.  I’ll be available on social media, checking in and sharing upcoming classes, workshops and retreats elsewhere as well.

My heart hurts, but I practice having faith that it’s for the best.  I love you. Thank you for being a part of my path, for sharing this journey with me.  Please stay with me as we continue on down the road.  Love and Gratitude.

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Flagstaff Workshop

 

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Join Stephani Lindsey for a two-day workshop in beautiful Flagstaff, Arizona.  In a unique, historic building, The Yoga Experience has a breath-taking view of the San Francisco Peaks.  With it’s charming wood floors and full-wall mural by the talented Emma Gardner, Stephani fondly calls this her “yoga home.”  This is the first yoga studio she ever attended, this is where she fell in love with yoga, and dove into her first teacher training in 2004.

Saturday 930am-12pm

Enjoy an all levels, full-spectrum flow with detailed alignment and informative demonstrations, suitable for the “fit-beginner.”  No major injuries or limitations please, unless permission given by the instructor.

Sunday 1-4pm  

Step into the fullness of yourself in this intermediate advanced flow with detailed alignment and informative demonstrations.  It will be taught with advanced variations as options along the way.  The student may modify as necessary to accommodate his/her needs.

Price:  $33 per session, $60 for both 

Dates:  Saturday July 23rd-Sunday July 24th, 2016

Location:  The Yoga Experience

17 N San Francisco St, Flagstaff, AZ 86001

Register here

 

Morning Series

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Celebrating the Sun

Rise with the Sun, offer gratitude for the life you’ve been gifted, start the day off with yoga.  Your day will be better because of it!

Each session includes 15 minutes of devotional practices (daily reading, chanting, pranayama, meditation) and 1 hour of yoga asana.

All levels welcome, major injuries are discouraged, unless with teacher approval.

Monday and Wednesday mornings in August

Dates:  August 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29, 31

10 classes!

Time:  615-730am

Price:  $120 drop in $20

Location:

YogaOasis Central
2631 N. Campbell Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85719

Register here

 

Workshop in Portland, Maine!

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Details to be announced!

Costa Rica Retreat

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Hacienda Del Sol
San Juanillo, Costa Rica
March 18th-March 25th, 2017

Facilitated by Stephani Lindsey

Join teacher, Stephani Lindsey, for a week-long yoga retreat in the beautiful Guanacaste jungle, surrounded by lush forest, breathtaking mountain views, tropical wildlife, and pristine beaches. Experience the exceptional quality of life available at Hacienda Del Sol, located in the largest of only 5 blue zones in the world, where people live beyond 100 years old at 10 times the average.

Hacienda Del Sol’s delicious menu offers a beautiful variety of healthy foods, including some of the most potent superfoods that grow in their own gardens. In addition to healing the body from the inside out through food, another nurturing feature is the tranquil salt water pool that appears as if it drops off into the lush green plant life which envelops it.

The breathtaking grounds of the resort and its surrounding scenery supply the components of an unforgettable retreat. There are also excursions—jungle hikes, a sunset boat cruise; and guided meditations, breathing exercises, yoga classes, invitation for introspection, and reflection from an experienced and devoted student and teacher.

Stephani Lindsey began teaching in 2004. Although her foundation is in Anusara and Iyengar Yoga systems, she also spent time studying the Ashtanga and Bikram methods. When teaching, she seamlessly blends the methods into her offerings. Currently she teaches at Yoga Oasis in Tucson, Arizona, under Darren Rhodes. At present she also studies under Christina Sell, Manorama D’Alvia, and D.R. Butler. She loves fun, flow-based classes, but pays careful attention to detailed alignment, recognizing that the fun arises from skillful application of the fundamentals. She also enjoys offering healing, restorative-based classes for balance and rejuvenation.

Whether you need a little break, need to be re-inspired for your practice, or some time to rejuvenate and reset, this is your retreat.

http://www.haciendadelsolcr.com/

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Warrior’s Path: The Inner Battle

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Warrior’s Path:  The Inner Battle

June 24-26 2016 Intermediate Intensive

​Join Stephani in this three-day intensive to integrate your mind, body, and heart:  delve into a wide array of yoga postures from fundamental to complex; explore concepts from the Bhagavad Gita; and practice self-reflection, chanting, breathing exercises, and meditation.

Please bring a journal and pen.

Recommended Reading: Bhagavad Gita by Eknath Easwaran

Prerequisites:  Straight arms in Urdhva Dhanurasana, some experience in handstands at the wall, desire to deepen one’s practice. Please no injuries or significant limitations unless with instructor approval.

Daily Schedule

Friday, Saturday, Sunday:

9:00–9:45 a.m.:  reflective practices (journaling, chanting, pranayama, meditation)

10:00–1:00 p.m.:  asana practice
1:00–3:00 p.m.:  lunch break

3:00–3:45 p.m.:  philosophy, journal, journaling, chanting, pranayama, meditation
4:00–6:00 p.m.:  ​asana practice

Price:
$245 for all 3 days
OR early registration discount:
$225 (if paid in full by 6/18)
by phone: 520.322.6142
Location:
YogaOasis Central

Yo-bility

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Yo-bility 

Mobility for Yogis

Do you practice yoga regularly yet still find tightness hiding in certain places?  Or are you active and strong and suffer from decreased range of motion?  Are there certain areas, like your shoulders, back, hips, or knees, that remain “stuck” or uncomfortable?  Do you want freedom in those tight areas?  Come to this 3-week series where Stephani will show you how to use various yoga props, positions, and actions to free your body and enhance your yoga practice.

3 Wednesdays in April

4/13, 4/20, 4/27

6-730pm

$54 full series, $25 per session

Click here to register!

Name credit goes to Ashley Gee :)

Morning Series

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Wake up to your Inner Light…

a Morning Series

Monday and Wednesday mornings in May

615-730am

8 classes:  May 2,4,9,11,16,18,23,25

Join Stephani every Monday and Wednesday in this 4 week series to uncover the light within, to awaken to your light.  Each session includes 15 minutes of devotional practices— chanting, pranayama (breath exercises), and meditation— to offer devotion to your highest self, followed by one hour of yoga poses in a flow sequence.

Suitable for all levels as some modifications will be offered, however, no major injuries or limitations please.

Price: $120 whole series $20 drop in

Yoga Oasis Central

Tucson, AZ

The Alchemy of Yourself

The Alchemy of Yourself; A Transformational Yoga Bootcamp!

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Alchemy = a seemingly magical process of transformation, creation, or combination.

Join Stephani in this 4-week series to use yoga as a means to deepen your self-study, build strength and flexibility, and cultivate great virtues such as: discipline, commitment to self, devotion to self, consistency, patience, persistence, courage, and steadiness. Great yogic scriptures assure us that cultivating these great virtues over a long period of time leads to joy, ease, delight, and freedom from suffering. In other words, come to the workshops, work hard, get in great shape, and feel better!

For the fit beginner. (No injuries or pre-existing limitations, no knee and shoulder injuries unless you know how to modify or have permission from the teacher.)

Bring Journal and a pen.

Dates

 4 Wednesdays in March
March 9, 16, 23, 30

Time

6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Location

YogaOasis Central
2631 N. Campbell Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85719

Rate

$75 full series
Or $25/class drop-in
sign up here