Stepping into Stephanie’s candlelit yoga class on a Thursday evening is like stepping into a faraway land. I had conversations with her prior to class for business reasons but I had no idea that her talents lie in this very class. I knew how excited she was about teaching, I could feel her very genuine exuberance for sharing yoga with the world. That not only translates in her class but she is exactly where she needs to be in South Tampa, Florida.
It’s taken me some time to be able to go to a restorative class, it took me a while to feel like I could handle “slowing down.” Yet, when you do you crave it. Stephanie is great at letting you know that you’re enough, that you’re ok, and that you’re in the right hands. As soon as she begins to speak you feel that, know that, and relax into it. I brought a newbie into this class, a friend of mine who I was elated to share yoga with. Yoga itself can be intimidating and certainly the props can. I remember my first few classes that incorporated props I didn’t want to return because of them; I thought I would use them incorrectly and look stupid. Yet, Stephanie took us step by step through everything. The directions were thorough and instead of instructing everyone to be quiet she encouraged us to raise our hand if we had a question.
Restorative classes are only composed of about 5-10 postures and we held them for a few minutes each; you can really feel your nervous system relaxing. The music was often a low D major, a low bass, which felt in tune with the grounded postures we were doing. It all felt right and was a perfect introduction to the completion of a workweek.
Stephanie’s “Candlelit Restorative” offering is every Thursday 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Written by Kristen Carla Blogger/Acupuncture Physician www.facebook.com/kristencarla
Kodawari Studios 3965 S. Henderson Blvd. Suite C, Tampa, Fl 33629